Phénix Opera Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6th, 2016
PHÉNIX OPERA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL PRODUCTION
Menotti Double Bill to Raise Money for ALS Hope Foundation
San Francisco, CA: The Phénix Opera Company announced plans today for its first staged production, a double bill of Gian Carlo Menotti’s operas The Telephone and The Medium. Performances will take place Oct. 14 & 15 at 7 pm and Oct. 16 at 4 pm at the Spindrift School of Performing Arts (1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, CA). The performance will feature both up-and- coming singers and established professionals from across the Bay Area, accompanied on piano by Phénix founder and artistic director Osvaldo de Leon. Tickets are $20 in advance (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2582182) and $25 at the door.
“We are so excited to feature the wonderful music of Menotti and raise money for an important cause at the same time,” said De Leon. “This production furthers our mission of creating high- quality art that also draws attention to ALS, one of the most devastating diseases of our time.” Among the participants in the production is soprano Elizabeth Patterson whose mother, Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson, co-founded the ALS Hope Foundation in 1999.
One of the Bay Area’s newest opera companies, Phénix is known for its successful “Voices of Hope” concert series featuring arias and ensembles focused on the theme of hope. “We’ve had such a tremendous response we wanted to do something bigger,” said De Leon.
Menotti’s The Telephone (1947) is a one-act comic opera about a man whose attempts to propose to the woman he loves are thwarted by constant telephone calls. The Medium (1946) is a dramatic two-act opera about a fake séance that goes horribly awry; it features the virtuoso aria “Monica’s Waltz.” Both operas were written and will be sung in English.
About Phénix Opera: Founded in 2015, the Phénix Opera Company offers emerging and established opera singers the opportunity to participate in high-quality productions that encourage hope and compassion, creating a virtuous cycle between artist and community.
About ALS Hope Foundation: Founded in 1999, the ALS Hope Foundation is dedicated to making a difference to people living with ALS, their families, and caregivers. Its mission is to support efforts to improve ALS research, treatment, and education. www.alshf.org