Saturday afternoon, March 10th at NOON
There will be a change in schedule to the 1988 extravagant Met production of Puccini’s Turandot. This was Puccini’s last opera ― he died before it was actually completed. His dear friend, Franco Alfano, in an act of love for Puccini, finished the opera from Puccini’s 36 pages of notes, which is the way it is heard today.
This fairy-tale opera is set in ancient China, and is about a cruel Chinese princess with a heart of ice. Those princes that are foolish enough to pursue her in marriage must first solve three riddles. If they fail to solve them correctly they are beheaded. An unknown Prince (Domingo) then takes up the challenge.
The story is exciting, the music exquisite and the staging by Franco Zefferelli is opulent and breathtaking ― grand opera at its finest. It’s an opera you won’t soon forget.
Newcomers to opera — These DVD presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear, and any opera trivia available. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera. The DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.
The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater and enjoy the show with our fabulous new projector (both made possible by your generous donations).
Socializing, barbecue and pot luck are held between 12:00-2:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. The opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by Phyllis Neumann.
Opera Schedule 2017-18
2nd Saturday of the month
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.
“Carmen” by George Bizet
Starring Elina Garanča and Roberto Alagna
“Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni
Starring Plácido Domingo and Elena Obraztsova
“Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Starring Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas and Juan Pons
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo
“Cinderella” by Alma Deutscher
Opera San José in San Jose, California
“Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Plácido Domingo, Eva Marton and Leona Mitchell
“The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Starring Kathleen Battle, Luciana Serra and Francisco Araiza
“La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring David Hobson and Cheryl Barker
Wagner’s Dream: An Introduction to The Ring
(This begins our Summer Season six-week course on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.)