Opera Calendar

Below you can find all of our upcoming shows. Check back regularly for news and updates. We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Featured Event!

Maestro's MET HD Masterclass

Wednesday, January 24 - 2pm

Join an enthusiastic community of both opera and OperaSLO lovers in this exciting survey of the current Met Live in HD season of operas! Opera San Luis Obispo’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each METHD opera just before it arrives here on the Central Coast! Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show.

This course serves as continuation of Dr. Kathryn Bumpass’ similar class following her recent retirement from teaching. Course fee is $11 per class and includes free parking and refreshments.

Join us at Quist Hall on the campus of Mount Carmel Lutheran Church these Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm:

January 24, 2017: Puccini’s Tosca
February 7, 2017: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love
February 21, 2017: Puccini’s La Bohème
March 7, 2017: Rossini’s Semiramide
March 28, 2017: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte
April 11, 2017: Verdi’s Luisa Miller
April 25, 2017: Massenet’s Cinderella

Location: Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, Quist Hall, 1701 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo

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MET Live in HD: TOSCA

Saturday, January 27 - 9:55am

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 53 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Francesca Fairbrother and Barbara Murphy

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: L’ELISIR D’AMORE

Sunday, February 18 - 2pm

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

World premiere: Teatro Cannobiana, Milan, 1832. Met premiere: January 23, 1904. L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 39 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by John & Alison Denlinger and John & Elizabeth Rolph

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: LA BOHÈME

Sunday, March 11- 2pm

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.

World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. Met company premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900. La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 55 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Denis and Leona Sullivan

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: SEMIRAMIDE

Sunday, March 25 - 2pm

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 4 HRS 0 MINS

Sponsored by Jane Harker-Gersten and Sally Young

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: COSÌ FAN TUTTE

Saturday, March 31 - 9:55am

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790. The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 31 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Jan Simek and Judy Lang

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: LUISA MILLER

Saturday, April 14 - 9:30am

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 38 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Dr. Bianca Rosenthal

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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MET Live in HD: CENDRILLON

Saturday, April 28 - 9:55am

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Sung in French with English subtitles.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 47 MINS

Sponsored by CF Buetow, in memory of Charlotte Buetow

New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.

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OKLAHOMA! by Rodgers and Hammerstein II

Saturday, May 12 at 7pm & Sunday, May 13 at 2pm

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

On Mother’s Day weekend May 12 and 13 2018, cowboys, farmers, and territory folks of all kinds will burst into the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo in Opera San Luis Obispo’s new grand production of Rodgers and Hammerstein II’s classic musical Oklahoma!

Teeming with romance, jealousy, adventure, and conflict, Oklahoma! is a celebration of the pioneer spirit that built America. Gusty rivalry between local farmers and cowboys in Oklahoma’s Indian territory at the turn of the twentieth century provides a colorful background for two love trios: the first is between Curly, a bright and confident cowboy, and Jud, a tough hired farm-hand, both of which are in love with Laurey, a strong-willed farm-girl. The second pits Ado Annie, the girl who “can’t say no,” in between the smooth-talking traveling peddler Ali Hakim, and the simple and good-natured cowboy Will Parker.

One of the greatest musicals of all time, Oklahoma! marks the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein II and changed the landscape of musical theatre as the first fully integrated musical play that blends song, character, plot, and dance into one seamless work. Considered by many to be the single most influential American musical work, when Oklahoma! opened in 1943, it instantly established the modern American “book musical” formula and served as the model for Broadway shows for decades to follow.

Oklahoma! is iconic with its unending cascade of popular songs including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey with the Fringe On Top, I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love, Many a New Day, and Oklahoma!

Our Citywide Arts Collaboration continues in this expansive new grand production featuring world-class singing, new traditional sets and costumes, fantastic dance, and a nationally acclaimed cast led by baritone Gabriel Manro as Curly opposite soprano April Amante in the role of Laurey.

OperaSLO is proud to revive the exquisite production team that brought Madama Butterfly to the PAC last October: stage director Edna Garabedian, choreographer Andrew Silvaggio, chorus master Paul Osborne, set designer Rick Adamson, costume designer Randon Pool, and the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Asher Alhadeff.

Two shows only: Saturday, May 12 at 7pm and Sunday, May 13 at 2pm. Join us early for a pre-show talk led by John Frey in Philips Hall one hour before curtain.

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