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Zellerbach Playhouse

Ojai Festival at Berkeley, June 15-17. Opera fans will be especially interested in the Friday, June 16 performance.

Fri, June 16

7pm, Zellerbach Playhouse
Pre-performance Talk
With Ojai at Berkeley music director Vijay Iyer, composer George Lewis, and Cal Performances executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky. Free to all ticketholders of the concert that evening.

8pm, Zellerbach Playhouse
George Lewis’ Afterword, an opera
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Joelle Lamarre, soprano
Gwendolyn Brown, contralto
Julian Otis, tenor
Sean Griffin, director
Narda Alcorn, production stage manager
Steven Schick, conductor
Sven Furberg, projections

GEORGE LEWIS: Afterword, an opera (Bay Area Premiere). A rare performance of George Lewis’ experimental Afterword, an opera, based on a chapter in his multiple-award-winning history of the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

See What’s available for Streaming on The Opera Platform. The one I enjoyed most was The Golden Cockerel.

  • Arminio by Georg Friedrich Handel from Handel Festival Karlsruhe  >>
  • Le Vin herbé by Frank Martin from Welsh National Opera  >>
  • Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti from Palau de les Arts  >>
  • Orpheus by Claudio Monteverdi and Elena Kats-Chernin from Komische Oper Berlin  >>
  • Semele by Georg Friedrich Handel from Badische Staatsteater Karlsruhe  >>
  • Sorochintsy Fair by Modest Mussorgsky and Vissarion Shebalin from Komische Oper Berlin  >>
  • Space Opera by Aleksander Nowak from Poznań Opera  >>
  • The Creation by Joseph Haydn from Rambert  >>
  • The Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov from La Monnaie Brussels  >>
  • The Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, James MacMillan from Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen  >>

See What’s Coming Up at the Vienna Staatsoper.

See What’s Coming up at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Joyce DiDonato

For Fans of Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997): Her concert at the Liceu in Barcelona.

Finally, If You Are An Opera Singer: Complete Package Performer is delighted to announce the “2017 Acting for Singers Intensive Training”

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Voice Faculty, UC Berkeley