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Greetings, The California Opera Association is celebrating the 10th year of summer opera in Fresno. We have a call for artists who would like to participate in the lobby displays for performance events. The July 26th performance at Tower Theatre "Il Trovatore" (Verdi) revolves around war, love, and revenge, gypsy camps, and fire. On August 2nd, a double bill performance will be at the new Shaghoian Concert Hall in NE Fresno - Pagliacci and Suor Angelica. Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) is in a "verismo" style meaning truth and "realism" but involves clowns and magicians - like a show within a show. It is explained that the dangers of love will be presented on stage but actors are human too, and have real feelings - reminding us of the "sad clown." The Suor Angelica (Puccini) chronicles the fall, redemption, and final transfiguration of its central character, Sister Angelica, who has taken the veil in repentance for bearing a child out of wedlock. Angelica has lived in the peace of the convent for seven years when the Virgin Mary and her son appear to her in a vision. It strikes me that with such a rich arts community we have, that you all would have some really good ideas about how to tie in your fine artistic work with these performance themes. It is likey to be fun with some nice exposure, and a few artists that participated in last summer's lobby displays actually sold some of their work at the performance events. I look forward to everyone's thoughts and ideas. Please write to me - Dr. Diane Nixon, dnixon@tuiu.edu or info@calopera.org or call (559) 761-1644 or 225-6737 (CAL-OPERA).

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