On January 21st in Berkeley and 22nd in San Francisco, West Edge inaugurated Snapshot, a new program that presents excerpts from previously-unproduced operas by Northern California composers and librettists. 

The second Snapshot program is February 25th in Berkeley and 26th in San Francisco. Click here to learn more. 

“...the four operas featured on Program One had such vastly different subjects — ranging from the biblical to the technological — it’s difficult to imagine anyone coming out of the January 22 performance without having enjoyed at least one of the works.”
— Rebecca Wishnia, SFCV 1/24/17
“Snapshot should be applauded for its wide-ranging and inventive material, both in words and music. That it is also beautifully presented and performed seems the frosting on a divinely delicious cake.”
— Jaime Robles, Repeat Performances 1/21/17




Music by David Conte

Libretto by John Stirling Walker





Why I Live at the P.O.

Music by Stephen Eddins

Libretto by Michael O'Brien







Music and Libretto by Alden Jenks






Hagar and Ishmael

Music by William David Cooper

Libretto by Will Dunlap





The Music Directors

Mary Chun has conducted numerous concerts and theatrical productions on three continents. As an opera conductor, she has collaborated with contemporary composers such as John Adams, Libby Larsen and Tan Dun. She was invited by stage director Peter Sellars to work on the development of Tan Dun’s Peony Pavilion which later premiered at Lincoln Center. In 2014 she became one of the first American musical theater music directors to be invited to China to direct Mandarin language versions of Broadway hits. Mary has conducted for Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Opera Idaho and Opera San Jose, to name just a few. She is the Principal Conductor of the new music ensemble Earplay, and Resident Music Director of Cinnabar Theater. 

Jonathan Khuner has been West Edge Opera’s Music Director since 1985 and was also Artistic Director from 1994 – 2009. Jonathan has conducted countless operas for West Edge, most recently last year’s The Cunning Little Vixen and 2015’s Lulu. He has been an assistant conductor and prompter at San Francisco Opera for 32 years, at the Metropolitan opera for 17 years and also serves in that capacity with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has worked with Santa Fe Opera, Miami Opera, and Opera Barga in Italy, as well as most Bay Area opera companies. In 2013 he conducted Tannhäuser in Tirana, Albania – the first ever production of a Wagner opera in that country. 

The Orchestra

Snapshot's chamber orchestra is comprised of musicians from Earplay, San Francisco's leading new music ensemble. Earplay has been a cornerstone of new music performance in the Bay Area since its formation in 1985. Throughout its history the ensemble has commissioned over 80 works and premiered more than 140 pieces by today’s leading composers. The musicians will be led by Earplay's Mary Chun and West Edge Opera Musical Director Jonathan Khuner.


the venues

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The first Snapshot program opens on January 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Berkeley's David Brower Center. The center houses 28 national and international organizations dedicated to environmental advocacy and creating sustainable living conditions for the global community. Click here to visit the David Brower Center's website. 

David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



The first Snapshot program repeats on January 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at the Bayview Opera House, an 1888 registered historic landmark and San Francisco's oldest theater. The Bayview Opera House is committed to providing affordable arts education opportunities for all. Click here to visit the Bayview Opera House's website. 

Bayview Opera House

4705 3rd Street

San Francisco, CA 94124