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Aisle Seat Reviews, September 10, 2023

This summer, we’ve had hot and muggy days. But overnight, a front can move through quickly and by sunrise we’re treated to clear, cool air with gentle breezes. Such was the refreshing joy of Solo Opera’s production of The Three Feathers.  ….

Solo Opera to stage a fairy-tale opera for kids...

San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2023

Most of the operatic world is pitched toward adults, which hardly seems fair. After all, if anyone is poised to appreciate the art form’s magical blend of music, narrative and stagecraft, it’s the younger set….

Top Tickets: September 7-13 ...

Diablo Magazine, September 5, 2023

Solo Opera’s latest production at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek is rooted in a Brothers Grimm story. The narrative highlights the introverted Princess Dora as she encounters a mystical frog king…

Bay Area arts: 10 shows and festivals to catch this weekend ...

East Bay Times, September 6, 2023

“The Three Feathers”Solo Opera director Sylvia Amorino brings this enchanting, family-friendly opera by Lori Laitman and librettist Dana Gioia to Walnut Creek for two performances. ….

Best Bets: Solo Opera Stages ‘Three Feathers’ In Walnut Creek ...

SFGATE, September 1, 2023

September is when the big guns on the Bay Area classical music scene roll out their grand season openers, but a small and plucky opera company based in the East Bay deserves attention for mounting its most ambitious production yet…….

Solo Opera Takes on a Big Project With Lori Laitman’s The Three Feathers .....

San Francisco Classical Voice, August 28, 2023

Composers and librettists have long looked to fairy tales for inspiration and material. When Lori Laitman was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech to write a work for classical singers,……

The long-awaited performance of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia’s opera “The Three .....

East Bay Times, August 28, 2023

Also in Walnut Creek: The long-awaited performance of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia’s opera “The Three Feathers” takes place Sept. 8 and 10 at the Lesher Center……

Bringing a Fairy Tale Opera to Life at the Lesher Center.....

Concord/Clayton Pioneer, August 22, 2023

“Never been to an opera? Don’t worry!”  Sylvia Amorino, Executive Director of Solo Opera explains. “Our upcoming opera, The Three Feathers, is very accessible for all ages…..

Solo Opera presents its most ambitious opera to date with the West Coast premiere.....

Concord/Clayton Pioneer, July 18, 2023

Also at the Lesher Center, Solo Opera presents its most ambitious opera to date. It’s the West Coast premiere of the full version ….

Solo Opera presents its most ambitious opera to date with the West Coast premiere.....

East Bay Times, July 17, 2023

Solo Opera is set to present the West Coast premiere of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia’s “The Three Feathers” this September. ….

Solo Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of ‘The Three Feathers’ .....

Opera Wire, April 26, 2023

Solo Opera is set to present the West Coast premiere of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia’s “The Three Feathers” this September. ….

On Tap: ‘Three Feathers’ opera coming to Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center .....

East Bay Times, July 15, 2023

Concord opera company Solo Opera is preparing its largest, most ambitious opera to date, “The Three Feathers,” with music by award-winning composer Lori Laitman and a libretto by former poet laureate Dana Gioia.. ….

Solo Opera’s ‘The Three Feathers’ highlights the power of women .....

Concord/Clayton Pioneer, June 29, 2023

Solo Opera will produce their largest, most ambitious opera to date, The Three Feathers, with music by award winning composer, Lori Laitman and libretto by former CA poet laureate, Dana Gioia. ….

Solo Opera to Present The West Coast Premiere .....

Broadway World, June 11, 2023

Solo Opera will produce their largest, most ambitious opera to date, The Three Feathers, with music by award winning composer, Lori Laitman and libretto by former CA poet laureate, Dana Gioia. ….

Best Bets: A Supreme opera...

Local News Matters-Bay Area, September, 2021

Solo Opera, a feisty and innovative little company based in the East Bay, will present “Scalia/Ginsburg”….

Solo Opera to Present ‘Scalia / Ginsburg’

Opera Wire, June 1, 2021

Solo Opera is set to present Derrick Wang’s “Scalia / Ginsburg” on Sept. 10 and 12 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California….

A return to live entertainment – from comedy & ‘Company’ to ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’

Concord/Clayton Pioneer, May 1, 2021

The opera’s theme of “We are different, we are one” resonates a clear message of the importance of diversity and inclusiveness….

