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Subscription FOR 3 VET OPERAS

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Buy a season subscription to all three BSLO 2019 VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING productions for a special cost savings!

April 20th and 28th, 2019

May 25th & June 2nd, 2019

September 22nd & 28th, 2019

This year, we are offering our first 3-opera subscription for a significant savings! The 3-Opera Series includes Verdi’s Aida, Bellini’s Norma and Verdi’s Falstaff. All subscription operas are performed at our main performance venue in Santa Cruz at beautiful Veteran’s Memorial Building. The performances will be coupled with wine and appetizers being served 30 minutes prior to the performance time and at intermission.

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CHILDREN UNDER 12 ALWAYS FREE! We love to see them at the opera.

AïDA by Verdi

saturday, april 20, 7:30pm & Sunday, april 28, 3:00pm, 2019
Veterans Memorial building, Santa Cruz

Wine and Light Appetizers included in the ticket price


Aida: Jennifer der Torrossian Studley, Soprano
Amneris, daughter of the King: Liliane Cromer, Mezzo Soprano
Radamès, Captain of the Guard: David Gustafson, Tenor
Amonasro, King of Ethiopia: J.T. WIlliams, Bass-Baritone
Ramfis, High Priest: Eric Coyne, Bass

Conducted by Marie Louise Catsalis and Michael Moran

Aïda - Set in ancient Egypt, Aïda is the most grandiose setting of any of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas, but also the backdrop of an intensely intimate drama. A paradox? On the contrary, it offers a highly fertile duality. Aïda is in fact a series of personal tragedies, developing in an impressive decorum, consisting in rituals and pompous processions. Under the skies of ancient Egypt, Verdi reaches a new level of maturity and depth in his relentless quest for human truths, giving the tumultuous relations of Aïda, Radames and Amonasro touches of true sincerity. In this marvelous setting the melodic balm of Verdi's music is as fascinating as ever.

Special Guest Artist: David Gustafson, Tenor

David Gustafson, Tenor

David Gustafson, Tenor

Internationally recognized for his robust, expressive voice, tenor David Gustafson made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2010 as Sentinelle in Cyrano De Bergerac starring Placido Domingo. Most recently heard as Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), Alfredo (La Traviata), Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Namahage (Monster), Anthony (Tango of the White Gardenia), Jupiter (Semele), King Herod (Salome), Kagemusha (Nen-Nene-ko), Radamés (Aïda), L'Aumonier (Dialogues des Carmélites), Erik (Der Fliegende Holländer) Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), a return to Japan for a concert tour, Turridu (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Canio (Pagliacci), Otello (Otello), and as Cavaradossi (Tosca), Tony in the world premier of (Heart of the Soldier) at San Francisco Opera, Gustafson’s roles range from Calaf (Turandot), Rodolfo (Bohème) Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Magic Flute), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Ramiro (Cenerentola), Lionel (Martha), Beppe (Pagliacci), Alfred (Fledermaus), Nemorino (Elixir of Love), and others. A frequent oratorio singer, Gustafson has sung masses of Beethoven, Verdi, Mozart, Schubert and Haydn, Messiah (Handel), Magnificat in D and cantatas of J.S. Bach, as well as Carmina Burana (Orff), Rachmaninoff Vespers, Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. In addition he sang the world premiere, presented by Eugene Symphony, of Robert Kyr’s Symphony No. 9 as well as its European premiere, in Denmark. Heard internationally as Count Almaviva (Barbiere) with the Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, the production being the Chinese premier of the Rossini masterpiece. In addition to live London performances at Abbey Road Studio, London, Gustafson recorded Prince Hal/Henry V (Getty’s Plump Jack) with the London Philharmonia. In 2006 Gustafson headlined the Gala Opening Concert of the Cesky Krumlov International Music Festival in the Czech Republic.Upcoming performances include Samson (Samson et Dalila), Don Jose (Carmen), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), among several concert appearances Beethoven’s 9th symphony, Haydn’s Great Organ Mass and the requiems of Verdi and Mozart.

An Aida review from Opera News...

"David Gustafson's ever-secure Radamès, almost as strong in volume, grew in vocal beauty as the evening progressed. Softening his voice in the final tomb scene to produce tones of surprising warmth, Gustafson was the strongest and best-equipped dramatic tenor I've heard in a Bay Area regional opera production."

We’re excited to announce our first ever collaboration with the
Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose under the direction of Emily Ray
and the
San Jose Symphonic Choir under the direction of Leroy Kromm.
See below for performance information.

