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Island City Opera Performs “Little Women” by Mark Adamo


Opening Night:  Friday, Jan 18, 2019 at 7:30

Matinee:  Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 2:00

Evening: Friday, Jan 25, 2019 at 7:30

Matinee: Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 at 2:00

Island City Opera will present four performances of American composer Mark Adamo’s first operatic work, Little Women”, libretto by the composer, based on Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age tale set in New England, January 18-27, 2019, at the Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA.  The opera will be sung in English with English supertitles; fully staged and costumed with a complete orchestra led by music director Ming Luke and stage directed by Igor Vieira.


Commissioned by the Opera Studio of Houston Grand Opera, Little Women was first performed in 1998 in a small scale production.  The success of this production prompted then Houston Grand Opera General Director, David Gockley, to pronounce it “destined to be an American classic.”  

Mr. Adamo’s ingenuity shines in finding a way to convey Alcott’s diffusely structured novel, so familiar to American readers, into a convincing operatic format.  From John Rockwell’s New York Times review. “Mr. Adamo’s libretto, built in rhymed couplets of seemingly effortless naturalness.” “The libretto proceeds with amazing sureness…We come to love the complexity of Jo’s character but can still be appalled by her selfish cruelty.

Mr. Adamo’s score is reminiscent of Richard Strauss in themes of “. . . modernism (actual 12-tone rows) with tonal lyricism, the former usually to advance the action or for humor, the latter for the big effusions. And yet the two styles blend effectively, the modernism not rigorously alienating and the lyricism genuine and heartfelt.” 


Friday Opening Night, January 18, 2019 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, January 20, 2019 at 2:00PM

Friday Night, Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, January 27, 2019 at 2:00PM

Pre-opera Lectures

You are invited to attend our free pre-performance lecture series by renowned music directors and critics one hour prior to each performance.



All performances are held at the Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda CA.  This intimate setting seats up to 250 and offers warm acoustics, and, clear sight lines.

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Who: Island City Opera

What: “Little Women”, by Mark Adamo

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

Why: Top quality performance of  rarely performed opera masterpieces at an affordable price

Ticket Prices:

  • All Performances: Promotore Table Seats $60, General Admission $40 adult and $36 senior, Students 21 years and younger $10, Children 12 years and under always free.  

Ticket Purchase: Online at or box office at (510) 263-8060. For special needs contact

Special Seating:  

  • Promotore Table Seating and Café Seating are available at $60 for all ages, with wine and appetizers included.  Please contact the box office for special arrangements.
  • Family seating section on raised benches at the back of the house provides good sightlines and easy access to the exit.

Press Passes: Media contact: Robert Boyd (510) 263.8060,