Don't Miss This Moving, Flowing 'Russian River Opera' - At Warnecke in Healdsburg

Overture. Credit: A Russian River Opera.
Overture. Credit: A Russian River Opera.
A large-scale, three-act River Opera will be performed at Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards in Healdsburg this weekend.

Stages of the Russian River, an outdoor opera by composer Hugh Livingston to be performed on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, explores the history and future of outdoor music making and creates a social-geographic experience that connects the audience with ecology and art.

The River Opera is a site-specific exploration of the Russian River, choosing a one-mile stretch that reflects the 116-mile whole.

Instrumentalists, dancers and singers will be situated on opposite banks, float by on rafts, and emerge from the oak and bay woods.

The audience will wend their way down a path as a series of scenes unfolds in front of them. The experience will be immersive and interactive, and built around exploration rather than the fixity of a conventional theatrical opera presentation. There will be a combination of live instruments, voices and digital sound installation. 

To read more about Livingston and the performances, click here

For ticket information, follow this link. According to the web site, there is a preview show at 7 p.m. Friday, and performances at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

Info provided by A Russian River Opera.


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