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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Opera Concert in the Park
Orinda Community Park, Orinda, CA
July 27, 2014 4 PM
Julia Nielsen, Host

Eileen Meredith, soprano; Angela Moser, soprano; Julia Nielsen, soprano; Cass Panuska, soprano;
Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano; Alex Boyer, tenor; Torlef Borsting, baritone; Brad Kynard, baritone

James Meredith, pianist

“Sous le dôme épais” Lakme by Léo Delibes Angela Moser and Lisa van der Ploeg
“Crudel! Perchè finora” Le nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart Torlef Borsting and Cass Panuska
“Hai gia vinta la causa” Le nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart Torlef Borsting
“Via resti servita” Le nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart Lisa van der Ploeg and Cass Panuska
“Casta Diva” Norma by Vincenzo Bellini Angela Moser
“Vogliatemi bene” Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Eileen Meredith and Alex Boyer
“Un bel dì” Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Eileen Meredith
“What a Movie” Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein Lisa van der Ploeg
“A Woman is a Sometime Thing” Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin Brad Kynard
“Bess, You Is My Woman Now” Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin Brad Kynard and Julia Nielsen


“Make Believe” Showboat by Kern/Hammerstein II Cass Panuska and Torlef Borsting
“Musetta’s Waltz” La bohème by Giacomo Puccini Eileen Meredith
“Che gelida manina” La bohème by Giacomo Puccini Alex Boyer
“Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” La bohème by Giacomo Puccini Cass Panuska
“Toréador” Carmen by Georges Bizet Brad Kynard
“Seguidilla” Carmen by Georges Bizet Lisa van der Ploeg and Alex Boyer
“La fleur que tu m’avais jetée Carmen by Georges Bizet Alex Boyer
“Du bist der Lenz” Die Walküre by Richard Wagner Angela Moser
“I Feel Pretty? West Side Story by Bernstein/Sondheim Julia Nielsen
“A Boy Like That/I Have a Love” West Side Story by Bernstein/Sondheim Julia Nielsen and Lisa van der Ploeg
“Brindisi” La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi Angela Moser, Alex Boyer and Ensemble

Sponsored by The Orinda Rotary Club with support from The Orinda Park and Recreation Foundation and the Orinda Community Foundation AND people like you!

Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and uses public space to build community through the arts. Open Opera is a project of Vocal Arts Institute, a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Tax ID #68-0335928

Open Opera’s Last 2011 Concert in the Park, July 31 in Orinda

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Don’t miss Open Opera’s final event of 2011!


Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 4 pm

Orinda Community Park
28 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563 (Map)

Easy access from Orinda BART station / Free parking

Bring family, friends and a blanket or chair for a fun afternoon of
Opera’s greatest ensembles and arias. Children are welcome.

Food and Drinks are available.

Open Opera wishes to thank the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
the East Bay Community Foundation, and all donors and audience members
for their support. Please consider making a donation today at OpenOpera.net.

For more information please contact:
OpenOpera | 510-547-2471 | info@openopera.net

Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and uses public space to build community through the arts.

Sponsored by:
Orinda Rotary Club
Rotary Club
William and Flora HP Foundation East Bay Community Foundation


Friday, May 20th, 2011

OPEN OPERA presents
An Opera Concert in the Park
Live Oak Park, Berkeley, CA
Saturday, May 21, 2011 3PM
Pianists: Amy Glenn

Eliza O’Malley and Elizabeth Baker: “Prenderò” from Cosí fan tutte by Mozart

Ryan Bradford: “Come paride vezosso” from L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti

Nanette McGuinness and Paul Murray: “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart

Elizabeth Baker: “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini

Zoltan DiBartolo: “L’ultima canzone” by Tosti

Paul Murray: “O du mein holder Abendstern” from Tannhauser by Wagner

Nanette McGuinness: “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini

Raymond Chavez: “En fermant les yeux” from Manon by Massannet

Buffy Baggott and Leland Morine: “Dunque io son” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini


