From the General Director

Presenting the Unexpected
in a place unexpected

Mark Streshinsky
Mark Streshinsky   (photo: Matt Mayfield)

Mounting a new season as we continue to search for a permanent home has presented many challenges, which in turn means many opportunities. Our new mobility plays into my long desire for three things: to come back to Berkeley, to do opera in an alternative venue and to do it in a festival format. The result: an exciting partnership with the Ed Roberts Campus (ERC), an internationally recognized facility dedicated to services for persons with disabilities. The building is a model of the new movement of universal access architecture and is just an elevator ride from the Ashby BART Station beneath. We will present our entire festival of three operas in ERC’s spacious and beautiful atrium.

We start with Puccini’s La Bohème. Next we will present Hydrogen Jukebox, the words of beat poet Allen Ginsberg set to music by Philip Glass — a riveting comment on American culture. Finally we will present Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, in its Bay Area Premiere. In typical West Edge style, and because of the venue, we expect these performances to be like nothing you have seen before. Up close and personal, not limited by a proscenium; prepare to become part of the action.

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier to this art form. We looked for ways to offer tickets at a more affordable price. Until June 7 we offer season subscriptions for 25% less than last year. We are working hard to raise the funds to make this possible. As we enter this adventure into the new and different, we can promise you one thing: You will have an experience you never expected!

— Mark Streshinsky, General and Artistic Director


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


Our venue for the West Edge Opera 2014 Summer Festival

Tim Griffith Photo • Courtesy LMS Architects

The Ed Roberts Campus commemorates the life and work of Edward V. Roberts, an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities.

The building integrates sophisticated design responses to the issues of universal design and environmentally sustainable development. The intent of Universal Design is to simplify life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more usable by as many people as possible at little or no extra cost. Universal Design benefits people of all ages and abilities.

The Ed Roberts Campus is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been formed by disability organizations that share a common history in the Independent Living Movement of People with Disabilities.




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