Mollicone & Mendelssohn, 2019

Mollicone & Mendelssohn, 2019

Lady bird: first lady of the land by Henry mollicone

Sunday, may 19 2019, 3:00pm
Heritage theater, campbell


President LBJ: Dan Morris, Baritone
Ladybird Johnson: Liliane Cromer, Mezzo Soprano
Young Lady Bird: Jenny der Torrossian Studley, Soprano
Luci Baines Johnson: Kristin Genis-Lund, Soprano
Lynda Bird Johnson: Cheryl Moore, Mezzo Soprano
Young Lydon Johnson: Gregory Spear, Tenor
Advisor: Gregory Spear, Tenor
Advisor: Jackson Beaman, Tenor
Advisor: J.T Williams, Bass-Baritone

Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land, a one-act opera by composer Henry Mollicone and Pulitzer Prize winning lyricist, Sheldon Harnick, is based upon events in the life of first lady Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson. In this special collaborative performance, they are committed to honoring Lady Bird Johnson’s contribution to America, as the woman who stood witness to the historical magnitude of her husband’s term as President of the United States and rode down bigotry as a daughter of the South. ONE performance only, that also features Felix Mendelssohn’s beautiful Lobgesang, Op. 52, a Symphony-Cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra.

Box Office information:

Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-4:00pm; Fridays 9:00am-5:30pm; Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm
Box Office is also open 1 hour before showtime and closes 20 minutes after show begins
Box Office phone:  (408) 866-2700.  
Phone orders:  VISA, Mastercard, and Discover accepted (no additional charge).  Tickets are mailed to the customer.  Tickets will only be held at Will Call during the week prior to the performance.

Additional $5.00/tickets for tickets purchased online plus $2.00 Facility Fee.

NOrma by Bellini

saturday, May 25th, 7:30pm & Sunday, JUNE 2nd, 3:00pm, 2019
Veterans Memorial building, Santa Cruz

Wine and Light Appetizers included in the ticket price


Norma: Jenny der Torrossian Studley, Soprano
Adalgisa: Lilliane Cromer, Mezzo Soprano
Pollione: Gregory Spear, Tenor
Oroveso: Lazo Mihajlovich, Baritone
Flavio: TBA
Clotilda: Paige Patrick, Soprano

Written by Romantic-era Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini in 1831, Norma is a tragedia lirica in two acts that take place in 50 B.C. Gaul. It features Bellini's signature long melodies and is considered a masterpiece of the bel canto genre, which is defined by a highly expressive style of singing. Norma also features one of the all-time great soprano arias, Casta Diva. As such, the opera is considered a defining role for operatic sopranos. The priestess Norma has had an illicit affair with Pollione, an officer in the forces occupying her land, and has had two children by him. Pollione has now tired of Norma and taken up with the younger priestess Adalgisa. Meanwhile, Norma’s people cry out for rebellion against the occupying forces. Will Norma take revenge on Pollione, and will her people discover her secret?

Falstaff by verdi
Adapted from Shakespeare’s ‘The merry wives of windsor’
Sung in English


Falstaff: Chris Wells, Baritone
Ford: Julio Ferrari, Baritone
Alice Ford: Jennifer der Torrossian Studley, Soprano
Meg Page: Liliane Cromer, Mezzo Soprano
Nanetta: Kristin Genis-Lund, Soprano
Dame Quickly: Rachel Warner, Contralto
Fenton: Carmelo Rosado, III, Tenor
Dr. Caius: Jackson Beaman, Tenor
Bardolfo: Ross Halper, Tenor
Pistola: J.T. Williams, Bass Bariton


August 24, 2019, 7:30pm
Henry Miller Library, Big SuR

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3:00pm & Saturday September 28, 2019, 7:30pm
Veterans Memorial Building, Santa cruz

Wine and Light Appetizers included in the ticket price

Verdi’s sophisticated Shakespearean comedy Falstaff brimming with backfired plans, failed disguises, and uproarious personalities comes to our ‘Opera in the Park’ series. This brilliant opera—Verdi’s last—features one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters: the rotund and lovably oafish knight Falstaff, from the Bard’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor. In this operatic take, Falstaff attempts to seduce two wealthy (and married) women—but they concoct their own scheme to expose him for a fool.

In addition to the ticketed venues, you can also catch this performance at any of our ‘Opera in the Park’ shows, free to the public:

Opera in the park series

Saratoga Wildwood Park
Saturday, september 7, 2019, 3:00pm

Capitola Esplanade
Saturday, september 21, 2019, 12:00pm

Redwood City Courthouse square
sunday, september 15, 2019, 5:00pm

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Fundraiser Dinner
Die fledermaus by J. Strauss II.

Tuesday, DECEMBER 31, 2019, 7:30pm


We invite you to Count Orlofski’s ball! Be our guest for a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Fundraiser Dinner. This event is the perfect occasion to celebrate the New Year, support BSLO’s 2020 season and feast on food and wine pairings. All this amidst the famous tunes and unforgettable Viennese melodies of Johann Strauss II. Proceeds will benefit BSLO’s 2020 Season. For more information, call 408-391-5785.