PIEDMONT -- "Something Wicked" will occur at Piedmont Center for the Arts on Saturday, when West Edge Opera treats listeners to a haunting selection of scary operatic arias.
"The repertoire is full of otherworldly, beyond-normal stuff," said West Edge board member Marian Kohlstedt. "The program includes the mad scene from 'Lucia di Lammermoor' as well as excerpts from 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Phantom of the Opera.' "
The Halloween concert is the first in a three-part series of theme music that West Edge Opera will present at Piedmont Center for the Arts.
"The second concert on Dec. 15 will focus on holiday music," Kohlstedt said. "The third will celebrate Valentine's Day by featuring operatic couples."
West Edge Opera, formerly known as Berkeley Opera until its move to El Cerrito four years ago, has been going strong for 35 years.
"Although we operate on a fairly shoestring budget, we're considered a regional opera company, and have received a great deal of critical acclaim for our productions," Kohlstedt said.
The company has been performing in the theater at El Cerrito High School since 2009, but a big increase in rental fees this year forced it to look for a new home.
"We are in discussions but nothing is finalized," Kohlstedt said. "Meanwhile, we have planned events that are smaller than a full-fledged production."
She said this is the first time that West Edge Opera has performed at Piedmont Center for the Arts.
"It's an ideal venue for us," she said. "Our family friendly ticket price for 'Something Wicked' also includes Halloween chocolate and a glass of wine or soft drink."
WHAT: "Something Wicked" concert by West Edge Opera
WHERE: Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
COST: $25 for adults; $15 for children; to purchase, go to www.westedgeopera.org or call 510-841-1903.