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Ticket information:  Advance purchase of tickets is required. Seating is limited and reservation requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. You may send in a check made out to MLFM for the number of tickets desired with the form below c/o MLFM, PO Box 1362, Jackson, CA 95642. Please indicate your choice of entrée. For more information call Ron at (209) 293-4227 or email
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“Night at the Opera”

 Arias, duos and trios from opera and musical theatre by three nationally acclaimed opera stars,
 accompanied by a gourmet dinner, at the

 Imperial Hotel, Amador City

 Sunday, September 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

 An exceptional evening of song, food and wine. . . . 

Nationally prominent opera stars, soprano Sandra and tenor Chris Bengochea and baritone Joseph Wiggett, sing favorite opera and musical theatre selections—plus a few surprises—with Ron Brickman at the piano at the historic and beautiful Immperial Hotel in Amador City. Guests are invited to enjoy an aperitif in the hotel’s courtyard starting at 6 pm then take their place at tables in the hotel’s dining room at approximately 6:45. The performers will perform three sets of vocal selections, each lasting about 20 minutes: one before the salad course, one before the main course, and one before dessert. An “anything goes” of encores may be expected to end the evening. 

The musical selections—The three vocal stars have compiled a dazzling program of well-known and less well-known selections from the world of opera and musical theatre. Each singer will perform several solos and come together in stunning duets and trios. Highlights include “Quanto m’en vo” and “O soave fanciulla” from Puccini’s La Bohème, “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, “La Donna e mobile,” from Verdi’s Rigoletto, “E lucevan le stelle,” from Puccini’s Tosca, the Figaro-Rosina duet from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Danilo’s aria “I’m off to Chez Maxime” from Lehar’s The Merry Widow, the trio “Champagne’s delicious bubbles” from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, “Buddie’s Blues” from Sondheim’s Follies, the love duet “Stranger in paradise” and “This is my beloved” from Kismet, and many more. 

The performers—Soprano Sandra Bengochea has performed over thirty operatic roles, ranging from the comic roles of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Norina in Don Pasquale to the dramatic roles of Gilda in Rigoletto and the title role in Manon. Her performances have been described as having a “natural vivacity and charisma, …a joy from the first note to the last” (Opera News). Her highly acclaimed performances on the concert stage with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Sacramento Chorale and the Midsummer Mozart Festival and other ensembles include solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Mozart’s Requiem. Recent engagements have included the role of Ilia in Opera San Jose’s production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, where she shared the stage with husband Christopher in the title role. Ms. Bengochea has also directed several productions for Opera San Jose, including Carmen and Tosca and teaches voice at San Jose State University and other regional universities.

 Tenor Christopher Bengochea studied voice at Montana State University and the University of Montana. An award winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions and third-place winner at the Internationale Società Concertistica competition in Italy, he has sung professionally over 28 major operatic roles in all facets of the repertoire. Companies where he has received star billing include Atlanta Opera, Opera Canada, Stockton Opera Association and the Townsend Opera. His recent performance of the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo with Opera San Jose was praised in Opera News as “exceptional…his dark-hued voice conquered virtually every vocal hurdle.”

Dr. Joseph Wiggett is a past member of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Prague Mozart Academy. He has performed over three dozen operatic roles with the New York City Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and other companies and has appeared as soloist with such major orchestras as the Milwaukee, Manhattan and Colorado symphonies. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including three Birgit Nilsson prizes and two grants from the Puccini Foundation. Dr. Wiggett is the former Artistic Director and principal Stage Director for Townsend Opera in Modesto and teaches voice and opera workshop at California State University-Stanislaus in Turlock. 

The food—The hotel staff is offering guests the following menu:

 Imperial salad (greens, blueberry balsamic dressing and candied pecans) 
Choice of
 Mustard-dredged pork tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce, mashed potatoes and side vegetable, OR 
Salmon filet with pesto cream sauce, rice and vegetable, OR
 Polenta with tomato-mushroom-onion sauce and side vegetable 
Dessert: Crêpe with fresh berries 

Wine is complimentary, offered by the Mother Lode Friends of Music, as available, or guests may purchase from the hotel’s wine list or full bar.

 Price of admission per person: $45

 A limited number of rooms at the hotel are available for overnight booking. Please call the hotel at (209) 267-9172 or go to the hotel’s web site: