Pescadero Opera presents

Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”

Saturday afternoon, April 8th at NOON

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Saturday afternoon, April 8th at NOON

Tannhauser10This month we’ll be showing Wagner’s passionate opera, Tannhäuser. It is the German tale of the medieval minstrel knight, Tannhäuser who, after having spent a year in Venusberg, the subterranean grotto of Venus, grows weary of monotonous joys and sensual bliss and longs to return to earthly life. Tannhäuser is the story of a man torn between the temptations of sacred and profane love.

This Met production of Tannhäuser is considered to be one of the most gorgeous and gloriously romantic productions in the Met’s repertory. A distinguished cast is headed by Richard Cassilly, who was perhaps the leading exponent of Tannhäuser at the time; Eva Marton, who plays the radiant Elisabeth; and Tatiana Troyanos, who plays a musically and dramatically stunning Venus. As with most Wagnerian operas Tannhäuser is a relatively long opera. However, the music is exquisite and the sets spectacular.

Running time: 4 hours 30 minutes, with two intermissions

Read / download the synopsis: Tannhäuser

Read / download the libretto: Tannhäuser libretto

Listen to the Overture: Overture to Tannhäuser


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. with a brief introduction by Phyllis Neumann.

Opera Programs. Opera programs will be distributed at the opera. But, if you want to bone up on this month’s opera before you see it you can download it from here.

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.


September 10th

“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson

October 8th

“The Enchanted Island” by Jeremy Sams
Starring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and Plácido Domingo

November 12th

“Salome” by Richard Strauss
Starring Nadja Michael, Thomas Moser and Michael Volle

December 10th

“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo

January 14th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

February 11th

“Faust” by Charles Gounod
Starring Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorgiu

March 11th

“Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini
Starring Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais

April 8th

“Tannhäuser” by Richard Wagner
Starring Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos; James Levine

May 13th

“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie
Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith

June 10th

“Daughter of the Regiment” by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez