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Free Opera Concert July 26, 2015 @ 4PM

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Open Opera
ORINDA COMMUNITY PARK - Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 4 pm
Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary Club and the Orinda Community Foundation


Dawn Farry, soprano Chester Pidduck, tenor Ellen St. Thomas, M.C.
Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano Paul Cheak, bass-baritone James Meredith, piano


National Anthem

“Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from LA TRAVIATA - Giuseppe Verdi

“Udite” - L’ELISIR D’AMORE - Gaetano Donizetti
Paul Cheak

“Ecco ridente” - IL BARBIERE DI SIVILGIA - Gioacchino Rossini
Chester Pidduck

COSI FAN TUTTE trio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dawn Farry, Buffy Baggott, Paul Cheak

“Una voce poco fa” - IL BARBIERE DI SIVILGIA - Gioacchino Rossini
Buffy Baggott

“Chi il bel sogno” - LA RONDINE - Giacomo Puccini
Dawn Farry

PEARL FISHERS duet - Georges Bizet
Chester Pidduck & Paul Cheak

RIGOLETTO Quartet - Giuseppe Verdi

Barcarolle - TALES OF HOFFMANN - Jacques Offenbach
Dawn Farry & Buffy Baggott

“Old Man River” - PORGY & BESS - George Gershwin
Paul Cheak

“Love Is Where You Find It!” - KISSING BANDIT - Nacio Herb Brown
Dawn Farry

“Una furtiva lagrima” - L’ELISIR D’AMORE - Gaetano Donizetti
Chester Pidduck

FIDELIO Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven

SIMON BOCCANEGRA duet - Giuseppe Verdi
Dawn Farry & Paul Cheak

“Make Our Garden Grow” - CANDIDE - Leonard Bernstein

“Libiamo” from LA TRAVIATA - Giuseppe Verdi

Singer’s Biographies
Dawn Farry, soprano
Dawn Farry (aka Aurora Bardes) made her operatic debut with Seattle Opera in The Marriage of Figaro. She returned to Seattle as a woodnymph in Rusalka, and then to understudy the roles of Wellgunde and Siegrune in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Dawn received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed in operas and concerts throughout the Bay Area, along the West Coast and in Germany. After a hiatus as a regular performer, Dawn is happy to return to the concert stage by creating and singing soprano with the Viviamo Opera Quartet! Dawn’s career includes the title roles in Carmen with Pacific Repertory Opera, West Bay and North Bay Operas. The San Mateo Times reviewed her Carmen as, “…an enchantress…delivered the character with beautifully nuanced singing and brilliant acting.”
Of her Tosca performances at West Bay and Tacoma Opera, the Redwood City Almanac states - “…she brought vitality and strong soprano richness to [Tosca]…with skilled body and vocal conviction. The applause was loud and long, by a fully standing audience.” Dawn also performed to rave reviews, the roles of Rosina in The Barber of Seville with North Bay and Festival Opera, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann with West Bay Opera, Natasha in War and Peace, Ljubasha in The Czar’s Bride with the Russian Opera Theater and Nancy in Martha with Berkeley Opera. Dawn has participated in masterclasses with renowned leaders in the music world, those including Speight Jenkins, Warren Jones, Wesley Balk, Giorgio Tozzi, Carol Vaness, Renata Scotto and Alfredo Kraus. She was soloist for the “Sing-It-Yourself Messiah” at Davies Symphony Hall while studying for her Master’s degree and has been guest artist with numerous orchestras, choral organizations and churches on the West Coast. She has won several vocal performance awards, including the prestigious Ungara Diva Award and 1st place prize from the East Bay Opera League. She conducts a private music studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and has students with successful performing careers and more on the track to one in the future! Such be the “cherry on top” of it all!

Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano
Buffy Baggott has gained recognition throughout the United States as an accomplished and highly versatile lyric mezzo soprano. She studied vocal performance at UCLA and San Francisco State Universities, went on to complete two apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and is an alumnus of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Opera Center. The role of Carmen is Ms. Baggott’s signature role. She has performed it with LOCAA, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arizona Opera, Pamiro Opera, France’s Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile en Mer, Festival Opera, Berkeley West Edge , Spokane and Manitoba Opera companies. Of her performance in Ariadne auf Naxos, the San Francisco Chronicle sums up nearly every view of Buffy’s great talent and voice, “The cast was first-rate, beginning with mezzo-soprano Buffy Baggott’s superlative turn as the Composer. Baggott’s local performances have been reliable treasures for years now, in both traditional and new repertoire, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard her sing with such finely controlled urgency, such tonal brilliance or such theatrical flair.” Buffy has also appeared with San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Portland Opera and Hawaii Opera Theater. Recently, she was heard in San Diego’s NIXON IN CHINA and Hawaii Opera’s SWEENEY TODD. This summer she returns to San Francisco Opera, appearing in Les Troyens and La Ciocara and singing Countess Geschwitz in Lulu with West Edge Opera. Ms. Baggott served on the Bay View Music Festival’s voice faculty from 2009-2012 and maintains a private voice studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of AGMA, Sing for America, The East Bay Opera League and Viviamo Opera Quartet!

Chester Pidduck, tenor
Chester Pidduck has sung opera, recitals, concerts, musical theatre, and oratorio throughout the country. Recently Chester has sung mostly with both the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera choruses. In 2015 he played the role of the 1st Moroccan Soldier in the world premiere of Two Women with San Francisco Opera. Also with SF Opera, in 2013, he played the role of a Seeker in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Other recent roles with San Francisco Opera include Parpignol in La Boheme, Nantucket Sailor in Moby Dick, and 1st slave in The Magic Flute. Chester has performed lead roles with San Francisco Opera a la carte for the last 4 seasons, including Tamino, Rodolfo, and Count Almaviva. He was tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C at the newly opened Bing Hall in Stanford, CA in 2013. Chester won a Grammy award in 2013 as a member of the chorus in the Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle from 2012. Also in 2012, he played the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with High Desert Opera in Colorado, and tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction. In 2011, Chester played the role of Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Jose, Opera San Luis Obispo and High Desert Opera. Chester was also soloist with San Francisco Symphony in Orff’s Carmina Burana, In 2010, Chester played the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme with Opera San Luis Obispo, Mission City Opera, and Virago Theatre Company. Chester was featured in an article in the March 2009 issue of Classical Singer magazine. In 2007, Chester sang four roles with Opera Colorado and sang the roles of Lieutenant Cable in South Pacific and the Padre in Man of la Mancha with Colorado Light Opera. Mr. Pidduck was concert soloist several times and had roles in six operas while working on his Master of Music degree at Indiana University. In 2006 he performed the role of Simon Stimson in the world premier of Rorem’s Our Town. He has also sung with Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Nashville Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and Sarasota Opera. He has been tenor soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Society of St. Louis, and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He did his undergraduate work at Hendrix College and the University of Salamanca, Spain. He has also studied in Florence, Italy and Paris, France, and received his Master of Music in vocal performance from Indiana University in 2007.

Paul Cheak, bass-baritone
Paul Cheak, bass-baritone, has performed with great success at the opera companies of San Diego, Colorado Opera Festival, Berkeley, Berkeley’s West Edge, North Bay, Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, Cinnabar Theater, Virago Theater, Golden Gate Opera, San Diego Street Opera, Orange County Opera, Pacific Lyric Theater and La Strata Opera. Among the roles he has performed are Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Dr. Dulcamara, Germont, Silvio, Dr. Bartolo, Dr. Falke, the title roles in Falstaff, Don Pasquale and Gianni Schicchi. The Fairfield Reporter reviewed Paul’s Falstaff, “…full, resonant timbres were every bit the equal of his lively dramatic skills. His arias were examples of his warm delivery and his ability to harbor and convey the bloated moocher and loudmouth’s darkness and simmering resentments.” Livermore Independent pays Paul a great compliment in L’Elisir d’Amore, “To see Paul Cheak play Dr. Dulcamara was alone worth the price of admission!” Paul is equally at home on the concert stage. His soloist appearances for the Colorado Springs, San Diego Symphony, Kensington, Denver, Long Beach, Vallejo, Contra Costa, and The New Millennium Strings have been to critical acclaim. Recently, Paul made his debut with Island City Opera as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. A Los Angeles native, Cheak has lived in Benicia 24 years. He has earned musical degrees at The Colorado College and San Diego State University, and has studied voice with Giorgio Tozzi. He is a welcomed and valued voice in the new ensemble, Viviamo Opera Quartet!

