LVO: For first time, women will direct both of season's operas

Livermore Valley Opera announces 2019-20 lineup

Livermore Valley Opera has announced its 28th season for 2019-20, two fully staged operas directed for the first time by women.

Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" will open the season Sept. 28, running through Oct. 6, directed by Candace Evans. She was the stage director for the 2015 production of "Lucia di Lammermoor."

This best-loved opera by Tchaikovsky is based on Alexander Pushkin's human verse drama.

"This is a beautiful opera about love denied, unfulfilled and love lost, set to Tchaikovsky's best music," Livermore Valley Opera's artistic director Erie Mills said. "This opera requires a powerful cast, and LVO's cast is wonderful."

A double bill will be offered March 7-15 -- Zemlinksy's "A Florentine Tragedy" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" -- with Layna Chianakas directing. She sang the role of Rosina in "Barber of Seville" in 2008, and she will sing the role of the nurse, Filipievna, in "Eugene Onegin."

This double bill is the West Coast premiere of a fully staged production of "A Florentine Tragedy," as well as its pairing with "Gianni Schicchi," a comedy. Both are set in Florence, both were composed in 1917, and both are based on fragmentary tales by two literary giants: Oscar Wilde in the first case, Dante Alighieri in the second.

"We are very excited to premiere these operas," Mills said.

The Livermore Valley Opera performs at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. Tickets for the operas range from $20-$90. New ticket pricing is $20 for ages 20 and under; and $40 for ages 40 and under. Ticket price includes pre-opera talks and artists' reception in the lobby after each performance.

Opening night gala tickets are separate, for $95. Visit for tickets or more information, or call the Bankhead ticket office at 373-6800.

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Posted by Bryan Higgins
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on Aug 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm

("Lucia di Lammermoor" (not "de"))

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