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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

David Gockley of SF Opera to speak in Santa Rosa

For local opera fans, the Sonoma County Chapter of the San Francisco Opera Guild has planned a rare treat. David Gockley, executive director of the San Francisco Opera, will appear in an onstage conversation with tenor John Duykers of Sebastopol at at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. Admission: $20. Information: 707-539-1220, sccsfog@sonic.net, www.facebook.com/SFOperaGuildSonoma.

Cinnabar Theater extends run of sold-out ‘Carmen’ production

After selling out all performances of its current production of Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen,” the Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma has added a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. This production of “Carmen” is Cinnabar’s first  in the theater’s 40-year history. The opera follows the ill-fated love affair between a Don José, hot-tempered soldier played by Mark Kratz and Carmen, a spirited gypsy woman played by Rebecca Krouner. The opera is directed by Elly Lichenstein, with musical direction by Mary Chun.… Read More »

Sign up now for this fall’s Opera Bus

For three decades, Nancy Berto has been helping get Santa Rosa residents to San Francisco on the Opera Bus each fall. The Opera Bus program, now in its 31st season, is taking reservations for three fall operas in San Francisco.   The three operas are: Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 Heggie’s “Moby Dick,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 Puccini’s “Tosca,” 2 p.m. Nov. 18 Special group prices are $114 for the evening performances and $126 for the weekend matinee. The… Read More »

Sign up for the Opera Bus

For those who love the opera a lot more than they love driving, there’s an easy answer. For the past three decades, the Sonoma County Opera Guild’s “Opera Bus” program has offered a package deal that covers tickets as well as round-trip transportation from Oakmont and Santa Rosa to the San Francisco Opera. The operas and trip dates this season are: 7:30 p.m.  Sept. 14  — Puccini’s “Turandot, with David Hockney’s lavish sets, starring Leah Crocetto and  Marco  Berti. 7:30… Read More »

Summerfield Cinemas presents ‘MacBeth’

Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa will present a big-screen, high-definition, live simulcast of “MacBeth,” from the Royal Opera House in London, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 13. The movie house also has scheduled two encore presentations of this production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, based on the William Shakespeare play, at 1 p.m. June 19 and 6:30 p.m. June 21. Address: 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. Admission: adults, $20; students and seniors, $18; children, $16. Information: (707) 522-0719; (707) 523-1586, ext.… Read More »

Send us your Scrooges and Suglarplum Fairies

OK, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to compile the annual Press Democrat story listing local productions of “The Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker”  and other holiday season classics. We do our best to get them all, and after doing this for a long time, we already know about many of the shows. But every year, after the story runs, someone inevitably feels left out. So, this time, let’s get proactive. Send us the information NOW. We need it… Read More »

Actress Stephanie St. James comes home

Stephanie St. James, a hometown favorite with some big-time credits,  has been signed to appear in the 6th Street Playhouse production of the musical “Rent” in Santa Rosa next month. St. James co-starred as Squeak in the national touring production of the Broadway hit,`The Color Purple,” adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and produced by Oprah Winfrey, who acted in the 1985 film version by Steven Spielberg. That tour, which opened in Chicago,  included a run in San Francisco,… Read More »

Sebastopol’s Gilbert and Sullivan sing-along

We’ve all heard about “going green” and getting all eco-friendly but what, exactly, what is a “green concert”? The question comes up because Sebastopol Savoyards Ltd. is presenting one, the eighth and latest in its Series of Savoy Celebrations, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St. It turns out this concert is “green” because it’s devoted to music about nature, composed by the kings of comic operetta, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur… Read More »

Sonoma City Opera sings for the holidays

When Antoinette Kuhry founded the Sonoma City Opera 25 years ago, one of her goals was to bring fine singing to a broader audience, especially young people. With that in mind, Sonoma City Opera will present “Joy to the World,”  a family Christmas concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in the First Congregational Church of Sonoma Sanctuary, 252 West Spain St.,  Sonoma. The lineup are professional Bay Area artists performing includes: * Pianist and conductor, Mary Chun. (Pictured above.)… Read More »