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paulaSan Jose Mercury News

> Tuned In: Lawyer by day turns evening diva for Berkeley West Edge Opera's 'Xerxes'

"MEZZO-SOPRANO Paula Rasmussen is thrilled to step into the title role in Berkeley West Edge Opera's upcoming production of Handel's "Xerxes" -- but she's not going to quit her day job..."

finkSan Francisco Chronicle

> Richard Paul Fink to debut as Wotan in Berkeley

"Doesn't matter how good you are at something, nobody appreciates being pigeonholed. Baritone Richard Paul Fink, one of today's leading interpreters of Wagnerian villains, will confirm the point..."

San Francisco Chroniclejonathan

> Prompter helps singers get back in the groove

"When a baritone goes "cold" and forgets a line, Jonathan Khuner is there. When a soprano gets lost in her character and sings ahead of the beat, Khuner reins her in. He's the prompter at the San Francisco Opera, "the first line of defense," he says, against a singer's potential humiliation..."

ectheaterEl Cerrito Patch

> Berkeley Opera's Move to El Cerrito High Worked Wonders

"El Cerrito wasn't the first place that sprang to mind when the Berkeley Opera learned in 2009 that it had to find a new venue..."

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