OAKHURST – Opera lovers and others looking for a cultural treat that is appropriately relaxed for summer while being simultaneously free of charge, here’s a good bet.
Two area students, Jocelyn Boe and Hunter Murphy, performed last weekend with Cal Opera, sponsored by the California Opera Association (COA) at the Fresno Art Museum (FAM), and plans are set for them to appear again soon.
For her part in the COA presentation of “Remembering Our Departed,” Yosemite High School senior and soprano Jocelyn Boe offered a lovely rendition of Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro,” from the opera Gianni Schicchi.
In the second part of the program, YHS graduate and baritone Hunter Murphy artfully sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, commanding the stage inside the Museum’s Bonner Auditorium.
Both of these young and talented individuals, along with many others, are appearing with Cal Opera as part of a two week intensive day camp including master classes, organized by professional opera singer and composer Edna Garabedian, the artistic director of COA.
Jocelyn Boe and Hunter Murphy will perform again next weekend with Cal Opera at the Fresno Art Museum, on Saturday, Aug. 9 for two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Both presentations are free to attend and donations are appreciated at the door. Part of the museum is open for strolling during an intermission of cookies and lemonade.
For those unfamiliar with the COA/Fresno Art Museum alliance, the Museum frequently opens the doors of the Bonner Auditorium to opera lovers at no charge.
“Remembering Our Departed” also includes selections from composers Handel, Wagner and Strauss. The evening concluded with dramatic highlights from Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul,” an opera for which Garabedian is a first-person source: that is, she worked with the composer Menotti and is thus uniquely able to inform the performances through her experience.
Go see Cal Opera at the Fresno Art Museum. We think you’ll be glad you did.
For more information contact the Fresno Art Museum.