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Spring 2014 brings the grand opera staging of Puccini’s classic five-hankie masterpiece, La Bohème.  Save the dates: Thursday, April 10th and Saturday, April 12th at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.  Artistic Director David Grabarkewitz calls this production “a traditional and electric new production that he has long been wanting to bring to El Paso.”  El Paso Opera’s Opera on the Edge moves to May 2014 and features a collaboration with Ballroom Marfa and the widely acclaimed Vidas Perfectas (Perfect Lives), Robert Ashley’s ground-breaking opera that treats us to new perceptions on the relationship between music and language.

Encores & Overtures opens the 2013-2014 season with a passport to adventure on Sunday, September 8th, EPO’s largest and most elegant fundraiser, followed by the 20thAnniversary Gala and Opera for All, on Saturday, November 9th, a celebratory splash, hosted by America’s most famous baritone, Sherrill Milnes and featuring the finest of international and national opera performers as well as talented local artists.  The Gala starts with the theater performance and continues with a celebratory dinner at the El Paso Museum of Art.

This 20th season offers Opera Extras, which include a collaboration with the Mexican Consulate General in the performance of Opera Prima on August 4th at the Scottish Rite Temple, a three-act opera featuring Maria Luisa Tamez, mezzo-soprano, and Carlos Serrano, baritone, with complimentary admission to the public.  Connect with the richness of love, passion and Parisian life through Novella Bohème, six engaging weekly performances on Thursday evenings at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, starting February 20, 2014.  The El Paso Opera presents the Georgianna S. Davanelos Young Artist Concerton March 30, 2014 continuing with the dream to support young emerging artists.  Join Desiree Mays, renowned opera guest speaker and author of “Opera Unveiled” at the pre-show dinner and Opera Talks for April’s La Bohème

The best is yet to come!  The El Paso Opera embarks upon another 20 years of presenting operatic jewels in our desert community.

The El Paso Opera serves and benefits over 20,000 individuals through performances, educational outreach programs, and employment opportunities. Productions create an average of 200-300 jobs per season and employ over 300 local artists. Outreach includes the Childrens’ Opera Workshop and local schools. More than 1000 students attended last season’s Barber of Seville Youth Night for a delightful introduction to the classical works of Rossini.

Calendar of Events:

Opera Prima- Scottish Rite Temple- Sunday, August 4, 2013- 5PM (Complimentary admission to`the public)

Encores & Overtures- Camino Real Ballroom- Sunday, September 8, 2013- 6PM

20th Anniversary Gala- Opera for All- Abraham Chavez Theatre- Performance: Saturday, November 9, 2013- 6PM  Dinner: El Paso Museum of Art- 7:30PM

Novella Bohème- Ardovino’s Desert Crossing- Thursday Evenings starting February 20, 2014. Doors open at 5PM

Georgianna S. Davanelos Young Artist Concert- First Baptist Church, Sunday, March 30, 2014- 7:30PM

La Bohème- Abraham Chavez Theatre- Thursday, April 10, and Saturday, April 12, 2014- 7:30PM

Vidas Perfectas- May 2014. Watch for more announcements.