Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc)

An opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Meet Verdi’s “Joan of Arc”:
Fierce female heroine….a poetic portrayal

Friday July 13th, 7pm 2018
Sunday July 15th, 2pm

Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar St. (at Arch)

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006

General: $37 in advance, $42 at the door
Senior/Student: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
12 and under: free

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets until 3 hours before the show.
Available at the door 45 minutes before curtain (cash or check please)
Doors open 30 minutes before curtain

Alexander Katsman, Conductor
Elly Lichenstein, Director

In Italian with English supertitles
With chamber orchestra

The libretto, by Temistocle Solera with liberal borrowing from Friedrich von Schiller, presents the warrior heroine’s story with historic precision combined with an imagined poetic ending. The drama is heightened by a tormented father-daughter relationship – a theme that Verdi developed further in several operas to follow.
 
Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) had its world premiere during the turbulent years of the Italian risorgimento at Milan’s La Scala in 1845 (with the composer himself at the keyboard). Berkeley Chamber Opera (BCO) is using a 2009 scholarly edition, restored by Alberto Rizzuti from original manuscripts without text changes which had been mandated by censors.

Giovanna d’Arco: Eliza O’Malley
Carlo VII: Salvatore Atti
Giacomo : Geoffrey di Giorgio
Talbot: J.T. Williams

Chorus:
Elena Avila, Jonathan Bartlett, Deirdre Burke, Johnnie Connor, Elaine Danforth, Jeremy Green, Dee Hoover, Angela Jarosz, Charlotte Khuner, Mike O’Malley, Khris Sanchez, Kevin White, Ellen Yeung

Orchestra:
Flute: Tod Brody
Oboe: Max Hollander
Clarinet: Mara Plotkin
Bassoon: Cynthia Behnke Hanson
Violins: Philip Santos, Yulee Seo
Viola: Steve Levintow
Cello: Amy Brodo
Bass: Richard Worn
Piano: Jonathan Khuner

 

Original painting by Mary Holmes, California artist, art historian and founding member of the faculty of UC Santa Cruz, as well as grandmother of BCO founder, Eliza O’Malley.

 

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