Presenting exciting pairings of opera, ballet, and classic films at historic SoCal venues.

Since the company's official foundation in June, Cinballera has put on three shows. Our first was "Stolen Love: A Chamber Ballopera" on July 29. Our second was "Lady of the Ring." Each show featured a chamber ballet and a chamber opera, showcasing classical singing and dancing with a small ensemble cast, a short runtime, and a complete story. Then, in November, we put on our third show and first concert, "Two Sisters from San Diego," which we co-hosted with the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. In December, we performed a unique holiday special at December Nights in Balboa Park. We have many plans for future shows in 2024, and beyond!

In 1724, George Frideric Handel brought the timeless love story of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra to life in music through his exquisite opera Giulio Cesare. In honor of this dramatic work's 300th anniversary, Cinballera Entertainment and the Southern California Early Music Society are collaborating to present Giulio Cesare - A Baroque Chamber Opera. This Baroque masterpiece by the composer of The Messiah debuted in London on February 20, 1724. In its entirety, this three-act opera is over four hours long. However, Cinballera's specialty is putting on artistic, entertaining shows with a concise runtime, so our performance is only an hour and a half long. Our take on Giulio Cesare is like a baroque chamber opera, with an intimate cast and orchestra. It just focuses on the love story, so the only characters are Caesar and Cleopatra, plus two dancers as Egyptian attendants. Through Caesar's Commentaries, the great Roman general will recount how his heart was captured by the beautiful Egyptian queen. The music will be performed in Italian. The singers will be accompanied by a five-piece Baroque chamber orchestra from the Southern California Early Music Society, tuned to the historically accurate A=415 instead of A=440. It will be performed with costumes and staging. The show will be at the historic First Baptist Church of Glendale at 209 North Louise Street, Glendale, CA 91206. The performance begins at 5 PM. 


Cinballera Salon

Starting in February 2024, Cinballera will be hosting its own monthly opera night, Cinballera Salon: Opera at the Villa! We're collaborating with the historic Villa Montezuma Museum at 1925 K Street, San Diego in the historic Sherman Heights Historic District. 


We are calling our series Cinballera Salon because it is a loving tribute to the musical salons of years past, when friends would gather in lovely parlor to enjoy sharing music for an evening. Hosted the third week of the month, each evening will have a different theme. Music on the program will include opera arias, art songs, and other classical vocal music, performed by talented operatic singers from throughout the region. There is a special emphasis on duets, trios, and other ensembles, to recreate opera scenes in an intimate setting.


There are no tickets to these events; you can gain entry with a donation. All the proceeds are split by the two non-profit organizations, Cinballera and Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc. In keeping with the gracious history of this building, we encourage our guests to use this as an excuse to dress up for an evening out! Gentlemen, dust off your favorite suit and tie, and ladies, here's a chance to wear that dress and hat you've been saving! In keeping with the theme, the suggested style guide is red and black, the colors of romance. We'll give a little prize to the most elegant audience member! 

To reserve your spot for the next Salon or join a mailing list for updates on future Salons, send an email to admin@cinballera.org. 

The next Cinballera Salon is on Monday, March 18, at 7 PM. The theme is Songs of Spring!

Here's a montage of photos from our two first shows

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