Sacramento Opera Tickets
North America was referred to as the New World by early European explorers. The Rosicrucian and the Freemasonic founding fathers may have viewed it upon themselves to implement a radical new society based upon Francis Bacon’s so-called New Atlantis. However, there were some traditions that even these self-titled neo-Atlanteans could not radicalize as they were the sine qua non of the uber-elite that would be making their way over soon. One such love affair was the one with opera that high society just could not forego and reignited it in the New World in mid-eighteenth century. Two centuries later, one locale on the West Coast was to have its own resident opera company courtesy the San Francisco Opera Guild. Claim some Sacramento Opera tickets to be serenaded by a whole host of operatic overtures.
The aftermath of the Second World War saw the emergence of many a new entity in the US that aspired to diffuse new norms and values amongst the populace. The Sacramento Opera Guild arose with a similar purpose and mission at its heart and has been steadily building up a commendable repertoire of operatic works for more than six decades. Initially, the San Francisco Opera Guild served as the training wheels for the company by importing concerts from San Francisco. 1951 saw Sacramento’s resident opera guild merge with an arts club in its vicinity and fifteen years later morphed into the Sacramento Opera Association. Since then, the opera has been designated as a not-for-profit entity and hence benefits from the tax-free status to play its role of performing woks of this classical art form to the hilt.
Up till the onset of the 1980s, Sacramento Opera merely served as a platform for staging operas that had been commissioned and produced elsewhere. However, the company soon started carving its own niche in the North American operatic milieu and brought forth two productions in 1981. One was Gianni Schicchii by Giacomo Puccini and the other was The Medium from Gian Carlo Menotti, both being performed within the auditorium of the Hiram Johnson High School. The company soon acquired a more permanent base of operations in the form of the Sacramento Community Theater and christened it with a debut performance of La Bohème. Over the course of the following decades, Sacramento Opera has amassed an impressive repertoire entailing more than 75 operas, which besides the Sacramento Community Center Theater are performed within the gold leaf adorned art deco interior of the Crest Theater and in the brazenly illuminated Three Stages Theater located on the campus of the Folsom Lake College. The latter draws its aesthetic trimmings from the England’s Globe Theater besides opera, is the go-to venue for off-Broadway shows, symphonies and international contemporary dance troupes.
Sacramento Opera regularly holds auditions with regards to the casting for its productions. Roles for the principal and comprimario are usually assigned to notable professional singers as well as aspiring artists that reside within and in proximity to California. While these auditions may be held as urgently as two weeks in advance to the actual performance dates, the ones of minor roles and those for the chorus line are held on a routine basis in the months of April and May each year before the commencement of the respective season.
The 2012-2012 season was marked by scintillating performances that included some of the most beloved operas of the company’s patrons. The so-called "Best of the Best" production entailed an eclectic mix of ensembles, arias and duets skimmed off from various popular operas, with Michael Mo serving as the master of ceremonies. He is the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra’s incumbent director as well as Sacramento Opera’s guest conductor. Another gem in the Sacramento Opera’s repertoire that was staged with much gusto was the iconic rendition of The Barber of Seville and was delivered in arias in both traditional Italian and contemporary English. Upcoming performances include Puccini: The Man & His Muses and Gianni Schinni based on the musical outpourings of the acclaimed eponymous Italian composer, the latter also deriving its thematic essence from a passage from Comedia, a poem by Dante Alighieri. So claim some Sacramento Opera tickets to infuse your senses with operatic excellence; prepared with a European flair but served to appease an American operatic palate.