2nd Annual BCO Gala Sunday 11/17/19

2nd Annual BCO Gala Dinner and Concert

Wonderful. I was sorry to see it end. How they could get such a high quality group of performers in such a small venue is amazing.
BCO audience member

Sunday November 17th, 2019 5-8pm

Pasta, Concert of Opera Highlights and Silent Auction
Featuring leading singers from Berkeley Chamber Opera
with special guest critically acclaimed Verdian soprano Hope Briggs

Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar St. (at Arch)

Come help launch BCO’s April 2020 production of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites!

Reserve by Thursday November 14

Dinner provided by Agrodolce Osteria

Performers for the Gala accompanied by Maestro Jonathan Khuner:
Hope Briggs (San Francisco Opera leading soprano, Carnegie Hall, Frankfurt Opera)
Salvatore Atti (BCO leading tenor, Merola 2019)
Eliza O’Malley (BCO leading soprano and Artistic Director)

Liliane Cromer (BCO leading mezzo-soprano, Bay Shore Lyric Opera)
Ellen St. Thomas (BCO Director, Island City Opera)
Angela Jarosz (BCO featured soprano, Island City Opera)
Rachel Warner (Bay Shore Lyric Opera and Opera Cocktales contralto)
and members of the BCO chorus


Silent Auction Items:
Original Water Color by BCO Poster Artist Barbara Lim
Designer Scarves by Giselle Shepatin
Custom made Renaissance Period Costume by Cheryl Moore

Collection of classical music CDs donated by KPFA radio host Larry Bensky
VITA Activewear exercise outfit
Program signed by Leonard Bernstein from 1942 performance of Copland’s first opera


When Eliza asked if I would be willing to sing in BCO productions, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity.  I had incredible experiences being in I Capuleti ei Montecchi and Manon Lescaut and I will never forget the people I met

Kiana Hu

An important part of the mission of Berkeley Chamber Opera is to envision a future for opera which reflects the diversity of the residents of the East Bay.  Your financial support ensures that we can continue cultivating young artists such as the students pictured above from Richmond’s East Bay Center for Performing Arts and Berkeley High School.

Johnnie Connor: A graduate of EBCPA, Johnnie joined BCO for Joan of Arc and returned in 2019 for Manon Lescaut . He is now attending UC San Diego.

Elena Avila: A graduate of EBCPA, Elena Joined BCO for Luisa Miller and returned for Joan of Arc and Manon Lescaut.  She is now attending Columbia College Chicago for acting.

Arden Agos: A graduate of Berkeley High, Arden joined BCO for I Capuleti ei Montecchi and returned for Luisa Miller  and Manon Lescaut.   She is now attending Cal State Northridge.

Jessica Lopez: A current student of EBCPA, Jessica joined BCO for Manon Lescaut.  This was her first opera.  She is a high school senior and applying for colleges.

Kiana Hu: A graduate of EBCPA, Kiana joined BCO for I Capuleti ei Montecchi and has worked on several operas since then and performed in Manon Lescaut.  She is now attending Stanford University.

Heaven Robinson: A graduate of EBCPA, Heaven joined BCO as Stage Manager for The Consul and returned for Joan of Arc and with added duties as Assistant Production Manager for Manon Lescaut. She is now attending Cal State L.A.

Allyson Flores: A graduate of EBCPA, Allyson joined BCO as Stage Manager for The Consul and returned to sing in Luisa Miller.  She is now attending Berkeley City College.


“I met my best friends doing BCO. Working with a professional opera company was the best thing I ever did for my training as an actress and singer. I Capuleti ei Montecchi, Luisa Miller and Manon Lescaut were amazing opportunities that I will value forever.”
Arden Agos

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