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Der fliegende Holländer sails into Livermore

June 18, 2016 - 8:00 am

In Fall 2016, the Livermore Valley Opera will present Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. This is a bold move for this innovative company. Livermore Valley Opera was founded in 1992, and presents fully-staged operas in the spring and fall at the Bankhead Theater in the historic downtown area of Livermore, California.  The theater is located just 45 miles east of San Francisco.

Joining us will be Artistic and Music Director of LVO Alexander Katsman and Production Director Olivia Stapp. Ms. Stapp will discuss the production sets and costumes. Katsman will invite select members of the cast and present excerpts from Holländer.

Olivia Stapp had a major international career as a dramatic soprano and later was the Artistic Director of Festival Opera (Walnut Creek, California) from 1995 to 2001. She currently works as a freelance opera director.

Alexander Katsman is a well known figure in the San Francisco Area. Alumni of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Mr. Katsman received his M.M. from St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory and his B.M. cum laude from Mussorgsky College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Since his arrival in the United States, Alexander has been sought after as a conductor and collaborative pianist. He conducted for Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Martinez Opera, Bayshore Lyric Opera, Berkeley West Edge Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera, Solo Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Opera Academy of California, Peninsula Teen Opera, Diablo Light Opera, Town Hall Theater, and also at CalState University East Bay and Diablo Valley College.  Recently Alexander was rehearsal conductor for Castleton Festival’s Berkeley performances of Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia. Mr. Katsman serves on conducting faculties of Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute and Opera Academy of California. He is also on the coaching staff at the San Francisco Conservatory.

Location: JCC-SF

3200 California Street (at Presidio)

San Francisco, CA 94118


June 18, 2016
8:00 am

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