Die Fledermaus, San Francisco Opera 2006 (photo by Terrence McCarthy)

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Ring in the new year with these new and unusual opera-tunities!

SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA  thesfco.org or 415-463-6710
Soprano Christine Brandes and the Delphi Trio present a program by Haydn (overture to his 1799 opera L’isola Disabiltata), Mozart (three concert arias) and Beethoven (Triple Concerto in C Major); Benjamin Simon conducting. *FREE*
Sun Dec 30 at 3pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Mon Dec 31 at 7:30pm, Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley
Tue Jan 1 at 3pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES  sfperformances.org or 415-392-2545
Tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis present a program of art songs by Brahms, Mahler, and Schumann.
Sun Jan 13 at 7pm, Herbst Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

ISLAND CITY OPERA  islandcityopera.org or 510-263-8060
Little Women (Adamo) – Deborah Rosengaus, Katja Heuzeroth, Angela Jarosz, and Aimee Puentes star as the March sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy in this American masterpiece based on Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age tale set in New England; Dana Satava conducting.
Fri Jan 18 & 25 at 7:30pm, Sun Jan 20 & 27 at 2pm, Elks Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda

WEST EDGE OPERA  westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Snapshot – Four new works from established and emerging West Coast composers in an intimate setting: Ivonne (music by Nathaniel Stookey, libretto by Jerre Dye), The Road to Xibalba (music by Cindy Cox, libretto by John Campion), Zheng (music by Shinji Eshima, libretto by Tony Asaro), and Medicus Mortem (music by Beth Ratay, libretto by Andrew Rechnitz). Featured performers include Marnie Breckenridge, Amy Foote, Nicole Takesono, Daniel Cilli, and J.Raymond Meyers, accompanied by chamber ensemble of Earplay musicians; Jonathan Khuner and Mary Chun conducting.
Sat Jan 19 at 8pm, IOOF Lodge, 2288 Fulton St, Berkeley
Sun Jan 20 at 2pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

SUNSET ARTS & MUSIC  https://sunsetarts.wordpress.com/
Baritone John Smalley and pianist Janis Mercer present a program of music by Dvořák, Janáček, and Mussorgsky.
Sat Jan 26 at 7:30pm, Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave, San Francisco