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Werther Opera by Jules Massenet @ Saratoga Civic Theater
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

werther-flyer-bsloBay Shore Lyric opera will present the French romantic opera “Werther” at the Saratoga Civic Theater.

“Werther” is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous novel, “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” a true story. The first half is based on Goethe himself, and the second half is based on his friend’s life. In the latter 18th century this novel was the most popular book, and 100 years later, Jules Massenet composed the opera.

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet is one of the most important composers of French operas. He is known for creating beautiful music with sweet melodies and harmonies.

The Story

Werther loves Charlotte, but she promised her mother on her deathbed that she would marry Albert. After the marriage, Charlotte suggests that Werther should travel but not forget her.

Charlotte, unhappily married, has fallen in love with Werther through his letters. He returns unexpectedly; Charlotte sends him away. Werther shoots himself and dies in Charlotte’s arms.


Conductor   Michael di Giacinto
Werther       Gregory Spears
Charlotte     Liliane Cromer
Sophie         Kristin Genis-Lund
Albert          Julio Ferrari

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert @ San Francisco City Hall
Jun 11 @ 5:15 pm – 11:15 pm

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and ConcertMerola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert: Sparking the Future of Opera — The Merola Opera Program will launch its 60th anniversary season with a nod to its history while forging a new path for young opera artists.

The Merola 2017 season opens June 11 with a Benefit Gala, including cocktails and dinner. The evening begins at San Francisco City Hall with a cocktail reception and dinner, starting at 5:30. Guests will then make their way across the street to Herbst Theatre for the concert, featuring some of the most illustrious participants from past Merola programs including Deborah Voigt (’85), Julie Adams (’14), Kristin Clayton (’93), Tracy Dahl (’85), Catherine Cook (’90), Zanda Svēde (’13), Dolora Zajick (’83), Pene Pati (’13), Issachah Savage (’13), Quinn Kelsey (’02), Bojan Knezevic (’92), John Churchwell (’96), Mark Morash (’89), and more special Merola alumni. The festivities conclude with a Dessert After-Party in the Green Room at the Veterans Building following the concert.

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