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Volume 5, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020


Mezzo-Soprano from Newport Beach headlines “The World of Opera: Stories of Love”

Beautiful love stories, told through some of the most beloved opera music of all time, will unfold on Sunday, Feb. 16, when the Parnassus Society presents “The World of Opera: Stories of Love” at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.

The 3 p.m. concert is the perfect finale to Valentine’s weekend, with selections from romantic operas such as Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Traviata sung by highly acclaimed performers.

The audience will enjoy performances by world-renowned artists who also call Orange County home. Featured are Mezzo-Soprano Milena Kitic, a Newport Beach resident, Tenor Bruce Sledge, Soprano Julie Makerov and Bass-Baritone Aaron Pendleton. Scott Dunn, Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will lead the Parnassus Chamber Orchestra.

Mezzo Soprano Milena Kitic

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Mezzo-Soprano Milena Kitic

“We recognize that opera is an acquired musical taste and not everyone is ready to dip their toes into the world of opera via a full-length operatic performance,” said Dr. Kenneth Tokita, Parnassus Society founder. “We have asked these incredibly talented, in-demand opera singers to perform a sampling of arias that will wow both opera ‘regulars’ and ‘newbies.’”

Two young artists from the Orange County School of the Arts and Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices will be showcased: Soprano Maggie Liu and Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth Minerman. Adding further visual excitement will be the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Dance Company.

The Parnassus Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the cultural advancement of Orange County by nurturing the development and professional careers of artists and promising young artists. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tokita of Irvine, longtime patrons of the arts, founded the Parnassus Society in 2014. They host bi-annual competitions for young artists, as well as public performances of acclaimed professionals and talented emerging musicians.

Through the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. Tokita, the Parnassus Society can present world-class performers while keeping ticket prices affordable.

General admission tickets are $25-$50; seniors, students and active military are $15-$25. Parking is free.

Soka Performing Arts Center is located at 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo.

For tickets and the program, visit http://bit.ly/worldofopera.

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