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Updated: Opera Double Bill at Hillside Club on Saturday

Tuesday May 18, 2010 - 09:44:00 AM

Verismo Opera, Northern California’s mobile opera theater, will be back in Berkeley with the double bill of Suor Angelica and Cavelleria Rusticana next Saturday, May 22, at 7:30 pm at the Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar. 

Berkeley soprano Eliza O’Malley, who will sing the title role, says that “Suor Angelica is one of the few operas that have multiple roles for women and consequently gets to show more female personality types than most operas. In fact all of the characters are women. Some docile, some rebellious, some passionate, some flatfooted, some wretchedly mean etc... It's popular with small companies and universities for this reason. It's a wonderful opportunity to cast women singers. Usually about 90% of people at any given opera audition are women." 

The lead in Cavelleria Rusticana will be sung by Verismo’s company founder, Fred Winthrop, veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the San Francisco Opera chorus, as well as of lead roles in many opera productions in the Bay Area. 

The conductor is Corey Wilkins, with musical accompaniment by the Dolanc String Quartet. 

General Admission is $17 with special rates of $12 for seniors, students and Hillside Club members. 

The company's last Hillside club appearance with La Traviata played to a full house, so it might wise to call 510-644-2967 (CORRECTED) or 707-864-5508 for advance tickets, or to buy them from Brown Paper Tickets: online at or by phone around the clock at 800-838-3006.