Ciao, Opera Mavens. Rally the troops, fall season approacheth!
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Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Concert performance with full orchestra, video projections, and English supertitles featuring soprano Juyeon Song as Isolde, mezzo Tamara Gallo as Brangäne, tenors Roy Cornelius Smith as Tristan & Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13) as Melot, baritone Geoffrey Di Giorgio as Kurwenal, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as King Marke; Jonathan Khuner conducting. Tickets available online at cityboxoffice.com or charge by phone 415-392-4400
Sun Aug 26 at 2pm, Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA bslopera.com
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Subtitled The School for Lovers, this beloved comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships and their endurance through temptation. BSLO will present six performances in September throughout the Bay Area, three of which are FREE outdoor family-friendly Opera in the Park events. The opera will be sung in Italian with English dialogues in place of the recitatives; Michael Di Giacinto conducting.
Sat Sep 8 at 7:30pm, Redwood Stage, Henry Miller Memorial Library, 48603 Hwy 1, Big Sur
Tickets $15-25, available through eventbrite.com
Sun Sep 9 at 5pm, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City *FREE*
Sat Sep 15 at 3pm, Wildwood Park, 20764 4th St, Saratoga *FREE*
Sun Sep 16 at 12 noon, Esplanade Stage, 100 Monterey Ave, Capitola *FREE*
Sat Sep 29 at 7:30pm & Sun Sep 30 at 2pm, Veterans Hall, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz
Tickets $15-37 (includes wine reception & light appetizers), available through brownpapertickets.com
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Opera in the Park – Join us for arias al fresco as we celebrate the opening of SFO’s 96th Season and other operatic favorites; featuring the SFO Orchestra and stars from the fall season. FREE and open to the public; bring your friends and family for a fantastic afternoon of opera!
Sun Sep 9 at 1:30pm, Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 320 Bowling Green Dr, San Francisco
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Two one-act operas presented together in a new production set in the slums of Buenos Aires and directed by Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2001-02). Casts include tenor Roberto Aronica as Turridu & mezzo Ekaterina Semenchuk as Santuzza in Cavalleria, soprano Lianna Haroutounian as Nedda & tenor Marco Berti as Canio in Pagilacci, and baritone Dimitri Platanias in his company debut as Alfio in Cavalleria & Tonio in Pagliacci; Daniele Caligari conducting.
Fri Sep 7 at 8pm; Wed Sep 12* & 19*, Sat Sep 22, Fri Sep 28 at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 16* & 30 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Foothill College Professor of Music History Robert Hartwell begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance
Roberto Devereux (Donizetti) – Last of the composer’s “Three Queens” operas starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta (Queen Elizabeth I), mezzo Jamie Barton as Sara (the Duchess of Nottingham), tenor Russell Thomas as the title character (the Earl of Essex), and baritone Andrew Manea (Adler 2017-18) as the Duke of Nottingham; Riccardo Frizza conducting.
Sat Sep 8, Tue Sep 11* &18, Fri Sep 14, Thu Sep 27* at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 23* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Humanities Education and Research Association Executive Director Marcia Green begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance
* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart) – Delightful comic opera starring soprano Rebecca Davis (or Britanny Renee Robinson 9/30 performance) as Konstanze & mezzo Katrina Galka as her maid Blonde, tenors Matthew Grills as the gallant nobleman Belmonte & Michael Dailey as his servant Pedrillo who attempt to rescue the women from the Turkish harem of Pasha Selim (bass Nathan Stark) and his sinister overseer Osmin (bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam); George Manahan conducting.
Sat Sep 15, Thu Sep 20, Fri Sep 28 at 8pm; Sun Sep 16, 23 & 30 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
Opening Night Reception – Come mingle with the artists and production crew immediately following the performance; enjoy appetizers, desserts, and sparkling wine (cash bar also available). Tickets $40 per person; available online or by calling the Box Office at phone number above.
OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER marinjcc.org or 415-444-8000
Friday Music & Morsels– Start your weekend a few hours early; in the wonderful tradition of many European countries, enjoy an afternoon dessert & coffee (or tea), then sit back and bask in a beautiful musical program featuring mezzo Silvie Jensen (Island City Opera principal, SFO chorister) whose diverse repertoire includes early & contemporary music, opera & musical theater, and much more! Tickets $20-30, available by calling phone number above; seating very limited, registration open until event is sold out or noon on Wed Sep 19, whichever comes first (drop-in and day-of reservations not available).
Fri Sep 21 at 1pm, Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
MONDAVI CENTER AT UC DAVIS mondavi.ucdavis.edu or 530-754-2787
Callas in Concert – Generations of opera lovers have only known American soprano Maria Callas from her immortal recordings; this multimedia event brings the beloved diva back to the stage. Remastered audio features iconic arias from Bellini, Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini, all performed with the live accompaniment of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera; be among the first to witness this groundbreaking digital and laser holographic technology and toast the legacy of one of the 20th century’s great artists. Tickets $22-85, available online or by calling Ticket Office at 866-754-2787
Sun Sep 23 at 7pm, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, UC Davis campus