Bastien und Bastienne
A faithless shepherd, a lovelorn shepherdess, and a charlatan magician meet in a pastoral tale of jealousy, romance, and magic. On January 27 and 28, at San Diego’s historic Liberty Station, Cinballera Entertainment presented Bastien und Bastienne, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first opera, paired with an original ballet of the same story.
On January 27, it would have been Mozart’s 268th birthday! In honor of this occasion, we put on the rarely performed Bastien und Bastienne, which he wrote at age twelve. This charming, one-act chamber opera features only three characters and displays the young composer’s early genius in its beautiful melodies. It was sung in German with live piano accompaniment, but the extensive dialogue was spoken in historically-inspired English, to better present the story. The second half featured the world premiere of a brand-new ballet based on Bastien und Bastienne, written and choreographed by Rebekah and Tiffany Brannan to Gabriel Faure’s pastoral orchestral suite Masques et bergamasques.
A Cinballera Christmas
Two Sisters from San Diego
Two Sisters from San Diego was our third show and first concert. Cinballera and the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation co-hosted this intimate parlor concert in downtown San Diego’s oldest building, the Davis-Horton House. The title was inspired by the 1946 MGM musical Two Sisters from Boston. Just like the sisters in the movie, played by Kathryn Grayson and June Allyson, the Brannan sisters invited guests to this beautiful house for a musical journey into San Diego’s history. They were joined by five gentlemen who are fellow opera singers and ballet dancers for duets and pas de deux.
The first half of the program included songs from operas, operettas, song cycles, and classic movies, in the style of a Victorian parlor concert. Then, guests headed to the downstairs gallery for three original ballet dances. There were three performances of this show, one on November 18 at 7 PM and two on November 19 at 1 PM and 5 PM.
Lady of the Ring
Our first show, performed on July 29, 2023, at the Grand-Ritz Theater in Escondido!
Six performers, two couples, one story. Ballet and opera meet in Cinballera Entertainment’s inaugural performance, Stolen Love: A Chamber Ballopera! Cinballera's founders, sisters Tiffany and Rebekah Brannan, bring to life the music of 20th century composer Gian Carlo Menotti in his 1939 comic opera, The Old Maid and the Thief, and a ballet prequel of their own creation, Stella and Starbuck, which sets original choreography to his first and only piano concerto.