Ciao, Opera Mavens. Spring forward & indulge yourself with one or more of these events.
POCKET OPERA pocketopera.org or 415-972-8934
Don Giovanni(Mozart) – Opera’s most notorious seducer returns to our stage; which of his spurned lovers will exact her revenge and drive him to the gates of Hell? Starring Anders Froehlich in the title role, Rabihah Davis Dunn as Donna Anna, Jaime Korkos as Donna Elvira, Sara LeMesh as Zerlina, Kevin Gino as Don Ottavio, Spencer Dodd as Leporello, Mitchell Jones as Masetto, and Jason Sarten as Commendatore; César Cañón (Adler 2019) conducting.
Sun Mar 1 at 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
Sun Mar 8 at 2pm, Florence Gould Theatre, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco
Sun Mar 15 at 2pm, Oshman Family JCC, 3291 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Schwabacher Recital Series – Current and recent Adler Fellows perform varied programs
Wed Mar 4: Soprano Simone McIntosh and tenor Zhengyi Bai with pianist Robert Mollicone
Wed Apr 1: Mezzo Ashley Dixon accompanied by pianist Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad
Wed Apr 22: Soprano Esther Tonea, tenor Victor Starsky, and baritone Timothy Murray with pianist Warren Jones
All performances at 7:30pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC sfcm.edu or 415-503-6275
Opera Workshop Showcase – SFCM students under the direction of Curt Pajer and Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2001-02) perform a variety of opera scenes. FREE, no tickets or reservations required.
Fri Mar 6 & Sat Mar 7 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
PHENIX OPERA COMPANY phenixopera.org
Lucrezia (Respighi) & Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) – Double bill of one-act operas: the first a rarely performed tragedy inspired by Shakespeare’s poem The Rape of Lucrece (only staged once before in the U.S. in NYC, 1979), the second a witty comedy based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Perfomances sung in Italian with English subtitles with piano accompaniment by Artistic Director Osvaldo de Leon.
Fri Mar 6, Sat Mar 7, Fri Mar 13, Sat Mar 14 at 8pm; Sun Mar 8 & 15 at 2pm,
Black Box Theater, Spindrift School of Performing Arts, 1053 Crespi Dr, Pacifica
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-373-6800
A Florentine Tragedy (Zemlinsky) & Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) – Two one-act works, both set in Florence and based on tales by literary giants (Oscar Wilde and Dante Alighieri); both operas are guaranteed to captivate in utterly different ways. Sung in German and Italian with English supertitles; directed by Layna Chianakas (OSJ 1995-97), Alexander Katsman (Merola 1999,2000) conducting.
Sat Mar 7 & 14 at 7:30pm, Sun Mar 8 & 15 at 2pm, Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore
FREE pre-opera lectures offered one hour before each performance
FESTIVAL OPERA festivalopera.com or 925-944-9610
Chez Lillas Pastia Gala – An unforgettable Carmen-themed evening, complete with fortune telling, dinner, concert, dancing, and auction benefiting our 2020 season; gypsy attire or black tie optional. Tickets: $225 per person.
Sat Mar 7 at 6pm, Scott’s Garden, 1333 N California Blvd, Walnut Creek
Artist Recital Series: And Yet She Persisted – Soprano Carrie Hennessey and pianist Jennifer Reason perform a program of classical music by women composers. Tickets: $40, available through eventbrite.com.
Sun Mar 22 at 5pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont
ARS MINERVA arsminerva.org or https://iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it/iic_sanfrancisco/en/
Quinquatria Celebration – Learn about this festival of Etruscan origin (dedicated to the goddess Minerva and celebrating the spring equinox) and Ars Minerva’s future projects! Enjoy music by Claudio Monteverdi, Antonia Bembo, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre presented by Artistic Director Céline Ricci, soprano Aura Veruni, mezzo Kindra Scharich, harpsichordist Kelly Savage, SF-based artist Entropy, and historian Lisa Pieraccini;. FREE, RSVP Required.
Thu Mar 19 at 6:30pm, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Pirates of Penzance Sing-Along – It’s a leap year, which means Frederic has a birthday! Help us celebrate by coming in costume to sing along with our leads, orchestra, and special guests from our educational outreach programs; a great chance to join in and become closer to the performers. Ticket prices vary by venue, click here for more info.
Sun Mar 22 at 2pm, Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View
Sat Mar 28 at 2pm, Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek
Sun Mar 29 at 2pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
LIEDER ALIVE! liederalive.org/new/ or 415-561-0100
Dichterliebe (Schumann) – Recital by bass Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06) and pianist Simona Snitkovskaya; program includes works by Tchaikovsky.
Sun Mar 29 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco