Casa Verdugo site of fundraiser

The Glendale Historical Society is hosting a taste of Old California at Glendale’s historic Casa Verdugo from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience what it must have been like to wine, dine and party in one of the most celebrated and beautifully situated restaurants in early 20th century California. Sample traditional Spanish dishes that were served at the original restaurant, created by renowned food critic and culinary historian Charles Perry. Tickets are $50 per person for society members; $65 for non-members and are on sale now.

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Anniversary celebration planned

The Guild Opera will be celebrating 60 years of introducing young audiences to opera on June 20 by hosting a gala at the Autry National Center of the American West with the help of three internationally acclaimed opera stars — Marilyn Horne, Mary Costa and Heinz Blankenburg. Co-chairs Joanne Horne and Fran Benedict, both Glendale residents, have been searching for former company singers and found Grace-Lyime Martin Ingle living in La Crescenta. She sang many roles for Guild Opera including the Dew Fairy and Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” Marie and Esmerelda in “The Bartered Bride,” Papagena in “The Magic Flute” and Clorinda in “Cinderella.”

Proceeds from this event will enable Guild Opera to continue providing educational programs for students and performance opportunities for singers. Tickets are $60 and may be reserved by calling (323) 463-6593.

Featured at the June 20 gala will be the world premiere of the opera for children, “The Treasure of California,” written and directed by Gabriel Reoyo-Pazos, Guild Opera’s artistic director. Set in the time of the California Gold Rush, the work is based on Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West.” There will be two performances, at 2 and 4:30 p.m., with a reception and silent auction for both audiences at 3 p.m. between performances.

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