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New Opera West Launch Performance
May 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Experience three inspiring, relevant, and powerful new opera shorts presented by a multi-faceted group of artists, including composers, librettists, stage directors, conductors, pianists and opera singers.
A panel discussion with New Opera leaders and creative tastemakers with lite fare, beer and wine to follow performance.
Gilberto by Nicolas Lell Benavides, libretto by Marella Martin Koch
Oakland. 1951. The Korean War looms large over the newly drafted young men of America. Gilberto, 21, left New Mexico for California six years ago and has never looked back. Resourceful and charming, he makes a life but not a living teaching dance lessons at Sweet’s Ballroom in Oakland until he is drafted into the U.S.
The Girlfriend by Celka Ojakanga, libretto by Amy Punt
Video game designer Cybil and her best friend, Tony start a new gaming company with fellow designers Olivia and Melody. Fed up with the ways most games portray women and they ways in which women are sidelined in the tech and gaming worlds, they develop a groundbreaking idea to turn old sexist tropes on their heads.
Séance by Timothy Peterson, libretto by Sara Fetherolf
At a dinner party in the early 20th century, Mr. More, a man with a scientific interest in the afterlife, invites his sister and her new husband to take part in a ritual to call on the dead. The Séance takes place in an era when Spiritualism was in vogue and the wealthy enjoyed innocent experimentation with the occult, and imagines what would happen if the truly voiceless dead answered their call.
GENERAL ADMISSIONS: $25
STUDENTS AND SENIORS: $15
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