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!

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

Wednesday, February 26, 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 78-page course syllabus. All proceeds go to support OperaSLO.

The basic charge for each session course is $4 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members. A 3% fee is added for processing. To register and enroll go to the LLCC website. http://www.lifelearnerscc.org

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

February 26, 2020: Agrippina

March 11, 2020: Fliegende Höllander

April 8, 2020: Tosca

May 6, 2020: Maria Stuarda

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

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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: 4 HRS 10 MINS, 1 intermission

Sponsored by Jane Harker-Gersten and Sally Young in memory of Roy Gersten and Bob Young

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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.


Sponsored by CF Buetow, in memory of Charlotte Buetow

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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.


Sponsored by Jan Simek and Judy Lang

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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.


Sponsored by Robert and Phyllis Frank

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Summer Opera Camp

Monday, July 13-24 | Loma Vista Community School

Does your child love to sing? Love to act? Try Opera Camp July 13-24!

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 Pied Piper of Hamelin before an audience of friends and family at 7:00pm, Friday, July 24.

July 13–24, 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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Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata

Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11 | Performing Arts Center, SLO

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

Opera San Luis Obispo presents Giuseppe Verdi's “La Traviata,” bringing the most frequently performed opera of all time back to SLO audiences for the first time since 1994! The beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery throws a lavish party at her house where she meets her true love Alfredo Germont. While the two fall in love, Violetta must come to terms with the lavish lifestyle she has grown accustomed to serving, while Alfredo deals with Violetta's history as a threat to his family’s pristine name. Following his thrilling OperaSLO directorial debut last October, Zach Johnson returns to lead an internationally acclaimed cast of opera stars in a new glorious and grand production featuring Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and choreography by Drew Silvaggio, with elaborate sets and costumes, all accompanied by the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff, OperaSLO Artistic and General Director.

Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 7:00pm
Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 2:00pm

A pre-opera talk by OperaSLO Board Member Dr. John Frey will begin one hour before curtain at both performances.

Act I: 1 hr, 5 mins
20 min intermission
Act II: 1 hr, 10 mins

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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