Ciao, Opera Mavens. The dog days of summer approach…it would be cat-astrophic to miss out on these opera-tunities!
OPERA ON THE SPOT www.operaonthespot.com
Scenes and Arias – Get ready for a fun, immersive, and unconventional mix of classical and contemporary opera performed by this pop-up troupe of young singers embarking on their professional careers! Tickets: $15, available through eventbrite.com
Sat Jul 28 at 7pm, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco
LYRIC THEATRE www.lyrictheatre.org or 408-986-1455
The Enchantress (Herbert) – Prince Ivan of Zergovia has just returned from studying abroad after falling in love with Vivien the opera singer and is to be crowned King, but the law requires that he marry a princess in order to keep the throne. Semi-staged production of comic operetta with full orchestra; Jeffrey Yaeger conducting.
Sat Aug 4 at 8pm & Sun Aug 5 at 2pm, San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose (FREE parking!)
WEST EDGE OPERA www.westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Pelléas & Mélisande (Debussy) – Starring tenor David Blalock and mezzo Kendra Broom in the title roles with contralto Malin Fritz as Geneviéve, baritone Efraín Solís (Adler 2014-15) as Golaud, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner (Adler 1986-87) as King Arkel. Adapted for chamber ensemble by WEO Music Director Jonathan Khuner who will also conduct; director Keturah Stickann makes her WEO debut having been the choreographer and movement director for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, subsequently seen at SFO.
Sat Aug 4 at 8pm, Sun Aug 12 at 3pm, Fri Aug 17 at 8pm
Mata Hari (Marks) – Story of the archetypal femme fatale, exotic dancer, courtesan, and spy who was executed for espionage during World War I. This production retains many elements of the original (which premiered at New York’s Prototype Festival in January 2017), including actress and dancer Tina Mitchell in the title role with librettist Paul Peers directing. Cast also includes mezzo Molly Mahoney as Sister Leonide, and baritones Daniel Cilli (OSJ 2006-10) and Nikolas Nackley as Captains Ladoux and Bouchardon; conductor Emily Senturia leads an unusual combination of instruments including accordion and electric guitar.
Sun Aug 5 at 3pm, Fri Aug 10 at 8pm, Sat Aug 18 at 8pm
Quartett (Francesconi) – Characters from Les Liasons dangereuses, the Marquise de Merteuil (soprano Heather Buck) and the Viscount de Valmont (baritone Hadleigh Adams, Adler 2013-14), are trapped in a salon; having renounced all sense of love, they play seductive mind games taking on the roles of the lovers Tourvel and Volanges themselves. The score features two orchestras: a recorded full orchestra and chorus created for the La Scala Premiere, and a live chamber orchestra with electronics conducted by John Kennedy; Elkhanah Pulitzer directs. Warning: This opera is recommended for mature audiences only.
Sat Aug 11 at 8pm, Thu Aug 16 at 8pm, Sun Aug 19 at 3pm
An Evening at the Craneway – Join us for our annual fundraiser with the entire company and special guests. Arrive between 6:30 & 7:00pm for dessert and champagne, song and fun; mingle with your favorite artists, hear some of them sing, and support WEO in a venue and atmosphere much more informal than your traditional gala!
Tickets: $100 per person
Wed Aug 15 at 7pm
All performances at Craneway Conference Center, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond Marina
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD MARIN CHAPTER
Champagne Gala – Listen to young opera stars of tomorrow, SFO’s talented Adler Fellows, in an idyllic setting; after the performance, enjoy a reception with the artists while you sip champagne and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. This event is open to the public. Tickets: $50 per person, benefits Opera in the Schools of Marin program and SFOG preview lectures; available at the door or by mailing a check payable to MCSFOG to 596 Riviera Circle, Larkspur CA 94939. For more information, contact Anne Zucchi at 415-924-9352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Aug 5 at 2pm, San Domenico Music Conservatory, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo
VERISMO OPERA www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) – Two one-act operas, often performed together as a double bill of classics in the Italian verismo style; both feature a spicy love triangle with uncontrollable passion, jealousy, betrayal, and murder. Tickets available at the door or through brownpapertickets.com
Sat Aug 18 & 25, Sep 1, 8 & 15 at 7:30pm; Sun Aug 19 & 26, Sep 2, 9 & 16 at 2pm
Bay Terrace Theater (with Mira Theatre Guild), 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo
BAY SHORE LYRIC OPERA www.bslopera.com
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Subtitled The School for Lovers, this beloved comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships and their endurance with temptation. The opera will be conducted by Michael Di Giacinto in conjunction with members of the Winchester Orchestra and sung in Italian with English dialogues. Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students; available through eventbrite.com
Aug 25 at 7:30pm, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
OPERA SAN JOSE www.operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Gay Pride Day – OSJ is proud to announce that we will be participating in this year’s Silicon Valley Pride Parade! All are welcome to walk the parade route with us (meet our group between 9:00 & 9:30am along Market St) and stay for our performance at Plaza de Cesar Chavez afterwards (time TBD).
Sun Aug 26, downtown San Jose