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Victor Cordell
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Island City Opera
1333 Bay Street, Alameda CA 94501

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Island City Opera Performs Donizetti’s

Comic Masterpiece: Don Pasquale

Alameda, CA: November 8, 2016 – Island City Opera will present five performances of Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, January 18-29, 2017, at the Alameda Elk’s Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA.  Performances will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles, and, include chorus and orchestra.

Don Pasquale is one of opera’s greatest comedies, full of jabs at privilege and lecherous old men, and served with a side of romance. The childless elder, Don Pasquale, plans to marry in order to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto. But Ernesto’s friend Dr. Malatesta has a plan to deceive the Don into a fake marriage to teach the Don a real lesson and set the stage for the nephew to marry his love, Norina.  Donizetti’s music is wonderfully melodic, with a number of beautiful arias and ensembles.  Most memorable is Norina’s “So anch’io la virtu magica,” which is one of those arias that many opera lovers love without knowing where it’s from.

Island City Opera’s artists perform with San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, and other Bay Area companies.  Distinguished baritone, Bojan Knezevic, leads the cast in the title role. Sergio Gonzalez makes his ICO debut as Ernesto, while Eileen Meredith is his intended, Norina.  Igor Vieira is the clever Dr. Malatesta  The production is conducted by Philip Kuttner, who was an assistant conductor at San Francisco Opera, and the stage director is Erin Neff.

Tickets are on sale online at www.islandcityopera.org and through the Box Office at (510) 263-8060.  General pricing is $40 for adults, $36 for seniors, $10 for students 13 to 21, and free for younger children.  See website for special pricing options.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday Preview, January 18, 2016 at 7:30PM

Friday Opening Night, January 20, 2016 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, January 22, 2016 at 2:00PM

Friday Night, Friday, January 27, 2016 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, January 29, 2016 at 2:00PM

ANCHOR SOCIETY LECTURES

Island City Opera’s Anchor Society invites you to join them for a free pre-opera lecture held one hour prior to curtain.

LOCATION

All performances are held at the Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda CA.

For Calendar Listing

Who: Island City Opera

What: Donizetti’s opera, Don Pasquale

When: January 18 (preview), 20 (opening), and 27 at 7:30 and January 22 and 29 at 2:00.

Where: Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA

Why: Top quality performance at an affordable price

Tickets: $40 adult, $36 senior, $10 student, free for children 12 and under.  Available online at www.islandcityopera.org or box office at (510) 263-8060

Media contact: Victor Cordell, (510) 995-8649, vcordell@islandcityopera.org

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