Soprano Hope Briggs in Concert

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Open Opera is proud to present a special concert featuring the gorgeous voice and artistry of soprano Hope Briggs. Ms. Briggs will perform a recital of songs and arias by Schumann, Strauss, Faure, Verdi, Puccini and others accompanied by pianist Ron Valentino. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Ms. Briggs in an intimate historical setting. Please join Open Opera in welcoming this distinguished soprano to the Berkeley Piano Club on Saturday afternoon, June 4th at 12:30.

Soprano Hope Briggs

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

FREE with suggested donation of $15

WHERE: Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Map)
Ample parking is one block away at Underhill Parking Facility (2650 Haste Street)

WHO: Soprano HOPE BRIGGS is well known for her dramatic portrayals and her distinctive voice. Of her impressive San Francisco Opera debut as the Duchess of Parma in Busoni’s Doktor Faust, for which Opera News raved, "In her company debut, as the Duchess, soprano Hope Briggs was stellar, delivering one of the evening’s highlights with her lusciously intoned, lovelorn aria." Please see HopeBriggs.com for more information.

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

Open Opera’s Spring Salon Recital Series

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011



Nicolai Janitzky, baritone
James Meredith, piano

March 26, 2011, 2 p.m.

Serenata (text by G. A. Cesareo)
Ideale (text by Carmelo Enrico)
L’ultima canzone (text by Francesco Cimmino)
Music by Francesco Paolo Tosti (April 9, 1846 – December 2, 1916)

Die Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern, Tannhäuser
Music and text by Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883)

At the noisy ball (text by Aleksei K. Tolstoy)
None but the lonely heart (text by L.A Mey after Wolfgang von Goethe)
Don Juan’s Serenade (text by Aleksei K. Tolstoy)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893)

Cavatina from Aleko, Aleko
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943)

Don Quixote to Dulcinea (text by Paul Morand)
Chanson romanesque
Chanson épique
Chanson à boire
Music by Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937)

Nicolai Janitzky is a native of Northern California. His recent engagements include Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov with San Francisco Opera, Baron Douphol in La Traviata with San Diego Opera, Marcello in La Boheme with Sacramento Opera, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Bear Valley Music Festival, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Idaho, and Silvio in I Pagliacci with Livermore Valley Opera. Other roles he has sung include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Pélleas et Mélisande, Valentin in Faust, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. He has also worked at Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is an active recitalist, and has performed in such venues as Carnegie (Weill) Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival. He is the winner of several competitions including the George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, and Opera Index Foundation. He has also been a finalist in the Operalia (Placido Domingo) Vocal Competition. He studied at the Yale University Opera Program and the Music Academy of the West.

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-rounded musicians, James Meredith conducts the country’s acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He is a musical partner with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and dramatic soprano Olivia Stapp. As a solo pianist, vocal and instrumental accompanist and conductor in America, Europe and Asia, his work has brought him into contact with such artists as Elly Ameling, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber, Evelyn Lear and Gerald Moore for whom he has played masterclasses. For four years Mr. Meredith was assistant to pianist Dalton Baldwin in summer art song master classes at the French Conservatory in Nice. Concerts with Ms. Von Stade included an appearance on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” reaching a National Public Radio audience of over two million listeners, and two concerts with Sonos in a premiere of Libby Larsen’s “Hell’s Belles.” He has been conductor of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, was on the faculty of Merritt College, taught master classes at Holy Names College and San Jose State University and was Festival Opera chorus master for two seasons. Mr. Meredith has been teaching, accompanying and coaching students for the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley for 14 years. His voice students are winners of many competitions and have gone for advanced degrees at top-ranked universities and conservatories, many on scholarships. He is on the board of directors for the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Pacific Musical Society and the Young Peoples Symphony Orchestra.


• 5/7/11 Concert in the Park, Dimond Recreation Center and Park, Oakland 3 p.m.
• 5/21/11 Concert in the Park, Live Oak Park, Berkeley 3 p.m.
• 6/4/11 Annual Celebration and Concert, Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley 11 a.m.
• 7/9-10/11 & 7/16-17/11 Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, fully staged with orchestra
John Hinkel Park, Berkeley 3 p.m.
• 7/31/11 Concert in the Park, Orinda (Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary) 4 p.m.

for more information please visit OpenOpera.net
Open Opera is a project of Vocal Arts Institute, a CA 501 (c) 3 organization
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Open Opera brings free professional opera to Bay Area parks and builds community through the arts.

