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Operating as usual

Thanks Sally Hogarty and Pioneer for the write-up!
08/19/2021
‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ a tribute to a special friendship

Thanks Sally Hogarty and Pioneer for the write-up!

WALNUT CREEK, CA — It’s difficult not to hold Supreme Court justices in awe. Whether you agree with their political views or not, here is a group of people who hold their positions for life. How many people can say they have that kind of job security? Two justices that certainly created both awe...

Thanks Concord Chamber of Commerce for sharing info about our show!!
08/18/2021

Thanks Concord Chamber of Commerce for sharing info about our show!!

Meet the Cast and Production Staff of Scalia/Ginsburg from the Solo Opera!

Solo Opera's Scalia/Ginsburg includes a fabulous cast: Nikki Einfeld as “Ginsburg”, Christopher Bengochea as “Scalia”, and Kirk Eichelberger as the “Commentator”. The chamber opera will be accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Katsman. An incredible production team will be led by Solo Opera Artistic Director, Sylvia Amorino, as stage director/producer. A 30-minute pre-show lecture by Ian Kelley, Professor of Constitutional Law, one hour before each show. The show is booked for Friday, Sept. 10- 8:00pm and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 - 2:00pm at the Lesher Center for the Arts. For tickets use the link below or call (925) 943-7469.

https://conta.cc/2W7jUjA

More timely than ever is the message of our opera, 'SCALIA/GINSBURG". We are all different but need to respect one anoth...
08/17/2021

More timely than ever is the message of our opera, 'SCALIA/GINSBURG". We are all different but need to respect one another and get along. Scalia and Ginsburg's friendship was such a great example of that. One on the left, one of the right, and yet still great "buddies" as RBG used to say.
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

More timely than ever is the message of our opera, 'SCALIA/GINSBURG". We are all different but need to respect one another and get along. Scalia and Ginsburg's friendship was such a great example of that. One on the left, one of the right, and yet still great "buddies" as RBG used to say.
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Thanks East Bay Times and Sally Hogarty for including us in your latest article.  Nikki Einfeld was interviewed and give...
08/17/2021
Curtain Calls: Get ready for the big top in Oakland

Thanks East Bay Times and Sally Hogarty for including us in your latest article. Nikki Einfeld was interviewed and gives insight on her role as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/08/16/curtain-calls-get-ready-for-the-big-top-on-stage/

The circus is coming to town, and I can hardly wait! A new one ring outdoor show featuring the Gleeful Circus Bella Company brings its troupe of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and, of course, clow…

Only FIVE seats left for Sunday's performance! Don't delay if that is the day you wanted to attend...Looking forward to ...
08/16/2021

Only FIVE seats left for Sunday's performance! Don't delay if that is the day you wanted to attend...Looking forward to seeing you all there!

https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Only FIVE seats left for Sunday's performance! Don't delay if that is the day you wanted to attend...Looking forward to seeing you all there!

https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Thank you Visit Concord, CA for sharing info. about our show!!
08/13/2021

Thank you Visit Concord, CA for sharing info. about our show!!

Solo Opera's Scalia/Ginsburg, An Opera By Derrick Wang is coming to the Lesher Center for the Arts next month. Get your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3fMPY2Y

Who is that hiding in the corner of the building???
08/13/2021

Who is that hiding in the corner of the building???

Who is that hiding in the corner of the building???

Watch for us in the Concord Chamber of Commerce eblasts this month. We are sponsoring them to announce our upcoming show...
08/10/2021

Watch for us in the Concord Chamber of Commerce eblasts this month. We are sponsoring them to announce our upcoming show! https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Watch for us in the Concord Chamber of Commerce eblasts this month. We are sponsoring them to announce our upcoming show! https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Today we highlight Kirk Eichelberger who will play the "Commentator" in our upcoming opera SCALIA/GINSBURG. The characte...
08/10/2021

Today we highlight Kirk Eichelberger who will play the "Commentator" in our upcoming opera SCALIA/GINSBURG. The character of the Commentator is a take off on the DON GIOVANNI character the Commendatore vocally/dramatically with a comical twist of Gilbert and Sullivan (and every bass/ baritone role ever written wrapped up in one!) Don't miss the show- only 2 performances (and only a few tickets left for Sunday). Kirk's bio below.
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs
Bass Kirk Eichelberger has been praised for “commanding the stage at every turn” (San Francisco Chronicle) and for his “resonant bass and riveting stage presence” (Dayton City Paper). During the 2017/2018 season his engagements included Alidoro in "La Cenerentola" with Opéra de Montréal, Zuniga in "Carmen" for the Spokane Symphony and Opera Coeur d’Alene and Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" for the Edmonton Opera. Other recent and upcoming engagements include Betto in "Gianni Schicchi "and Don Basilio in "The Barber of Seville"for the Livermore Valley Opera, and Commendatore for Manitoba Opera. San Francisco’s Young Women’s Choral Projects has engaged him for "Abraham in Flames". He has also appeared at the Met in New York, Kansas City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Memphis and Vancouver Opera. Eichelberger was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and also the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

