LINCOLN CITY – On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will play host to some of the most beautiful songs in the canon of musical theatre and opera: from “Carmen” to “Cosi Fan Tutti” and from “Rigoletto” to “The Mikado.” These selections will be performed live, in their original languages, by the astounding voices of the Cascadia Concert Opera. Showtime is 7 pm, and admission is by donation.
The artists of the CCO are calling this program “Opera Fest 2016,” and they’re performing it at six different venues in western Oregon this fall. It will feature Nathalie Fortin on piano, and will be led by artistic directors Vincent Centeno and Bereniece Jones-Centeno.
The ensemble performing in Lincoln City will be made up of: Bernie Robe, Brennan Guillory, Caroline Charlton, Evan Mitchell, Jocelyn Clair Thomas, Lois Stark, Phoebe Gildea, Rebecca Sacks, and Zachary Lenox.
Among the highlights: “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (“Porgy & Bess”), “Three Little Maids From School” (“The Mikado”), “Lonely House” (Andrew Weill’s “Street Scene”), and quintets from “The Magic Flute” and “Carmen.” They’ve also promised “Deh Vieni non Tardar” and “La Vendetta,” both from “The Marriage of Figaro,” and one of the most famous songs in all of opera, “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” You may find new favorites, as well, after hearing “Hello, Hello, Oh Margaret” from “The Telephone,” or “Alto’s Lament” by the modern composer Zina Goldrich and lyricist Marcy Heisler.
Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit based in Eugene dedicated to engaging communities through the vibrant musical storytelling of opera. Each year they present opera in the early fall and tour numerous cities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The Lincoln City performance of Opera Fest 2016 will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 1. The doors to the LCCC auditorium, at 540 NE Hwy. 101, will open at 6:30 pm. Northwest beers and wines, and a selection of sodas, cookies and Mountain Man nuts will be sold at the volunteer-run concession table, with all proceeds going to the LCCC.