The traditional summer schedule for the Merola Opera Program includes two staged operas, which is fine except that it doesn’t always make room for all the vocal talent assembled in the San Francisco Opera Center’s training program.The three casts collaborate under the leadership of conductor Christopher Ocasek and director Peter Kazaras.Merola Opera Program: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20; 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22. $50-$70.San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F. (415) 864-3330. https://sfopera.com
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AROUND THE WEB
- 3 operas for the price of 1
By Joshua Kosman - Wednesday Jul 19, 2017
- ‘Angels in America,’ Carved to the Bone and Into an Opera
By ZACHARY WOOLFE - Sunday Jun 11, 2017
Shorn of the exuberant verbosity of Tony Kushner’s play, Peter Eotvos’s 2004 adaptation was given its New York premiere on Saturday by City Opera.
- Merola artists shine in marriage-themed triple bill
By Joshua Kosman - Friday Jul 21, 2017
Even if you’re just after good value for your operatic dollar, the excellent new production by the Merola Opera Program is hard to beat: not one, not two, but three one-act works, all available for the price of a single ticket.In “La Serva Padrona,” Pergolesi’s 1733 comedy about social mobility and female resourcefulness, a maid exerts her formidable will to get the master to marry her.There’s some potent emotional chicanery involved in her successful ploy to rescue Satyavan (no spoilers here), but in truth the contest is won by Savitri’s vocal exertions, with their combination of intimate specificity and Wagnerian sweep.In the title role, soprano Kelsea Webb gave a gorgeous performance, marked by magnificent urgency and tenderness, and she was well matched by bass-baritone David Weigel — bold and imposing in the oracular phrases Holst wrote for Death — and the sweet-toned tenor Addison Marlor in the too-small role of Satyavan.Kazaras brought the point home tellingly by casting Satyavan as a soldier in the trenches, Savitri as an anxious wife back home in England, and Death as a grisly figure from the Front, clad in army uniform and gas mask.Noyola returned at evening’s end to play a servant in “The Bear,” but the relevant action there is between a headstrong Russian widow and the ferocious neighboring landowner who arrives to collect on a debt and ends up falling in love.Walton’s score is a manic, ingratiating hybrid of strains from Italian opera, Gilbert and Sullivan and some delicately insinuated modernism, all meant to tell a yarn that would collapse like a souffle without the necessary ironic energy.
- Fit City: Taking Night-Life Cue, Gyms Lower the Lights
By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017
Cycling, boxing and running studios, as well as some full-service gyms, are using sophisticated lighting systems to heighten the exercise experience.
- Hell or High Water, an Orchestra Celebrates the Erie Canal
By MICHAEL COOPER - Friday Jul 7, 2017
The Albany Symphony is playing along the canal to celebrate the bicentennial of the artificial waterway, which transformed New York.
- Living the Urban Life Upstate
By KIM VELSEY - Friday Jun 16, 2017
A New York couple who prefer to rent in the thick of things, even in a Hudson Valley town.