Eliza O’Malley: “Quando me’n vo” from La Boheme by Puccini

Brieanne Martin: “Steal me, Sweet Thief” from The Old Maid and the Thief by Menotti

David Chavez: “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca by Puccini

Eliza O’Malley and Buffy Baggott: “The Flower Duet” from Lakme by Delibes

Leland Morine: “Tanzlied des Pierrot” from Die Tode Stadt by Korngold

Marta Johansen: “Caro nome” from Rigoletto by Verdi

Leland Morine and Raymond Chavez: “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pecheurs de perles by Bizet

Buffy Baggott: “Seguidilla” from Carmen by Bizet

Marta Johansen, Buffy Baggott, David Chavez and Leland Morine: “Bella figlia, della amore” from Rigoletto by Verdi

This concert is sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The East Bay Community Foundation, the City of Berkeley and people like you! THANK YOU.




Mezzo Soprano Buffy Baggott is a California Native who has performed leading and featured roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Canadian Opera Company (among others). Locally, she was last heard as Carmen in Berkeley West Edge Opera’s production of “The Carmen Fixation.” Upcoming performances include concerts at The Bay View Music Festival and dreite dame cover in “Die Zauberflöte” for Lyric Opera Chicago. Upcoming performances: “In Eleanor’s Words” (compilation of Stacy Garrop works) - Spring 2011 Release through Cedille Records; Concert: “Four Goethe Songs: Mignons Lied, Der König in Thule, Wandrers Nachtlied I & II”: Jacaranda Music: April 23, 2011; Soloist - various concerts Bay View Music Festival: Summer 2011; 3rd Lady (cover- Die Zauberfloete) Lyric Opera Chicago: November, December 2011; January 2012

Elizabeth Baker, Creative Director, is a San Francisco native and graduate of Williams College. Ms. Baker’s music and performing career spans composition, improvisation, comedy, acting, and opera. Co-founder and creative director of Open Opera, Ms. Baker has performed the roles of Dido and Cherubino and sung at Grace Cathedral with new music composer Earl Howard. Ms. Baker recently appeared at the New Museum in New York with Dogr. Her choral composition, One, Two, Three was commissioned and performed by the International Orange Chorale. Ms. Baker studied composition and North Indian raga with W. A. Mathieu for seven years and is a voice student of Soprano Olivia Stapp.

Baritone Ryan Bradford is a DePaul University graduate who recently made his professional symphony debut with Northwest Indiana Symphony. With DePaul Opera Theater he sang many roles including KoKo in The Mikado and Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and recently debuted in San Francisco as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He has been recognized by both Chicago and San Francisco NATS and is a student of Cesar Ulloa. He performed Masetto in Open Opera’s Don Giovanni.

David Chavez, a current Diablo Valley College student, was born in El Salvador and, he says, he has always liked to sing. Chavez also has been a soloist with the Rossmoor Community chorus, the Moraga Community Chorus, the San Francisco Coro Hispano, the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, Open Opera in Orinda, and the San Jose State University Concert Choir. He served as tenor section leader at many local churches, and currently sings at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Orinda.

Raymond Chavez is a Bay Area native with a past life including five years in the San Francisco Opera Chorus. More recently, Ray has appeared with Alameda Civic Light Opera, most notably as Juan Peron in Evita and the Padre in Man of La Mancha, as well as with Altarena Theater and Stagemasters as Frankie in “Forever Plaid”. He recently premiered song cycles by composer Aaron Blumenfeld in Berkeley (Trinity Concert Series). He has performed in the Bracebridge Dinners in Yosemite National Park. It was while singing in Yosemite that Ray returned to the opera repertoire after a twenty-two year hiatus. Since then, he has appeared with Pocket Opera in San Francisco, and with Open Opera in the East Bay. He has appeared with Virago Theatre in Alameda, last year as Rodolfo in La Bohème and recently as Alfredo in La Traviata.