Audition Announcement for the role of Despina

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Place: Berkeley Piano Club 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Convenient on bus and parking lot nearby)
Requirements: We are interested in casting Despina as a man but women are encouraged to audition as well. Women can sing either of Despina’s arias and men can bring an aria of their choice.
Cosi fan tutte will be performed outside with orchestra, costumes and in Italian at John Hinkel Park, Berkeley, CA on July 9/10 and 16/17. Rehearsals will be in Berkeley or Oakland and will start on June 20. Stage director: Olivia Stapp, Music Director Jonathan Khuner. Please go to the Doodle.com to sign-up for an audition.

Open Opera Receives Grant from the City of Berkeley

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

March 16, 2011
Ellen St. Thomas

Open Opera, a Berkeley-based nonprofit now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts to Bay Area parks, received a two-year grant in August 2010 from the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Grant Program to support performances during its 2010- 2011 season. In the first year of the grant Open Opera brought a fully-costumed and staged performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to Berkeley, free of charge. This year’s lineup includes 4 performances of Cosi fan tutti to be held at Berkeley’s John Hinkel Park during weekends in July, along with a roster of free opera voice concerts to take place at parks throughout the East Bay.

“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. Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Council Member, District 6, adds, “Open Opera makes opera accessible to everyone, regardless of income. They offer an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy professionally performed opera to our community!”

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. The people of Berkeley have embraced Open Opera’s efforts with an outpouring of support for its performances so it’s a real honor for the City of Berkeley to become an official sponsor.”

Since its founding in 2008, Open Opera has produced four performances of Mozart’s masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, complete with period costumes and an orchestra at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, seven concerts in Bay Area parks, (four concerts at Live Oak Park) and three master classes (held at the Berkeley Piano Club), all featuring international artists. The group estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people in Berkeley and employed approximately 200 local singers, pianists, instrumentalists and craftspeople.

“What a treat to have Open Opera in the heart of our North Berkeley summer. Beautiful music. Beautiful setting. Hundreds of happy opera lovers. Thank you!” exclaimed Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Council Member, District 5.

Upcoming events:
May 21, 2011 at 3PM Opera Concert in the Park at Live Oak Park, Berkeley
July 9/10 and 16/17 at 3PM Cosi fan tutte, an opera by Mozart sung in Italian with English supertitles, fully staged with costumes and orchestra conducted by Jonathan Khuner, stage directed by Olivia Stapp at John Hinkel Park.

The Doctor and The Diva by Adrienne McDonnell

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Greetings from Adrienne McDonnell, author of the debut novel, THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA (Viking, 2010). Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Master Class with Tomoko Okada. That night as I pushed open the gate and wandered down a garden path to the Berkeley Piano Club, I had no idea what a fascinating evening it would prove to be. The wood-panelled performance space felt cozy and inviting as Olivia Stapp sat down casually at the front of the stage, welcoming the audience and telling us with warmth and candor about her own experiences performing Mozart repertoire. I could have listened to her talk all night.

The six singers from Open Opera were wonderful, too — all strongly talented. I marveled at Tomoko Okada’s precision and gentle exuberance as she worked with each vocalist. At first she’d play and listen to a given aria, and when the vocalist reached the end, Tomoko would nod and lean forward, almost rising off the bench in eagerness, ready to exact more from each performer. She’d lift her hands from the keyboard and raise her palms upward toward the singer, urging: “Let’s try it this way, shall we?” As the phrases grew purer, more lit by emotion (the sounds surely closer to what Mozart may have heard in his mind), Tomoko nodded even more rapidly, clasping her palms together in approval. A singer’s progress made her breathless, nearly giddy. Finally she’d turn to the audience and say (of Papageno’s suicide aria, for example), “That’s better, isn’t it? Now you feel sorry for him.”

That evening I felt as if I’d stepped inside scenes from my novel. THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA was inspired by my son’s great-great grandmother (an opera singer) and hundreds of pages of family letters. In 1903, this ancestor left her prominent husband and young son in Boston and sailed to Italy, risking everything to develop her operatic career.

