pop-up opera

200 Palace Hotel Guests Surprised by Musical Valentine from Opera Frontier


(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – February 13, 2011)

This morning, Opera Frontier -- one of the Bay Area's plucky little opera companies--delivered a singing Valentine to over 200 guests at the Palace Hotel's Valentine Brunch, interrupting the serenity of The Garden Court with sounds usually found in the Opera House.

Guests were treated to three apparently spontaneous scenes that conjured the pain and pleasures of love, in grand operatic style. First, a love triangle flared into a tense confrontation, a la Verdi. A little later, a pair of star-crossed lovers met in a clandestine and tuneful rendezvous, singing the love duet from Pagliacci. Finally, an errant couple found redemption and reconciliation when he asked for her hand in marriage. This last piece ended with singers popping up from each corner of The Garden Court to join in a grand, roof-raising finale – Bernstein's anthem to the ordinary, everyday loves that "build our house, and chop our wood, and make our garden grow."

"The Garden Court is the elegant space that opera sets imitate!! It is the perfect place for Pop-up Opera," says Gail Simpson, Artistic Director of Opera Frontier.

Today's performance featured baritones Zachary Gordin and Bill Pickersgill, mezzo-soprano Dalyte Kodzis, tenors Michael Foreman and Christopher Corley, and sopranos Carrie Hennessey, Maria Mikheyenko, Julia Hathaway and Gail Simpson, with Skye Atman at the piano.