Zoltan DiBartolo comes from a long and diverse vocal background that spans 25 years and includes the genres of Classical, Jazz, Tango, Salsa, Cabaret, and Vaudeville. In recent years, he has directed his efforts towards a long-time dream of becoming an opera singer. Recent roles include La Traviata’s Gastone and La Boheme’s Shaunard (both with Virago Theater Co.), and Enrico Caruso in The Last Night of The Barbary Coast (written and directed by Jessa Brie Berkner). When not singing opera, Zoltan is the vocalist for San Francisco’s acclaimed Tango Number Nine (tangonumber9.com).

Amy Glenn, B.M. piano performance (BYU), M.M. Vocal Coaching/Accompanying (FSU), has worked as an accompanist/coach for many organizations including San Francisco Conservatory of Music, West Bay Opera, Golden Gate Opera, BASOTI (Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute), A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater), A.M.D.A. (American Music and Dramatic Academy), The Cinnabar Theater, and the San Francisco Opera Center. She performs regularly in recital with members of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera Orchestra and has worked with various choral groups in the bay area including Cantare con vivo, San Francisco City Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus, and Philharmonia Baroque. Amy currently works as Music Director at St. Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco where she is principal organist, pianist and conducts 2 Adult Choirs and 1 Children’s Choir. In her spare time, Amy enjoys continued study of French, German, and Italian, teaching her piano & violin students, working in piano technology & tuning, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Marta Johansen has performed extensively with Oakland Opera Theater, Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, West Bay Opera, and others in such leading roles as Mimi, Violetta, Gilda, Marguerite, Lucia, and the Queen of the Night. She also stage-directs for the Opera Scenes class at Holy Names University, and maintains a voice studio focusing on dramatic presentation.

William G. Ludtke has been a member of the staff and faculties of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, Holy Names University, Marin Opera, Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He is currently a member of ASCAP. While living in Chicago, Bill formed his own grass roots opera company which performed over 50 operas during the company’s existence. Repertory Opera Theater had a large roster of singers and a supporting administrative and artistic staff. Performances included works by Puccini, Mozart, Gilbert & Sullivan, Poulenc’s three operas and numerous one-act operas from the 20th century repertoire. He has received awards from The American Composers Forum, the Meet the Composer Program, the American Guild of Organists, ASCAP, Mu Phi Epsilon, the American Music Center in New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Irvine Foundation, San Francisco Art Commissions and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.
Brieanne Martin is happily singing with San Francisco Symphony and striking it out on small opera and musical stages. She has just been seen as Frasquita in Carmen (Verismo Opera), Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana (Pocket Opera), Giovanna in Rigoletto (Verismo Opera) and the soul-saving Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She studies with Erie Mills and has two baccalaureates, one in Dance and one in Music.

Hailed in the press for her “creamy golden tone,” “glorious soprano,” and “magnetic stage presence,” lyric soprano Nanette McGuinness has performed the roles of Mimì (La Bohème) in the Czech Republic and Musetta (also La Bohème) in Italy. Bay Area audiences have heard her recently as the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Foreign Woman (Menotti’s The Consul), Micaela (Carmen), and First Lady (The Magic Flute) with companies that include Mission City, Trinity Lyric, San Jose (Opera-in-the-Schools), West Bay, Verismo, Berkeley, Livermore Valley, and Pocket Operas. She has been a Teaching Artist for the S.F. Opera Guild, and her CD of music by women composers, Fabulous Femmes, was named “perfect for the song recital lover” by Chambermusic Magazine. Concert engagements include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony as well as works by Mozart, Rossini, Canteloube, Haydn, and the world premiere of William Ludtke’s Christmas Suite with Joann Falletta and the San Jose Symphony, among others. Upcoming: Freia, Desdemona, and a Baroque recording with the Vinaccesi Ensemble.For more information: www.nanette.biz.

