Opera Renaissance Fair

Nevada Opera’s Renaissance Faire


Nevada Opera’s

Renaissance Faire

An Artown Event

Sunday, July 6, 2014

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Wingfield Park

300 W 1st Street

Vendors, food, games, and live entertainment


  • Rockin’ Opera Live!
  • Songs from The Fantasticks, Oliver,
  • Fiddler on the Roof and
  • How to Eat Like a Child
  • IL NOME – Renaissance Era Music
  • Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble
  • P’Opera Broadway Concert
  • Renaissance Harp & Then Some
  • Reno Silver Blades Fencing Club
  • P’Opera Evening Concert
  • CeCe Gable & other special guests



10:00 am                   Rockin’ Opera Live!

11:30 am                    Il Nome – Nevada Opera, Madrigal Ensemble

1:00 pm                     P’Opera Broadway Show

2:30 pm                     Renaissance Harp and Then Some

4:00 pm                    Master Chorale

5:30 pm                     Reno Silver Blades Fencing Club

7:00 pm                    P’Opera Evening Concert



Steinway Gallery, Basin Street Properties,

Gerber Medical Center, Pritchard Construction,

Mass Flow Associates and NVO Club 176


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Nevada Opera Renaissance Fair

Bring the Whole Family

NVO-Renaissance2013On July 14th, NVO held its first Ren Fair at Wingfield Park. The event lasted from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Over 2000 people attended to enjoy the concerts, other performances and booths. A good time was had by all!

Four concerts presented music from a variety of sources: Renaissance Madrigals, Broadway, Eclectic Harp Music, and an Evening Concert from many sources.

Two non-musical performances also entertained the crowd.


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26 Booths provided a multitude of food, crafts and games.

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Il Nome

The Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble performs early music, primarily from the Renaissance period. They performed numbers from the stage after introducing the genre. Between other performances, they strolled the crowd performing numbers.

Fencing Demonstration

Eric Moomberg of the High Desert Fencing Alliance described the history of fencing to the audience. He showed several types of sabers, rapiers and foils. With the help of two others he demonstrated the art. He then joined the crowd for hands-on demonstrations.

Broadway Concert


Selections from the Broadway stage featuring Nevada Opera Chorus soloists

Shown in the collage below (left to right) are:

Top: Stephen Murdoch; Leslie Fudge, Stephanie Urmston and Colleen Medina; Rachel Chavez; Mark Emerson

Middle: Michael (Doc) Gerber; Rick Cornell; Alice Dickenson; Stephen Murdock

Bottom: Mark Emerson and Stephanie Urmstrom;Danielle Mudd; Michelle Callica

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Renaissance Harp and Then Some

Beverly Colgan and Jill Dickman

Prog-p3Bev and Jill performed an amazing variety of music on Renaissance period harps.

The music spanned traditional selections such as Greensleeves through ragtime, new world and up to modern popular and folk tunes.
Bev also provided an interesting commentary on the instruments and the music.





Kondor Brothers Juggling

The Kondor brohers – Caleb and Jonathon – wowed the crowd with a juggling performance.

The act began with a rather tame set of juggles. Balls, bean bags, clubs, knives were tossed by the two of them individually or in synchronization. They moved on to jointly juggling with the items going back and forth between them – a bit more impressive!

The action intensified with volunteers from the audience. Four youngsters stood between them, “avoiding” being hit as the brothers exchanged balls. Another volunteer stood quietly – but with a worried look – as they sent clubs back and forth.

Caleb then got Jonathon on his shoulders to juggle. The complexity of this steadily increased. More and more difficult juggles followed by Jonathon standing on Caleb’s shoulders. The conclusion had Caleb holding Jonathon at arms length while he juggled knives – don’t try this at home! Caleb later remarked that this act was getting more difficult as Jonathon is still growing.

The crown was awed, very impressed and appreciative.

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Evening Concert

The 10-hour Fair was capped off with a performance by the Nevada Opera Chorus and guest artists. Selections included opera, light opera, broadway, and contemporary. A number of the works featured P’Opera, NVO’s “road show” of chorus members that performs in restaurants and other venues.

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NVO’s Artown presentation for 2013 is the Opera Renaissance Fair

Logos3Nevada Opera invites you to Wingfield Park for a free all-day celebration of the revitalization of NVO with fresh new energy, creative direction and reinvigorated programs for the whole community. There will be music, food and fun for the whole family throughout the day.

StoneworkThe festivities begin at 11:00 am, Sunday July 14th and will have more than twenty booths featuring mouth-watering food, unique crafts and unusual games and entertainment. There will be several performances on the stage with music from early times through Opera, Broadway and jazz.

Throughout the day, the Nevada Opera Madrigal Ensemble, Il Nome, will be strolling and singing renaissance-era music.

On Stage



12:00     Soloists from the Nevada Youth Program

1:30     Renaissance Fair Duo

2:30     Broadway Favorites – P’Opera Broadway singers
with Kathy Kimmel and Monica Harte

4:00     Bev Colgan – from Renaissance to Rock

5:30     Jugglers

   7:00     NVO finale – P’Opera with special guests:

CeCe Gable
John Fay
Monica Harte 

and Young Artists

Julie Lenz
Alice Dickenson 

Tasty Food and Beverages


1. Dee’s Bakery – cupcakes

2. Waffle Wagon – Liege waffles with toppings

3. Reno Public House – Beer and signature cocktails

4. J and J’s Italian Ices

5. Fine Wine and Catering – wine and specialty cocktail

6. Electric Blue Elephant – Vegan delicacies

7. The Main Squeeze – Lemonade

8. Stan and Dans Hot Dogs

9. The Bread Basket

10. West Coast Hot Sauce

11. Greenhouse Cafe – gourmet salads/sandwiches

12. Amato Family Kitchen – Hand crafted jams and jellies

13. Dahlbergs Local Taste of Paradise – Hawaiian yummies

14. Reno’s Best Coffee Express


Crafts and Games

Flights of Fancy Mama Ems World of Magik
Glass Garden Art High Desert Fencing
Celtic Festival Sew it Seams
Kondor Brothers Turtle Mountain Designs
Rhonda LaFountaine Valentina’s Polymer Designs