It's a Wonderful Life Opera Preview

November 12-14, 2018

Explore It's a Wonderful Life in a 90-minute presentation by Gene Scheer.

Where

Throughout the Bay Area.

Cost

Varies by location. Please see below.

Marin Chapter

Opera Preview: It's a Wonderful Life

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 7:30PM

The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Admission ($10) payable only at the door; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

For more information, contact Francoise Stone at (415) 269-7872 or franstone@earthlink.net.

San Francisco Chapter

Opera Preview: It's a Wonderful Life

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 12PM

Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco

Free, no reservations required.

For more information, contact the Opera Guild at (415) 565-3280 or jmorris@sfopera.com.

Peninsula Chapter

Opera Preview: It's a Wonderful Life

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30PM

First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Chapel, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Admission ($10) payable only at the door; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

For more information, contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or operanutsfog13@gmail.com.

San Jose Chapter

Opera Preview: It's a Wonderful Life

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10AM

Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

Free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for general public. Admission payable only at the door; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

For more information, contact Steve Zilles at steve@zilles.org.

East Bay Chapter

Opera Preview: It's a Wonderful Life

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8PM

Lafayette Community Hall, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

$10 per lecture, or $50 for six lectures. Admission payable only at the door; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Green Sah at (510) 338-0181 or egreensah2001@yahoo.com.

Your Speaker

Gene Scheer’s work is noted for its scope and versatility. With the composer Jake Heggie, he has collaborated on many projects, including the critically acclaimed 2010 Dallas Opera world premiere, Moby-Dick, starring Ben Heppner as Captain Ahab; Three Decembers (Houston Grand Opera), which starred Frederica von Stade; and the lyric drama To Hell and Back (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), which featured Patti LuPone. Other works by Scheer and Heggie include Camille Claudel: Into the fire, a song cycle premiered by Joyce di Donato and the Alexander String Quartet. Mr. Scheer worked as librettist with Tobias Picker on An American Tragedy, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Other collaborations include the lyrics for Wynton Marsalis’s It Never Goes Away, featured in Mr. Marsalis’s work Congo Square.  With the composer Steven Stucky, Mr. Scheer wrote the oratorio August 4, 1964, for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The work was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for best classical composition. In 2015, Mr. Scheer collaborated with Joby Talbot on the opera Everest, based on the doomed 1996 Everest expedition. With Jennifer Higdon, Mr. Scheer wrote an operatic adaptation of Cold Mountain, which premiered in the summer of 2015 at the Santa Fe Opera. This work won the International Opera award, presented in London, for the best World premiere in 2015. Recently, along with Ms. Higdon, Mr. Scheer was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Cold Mountain for best classical composition. In December of 2016, Mr. Scheer and Jake Heggie premiered an operatic adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life for the Houston Grand Opera. Also a composer in his own right, Mr. Scheer has written a number of songs for singers such as Renée Fleming, Sylvia McNair, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves, and Nathan Gunn.  The distinguished documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, prominently featured Mr. Scheer’s song “American Anthem” (as sung by Norah Jones) in his Emmy Award-winning World War II documentary for PBS entitled The War.

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