From the General Director
Presenting the Unexpected
in a place unexpected
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|| Sundays||Jukebox 7/27, Affair 8/3, Bohème 8/10|
|SERIES C|| 2nd Weekend||Bohème 8/1, Jukebox 8/2, Affair 8/3|
|SERIES D|| 3rd Weekend||Jukebox 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.