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!

The Nutcracker in SLO

December 8 at 2pm & 7pm; December 9 at 2pm

The end of the year means, Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo's The Nutcracker season! Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonder of this spectacular and professional production, accompanied by the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra conducted by OperaSLO Artistic Director, Maestro Brian Asher Alhadeff.

Saturday, Dec. 8th at 2PM and 7PM
Sunday, Dec. 9th at 2 PM

Get tickets at the Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo. For tickets click here: https://www.pacslo.org/Online/default.asp.

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

Wednesday, December 12 - 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:

October 24, 2018: La Fanciulla del West

November 7, 2018: Marnie

December 12, 2018: La Traviata

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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The Nutcracker in SB

Saturday, December 15 - 2 pm & 7:30 pm; December 16 - 2pm

The end of the year means The Nutcracker, Santa Barbara-style at one of California's most beautiful venues - the historic Granada Theatre. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the magic and wonder of this spectacular and professional production by Santa Barbara's resident State Street Ballet, accompanied by the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra conducted by OperaSLO Artistic Director, Maestro Brian Asher Alhadeff.

Get tickets at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara. For tickets click here: https://ticketing.granadasb.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=12279.

Saturday, December 15, 2018; 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018; 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018; 2:00 pm

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MET Live in HD: MARNIE

Sunday, January 6 - 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

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

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 20 MINS, 1 intermission

Sponsored by Mary Baiamonte

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MET Live in HD: LA TRAVIATA

Sunday, January 20 - 2pm | Performing Arts Center SLO

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

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

World premiere: Venice, Teatro la Fenice, 1853. Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

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

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 40 MINS, 2 intermissions - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Phyllis and Robert Frank

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MET Live in HD: ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

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.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 4 HRS, 2 intermissions - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by John & Alison Denlinger and John & Elizabeth Rolph

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MET Live in HD: CARMEN

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.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 45 MINS, 1 intermission - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by Jan Simek and Judy Lang

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MET Live in HD: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT

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.

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

Sponsored by Denis and Leona Sullivan

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MET Live in HD: DIE WALKURE

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.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 5 HRS 30 MINS, 2 intermissions - READ SYNOPSIS

Sponsored by CF Buetow, in memory of Charlotte Buetow

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MET Live in HD: DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES

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.

ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 3 HRS 30 MINS, 1 intermission - READ SYNOPSIS

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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