2018-2019 Season Previews

Cal Performances' 2018-2019 Season

Cal-performances-jimmy-lopez-dreamers-jimmy-lopez-and-nilo-cruz-1-franciel-bragaSeptember 23 2018: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste
September 28-30 2018: Mark Morris Dance Group; Pepperland
September 30 2018: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Bach Suites
October 5 2018: Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble
October 6 2018: Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán; A Tribute to Juan Gabriel
October 7 2018: Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble; Delhi to Damascus
October 12-13 2018: Schaubühne; An Enemy of the People
October 13 2018: Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth
October 13 2018: Soweto Gospel Choir; Songs of the Free
October 20-21 2018: Sasha Waltz & Guests; Körper
October 25 2018: An Evening with Pat Metheny
October 26-28 2018: Barber Shop Chronicles
November 1 2018: Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos
November 3 2018: Jordi Savall; The Routes of Slavery (1444 –1888)
November 10 2018: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
November 16-17 2018: Compagnie Käfig; Pixel
December 2 2018: Shai Wosner, piano
December 7-9 2018: Pavel Zuštiak and Palissimo Company; Custodians of Beauty
December 8 2018: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, and Lucinda Williams
December 13-16 2018: Big Dance Theater; 17c
January 18-20 2019: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
January 20 2019: David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano
January 25 2019: Kronos Quartet; Fifty for the Future
January 27 2019: Nicola Benedetti, violin; Alexei Grynyuk, piano
February 1 2019: Yefim Bronfman, piano
February 2-3 2019: Kodo; One Earth Tour: Evolution
February 8 2019: Cantus; Alone Together
February 17 2019: Danish String Quartet
February 20 2019: Joyce DiDonato; SONGPLAY
February 22-24 2019: The 7 Fingers; Reversible
February 24 2019: Takács Quartet
March 2-3 2019: Akram Khan; XENOS
March 3 2019: Takács Quartet
March 10 2019: Nicolas Hodges, piano; Jennifer Koh, violin; Anssi Karttunen, cello
March 15-17 2019: Philharmonia Orchestra, London; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
March 22-24 2019: Quote Unquote Collective; Mouthpiece
March 23 2019: An Evening with Ira Glass; Seven Things I’ve Learned
March 31 2019: Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion
April 3 2019: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour; 60th Anniversary Celebration Starring Cécile McLorin Salvant
April 4 2019: The Tallis Scholars; Music Inspired by the Sistine Chapel
April 7 2019: So Percussion; Mallet Quartets and the Keyboard Reimagined
April 9-14 2019: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
April 13 2019: Havana Cuba All-Stars
April 15 2019: Murray Perahia, piano
April 26-28 2019: Théâtre National de Bretagne; Julius Caesar
April 29 2019: Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano
May 1 2019: Alisa Weilerstein, cello; The Complete Bach Suites
May 3 2019: Silkroad Ensemble; Heroes Take Their Stands
May 5 2019: Michael Barenboim, violin
May 11-12 2019: Song of the Goat Theatre; Songs of Lear and Hamlet: A CommentaryMay 17 2019: Los Angeles Master Chorale; Lagrime di San PietroMay 31-June 2 2019: Eifman Ballet; Pygmalion

Cal Performances announced the 2018-2019 season on today, the final season curated by Tarnopolsky before he departs to become CEO and president of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Of greatest interest is Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, performing the world premiere of Dreamer, composed by Jimmy López (pictured above), next March.

Press Release | Official Site


Merola's 61st Season Participants

8.18.17_Finale-1845_resizedSopranos
Kendra Berentsen, Portland, Oregon
Cheyanne Coss, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
Marlen Nahhas, Houston, Texas
Brittany Nickell, Coral Springs, Florida
Patricia Westley, Santa Barbara, California
Meigui Zhang, Chengdu, China

Mezzo-Sopranos
Megan Grey, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Anne Maguire, Washougal, Washington
Simone McIntosh, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Alexandra Urquiola, Bergenfield, New Jersey

Tenors
Zhengyi Bai, Linyi, Shandong, China
Christopher Colmenero, Burlington, Vermont
Addison Marlor, Salt Lake City, Utah
Brian Michael Moore, Cincinnati, Ohio
Christopher Oglesby, Woodstock, Georgia
Charles Sy, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
WooYoung Yoon, Seoul, South Korea

Baritones
SeokJong Baek, Jeon-Ju, South Korea
Jacob Scharfman, Boston, Massachusetts
Jaeman Yoon, Seoul, South Korea
Xiaomeng Zhang, Wenzhou, China

Bass-Baritones
Andrew Moore, Point Pleasant, New Jersey
Ted Pickell, El Dorado Hills, California

Apprentice Coaches
Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad, Kyiv, Ukraine
Annie Brooks, Seattle, Washington
Matthew Gemmill, Ames, Iowa
James Maverick, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thomas Morris, Atlanta, Georgia

Apprentice Stage Director
Marcus Shields, Charleston, South Carolina

The Schwabacher Summer Concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is on Thursday, July 5 and July 7 at Bing Hall.

