The program was a mix of opera & musical theater & was partly determined by audience members who spun a wheel to randomly select the next number. The venue was packed, & the atmosphere was lively & fun. My favorite part was hearing people applaud & cheer spontaneously during the arias, something I can imagine happening in 18th century opera houses before it all got so serious.
Yahoo's 20th anniversary. Slides projected behind the singers provided hilariously modern translations, as well as informative factoids about the composers & the music. Costumed supers from the opera greeted guests, & there was a rack of costumes for attendees to try on themselves. There were door prizes from the SF Opera, & I received a packet of pop rocks on the way out. For those who stayed, a dance party immediately followed. All this for $10!
SF Opera Adler Fellows
Robert Mollicone, emcee
Noah Linquist & Ronny Greenberg, piano
Program, as much as I can remember:
Habanera from Carmen
"Là ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni
Maria Valdes & Edward Nelson
''Tirannia gli diede il regno'' from Rodelinda
"If Love Were All" by Noël Coward
"La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto
"Ol' Man River" from Porgy & Bess
Flower Duet from Lakmé
Julie Adams & Zanda Švēde
"O Isis and Osiris" from Die Zauberflöte
"Fin ch' han dal vino" from Don Giovanni
"Make them hear you" from Ragtime
"O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi
"Mad about the Boy" by Noël Coward
"Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
"O sole mio"
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
The Rickshaw Stop