From the Press
May 21, 2013
On a recent Sunday in April, conductor Mary Chun lowered her baton after the final sparkling note of Bonjour M. Gauguin, a contemporary chamber opera. Loud applause followed as the small cast of singers, dancers, and Chun took their bows. San Francisco-based Chun wasn't in Hamburg or Montreal, some of her usual conducting haunts. Her enthusiastic and sophisticated matinée audience, rather, was seated inside a suburban public high school theater for the Berkeley-based West Edge Opera production.
April 10, 2013
The orgy kind of comes out of nowhere. One minute you're sitting in a well-appointed El Cerrito theater, watching opera, that highest of high arts — watching a production about a post-impressionist painter, no less — and then, all of a sudden, in the middle of the second act, there it is, bare bodies and a bare mattress onstage. It's surprising, but then again, so are lots of things about Bonjour M. Gauguin, West Edge Opera's excellent new show.
April 6, 2013
Large splashes of primary colors, undulating waves of energy, exotic landscapes, and bare breasts sensual and provocative: All come to mind at the thought of French painter Paul Gauguin's oeuvre. All these varied aspects of his supreme artistry, including the controversial writings published in his Intimate Journals, have been brought to life in West Edge Opera's marvelous production of Fabrizio Carlone's chamber opera, Bonjour M. Gauguin. Running for only two more performances next weekend, the production is such a success that it demands to be experienced in all its multifaceted wonder.
Video – The Turn of the Screw
Mark Streshinsky introduces our next production, Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw (running time 2:17).
Read Mark's tribute to his mentors John Copley and Colin Graham, who both worked with Benjamin Britten.
FREE Turn of the Screw events
Preview at the Berkeley Public Library
Lecture by Jonathan Khuner on Benjamin Britten and his setting of Henry James's groundbreaking ghost story
West Edge Opera brings you some of our favorite stars from past productions in recital. Each introduces a promising young artist of her choice.
Discover the Garden Gate, a charming new performance space in the shadow of the Claremont Hotel. Your ticket includes wine and hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the artists following the recital.
Each Salon is $35. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
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