Ciao, Opera Mavens. No fooling, we’ve got an abundance of good stuff for you this month!
MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM merola.org or 415-936-2324
Schwabacher Recital Series – Soprano Mary Evelyn Hangley and tenor Christopher Oglesby (both Merola 2016) with pianist Mark Morash (Merola 1987); program includes song cycles of Strauss, Dvorak, and Britten.
Wed Apr 3 at 7:30pm, Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) – SFCM students perform under the direction of Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2001-02); Curt Pajer conducting. Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors & Students
Fri Apr 5 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 7 at 3:30pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
REDWOOD SYMPHONY redwoodsymphony.org or 650-366-6872
Opera in Concert: Pride and Prejudice – Come hear the first complete performances of Kirke Mechem’s new opera based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel! Cast of 12 professional soloists includes mezzo Betany Coffland (OSJ 2008-12) as Elizabeth Bennet and Eugene Brancoveanu (Adler 2005-06) as Mr. Darcy; Erik Kujawsky conducting.
Sat Apr 6 at 7:30pm & Sun Apr 7 at 3:30pm, Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA philharmonia.org or 415-252-1288
Saul (Handel) – Young David (countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Adler 2018019) has just slain Goliath, earning him the rapturous admiration of the Israelites and the murderous envy of King Saul (baritone Daniel Okulitch, Merola 2002) in one of Handel’s most inventive and popular oratorios; Nicholas McGegan conducting.
Sat Apr 6 at 7pm & Sun Apr 7 at 4pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Fri Apr 12 at 7pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Sat Apr 13 at 7:30pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
PBO Sessions: Handel’s Biblical Heroes & Villains – Flurries of fury storm the stage as Nic McGegan and a star-studded cast conjure the heroes and villains that figure prominently in the composer’s most blisteringly brilliant music. Tickets: $25, available through cityboxoffice.com
Tue Apr 9 at 8pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
AVEDIS CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES avedisconcerts.org or 415-392-4400
All Bach – Program includes the composer’s delightful Coffee Cantata featuring soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor Michael Desnoyers, and baritone Zachary Gordin.
Sun Apr 7 at 2pm, Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park (34th & Clement St), San Francisco
LIEDER ALIVE! liederalive.org/new/ or 415-561-0100
Baritone Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06) and pianist Simona Snitkovskaya perform a program pairing Kandinsky Lieder, a commissioned work by Canadian composer Veronika Krausas written especially for Eichelberger, with the beautiful, rarely-performed Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky.
Sun Apr 7 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco
SING FOR AMERICA singforamerica.org
Name That Tune! – Annual concert benefiting arts groups throughout the Greater SF Bay Area; this year’s guest artists include sopranos Deborah Voigt (Minnie in SFO’s 2009 Fanciulla del West) and Caitlin McGinty (Beach Blanket Babylon), bass-baritone Robby Stafford (LVO’s Figaro & WBO’s Four Villains in Tales of Hoffman), and The Hearts of Romaine (think Smothers-meet-Marx Brothers). Click here to see list of chorus members and the worthy organizations they are singing for – support your favorite! Tickets: $45, available through cityboxoffice.com
Sun Apr 7 at 7pm, Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St, San Francisco
SACRAMENTO PHILHARMONIC AND OPERA sacphilopera.org or 916-594-7333
Opera in Concert: Rigoletto (Verdi) – Taut and timeless tragedy featuring baritone Joshua Jeremiah as the eponymous court jester, soprano Monica Dewey as his naive daughter Gilda, tenor Rafael Moras as the lecherous Duke of Mantua, and bass Kenneth Kellogg as the assassin Sparafucile; Michael Christie conducting.
Sat Apr 13 at 8pm, Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St, Sacramento
OPERA SAN JOSE operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Heartbreaking story of the betrayal of a young Japanese girl by the American naval officer who marries out of convenience then abandons her after she faithfully awaits his return. Starring soprano Maria Natale as Cio-Cio San, Renée Rapier (Adler 2012-13) as her servant Suzuki, tenors Dane Suarez & Derek Taylor as Lt. Pinkerton, baritone Trevor Neal as the U.S. consul Sharpless, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as Cio-Cio San’s uncle, The Bonze; Joseph Marcheso & Dennis Doubin conducting.
Sat Apr 13, Thu Apr 18, Fri Apr 26 at 8pm; Sun Apr 14, 21, 28 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
Enjoy (and stay tuned for more events later this month)!