Canciones Para Puerto Rico Returns to Mercer Island on Friday, May 3

Elizabeth Galafa, mezzo-soprano, performs alongside guitarist, Lucas Victor, at the Canciones Para Puerto Rico benefit in 2018 (Photo by: Erika Almanza Brown)

Need an excuse to dress up, enjoy some bites and wine, enjoy a live performance, and all for a great cause? Then grab your friends (or a date) and make plans to attend the 2nd Annual Canciones Para Puerto Rico for what is sure to be an unforgettable night.

Join Seattle’s finest opera singers, accompanied by Glenda Williams, previous principal opera coach/accompanist at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, and recent 2018 Chopin Northwest Competition’s gold medalist, Luke Raffanti, along with The Montlake Duo, as they perform Spanish canciones and romantic zarzuelas.

The Montlake Duo’s Connor Ritchie and Max Shaffer perform at the 2018 Canciones Para Puerto Rico benefit (Photo by Erika Almanza Brown)

If you have ever been curious about opera, then this is the event to attend as your ticket includes delicious Caribbean-inspired soul food appetizers and rich wine pours (available for purchase with ticket or a la carte) courtesy of Columbia City’s Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack and Yakima Valley’s Paradisos del Sol Winery and Organic Vineyard’s, respectively.

Photo credit: Paradisos del Sol Winery and Organic Vineyard

Co-hosting with the winery and restaurant is the La Isla Foundation, a volunteer-led non-profit organization in Seattle working to help enhance living conditions and provide solutions for sustainable growth and development throughout Puerto Rico, Congregational Church on Mercer Island, Opera On Tap Seattle, and the Mercer Island High School Spanish Club. All proceeds raised will benefit the The Juan Sanchez Rivera Fisherman’s Association, a group of 19 fishermen, including divers, anglers, and net fishermen, located in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, to replace equipment destroyed during the back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

La Isla Foundation Board Members Cristina Rodriguez and Yaniz Padilla share the foundation’s work with a guest at the Canciones Para Puerto Rico in 2018 (Photo by Erika Almanza Brown)

Can’t make it out but still want to help? Visit the fishermen association’s Amazon wish list here or donate to the La Isla Foundation here.

Ksenia Popova, soprano, and John Marzano, tenor, perform “¡Cállate, corazón!” (Luisa Fernanda) by Federico Moreno Torroba at the 2018 Canciones Para Puerto Rico (Photo by Erika Almanza Brown)


When: Friday, May 3rd | doors open at 7:00 p.m. | performance at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Congregational Church on Mercer Island | 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island

Cost: Pre-sale online prices $15-$45 (ticket prices increase at the door)

$15 youth and $25 adult general admissions include bites, dessert, coffee, and tea

$35 adult general admission with all of the above and wine pour

VIP $45 (limited number) include reserved seating with service for all of the above (no waiting in food or beverage lines!) and wine pour in commemorative take-home glass

Tickets: Find them here

Dress code: Semi-formal attire encouraged but not required

Need to know: Stock up for your weekend with a bottle or case of wine from Paradisos del Sol Winery and Organic Vineyard and grab take-home food plates from Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack, both available for purchase. #Winning.