Today we highlight Kirk Eichelberger who will play the "Commentator" in our upcoming opera SCALIA/GINSBURG. The character of the Commentator is a take off on the DON GIOVANNI character the Commendatore vocally/dramatically with a comical twist of Gilbert and Sullivan (and every bass/ baritone role ever written wrapped up in one!) Don't miss the show- only 2 performances (and only a few tickets left for Sunday). Kirk's bio below.
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs
Bass Kirk Eichelberger has been praised for “commanding the stage at every turn” (San Francisco Chronicle) and for his “resonant bass and riveting stage presence” (Dayton City Paper). During the 2017/2018 season his engagements included Alidoro in "La Cenerentola" with Opéra de Montréal, Zuniga in "Carmen" for the Spokane Symphony and Opera Coeur d’Alene and Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" for the Edmonton Opera. Other recent and upcoming engagements include Betto in "Gianni Schicchi "and Don Basilio in "The Barber of Seville"for the Livermore Valley Opera, and Commendatore for Manitoba Opera. San Francisco’s Young Women’s Choral Projects has engaged him for "Abraham in Flames". He has also appeared at the Met in New York, Kansas City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Memphis and Vancouver Opera. Eichelberger was a national finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and also the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers. He holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

MUSICAL CHAIRS!
08/09/2021

MUSICAL CHAIRS!

Musical Chairs 🪑🎶

Photos from Visit Concord, CA's post
08/08/2021

Photos from Visit Concord, CA's post

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her other buddy! She chose this wonderful opera to produce, ...
08/07/2021

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her other buddy! She chose this wonderful opera to produce, "Scalia/Ginsburg" by Derrick Wang, about the friendship between a right wing and a left wing justice because she is bi-partisan. She believes in everyone getting along. WE ARE DIFFERENT. WE ARE ONE. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her other buddy! She chose this wonderful opera to produce, "Scalia/Ginsburg" by Derrick Wang, about the friendship between a right wing and a left wing justice because she is bi-partisan. She believes in everyone getting along. WE ARE DIFFERENT. WE ARE ONE. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her buddy!
08/07/2021

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her buddy!

Sylvia Amorino Gonzalez, Solo Opera Artistic Director, with her buddy!

Solo Opera rep’n at Take 5 jazz festival at Pacheco Square in downtown Concord
08/07/2021

Solo Opera rep’n at Take 5 jazz festival at Pacheco Square in downtown Concord

Solo Opera rep’n at Take 5 jazz festival at Pacheco Square in downtown Concord

Barring the smokey air getting any worse, we will be at the Concord Jazz Festival this weekend with a Solo Opera table. ...
08/06/2021
2021 Concord Jazz Festival Continues!

Barring the smokey air getting any worse, we will be at the Concord Jazz Festival this weekend with a Solo Opera table. Stop by and say hello, take a photo with "Scalia" and "Ginsburg" or just find out more about our upcoming show in Sept. Our Sunday performance is almost sold out!!! (Sat. we will be at the Visitor's Center near Todos Santos and Sunday at the Concord Historical Society. See below for details on the Jazz Festival. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

https://www.visitconcordca.com/jazz/?fbclid=IwAR2dgPAiuNRfYDHjmusG1lcsOapHNQ0nZR0idrumJDpqNq9zOa8sMSU7NBQ

Continuing the celebration of Jazz in Concord

Solo Opera will have table out at the Jazz Festival this weekend Aug. 7-8. Stop by and say hello to Ginsburg and Scalia ...
08/02/2021
2021 Concord Jazz Festival Continues!

Solo Opera will have table out at the Jazz Festival this weekend Aug. 7-8. Stop by and say hello to Ginsburg and Scalia and find out more about our upcoming show Sept. 10 and 12. The Festival goes during this week, but Aug. 7th is at the Visitor's Center near Todos Santos Park and Aug. 8th at the Concord Historical Society! See you there!
https://www.visitconcordca.com/jazz/

Continuing the celebration of Jazz in Concord

Someone just arrived in the mail...but is waiting for her partner to also arrive. Together, they will soon take a trip a...
08/01/2021

Someone just arrived in the mail...but is waiting for her partner to also arrive. Together, they will soon take a trip around Concord/Walnut Creek to say hello and invite you to their show. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Someone just arrived in the mail...but is waiting for her partner to also arrive. Together, they will soon take a trip around Concord/Walnut Creek to say hello and invite you to their show. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Only approx. 50 tickets left for Sunday's Sept. 12th performance of "Scalia/Ginsburg". We are almost sold out. If that i...
08/01/2021

