Ciao, Opera Mavens. Better late than never, here are your first opera-tunities of the new decade!
FESTIVAL OPERA festivalopera.com or 925-322-0970
Nuit d’Espagne – Mezzo Renée Rapier and pianist Robert Mollicone (both Adler 2012-13) present a recital of music and texts from or inspired by Spain. Tickets: $40, available through eventbrite.com
Sat Jan 12 at 5pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA philharmonia.org or 415-252-1288
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Handel) – The gender- and genre-bending operatic event that took NYC by storm in 2017 comes to SF with soprano Lauren Snouffer as Aci, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Galatea, and bass-baritone Davone Tines as Polifemo; stage direction by Christopher Alden, Nicholas McGegan conducting.
Fri Jan 24, Sat Jan 25, Tue Jan 28, Wed Jan 29, Fri Jan 31, Sat Feb 1 at 8pm; Sun Jan 26 at 3pm
ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco
Opening Night Gala – Cocktail party, performance, late night bites, and after party with cast. Tickets: $250 per person
Wed Jan 22 at 8pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
MUSIC AT STANFORD music.stanford.edu or 650-725-2787
One Touch of Venus (Weill) – Libretto by Ogden Nash based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie; this 1941 musical fantasy tells of an ancient statue of Venus that comes to life and the complications that ensue when modern humans fall in love with her. Fully staged production by Department of Music students. Tickets: $23 General, $18 Seniors in advance; $28 General, $23 Seniors at the door
Fri Jan 24 at 7:30pm, Sat Jan 25 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Schwabacher Recital Series – Mezzo Alice Chung (Merola 2017 & 2019), baritone Laureano Quant (Merola 2019), and pianist Nicholas Roehler. Tickets: $30 General Seating
Wed Jan 29 at Taube Atrium Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
WEST EDGE OPERA westedgeopera.org or 510-841-1903
Snapshot 2020 – Four new operas in development by West Coast composers and librettists, presented in collaboration with Earplay New Chamber Music Ensemble in informal concert settings. Tickets: $40 General Seating
Fri Jan 31 at 8pm, Ed Roberts Campus, Ashby BART Station, 3705 Adeline St, Berkeley
Sat Feb 1 at 8pm, Taube Atrium Theatre, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA livermorevalleyopera.com or 925-321-6964
Moulin Rouge Gala – Champagne reception, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and three-course dinner paired with award-winning wines; cabaret entertainment provided by soprano Sandra Rubalcava (OSJ 2001-04), tenor Christopher Bengochea (OSJ 2005-08), bass-baritone Kirk Eichelberger (OSJ 2001-03, 2005-06), and performers from Livermore School of Dance. Click here for tickets; red attire encouraged, black tie optional.
Sat Feb 1 at 5pm, The Club at Ruby Hill, 3400 W Ruby Hill Dr, Pleasanton