From the Press
April 10, 2013
The orgy kind of comes out of nowhere. One minute you're sitting in a well-appointed El Cerrito theater, watching opera, that highest of high arts — watching a production about a post-impressionist painter, no less — and then, all of a sudden, in the middle of the second act, there it is, bare bodies and a bare mattress onstage. It's surprising, but then again, so are lots of things about Bonjour M. Gauguin, West Edge Opera's excellent new show.
April 6, 2013
Large splashes of primary colors, undulating waves of energy, exotic landscapes, and bare breasts sensual and provocative: All come to mind at the thought of French painter Paul Gauguin's oeuvre. All these varied aspects of his supreme artistry, including the controversial writings published in his Intimate Journals, have been brought to life in West Edge Opera's marvelous production of Fabrizio Carlone's chamber opera, Bonjour M. Gauguin. Running for only two more performances next weekend, the production is such a success that it demands to be experienced in all its multifaceted wonder.
March 27, 2013
If Richard Wagner were able to take a peek into our 21st-century world of opera, he likely would take particular interest in the goings on at West Edge Opera. Wagner, the great 19th-century composer of such iconic works as "Der Ring des Nibelungen," may have been the one who coined the long German word "Gesamtkunstwerk," which he used to describe his ideas regarding ideal opera.
Video – The Turn of the Screw
Mark Streshinsky introduces our next production, Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw (running time 2:17).
Salons at the Garden Gatea Sunday Afternoon Recital Series
West Edge Opera brings you some of our favorite stars from past productions in recital. Each introduces a promising young artist of her choice.
Discover the Garden Gate, a charming new performance space in the shadow of the Claremont Hotel. Your ticket includes wine and hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the artists following the recital.
Each Salon is $35, or buy all three for $94.50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Read all about West Edge Opera's 2013 Season in Mark's compendious article, From the General Director.
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West Edge Opera's New Season
"Always trying to push the envelope."
Pushing the envelope. This is what drives our work. At West Edge Opera we believe there is no limit to where this art form can go. We want to break down the perceptions of opera as exclusive and distant and present the essence of the story. To reveal the emotions that can't be spoken.
Our 2013 Season:
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