Only approx. 50 tickets left for Sunday's Sept. 12th performance of "Scalia/Ginsburg". We are almost sold out. If that is the day you want to attend, go now to the link below and purchase soon! Still good seats for Friday also. Don't miss out on this CA Premiere of this important work. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Only approx. 50 tickets left for Sunday's Sept. 12th performance of "Scalia/Ginsburg". We are almost sold out. If that is the day you want to attend, go now to the link below and purchase soon! Still good seats for Friday also. Don't miss out on this CA Premiere of this important work. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

We LOVE LOVE LOVE that our "Scalia/Ginsburg" will have a wonderful bi-partisan crowd. We have reached out to both Republ...
07/29/2021

We LOVE LOVE LOVE that our "Scalia/Ginsburg" will have a wonderful bi-partisan crowd. We have reached out to both Republicans and Democrats to come enjoy the show. And guess what, they are coming!!! This makes us very happy because the message of the opera is one of getting along. WE ARE DIFFERENT. WE ARE ONE. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

We LOVE LOVE LOVE that our "Scalia/Ginsburg" will have a wonderful bi-partisan crowd. We have reached out to both Republicans and Democrats to come enjoy the show. And guess what, they are coming!!! This makes us very happy because the message of the opera is one of getting along. WE ARE DIFFERENT. WE ARE ONE. https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Sunday performance is already 3/4 sold. Don't delay in purchasing your tickets, esp. if that is the day you want to atte...
07/29/2021

Sunday performance is already 3/4 sold. Don't delay in purchasing your tickets, esp. if that is the day you want to attend. We can't wait to share this hilarious show with you all!
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

Sunday performance is already 3/4 sold. Don't delay in purchasing your tickets, esp. if that is the day you want to attend. We can't wait to share this hilarious show with you all!
https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs

We are thrilled to be working with Christopher Bengochea who will star as Antonin Scalia in our upcoming opera Sept 10 a...
07/27/2021

We are thrilled to be working with Christopher Bengochea who will star as Antonin Scalia in our upcoming opera Sept 10 and 12 Scalia/Ginsburg. Please see his bio below for more information on Chris.

https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs
Christopher Bengochea (Justice Antonin Scalia), the critically acclaimed and prize winning international opera tenor, is quickly being sought after by opera houses, concert venues, and audiences alike. Mr. Bengochea has been heralded as having "power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of 'natural sound.’ Tenor, Christopher Bengochea, has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic interpretations in performances ranging from oratorio to opera. It is a unique, broadly-projected "wide" sound that can serve lyrical or heroic music equally well.” Bengochea’s operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in "La Rondine", Don Jose in "Carmen", Turiddu in "Cavalleria Rusticana", the title role in "Les Contes of Hoffmann", Radames in "Aida", Canio in "Pagliacci," and Cavarodossi in "Tosca". Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, Opera San Luis Obispo, Charlottesville Opera, da Corneto Opera, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, Tigulio Festival Opera, Stockton Opera Association, and Opera Santa Barbara.

We are thrilled to be working with Christopher Bengochea who will star as Antonin Scalia in our upcoming opera Sept 10 and 12 Scalia/Ginsburg. Please see his bio below for more information on Chris.

https://lesherartscenter.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1467&fbclid=IwAR1rrOtuUU3T5RdZxRQk7EJPOGxmzVKzLKo5jbGq8_39trVfuBVe28mKUFs
Christopher Bengochea (Justice Antonin Scalia), the critically acclaimed and prize winning international opera tenor, is quickly being sought after by opera houses, concert venues, and audiences alike. Mr. Bengochea has been heralded as having "power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of 'natural sound.’ Tenor, Christopher Bengochea, has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic interpretations in performances ranging from oratorio to opera. It is a unique, broadly-projected "wide" sound that can serve lyrical or heroic music equally well.” Bengochea’s operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in "La Rondine", Don Jose in "Carmen", Turiddu in "Cavalleria Rusticana", the title role in "Les Contes of Hoffmann", Radames in "Aida", Canio in "Pagliacci," and Cavarodossi in "Tosca". Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, Opera San Luis Obispo, Charlottesville Opera, da Corneto Opera, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, Tigulio Festival Opera, Stockton Opera Association, and Opera Santa Barbara.

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As a page that loves opera I have to recommend something. I recently watched Salon Series by the Giulio Gari Foundation here on Facebook. The series highlights many talented opera performers and it gives you a look into the life of opera superstars. Salon Series has another episode coming out all about the brilliantly gifted tenor, Errin Brooks. Brooks has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New Amsterdam Opera, and at Lincoln Center. This episode of Salon Series will be streaming on July 21st at 7pm EST on the Giulio Gari Foundation’s page. I hope you all tune in to honor an impressive voice!
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Looking forward to seeing Solo Opera tonite in Orinda!