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May 2015

May 28 THU

Festival Opera Lite: A Musical Journey

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main St.
Cost: FREE

Festival Opera Lite is back by popular demand for a second engagement at the Walnut Creek Marriott, with A Musical Journey of songs from around the world. Festival Opera Lite presents familiar opera arias, popular songs and Broadway show tunes. Designed as both an introduction to opera for newbies and fun for opera enthusiasts, Opera Lite events are a laid-back social environment with music, food, wines, and good company.

Featured Bay Area opera stars Sara Duchovnay and Christopher Bengochea will be joined by piano accompanist Danielle Naler. A wonderful menu for dinner and appetizers is available, and wine specials will also be offered in Atrio Restaurant in the hotel lobby. There is no cover charge, however a one-drink minimum is requested.

For more information and reservations for dinner during A Musical Journey in Atrio, call the Walnut Creek Marriott at 925.934.2000.

June 2015

Jun 21 Sun

Opera in the Park & Community Fair — Tribute to Dad

Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Civic Park, Civic & Broadway, Walnut Creek
Cost: FREE

It's back! Festival Opera's popular free summer concert returns to Civic Park in Walnut Creek on Fatherís Day 2015. Explore the Community Fair booth offerings, including the popular Childrenís Activity Booth. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair and enjoy a summer afternoon of fine music to picnic by. Listen to "O mio babbino caro" ("Oh My Beloved Father") from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini, a classic opera song to a father, which will be performed live. Here is Met Opera lyric soprano Anna Netrebko singing the famous aria.

July 2015

Jul 10 Fri

Opening Night Party

Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Prima Ristorante, 1522 N Main St., Walnut Creek
Cost: $120 per person

Help us celebrate the opening of Festival Opera's 25th season as we eagerly await curtain time for Ariadne auf Naxos. Join general director Sara Nealy, board chair Susie Hanson, members of the board and production team plus a few dozen of our closest friends for drinks and dinner as we count down to opera. For information and reservations, call 925.944.9610.

Jul 10 Fri

Opening Night: Ariadne auf Naxos

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1600 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek
Cost: $20 – $80

Festival Opera returns to the newly-refurbished Hoffmann Theatre at the Lesher Center to present two performances of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Maestro Michael Morgan guest-conducts these semi-staged performances featuring sopranos Othalie Graham and Shawnette Sulker, tenor Robert Breault (Merola 1990-91), mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin, and bass-baritone Kirk Eichelberger (Merola 2000). Click here for complete ticket information.

Jul 12 Sun

Matinee Performance: Ariadne auf Naxos

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1600 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek
Cost: $20 – $88

Festival Opera returns to the newly-refurbished Hoffmann Theatre at the Lesher Center to present two performances of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Maestro Michael Morgan guest-conducts these semi-staged performances featuring sopranos Othalie Graham and Shawnette Sulker, tenor Robert Breault (Merola 1990-91), mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin, and bass-baritone Kirk Eichelberger (Merola 2000). Click here for complete ticket information.

November 2015

Nov 13 Fri

Opening Night: Savitri and River of Light

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shadelands Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
Cost: TBA

Festival Opera's 2015 season continues with an evening of two chanber operas, one from the 20th century, one from the 21st. Gustav Holst's Savitri and Jack Perla's River of Light draw on classic and contemporary Indian themes, respectively.

Nov 14 Sat

Two Performances: Savitri and River of Light

Time: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shadelands Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
Cost: TBA

Festival Opera's 2015 season continues with two chamber opera performances — matinee and evening — of Gustav Holst's Savitri and Jack Perla's River of Light.

December 2015

Dec 10 Thu

Festival Opera 2015 Holiday Gala

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Rd., Alamo, CA
Cost: TBA

Celebrate the holidays and help us raise funds for the 2016 season at Festival Opera's 2015 Holiday Gala. Complete with cocktail hour, elegant dining, live and silent auctions, and — of course! — sparkling entertainment featuring some of your favorite Festival Opera artists. Reservations available in the fall.