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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - July 19, 2013

Picnic and opera

Dine with wine while enjoying classic arias

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Make the most of a beautiful summer evening by picnicking at Retzlaff Vineyards while enjoying arias from classic operas. This benefit for Livermore Valley Opera is happening Sunday for the 21st year.

"The annual Opera in the Vineyard has become a popular community event," said Raquel Holt, LVO founder and this year's event co-chairperson. "Our supporters and many come each time, enjoy the high quality of the talented opera singers, the wonderful program and the lovely vineyard setting."

Opera fans bring their own picnic dinners to the event, paying $40 for a place at a table amid the vines of Retzlaff Vineyards. Wines will be for sale.

LVO will again offer "Arias a la carte," giving guests the opportunity to purchase songs from a menu for the singers to perform at their table. This year's singers are mezzo-soprano Michelle Rice, tenor Christopher Sponseller and soprano Greta Feeney-Samuels. Accompanying the singers is pianist Chun Mei Wilson.

New this year, LVO welcomes its own Wind Octet, performing musical selections from its upcoming production of "Carmen," which opens Sept. 28. There also will be a drawing and a silent auction.

Opera in the Vineyard takes place from 5-8 p.m. The vineyards are located at 1356 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore. For more information, visit www.livermorevalleyopera.com or call 960-9210.

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