Xochitl and the Flowers – edited image courtesy of Opera Parallèle

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are more opera-tunities for the remainder of the month!

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD  sjoperaguild.org
Opera San Jose 2019-20 Overview
– Special preview of next season’s productions (J.Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Verdi’s Il trovatore, Mozart’s The Magic Flute) with General Director Larry Hancock and performances by OSJ’s Resident Artists. FREE to SJOG & JCC members, $10 non-members.
Fri May 17 at 10am, Addison Penzack JCC, Los Gatos

PENINSULA SYMPHONY  www.peninsulasymphony.org
Eternal Love Songs – Mezzo Renée Rapier (Adler 2012-13) sings Mahler’s Rückert Songs (including a moving love song to his wife Alma); program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Gwyneth Walker’s glittering overture, and the debut of the latest Klein Competition virtuoso.
Fri May 17 at 8pm, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N Delaware St, San Mateo
Sat May 18 at 8pm, Heritage Theatre, 1 W Campbell Ave, Campbell

OPERA PARALLELE  operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Xochiti and the Flowers (Pratorius Gómez) – Based on the book by Jorge Argueta about real-life events in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, this quintessentially American immigration story tells the moving tale of a family’s determination to put down roots in a new country, while still preserving the heritage on their homeland. Originally created in 2016 with the Alvarado Elementary School, Xochitl and the Flowers (pronounced “so-cheel“) is part of OP’s acclaimed annual ‘Hands-on-Opera’ program, which features children center stage as full project participants and performers. Performed in Spanish and English; FREE, but reservations required.
Sat May 18 at 4pm & 6pm, Sun May 19 at 2pm, Community Music Center, 544 Capp St, San Francisco

GOLDEN GATE OPERA  goldengateopera.org or 415-339-9546
Spring Fling – Enjoy a romantic afternoon of live opera in an intimate private venue featuring favorites from Carmen, Tosca, Traviata, and more performed by soprano Olga Chernisheva, mezzo Ariel Andrew, and tenor Claudio Santome accompanied by pianist Jerry Kuderna. Includes wine, dinner, and door prizes; reserve early, seating is limited. Tickets $65-100, available through eventbrite.com; reservations are tax-deductible.
Sat May 18 at 3pm, private home in Tiburon, address & directions provided with reservation

LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE  lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Too Much Happiness! – Annual spring party & fundraiser: high tea with sweets and savories, wine and bubbly, raffle and auctions, plus some of your favorite Lamplighters performing highlights from this season and previews of next year. Tickets: $95 per person, $500 for a table of 6; hats encouraged!
Sun May 19 at 4pm, Veterans Building, Green Room, 401 Van Ness (at McAllister) San Francisco

BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA  bslopera.com or 408-391-5785
Norma (Bellini) – The priestess Norma (soprano Jenny der Torrossian Studley) has had an illicit affair and two children with Pollione (tenor Gregory Spear), an officer in the forces occupying her land; Pollione has tired of Norma and taken up with the younger priestess Adalgisa (mezzo Lilliane Cromer) while Norma’s people cry out for rebellion. Will Norma take revenge on Pollione, and will her people discover her secret?
Sat May 25 at 7:30pm & Sun Jun 2 at 3pm, Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz

WEST BAY OPERA  wbopera.org or 650-424-9999
Falstaff (Verdi) – The composer’s last collaboration with librettist Arrigo Boito (and one of only two comedies he wrote), based on Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor (plus several scenes from Henry IV). Featuring baritone Richard Zeller as Falstaff, sopranos Taylor Haines as Alice Ford and Anastasia Malliaras as Nannetta, mezzos Veronica Jensen as Meg Page and Patrice Houston as Mistress Quickly, and baritone Krassen Karagiozov (OSJ 2008-12) as Ford; José Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri May 24 & Sat Jun 1 at 8pm, Sun May 26 & Jun 2 at 2pm, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu May 16 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto

FESTIVAL OPERA  festivalopera.com or 925-322-0970
Artist Recital Series – Festival Opera’s Artistic Director, baritone Zachary Gordin, presents a recital of songs by Robert Schumann, Reynaldo Hahn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Jake Heggie accompanied by pianist Bryan Nies, who will conduct the mainstage production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah later this summer.
Tue May 28 at 7:30pm, Lesher Center for Performing Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek

MUSIC AT STANFORD  music.stanford.edu or 650-725-2787
Acis and Galatea (Handel) – Music students perform this favorite serenata from various sources, including a 1786 chamber version held in Stanford’s Green Library Special Collections. FREE; reception to follow performance.
Fri May 31 at 5pm, Toyon Hall, Stanford University campus