Eileen Meredith headshot Jan 30 2015

Christopher Bengochea headshot Jan 30 2015

Dublin Library is very pleased to host the Livermore Valley Opera, as it presents excerpts from its forthcoming production of Lucia de Lammermoor on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in the Dublin Library Program Room. Lead singers Eileen Meredith and Christopher Bengochea, from the Livermore Valley Opera’s forthcoming production, will be performing at this program. Danielle Naler will accompany on piano. Karen Veca, principal flutist in the Livermore Opera orchestra will perform, and Gary Sears will perform on the clarinet.

Lucia de Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

In Lucia di Lammermoor, an emotionally fragile woman (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and the Ravenswood family. Though deeply in love with Edgardo, a member of the Ravenswood family, she is forced into a political marriage by her villainous brother Enrico, who uses lies and forgery for his own benefit. Though the story ends in tragedy for everyone, the music is considered to be among the glorious in opera.

Eileen Meredith (Lucia) is a Washington, D.C. native, who co-founded Island City Opera, where she recently performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor last month. In March, she will perform the role of Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro. Previously, she co-founded Virago Theatre Company, where she sang lead roles in Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata. She has appeared with West Edge Opera, Verismo Opera, and more, and is a winner of first prize awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Concert work includes solos in Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Handel’s Messiah at Davies Symphony Hall.

Christopher Bengochea (Edgardo) has been heralded as having “power, sure intonation, and fine diction that come in a package tied with a ribbon of natural sound.” A resident artist of Opera San Jose (2005-2008) he played the role of Rodolfo in La bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Other roles include Ruggero in La Rondine, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Henderson’s, Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca. Awards include winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and third prize at the Internationale Societa Concertistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy.

Read about this opera!  The winner of a contest about the history of Lucia di Lammermoor will receive two free tickets to a performance of this opera at the Bankhead Theater on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30 PM.