Last summer when the hardcover edition was first published, Viking sent me on a national book tour. One of my favorite events was a lovely garden party in New Canaan, Connecticut where I read scenes from the novel, and a pianist and a mezzo soprano performed arias that my fictional diva sang.

More events, readings, and appearances will be scheduled this fall when the paperback version is released on October 25, 2011. I love the notion of infusing live music into such literary celebrations, and am very open to your ideas about how this might be accomplished. I live near Berkeley (in Kensington), and if you happen to read THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA and feel any interest in participating in a Bay Area event — a literary/musical salon to trumpet the paperback release — please let me know.

Here’s the gist of a few reviews for THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA:

“Some novels just naturally enslave you, and this is one of them…. serious and gripping… [a] brilliant debut novel…” — The Washington Post

“This amazing debut novel … is, quite simply, one of the best novels I’ve read all year.” — an Editor’s Choice selection, Historical Novels Review

“…sumptuous… [an] explosive tale… Read the book now, then place bets on when the movie version will come out.” — Redbook

Here’s a link to the full Washington Post review of THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA:

Here’s the link to my author website where you’ll find a short video, along with a list of arias my heroine sings:


I’m quite impressed with Open Opera, and would love to hear back from any of you. Please forward this e-mail to the other singers who participated in the Master Class (Aimee Puentes, Eileen Meredith, Angela Moser, Torlef Borsting, and Ryan Bradford) — as well to the charismatic and remarkable Tomoko Okada — along with my thanks and congratulations.

Cheers and thanks to all,


Open Opera receives grant from East Bay Community Foundation

Monday, February 7th, 2011

February 3, 2011
Ellen St. Thomas

Open Opera, a Berkeley-based nonprofit now in its third year of bringing professional quality, admissions-free opera concerts and performances to Bay Area parks received a $5,000 grant from the East Bay Community Foundation in support of its 2011 season. The year’s events supported by the grant include a fully staged performance with orchestra of Cosi fan tutti, a master class with world-renowned pianist and opera voice coach, and several outdoor vocal concerts.

“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,” said mezzo soprano Elizabeth Baker, Open Opera’s co-founder and Creative Director. Mothers with infants, retired couples, picnicking families and young adults, and kids sitting in come to hear beautiful musical performances in the park.

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.” 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 has produced four performances of Mozart’s masterpieces, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, complete with period costumes and an orchestra at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley, seven concerts in Bay Area parks, and three master classes featuring international artists. The group estimates that its free public performances have reached an estimated 6,000 people across Berkeley, Alameda and Orinda counties, and employed approximately 200 singers, pianists, instrumentalists and craftspeople.

“The grant from the East Bay Community Foundation will give us additional resources to reach out to continue to provide great opera programming free to the public,” St. Thomas noted.

The East Bay Community Foundation (www.eastbaycf.org) connects community needs in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with individuals, families and organizations interested in charitable giving — and acts as a catalyst for change through leading initiatives, advocacy, and partnerships with business, government, and private foundations. Formed in 1928, the Foundation is a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, stewarding more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.

OPEN OPERA FANS SPEAK OUT! We are the coolest opera company…

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Open Opera Sizzles in the Cool Summer of 2010 Ron Fujie, supporter of Open Opera, makes a wonderful video from the 2009-2010 season. Changing the world one opera performance at a time. Paste link into browser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISpUw5t0z1M

Open Opera presents : “Mastering the Mozart Style” with Tomoko Okada

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

OPEN OPERA presents
Master Class with Tomoko Okada
“Mastering the Mozart Style”
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
Sunday, January 30, 2011

Open Opera begins its 2011 season by presenting a master class with coach Tomoko Okada.
About Tomoko:
“Tomoko Okada has been a coach in German Opera Houses for many years, culminating in 10 years at the Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich where she worked with the world’s top conductors and singers. She is Jeaneane Alemeyer’s (the famous Wagnerian Soprano) favorite coach in Germany. It turns out she also worked with Olivia Stapp, when she was singing Elektra at Frankfurt-am-Rhein!

