Ciao, Opera Mavens. It’s back-to-school & back-to-opera time…enjoy!

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  or 415-864-3330
Opera in the Park – Join us for arias al fresco as we celebrate the opening of SFO’s 95th season with Nicola Luisotti conducting SFO Orchestra and soloists from fall productions. Bring friends & family for a FREE afternoon of opera!
Sun Sep 10 at 1:30pm, Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park

Turandot (Puccini) – Featuring soprano Martina Serafin as the cold-hearted princess, tenor Brian Jagde (Adler 2010-12) as her brave suitor Calaf, bass Raymond Aceto as his aged father Timur, and soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (Adler 2016-17) as the slave girl Liu who teaches them all about true love; Nicola Luisotti conducting.
Fri Sep 9 at 8pm; Tue Sep 12*, Fri Sep 15, Thu Sep 21, Sat Sep 30 at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 24* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Foothill College Music History Professor Robert Hartwell begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

Elektra (R.Strauss) – Post-modern adaptation of the classic drama with sopranos Christine Goerke in the title role and Adrienne Pieczonka as her sister Chrysothemis, bass-baritone Alfred Walker as their long-lost brother Orest, and mezzo Michaela Martens as their murderous mother Clytemnestra; Henrik Nánási conducting (SFO debut).
Sat Sep 10, Wed Sep 13*, Tue Sep 19, Fri Sep 22, Wed Sep 27* at 7:30pm; Sun Sep 17* at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Philharmonia Chorale Director Bruce Lamott begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

La Traviata (Verdi) – Featuring soprano Aurelia Florian as the glamorous but fragile courtesan Violetta, tenor Atalla Ayan as her ardent admirer Alfredo, and baritone Artur Ruciński as his father Germont who tries to come between them, all in their SFO debuts; Nicola Luisotti conducting his final performances as SFO’s Music Director.
Sat Sep 23, Tue Sep 26, Thu Sep 28*, Tue Oct 3, Fri Oct 6, Wed Oct 11*, Sat Oct 14, Tue Oct 17 at 7:30pm; Sun Oct 1* & 8 at 2pm
FREE 25-minute pre-opera talks by Midsummer Mozart Festival Executive Director Peter Susskind begin one hour prior to curtain before every performance

* OperaVision HD video projection screens featured in Balcony level for this performance
All performances at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

OPERA SAN JOSE or 408-437-4450
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Frothy yet acerbic comedy about two young women whose affections are tested by their beaus, egged on by an older & more cynical mentor; featuring this season’s new group of resident artists, Peter Grunberg conducting (OSJ debut).
Sat Sep 9, Thu Sep 14, Fri Sep 22 at 8pm; Sun Sep 10, 17 & 24 at 3pm
FREE 60-minute Introduction to the Opera Talks by General Director Larry Hancock begin 90 minutes before each performance
All performances at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose

ARS MINERVA or 415-863-9834
La Circe (Ziani) – Semi-staged modern world premiere of three-act opera composed in 1665, inspired by the adventures of the magic-making goddess of Greek mythology made famous in Homer’s Odyssey and Ovid’s Metamorphosis; featuring Céline Ricci, Kyle Stegall, Kindra Scharich, and Ryan Belongie (Adler 2010-11) conducted by Derek Tam from the harpsichord. Tickets: VIP $250*, Gold $86, Silver $56, Student $25
* Includes tax-deductible donation of $130, post-performance reception, and program book signed by all the artists
Fri Sep 8 & Sat Sep 9 at 7:30pm, ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco

SUNSET MUSIC ARTS or 415-564-2324
Carmen (Bizet) – Beloved opéra comique sung in French with interspersed English dialogues; presented in conjunction with Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students, available through
Sat Sep 9 at 7:30pm, Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave, San Francisco

LYRIC THEATRE or 408-986-1455
Gala Open House – Help launch our new venue with a concert featuring songs from our upcoming season (Oklahoma!, Patience, A Night in Venice) plus some favorite Gilbert & Sullivan numbers performed by Lyric singers & orchestra conducted by Jeff Yaeger with Master of Ceremonies Michael Morris; light refreshments served, optional backstage theater tours afterward. Admission FREE (but donations gratefully accepted)!
Sun Sep 10 at 2pm, San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose

Carmen in the Parks – FREE & family friendly!
Sun Sep 10 at 5pm, Redwood City Courthouse Square
Sun Sep 17 at 12 noon, Capitola Esplanade Stage
Sat Sep 23 at 3pm, Wildwood Park, 20764 4th St, Saratoga

Our Favorite Things – Enjoy drinks and/or dinner while listening to our pop-up opera troupe of young, classically-trained artists perform their personal favorite arias and art songs. Have a favorite of your own? Let us know at the end of our show and we may perform it for you! Performance is FREE but reservations are recommended; please call the restaurant at 415-252-1110.
Mon Sep 11 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

WEST EDGE OPERA or 510-841-1903
Powder Her Face (Ades) – Kicking yourself for missing this runaway hit of last season? Join us for a special screening of Jeremy Knight‘s video, made up of the best scenes from all four performances, in a state-of-the-art venue normally closed to public events! The opera chronicles the Duchess of Argyll Margaret Campbell’s widely publicized “sexcapades” during her 1963 divorce proceedings; production features Laura Bohn, Emma McNairy, Jonathan Blalock, and Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2013-14). Enjoy fine wine and brief interview segments with director Elkhanah Pulitzer and conductor Mary Chun before the screening plus a reception at intermission. Tickets: $250 ($225 tax-deductible), available through
Thu Sep 14 at 7pm, Pearson Theater at Meyer Sound, 2837 10th St, Berkeley

Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Featuring bass-baritone Peter Strummer as the elderly bachelor Don Pasquale, baritone Alex DeSocio as his physician Dr. Malatesta, tenor Marco Stefani as Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto, and soprano Erin Sanzero as the young widow Norina courted by both uncle and nephew in a “Spaghetti Western” production set in the 1880s (just 40 years after the opera premiered).
Sat Sep 30 & Oct 7 at 7:30pm, Sun Oct 1 & 8 at 2pm Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St, Livermore
Opening Night Gala – Reception & appetizers followed by three-course dinner; dessert served in theater after performance. $95 per person (does not include ticket to performance)
Sat Sep 30 at 4pm, Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, 39 So Livermore Ave, Livermore