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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - February 10, 2012

Taste of 'Tosca'

OperaLIVE! singers at library Sunday

'Tosca' arias will resound at the Pleasanton library Sunday with performers from the Livermore Valley Opera's production of Puccini's masterpiece in March. The OperaLIVE! events are as follows:

* Pleasanton Public Library: 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12

* Livermore Public Library: 2-3 p.m., Sunday, March 4

"OperaLIVE! events are free, public events that are all about bringing opera to the community so that people who might not otherwise have the opportunity can experience the music and drama in an intimate public setting," said LVO Executive Director Elizabeth Wells.

The performances will feature professional opera singers performing arias from "Tosca" plus other well-known operas. Soprano and Metropolitan Opera artist Marie Plette, who will sing the title role of Tosca in the Livermore Valley Opera production, will perform at the Pleasanton library. Tenor David Gustafson, who will sing the part of Tosca's lover Cavaradossi, will perform at both the Pleasanton and Livermore events.

A question and answer period will follow each performance.

"The singers are always more than happy to answer questions about opera, what it's like to sing opera and be on stage," says Outreach Coordinator Gary Sears. "It's a great opportunity to learn about this passionate and diverse art form."

"We present the library performances prior to each opera production, and over the years I've seen attendance expand," he added.

For more details on the full production of "Tosca" and the library preview programs, visit www.livermorevalleyopera.com.

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