Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are some opera-tunities not on our usual menu:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA  sfopera.com or 415-864-3330
Opera Lab Pop-Up: Battle of the Divas – The Queen of the Night has gathered together her greatest divas (and divos) to go head-to-head in an epic vocal battle; cheer your team to victory and witness incredible vocal fireworks in a way only opera can deliver! Limited VIP Tickets $55 (include VIP entry, access to VIP-only area, 1 free drink, meet-and-greet with artists), General Admission $20 in advance / $25 at the door; available here.
Thu Sep 20, doors open 7:30pm, show at 9pm, The Great Northern, 119 Utah St, San Francisco

CD Signing with Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton following matinee performance of Roberto Devereux (CDs available for purchase)
Sun Sep 23, Main Lobby, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Drinks & Drama – Opera-curious and/or a libation lover? Enjoy a cocktail flight as you learn about SFO’s Fall Season with our experts and special live performances. Tickets $45 per person; not available online, please call SFO Box Office to purchase. Must be 21+ to attend.
Thu Oct 18 at 7pm, Wilsey Center for Opera, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

VERISMO OPERA  www.verismoopera.org or 707-864-5508
Viva Verdi! – Concert featuring Verdi’s greatest works including a concert version of Otello, scenes and arias from Aida, I Vespri Siciliani, and Rigoletto performed by soprano Cecilia Cai, tenor Frederick Wintrop, and pianist Jonathan Khuner. Tickets $15 General Admission, $10 Seniors & Students, Children under 12 FREE; available through brownpapertickets.com.
Sat Sep 29 at 7:30pm, Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave, Vallejo

OPERA CULTURA  www.operacultura.org or 415-845-7216
Inaugural Canto Concert: New Voices – Showcasing winners from the National Canto Online Vocal Competition; program features classical Spanish repertoire sung by artists who will wow you with their vocal prowess, plus new works from three up-and-coming composers. Tickets $15 available through brownpapertickets.com. You are also invited to join us at a reception after the concert to sip wine, meet the artists, and help raise necessary funds for our upcoming season; $50 suggested donation (purchase online in addition to concert ticket).
Sat Oct 6 at 3pm, Trianon Theatre Recital Hall, 72 N 5th St, San Jose

OPERA SAN JOSE  operasj.org or 408-437-4450
Sonora DiVino – Join us for an afternoon of traditional Italian songs performed by OSJ’s resident ensemble accompanied by accordionist; includes hors d’oeuvres, multi-course gourmet meal with wine, dessert, and open bar. Dress code is outdoor dressy casual; due to landscape high heels are not advised. Tickets $200 ($100 tax-deductible).
Sun Oct 7 at 2pm, La Rusticana D’Orsa Vineyard, Los Gatos
Parking at Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd; shuttles will run from 1pm through end of event

OPERA PARALLELE  operaparallele.org or 415-503-6279
Up Close and Parallele Gala: Creative Rebels – With guest of honor and performances by Philip Glass, mezzo Eve Gigliotti, baritone Robert Orth, and bass Kenneth Kellogg. Tickets $300-$500, include cocktails, wines, hors d’oeuvres and dinner; all proceeds benefit OP’s productions and community engagement programs. For more information and/or tickets please call 415-626-6279.
Wed Oct 10 at 6pm, Green Room, Veterans Bldg, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

LAMPLIGHTERS MUSIC THEATRE  lamplighters.org or 415-227-4797
Champagne Gala: All the News That’s Fit to Sing – Dive into the hustle and bustle of the newspaper biz as we follow the adventures of a starry-eyed newbie, a publisher who cannot make decisions, the conniving Paparazzo, and competing reporters who sing their way through hilarious double-entendres and misunderstanding as they try to save the Sun! After the performance our cast pours champagne for the audience in the beautiful Green Room; event also includes a silent auction, live auction, and raffle prizes. Tickets $45-97, available through cityboxoffice.com.
Sun Oct 14, Silent Auction at 2pm, Performance at 3pm, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

TOWNSEND OPERA MODESTO  www.townsendopera.com or 209-523-6426
35th Anniversary Gala Concert – Some of opera’s most memorable arias performed by local and international opera singers, including performances by the company’s orchestra and chorus as well as a few surprises. In addition to providing an exciting preview of our upcoming spring production of Bizet’s Carmen, the Gala will recognize the contributions of company founder Erik Buck Townsend and others who have supported opera in Modesto and surrounding communities over the years. Tickets $25-79, available here.
Sun Oct 28 at 2pm, Foster Family Theater, Gallo Center for Arts, 1000 I St, Modesto

Enjoy!