Date & Time: Sat. January 7, 1—4 pm
Venue: 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $10 General
Watch an open rehearsal with Island City Opera as they prepare to open their third season with Gaetano Donizetti’s exuberant comedy Don Pasquale. You will have an unique opportunity to hear the full opera, hear great performers as they prepare for their opening night performances in Alameda, as well as get an appreciation for what it takes to stage a full-length opera production.
As this is an open rehearsal, the performance is not staged, and singers may not be in costumes. The director may stop and start the performance as necessary.
Don Pasquale is one of opera’s greatest comedies, full of jabs at privilege and lecherous old men, and served with a side of romance. The childless elder, Don Pasquale, plans to marry in order to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto. But Ernesto’s friend Dr. Malatesta has a plan to deceive the Don into a fake marriage to teach the Don a real lesson and set the stage for the nephew to marry his love, Norina. Donizetti’s music is wonderfully melodic, with a number of beautiful arias and ensembles. Most memorable is Norina’s “So anch’io la virtu magica,” which is one of those arias that many opera lovers love without knowing where it’s from.
Island City Opera’s artists perform with San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, and other Bay Area companies. Distinguished baritone, Bojan Knezevic, leads the cast in the title role. Sergio Gonzalez makes his ICO debut as Ernesto, while Eileen Meredith is his intended, Norina. Igor Vieira is the clever Dr. Malatesta The production is conducted by Philip Kuttner, who was an assistant conductor at San Francisco Opera, and the stage director is Erin Neff.
Fully staged performances of ICO’s Don Pasquale can be see at Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA
Wednesday Preview, January 18, 2016 at 7:30PM
Friday Opening Night, January 20, 2016 at 7:30PM
Sunday Matinee, January 22, 2016 at 2:00PM
Friday Night, Friday, January 27, 2016 at 7:30PM
Sunday Matinee, January 29, 2016 at 2:00PM
Tickets: $40 adult, $36 senior, $10 student, free for children 12 and under.
Available online at http://www.islandcityopera.org or box office at (510) 263-8060