West Edge Opera Summer Festival ~ ABS Festival & Academy ~ The Rake’s Progress ~ Boats on the Bay | KALW

West Edge Opera Summer Festival ~ ABS Festival & Academy ~ The Rake’s Progress ~ Boats on the Bay

Aug 1, 2018

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Mark Streshinsky, general director of West Edge Opera, about the Company’s 2018 Summer Festival, which includes productions of Debussy’s Pélleas and Mélisande, Luca Francesconi’s Quartett, and Matt Marks’ Mata Hari

The festival runs from August 4 to 19 at The Craneway Conference Center, a former Ford assembly plant on the Richmond waterfront. 

We have a conversation with artistic director Jeffrey Thomas of the American Bach Soloists, about the 9th annual ABS Festival & Academy which focuses on Baroque music from Germany, with a particular emphasis on ‘The Glorious Court of Dresden’. 

The ABS Festival & Academy takes place from August 3 to 12 and includes performances at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, as well as master classes, lectures, and colloquia. 

From the Merola Opera Program, we meet with Robin Guarino who directs Stravinsky’s opera The Rake’s Progressas part of the 2018 Merola Summer Festival. Performances are at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Thursday, August 2 (7:30 pm) and Saturday, August 4 (2pm). Merola’s Summer Festival runs through August 18, when it ends with the Merola Grand Finale at the War Memorial Opera House.

Plus, Open Air’s regular contributor and critic at large, Peter Robinson, talks about travel writing, and he has a conversation with children’s picture book author Jeanne Walker Harvey about her new book Boats on the Bay, due to be published later this month. 

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Open Air with host David Latulippe, heard live on Thursday, August 2 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…