2014 Opera Summer Festival

This summer West Edge Opera will be presenting three fully-staged operas with orchestra. The operas will be performed in repertory on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during three weekends in July and August at the Ed Roberts Campus at the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley. WEO's General Director describes the series here.

See them all in one weekend or over two or three weekends. Check the schedule below.

La Bohème — Giacomo Puccini

Sat, July 26, 8:00 p.m.
Fri, August 1, 8:00 p.m.
Sun, August 10, 3:00 p.m.

The artists of the Latin Quarter live, love and celebrate as you have never seen before. You will feel as though you are a part of the action as the opera unfolds around you.

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Hydrogen Jukebox — music by Philip Glass, words by Allen Ginsberg

Sun, July 27, 5:00 p.m.
Sat, August 2, 8:00 p.m.
Fri, August 8, 8:00 p.m.

Ginsberg’s poetry captures the heart and heartache of America set to Glass’s signature pulsing lyricism.

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The End of the Affair — Jake Heggie

Sun, August 3, 3:00 p.m.
Thu, August 7, 8:00 p.m.
Sat, August 9, 8:00 p.m.

Jake Heggie’s opera, based on Graham Greene’s novel, tells the story of a woman who makes a promise she must keep. A promise that will change her whole world.

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Summer Festival Schedule

SERIES A Saturdays Bohème 7/26, Jukebox 8/2, Affair 8/9
SERIES B SundaysJukebox 7/27, Affair 8/3, Bohème 8/10
SERIES C 2nd WeekendBohème 8/1, Jukebox 8/2, Affair 8/3
SERIES D 3rd WeekendJukebox 8/8, Affair 8/9, Bohème 8/10
SERIES E Choose your own Buy a custom series by mail or phone

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Concert Opera Series:
Opera Medium-Rare (but well done!)

A series of three special concert opera productions

Each of these is a relatively unknown but dramatically solid work, full of wonderful vocal writing and vivid theatricality. Our presentations will be with piano accompaniment and musical direction by our music director Jonathan Khuner. The performances will be on-book, without staging or costumes, in Italian, and the audience will have enhanced supertitles to help them imagine the action.

Information and tickets here.

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 3pm
Verdi's Aroldo

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 3pm
Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro   (show concluded)

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3pm
Rossini's Elizabeth, Queen of England   (show concluded)

All performances are at the Northbrae Church sanctuary, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley.


Concerts and Recitals

Amazing concerts and events coming in 2014–15

This past year we invited you to 3 holiday full-house concerts at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

Our next series of amazing concerts and musical events will include:

  • a 1950s Dinner
  • Opera in One Act
  • Local Composers
  • Inappropriate Arias
  • Bel Canto
  • and of course our ever-popular Comedy Night!

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