Verismo Opera makes opera accessible to the public at reasonable prices through a community effort of professional musicians and singers. Supertitles in English are offered at each venue. Performances include costumes, sets, and a chamber orchestra in an intimate setting that brings the drama closer to the audience. This setting makes the opera experience more personal. In addition, Verismo Opera provides opportunities for aspiring and experienced singers to showcase their talent in a live theater setting.
We perform popular operas such as: Carmen, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Tosca, etc. as a contribution to the performing arts. Some of our favorite opera composers include: Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Donizetti, Wagner and Verdi.
These are photos that were taken during Verismo Opera's 2014 production of Carmen by Georges Bizet. Marsha Sims is the photographer.
Tosca Production ListLast Updated on 2014-12-05 21:21:40Tosca Cast
Tosca: Vismaya Lhi, Eliza O’Malley, Suzanne Stadler, Kimberly Twesme
Cavaradossi: Thomas Clark, Zolton DiBartolo, Frederick Winthrop
Scarpia: Joe Kinyon, John Minagro, Tristan Robben
Sacristan: Stephen Miller, Mark Nelson, Roger Smith
Angelotti: Julio Ferrari, Don Hoffman, Mark Nelson
Spoletta: James Gee, Paul Trombley
Sciarrone: Don Hoffman, Mark Nelson
Jailer: Mark Nelson, Paul Trombley
Shepherd: Emma Boss, Dierdre Burke, Aydin Marchiel, Cristin Williams
Chorus: Georgina Argueta, Emma Boss, Dierdre Burke, Shreya Condamoor, Dee Hoover, Claudia Landivar, Nancy Schrock, Pamela Tibbitts, Cristin Williams
Tosca Production Team
Conductors: Jonathan Khuner, Michael Moran
Stage Director: Frederick Winthrop
Chorus Directors: Vismaya Lhi, Eliza O'Malley
Dramaturge: Cristina Arriola
Lighting/Scenery/Props: Cristina Arriola, Roger Smith, Paul... More »
Donate to Verismo OperaLast Updated on 2014-11-22 14:40:03You can really help Verismo Opera by making a donation! Our goal is to make opera accessible to the public at reasonable prices through a community effort of professional musicians and singers. Ticket sales only cover a fraction of the cost of a production, so we rely on generous people like you to help us make up the difference. All of our donations are funneled through the Mira Theatre Guild which is a non-profit 501(c)3, so you can even write your donation off of your taxes. To make a donation, just make out the check to Mira Theatre Guild, write "donation for Verismo Opera" on the item line and send the check to:
523 Mountain Meadows Dr.
Fairfield, CA 94534
Thank you so much for your generosity!
Gre and Gail Allison, Robin, Arie-Donch, Mary Baxter, Anita Bigger, Marilyn Blake, Teresa Ellis and... More »
Tosca 2014, Times-HeraldLast Updated on 2014-11-19 15:15:03Scarpia, a favorite for John Minagro by Richard Freedman
"I was quite willing," Minagro said.
And, apparently, impressive.
"This tough-looking woman in a black leather came up, grabbed my shirt, and said, 'Tell me you singing professionally,'" said Minagro, laughing that she added "or I'll beat" a certain substance out of him.
"That was one of the nicest compliments," he said.
Yes, to answer her question, he was signing professionally — in this tidy little production called "Phantom of the Opera" for five years at the Curran Theatre.
Obviously, the 66-year-old Walnut Creek resident is no stuffed shirt.
"Karaoke is a lot of fun. It's a good experience to get in front of a crowd with no expectations," Minagro said. "You get to do something in a different form of... More »
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