In Friday’s 7 section I get you up to date on the California Opera Association’s annual festival. It’s smaller this year. The festival usually includes a fully staged opera or two at the Mercedes Edwards Theatre in Clovis, but that facility was unavailable this August because of planned renovations.
A highlight of the first weekend: Guest artist Hope Briggs performs in a 2 p.m. concert at the Fresno Art Museum. Briggs will sing arias by Verdi and Mozart, German art songs and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” one of a series of spirituals. (George Skipworth will accompany on piano.) “I love singing spirituals,” she says. “It’s a way to invite people into my world and share a bit of my culture.”