March 5, 2015
Festival Opera Launches "Opera Lite"
Free at the Walnut Creek Marriott March 19

Christopher Bengochea
Carrie Hennessey
Festival Opera is proud to announce a new project, Opera Lite -- a series presenting familiar opera arias combined with lighter fare: popular songs and Broadway show tunes. Designed to be both an introduction to opera for newbies and fun for opera enthusiasts, Opera Lite events will provide a convenient and social  environment to enjoy music, food and good company. Opera Lite will debut on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main St., Walnut Creek. 
The debut of Opera Lite will be a concert called, "Music of the Night", and will feature Bay Area opera stars Carrie Hennessey and Christopher Bengochea with piano accompanist, Simona Snitkovsky. A special prix fixe menu and wine specials will also be offered in Atrio at the hotel. 
Christopher Bengochea is a critically-acclaimed and prize-winning international opera tenor who appeared in Festival Opera's 2014 season production of The Emperor of Atlantis as well as previous productions. A former resident artist of Opera San Josť, he is currently appearing in Livermore Valley Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, soprano Carrie Hennessey is a powerful and talented artist. Ms. Hennessey was seen recently in the Bay Area Premiere of Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair at West Edge Opera, and in the role of Blanche DuBois in Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera's co-production of Andre Previn's Streetcar Named Desire. Ms. Hennessey's portrayal of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker's opera Emmeline earned her a nomination in the 2010 Bay Area Broadway World Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. 
For more information and reservations for the "Music of the Night" prix fixe dinner in Atrio, call the Walnut Creek Marriott at 925.934.2000.
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Walnut Creek, California 94596   



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Susie Hanson, Chair

Peter Johnson, Vice Chair 

David Baer, Secretary      

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2015 Calendar

THU Mar 19 
7:00 pm
Opera Lite
Walnut Creek Marriott
SUN June 21Opera in the Park
Father's Day Tribute to Dads Civic Park, Walnut Creek
FRI July 10Opening Night Party
Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek
FRI July 10 
SUN July 12
Ariadne auf Naxos 
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek 
Nov 13-14
Chamber operas: 
Holst's Savitri and
River of Light
Shadelands Art Center
Walnut Creek

Nov 15
Chamber operas: 
Performance in San Jose Venue TBA
Dec 10  
6:30 pm 
2015 Holiday Gala
Round Hill Country Club

Booth Space for Opera in the Park Father's Day - Sunday, June 21
Join the Tribute to Dads and Families

Sponsor booths at Opera in the Park's Community Fair

Opera in the Park is only months away, and you can join our community partners for this popular public event. Held in Walnut Creek's Civic Park, this free concert and fair features acclaimed singers and music in a relaxed picnic environment.

Opera in the Park sponsors are in the spotlight before our diverse base of patrons and community supporters. To become a sponsor, contact Sunshine Deffner, Community Fair Manager by email.

Soprano Kristin Clayton singing with the Festival Opera chorus at the 2012 Opera in the Park.