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Opera in the Park

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Solo Opera Opera in the Park

Summer Concert with Solo Opera and Orinda Rotary Club:

Opera in the Park

11th Anniversary Concert
From Broadway to Opera

Solo Opera teams up again this year with the Orinda Rotary Club to present the club's eleventh annual Opera in the Park. Sponsored by the Orinda Rotary, the free performance, which usually attracts at least 1,000 people, will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 at the Orinda Community Park. It is an opportunity to hear professional opera singers perform favorite arias, duets, and ensembles, which organizers say will thrill even non-opera lovers. This year we will be also adding a few musical theater pieces to the mix!

“We have assembled a truly spectacular line-up of talent," says Sylvia Amorino, Solo Opera's artistic director/producer and master of ceremonies for the concert. According to Amorino, the program includes eight singers who have performed at San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Carnegie Hall, Opera Parallèle, etc.

The performers include: sopranos Liisa Dávila and Diane Squires, mezzo-sopranos Silvie Jensen and Katja Heuzeroth, tenors Chester Pidduck and Stephen Cannon, baritones William O’Neill and Bradley Kynard; and pianist Chun Mei Wilson. The singers will perform greatest hits from shows such as Faust, Norma, Carmen, Rigoletto, Porgy and Bess, La Bohème, La Traviata, West Side Story, etc.

Enjoying live opera has become so expensive that it's almost impossible for the average family to attend. Solo Opera / Orinda Rotary's free Opera in the Park is a fine way to introduce children to opera, or even friends who might never go to see and hear live opera, organizers say. There is a running commentary on the works that the master of ceremonies shares so even the novice can understand the operatic plots. The music chosen is very likeable, and the master of ceremony's short explanations of what is happening in each piece or section will make it even more enjoyable.

Solo Opera was founded in 2000, and has achieved wonderful success producing sixteen operas and many concerts at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and other Bay Area venues. Their productions are of the highest professional standards, receiving rave reviews and awards from the press and community including the recent 2016- "Arts Recognition Award" from AC-5 Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County.

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