Happy Thanksgiving, Opera Mavens. No time like the present to enjoy these holiday treats!
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
SFO Chorus Concert – Join us for an evening celebrating the immense talent of the SFO Chorus in a special performance led by Chorus Director Ian Robertson and Associate Chorus Master and pianist Fabrizio Corona; program includes operatic, sacred, and secular music by Handel, Beethoven, Dvořák, Wagner, and Strauss. Tickets $35
Fri Nov 30 at 7:30pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, Wilsey Center, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
SOLO OPERA soloopera.org or 925-943-7469
Gift of the Magi (Conte) – Based on O.Henry’s short story about two young lovers who each give up their most treasured possession for the other, this operatic version by Bay Area composer David Conte will fill your spirit with holiday magic! Starring soprano Ann Moss as Della and baritone Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10) as Jim, with supporting cast members Lisa van der Ploeg (Merola 1997), Ben Brady (SFO Chorus), Jonathan Smucker (SFO Chorus), Michael Orlinsky, and Brandon Bell; Alexander Katsman (Merola 1999, 2000) conducting.Tickets $40 Adults, $35 Seniors, $25 Youth (17 & under)
Fri Nov 30 & Sat Dec 1 at 8pm, Sun Dec 2 at 2:30pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
OPERA PARALLELE operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
The Little Prince (Portman) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved tale takes on even more universal appeal and a feminist touch with the principal characters played by women and girls. This original production brims with digital mgic, animated illustrations, and a cast of fantastical characters; presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Nicole Paiement conducting. Tickets $55-75
Fri Dec 7 & Sat Dec 8 at 7pm, Sun Dec 9 at 2pm, Marines Memorial Theater, San Francisco
FREE Open Rehearsal with OP Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel; RSVP here
Sat Dec 1 at 1pm, Chorissima Hall, Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page St, San Francisco
LIEDER ALIVE! liederalive.org/new/ or 415-561-0100
Con Amor – Benefit concert for the Amici Educational Foundation; soprano Esther Rayo and pianist Peter Grunberg perform classic Spanish songs in honor of Montserrat Caballé. Tickets $100, available through eventbrite.com; includes sumptuous supper and free-flowing bubbly!
Wed Dec 5 at 6:30pm, 16 Edgehill Way, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
The Threepenny Opera (Weill) – Performed by students in the Opera and Musical Theatre Departments; FREE, reservations recommended.
Thu Dec 6 & Fri Dec 7 at 8pm, SFCM Recital Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION IAHFSJ.org or 408-293-7122
World of Italian Opera: Home for the Holidays – Join us for a wonderful evening featuring a fabulous buffet dinner, enchanting arias by Opera San Jose singers, and a holiday boutique where you can purchase hand-crafted gifts; you won’t want to miss this community-wide celebration! Tickets $40 IAHF Members, $48 Non-members, $20 Students; available online or by calling number above.
Fri Dec 7 at 6pm, IAHF Hall, 425 N Fourth St, San Jose
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CENTER sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
The Future Is Now – Join us for a night of unforgettable music by our renowned resident artists, the 2018 Adler Fellows, teamed with the SFO Orchestra performing works by opera’s great composers. Tickets $30-65
Fri Dec 8 at 7:30pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO BOYS CHORUS sfbc.org / sunsetarts.wordpress.com
Baroque Around the Christmas Tree – Holiday concerts with SFBC (featured in SFO’s Pagliacci and Tosca this fall) led by Artistic Director Ian Robertson performing masterworks by Bach and Durante as well as hit tunes of the season. These popular performances sell out quickly, so get your tickets soon!
Sat Dec 8 at 7pm, Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco
Tickets $25-55, available here
Sun Dec 9 at 7pm, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th St, San Francisco
Tickets $20 General, $15 Seniors / Students, available here; free reception follows concert
FESTIVAL OPERA festivalopera.com or 925-944-9610
A Holiday Opera Cabaret – Our annual gala, the biggest fun night of the year! You’ll recognize the music, but the presentation will surprise and delight: perfomances by divas Kristin Clayton Knezevic (Adler 1994-96), Shawnette Sulker, and Erin Neff (SFO Chorus). Tickets $225 per person. To reserve your place, please call the number above during business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the names of those in your party plus their entree choices (beef, fish, or vegetarian).
Wed Dec 12 at 6:30pm, Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 1333 N California Blvd, Walnut Creek
VERISMO OPERA verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) – Family-friendly opera, sung in English and fully staged with chamber orchestra in an intimate setting. Tickets $30 General, $20 Seniors / Students, available through brownpapertickets.com
Sat Dec 15 at 7:30pm & Sun 16 at 2pm, Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo
PENINSULA VOLUNTEERS penvol.org or 408-528-6308
Bianca Natale – Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito (from SFO’s Two Women) performs his 10th Annual Benefit Concert in collaboration with his alma mater; program includes Neapolitan and holiday songs, opera arias, and original compositions featuring the San Jose State University Orchestra conducted by Fred Cohen. Tickets $65-95, available through cityboxoffice.com; proceeds benefit Peninsula Volunteers, a local non-profit organization providing innovative services to support aging adults.
Sat Dec 15 at 8pm, Herbst Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS americanbach.org or 415-621-7900
A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera – Enjoy an early night on the town to joyfully ring in the New Year in elegant style! This special event will feature countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (Adler 2018-19) perfoming arias by Handel and Gluck, along with soprano Mary Wilson and the ABS Soloists in a delightful program of opera and concert music by Vivaldi and Bach; Jeffrey Thomas conducting. Tickets $25-125, available through cityboxoffice.com
Mon Dec 31 at 4pm, Herbst Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco