Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: Novemver 5 and 6, 2016

 

West Bay Opera Presents Dracula in Spanish. A gothic opera from Mexico, San Francisco

 

 

San Francisco, California, October 24, 2016 - West Bay Opera will present Dracula in Spanish. A gothic opera from Mexico, on November 5 (8:00 p.m) and 6 (3:00 p.m.), 2016 at Z-Space, 450 Florida St., San Francisco.
 
West Bay Opera's kickoff offering in its New Opera Works (NOW) series, devoted to showcasing operas by Latin American composers: a co-production with Escenia Ensemble of Mexico City, the most dynamic small opera company in Mexico's vibrant opera scene. Based directly on Bram Stoker's Dracula, Olguín's truly poetic libretto helps to bring out the most characteristic aspects of Stoker's story:  the blurring of the line between reality and dream, between Count Dracula and Jonathan Harker, between mortality and immortality; and it provides a great basis for fellow Mexican Ibarra to create a score full of atmosphere and dramatic energy, accomplished with just three instruments: Clarinet, cello and piano. 

 

In this production, Director Ragnar Conde (who is Escenia's Artistic Director), sets this production in Victorian England in a mental institution, where Jonathan Harker who, as a child, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his own father, is now committed for abusing and killing several women. When seen in this light, the parallels with the original story are striking, suggesting that the original work was in fact about something that could not be openly discussed in Victorian society.


This production will be presented in Spanish, with English titles. Stage direction by Ragnar Conde, musical direction by José Luis Moscovich. The outstanding bi-national cast includes baritone Josué Cerón (Count Dracula), actor Juan Carlos Martín del Campo (Jonathan Harker), coloratura soprano Chelsea Hollow (Mina Harker), soprano Raeeka Shehabi (Woman No.1) and Veronica Jensen (Woman No.2). Frank Johnson, piano; Janet Witharm, cello; Jeff Wolfeld, clarinet.
Fully staged production with sets and lighting by Pedro Pazarán, and costumes, makeup and hair design by Gabriel Lancira.


Tickets online at ZSpace.org or wbopera.org.
Tickets by phone: 415-626-0456
 
An open rehearsal will take place at the West Bay Opera rehearsal facility at 221 Lambert Ave in Palo Alto, at 8:00pm on Thursday, Nov 3. That event requires a phone call to West Bay Opera's box office 650-424-9999 to reserve a seat. There is a suggested $30 donation amount, as the open rehearsal is a benefit for West Bay Opera.

 

Web: www.wbopera.org, Phone: (650) 424-9999

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Amelia Fernandez

Email: publicist@wbopera.org

Phone: (561) 758-8989

 

West Bay Opera

Palo Alto, California

Web: www.wbopera.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Despertar al Sueño (Dracula for our time)

Event Date: Nov 5 and 6, 2016

Event Location: Z-space, 450 Florida St., San Francisco, CA

Admission: There is a suggested $30 donation amount, as the open rehearsal is a benefit for West Bay Opera.

Event Time: Sat, Nov 5 - 8:00 p.m.; Sun, Nov 6 - 3:00 p.m.

Web: www.wbopera.org

Contact: Amelia Fernandez, publicist@wbopera.org, (561) 758-8989

Description: West Bay Opera will present Dracula in Spanish. A gothic opera from Mexico, on Novemver 5 and 6, 2016 at Z-Space, 450 Florida St., San Francisco. West Bay Opera's kickoff offering in its New Opera Works (NOW) series, devoted to showcasing operas by Latin American composers: a co-production with Escenia Ensemble of Mexico City, the most dynamic small opera company in Mexico's vibrant opera scene. Based directly on Bram Stoker's Dracula, Olguín's truly poetic libretto helps to bring out the most characteristic aspects of Stoker's story:  the blurring of the line between reality and dream, between Count Dracula and Jonathan Harker, between mortality and immortality; and it provides a great basis for fellow Mexican Ibarra to create a score full of atmosphere and dramatic energy, accomplished with just three instruments: Clarinet, cello and piano. In this production, Director Ragnar Conde (who is Escenia's Artistic Director), sets this production in Victorian England in a mental institution, where Jonathan Harker who, as a child, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his own father, is now committed for abusing and killing several women. When seen in this light, the parallels with the original story are striking, suggesting that the original work was in fact about something that could not be openly discussed in Victorian society.

 


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