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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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15 stars
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8 reviews
13 stars
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"Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci"
14 ratings
4.4 average rating
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24 events
6 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 19 2007

An exceptional performance by West Bay Opera of these two wonderful operas. The performers were all incredible singers and equally strong and well-balanced. Terrific acting too. I went with two friends who were equally impressed. Wish I could...continued

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6 reviews
11 stars
attended Oct 21 2007

Outstanding for a small opera group. I highly recommend it to newbies as well as opera buffs like me.
I think the choir could be improved a bit but the soloists were superb.

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3 reviews
5 stars
attended Oct 20 2007

I was very impressed with Cavalleria Rusticana: great performance, loved the leading mezzo soprano and tenor.

On a negative note: the theater box office could do a better job – very long line just to pick a ticket ….

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Southern Italian village life, dominated by a peculiar mix of Church morals and the Sicilian code of honor, provides the backdrop for these two verismo masterpieces about love and betrayal. In Cavalleria rusticana, tipped off by Santuzza, the betrayed and pregnant girlfriend, Alfio kills Turiddu, his wife’s lover, in a knife fight. In Pagliacci, blurring the line between performance and life, Canio the clown kills both Nedda, his wife, and Silvio, her lover, on the circus stage in front of a stunned audience.

Performed in Italian with English titles.

About the Ticket Supplier: West Bay Opera

Performing both the familiar and the adventurous, West Bay Opera seeks to please and challenge singers and audiences with three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers. Some of West Bay Opera’s greatest successes result from undertaking formidable artistic challenges. Past accomplishments include Bellini’s rarely-performed Norma, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the original Russian, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The principal consideration is always to give talented young opera singers an opportunity to perform challenging roles and, in turn, to give audiences the pleasure of hearing these singers on their way to fame.