National Opera Week Entry: Renewed Berkeley Opera Company To Reprise Evening-Length Retelling Of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle This Summer
"National Opera Week will celebrate the vitality of opera in America as a contemporary cultural expression. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through a variety of free and accessible activities for opera lovers and newcomers to the art form. Launched with the presentation of the 2009 NEA Opera Honors in Washington, D.C., the celebration will reach from coast to coast as opera companies offer a range of free programs for the public that demonstrate the allure and accessibility of this most multi-media of the arts."
Statement by the New Berkeley Opera's incoming Artistic Director, Mark Streshinsky.
"The new face and home theater of the company will require a name change. We will soon announce a contest to create a label that best suits the company."
Mozart: Don Giovanni
February 20 - 28, 2010
Copland: The Tender Land
April 10 - 18, 2010
Wagner: The Legend of the Ring
July 31 - August 8, 2010
Wagner's epic saga told in one evening "produced more goosebumps and emotion than many of the 17 cycles of Wagner's masterwork I've attended in 55 years of international opera-going."
— Stephanie von Buchau, The Bay Area Reporter
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