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Carlisle Floyd
Based on the novella by John Steinbeck

October 7th, 2023 @ 7:30pm
October 8th, 2023 @ 2:00pm
October 14th, 2023 @ 7:30pm
October 15th, 2023 @ 2:00pm

Carlisle Floyd, arguably the greatest of America’s 20th Century opera composers, adapts to the operatic stage Nobel Prize winning John Steinbeck’s powerful novella detailing a tragic story of two displaced migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression. Their dream of owning their own land one day ends instead in tragedy. The drama and powerful music will grip your heartstrings and the opera’s plea for compassion and hope is as timely now as when John Steinbeck wrote his novella in 1935. In the opinion of the late composer himself, this is his greatest operatic achievement.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Pre-opera talk, one hour before each performance

Opening Night Dinner is at Uncle Yu’s paired with Las Positas Vineyards wines.  Separate ticket required.

Tickets available online or at the Bankhead Theater Box Office 925-373-6800,
Wednesday – Saturday from Noon to 6:00pm

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