Ciao, Opera Mavens. Enjoy these divertissements in between your opera outings!

TASTE OF TALENT
Vin Divin – We are very excited to present our first public event featuring three great French staples: wine, music, and art! The evening will feature premium wines from K&L curated by Stanford Wine Society President Edward Mazenc paired with live piano works and songs by Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, and Chopin performed by pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Adler 2015-17) and soprano Ana Paula Malagon. Also, our venue and piano sponsor, artist Bing Liem, has painted a beautifully imaginative and romantic Paris themed painting which will be auctioned at the end of the evening! There will be cheese, appetizers and desserts throughout the evening, but you are encouraged to have dinner prior to the event. Tickets $125-200; available through eventbrite.com.
Thu Oct 25 at 7:30pm, Lumina SF (2nd floor lounge), 201 Folsom St, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PENINSULA CHAPTER
It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration – Join us as we celebrate the west coast premiere of It’s A Wonderful Life! SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna will interview composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer; afterwards sopranos Maya Kherani (Clara) & Marnie Breckenridge (Mary Bailey), tenor Alex Boyer (OSJ 2008-13, George Bailey / Uncle Billy), and baritone Hadleigh Adams (Adler 2013-14, Harry Bailey / Mr. Potter) will perform excerpts from the opera accompanied by Jake on the piano. A gala reception will follow with champagne, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets $55-100; for more information or reservations click here.
Sat Nov 10 at 11am, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St, Palo Alto