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Gift Of The Magi Comes To The Lesher Center


Date(s) – 12/01/2018
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Lesher Center for the Arts


This holiday season Solo Opera and award-winning Bay Area composer, David Conte, bring to life the timeless turn of the century short story, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. The plot concerns an impoverished young married couple named Jim and Della. One Christmas Eve, each gives up their most treasured possessions to buy gifts for each other. Della sells her luxuriant hair to buy a chain for Jim’s gold pocket watch,while Jim unknowingly sells his watch to buy combs for Della’s hair. Their love story will fill your spirit with holiday magic!

Set in the original 1905 time period, the opera will contain a cast of seven singers, accompanied by a seven-piece chamber orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexander Katsman. The cast will include Ann Moss and Daniel Cilli as the lovers- Della and Jim. Lisa van der Ploeg and Ben Brady portray their friends, Maggie and Henry. The opera is rounded off with the Three Magi: Jonathan Smucker, Michael Orlinsky, and Brandon Bell. A production team will be led by Peter Crompton-set design, Patrick Toebe-lighting design, and Solo Opera Artistic Director Sylvia Amorino-stage director/producer.

The Gift of the Magi is scheduled for 3 performances:
Nov. 30, 2018 (Friday) 8:00pm
Dec. 1, 2018 (Saturday) 8:00pm
Dec. 2, 2018 (Sunday) 2:30pm (925) 685-4945
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, CA.
Tickets: $25-$40, call (925) 943-7469


  1. It’s a nice O. Henry story about self-sacrifice, love, and irony, but The Ransom of Red Chief seems more in keeping with the times. Our story opens in the Oval Office with guys named Reince and Maddog in charge of our 70 yo obstreperous charge, and it all breaks down hilariously from there. The ending is being written as we speak with fairy tale towers, walls, and, of course, flaming red Christmas trees because the war on Christmas is nearing an end.

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