Review of I Capuleti ei Montecchi performance by James MacBean:

“This production of I Capuleti ei Montecchi was an unqualified success. In every aspect – singing, orchestra, staging, costumes, acting – this production demonstrated what great things a small opera company can do. Let us hope we can expect many more wonderful productions from Berkeley Chamber Opera. ”

from Berkeley Chamber Opera:

Locally-sourced food has been all the rage for a while now, but locally-sourced opera?

Berkeley Chamber Opera hopes to provide just that—productions which showcase the work of the Bay Area’s wealth of resident professional talent in accessible settings, at a price which is affordable for a wide range of opera fans.

Many who have been introduced to opera through the popular Metropolitan Opera films haven’t yet experienced the unique excitement of live performance.

Berkeley Chamber Opera intends to change that.

BCO is dedicated to presenting local professional opera singers in staged productions with a chamber orchestra in intimate venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founder Eliza O’Malley, created BCO as an outgrowth of her work singing leading roles with such local opera companies as Verismo Opera, Handel Opera Project and Goat Hall Productions and producing concerts with the Dazzling Divas.

The company’s first venture, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, was performed at the historic Berkeley Piano Club in 2012 under the baton of Bay Area luminary Jonathan Khuner. It quickly sold out and received a standing ovation. 2015 offered another Mozart favorite, Le Nozze di Figaro (the Marriage of Figaro),  in two performances at the larger Hillside Club, just north of the U.C. Berkeley campus with conductor Osvaldo de Leon. Khuner joined the company again December 2016 for a critically acclaimed performance of Bellini’s I Capuleti ei Montecchi. 

Last season Maestro Alexander Katsman lead the company in a moving performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s rarely performed 1950 opera The Consul  with notable stage direction by Igor Vieira and Maestro Jonathan Khuner teamed up again with Ellen St. Thomas to bring Verdi’s Luisa Miller to to life.

BCO has also collaborated with William Ludtke’s Handel Opera Project in concert performances of Mozart’s rarely performed La Clemenza di Tito and The Abduction from the Seraglio as well as Cherubini’s Medee.


In July 2018 Maestro Katsman returns joined by director Elly Lichenstein in a performance of Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco.

Giovanna D’Arco by Giuseppe Verdi

Friday July 13th, 7pm 2018
Sunday July 15th, 2pm
Berkeley Hillside Club

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