Saturday afternoon, September 9th at NOON
To start out 15th opera season we will be showing the wonderful 2010 Met production of Bizet’s Carmen. Set in Seville, Spain, around 1930, Carmen is the beautiful and sensuous gypsy who seduces men, especially those who won’t return her love. She sets her sights on Don José, an honorable and inexperienced soldier, leading him down the path of gypsy life and her own eventual destruction.
The Latvian mezzo-soprano, Elina Garanča, is Carmen! Her voice is cool, with an icy edge to it. What sets Garanča apart from other Carmens is her ability to send shivers down the spine and make grown men salivate. She is indeed the best Carmen of our day.
Carmen is a very provocative and sensual opera. It is #4 on Opera America’s list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America, and this production is one you definitely don’t want 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 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
“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Starring Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake and Leo Nucci
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo
“Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Starring Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ramón Vargas
“Der Rosenkavalier” by Richard Strauss
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Aage Haugland, Anne Howells and Barbara Bonney
“The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach
“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
“Fidelio” by Ludwig Beethoven