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Evening with the cast of The Girl of the Golden West

MARCH 4, 2014 – MARDI GRAS!
Celebrate Mardi Gras with stars Emily Pulley, Aaron St. Claire Nicholson and others of the cast over wine, beer, and finger food at a local private residence. Music Director Andrew Bisantz will accompany with piano. Attendance is limited at this fundraiser for Eugene Opera. $100 per person. To reserve, call Eugene Opera 541-485-3985 or email to info@eugeneopera.com.


Girl of the Golden West Events

FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 30, 2014, VARIOUS lOCATIONS
Exhibit: “Women of the Gold Rush West”
The exhibit includes objects and images related to women of the West, particularly during the 1850’s Gold Rush era, the setting for Puccini’s opera, Girl of the Golden West. Photos and objects from Lane County Historical Museum will be on display at all venues. Lynda Lanker and Gary Tepfer are featured local artists, with pieces for sale at White Lotus Gallery.
• Saturday February 8 (2 PM): Opening reception, Lane County Historical Museum, 740 W. 13th Ave., with commentary on exhibit.
• Saturday March 1 (2–5 PM): Artists’ reception, White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette Street, with Lynda Lanker and Gary Tepfer.
• First Friday ArtWalk, March 7 (5:30 PM), co-hosted by Eugene Opera General Director Mark Beudert and Lane County Historical Society Executive Director Bob Hart.
Lane County Historical Museum (Opens February 8)
Eugene Public Library (Opens February 8)
White Lotus Gallery (Opens March 1)
Hult Center Lobby (Opens March 1)

FEBRUARY 15, 2014, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “The Gold Rush Era: History, Myth, and What is Forgotten”
Jeff Ostler, Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History, University of Oregon, provides historical context for Puccini’s opera, Girl of the Golden West. The talk will explore aspects of the Gold Rush that are often forgotten, including its impact on Indian people as well as the multicultural world of the era. Bob Hart, Director of the Lane Historical Society Museum describes the gold rush era objects and images from the Lane Historical Museum which are on exhibit at the Library.

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 12, BIJOU METRO
“Westerns” that set the stage for Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West
• Feb. 28-March 5: Johnny Guitar (1954) with Joan Crawford
• March 7-March 12: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) with Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale
Johnny Guitar features a strong-willed saloon owner named Vienna who is wrongly suspected of bank robbery when she helps a wounded gang member. Selected by the Library of Congress in 2008 for historic preservation for artistic merit. The song became a classic.
Once Upon a Time in the West is noted by critics for its formidable female role. This spaghetti Western was directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount. A mysterious stranger with harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Ticketed admission will be charged according to Bijou Metro’s usual price structure.

FEBRUARY 22, 2014, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “Tough By Nature”
Artist Lynda Lanker uses slides of her art to discuss her portraits of cowgirls and ranch women of the American West. Her 19-year project includes 49 women in 13 western states. Lynda’s “Tough By Nature” show at the Schnitzer Museum of Art two years ago was one of their most popular exhibits. Lynda’s work is for sale as part of the White Lotus Gallery exhibit.

MARCH 1, 2014, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “Wells Fargo: from the Gold Rush thru the Decade of Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West”
Steven Greenwood, Museum Manager of the Wells Fargo History Museum in Portland, discusses the impact of the Gold Rush on the company and its connections to Oregon from the 1850’s-1900’s. Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera, reflects on Puccini’s characterizations of these themes.

MARCH 4, 2014 – MARDI GRAS!
Evening with the Cast of Girl of the Golden West
Celebrate Mardi Gras with stars Emily Pulley, Aaron St. Claire Nicholson and others of the cast over wine, beer, and finger food at a local private residence. Music Director Andrew Bisantz will accompany with piano. Attendance is limited at this fundraiser for Eugene Opera. $100 per person. To reserve, call Eugene Opera 541-485-3985 or email to info@eugeneopera.com.

MARCH 6, 2014, HULT CENTER LOBBY PRESENTATION, 11 AM
Performance: “Introduction to Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West”
Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera, and Andrew Bisantz, Music Director of Eugene Opera, present the cast of Girl of the Golden West in an introduction to the opera and performance of excerpts from the work.

MARCH 8, 2014, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4 PM
Celebrating International Women’s Day
Presentation: “Women of the Gold Rush Era”
Marsha Weisiger, Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History at the University of Oregon, and Bereniece Jones, President of Eugene Opera’s Board and doctoral candidate, University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, discuss the social impact of women during the Gold Rush era and Puccini’s characterization of Minnie, the heroine in Girl of the Golden West. The Eugene Opera Ambassadors will host a reception to celebrate International Women’s Day.

March 14, 2014, Knight Library Browsing Room, noon
Lecture: “How The West Was Sung: Puccini, Belasco, and Gold-Rush California”
Scott Pratt, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, and Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera and Director of Opera Studies at the University of Notre Dame, examine and compare the treatment of American society in Puccini’s work and the work of American composers of the time.

Upcoming events

Sharon Heitman Annual Dinner and Auction
Valley River Inn
Sunday September 28, 2014

Eugene Opera celebrates National Opera Week!
October 26—November 2, 2014

Eugene Opera Aria Auction Dinner
Eugene Country Club
Friday December 12, 2014

 

 

 

 

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