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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 17, 2013

Opera brings passion to Pleasanton

Enjoy afternoon of arias, artist reception

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The Livermore Valley Opera is coming to the Firehouse Arts Center for "A Passionate Afternoon" of beloved arias at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25. A reception with the artists will follow immediately.

The afternoon will feature baritone Roberto Perlas Gomez, mezzo soprano Betany Coffland and tenor Michael Dailey, accompanied by Livermore Valley Opera Artistic Director Alexander Katsman.

"Livermore Valley Opera takes pride in providing a stage for opera singers to showcase their talents and passion, in this case, in the intimate setting of Pleasanton's Firehouse Theater," said Raquel Holt, LVO founder and event chairperson. "The audience will also have a chance to talk to the artists at the reception that immediately follows the concert. It will be a lovely experience and one not to miss."

Funding for the performance was provided in part by a grant from the Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission.

"LVO is very appreciative of the support it has received from Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission," said LVO President Jim Schmidt. "Because of the grant, LVO is able to bring opera to the community in many different ways."

Patrons are invited to come early and browse through the Harrington Art Gallery, located in the arts center. The reception afterward will offer complimentary food and dessert items; wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets range from $10-$25, available online at www.firehousearts.com; at the box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.; or by calling 931-4848.

Livermore Valley Opera, founded in 1992, presents fully staged operas at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore in the spring and the fall. It uses professional musicians, stage directors, principal singers and designers along with volunteers who serve as board members, chorus, stage crew and set builders.

To learn more, go to www.livermorevalleyopera.com.

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