West Edge Opera Unveils 2020 Snapshot

By David Salazar

West Edge Opera is set to showcase its 2020 Snapshot alongside the Earplay New Chamber Music Ensemble this winter.

The event, set for Jan. 31, 2020 at Ed Roberts Campus and Feb. 1, 2020 at the Taube Atrium Theater, both in Berkeley, California, will feature a wide range of music inspired by rainforests of South America, the Han Dynasty of China, and the historic ballrooms of Oakland in the fifties.

These pieces include composer Joan Huang’s “Eighteen Melodies for Huija,” as well as composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and librettist Marella Martic Koch’s “Gilberto,” an opera that will feature an all-latinx cast of singers.

Other pieces include Christina Fríes and Ryan Suleiman’s chamber opera “Moon, Bride, Dog” and Cynthia Lewis Ferrel and Peter Michael von der Nahmer’s opera “El Canguro.”

Snapshot founder and curator Brian M. Rosen says “We couldn’t be prouder of this year’s selections, a testament to the variety and diversity of composers and librettists who find their voice in opera. We’re thrilled to present our audiences with such a wide spectrum of musical and theatrical experiences in a single evening.”