Moby-Dick set rendering, courtesy of Utah Opera

Ciao, Opera Mavens. It’s a whale of a month here, share some opera with someone you love!

OPERA SAN JOSE
  operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Moby-Dick (Heggie) – Don’t miss this West Coast Premiere of an exciting new production by set designer Erhard Rom (SFO’s 2012 Nixon in China & 2014 Susannah) featuring a stellar cast of guest artists directed by Kristine McIntyre and conducted by Joseph Marcheso & Christopher James Ray (Feb 22 & 24 performances).
Sat Feb 9, Thu Feb 14 & Fri Feb 22 at 8pm; Sun Feb 10, 17 & 24 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by OSJ General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
Opening Night Reception – Come and mingle with the artists and production crew immediately following the performance; enjoy sparkling wine, appetizers, and desserts (cash bar also available). $40 per person, order online or by calling the box office at number above.
Sat Feb 9 at 11pm, Mezzanine Lobby (upstairs bar), California Theatre

SCHWABACHER RECITAL SERIES sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Program #1 – Tenor Woo Young Yoon, baritone Seokjong Baek, and pianist Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad (all Merola 2018) perform a program of arias, art & folk songs by Bizet, Heggie, Mahler, Poulenc, R.Strauss and others.
Wed Feb 13 at 7:30pm
Program #2 – Baritone David Pershall (Merola 2008, recently seen as Silvio in SFO’s 2018 Pagliacci) and pianist John Churchwell (Merola 1996, currently SFO’s Head of Music Staff) present music by Beethoven, Finzi, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff.
Wed Feb 27 at 7:30pm
All programs at Taube Atrium Theate, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

STANFORD LIVE!  live.stanford.edu or 650-725-2787
Lawrence Brownlee and Eric Owens in Concert – The acclaimed tenor and bass-baritone share the stage performing arias and duets by Bizet, Mozart, and Verdi alongside American songs and spirituals.
Fri Feb 15 at 7:30pm, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University campus

WEST BAY OPERA  wbopera.org or 650-424-9999
I due Foscari (Verdi) – Rarely performed masterpiece about the octogenarian Doge of Venice who must choose between his crown and the life of his only son. Based on Lord Byron’s play of the same name, this timely tale of the perils of power is brought to new heights by a magnificent score sung by a superb cast conducted by Jose Luis Moscovich.
Fri Feb 15 & Sat 23 at 8pm, Sun Feb 17 & 24 at 2pm
All performances at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
FREE Preview with Piano Thu Feb 7 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
 
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA  bslopera.com or 408-391-5785
Love Is In The Air – Enjoy this benefit concert featuring BSLO artists in a romantic setting complete with candlelight, flowers, chocolate favors and wine! Tickets $25-75; all proceeds benefit 2019 season productions.
Sat Feb 16, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz

CAL PERFORMANCES  calperfs.berkeley.edu or 510-642-9988
SongPlay – Mezzo Joyce DiDonato (Romeo in SFO’s 2012 I Capuleti e i Montecchi) showcases her more playful side in a lighthearted recital program mixing Italian Baroque arias with jazz ballads and more.
Wed Feb 20 at 8pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

EARPLAY & REAL OPERA  zspace.org/howardsendamerica or 415-659-8132
Howard’s End, America (Shearer) – New opera based on E.M. Forster’s riveting story of betrayal, race, and real estate transports the action from Edwardian England to 1950’s Boston. Cast includes sopranos Nikki Einfeld (Merola 2003) and Sara Duchovnay as sisters Margaret & Helen, tenor Michael Dailey (OSJ 2008-12) as the poet Leonard, baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10) as Charles, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as his father Henry; Mary Chun conducting.
Fri Feb 22 & Sat Feb 23 at 8pm, Sun Feb 24 at 2pm, Z Space, 450 Florida St, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA  thesfco.org or 415-463-6710
A Night at the Opera: Acis and Galatea (Handel) – Baroque work based on an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses telling a tale of love between the semi-divine nymph Galatea (soprano Natalie Image, Adler 2018-19) and the simple shepherd Acis (tenor Isaiah Bell) disrupted by the cyclops Polyphemus (bass Alex Rosen); Benjamin Simon conducting. *FREE*
Fri Feb 22 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Sat Feb 23 at 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Sun Feb 24 at 3pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

POCKET OPERA  pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
Before the Curtain Rises – Please join us for our annual gala luncheon and silent auction fundraiser; this delightful afternoon of music and friendship features gourmet food and wine, lavish auction items, plus top-notch entertainment from some of your favorite singers! For more information or tickets, please contact us at 415-972-8930 or info@pocketopera.org.
Sun Feb 10 at 12:30pm, Green Room, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF

Elixir of Love
(Donizetti) – Shy Nemorino (tenor Michael Desnoyers) pines for Adina (soprano Ellen Leslie), but it would take a miracle to win her love; fortunately, Dr. Dulcamara (Michael Mendelsohn) comes to their village selling his miraculous elixir; music direction by César Cañón.
Sun Feb 24 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Mar 3 at 2pm, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
Sun Mar 10 at 2pm, Oshman Family JCC, 3291 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Enjoy!