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Published on September 5, 2018 8:47AM

Last changed on September 5, 2018 9:07AM

Lincoln City will be home to an opera world premiere this weekend as “Tango of the White Gardenia” blooms into life for the first time.

All summer, the Lincoln City Cultural Center and Cascadia Chamber Opera have been working together to produce an original chamber opera by an Oregon composer. After months of work and planning, the production will take to the stage at 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9.

“Tango of the White Gardenia” is a contemporary story that explores themes of enduring love and staying true to one’s heart, told through the riveting music and dance of the Argentine tango. Written in English, the production tells its tale with humor, emotional depth and the occasional nod to the commedia dell’arte style of centuries past.

The production will feature six vocalists from the Cascadia Chamber Opera ensemble, performing parts mirrored by tango dancers from Ballet Fantastique of Eugene, along with a tango “banda” made up of piano, violin, bass and accordion.

The composer, Ethan Gans-Morse, and librettist, Tiziana DellaRovere, will be on hand for the Saturday premiere.

After the premiere in Lincoln City, the production will move on to performances in Florence, Bend, Astoria and Eugene.

Tickets, $35 for adults or $20 for youth, are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org (click “buy tickets”) or by calling 541-994-9994.

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