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!


Sunday, March 24, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

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

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Maurizio Muraro trade is the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

World Premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1840. This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way.

Sung in French with English, German, Spanish, and Italian subtitles.


Sponsored by Denis and Leona Sullivan

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Previews of the MET Live in HD 2018-2019: The Eternal Feminine in Opera

Wednesday, March 27, 2pm | Mount Carmel Lutheran Church

Join an enthusiastic community of both opera, and Opera San Luis Obispo lovers in this exciting survey of the current Metropolitan Opera Live in HD (METHD) season of operas scheduled to be shown at the Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo!

Led by enthusiastic OperaSLO Board Member Dr. John Frey, this exciting course will detail each METHD opera just before it arrives here on the Central Coast. Participants will receive a brief course syllabus with bios, synopses and commentary, while classes dive into the heart of each opera through relevant video segments, interactive discussions and everything else you need to know before the show. Course fee is $90 for the entire 10-sessions or $10 for single session. Subscribers to the complete 10-session course will receive the 81-page syllabus describing each opera free of charge. All proceeds go to support OperaSLO.

Register by sending a check addressed to OperaSLO, P.O. Box 14760, San Luis Obispo, Ca. 93406 and write “Met Live” in the memo area of the check. Participants may also bring cash or check to each class.

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

January 9, 2019: Adriana Lecouvreur

January 30, 2019: Carmen

February 27, 2019: La Fille du Regiment

March 27, 2019: Die Walküre

May 8, 2019: Dialogue des Carmelites

For specific questions, please contact John Frey at JENFREY@aol.com or by phone at (805) 549-0721

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MET Live in HD: DIE WALKURE (Encore Performance)

Sunday, April 14, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

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

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

World Premiere: Court Theater, Munich, 1870. The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

Sung in German with English, German, Spanish and Italian subtitles.


Sponsored by CF Buetow, in memory of Charlotte Buetow

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Saturday, June 1, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

World Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1957. One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.

Sung in French with English, German, Spanish, and Italian subtitles.


Sponsored by Dr. Bianca Rosenthal

Saturday, June 1 - 2pm
Performing Arts Center SLO
1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Ticket Prices $12-$22
To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849 Mon-Sat 12-6pm!

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Summer Opera Camp

Monday, July 15-26 | Loma Vista Community School

Does your child love to sing? Love to act? Try Opera Camp July 15-26!

Opera San Luis Obispo is pleased to offer a two-week fun and educational opera day camp for children ages 8-17. No experience required, just a willingness to try!

Children will learn:
Correct vocal technique
Drama and stage movement
Ear-training and musicianship
Part singing and choral techniques
Use of props, costumes & make up
Daily vocal, stretch, and movement exercises

The camp will culminate in an evening performance of The Pirates of Penzance before an audience of friends and family at 7:00pm, Friday, July 26.

July 15–26, 2019 - Monday thru Friday
9:00am - 3:00pm

Loma Vista Community School
2494 Pennington Creek Road
San Luis Obispo

$400 first family member
$375 for additional family members

Learn more and apply by downloading our opera camp application here. Apply for a scholarship to opera camp here.

For more information, contact our office at (805) 541-5369 or operacamp@operaslo.org.

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