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, January 27, 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

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

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed…The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

World Premiere: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 1902. Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

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


Sponsored by John & Alison Denlinger and John & Elizabeth Rolph

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

Wednesday, January 30, 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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Going for Baroque with the Opéra-Ballets of J-P Rameau

Thursday, February 7, 1pm | Mount Carmel Lutheran Church

Going for Baroque with the Opéra-Ballets of J-P Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau, (September 25, 1683, Dijon – September 12, 1764) was the most important French composer and music theorist of the Baroque era. He replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera-ballet and is one of the leading opera composers in history.

Opéra-ballet was a popular genre of French Baroque opera that grew out of the ballets à entrées of the early seventeenth century. It differed from the more elevated tragédie en musique as practiced by Lully in several ways. It contained more dance music than the tragédies and the plots were not always derived from Classical mythology; it even allowed for comic elements. The opéra-ballet consisted of a prologue followed by a number of self-contained acts (known as entrées), often loosely grouped around a single theme.

This course considers four of Rameau’s opera-ballets: Hippolyte et Aricie (1733), Castor et Pollux (1737), Platée, (1749) and Les Paladins (1760). These operas are presented in four different and contrasting styles ranging from traditional baroque with elaborate sets and costumes to wildly contemporary using fantastic staging and computer driven imaging. All of them have one thing in common - Rameau’s imaginative and innovative music which lends itself to a variety of interpretations, stagings and dance styles.

Feb 7 - Hippolyte et Aricie is rendered in the traditional baroque style with opulent elaborate sets and classical ballet recorded live by the Paris Opéra in 2012. It aims to recreate the sumptuously costumed and ritualized spectacle Louis XV might have enjoyed when the piece was first performed in 1733.

Feb 14 - Castor and Pollux as performed by De Nederlandse Opera in 2008 features spare, geometric sets and props with simple costuming. The singers are doubled by dancers who enact the emotions of the principle singers with highly stylized contemporary dance movements.

Feb 21 - Platée was performed at the Opera national de Paris, Palais Garnier in 2002. It was originally a ballet bouffon devised as a great spectacle with ballet, magnificent costumes and brilliant music. This version is set in a mock theater with the dancers in contemporary dress running up and down aisles and across rows in rigid formations. The choreography is brilliant and contemporary.

Fwb 28 - Les Paladins was recorded at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in 2004 featuring the orchestra of Les Arts Florissant. Performers include breakdancers, Brazilian martial artists, ballet dancers, acrobats and African dancers, with extraordinarily high-spirited choreography. The entire back wall of the stage is covered by giant video projections which features18th-century characters in wigs bouncing around in clouds, images of the dancers you see on stage and lots of shape-shifting, people turning into animals, and a Metro train. The costumes are wildly colorful with the odd naughty flash of nudity. It's a fantastic, high-energy production.

Each Session meets at the Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 Frederick St. SLO

Located at the intersection of Hwy 101 and Grand Ave, just off the Freeway.

All sessions run from 1- 4PM, Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Each session includes a video segment from each of the operas and discussion.

Participants receive a 30-page course syllabus with bios, synopses and commentary.

The donation is $20 for the entire 4-session course or $7 for a single session.

All proceeds go to Support OperaSLO

To register, send a check addressed to:

OperaSLO, PO Box 14760

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Checks or cash will be accepted at each session.

(write “rameau” on the lower left line of the check)

For specific questions and additional information please contact

John Frey at JENFREY@aol.com or phone 549-0721.

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

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

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenor Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

World premiere: Opéra Comique, Paris, 1875. Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

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


Sponsored by Jan Simek and Judy Lang

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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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Saturday, March 30, 9am | 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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