Opera San José to Take Part in ‘South First Friday’

By David Salazar

Opera San José is set to participate in the SoFA District’s evening art walk “South First Friday” on Nov. 3, 2023.

As part of the celebration of arts and culture in the city, the opera company will present a preview of its upcoming “The Barber of Seville” production with events taking place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

First up, audiences will hear mezzo Joanne Evans, tenor Patrick Bessenbacher, and baritone Robert Balonek. Then comes the Penisularies Chorus’ The Children of the Chord who will present barbershop quartet music. Headlining this act will be Mike Cating, Rich Postal, Nathan Staples, and Mark Torrance. There will also be a performance organist Jerry Nagano as well as a string quartet of musicians from the Opera San José orchestra.

“We are excited to put some operatic yay into this South First Friday. We can’t wait to share a few sneak peeks at our family-friendly comedic opera, The Barber of Seville, along with the delights of a Bay Area barbershop quartet. It should be a blast,” said Opera San José General Director/CEO Shawna Lucey in an official press statement. “South First Fridays are a fantastic way to spend the evening – highlighting the vibrancy our arts organizations bring to downtown. We hope folks stop in to see what we’re up to as they enjoy the artistic offerings of downtown.”