New opera. Now.
Missed Snapshot's january performances? Click here to see highlights from the show, and join us again on February 25th and 26th for another round of new opera by Bay Area composers and librettists.
Announcing Festival 2017!
August 5 through August 20
Frankenstein, or the modern prometheus
1990, by Libby Larsen
Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Shelley's Novel
1868, by Ambroise Thomas
Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier
Edward Nelson as Hamlet
Emma McNairy as Ophélie
The Chastity Tree
(L'arbore di Diana)
by Vicente Martin y Soler
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Christine Brandes as Cupid
"If this is what can be done in the arena of new music — this degree of vocal and theatrical magnificence, this level of fearlessness and artistic imagination — then why on earth should we ever have to settle for less?"
"This Lulu unexpectedly came to life and scored a magnificent success... The decision to produce the opera in Oakland's abandoned 16th Street train station was a masterstroke... It is difficult to imagine wanting more from a Lulu than what soprano Emma McNairy presented. "
"West Edge Opera has proved itself bold and resourceful, and the “Lulu” that opened the company’s summer festival season Saturday night at the abandoned train station in West Oakland is a powerfully impressive undertaking from top to bottom — fearless in its dramatic imagination, arresting in its musical particulars."
"Monumentally memorable... superbly realized ... coloratura Emma McNairy was the sexiest and most vocally agile Lulu imaginable. "