Saturday afternoon, September 10th at NOON
We will start our 14th opera season by showing the fabulous 2006 producion of Los Angeles Opera’s production of La Traviata. Renée Fleming gives a heart-breaking portrayal as the courtesan, Violetta Valéry, who is torn between self-indulgence and true love. At the request of Alfredo’s father, Violetta chooses to sacrifice her personal happiness with Alfredo, becoming a victim of mid-19th-century French bourgeois thought. Fleming’s vocalization is flawless, and her acting captures the complexity of the character.
Rolando Villazón returns to the role that made him an international powerhouse after his critically-acclaimed, sold-out performances at the 2005 Salzburg Festival. As Alfredo, he brings fiery passion to the role of the impetuous lover, convincing in his anger at what he thinks is Violetta’s betrayal, and in his regrets in their last-act deathbed reconciliation. His voice rings out in the climaxes, is scaled down to sweet lyricism in the love scenes, and husky, almost baritone-like in the more overtly dramatic scenes. The distinguished Renato Bruson is perfectly cast as Alfredo’s father, Germont. This lavish production boasts lush sets and costumes that reflect the period, capturing all of the excitement and drama on stage. A performance not to miss!
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 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.
Opera Schedule 2016-17
2nd Saturday of the month
Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Opera starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.
“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson
“The Enchanted Island”
Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo
“Salome” by Richard Strauss
Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo
“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu
“Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais
“Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner
Starring Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos; James Levine
“Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez
“Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni
Starring Plácido Domingo and Elena Obraztsova
“Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Starring Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas and Juan Pons