Opera fans in the Tri-Valley will have the chance to see live renditions of classic productions with the upcoming 2023-24 season of the Livermore Valley Opera.
The region's professional opera company has announced a list of productions and activities for its 32nd annual season, which will include two full-length operas at Livermore's Bankhead Theater in addition to several one-off events throughout the year.
"We're thrilled to announce our next season's lineup of shows and events," LVO communications director Leslie Silberman said. "We hope people, opera lovers or even those new to this type of performance, can come out and support the local singers and production members that put so much into these shows."
This fall, LVO will bring John Steinbeck's classic story "Of Mice and Men", adapted as a staged opera by Carlisle Floyd. Afternoon shows play Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m., with evening times Oct. 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
For their production of "Of Mice and Men", LVO has partnered with the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The two organizations are working to promote and educate the public on the works and life of John Steinbeck.
Stage-directed by Marc Jacobs, the story follows two American migrant workers during the Great Depression and their search for work and resources.
An opening night dinner will be hosted at Uncle Yu's at the Vineyards, one block away from the Bankhead. Purchase of a separate ticket from the show is required.
The dinner will take place at 4 p.m., prior to the first performance of "Of Mice and Men". Visitors to the dinner are invited to attend a pre-opera lecture set to take place one hour before the show start time.
Then, in March 2024, the company will perform "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, originally written in 1791 and regarded as one of the greatest operatic works of all time.
The show chronicles the life of Prince Tamino and his companion Papageno while the two embark on a mission to rescue Princess Pamina. The pair are given musical instruments known to be magical which they use throughout their journey.
Afternoon shows are March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m., while evening performances are March 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Both opera productions will be sung in English and accompanied by the LVO live orchestra, conducted by Alexander Katsman.
"We are happy to bring quality opera to the area and see folks enjoy it. These are two very classic and well-known operas," Silberman said.
Apart from the full production shows, LVO will put on its annual one-night-only event, Opera in the Vineyard, that gives guests the opportunity to watch live performances backdropped by vineyard landscapes.
Taking place at Garré Vineyard in Livermore on Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m., LVO staff have said the event will create an inviting backdrop for a relaxing, casual experience where "wine, music and community harmoniously intertwine."
Also announced as part of the upcoming season, the fundraising event "3 Redneck Tenors" is set to take place Feb. 17, 2024 at the Bankhead Theater.
The special event will feature a live comedic opera performance written by Tri-Valley native Matthew Lord and composed by Craig Bohmler. The 3 Redneck Tenors include singers Blake Davidson, Steven Sanders and Lord. In 2015, the group was among the top finalists on the competition show "America's Got Talent".
Founded in 1992, LVO began with the goal of bringing professional and engaging operas to the Tri-Valley. The company has employed a variety of local and national singers, musicians, stage directors, production staff and more over the years.
To find tickets or more information about LVO, visit www.livermorevalleyopera.com.