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July 17, 2019

Aria a la Carte One of Highlights at Opera in the Vineyard at Retzlaff

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 am

Livermore Valley Opera will host its second Opera in the Vineyard event this summer when it returns to Retzlaff Vineyards the site which has hosted the event for over 20 years. It is an evening of classic opera. The first event in June at Nella Terra Winery sold out.

Opera in the Vineyard will be held July 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Retzlaff Vineyards,1356 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore.

Retzlaff will continue its support of “Opera in the Vineyard” as it has since 2009, on a raised stage under hundred years old pepper trees surrounded by vineyards. It offers a chance for the community to enjoy arias from classic operas in an informal setting. It is a “bring-your-own-picnic dinner” event where guests can purchase the wines of Retzlaff Vineyards while listening to performances by professional opera singers.

"Opera in the Vineyard has become a popular LVO summer event that has created a wonderful community of music lovers,” says Raquel Holt, event co-chair and LVO founder and board member. “The program will include unique performances of opera arias, show tunes and maybe even a little cabaret. You will not want to miss it."

The July event will offer a different program from that of June’s Opera in the Vineyard at Nella Terra Winery. Returning performers include mezzo soprano Nikola Printz and bass Kirk Eichleberger (Don Basilio in March’s Barber of Seville). Debuting for LVO is soprano Victoria Markaryan. Accompanying the performers will be pianist and LVO Music Director Alexander Katsman.

“It is always wonderful to see our guests enjoying themselves in an informal, casual event as they listen to beautiful arias being performed by LVO's talented principal singers,” adds Holt. “Our guests take out a spread of delectable culinary delights to share, and to hear the clinking of wine glasses as they happily make a toast to each other is a delight to see.

Once again, LVO will offer the “Arias a la carte” portion of the program when guests have the opportunity to purchase songs from a “menu of delectable arias” for the singers to perform at the purchaser’s table or seating area.

Regular admission tickets are $55 each in advance, $65 each at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online on the Livermore Valley Opera website at www.livermorevalleyopera.com. All ticket levels will have table seating. Regular priced tables of eight are available for purchase in advance for $440.

Retzlaff Vineyards wines will be available for purchase. No outside wine is permitted. Guests are encouraged to carpool.

Visit LVO’s website www.livermorevalleyopera.com for more event information.

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