Opera fans take note: Here’s a chance to win two free tickets to Fresno Grand Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Rondine,” which opens Friday at the Shaghoian Hall on the campus of Clovis North High School. These tickets are for the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, which is the closing performance.
I wrote about the upcoming “Rondine” in my Sunday Spotlight column. I tackled two topics. The first: I talked with this small-scale opera’s leading lady and man, Rebecca Davis as Magda, the former courtesan, and Chad A. Johnson, who plays the dashing and naive Ruggero, who falls in love with Magda at first sight. (But will their family backgrounds keep them apart? Ah, the romantic torment of opera.)
The second theme: This is the first time that Fresno Grand Opera will stage a production at the acoustically glorious Shaghoian, which is a third the size of the Saroyan Theatre, which has been the company’s home for more than 10 years. Director Joseph Bascetta says the smaller venue is a perfect size for an intimate opera such as “La Rondine.” The production is considered fully staged with scenery, costumes, lighting and 28-piece orchestra.
To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’re a longtime opera fan or a newcomer to the genre — and why you’d like to attend this performance.
Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail, so please leave a valid address. Only one entry per person, please. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the Shaghoian’s Will Call window.
Complete rules are on the jump.
Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winner will be picked at random. Recipient will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, fresnobee.com and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.