Solo Opera delivers a sweet ‘Gift of the Magi’

San Francisco Classical Voice, December 4, 2018

If you think shopping for holiday presents is complicated, try it on a budget of $1.87. And on Christmas Eve, no less….

How O. Henry story became a ‘gorgeous’ opera

East Bay Times, November 29, 2018

In the ‘Gift of the Magi,’ poor, married Della and Jim can’t afford to buy each other Christmas gifts, so they secretly sell off….

Get ready for h-o-l-i-d-a-y shows

The Concord Pioneer, November, 2018

Solo Opera unwraps its ‘The Gift of the Magi’ at the Lesher Center Nov 30-Dec 2….

Cherished chestnuts grace concert halls

The Daily News, November 23, 2018

‘The Gift of the Magi’: Solo Opera celebrates the holiday spirit with David Conte’s chamber opera based on the O. Henry story about a couple who give up their most treasured possessions….

Solo Opera gives preview performance on Nov 26 of ‘The Gift of the Magi’

The Rossmoor News, November 7, 2018

Solo Opera returns to Rossmoor for a free preview concert featuring music from their holiday opera, The Gift of the Magi.’…

’The Gift of the Magi’

San Francisco Classical Voice, November, 2018

This holiday season Solo Opera and award-winning Bay Area composer, David Conte, brings to life the timeless turn of the century short story, ‘The Gift of the Magi’ by O. Henry….

A lineup of sparkling holiday shows

Concord Pioneer, October, 2018

Solo Opera unwraps ‘The Gift of the Magi’….

July is jam-packed with theatrical fun

Clayton Pioneer, July, 2017

Solo Opera teams up again this year with the Orinda Rotary Club to present ‘Opera in the Park.’

Rotary teams with Solo Opera for Park Concert

Orinda News, June, 2017

Orinda Rotary Club will once again team up with Solo Opera to present the club’s ninth ‘Opera in the Park.’

Solo Opera, Kidfest leaders win county arts awards

Concord Pioneer, September 23, 2016

Sylvia Amorino and Jay Bedecarre have spent many years involved in the local arts and cultural scene,  and each was honored this month by the Arts and Cultural Commission of Contra Costa County with an Arts Recognition award…

Rotary Presents Opera in the Park

Lamorinda Weekly, July 13, 2016

Orinda Rotary Club has teamed up with a new partner, Solo Opera, to present the club’s eighth annual Opera in the Park. The free performance, which usually attracts at least 1,000 people….

By popular demand: Free “Opera in the Park” Returns to Orinda July 24

Orinda News, July, 2016

Relax and enjoy Solo Opera’s “Opera in the Park” Returns to Orinda, July 24….

The impact of technology on our lives

Elisabeth Eliasson (February, 2016)
There has been a great deal of discussion, among those in the opera community (Note: I am not addressing developers of the Opera search engine), about how to interest young people in the art form….

Opera hits high-tech note

Davis Enterprise, February 28, 2016
David Ostrom, an eight grader at Holmes Junior High, will be featured in the title role in a performance Friday of “The Computer Kid’s Magic Night” in Walnut Creek….

’The Computer Kid’s Magic Night’ Solo Opera Educates and Entertains

Diablo Gazette, February, 2016

….’Without knowing it, they are being exposed to the art form in a way they can appreciate and understand”….

’The Computer Kid’s Magic Night’

Concord Pioneer, February 12, 2016
Continuing its mission of presenting opera for children and families, Solo Opera presents “The Computer Kid’s Magic Night.”….

’The Computer Kid’s Magic Night’

Concord Pioneer, January 29, 2016
Continuing its mission of presenting opera for children and families, Solo Opera presents “The Computer Kid’s Magic Night.”….

“Hansel and Gretel”

Concord Pioneer, December 11, 2015
Those with a sweet tooth have quite a treat in store this December. Solo Opera will present Englebert Humperdinck’s delectable confection “Hansel and Gretel”

Kids love it! Solo Opera’s Storybook Opera Series

Diablo Gazette, December, 2015
After the success of last year’s Storybook Opera series, Solo Opera, the nonprofit chamber opera company has decided to produce another season of opera specifically devoted to children and families….

Reaching out to the young operagoers

Mercury News, December 11, 2015
Contra Costa Times, December 17, 2015

Ask Syvia Amorino about children and opera, and she’ll tell you its never too late to introduce one to the other….

