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!

Previews of the MET Live in HD 2019-2020: Adventures in Opera Season I

Wednesday, October 9, 1pm | Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO

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. All preview sessions meet at the Odd Fellows Hall, SLO from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Each session consists of commentary as well as a video showing for each of the operas. Each participant receives a 106-page course syllabus. Register now for Season I. All proceeds go to support OperaSLO.

$25 for LLCC members, $50 for non-members. Go to http://www.lifelearnerscc.org Click on Upcoming Courses. Register for this course on Brown Paper Tickets

Join us at Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO these Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm:

October 9, 2019: Turandot

October 23, 2019: Manon

November 6, 2019: Madama Butterfly

November 20, 2019: Akhnaten

January 8, 2020: Wozzeck

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

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South Pacific

Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13 | Performing Arts Center, SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Answer the call to Bali Hai and experience America’s favorite classic musical, South Pacific, in epic scale at Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo. Our brand new classic setting of South Pacific features amazing dancing and singing, expansive sets, props, and costumes, all accompanied by the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra. Our cast is led by returning favorite Gabriel Manro (Curley, 2018 Oklahoma!), who will be joined by recent PCPA graduate Skye Privat as Nellie Forbush, Dori Duke as Bloody Mary, Gregory Gorrindo as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, and William DeFuria as Luther Billis.

Pre-opera lecture held one hour before curtain at both performances.

Want to know what an Opera San Luis Obispo grand production is like? See our media page to experience a short video from a recent past production!

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MET Live in HD: TURANDOT

Sunday, October 20, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Franco Zeffirelli’s celebrated production of Turandot is set in China, involving Turnadot’s suitor, Prince Calaf, who must solve three riddles to obtain permission to marry her and defy death. Calaf passes the test, but because Turandot still refuses to marry him, he offers her a challenge: if she learns his name before the next dawn, he agrees to die at daybreak.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Christine Goerke as Turnadot. As Calàf, Roberto Aronica sings the famed aria “Nessun dorma.” Eleonora Buratto is the slave girl Liù, and James Morris is Calàf’s long-lost father, Timur.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 2 MINS, 2 intermissions - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Bill and Carol Rust

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MET Live in HD: MANON

Sunday, November 3, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

A take on the quintessentially French tale of the beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury, Massenet’s Manon features one of the truly unforgettable, irresistible, and archetypal female characters in opera. While the story is firmly set in class and gender issues of the past, the character of Manon herself is timeless, convincing, and familiar.

Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 52 MINS, 2 intermissions

Sponsored by Francesca Fairbrother and Barbara Murphy

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MET Live in HD: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Sunday, December 1, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.

Leading soprano Hui He plays Madama Butterfly with tenor Piero Pretti in his Met debut as Pinkerton. Plácido Domingo sings Sharpless for the first time with Elizabeth DeShong as devoted servant Suzuki.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 12 MINS, 2 intermissions

Sponsored by Denis and Leona Sullivan

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MET Live in HD: AKHNATEN

Sunday, January 12 - 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

ten, the sun god, is glorified by Akhnaten, his wife Nefertiti, and Queen Tye, his mother. As the trio makes its pronouncement at the window, the sun rises behind them. Akhnaten and Queen Tye begin to make the changes that he has promised. He leads a revolt to banish the old religion and replace it with his own.

Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is Akhnaten with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as Nefertiti. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 21 MINS, 2 intermissions

Sponsored by Mary Baiamonte

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MET Live in HD: WOZZECK

Sunday, January 26, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Wozzeck was Berg's first opera. Wozzeck is a 30 year old Leipzig militiaman who earns extra money for his mistress and child by acting as regimental servant of the Captain and by being subject of the Doctor's experiments. He assassinated his mistress and was condemned to death after trying in vain to demonstrate his insanity.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts baritone Peter Mattei’s highly anticipated debut as Wozzeck. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 1 HR 32 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Dr. Bianca Rosenthal

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MET Live in HD: The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS

Sunday, February 9, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black street-beggar living in the slums of Charleston, who attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin’ Life, her drug dealer.

David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Ryan Speedo Green.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 15 MINS, 1 intermission - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by John & Alison Denlinger and John & Elizabeth Rolph

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MET Live in HD: AGRIPPINA

Sunday, March 22 - 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Imagine a world in which the Roman Empire didn't end. The opera tells the story of Agrippina, Nero's mother, who plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor.

Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. Harry Bicket conducts star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina, mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 15 MINS, 1 intermission

Sponsored by Sally Young in memory of Roy Gersten and Bob Young

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MET Live in HD: DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER

Sunday, April 5 - 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Every seven years, der Fliegende Holländer (Flying Dutchman), who is condemned to roam the sea for having defied God, is cast ashore and can seek redemption. Only the love of a faithful woman willing to sacrifice her life for him can release him from his curse.

Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 19 MINS

Sponsored by CF Buetow, in memory of Charlotte Buetow

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MET Live in HD: TOSCA

Sunday, May 17, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

Tosca is an intense political thriller occurring in less than 24 hours. Baron Scarpia has long lusted after Rome’s diva, Floria Tosca, and when he suspects Tosca’s lover, Cavaradossi, of assisting an escaped political prisoner, he seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. When Cavaradossi is captured, Scarpia offers Tosca a horrific bargain – she must give herself to Scarpia, or her lover is killed… what will she choose, and who will survive?

Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 57 MINS, 2 intermissions - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Jan Simek and Judy Lang

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MET Live in HD: MARIA STUARDA

Sunday, May 31, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

To order tickets by phone, call (805) 756-4849. Box office times here.

What would have happened had England’s Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I met face to face? A thrilling imagining of this showdown is at the heart of this opera about Mary Queen of Scots’ political and personal rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I. These two fearsome rivals embody different perceptions of royalty, which were very much in direct conflict at that moment in time, and the opera’s drama is true to history in a way the facts are not.

Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary Queen of Scots in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 2 HRS 46 MINS, 1 intermission - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Robert and Phyllis Frank

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