Behind the Scenes

Seeking New Board Members

Solo Opera is interviewing new board members now for 2024 and beyond. Our mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich our community in the arts, esp. opera. We are looking for strong candidates who love the arts and music and want to share it with and uplift the community. Our board’s main job is to fundraise and bring awareness about our outreach and work. If interested, please contact our Executive Director, Sylvia Amorino, at solomail@pacbell.net.

Diversity on our board is of utmost importance to us. Solo Opera is committed to providing a just, inclusive and welcoming environment for our board, staff, volunteers, contractors, performers, audience, and all those in the community we serve. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, disability, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or sexual orientation/ gender identity/expression.

(For our full DEI statement on our website, please click here.  https://soloopera.org/diversity-equity-inclusion-statement

Thank you, BroadwayWorld for the article about our upcoming West Coast premiere of the full version of The Three Feathers opera by Lori Laitman, composer and Dana Gioia, librettist.

The Three Feathers

Solo Opera is so excited to announce that we will be collaborating with the San Francisco Girls Chorus (Members of San Francisco Girls Chorus School- Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director) for our The Three Feathers opera by Lori Laitman.

Join us at these free Spring Festivals

Solo Opera will be at these exciting Festivals in May, June and August. Stop by our booth for a free drawing for a chance to win show tickets to The Three Feathers, photo op, and crafts for the kids! We will have lots of information there about our September opera too! 

The initial Concord Spring Fest is on May 6th- 12:00- 7:00pm at Todos Santos Park!!

On June 3 & 4, Solo Opera will have a booth at the 40th Annual Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival at Heather Farms Park.

Then on June 25, we will have a booth at the initial Concord Juneteenth Celebration at Todos Santos Plaza.

And, on August 3, Solo Opera will have a table at Concord’s Music & Market at Todos Santos Park. Come by and say hi!

Hope to see you all there!!

Support from Mechanics Bank

Thank you to Kazuo Gray- Concord Branch Manager, and Cindy Pederson- Corporate Giving Manager, for Mechanics Bank’s donation towards our The Three Feathers opera. We are so grateful for the grant which will go towards production costs and outreach for the show. Seen here is K. Gray and Solo Opera Executive Director, Sylvia Amorino.

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce

On April 26th, we journeyed to the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau for our first orientation meeting! We received valuable information on chamber benefits and services, as well as other  activities and initiatives. We also met a fun group of new members also!

More about Dana Gioia

A conversation with former California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia on life, learning and his latest book. Dana is the librettist and lecturer for our upcoming production The Three Feathers by composer Lori Laitman. He mentions our upcoming show at the end of the article. Thank you to Dana and The Press Democrat!

Meet the Composer and Librettist

On February 5th, we had the great honor to meet Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia at the premiere of their symphonic version for tenor of “Becoming a Redwood”with the Sonoma County Philharmonic.

Lori Laitman is the award winning composer, and Dana Gioia is the librettist of The Three Feathers, our next opera production on September 8 & 10, 2023.