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!

South Pacific Auditions

July 13 & 14 | The Academy of Dance in SLO

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is holding Auditions for its 2019 full-production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, South Pacific. This production will have 2 matinee performances in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on October 12th and 13th. This production of South Pacific represents a “Grand” and rare performance opportunity featuring full sets, costumes, ballet, chorus, and accompanied by the full OperaSLO Grand Orchestra. The production will be stage directed by Zach Johnson, choreographed by Drew Silvaggio, and with music direction by Brian Asher Alhadeff (General and Artistic Director of OperaSLO).

GENERAL AUDITION FORMAT:

Candidates open to a variety of roles must prepare 32 bars of a song from or in the style of the show. If using sheet music, an Accompanist will be provided. If using a cd or phone, a speaker will be provided. There will be NO Acapella auditions. You may be asked to read a side from the show as well.

LEADING AND COVER ROLE AUDITION FORMAT:

The role of Emil de Becque has been cast. Cover roles will be offered. Candidates only interested in specific leading roles must prepare the following audition:
Nellie Forbush: “A Wonderful Guy”
Lt. Joseph Cable: “Younger Than Springtime”
Bloody Mary: “Bali Ha’i” and “Happy Talk”.

● All Roles are competitively paid.

● Rehearsals are to start in Mid September with a Company Meeting in late August.

● Auditions (by appointment) will be held on Saturday 7/13/19 from 2pm – 7pm and Sunday 7/14/19 from 10am-2pm. They will be located at The Academy of Dance located at 3422 Miguelito Ct in San Luis Obispo.

● Callbacks/Dance Call (if necessary) will be on Sunday from 3pm-6pm at the Academy of Dance

● We will see walk-up auditions in the order they arrived as time allows

● For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Zach Johnson at zacharylainejohnson@gmail.com.


Get full information about the audition here!

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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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Broadway By The Sea

Saturday, August 10 | The Chapman Estate in Shell Beach

Summertime on the Central Coast means Broadway By The Sea at the Chapman Estate in Shell Beach. Now celebrating 22 years, Broadway By The Sea is a spectacular elegant outdoor concert fundraiser for Opera San Luis Obispo. This year we are proud to bring you a nationally acclaimed quintet of performers singing Broadway hits from Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Music Man, Show Boat, Into The Woods, Company, and several others hit titles including a special South Pacific sneak peak!

We are excited to welcome soprano, Katie McTyre, baritone Brayden Hade, and pianist Hanni Yi; each making their OperaSLO debut, and joining returning favorites soprano Shira Renee Thomas (Magic Flute, 2018), tenor Drew Schufman and Dylan F. Thomas (Magic Flute, Oklahoma!, 2018).

Doors open at 1pm and concert begins at 2pm. Arrive early, picnic with friends, bid on silent auction treasures, stroll the gardens, observe plein air painters and marvel at the breathtaking views from this historic estate. Ticket price includes complimentary wine tasting from Opolo Vineyards, pool-side appetizers, and Chuck Hiigel's Beer Garden! Elegant box lunches are available by Chipwrecked. General admission $70, table seating $90, and $720 for reserved tables of parties of 8.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Click below to watch a video of last year's Broadway by the Sea!

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Broadway On The Lake

Sunday, August 11 | Atascadero Lake Pavilion

Opera San Luis Obispo brings fantastic Broadway to North County's Atascadero Lake Pavilion! Join us for an afternoon of great musical theatre with Opera San Luis Obispo's first Broadway On The Lake! We are thrilled to present a nationally acclaimed quintet of performers: sopranos Shira Renee Thomas and Katie McTyre, tenor Dylan Scott Thomas, baritone Brayden Hade, and pianist Chris Wade performing Broadway hits from Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Music Man, Show Boat, Into The Woods, Company, and several others hit titles including a special South Pacific sneak preview to OperaSLO's grand production this October!

Doors open at 3pm and concert begins at 4pm. Arrive early, explore the art auction, stroll the beautiful lakeside Pavilion and park, and help support Opera San Luis Obispo's 2019-2020 season! Ticket price includes wine tasting, elegant appetizers, and charcuterie platters. An exciting intermission Cake Auction will demonstrate the talents of bakers from all over the Central Coast! Table seating $45, $360 reserved tables for parties of 8.

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South Pacific

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14 | Performing Arts Center, SLO

Save the Date!

Answer the call to Bali Hai and experience America’s favorite classic musical in epic scale at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo. Our brand new Citywide Arts Collaboration classic setting of South Pacific features several established arts organizations, amazing dancing and singing, nationally acclaimed leading artists, and the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra and Chorus.

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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