Interested in Opera but not sure how to get started?
Why not join Rich Vivrette and/or Paul Kupras for a wonderful experience?
Opera Lovers...
We had a small group attend the MetOpera premier performance of Umberto Giordano’s Fedora.  We were treated to one of the more interesting opera plots – a who-dunnit with revenge turning to regret and repentance, and final tragedy.  A great performance with beautiful music and moments of intense emotion.  And, interestingly, the theater was more crowded than usual.  Looks like some couth has come to the Tri-Valley.  If you’re planning on attending future events, we suggest that you make on-line reservations and select the seats that you want ahead of time.
Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months:
     La Traviata                  Giuseppe Verdi                      15-Feb-23  (playing in Walnut Creek only)
     Lohengrin                   Richard Wagner                     22-Mar-23
     Falstaff                       Giuseppe Verde                     5-Apr-23
     Der Rosenkavalier        Richard Strauss                    19-Apr-23
The SIRS Met Opera Schedule for the 2022-2023 season is now available, featuring an amazing selection of operas with lots of top-rated arias.  All shows are the Regal Hacienda in Dublin on Wednesdays, with shows at 1:00pm and 6:30pm.  We’ll be sending out individual announcements in advance of each of the performances.  If you would like to be kept informed, send an e-mail to Rich Vivrette:  r.vivrette@am-alarm.com

Some frequently asked questions:

  • Do we have to get dressed up?  No – it’s at the movie theater in Dublin
  • Do we go to San Jose or San Francisco?  No – it’s at the movie theater in Dublin
  • Is it a live performance?  No – it’s at the movie theater in Dublin
  • Do we car pool?  If you want – it’s at the movie theater in Dublin.   

If you want more information email Rich Vivrette at r.vivrette@am-alarm.com.

SIRS, wives, friends welcome!


Members of the group attending the Tosca performance earlier this year!

Rich Vivrette
Paul Kupras

As background to our group, we’re bringing some Couth to Your Youth with this group for SIRS and their friends and family who want to experience the beauty and majesty of classical Opera without blowing the budget or making a huge commitment of time.  For the last 10 years the New York Metropolitan Opera has provided The Met: Live in HD, a series of high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world.  Live performances are shown Saturday mornings, 10:00am, with encores on Wednesdays, at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, at the Regal Hacienda in Dublin. 


Performances run about 3½ hours and include two 15-minute intermissions and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and support crew.  There are about 12 operas presented during a 9-month season.  All operas have English subtitles on the big screen.  Our group is going to center on Wednesday afternoon performances.  Here is what we’re offering:

  • Sign up to receive the full season schedule of The Met: Live in HD series with performance schedule, name and composer of the opera.  This will include time and date for all performances and recommendations for newcomers based on input from experienced opera-goers.  You can set up your calendar a year in advance.
  • Two weeks before the opera you will receive a reminder with a synopsis of the opera with plot line, characters, names of the performers, and some YouTube previews of famous pieces.
  • One week before the opera you will be reminded about the opera and invited to join participants at a local spot within walking distance of the theatre for a social hour.

Tickets are $22.00 each, payable at the door.  No reservations required, just show up if you want to be thoroughly mesmerized by incredible music, world-class singing, and dramatic performances that leave you emotionally drained.  It’s wonderful.


If you want to get started with the MetOpera schedule, if you want to put some Couth in your Youth, drop a line to Rich Vivrette: r.vivrette@am-alarm.com.  We’d love to see you on Wednesdays, but if you want to do it, but can’t stay out late, you’ll have the info you need for Saturday mornings.