Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s some of the real deal coming your way soon!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) – First of three new SFO productions of the Mozart–Da Ponte trilogy directed by Michael Cavanagh as a unified cycle. Starring baritone Michael Sumuel as Figaro, sopranos Jeanine De Bique as Susanna and Jennifer Davis as the Countess, mezzo Serena Malfi as Cherubino, and baritone Levente Molnar as the Count; Henrik Nanasi conducting.
Fri Oct 11, Wed Oct 16, Sat Oct 19*, Tue Oct 22, Fri Oct 25*, Fri Nov 1 at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 12 & Oct 27 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Kip Cranna begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance
* On these dates, the curtain will be open during intermission while SFO staff member narrates live set changeover
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
WEST BAY OPERA wbopera.org or 650-424-9999
Nabucco (Verdi) – WBO’s first-ever production of monumental opera based on the biblical story of the Hebrew slaves’ struggle against King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, presented unabridged and fully staged in collaboration with the Assyrian Arts Institute. Starring baritone Jason Duika as Nabucco, soprano Christina Major as his oldest daughter Abigaile, mezzo Claudia Chapa as his younger daughter Fenena, tenor John Kun Park as Ismaele, the King of Jerusalem’s nephew and object of both women’s affection, and bass Ben Brady as Zaccaria, High Priest of the Jews; directed by Layna Chianakas (OSJ 1995-97), Jose Luis Moscovich conducting.
Fri Oct 18 & Sat Oct 26 at 8pm, Sun Oct 20 & 27 at 2pm, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Free preview with piano: Thu Oct 10 at 7:30pm, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto
CLAUDE HEATER FOUNDATION claudeheaterfoudation.org
Nabucco (Verdi) – Concert version of complete opera with baritone Kenny Stavert (Nabucco), soprano Juyeon Song (Abigaille), bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Zaccaria), mezzo-soprano Tamara Gallo (Fenena), and tenor Alex Boyer (Ismaele). Conducting the singers and full orchestra and chorus will be Jonathan Khuner.
Sun Oct 20 at 3pm, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St, San Francisco
INTERFAITH CENTER AT THE PRESIDIO interfaith-presidio.org or 415-561-3930
Tawawa House (Perry) – This bold and controversial opera tells the compelling story of a central Ohio resort hotel that served as a vacation spot for white slave owners and their black mistresses and children before the Civil War, then became a stop on the Underground Railroad and eventually the first African American owned and managed university. Admission is free. Parking is available adjacent to the Presidio Chapel. FREE, but seating is limited and reservations are required; call 415-515-5681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Oct 20 at 4pm, Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco