Tuesday, July 21 | 5:30PM
Doors open at 4:30 pm
The Festival presents the world premiere of Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the highly anticipated opera by acclaimed composer Gordon Getty. Based on James Hilton’s classic novella, Goodbye, Mr. Chips tells of the life of beloved English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping, known to his students and others as “Mr. Chips.” Set at Brookfield, “a good public school of the second rate” in Eastern England, the story follows Chips from his first days at the boarding school in 1870, through his marriage to the woman who will change him forever, to the rapid changes brought by the turn of the century and the outbreak of WWI. Along the way, we’re reminded of the difference one good teacher can make, as we watch Chips and his children enrich one another’s lives. Carolyn Watson conducts a stellar cast led by soprano Marnie Breckenridge, tenor Norman Reinhardt, and baritone Lester Lynch.
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center is dedicated to theater and music instruction and performance. It offers professional quality theater in a college setting, featuring a five-show season as well as acting, music and production courses led by industry professionals. It is the official home of Festival Napa Valley's Blackburn Music Academy.