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An evening with opera star Michael Fabiano, General Director Shawna Lucey, and the Resident Artists of Opera San José
Opera San José and ArtSmart are proud to announce a new partnership to support free voice lessons, musical opportunities and mentorship for under-resourced students in San José. With arts education being cut from schools, it is up to organizations like ours to step in and work to eliminate economic barriers to arts access. By working together, we can greatly expand the impact on our communities. Everyone deserves the chance to express themselves through the magic of music.
In celebration of this new collaboration, we invite you to join us for an evening you won’t want to miss. World famous operatic tenor and ArtSmart co-founder Michael Fabiano will perform alongside the Opera San José Resident Artists before being joined by OSJ General Director Shawna Lucey for a mini-masterclass. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness how opera comes to life!
When: Saturday, May 6th from 4:30-7pm
Where: Angelica’s – 863 Main St., Redwood City, CA
Tickets: $150 per person
Every dollar raised will go directly towards supporting our organizations’ shared mission.
Get your tickets today to join us for an evening of great food, drinks and entertainment in support of a wonderful cause!
We are proud to kick off our new partnership between Opera San José and ArtSmart with a silent auction featuring unique one-of-a-kind experiences and items:
- An opportunity to take to the skies above San Francisco with licensed pilot and international opera superstar Michael Fabiano.
- Closer to home, you can be treated to the manicure experience of your dreams with Opera San José General Director Shawna Lucey,
- A VIP Experience at San Francisco Opera’s upcoming summer production of Madame Butterfly,
- An 8-Day European Viking River Cruise
- A private at-home concert with OSJ artists
- A non-singing role in Opera San José’s new production of Romeo & Juliet and the opportunity to be directed by Shawna Lucey
Your bid is not only a chance to win one of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences but is critical to our effort to make opera accessible for the children of San Jose.
About the Artists
As one of the most renowned tenors of his generation, Michael Fabiano has won critical acclaim and a devoted following for his powerful voice, electrifying stage presence, and emotional depth. His performances have been hailed as "unforgettable" and "transcendent" by audiences and critics alike, and he has sung leading roles in some of the most beloved operas of all time, including La Bohème, Carmen, and Rigoletto at the world’s most popular opera houses. He will headline the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of Madama Butterfly this June.
In addition to her work as General Director and CEO of Opera San José, Shawna Lucey is an internationally acclaimed operatic stage director. She trained at the University of Texas at Austin, Barnard and Columbia’s Theater Department, the world famous Bread and Puppet Theater, and the Boris Schukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. Following five years studying, performing and touring in Russia, she returned to the US to work with illustrious opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and, recently, with the San Francisco Opera on her hit production of La Traviata.
Soprano, Maria Natale, has starred in many Opera San José productions including as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Countess Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and, most recently, the title role in Puccini's masterpiece, Tosca. Praised by The New York Times for her “plummy, penetrating voice” and Opera News for her “high voltage vocal thrills” and “merciless stage presence,” Maria is a star on the rise.