Leland Morine, baritone, came from a musical family. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Fresno Pacific College and a Master of Arts at California State University, Fresno. He won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions five times, received top prize in the Fresno District Merola Auditions, and was awarded prizes twice from the Henry Holt Memorial Scholarship. Roles performed include Maletesta Don Pasquale, Dandini Cenerentola, Silvio & Tonio Pagliacci, Renato Ballo, Schaunard Boheme, Scarpia Tosca, Falstaff Falstaff, Elder Germont Traviata, Silva Ernani, Ezio Attila, Michele & Gianni Schicchi Trittico, Count Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi, Sparadrop Princess of Trebizonde, Emperor Rossignol, Jupiter Orpheus, and many Gilbert and Sullivan characters. He regularly performs with the Uptown Singers. Sings Opera, Broadway, and Standards at Bella Restaurant in Redwood Shores, presents Neapolitan Standards at Nicolino’s Garden Restaurant in Sunnyvale, and on radio and in recital. He is widely known for his performances of 17th century through 20th century oratorio and concert literature.

Paul Murray has been living and singing in the Bay Area for the last eight years, pursuing a variety of performance opportunities. Recent operatic highlights include the roles of Basilio (Il Barbière di Siviglia, Opera San Jose), Top (The Tender Land, Berekeley Opera), Alidoro (LaCenerentola, Opera San Jose), and the Four Villains (The Tales of Hoffman, Berkeley Opera. Favorite recent concerts include the premiere of “Thanksgiving for Heroes” by Eric Davis, a new work for chorus, soloists, and dancers; and “They Left a Light,” a collaborative project presenting works by composers who didn’t survive Terezín. In addition to his performing schedule, Mr. Murray teaches collegiate voice lessons at Santa Clara University and privately from his home in Alameda, and is the director of Jubilate Deo, a children’s choir in Hayward. He received his Master’s degree in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Leroy Kromm.

Soprano Eliza O’Malley has performed leading roles throughout Northern California. Over the past few years, she has performed the roles of Gilda in Rigoletto, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Micaela in Carmen, Violetta in La Traviata, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Antigone in Mark Alburger’s Antigone, as well as Nedda in Pagliacci. She looks forward to reprising the role of Nedda, and singing Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Norma in Norma with Verismo Opera at the Hillside Club and in Vallejo in the coming months.

Ellen St. Thomas enjoys performing, teaching, conducting and directing. Her opera performances with local opera companies such as West Bay Opera, Livermore Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission Opera and The Marin Summer Music Festival include: The Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Mimi La Boheme, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Jenufa and Mayor’s Wife Jenufa, Micaela Carmen, Pretzel Girl in Shostakovich’s, The Nose. Opera directing credits include La Boheme and Rachmaninoff’s, Aleko for the Russian Center. Ms. St. Thomas has a private voice studio and teaches voice at the Alameda School of Music. She is co-founder and executive director of Open Opera.

Open Opera Ending on a High Note

Friday, May 6th, 2011

An Invitation to Open Opera’s Final Performances!

May 7 @ 3 pm - Opera Concert in the Park, Dimond Recreation Center in Oakland

May 21 @ 3 pm - Opera Concert in the Park, Live Oak Park in Berkeley

July 31 @ 4 pm - Opera Concert in the Park, Orinda Community Park in Orinda


Dear Friends of Open Opera,

Thank you for your support of Open Opera. It has been an extraordinary two years.

We would like to invite you to our final three performances: May 7 in Oakland, May 21 in Berkeley and July 31 in Orinda.

Whether you have attended performances, participated in our productions, or helped us present free professional opera with your generous donations of time and money, we thank you. We know of no organization that has brought engaging, free professional opera to six thousand people in two short years. We could not have done it without you.

Last week, co-founder and artistic director, Olivia Stapp, regretfully resigned due to family health concerns. Consequently, Open Opera’s two other co-founders, Ellen St Thomas and Elizabeth Baker, carefully evaluated the organization’s prospects for success in the 2011 season. As volunteers, all three have poured heart and soul into Open Opera, each receiving great benefits and making significant sacrifices along the way. A special debt of gratitude is owed to Ellen St Thomas, who deserves high praise for the myriad efforts made on behalf of the organization.

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Most important among our achievements, Open Opera has shown that classical music has a vital future. Our fully staged productions have demonstrated that there is tremendous interest and support for opera, even among those new to the art form. We hope that these achievements can offer inspiration to others whose love of the arts compels them to perform or produce classical music.

Open Opera’s mission to produce free professional opera, and build new audiences and community through the arts, remains a viable and deserving pursuit.

With the challenges of raising funds paramount among our concerns, we have chosen to celebrate all that we have achieved so far. We are not interested in compromising our standards, which we have assiduously tried to maintain at the highest possible level. Further, Olivia Stapp’s unparalleled experience on the world’s stages makes it difficult to imagine filling her shoes.

We plan to compile a record of our activities and notes on the experience in order to enable others to learn from Open Opera’s experience. We welcome your responses, well wishes, and questions with open hearts. It would mean a great deal to hear from you.

When, where and how Open Opera might come to life again remain to be seen.

Thank you once again for joining us in pursuit of great art and the fullest expression of human experience.

Yours sincerely and with love,

Ellen St Thomas, Elizabeth Baker and Open Opera’s Board and Advisory Board

Open Opera is coming to OAKLAND!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011



Oakland, CA, April 6, 2011 Open Opera is coming to OAKLAND on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 3PM! Dimond Recreational Center and Park, a beautiful park located off of 580 and Park, is hosting Open Opera’s first concert in Oakland. Open Opera, is now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts to Bay Area parks.
“We’re bringing opera to the public for free in a time of economic uncertainty, and using public outdoor spaces to build community through the arts,” says mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Baker, also one of Open Opera’s co-founders and its Creative Director. Mothers with infants, retired couples, picnicking families and young adults all have been a part of Open Opera audiences in the past.
Internationally- renowned soprano Olivia Stapp co-founded Open Opera in 2008 because “We wanted to return opera to its informal origins so a music lover can listen, walk around, or picnic during a performance.” Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas, the nonprofit group’s third co-founder, says Open Opera “makes opera accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience, without the cost or formality.
Since its founding in 2008, Open Opera estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people in Berkeley, Alameda and Orinda. Extending its artistic reach into Oakland is a natural progression of Open Opera’s mission. Michelle Doppelt, recreation supervisor exclaims, “I hope the entire community comes out to see this unique FREE event. Having the Open Opera concert in Dimond Park will add to the variety of high quality events we offer”.
WHAT: Free performance of crowd-pleasing opera favorites
WHEN: Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
WHERE: Dimond Recreation Center & Park,3860 Hanly Rd. Oakland, CA 94602
MAP: http://tinyhttp.com/dimond
Dimond Recreation Center and Park is accessible to all persons with disabilities.

Media Contact:
Ellen St. Thomas

For more information call:

Michelle Doppelt
Recreation Supervisor
Dimond Recreation Center & Park
3860 Hanly Rd. Oakland, CA 94602
510-482-7831 Office

Open Opera’s Upcoming events:

May 21, 2011 at 3PM Opera Concert in the Park at Live Oak Park, Berkeley
July 31, 2011 at 4PM Opera Concert in the Park, Orinda Community Park

Opera Concert at Orinda Community Park-July 25, 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

"Laci darem la mano"  from Don GiovanniOPEN OPERA’S PROGRAM FOR ORINDA OPERA IN THE PARK
July 25, 2010

Eileen Meredith: “Chi’l bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rondine by Puccini

Lisa van der Ploeg: “Stride la vampa” from Il Trovatore by Verdi

Pedro Rodelas: “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto by Verdi

Heather McFadden and Eileen Meredith: “Barcarolle” from Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach

