Cascadia Concert Opera
On Saturday, Sept. 20, the traveling ensemble Cascadia Concert Opera will offer an evening of notable arias and ensembles, as well as their distinctive take on Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” The fun will start at 7 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.
“The Old Maid and the Thief” is an American one-act opera about what lies beneath the seemingly innocuous charm of small-town life. A highly charged, emotional story, told through elegant and expressive melodies, Menotti’s comic opera explores the impact that a mysterious stranger has on three provincial women. Lives are forever changed as jealousies and deceptions escalate to riotous heights and fears, desires, and secrets are revealed. Directed by Scott Carroll, this production will be presented fully staged with piano accompaniment.
Currently in its sixth season, Cascadia Concert Opera is a non-profit performing arts organization based in Eugene. Showcasing some of the finest local and regional talent, Cascadia Concert Opera has a unique identity as a touring ensemble, presenting opera in intimate venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. For further information about CCO, contact the group at 541-349-0377, or visit www.cascadiaconcertopera.org.
This will not be the first time that coastal opera fans have enjoyed the light-hearted by technically wonderful work of the CCO. They performed “Tales of Hoffman” here in 2011, and “Die Fledermaus” in 2013. This year’s opera presentation is supported by a grant from the now-inactive Cascade Head Music Festival, and by lodging support from Leslie Roper Green.
The doors to the auditorium at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City, will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and free for kids 12 and younger. The box office accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as checks and cash. A selection of Northwest beers and wines, My Petite Sweet cookies and bars, and Mountain Man savory snacks are sold before the show, and during intermission. For details and tickets, call 541-994-9994.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a non-profit center for community and creativity, inside the historic Delake School building, at the corner of NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101. The center, which is also home to the official Lincoln City Visitor Information Center, is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day except Tuesday. For details, head to www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or call 541-994-9994.