Experience A Different Kind Of Benefit Event

January 20, 4:00pm at the Bothwell Art Center
2466 Eighth St. Livermore

We regret to inform you that Livermore Valley Opera has cancelled the Behind the Curtain fundraiser scheduled for Jan. 20, due to circumstances unforeseen. We hope that we can plan this event again in the spring. It was to be a very entertaining evening with insights into the making of an opera and also a peak at our extensive efforts to educate students about the wonderful art of opera. Thank you for your understanding and also for your continued support of Livermore Valley Opera.

The elegance, the champagne welcome, the fancy food, and desserts remain, with the Bothwell transformed to share insights into what is involved in a staged opera complete with music, costumes, photo boards, props and furniture – great details that make an opera production.

The Highlight of the Evening

See what over 8,000 Tri-Valley students experience through our educational outreach program with a performance of The Box set entirely to Mozart and written by our talented Outreach Director, Revital Shmerling.

Artist Bios

Revital Shmerling

Between 2008-2014 Revital Shmerling sang as first soprano with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra’s choir, and developed educational programs for the prestigious KeyNote Program, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s educational outreach program. She holds a degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Vocal Performance, and she is the director of Livermore Valley Opera Outreach Program. Since 2016 she performed the role of Morgana in Alcina with San Francisco State University, Lucy in The Telephone, Serpina in La Serva Padrona and Patricia from her original production “The Box”, featuring Mozart’s operatic music as part as Livermore Valley Opera outreach program.

William Lawley

Baritone William Lawley most recently performed with the San Francisco Opera Chorus in Götterdämmerung . Solo roles include Melisso in Alcina, Ben Upthegrove in The Telephone, and Uberto in La serva padrona. He also performed as a vocalist with the San Francisco Choral Artists. William performed in musicals in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex before moving to the Bay Area. During the summer of 2006, he had the unique opportunity of working at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, one of the first professional Equity summer stock theaters. William is a music educator and teaches voice and piano throughout the East Bay.

Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson is a composer/arranger, conductor/musical director, pianist and educator, with performance and composition degrees from Carnegie-Mellon. and the U. of Pittsburgh. He served as Founding Director, Pittsburgh Philharmonia; Executive Director of Music at Gretna; and General Director, Mississippi Opera. Locally, he has provided music and vocal direction for TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre, Beach Blanket Babylon, American Conservatory Theater, and many other professional and community theater and operatic companies. Among local educational associations have been the SF Community Music Center, SFSU, and as faculty and adjunct to the Masters program of American Conservatory Theater.

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