Opera Announces New Season

by SDJJ Staff May 27, 2016


LA Opera - LA Traviata Piano Dress #2 Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

The San Diego Opera is already looking ahead to the fall for its next season. First, a special recital is scheduled with Piotr Beczala on Sept. 17. Then the season officially kicks off Oct. 22 with Rossini’s take on the Cinderella fairytale at the Civic Theatre. Titled “La Cenerentola,” [pictured below] the San Diego production from Leipzig Opera will star Lauren McNeese as Angelina (or Cinderella), David Portillo as Don Ramiro and Ashraf Sewailam as Alidoro.  This show has four performances, Oct. 22, 25, 28 and 30.

For three performances in November, SDO will present the West Coast Premiere of the multimedia opera “Soldier Songs” by composer David T. Little and starring David Adam Moore. This one is conducted by local favorite percussionist Steven Schick and directed by Tomer Zvulun and is billed as a “detour” from traditional grand opera.

In February, the Opera takes on Shakespeare with Verdi’s musical exploration of the character Falstaff, starring Roberto de Candia as the title character, Marianne Cornetti as Dame Quickly and Ellie Dehn as Alice Ford. This one runs for four performances Feb. 18, 21, 24, and 2, 2017.

Continuing into 2017, Peter Brook’s “La Tragedie de Carmen” will be staged with Peabody Southwell as the title character, directed by James Darrah for three performances.

Also under the “detour” header for this season is a special presentation of “The Tragedy of Carmen,” taking over the Balboa Theatre March 10-12.

Returning to Verdi to finish off the season, SDO will present “La Traviata” [pictured above] starring Corrine Winters as Violetta, Joshua Guerrero as Alfredo and Stephen Powell as Germont. This production from the Los Angeles Opera will reside at the Civic Theatre for four performances in April, 2017. 

Full details on performers, conductors, directors, and opera backgrounds can be found at sdopera.com.


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