Lisa Houston: “Non Piu Mesta” from Cenorentola by Rossini

Megan Cullen: “Song to the Moon” from Rusulka by Dvorák

Eileen Meredith and Lisa van der Ploeg: “Vien Maillika…” from Lakme by Delibes

Leland Morine: “O vin dissipe la tristesse” from Hamlet by Thomas

Heather McFadden: “Voi lo sapete” from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni

Pedro Rodelas and Eileen Meredith “O soave fanciulla from La Boheme by Puccini


Elizabeth Baker and Nick Janitzky: “ Laci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart

Eileen Meredith: “Caro nome” from Rigoletto by Verdi

Raymond Chavez: Federico’s Lament from L’Arlesiana by Cilea

Elizabeth Baker: “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Sevillia by Rossini

Raymond Chavez and Nick Janitzky: “O Mimi, Tu Più Non Torni” from La Boheme by Puccini

Heather McFadden: “Accerba volutta” from Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea

Megan Cullen: “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca by Puccini

Nick Janitzky: “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca by Puccini

Lisa van der Ploeg: “Mon cœur” from Samson et Dalila by Saint Saëns

Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Au fond du temple saint” from Pearl Fishers by Bizet

Lisa Houston: “Habeñera” from Carmen by Bizet

Eileen Meredith, Heather McFadden, Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Bel figlia” from Rigoletto by Verdi

"O soave fanciulla" from La Boheme

Live Oak Park, Berkeley, June 27 Concert Program

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Live Oak Park, Berkeley
June 27, 2010

Jo Vincent Parks: Prologue Aria, I Pagliacci, by Leoncavallo

Eileen Meredith: “Chi’l bel sogno di Doretta”/La Rodine by Puccini

Katya Roemer: “Io son l’umile ancella”/Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea

Angela Moser and Ellen St. Thomas: ”Sull’aria”/The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart  

Theresa Cardinale: “Mon Couer”, Samson and Delilah, Saint Saëns

Gustavo Garcia Hernandez: “Recondita armonia”, Tosca, Puccini

Katya Roemer/Theresa Cardinale: “Barcarolle”/Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach

Megan Cullen: “Song to the Moon” Rusalka, Dvorák

David Chavez/Eileen Meredith: “O soave fanciulla”/La Bohème by Puccini

Elizabeth Baker: “Una voce poco fa”/Il Barbiere by Rossini

David Chavez: “Nessun Dorma”, Tosca, Puccini


Angela Moser: “Dich teure halle”/Tannhäuser by Wagner  

Theresa Cardinal and Katya Roemer: “Non ti scordar mai di me” Written by Ernesto De- Curtis; Domenica Furno

Richard Fey: “Non piu’ andrai”, Figaro, by Mozart

Angela Arnold: “My Man’s Gone Now”, Porgy and Bess by Gershwin

Katya/Theresa/Richard: “Soave sia il vento”/Così fan tutte by Mozart  

Angela Moser and Heather McFadden: “Vien Mallika”…, Lakme, Delibes

Heather McFadden: “Voi lo sapete”, Cavallaria Rusticana, Mascagni

Angela Moser: “O zittre nicht”/The Magic Flute by Mozart

Megan Cullen: “Vissi d’arte”, Tosca, Puccini
Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and use public space to build community through the arts.

We are a non-profit company that relies solely on donations and contributions. If you would like to join Open Opera’s supporters, please visit us today at the volunteer table and we will happily and gratefully accept your donation.
You may also visit us at www.openopera.net and click on the donation tab.
Thank you!

Concert at Live Oak Park-June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

teresa_tam_100514_6959FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


BERKELEY, CA, June 11, 2010 –

Open Opera returns to Berkeley’s Live Oak Park at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 27, with a free opera concert featuring Bay Area singers performing opera favorites in the outdoors.

On October 25, 2008, Open Opera offered its very first free outdoor opera concert at Live Oak Park, which is at 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman Street) in northeast Berkeley.

Open Opera’s professional singers come from all over northern California. Stay tuned for a listing of the singers.

