July  2, 2015
Festival Opera Presents
Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos: 
A Feast for the Ears

The Lesher Center for the Arts on 7/1/2015
  Only a week away! Rehearsals are in full swing, and the excitement is palpable.
Maestro Michael Morgan, who directs as well as conducts the production, sets the piece in the current day with minimal setting, allowing nothing to be taken away from the music. The company is using the translation commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival . According to Morgan, "The writing is virtuosic all around, for both singers and orchestra with almost every individual orchestra member as soloist."
   Festival Opera has assembled a stellar cast for this production, featuring Othalie Graham as the Prima Donna (Ariadne), Robert Breault as Bacchus, Shawnette Sulker as Zerbinetta, Catherine Martin as the Composer, and Kirk Eichelberger as the Music Master.

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Tickets are on now on sale for Ariadne auf Naxos, 8 pm Friday, July 10 and 2 pm Sunday, July 12 in the Hofmann Theater of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Festival Opera Opening Night Dinner Pre-Opera at Prima Ristorante
    Join us for a special opening-night experience: good food, good wine, and good company at an elegant pre-opera dinner at Prima Ristorante, just a block from the Lesher Center at 1522 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek. Just $120 per person to enjoy chef-owner Peter Chastain's sophisticated fare paired with fine wines and great company.
   You may reserve your place at the same time you order your opera tickets. For ticket and dinner reservations, click here.

Festival Opera Opening Night Dinner 2012, Prima Ristorante. Photos: Art Garcia
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Walnut Creek, California 94596   



Sara Nealy - General Director

Dick Brundage, CBC - Marketing Director  



Board of Directors    

Susie Hanson, Chair

Peter Johnson, Vice Chair 

David Baer, Secretary      

Nina Bancroft Dickerson 

Jennifer Kwock-Lau     

Diane Heald              

Choreographer Mark Foehringer 
Mark Foehringer works with the comedy troupe:
L-R: Roberto Perlas Gomez (behind Foehringer),
Michael Desnoyers, Daniel Cilli,
 Josť HernŠndez, and Shawnette Sulker.
2015 Calendar
    Tickets NOW ON SALE for
   Ariadne auf Naxos

FRI July 10  
5 pm 
Festival Opera Aria 2.0 
Young Professionals Pre-Opera Wine Party (ages 40 and under) at Buon Vino
1545 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Email for more info
FRI July 10
5 pm  
Opening Night Party
Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek  
FRI July 10
8 pm 
Ariadne auf Naxos 
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek  
SUN July 12
2 pm 
Ariadne auf Naxos 
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek 
Thurs July 30
7 pm
Festival Opera Lite:
"Starlight, Starbright"
Walnut Creek Marriott
David Gustafson, tenor
Molly Mahoney, mezzo-soprano
Nov 13-15
Chamber operas: 
Holst's Savitri and
River of Light
Venue TBA
Dec 10  
6:30 pm 
2015 Holiday Gala
Round Hill Country Club
Michael Morgan and Robert Breault
Stage director and conductor Michael Morgan goes over the score with tenor Robert Breault (Bacchus)

Naiads at Rest 

L-R: Molly Wilson (Echo), Sara Duchovnay (Naiad),
and Betany Coffland (Dryad)