Festival Opera to Present Two Opera in the Parks Concerts

By Francisco Salazar

California’s Festival Opera has announced its 32nd season featuring two free popular Opera in the Park concerts for the entire community;

The concerts will be held on June 20 at Orinda Community Park and June 23 at Walnut Creek Civic Park.

Both Opera in the Park concerts will feature a quartet of accomplished Festival Opera artists Lila Khazoum, Courtney Miller, Taylor Thompson, and Liam Daly, baritone.

They will perform highlights from “La Boheme,” “Carmen,” “La Traviata,” “The Magic Flute,” “Rigoletto,” “Romeo et Juliette,” and popular favorites from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Pianist Chun Mei Wilson accompanies while Zachary Gordin will host.

In a statement Festival Opera General Director Gordin commented, “I’m thrilled to bring a splendid cast of Festival Opera artists to Orinda and Walnut Creek for a pair of popular and cherished Opera in the Park concerts. These annual events, graciously sponsored by Orinda Rotary Club and the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation, have become a celebration of music and community, bringing hundreds of people out to enjoy picnics and food trucks while being serenaded with music from opera to Broadway – with a few surprises thrown in. There will be something for everyone, from the opera aficionado to the opera-curious of all ages.”