The Yuba-Sutter area has a long tradition of opera thanks in large part to the efforts of the dear, departed Joaquina Calvo Johnson who for years was the vocal arts teacher at Yuba College. She created the Borgamaria Lyric Opera Company and staged full operas locally. Salute Italian Ristorante (now Justin’s Kitchen), hosted regular opera events. It is in that spirit that Yuba Sutter Arts is pleased to announce the return of public opera performances to the community.
And what better place to present opera than at Justin’s Kitchen? Owner and head chef, Justin France, started life as an opera singer. A student of Joaquina, Justin when on to San Jose State to further his vocal arts studies. The culinary arts bug hit Justin somewhere along the way, but he is anxious to return to his operatic roots and help enliven the local arts scene with an evening of Italian arias and duets. Justin is likely to be joined in song by other legendary local singers including Kelly Barber Cunningham, Kathryn Donovan Campbell, Thor Campbell and perhaps another guest artist or two.
Italian Opera Night will be held on Saturday, January 25th from 5-9pm at Justin’s Kitchen, 628 Plumas Street in Yuba City. Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 in advance. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $40 each. Admission includes all you can eat pasta, salad and garlic bread. Tickets can be purchased online at yubasutterarts.org and in person at Yuba Sutter Arts’ offices in Marysville. The event is limited to the first 100 guests so do not delay if you are planning to attend. The live music, wonderful food, atmosphere and great company are all included. Proceeds from the event will benefit Yuba Sutter Arts and its many youth education and arts programs in Sutter and Yuba Counties.
Why should we care about opera? Is it important in today’s world?
When asked these questions, “Justin France responded, “Why is any art important? Opera and other art forms offer us a reflection of who we are, how we relate to others, and what it means to be human. Opera performed live is a uniquely thrilling experience – at its best, it is hugely powerful and the most emotionally direct of all art forms.”
A recent article in The Guardian newspaper said, “Opera is important because it is totally unfeasible. In its lack of deference to economic realities, it signifies that at least not all art can be commodified or rationalized. In scale and cost it is the most excessive of all art forms, and in the totality of its artistic claims, is the most ambitious.”
Please call 742-ARTS for additional information about this and other upcoming arts and culture events. We thank you for your continued efforts in helping educate the young people of our area in the arts.