Ciao, Opera Mavens. New opera-tunities are springing up all over the Bay Area!
SACRAMENTO PHILHARMONIC AND OPERA www.sacphilopera.org or 916-808-2000
Tosca (Puccini) – Masterpiece of intrigue and betrayal, passion and deception. Dramatic semi-staged production starring soprano Alexandra Loutsion as Tosca, tenor Marco Cammarota as Cavaradossi, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as Scarpia; directed by Mark Streshinsky, Christoph Campestrini conducting.
Sat May 5 at 8pm, Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St, Sacramento
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC www.sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Bastianello (Musto) and Lucrezia (Bolcom) – Double bill of two modern comic chamber operas featuring libretti by Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) and new orchestration commissioned by SFCM; performed by SFCM voice students, Curt Pajer conducting. FREE, but reservations required.
Fri May 4 at 7:30pm & Sun May 6 at 2pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
SAN JOSE STATE OPERA THEATRE www.sjsu.edu/music/ or 408-924-4673
Die Fledermaus (J.Strauss) – Join us for love, laughter, and sweet revenge in this new version of a much-loved classic by the famed Waltz King; sung in English by SJSOT students and starring Sandra Rubalcava Bengochea (OSJ 2001-04) as Rosalinda. Tickets available through ovationtix.com.
Fri May 4 at 7pm & Sun May 6 at 3pm, Music Concert Hall, One Washington Square, SJSU campus
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Steel Deck Opera – Come aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum for a special performance by the OSJ Military Veterans Chorus of When I Heard the Learned Astronomer, composed by chorus member Jeremy Harris. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Hornet’s website; proceeds benefit the museum.
Sat May 5 at 2pm, 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda
2018-19 Season Preview – Overview with General Director Larry Hancock and OSJ Resident Artists with Shabbat Lunch to follow. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley, San Jose Opera Guild, and Opera San Jose; tickets are $6 for JCC and SJOG members, $8.50 for non-members. Deadline for reservations is May 11 (after that date tickets are $10); click here for a printable registration form.
Fri May 18 at 10am, JCC of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos
* REMINDER * Larry Hancock’s Opera History Course starts Tue May 15
Spring Into Tango – Join pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015-16) and his girlfriend violinist Elizabeth Castro Abrams for their launch concert featuring Argentinian tangos by Piazzolla paired with classics by Brahms and Schumann. Tickets $40 (available through eventbrite.com) include wine, cheese, and desserts at reception following the performance; 50% of proceeds will benefit St. Anthony’s Foundation to help provide meals for homeless people.
Thu May 10 at 7pm, St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell St, San Francisco
BAY AREA CLASSICAL HARMONIES (BACH) www.bayareabach.org
Two Heroines From Antiquity – Evening of music from two pieces written at the beginning and end of the 17th century: Vespro della Beata Vergina (Evening Prayers to the Blessed Virgin, 1610) by Claudio Monteverdi and Dido and Aeneas (1688) by Henry Purcell; Andrew Chung conducting BACH soloists, chorus, and chamber orchestra. Tickets available through eventbrite.com.
Sat May 12 at 7:30pm, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose
Sat May 19 at 7:30pm, Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave, Kensington
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
La Boheme (Puccini) – This timeless story of love among young artists in Paris, produced in an intimate setting, has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. Family-friendly production presented with the Winchester Orchestra under the baton of Michael Di Giacinto. Tickets $15-37, Children 12 & under FREE with accompanying adult; VIP seating, wine & light appetizers included in price.
Sat May 19 at 7:30pm & Sun May 20 at 2pm, Veterans Memorial Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz
GOLDEN GATE OPERA www.goldengateopera.org or 415-339-9546
Spring Fling Aria Party – Soprano Victoria Sadow & tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) perform romantic selections from Traviata, Boheme, and Rigoletto while you savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, and spectacular Bay views. Tickets $65-100, available through eventbrite.com; reservations are a tax-deductible donation supporting GGO & our Stop Bullying opera for schools.
Sat May 19 at 3pm, private home in Tiburon (address and directions provided with reservation)
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Recital & Festival Venue Tour – FREE event for friends and fans to explore Craneway Conference Center, home of the 2018 West Edge Festival in August. We will present our plans for the space, including seating charts and set designs, and you will get to experience the acoustics with a recital of Baroque arias by mezzo Céline Ricci (our marvelous Nero in 2016’s Agrippina) accompanied by Nate Ben-Horin at the harpsichord. Exploring begins at 3pm with wine, cheese, and conversation; music begins at 4pm. Please click here to RSVP.
Sat May 19 at 3pm, Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond Marina
POCKET OPERA www.pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
The Secret Marriage (Cimarosa) – Old Geronimo, a thriving merchant, has long yearned for higher, spiritual things such as a titles, a coat of arms, a connection with nobility. But with two marriageable daughters, how could he be so careless when employing a handsome young tenor, short of money and in daily contact? Secrecy is of the essence! Famous for its overture, this charming, tuneful comedy will leave you smiling.
Sun May 20 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun May 27 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
OPERA ON TAP SAN FRANCISCO www.operaontap.org/san-francisco/
Fairytales – Dive into this mystical experience of intriguing characters and whimsical lands with newly appointed managing diva Sophia Santulli. FREE with $8 bar minimum.
Sun May 20 at 7pm, The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco
WEST BAY OPERA www.westbayopera.org or 650-424-9999
Carmen (Bizet) – Set in the Spanish Civil War, production features mezzo Nikola Printz as Carmen, soprano Maria Fernanda Brea as Michaela, tenor Salvatore Atti as Don Jose, and baritone Krassen Karagiozov (OSJ 2008-12) as Escamillo; José Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri May 25 & Jun 2 at 8pm, Sun May 27 & Jun 3 at 2pm
Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu May 17 at 8pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
Post-show cast discussion: Sun May 27
OPERA PARALLELE www.operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Opera Works: Journey in Creation – Workshop rehearsals for Today it Rains, OP’s first commissioned opera, based on the life of Georgia O’Keeffe by award-winning composer Laura Kaminsky (As One, Some Light Emerges); performers, librettists, composer, and director will all be in residence. Presented in conjunction with UC Santa Cruz Humanities Institute; workshop is FREE and open to everyone.
Tue May 29 at 2 pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA www.sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Ring Festival – Individual tickets to all performances of the four operas (performed June 12-July 1) now on sale; for information and tickets to all ancillary events click here.