Livermore Valley Opera recently announced that its 26th season will feature three first-time operas at the Bankhead Theater.
The opera company is offering unique staging for its opening performance in September, setting Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in the 1880s Wild West. The production premiered in 2002, a concept of stage director David Gately.
“It is a classic ‘spaghetti western’ complete with gun-toting cowboys, saloon gals, bubble baths and even a mariachi band,” explained Rob Herriot, who will stage the opera in Livermore. “It is an opera of fun, laughs and amazing tunes that will appeal to everyone.”
March will bring another first for the company with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.”
“This is a gorgeous opera by Verdi, yet not often performed,” Livermore Valley Opera artistic director Erie Mills said. “We are so excited to have back with us LVO favorites — tenor Christopher Bengochea and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, both of whom are powerful and charismatic singers.”
Also new this season, in April, is “Three Decembers” by Jake Heggie, starring Metropolitan Opera diva Frederica von Stade. This contemporary opera was composed for von Stade in 2008.
“LVO has a wonderful opportunity to perform this opera with Ms. von Stade,” Mills said. “It will offer a unique experience for audiences because the story is about family and relationships anyone can relate to, and it is in English.”
Due to its adult theme and language, “Three Decembers” is not appropriate for children.
All three operas will kick off with opening night galas at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard, and all performances will include pre-opera talks.
Adult tickets are $42-$90,…
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