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2017/2018 Season

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Beatrice & Benedict

Hector Berlioz

Feb. 24-Mar. 10, 2018

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An operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing

Beatrice and Benedict are both firmly committed to being single. And the idea that they might fall in love with one another? Laughable! Until, by "chance," Benedict overhears a friend say that Beatrice really loves him. Beatrice hears a rumor that Benedict feels the same. The seed planted, love blooms wild. Berlioz puts music to the logic-defying, wholly intoxicating experience of falling in love.

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Giuseppe Verdi

May 5-19, 2018

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A profoundly personal love story told on a grand scale, Aida showcases Verdi's power to translate human emotions into magnificent music. The high-stakes love triangle between a prisoner of war, a conflicted military commander, and a formidable princess unfolds amid glorious spectacle and rousing choruses—including the famous Triumphal March.

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2018/2019 Season

Porgy And Bess

George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Aug. 11-25, 2018

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The great American opera boasts some of the best songs ever written – including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, alongside rhapsodic orchestral and choral writing. The slice of life story set in Catfish Row boldly combines action, humor, romance, struggle and celebration. A vibrant, one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will inspire you to “rise up singing.”

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The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten

Oct. 13-27, 2018

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An unnamed governess travels to an isolated mansion to care for two orphaned children. What follows are a series of increasingly ominous encounters with menacing spirits of the manor’s previous staff. Are the ghosts supernatural in origin, or are they the products of her overactive imagination? Britten’s haunting score infuses tangible tension to the tantalizing tale of psychological disintegration.

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Il trovatore

Giuseppe Verdi

Jan. 12-26, 2019

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Packed with more hit songs than any opera but Carmen, Verdi’s hot-blooded melodrama thrills with swift action, intense pathos, and vocal fireworks galore. During a time of civil war, a mother’s love clashes with a dark secret from her past as two rival soldiers feud for the favor of an enigmatic noblewoman. The iconic score had audiences shouting “Viva Verdi!” after its premiere.

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Music by Mason Bates
Libretto by Mark Campbell

Feb. 23-Mar. 9, 2019

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West Coast debut! This innovative and crowd-pleasing portrait of Apple’s visionary co-founder “does what opera does best: giving audiences a glimpse into the inner life of its title character” (Marin Independent Journal). Campbell’s compelling libretto interweaves universal themes of communication and connection. Bates’ lyrical and rhythmic score dazzles with a mix of traditional and electronic instrumentation.

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Georges Bizet

May 4-18, 2019

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Bizet’s sexy thriller about an everyday soldier’s ill-fated obsession with the ultimate femme fatale is the iconic opera. Featuring an unrivaled procession of hit melodies, Bizet’s lavish score brims with brilliant orchestration. Moving like a runaway train from its rousing overture to the tour-de-force finale, Carmen packs all the vibrancy and volatility of a bullfight into an irresistible theatrical event.

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