West Edge Festival Announces 2020 Slate, Set for Late Summer

By David Salazar

The West Edge Festival in Berkeley, California has announced that it is planning to move forward with presenting its events between July 25-August 9, 2020.

The festival is well-known for presenting a new opera, a repertory staple, and an early opera on period instruments.

“In this difficult time, West Edge Opera is focused on a hopeful future, a hope that this summer will bring a return to normalcy. We want to be ready for much needed performance to heal us and bring us back together. We as a company have been working to be ready for all possibilities, but we are pleased to announce series tickets going on sale April 1 for Festival 2020,” General Director Mark Streshinsky said in a press statement.

Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova” opens the festival with a cast that includes Carrie Hennessey, Kristin Claton, Christopher Oglesby, Alex Boyer, and Sarah Coit, among others. Johnathan Khuner conducts a production directed by Fenlon Lamb.

Performance Dates: July 25 – August 6, 2020

Elizabeth Cree,” a work by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell will be the modern opera on display and it will feature Katherine Pracht, Eugene Villanueva, Samuel Faustine, Simon Barrad, and Leslie Katter, among others. Robert Mollicone conducts and Sam Helfrich directs.

Performance Dates: July 26-August 8, 2020

Finally, Cavalli’s “Eliogabalo” will close out the festival in a production directed by Mark Streshinsky. Adam Pearl conducts from the harpsichord with a cast that includes Randall Scotting, Derek Chester, Nikki Einfeld, Matheus Coura, and Aura Veruni, among others.

Performance Dates: August 1 – 9, 2020