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Livermore Valley Opera offers glimpse 'Behind the Curtain'

Fundraiser includes dinner, look backstage, Mozart music

Editor's note: Livermore Valley Opera officials informed the Weekly on Jan. 15 that the "Behind the Curtain" fundraiser has been canceled due to low ticket sales but will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date.

Livermore Valley Opera invites patrons to attend a new kind of benefit event -- an elegant and engaging evening with a champagne welcome, delectable buffet dinner and desserts, and a peek "Behind the Curtain."

"This unique event will offer guests a chance to see what it takes to produce an opera at the Bankhead Theater, as if they are backstage amongst the costumes, set changes and all the activities that take place during a performance," president Jim Schmidt explained. "And guests will get a sneak peek at the specially designed sets for our upcoming production of 'The Barber of Seville' that opens March 9."

The event takes place at 4 p.m. next Sunday (Jan. 20) at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore, which is where the opera singers rehearse for each production. For the benefit, the space will be transformed for a display of how the sets are designed and built, along with costumes and props.

Guests will also enjoy what nearly 10,000 students in the greater Tri-Valley area have experienced this school year -- a performance of "The Box," an original opera set to the music of Mozart by Livermore Valley Opera educational outreach director Revital Shmerling.

"We are very proud of our successful educational outreach program that brings opera to so many students throughout the Tri-Valley and beyond," Schmidt said. "This is a rare opportunity to see this original opera as the students see it during school assemblies, and how the donations from our many supporters are used for student programs."

Tickets for "Behind the Curtain" are $90 per person with tables of eight available as well, and can be purchased at www.livermorevalleyopera.com. Seating is limited, and the purchase deadline is next Friday (Jan. 18).

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