Verdi's Luisa Miller will be performed at the Hillside Club on Sunday afternoon, November 12, and Saturday night, November 18.
The title role will be sung by Eliza O'Malley, a company founder who is a veteran of many Bay Area productions and a fervent advocate of what she calls "locally sourced opera".
Locally-sourced food has been all the rage for a while now, but locally-sourced opera?
Berkeley Chamber Opera hopes to provide just that-productions which showcase the work of the Bay Area's wealth of resident professional talent in accessible settings, at a price which is affordable for a wide range of opera fans.
Many who have been introduced to opera through the popular Metropolitan Opera films haven't yet experienced the unique excitement of live performance.
Berkeley Chamber Opera intends to change that.
BCO is dedicated to presenting local professional opera singers in staged productions with a chamber orchestra in intimate venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Eliza O'Malley, who grew up in Berkeley, created BCO as an outgrowth of her work singing leading roles with such local opera companies as Verismo Opera, Handel Opera Project and Goat Hall Productions and producing concerts with the Dazzling Divas.
The conductor will be a distinguished pioneer of the Bay Area opera scene, Jonathan Khuner, a longtime Berkeley resident who is now Music Director for West Edge Opera, the company which morphed from the original Berkeley Opera, which performed for years under his baton in Berkeley's Julia Morgan Theater. He appears frequently with many Bay Area companies-he conducted Berkeley Chamber Opera's Capuleti e Montecchi last season. This past summer at West Edge he led Thomas' Hamlet and Frankenstein by Libby Larsen; next summer he will conduct their production of Debussy's PellÃ©as et MÃ©lisande. This coming March he will lead Island City Opera in La Sonnambula.
In addition to his participation in local opera, for decades Khuner has served as assistant conductor for San Francisco Opera, NY Metropolitan Opera, and Chicago Lyric Opera. Occasionally he works abroad, most recently conducting Arjuna's Dilemma in Kathmandu (2016).
2pm to 3pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street
$72. 642-9988. cal performances.org
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$30-$68. 642-9988. calperformances.org
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