Saturday afternoon, December 10th at NOON
Die Fledermaus, perhaps the world’s best loved comedic operetta, is a Viennese tale of lechery, love, revenge and romance, of beautiful wives, juicy maids, amorous husbands, clever friends, a mysterious count and a drunken jailer.
Covent Garden has gone all out with elegant costumes and extravagant staging — white tie and tails, beautiful gowns, a gold watch and lots of champagne. The operetta is a light-hearted, mischievous story about a practical joke played by one friend on another a year earlier — and features some of Johann Strauss’ most romantic and bubbling music.
This 1983 production has an exceptional cast, led by Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey, who are obviously having as much fun as the audience. The conductor is none other than a very young and dashing Plácido Domingo, who leads the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with panache. Covent Garden has even added several of its own personal touches (which I won’t give away here).
We are celebrating the holidays
with a turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and salad.
Please bring a Christmas dish that would like to share.
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.
“La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Reneé Fleming, Rolando Villazon and Renato Bruson
“The Enchanted Island” by Jeremy Sams
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