This summer’s festival was only further evidence of how essential this brilliant company has become to the local operatic scene." Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, August 11, 2014
Our 2015 Festival
LULU by Alban Berg
AS ONE by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed (WEST COAST PREMIERE!)
IL RITORNO D'ULISSE IN PATRIA by Claudio Monteverdi
LOVE ON THE EDGE: The West Edge Festival Kick-Off Concert
"This [past] summer’s festival was only further evidence of how essential this brilliant company has become to the local operatic scene." Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, August 11, 2014
ABOUT THE 2015 FESTIVAL
Building on the success of last year’s Festival, this year’s Festival will feature three fully staged operas in repertory: Alban Berg’s Lulu, the West Coast Premiere of Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed's As One, and an immersive/ interactive production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Ulysses (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria). Adding a layer of intrigue to an already exciting line-up, each piece will be performed in a unique venue that will complement the opera’s mood and heighten the experience for our audiences. For Lulu we’re taking over the abandoned and decaying 1912 Beaux-Arts train station at 16th Street in Oakland. As One will be performed at The Oakland Metro, a punk rock venue reflective of Oakland’s gritty art scene and the ideal space for such a provocative piece. Monteverdi’s 17th Century masterpiece, Ulysses, will be staged at American Steel Studios, a former pipe factory turned six acre art studio that’s now home to steel fabricators, sculptors, vertical aerial and trapeze performers, glass artists, and more.
Joining an incredible group of singers, directors, and conductors for As One, Lulu, and our Opening Night Concert will be rising bay-area string quartet Friction Quartet. Selected as one of eleven artists featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s 2014 On the Rise issue, Friction Quartet recently opened for Kronos Quartet, in Kronos’s “Under 30″ series to great critical acclaim. The group also recently worked with Opera Philadelphia in a performance of selections from Missy Mazzoli’s new opera.
Artistic Director of MusicSources, Center for Historically Informed Performance and frequent West Edge collaborator Gilbert Martinez will conduct our performances of Ulysses from the harpsichord along with a talented ensemble of Baroque-specialist instrumentalists.
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