Ciao, Opera Mavens. Kick off the holidays (Halloween counts in our book) early with these treats!

(Hansel and Gretel – image courtesy of Opera San Jose)

OPERA MODESTO or 209-523-6426
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Featuring soprano Maya Kherani as Gilda, mezzo Silvie Jensen as Maddalena, tenor Victor Starsky (Merola 2019) as the Duke, baritone Roy Stevens as Rigoletto, and bass John Ames (Merola 1998) as Sparafucile; Ryan Murray conducting.
Fri Oct 25 at 7:30pm & Sun Oct 27 at 2pm, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater, 1000 I St, Modesto

Opera Workshop Showcase – Fifteen conservatory students under the direction of Curt Pajer and Michael Mohammed present a series of scenes. FREE, no tickets or reservations required.
Wed Oct 30 at 8pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco

Music at the Vineyard –Enjoy beautiful music, wine tasting, catered hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions at our third biennial fundraiser. Composer and conductor Michael Taylor will present solos, duets, and ensembles by well-known singers, accompanied by pianist Sam Cisneros; in addition, the Hall String Quartet will accompany the singers in Michael’s new work Bonjour Beaux Frere, based on a wine tasting review of a local winery. Tickets $49 per person ($25 tax-deductible); discounts available for groups or private tables, advance purchase only.
Sun Nov 3 at 1pm, Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E Main Ave, Morgan Hill (free parking at Live Oak HS across the street)

Vinos DivinosRonny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015-17) and Duo Ladino present a curated evening of Spanish wine, tapas, art, and music featuring tenor Carlos Santelli and violinist Elizabeth Castro Abrams. Tickets $125 (valet parking included), available through or email
Fri Nov 8 at 7pm, SoMa District (exact address disclosed upon ticket purchase), San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  or 415-864-3330
Manon Lescaut (Puccini) – Soprano Lianna Haroutounian stars as the eponymous young beauty who forsakes her true love (Brian Jagde, Adler 2010-12, as the Chevalier des Grieux) for material luxury, only to become ensnared by a desire to have both; Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Fri Nov 8, Wed Nov 13*, Sat Nov 16, Wed Nov 20, Tue Nov 26 at 7:30pm; Sun Nov 24* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Marcia Green begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) – Based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, with libretto written by the composer’s sister for her children. Starring mezzo Sasha Cooke as Hansel, soprano Heidi Stober as Gretel, and tenor Robert Brubaker as The Witch; Christopher Franklin conducting. Perfect for children ages 8 and up; kids get 50% off when you order one or more adult tickets.
Fri Nov 15, Thu Nov 21, Sat Nov 23, Tue Dec 3, Sat Nov 30 at 7:30pm; Sat & Sun Nov 17* & 30 and Dec 1* & 7 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Peter Susskind begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

*  On these dates, the curtain will be open during intermission while SFO staff member narrates live set changeover
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

SFO Chorus Concert – An evening celebrating the immense talent of our chorus in a special performance led by Chorus Director Ian Robertson, Associate Chorus Master and pianist Fabrizio Corona, and members of the SFO Orchestra; program includes pieces from Ernani (Verdi), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), and Benvenuto Cellini (Berlioz).
Fri Nov 22 at 7:30pm, Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Memorial Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) – An enchanting production that’s twice as nice, admired for its fun and folk-music-inspired themes including the famous “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” Set design by Larry Hancock, directed by Layna Chianakas; Joseph Marcheso and Christopher James Ray conducting.
Sat Nov 16, Thu Nov 21, Tue Nov 26 at 8pm; Sun Nov 17, Nov 24 & Dec 1 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by OSJ General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before every performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose

Opening Sunday Post-Performance Reception – Come mingle with the Hansel and Gretel artists and enjoy light appetizers, gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and sparkling wine (cash bar also available). Tickets $40 per adult, kids come free! Order online or by calling OSJ Box Office (408-437-4450).

LIEDER ALIVE! or 415-561-0100
Spanisches Liederbuch (Wolf) – Recital by soprano Esther Rayo and and pianist Peter Grunberg; program includes works by Schumann, Obradors,  Montsalvatge, Granados, and De Falla.
Sun Nov 10 at 5pm, Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St, San Francisco

The Light of Man – and Woman (Price) – Chamber opera workshop performance presented by Music of India featuring International Peace Ambassadors Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Hasu Patel on the sitar. FREE, but reservations required; call 415-515-5681 or email
Sun Nov 17 at 4pm, Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco

Ermelinda (Feschi) – Is a young girl allowed to be flirty, insouciant, and free to love whomever she wants without getting into trouble? Not really in 1680 (when this opera was composed), and only partially guaranteed nowadays! Featuring mezzo Nikola Printz as Ermelinda, contralto Sara Couden as her lover Ormindo, mezzos Kindra Scharich and Deborah Rosengaus as the troublemakers Rosaura and Armidoro, and countertenor Justin Montigne as Ermelinda’s tyrannical father Aristeo; harpsichordist Jory Vinikour conducting.
Nov 22 & 23 at 7:30pm and Nov 24 at 2:30pm, ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco