Ciao, Opera Mavens. The dog days of late summer opera are upon us…enjoy!

An Afternoon with Andres Acosta – Last heard in the Schwabacher Summer Concerts, the tenor accompanied by a fellow Merolino will delight us in recital; gala reception follows the performance in a garden-like setting. Tickets $40/$100, supporting opera education programs in Peninsula schools and young singers in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Programs; reservations required by Aug 2. For more information contact Judy Kahn ( or 650-948-8881).
Sun Aug 6 at 2pm, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St, Palo Alto
Marin Chapter Champagne Gala – Listen to SFO’s talented Adler Fellows while you sip champagne and nibble on hors d’oeuvres in an idyllic setting. Tickets $50, proceeds benefit opera education programs in Marin schools and the chapter’s opera preview lectures. For more information contact Anne Zucchi ( or 415-924-9352).
Sun Aug 6 at 2pm, San Domenico Music Conservatory, 1500 Butterfield Rd, San Anselmo

SUNSET MUSIC ARTS or 415-564-2324
Third Annual Opera Gala & Reception – Concert featuring soloists from the SFO Chorus (soprano Margaret Genovese, mezzo Sally Porter Munro, tenor Philip Pickens, and baritone Jere Torkelsen) in a program of opera and Broadway show favorites. Tickets: $35 General, $30 Seniors, $25 Students (includes reception after the performance); available through
Sun Aug 6 at 7pm, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave, San Francisco

MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM or 415-565-6492
La Cenerentola (Rossini) – Warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story in which the evil stepmother has become a wicked stepfather, the fairy godmother a philosopher, and the slipper swapped for a bracelet; goodness and kindness triumph as melody reigns supreme! Tickets $50/$70.
Thu Aug 3 at 7:30pm & Sat Aug 5 at 2pm, SFCM Concert Hall, 50 Oak St, San Francisco
Merola Grand Finale – Celebrate with the 2017 young artists one last time before they head out to dazzle audiences around the world; this exciting concert features some of opera’s most thrilling scenes. Tickets $25/$40/$50.
Sat Aug 19 at 7:30pm, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Post-performance reception (10 pm) with the artists takes place next door in the Veterans Building’s Green Room; separate ticket ($75) required for admission to reception, available through SFO Box Office (415-864-3330).

A Hand of Bridge (Barber) & The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) – Cabaret-style performances of two one-act operas performed by young, classically trained singers embarking on their professional careers; deal yourself in for an immersive evening of operatic antics!
Fri Aug 4 at 7:30pm, Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mon Aug 7 at 7:30pm, Caffe Delle Stelle, 395 Hayes St, San Francisco

The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan) – This dark musical comedy, set in England’s bloody Tower of London, is the closest thing to grand opera in the G&S repertoire and considered the best of the canon by many fans.
Fri Aug 4 at 8pm, Sat Aug 5 & Sun Aug 6 at 2pm
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek (Tickets: 925-943-7469 or
Sat Aug 12 at 8pm & Sun Aug 13 at 2pm
Mtn. View Center for Performing Arts (Tickets: 650-903-6000 or
Fri Aug 18 at 8pm, Sat Aug 19 at 2pm & 8pm, Sun Aug 20 at 2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (Tickets: 415-978-2787 or
Sat Aug 26 at 8pm & Sun Aug 27 at 2pm
Bankhead Theater, Livermore (Tickets: 925-373-6800 or

LYRIC THEATRE or 408-986-1455
The Chimes of Normandy (Planquette) – Can the Marquis of Corneville save a beautiful girl from a forced marriage to the elderly sheriff? Semi-staged production of the English version of the composer’s first operetta, a classic French farce; its London run exceeded that of its contemporary, H.M.S. Pinafore, and set a record lasting until 1886.
Sat Aug 5 at 8pm & Sun Aug 6 at 2pm, Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View

Fresh Voices XVII Festival – Experience eight new works of contemporary opera and musical theater celebrating the human spirit in all its depth, passion, and unpredictability.
Sat Aug 5 & 12 at 8pm, Bay Area Stage, 515 Broadway, Vallejo
Sat Aug 19 at 7:30pm, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Ave, Albany
Sun Aug 27 at 4pm, Community Center, 544 Capp St, San Francisco

WEST EDGE OPERA or 510-841-1903
Hamlet (Thomas) – Possibly the most famous play in the English-speaking world transformed into this operatic version in 1868. Starring baritone Edward Nelson (Adler 2015-16) in the title role and soprano Emma McNairy as Ophelie; Jonathan Khuner conducting.
Sat Aug 5 at 8pm, Sun Aug 13 at 3pm, Sat Aug 19 at 1pm
The Chastity Tree (Martin y Soler) – Tale of purity, Mount Olympus politics, and one unusually judgmental plant; a smash hit in 1787 by a composer who, like Mozart, used the brilliant librettist da Ponte and enjoyed equal renown in their day. Directed by Mark Streshinsky and conducted by Robert Mollicone (Adler 2012-13).
Sun Aug 6 at 3pm, Sat Aug 12 at 1pm, Sat Aug 19 at 8pm
Frankenstein (Larsen) – Two hundred years after the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, this operatic treatment resonates with themes of ego, ambition, and the war between reason and emotion. Video designer Jeremy Knight brings to fruition the technological innovations suggested in this rich score that could only be hinted at in the work’s premiere; Jonathan Khuner conducting.
Sat Aug 12 at 8pm, Thu Aug 17 at 7:30pm, Sun Aug 20 at 3pm
All performances at Pacific Pipe, 1391 W Grand Ave, Oakland

VERISMO OPERA or 707-864-5508
La Traviata (Verdi) – Experience the effervescent music and heart-wrenching drama of this eternally popular opera about a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover, and his disapproving father.
Sat Aug 12, 19, 26 & Sep 2, 9, 16 at 7:30pm; Sun Aug 13, 20, 27 & Sep 3, 10, 17 at 2pm
All performances at Bay Terrace Theater (with Mira Theatre Guild), 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo