Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: May 22 to 31, 2015

 

West Bay Opera Presents Faust  by Charles Gounod, Palo Alto, CA

 

The production is set in a dystopian future as conceived by highly acclaimed Mexican stage director Ragnar Conde (Samson et Dalila, Les contes d'Hoffmann), with elaborate sets and costumes and with full chorus and orchestra.

 

James Callon as Faust and Elizabeth Zharoff as Marguerite in West Bay Opera’s new production of Faust. Photo Credit: Otak Jump. View Larger Image

 

Palo Alto, California, April 30, 2015 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The West Bay Opera will present Faust by Charles Gounod, May 22 to 31, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, CA.

 

Faust is West Bay Opera's newest production of the ultimate French grand opera. When Faust sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes? It’s a universal and timeless subject.  This production, directed by up-and-coming Mexican stage director Ragnar Conde, is set in a dystopian future. 

 

The truly stellar cast includes the return of (former Adler fellow) bass Kevin Thompson (Mephistopheles), who made waves in February with his extraordinary company and role debut as Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The production also marks the company debut of soprano (and former Merolina) Elizabeth Zharoff (Marguerite), whose performances have been praised from the Semper Oper in Dresden to the English National Opera in London, to her very recent success in West Edge Opera’s Poliuto.  Tenor James Callon, sings the title role; dramatic mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston sings Marta; Mezzo-Soprano Molly Mahoney is Siebel. Also making their company debuts are baritones Bernardo Bermudez (Valentin) and Ryan Bradford (Wagner). 

 

Fully staged production in a retro-futuristic style, with stunning designs by Abra Berman (costumes) and Peter Crompton (sets).  Video projections by Frédéric Boulay.  Lighting design by Stephen Mannshardt; make up design by Aviva Raskin; sound design by Tod Nixon. West Bay Opera orchestra and chorus, Bruce Olstad chorus master. José Luis Moscovich, conductor.

When: Opens Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.  Closes Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Showtimes: Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m.  Both Sundays, May 24 and 31, at 2:00 p.m.  The Sunday, May 24 performance followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors seated onstage.  Please note: there are no performances on Saturday, May 23, or Friday, May 29.

Where: All performances at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA.

Free Preview with piano at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA – Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40 to $75. Group discounts. 

Box Office:  650.424.9999   (NOTE: this phone number is the preferred ticket sales information number for calendar listings). Tickets available online as well:  www.WBOpera.org. Pick your own seats online and print your own e-ticket instantly.

More Info: www.WBOpera.org

Elizabeth Zharoff as Marguerite in West Bay Opera’s new production of Faust. Photo Credit: Otak Jump View Larger Image

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: José Luis Moscovich

Email: joseluis@wbopera.org

Phone: 650-534-7811

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists with a firm assignment only.

 

West Bay Opera

Palo Alto, California

Web: www.wbopera.org

 

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California, Palo Alto, Event Date: May 22 to 31, 2015

West Bay Opera Presents Faust  by Charles Gounod, Palo Alto, CA

The West Bay Opera will present Faust by Charles Gounod, May 22 to 31, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, CA. Faust is West Bay Opera's newest production of the ultimate French grand opera. When Faust sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes? It’s a universal and timeless subject.  This production, directed by up-and-coming Mexican stage director Ragnar Conde, is set in a dystopian future.  Tickets: $40 to $75. Group discounts.  Box Office:  650.424.9999. Tickets available online as well:  www.WBOpera.org. Pick your own seats online and print your own e-ticket instantly. More Info: www.WBOpera.org  

Event Name: Gounod's Faust at West Bay Opera

Event Date: May 22 to 31, 2015

Event Location: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA

Admission: $40 To $75

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

 


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