Thursday, October 29, 2015

West Edge Opera's 2016 Opera Medium Rare Series

West Edge Opera hits the jackpot once again with its two-opera Opera Medium Rare series, staging The Barber of Seville and La Boheme.

Wait, you say those are not exactly rare? They're not the Barber and Boheme that you expect. Instead, it's their Doppelgangers:

Paisiello’s Barber of Seville
Sunday, February 7, 3 pm
Lisser Theater at Mills College
Tuesday, February 98 pm
Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
Sara Duchovnay, soprano
Jonathan Smucker, tenor
Nikolas Nackley, baritone
Carl King, bass 
Jonathan Khuner, conductor

Leoncavallo's La bohème
Sunday, March 20, 3 pm 
Lisser Theater at Mills College
Tuesday, March 22, 8 pm
Freight and Salvage 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
Carrie Hennessey, soprano
Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano
Alex Boyer, tenor
Anders Froehlich, baritone
Ryan Bradford, bass

Jonathan Khuner, conductor

Lisser Theater, a 250-seat proscenium theater, is on the Mills College campus in Oakland and Freight and Salvage is at 2020 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley’s arts district. Tickets are $22 for general seating with a $20 senior discount price. Premium seats are $40.00. Tickets for all performances are available online at Lisser Theater tickets can be purchased by phone on the West Edge Ticketline, 510-841-1903, and Freight and Salvage tickets by phone are purchased by calling 510-644-2020 extension120. For more information, go to West Edge Opera’s website at

(If they do a second round of these, let me get in line to suggest Manon Lescaut by Daniel Auber and Turandot by Ferrucio Busoni.)


CruzSF said...

Very interesting. Who else would do these operas in the Bay Area? Could be the only opportunity for many here to ever see them. I don't know if these are as good as their more famous doppelgängers, but at these prices, they'll be worth the gamble.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Yes, exactly! Nobody else around here does this stuff - it's what you'd expect to see programmed at Wexford. I saw two of the three operas in the series this year and I'm so glad that I did.