About Author: Bet Messmer

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  • Opera San Jose pairs two remarkably, even wonderfully, dissimilar one act operas  in Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) and Gianni Schicchi (pronounced “Johnny Ski Key”) in it’s current production running through April 28, 2013 at the California Theatre on First Street in San Jose, Ca.  They are two of Puccini’s threesome (il trittico) of one act operas which had their world premier at the Met...

    Opera San Jose Presents – Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

    Opera San Jose pairs two remarkably, even wonderfully, dissimilar one act operas  in Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) and Gianni Schicchi (pronounced “Johnny Ski Key”) in it’s current production running through April 28, 2013 at the California Theatre on First Street in San Jose, Ca.  They are two of Puccini’s threesome (il trittico) of one act operas which had their world premier at the Met...

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  • Is there a performance or an event in your past that you cherish? One that makes you smile inside when you think of it? Get ready, here’s another opportunity for you and especially for you-plus-a- child or anyone who is a child at heart. Peter Pan opened last night at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose and will...

    Broadway San Jose presents Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan

    Is there a performance or an event in your past that you cherish? One that makes you smile inside when you think of it? Get ready, here’s another opportunity for you and especially for you-plus-a- child or anyone who is a child at heart. Peter Pan opened last night at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose and will...

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  • The audience at the Center for Performing Arts was moved to its feet by the San Jose Ballet’s Gala Season Opener Saturday night (11.3.12) Surprise: It opened with the Star Spangled Banner. The audience stood up and began to sing, with no prompting. The Gala proceeded with a variety of music, dance and moods. If you were there, wasn’t it...

    Ballet San Jose’s Celebratory Gala

    The audience at the Center for Performing Arts was moved to its feet by the San Jose Ballet’s Gala Season Opener Saturday night (11.3.12) Surprise: It opened with the Star Spangled Banner. The audience stood up and began to sing, with no prompting. The Gala proceeded with a variety of music, dance and moods. If you were there, wasn’t it...

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  • Opera San Jose’s production of Faust opened recently at the California Theatre on First Street in San Jose and will run through Sunday, May 6, 2012. For almost a quarter century Faust was the world’s most widely performed opera, You may be surprised as you recognize some of the melodies. The elements of the story are familiar (in a classic...

    Opera San Jose presents Faust

    Opera San Jose’s production of Faust opened recently at the California Theatre on First Street in San Jose and will run through Sunday, May 6, 2012. For almost a quarter century Faust was the world’s most widely performed opera, You may be surprised as you recognize some of the melodies. The elements of the story are familiar (in a classic...

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  • In the Heights, winner of four Tony Awards and a Grammy, opened last night (4.17.12 ) at the Center for the Performing Arts on Almaden Boulevard in San Jose, brought to the area by Broadway San Jose. What are “the Heights”? For well over a hundred years Washington Heights on the northern end of Manhattan Island has sheltered waves of...

    Broadway San Jose’s – In the Heights

    In the Heights, winner of four Tony Awards and a Grammy, opened last night (4.17.12 ) at the Center for the Performing Arts on Almaden Boulevard in San Jose, brought to the area by Broadway San Jose. What are “the Heights”? For well over a hundred years Washington Heights on the northern end of Manhattan Island has sheltered waves of...

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  • Opera San Jose brings La Traviata to the California Theatre stage February 11-26th.  What a treat! I was spellbound by the performance (Sunday matinee on the 12th).  The music, the set, the staging, the story and above all, the singing and acting, especially that of Violetta (Rebecca Davis, Cast I) brought me up to cloud nine and brought the audience...

    Opera San Jose presents La Traviata

    Opera San Jose brings La Traviata to the California Theatre stage February 11-26th.  What a treat! I was spellbound by the performance (Sunday matinee on the 12th).  The music, the set, the staging, the story and above all, the singing and acting, especially that of Violetta (Rebecca Davis, Cast I) brought me up to cloud nine and brought the audience...

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  • Opera San Jose opened a twin bill on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the California Theatre in Downtown San Jose. Pagliacci and La Voix Humaine were on stage, the orchestra was in the pit, and the theatre itself was and is magnificent and memorable. La Voix Humaine is a one woman performance. (Betty Coffland and Suzan Hanson alternate evenings in...

    Opera San Jose Presents Pagliacci & La Voix Humaine

    Opera San Jose opened a twin bill on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the California Theatre in Downtown San Jose. Pagliacci and La Voix Humaine were on stage, the orchestra was in the pit, and the theatre itself was and is magnificent and memorable. La Voix Humaine is a one woman performance. (Betty Coffland and Suzan Hanson alternate evenings in...

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