The Merola artists perform Mozart's Il re pastore on Thursday, July 19 and Saturday, July 21 and Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress on Thursday, August 2 and Saturday, August 4. All of these operas are to be performed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The season ends with the participants singing in the annual Merola Grand Finale (last year's performance pictured above, photograph by Kristen Loken) on Saturday, August 18 at the War Memorial Opera House.

Official Site | Press Releases


SF Symphony's 2018-2019 Season

SF-Symphony-4x6September 5 2018: Open Night Gala with MTT; Itzhak Perlman, violin
September 13-16 2018: MTT conducts Castiglioni, Ravel, Copland; Yuja Wang, piano
September 21-23 2018: MTT conducts Stravinsky's Perséphone and The Firebird
September 27-30 2018: MTT conducts Stravinsky's Petrushka, Violin Concerto, and The Rite of Spring; Leonidas Kavakos, violin
October 11-13 2018: Manfred Honeck conducts Prokofiev and Dvořák
October 14 2018: Evgeny Kissin plays Beethoven and Rachmaninoff
October 18-20 2018: Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Ravel, Bartók, and Debussy; Javier Perianes, piano
October 21 2018: Olivier Latry, organ
October 21-22 2018: Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra
October 25-27 2018: Cristian Mӑcelaru conducts Anna Clyne, Lalo, Kevin Puts, and R. Strauss; Ray Chen, violin
November 1-3 2018: Jurassic Park film with live orchestra
November 4 2018: Hilary Hahn, violin
November 8-10 2018: Jakub Hrůša conducts Shostakovich, Borodin, and Bartók; Karen Gomyo, violin
November 11 2018: Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic; Alisa Weilerstein, cello
November 15–18 2018: MTT's From the Diary of Anne Frank
November 23–25 2018: MTT conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
November 30- December 1 2018: The Nightmare Before Christmas film with live orchestra
December 2 2018: Gautier Capuҫon, cello with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
December 14-15 2018: SoundBox curated by MTT
December 14-15 2018: Jane Glover conducts Messiah
January 5-6 2019: Mary Poppins film with live orchestra
January 11-13 2019: Jaap van Zweden conducts Mozart and Bruckner; Eugene Izotov, oboe
January 14 2019: Itzhak Perlman, violin
January 18-20 2019: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Tchaikovsky and Sibelius; Gabriela Montero, piano
January 22 2019: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
January 24-26 2019: Christian Reif conducts R. Strauss, Andrew Norman, Prokofiev; Johannes Moser, cello
January 27 2019: Leonidas Kavakos, violin
January 31- February 2 2019: Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn
February 7-9 2019: MTT conducts Steven Mackey, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky
February 14-17 2019: András Schiff conducts Bach and Mendelssohn
February 22-24 2019: Daniel Harding conducts Schumann; Lars Vogt, piano
February 27-28 2019: La La Land film with live orchestra
March 1-2 2019: Close Encounters of the Third Kind film with live orchestra
March 3 2019: Mikhail Pletnev conducts the Russian National Orchestra; George Li, piano
March 7-9 2019: Franҫois-Xavier Roth conducts Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms; Cédric Tiberghien, piano
March 10 2019: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin with Lambert Orkis, piano
March 14-17 2019: MTT conducts Ravel, Mozart, and Sibelius; Christian Tetzlaff, violin
March 31 2019: Marc-André Hamelin, piano
April 7 2019: Midori, violin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
April 11-14 2019: Andrey Boreyko conducts Brahms and Zemlinsky; Emanuel Ax, piano
April 18-20 2019: Fabio Luisi conducts Glinka, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov; Mario Brunello, cello
April 25-27 2019: James Gaffigan conducts Wagner, Beethoven, Mozart, and Barber; Hélène Grimaud, piano
May 2-4 2019: Marek Janowski conducts Mendelssohn, Bruck, and Wagner; James Ehnes, violin
May 9–11 2019: MTT conducts Debussy and Ligeti; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
May 12 2019: Joshua Bell, violin; Steven Isserlis, cello; and Jeremy Denk, piano
May 16-18 2019: MTT conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 7
May 23-25 2019: Krzysztof Urbański conducts Elgar, Bacewicz, and Mendelssohn; Vilde Frang, violin
May 30- June 1 2019: Juraj Valčuha conducts Bach and Shostakovich; Alexander Barantschik, violin
June 6-8 2019: TBD conducting Bartók, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns; Nikolai Lugansky, piano
June 9 2019: Christopher Houlihan, organ
June 13-16 2019: MTT conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 9
June 20-22 2019: MTT conducts Steve Reich and Prokofiev; Yefim Bronfman, piano
June 27-30 2019: MTT conducts Noye's Fludde and L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Season Highlights | Press Release