Open Opera will offer four free performances of W. A. Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” at Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park on August 7, 8, 14, and 15. About 3000 people enjoyed two free performances of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” there last July. Open Opera will also offer
more free outdoor concerts this summer.

Artistic Director Olivia Stapp, who lives in Berkeley, co-founded Open Opera “to bring free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and use public space to build community through the arts…We wanted to return opera to its informal origins. At beautiful venues like Live Oak Park a music lover can listen, play with the kids, or picnic during a concert.” After a long and successful international opera career as a soprano, Stapp is offering Master classes for talented northern California professional singers as well as places to sing in the great outdoors. Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas, who co-founded the nonprofit group, says Open Opera “makes opera accessible and enjoyable for a wider audience, without cost or formality. We couldn’t wait to come back to Live Oak Park again.”

“We’re bringing opera to the public for free in a time of economic uncertainty, and using public outdoor spaces to build community through the arts,” adds mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Baker, Open Opera’s third co-founder and its Creative Director. Baker performed the role of Cherubino in last summer’s Marriage of Figaro. “It is great to see the kids playing and sitting in the trees while enjoying opera music.”

AC Transit’s line 18 bus serves Live Oak Park from Albany and downtown Berkeley Carpooling, walking, or bicycling are recommended: parking is limited in the area.

Open Opera is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the City of Berkeley and by private donations. For more information on Open Opera, future performances, master classes, or to volunteer or support opera in public spaces, visit www.openopera.net or contact Executive Director Ellen St. Thomas (ellen@openopera.net; 510-547-2471).

Program at Crab Cove

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

MAY 14, 2010

Aimee Puentes: “Gavotte”/Manon by Massenet

Katya Roemer: “Io son l’umile ancella”/Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea

Igor Vieira: ”Catalog Aria”/Don Giovanni by Mozart  

Eileen Meredith/Lisa Houston: “Barcarolle”/Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach

Ryan Bradford: “Pappageno’s Aria” The Magic Flute by Mozart  

Pedro Rodelas: “La donna è mobile”/Rigoletto by Verdi

Igor Vieira/Aimee Puentes: “La ci darem la mano”/Don Giovanni by Mozart

Leland Morine: “O vin, dissipe la tristesse”/Hamlet by Thomas

Aimee Puentes: “Juliette’s Waltz”/Romeo et Juliette by Gounod

Marta Johansen/Lisa Houston/Leland Morine: “Soave sia il vento”/Così fan tutte by Mozart  


Angela Moser: “Dich teure halle”/Tannhäuser by Wagner  

Lisa Houston: “Non più mesta”/Cenerentola by Rossini

Katya Roemer/Lisa Houston: “Tutti fior”/Madama Butterfly by Puccini  

Marta Johansen: ”Caro Nome”/Rigoletto by Verdi

Elizabeth Baker: “Una voce poco fa”/Il Barbiere by Rossini  

Pedro Rodelas/Eileen Meredith: “O soave fanciulla”/La Bohème by Puccini

Leland Morine: “Di provenza”/La Traviata by Verdi

Eileen Meredith: “Quando m’en vo”/ La Bohème by Puccini

Lisa Houston: “Habanera”/Carmen by Bizet

Angela Moser: “O zittre nicht”/The Magic Flute by Mozart

Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and use public space to build community through the arts.

We are a non-profit company that relies solely on donations and contributions. If you would like to join Open Opera’s
supporters, please visit us today at the volunteer table and we will happily and gratefully accept your donation.
You may also visit us at www.openopera.net and click on the donation tab.
Thank you!

Word on Webster: Crab Cove a Smash Hit

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Angela Moser sings The Queen of the Night!
Word on Webster

The first in a series of free open air Concerts at the Cove last Friday was a smash hit with more than 1,500 people coming to Crab Cove to hear Open Opera present favorites by Puccini, Mozart and others. The concerts are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of May, June, July and August. The next concert on June 11 features “Foreverland,” a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band.

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