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"The Three Feathers" video

On Sept. 8 and 10, 2023, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, we successfully produced the West Coast Premiere of the full version of the magical fairy tale opera, The Three Feathers, by Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia. Thank you to all who attended the performance! If you missed our show in person, we are excited to announce that we have received permission from the composer to share our recent professional video recording of the incredible production with the community!!  


For your enjoyment, please find the free video link to view the opera below. Reviews and newspaper stories in our press section. There is also a button for more information on the show such as synopsis, cast/production staff, etc.


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Juneteenth

Mark your calendars now for our first outreach of the year at Concord’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth event in Todos Santos Park- June 23, 2024  12:00-4:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Concord Communities Alliance and other private donors/nonprofits, This year, Solo Opera is thrilled to be a Juneteenth sponsor again, and will be bringing one of the performers and her pianist for the event- Shawnette Sulker -who recently starred in our The Three Feathers opera. We’ve requested an early performance time so her songs will be somewhere between noon to 12:30pm. We will also be there with a sponsor booth with crafts for kids and families, prizes, and info. about next year’s opera- Lucinda y las Flores de Nochebuena. As always, this will be a fun family event. Hope to see you there!

Pop-Up Opera

FLOWERS AND OPERA WILL BE POPPING UP AT CREATIVE CONCORD
Solo Opera is proud to be a part of Creative Concord weekend this year. On Oct. 6, 2024 at 2:15-2:45pm we will be producing an operatic pop-up event in Concord’s Salvio Pacheco Square across from Todos Santos Plaza. The 30-minute concert will feature soprano Diane Squires, mezzo-soprano Leandra Ramm, and pianist Chun Mei Wilson performing some of operas greatest hits. With flowers being a popular trend this year in fashion and marketing, our theme will include lots of music about flowers and nature including the famous Lakmé Flower Duet and a piece from our 2025 Lucinda opera- based on the Mexican folktale about the first poinsettia. (Pop-up sponsored in part by Creative Concord).

Concord Library Outreach

Solo Opera is excited to present a free holiday multi-cultural outreach project at the Concord Library entitled Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena (Lucinda and the Flowers of Christmas Eve). The story is based on the Mexican folktale about the first poinsettia. In preparation for producing the full opera in 2025, the opera company and a Concord librarian will be sharing some highlights from the show as well as reading the book version by Tomie dePaola- The Legend of the Poinsettia in both English and Spanish. Mezzo-soprano, Leandra Ramm, will be performing a couple selections from the show and leading the audience in a sing-along. Families and kids will also enjoy making a poinsettia craft and a chance to win some prizes. 

Upcoming

For our 2024-2025 Season, Solo Opera is planning a multi-cultural family-friendly opera and outreach project called Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena, music by Evan Mack and libretto by Joshua McGuire.  The plot of the opera stems from the Mexican folklore tale about the first poinsettia.

In preparation for this 2025 opera, we will spend 2024 producing educational outreach projects to the community in connection with this opera to be announced soon.
 
We are now looking for businesses/corporate sponsors and individual donors to help fund our innovative season to our community. Please click the button below to see attached sponsorship letter and more details about the project.

Behind the Scenes

Concord Clayton Pioneer newspaper article:

Solo Opera is looking forward to 2025, which will be their 25th Anniversary. For their 2024-2025 Season, the company has prepared some special multi-cultural family-friendly events. This includes an opera/outreach project called Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire.

The plot of the opera stems from the Mexican folklore tale about the first poinsettia….

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