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SFJAZZ: Birds & Balls
MUSIC: If you didn’t know about the Flemish sport of Finch Sitting (think Best in Show for bird owners) or hadn’t imagined the many influences at play in the famed 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, you are in for an unprecedented comedic operatic evening.

SFJAZZ: Birds & Balls

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Date(s) - 04/05/2024 - 04/07/2024
7:30 PM - 3:30 PM



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BUY TICKETS $40-$205. (FRI, APR 5 at 7:30 PM; SAT, APR 6 at 2 PM & 7:30 PM; SUN, APR 7 at 2 PM)

Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ present Birds & Balls, a comedic contemporary opera coupling of Balls, a world premiere opera about the 1973 “The Battle of the Sexes.” tennis match by Emmy and GRAMMY-winning composer Laura Karpman with libretto by New York Times writer Gail Collins, and the West Coast premiere of lauded composer David T. Little and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Royce Vavrek’s comic opera about the Flemish folk sport of Finch-Sitting, Vinkensport.

SFJAZZ is turned into a virtual arena, with a live operatic tennis match, immersive film projections, and fashion and media social artifacts, for an evening of creative, comedic, and meaningful contemporary opera at its best!

Presented by Opera Parallèle