This holiday season Solo Opera and award-winning Bay Area composer, David Conte, bring to life the timeless turn of the century short story, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. The plot concerns an impoverished young married couple named Jim and Della. One Christmas Eve, each gives up their most treasured possessions to buy gifts for each other. Della sells her luxuriant hair to buy a chain for Jim’s gold pocket watch, while Jim unknowingly sells his watch to buy combs for Della’s hair. Their love story will fill your spirit with holiday magic! Set in the original 1905 time period, the opera will contain a cast of seven singers, accompanied by a seven-piece chamber orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Katsman. The cast will include Ann Moss and Daniel Cilli as the lovers- Della and Jim. Lisa van der Ploeg and Ben Brady portray their friends, Maggie and Henry. The opera is rounded off with the Three Magi: Jonathan Smucker, Michael Orlinsky, and Brandon Bell. An incredible production team will be led by Peter Crompton-set design, Patrick Toebe -lighting design, and Solo Opera Artistic Director Sylvia Amorino-stage director/producer.
The opera is being performed Nov. 30- Dec. 2 at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Seating is reserved and ticket prices are Adults: $40, Seniors: $35, Youth 17 and under: $25. For tickets call (925) 943-7469 or visit the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office: 1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA.
Solo Opera is a Professional Company Member of Opera America and a 2016 Arts Recognition Award recipient. Founded in 2000, their mission is to educate, entertain, and enrich the community through their main stage opera productions, concerts, and outreach programs. Solo Opera has achieved wonderful success producing fifteen high quality operas at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts and around the Bay Area including The Telephone (2000, 2003), The Medium (2000), Amahl and the Night Visitors (2001, 2002, 2003), Riders to the Sea (2003), The Old Maid and the Thief (2004), A Hand of Bridge (2004), Bastien and Bastienna (2004), The Impresario (2004), Chip and His Dog (2014), Hansel and Gretel (2014, 2015), and The Computer Kid's Magic Night (2016). In addition, they collaborate each summer with the Orinda Rotary Club, producing a yearly free Opera in the Park at Orinda Community Park.