Let’s all go the Opera….

There are two very different opera events happening this month we thought you should know about…

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is coming to the Performing Arts Center next weekend and opera lovers will not want to miss this Puccini classic, on stage on October 14th and 15th ONLY! This will be another spectacular Citywide Arts Collaboration of one of the most famous operas ever written, featuring Central Coast Children’s Choir, Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, Deyo Dances, a star-studded cast of internationally acclaimed opera singers, expansive new sets and costumes, and the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Artistic Director Brian Asher Alhadeff. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Pre-opera talk one hour before performance. Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $17-$77 per person. Call (805) 756-4849 or visit PACSLO.org to order tickets.

To get a taste of what’s in store, check out this short preview video…


Shortly after that, on Thursday, October 26th, the original 1925 silent film THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will be showcased on the giant screen at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center, along with the incredible Forbes Pipe Organ. Acclaimed silent film organist, Christian Elliott, will be in town with an original score he will play live with the classic film which was the inspiration for the longest-running Broadway show, the beautiful score by Andrew Lloyd Weber, and several other movies.

Tony-award winning singer/actor, and Las Vegas “Phantom,” Anthony Crivello, will sing some of those famous songs before the movie, joined by OperaSLO resident performer, Alba Franco-Cancél for the Broadway show’s title song. Come in costume and compete for prizes! Tickets for lots of other great future arts productions will be raffled off too. All proceeds support the 2018 SLO Film Fest. This fundraiser brings in crucial operating funds that help us cover costs that pass and ticket sales don’t cover, so this is a great way to support the SLO Film Fest while enjoying a memorable night of film and musical entertainment!

Tickets are available now at pacslo.org, or by calling 805-756-4849. You can also visit the Cal Poly Box Office in person. $40 general admission, and $30 for students and SLO Film Society members. Click here for more details.

Hope to see you at the Opera(s)! 

Wendy Eidson
SLO Film Fest Director