2018/19 Performances

With a selection of works from some of the most iconic composers to ever grace the art form, there’s something for everyone to love – whether you’re attending your first performance or have enjoyed the art form for a lifetime. This year is the perfect time to explore the passion, excitement and breathtaking beauty of the Opera.

Donizetti’s

The Daughter of the Regiment

November 10, 15 & 18, 2018

Marie is a tough tomboy who knows her mind. She was adopted, raised and loved by – and you have to suspend disbelief here – a French army regiment. Now that she’s grown, she’s fallen for the handsome peasant Tonio. And if you think it’s tough for a suitor to gain the approval of one father, imagine what it’s like to seek acceptance from 1,500 father figures.  

But there’s more to this comedy than a chaste love story. It’s a story of social classes. Unbeknownst to her, Marie was to the manor born. The Marquise of Birkenfeld – her aunt – is determined to see Marie marry well. And all her adoptive fathers are insistent that Marie’s husband be a man in uniform. Their grenadier uniform. In Gaetono Donizetti’s masterpiece, Marie is tough enough to (spoiler alert!) defy societal conventions and choose her heart over her status. Everyone lives happily ever after.

Bizet’s

Carmen

January 19, 20 & 24, 2019

When Georges Bizet’s Carmen debuted in 1875, the opera world was introduced to a brave, new type of heroine – one who drinks, smokes and shamelessly flirts. The titular young gypsy loves passionately, and her fearlessness and free spirit will ultimately make her a target of a failed suitor’s jealousy.

Carmen – a fiery, feminist heroine – has a wandering soul. And eye. She’s loved by two men, but she’s besotted by only one – a matador, Escamillo. Once she makes it known she must follow her wild heart and leave the army corporal Don Jose to be with the bullfighter, Jose flies into a rage. Carmen meets her tragic demise.  

Yet, Carmen (the character) is hardly tragic. She’s sexy and confident. She would rather live fully – and even dangerously – than play it safe. And when the inevitable happens, she is fearless. Even in death, Carmen is a heroine for the ages.

Tchaikovsky’s

Eugene Onegin

May 9, 11 & 12, 2019

Pyotr Tchaikovsky may have named his opera after the male lead, but it’s the woman who boldly declares her love for him who’s the one to watch. Tatiana is beautiful and educated. In a complete break with convention, she writes to Onegin of her love; he rebuffs her.

Years after their last meeting – when Onegin killed another man in a duel – Onegin returns from self-imposed exile. He is introduced to Prince Gremin’s wife, instantly recognizes her as Tatiana and realizes – too late –he’s in love with her.

In an Act III scene that mirrors Tatiana’s heartbreak in Act I, she gets a love letter from him. But now she must reject the man who rejected her. She insists on fidelity to her husband. Dejected and punished, Onegin has only himself to blame. Tatiana says “no” to true love but “yes” to honor.

Stokes’

Fallujah

April 5 & 6, 2019

Based on the true story of a trained opera singer who enlisted in the Marines at 19, Fallujah is the tale of a combat veteran whose mind is still on the battlefield. Tobin Stokes (composer) and Heather Raffo (librettist) take no prisoners in this contemporary opera that illustrates how war’s aftermath can be as harrowing as war itself.

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