Festival Opera Holiday Gala
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Park Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA
It's back! After a two-year hiatus, the Festival Opera Holiday Gala returns for an exclusive one-night engagement at the elegant Lafayette Park Hotel in Lafayette. This is traditionally our largest get-together of the year, featuring no-host cocktails, an elegant sit-down dinner with wine service, live entertainment by Festival Opera artists, live and silent auctions, and valet parking. It's a party you won't want to miss. Previous galas have sold out quickly, so be sure to get your reservations in early. Call 925.944.9610, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP deadline is Friday, November 29.
Location: Members only, by invitation
Members of the Festival Opera Association (defined as donors of $100 or more within the last year) are invited on December 14 to hear an exclusive wrap-up of the year just ending, a look ahead at plans for 2014, and to elect candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. Not a member yet? Your donation of $100 or more earns you a personal invitation to this informative meeting. Light refreshments will be served.
The Emperor of Atlantis: A Legend in Four Scenes
Born in a Nazi concentration camp, the hauntingly beautiful music of Viktor Ullman's The Emperor of Atlantis survived, although its creator did not. It received its American premiere in San Francisco in 1977. Festival Opera is pleased to present three performances of this powerful 20th century parable, April 25, 26 and 27. Stay tuned for ticket information as it becomes available.
Jake Heggie's moving chamber opera, Another Sunrise received its world premiere in Seattle in 2012. It tells the true story of resistance fighter and Holocaust survivor Krystyna Zywulska during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Heggie is also the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick.
Don Quixote (Don Quichotte)
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, CA
Jules Massenet's light-hearted, yet tender interpretation of Cervantes' classic novel has moved opera audiences for more than 100 years. Bass/baritone Philip Skinner returns from his triumph as Iago in last season's Otello to sing the title role. Three performances, July 11, 12 and 13; tickets will go on sale in the spring.