Tomoko is kind, enthusiastic and upbeat while keeping you to top international standards of musicality and diction. She is an incomparable pianist as she is able to play “impossible to play” pieces (Wagner, Richard Strauss, Berg).
Since she is so familiar with the German theater system and plays regularly for top agent auditions, she was very insightful about helping me pick audition repertoire.” – Elender Wall, mezzo-soprano, Los Angeles

Tomoko: “I was fortunate to work with great conductors that perform music in the right style. But singers can discover the style independently if they learn how to read the music properly. You can never be precise enough and I find looking at music and discovering the intention of the composer infinitely fascinating. Singers will appreciate Tomoko’s extensive experience as the go between the conductor and the singer. Conductors are more impressed with singers who are great musicians-those that understand the music intimately. Great musicians bring out better conductors. To my great delight my approach is enjoyed by singers.”

“Three keys to excellent recitative performance: learn as it is written, pay attention to the harmony changes, which word has a particular rhythm, where the composer puts the rest, which word has the longest note in the phrase tells us which word the composer wants to emphasize.”

“Two great weapons: 1) Free to change the tempo when the recitative does not need conducted.
2) Free to change the dynamics.

“As a rehearsal pianist, you play from the opera score and you have certain freedom, what to play and what not to play. You do this every day 7 days a week, for years, you develop a certain style of playing.”

“I was fortunate to work at the opera house where I could represent the orchestra during the day and then at night listened to the orchestra.” (Colleagues complimented Tomoko saying that they could hear the orchestra in her playing. MAGIC!”)

“When you figure out the right phrasing then you use breath the most efficient way, therefore the voice is more beautiful. Also, be very aware of the melody, harmony and rhythm. Melody is easy for singers. That is why singers must pay attention to harmony and rhythm.”

Reflections from Olivia Stapp: “ I think she goes past the written score and brings new insights and deep understanding therefore brings music making to a whole different level. One could say the international level. What makes Tomoko so valuable is she worked in the German system where there are performances every night for months and months, therefore, her repertory range is vast from early music to contemporary. It is unusual to have access to someone with this type experience in the Bay Area. This master class is an opportunity for artists to upgrade their skills, develop a new approach to preparing music performance. Tomoko’s playing will also be a revelation for accompanists as her piano playing is renowned for her mastery of reflecting the elements of the orchestra. “
Tomoko Collaborations:

Conductors: Zuben Mehta, Guiseppe Patane, Peter Schneider, Horst Stein, Silvio Varviso, Jacque Delaote, Marcello Viotti,
Michael Gielen, Donald Runnicles,Nicola Luisotti, Marco Armilieato, Alberto Zedda (Rossini expert)

Singers: Jeannine Altmeyer, Edita Gruberova, Sheri Grenewald Cheryl Studer, Pietra Maria Schnitzer, Barbara Bonney, Linda Watson, Agnes Baltsa, Feruccio Furlanetto, Manfred Schank, Uglia Varady, Franz Grundheber, Dennis O’Neill, Louis Quillico, Anna Nebtrebko, Diana Damrau

Opera Houses: Opera Frankfurt, Munich and Brussells Geneva

Handel: Ariodante, Rinaldo Iver Bolton) Rodelinda, Saul, Guilio Cesare, Xerxes
-Mozart: Figaro, Zauberflute, Cosi, Abduction, Ideomeno, Clemenza di tito
-Beethoven: Fidelio Zuben Mehta, Waltrud Meyer, Peter Sieffert
Der Freishutz
Bellini: I Puritani, I Capitetti e Montechi,
Donizetti: Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore (Barbara Bonney)
Rossini: Il Barbarieri di Seville, Cenorentolla, Italiani in algeri, Il Turco in Italia, Musee
Verdi: Aida, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore, La Forza Del Destino, La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Othello, Falstaff, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, Nabbucco
Puccini: Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, La Boheme, Il Triticco
Bizet: Carmen

Wagner: Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Lohegrin, Dutchman, The Ring
Richard Strauss: Rosenkavelier, Salome, Elekra, Ariadne auf Naxos, Capriccio, Arabella
Berg: Lulu

She is available for private coachings until Feb 1st. She is charging $75, and is coaching in San Francisco, near City College of San Francisco.

Call 415-587-0836 or email elender@elenderwall.com for appointments.