Met Opera's 2018-2019 Season

MetoperaSeptember 24 2018- March 28 2018: Samson et Dalila
September 25- November 13 2018: La Bohème
September 26 2018- March 7 2019: Aida
October 4-27 2018: La Fanciulla del West
October 25 2018- April 6 2019: Tosca
October 19- November 10 2018: Marnie
October 30 2018- February 8 2019: Carmen
November 8- December 1 2018: Mefistofele
November 44- December 8 2018: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
November 23- December 15 2018 Il Trittico
December 4 2018- April 27 2019: La Traviata
December 14 2018- January 10 2019: Otello
December 19 2018- January 5 2019: The Magic Flute
December 31 2018- January 26 2019: Adriana Lecouvreur
January 15-31 2019: Pelléas et Mélisande
January 16- February 17 2018: Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle
January 30- April 18 2019: Don Giovanni
February 7- March 2 2019: La Fille du Régiment
February 12- May 10 2019: Rigoletto
February 22- March 16 2019: Falstaff
March 30- April 20 2019: La Clemenza di Tito
May 3-11 2019: Dialogues des Carmélites
March 9- May 6 2019: Das Rheingold
March 25- May 7 2019: Die Walküre
April 13- May 9 2019: Siegfried
April 27- May 11 2019: Götterdämmerung

The Met announced the 2018-2019 season today, the first for Yannick Nézet-Séguin as Music Director. The new productions are Samson et Dalila, Nico Muhly's Marnie, La Traviata, and Adriana Lecouvreur (which is a co-production with San Francisco Opera, among others). Philippe Jordan conducts the Lepage production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, which stars Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

Press Release with Casting | Official Site


LA Opera's 2018-2019 Season

Chandler_balconiesSeptember 22- October 14 2018: Don Carlo
October 20–November 11 2018: Satyagraha
October 27–31, 2018: Joby Talbot's Vampyr
November 17–December 15 2018: Hansel and Gretel
November 29–December 2 2018: Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkin’s Prism 

February 22-23 2019: David Lang’s the loserMarch 2–24 2019: La Clemenza di Tito
April 27–May 19 2019: Manuel Penella's El Gato Montés
June 1–22 2019: La Traviata

Los Angeles Opera announced its next season on today.

Official Site


SF Opera's 2018-2019 Season

WMOH9_JoelPuliattiSeptember 7–30 2018: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci
September 8–27 2018: Roberto Devereux
October 3–30 2018: Tosca
October 16–November 3 2018: Arabella
November 17–December 9 2018: It's a Wonderful Life
June 5-29 2019: Carmen
June 9-27 2019: Orlando
June 16-28 2019: Rusalka

General Director Matthew Shilvock announced the 2018-2019 season for San Francisco Opera today. Highlights include Roberto Devereux with Sondra Radvanosky, Russell Thomas, Jamie Barton; Handel’s Orlando starring Sasha Cooke and David Daniels; and Rusalka with Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the title role opposite Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince.

Plácido Domingo gives a concert at the War Memorial on Sunday, October 21 at 2pm, with Jordi Bernàcer conducting the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Other guests for the event include Ana María Martínez and Arturo Chacón-Cruz.

There are 6 conductor debuts: Marc Albrecht, Daniele Callegari, James Gaffigan, Leo Hussain, Eun Sun Kim, and Christopher Moulds. It will be interesting to see who the new music director will be.

Press Release | Official Site


Steve Jobs Opera in SF and Seattle

MasonBates by Todd Rosenberg 53San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera will both present Mason Bates' opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The piece has a world premiere this July at Santa Fe Opera.

The piece is part of the 2019-20 season at San Francisco Opera and the 2018-19 season at Seattle Opera.

SF Opera Press Release | Seattle Opera Press Release


Jake Heggie's Next West Coast Premiere

Jake_heggie_piano[1]It's A Wonderful Life, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie (pictured left, photograph by Art & Clarity) and librettist Gene Scheer is based on Frank Capra's 1946 film and will have a West Coast premiere at San Francisco Opera in the 2018-19 season. The work has a world premiere at Houston Grand Opera this Friday.

Press Release | SF Opera's Official Site | Jake Heggie's Official Site


Lyric Opera of Chicago's The Passenger and New Ring Cycle

Christine-goerkeLyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-2015 season includes The Passenger, which will be performed from February 24 to March 15, 2015. The company will also present a new Ring production, directed by David Pountney, starting on October 1, 2016 and continuing in consecutive seasons, followed by three complete cycles in April 2020. The conductor is Sir Andrew Davis, and the cast includes Christine Goerke (pictured left) as Brünnhilde and Eric Owens as Wotan.

Press Release | Official Site