Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Duluth Festival Opera’s upcoming annual “Opera on the Lake” this August

The Duluth Festival Opera’s upcoming annual “Opera on the Lake” event at Nokomis restaurant on Lake Superior east of Duluth will feature a group of professional singers also engaged to perform in the DFO’s free performance of a Handel opera in Leif Erikson Park.

The events are just days apart, with the Nokomis event scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and the opera company’s presentation of the baroque opera “Acis and Galatea” at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 on the Leif Erikson Park stage. That free “Opera in the Park” performance is a gift from the DFO to the community.

Opera on the Lake at Nokomis is an annual fund-raising event featuring intimate performances by a group of opera singers familiar to Duluthians from past DFO productions. For that event they will perform a variety of music from opera to show tunes.

Singers are Penelope Shumate, Marc Schapman and Colyn Tvete, who sang leading roles in the DFO’s “La Traviata,” and Branch Fields, who performed in “La Boheme.” These same singers will be featured in the opera presentation four days later in Leif Erikson park. DFO Artistic Director Craig Fields heads both presentations.

Cost of the Nokomis event is $40 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Since space is limited, reservations are required and may be made by contacting the DFO office (218) 728-8949.