Bringing opera to the younger generation

Pleasant Hill-Martinez Record, December 3, 2015
Walnut Creek Journal, December, 2015
Concord Transcript, December, 2015

Sylvia Gonzalez will never forget being a 12 year old and meeting opera singer Beverly Sills. “I’ve been a lover of the arts since I was a
child,” said Gonzalez. My mom introduced me to opera and took me to the San Francisco Opera…..

Diane Squires as Gretel and Megan Stetson as Hansel in Solo Opera’s production of “Hansel and Gretel”

Concord Pioneer, November 20, 2015

Those with a sweet tooth have quite a treat in store this December. Solo Opera will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s delectable confection, ”Hansel and Grete” ….

Solo Opera presents “Hansel and Gretel” at Del Valle theatre next door to Rossmoor

Rossmoor News , December 3, 2014

Solo Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s ”Hansel and Gretel,” the second production in its 2014 Storybook Opera Series…..

“Hansel and Gretel” a visual delight for young audiences

Concord Pioneer, December, 2014
Clayton Pioneer, December, 2014

It may not be visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, but youngsters will find Solo Opera’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” just as sweet as the familiar Christmas poem……

Solo Opera’s “Hansel and Gretel”

Claycord.com, November 6, 2014

Here’s a wonderful family event to put on the calendar now – who doesn’t love a fairytale adventure with a mystical forest, two lost children, an enticing gingerbread house, and a wicked witch?….

Opera for the kiddies

Contra Costa Times July 10, 2014

East Bay based Solo Opera begins its “Storybook Opera” season with a double bill this weekend in Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts’ “Chip and His Dog,” a 30 minute delight Gian Carlo Menotti….

Storybook Opera Reaches Out to Children’

Claycord.com March 20, 2014

Solo Opera is back! This nonprofit chamber opera company ran successful productions in Walnut Creek from 2000-2005, then closed its doors for economic reasons.

Opera Obsession concert presented Saturday afternoon.

Rossmoor News March 20, 2013

Solo Opera, the Bay Area’s newly reopened chamber opera company, will be performing at Rossmoor for the fifth time with the concert Opera Obsession….

Solo Opera presents Opera Obsession

Rossmoor News March 13, 2013

Solo Opera, the Bay Area’s newly reopened chamber opera company, will be performing at Rossmoor for the fifth time with the concert Opera Obsession….

Solo Opera presents Opera Obsession concert March 23

Rossmoor News March 6, 2013

Solo Opera, the Bay Area’s newly reopened chamber opera company, will be performing at Rossmoor for the fifth time with the concert Opera Obsession….

Solo proves great operas come in small packages

Contra Costa Times, April, 2004

Leave grand opera for the big companies. Smaller was better over the weekend at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, where Solo Opera scored a success with compact productions of two 20th century chamber works….

Staging of American opera short and fleet

Contra Costa Times, August, 2004

Sylvia Amorino loves American opera. As the founder and artistic director of Solo Opera, she’s spent the last five years staging quality productions that are short, accessible, and sung in English….

3 Amahls know the score

Contra Costa Times, December 7, 2003

These young talents already have years of experience as they tackle the challenging title role in Menotti’s opera….

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Contra Costa Times, December, 2003

Its short, its easy to understand, and its performed in English,: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” is ideal holiday fare for the entire family….

Chamber opera with big aspirations

Contra Costa Times, December 15, 2002

Bigger isn’t always better. It’s a maxim we are all familiar with, and a sentiment on which on which artistic director Sylvia Amorino founded Concord’s Solo Opera three years ago….

There’s still time for music before year end

Contra Costa Times, December 20, 2002

Let’s face it: The holidays are tough. I have friends who avoid the entire season while the rest of us are shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, partying, caroling, and otherwise making merry ….

Compact and charming, ‘Amahl’ a delight to behold

Contra Costa Times, December 2002

Like the ”Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” ”Amahl and the Night Visitors” is one of those seasonal masterpieces that never fail to move an audience…..

Top Five : Classical music

Contra Costa Times, December 2002

Solo Opera’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” was named one of the “Top Five: Classical Music” for the Bay Area Holiday Season for 2002 and 2003….
–Georgia Rowe of The Contra Costa Times

“Amahl” is a dream come true for Solo

Contra Costa Times, December 2001

Opera is notoriously difficult and expensive to produce – which is why, when one is starting a new company, it helps to start on a small scale….

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