The Fundraiser was fun!

I don’t know which was the best part – the auction of donations (books by me and Bay Area author Marta Zucker), the dancing or the food… A few people got introduced to opera and seemed to like it! Sang the usual suspects (Queen of the Night) plus my beloved La danza by Rossini. All for a good cause! (Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity)


The costume is always popular


Sebastian was the highest bidder on “Hela”!


Divine poppyseed cheesecake brought by Gregory.


A night to remember and to revisit next year!

Concert in Bernal Heights on Saturday

Last week Bernal Opera sang in Mendocino County, this weekend we will be performing – and entertaining – closer to home, at the Infinite Koncepts Gallery, 3844 Mission St, San Francisco. Program includes arias by Catalani, Puccini, Massenet, Boito and art songs by Karłowicz, Różycki,  Dell’Acqua. Starting at 8 PM, Nov. 22nd, 20 bucks a ticket with some delicious food and wine included. If interested, call Alejandro at 415 595 8054 – see you there!


Bernal Opera Gala came and went

I think we had a full house on Saturday – opera singing for many lovely, interesting people plus wine, snacks and cake. Of all the pieces performed the most commented one was my beloved “Aria with Chimes” from The Haunted Manor by Moniuszko. If I can get Rob from England to orchestrate more material my dream of staging this wonderful opera in San Francisco will come true! Apart from that, the recipe for a good evening is: two Verdis, three Puccinis, Handel, Rameau, Mozart and Wagner. Oh, and yes, Spohr. Kudos to Justyna for joining in and sight reading some of it on the fly.

As a true Pole I am not able to say at this point what the rest of the season will look like, things will happen as they happen. If I can get Our Producer to open the house on a regular basis, let’s say once a month, we will plan the program in a more detailed way so that pieces don’t get repeated. I liked that some guests found out about the concert an hour in advance, confirmed, came in and had a good time. That’s pretty much how I go to shows – sometime during the day I realize I have a free evening, look around, see something on and try for it.

I am also considering creating a separate Bay Area Classical  House Concert Meetup group for promoting our events. It seems daunting to starts something like that from scratch, since through the established groups it is easy to reach many people at once. On the other hand it would put out a clearer idea what kind of music to expect. So watch out for it!

Thanks to those who attended and see you again!

175 Concert fliers went out!

The power of paper media! Earlier today we went along Coleridge and we already have interested neighbors calling in!  I had help from with some underage individuals who said putting out fliers was was great fun, “just like Halloween!”

I learned to appreciate the job of our mailman. Some of those mail boxes are pretty high up. Our dog was very confused, as she expected to actually enter every house we passed and she dug in her paws when I wanted to move on. Definitely a people’s dog!



Concert in Coleridge street on May 18th!

Bernal Opera is co-organizing a music event in  Bernal Heights. A few weeks ago a disturbing event happened in our street, reported here on our local blog Bernalwood. Shaken by the event in our normally quiet and friendly part of the world, some of us neighbors decided to give Coleridge street back its good name by making music. Which plays here anyway  thanks to Sasha! Last Monday the organizing committee convened  and set the date for Sunday May 18th, 12-3, rain or shine, at the Minipark; barbecue, mimosas, the works! So far we have a guitarist, an accordionist, a ukelele player and a singer. Wanna join in – get in touch!