Celebrating our 16th opera season!


 Pescadero Opera presents

 “Il Trittico

         by Guacomo Puccini



Saturday afternoon

April 13th at NOON

Saturday afternoon, April 13th at NOON

Il Trittico

Il Trittico is composed of three one-act operas in the style of the Parisian Grand Guignol — a brutal episode (Il Tabarro), a sentimental tragedy (Suor Angelica) and a comedic farce (Gianni Schicchi). Il Trittico is full of dramatic and thrilling moments. Musically, the operas are undeniably Puccini, with gloriously soaring melodies, emotional reality, and melodramatic theater that make each one exciting (and often heart-breaking) to watch.

Il Tabarro (The Cloak): The first opera, taken on a barge on the River Seine in Paris, is about jealousy and murder. Very dark and brooding, the opera is full of the violence and grit associated with verismo opera.

Suor Angelica: The second opera (Puccini’s personal favorite), taken in a convent near Siena, Italy, is the tragedy and suicide of a fallen nun. With the miracle of the Virgin Mary’s appearance, it becomes an uplifting tale of religious redemption.

Gianni Schicchi: The third opera, the most popular of the three, is a comedic farce about the contents of the late Buoso Donati’s last will and testament. It is full of family greed and scheming and includes Puccini’s famous aria, “O mio babbino caro.”

Running Time: 180 minutes with two intermissions
Read / download the synopsis: Il Trittico

Newcomers to opera — These presentations by the Pescadero Opera Society are a great way to learn about opera. The atmosphere is always friendly and informal — never stuffy. An introduction to the opera is given before the show, letting you know what you are about to see and hear. Programs are provided that include a synopsis of the opera, so you can catch up on the story. The opera DVD includes English subtitles, and there’s always room for questions and discussion.

The opera is held in our fabulous Event Hall (lovingly referred to as “The Barn”). It will be shown on our wonderful giant-sized Gracie Anderson Memorial Movie Screen (donated by her son, Rodney), in six-channel digital surround-sound (donated by Jason Skinner and family, and several yard sales). Sit in our comfy theater seats (donated by Coastal Repertory Theatre), all set on our wonderful carpeting from the Ritz Carlton ballroom (donated by Kevin Palmer of Floors to Go, Premier Termite & the Long Branch Saloon/Event Center). Munch on popcorn from our fantastic popcorn machine (donated by Chris and Suneva from Aratas Pumpkin Farm). Keep warm and cozy with our 60,000 BTU heater and enjoy the show with our fabulous new projector (both made possible by your generous donations).

Socializing, barbecue and pot luck will be held between 12:00-1:00 p.m. We will provide the main dish, large salad, drinks and snacks. Please bring a dish that you want to share for the pot luck. Il Trittico starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. with two intermissions.

Opera Schedule 2018-19

Pot-luck and socializing: 12:00 p.m.
DVD opera presentation: 1:00 p.m.

September 8th
“Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini

Starring Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak and Marcello Giordani

October 13th
“Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Starring Ruggero Raimondi and Kiri Te Kanawa

November 10th
“Aïda” by Giuseppe Verdi

Starring Kate Aldrich, Scott Piper and Adina Aaron

December 8th
“Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss II

Starring Kiri Te Kanawa and Hermann Prey; conducted by Plácido Domingo

January 12th
“Cinderella” by Alma Deutscher

Starring Vanessa Becerra and Jonas Hacker; conducted by Jan Glover

February 9th
“The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Starring Réne Pape, Erika Miklósa, Ying Huang and Nathan Gunn; a Julie Taymor Production 

March 9th
“Dr. Atomic” by John Adams

Starring Gerald Finley, Sasha Cooke, Eric OwensGuest Speaker: Shari Deghi

April 13th
“Il Trittico” (three operas) by Giacomo Puccini

2011 Royal Opera House Production

May 11th
“Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner

Starring Peter Hofmann, Karan Armstrong and Bernd Weikl

June 8th
“Moby Dick” by Jake Heggie

Starring Jay Hunter Morris, Jonathan Lemalu, Morgan Smith