Music: Daniel Schnyder
Libretto: Bridgette A. Wimberly
Sept 27 – Oct 7, 2018
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker loved music, drugs, and women. He lived fast and died young, leaving an incredible legacy of jazz music in his short time.
Yardbird tells a not-quite-true story of Parker composing his final masterpiece while in the thin veil between life and death, reflecting on the women who influenced him and made him the master musician he was.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book: Arthur Laurents
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Nov 3 – 11, 2018
Two teenagers are drawn together across a crowded dance floor, believing love can conquer all, including differing backgrounds, languages, warring gangs, and miscommunication. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story has captivated audiences since its debut in 1957. Our version is in keeping with the original vision of Broadway legends Bernstein, Sondheim, and Robbins.
Music: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Terrence McNally
Feb 2 – 10, 2019
A true story that spawned a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking tells of Sister Helen Prejean and her time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row. The most performed new American opera in the world, Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater since West Side Story.” – The Guardian (London).
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mar 2 – 10, 2019
Everyone has regrets, or those “what if” moments. How different would life be had you chosen another path, the road not taken?
Tchaikovsky explores this theme of love lost, found, and the one that got away in the lush, romantic, and beautifully Russian opera Eugene Onegin. This new production takes its cues from the poet Robert Frost and the musical language of Pushkin’s novel, telling the story of a brash young man who makes bold statements and bolder mistakes, only to find that perhaps happiness was in front of him the whole time.
Music: Astor Piazzolla
Libretto: Horacio Ferrer
Mar 28 – 31, 2019
The magic returns this season with an encore performance of Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires. This sensual and seductive piece, the story of a tango-obsessed prostitute born on a day “when God was drunk,” will knock you over with its powerful storytelling and singing.
Apr 27 – May 5, 2019
It has been told and retold over and over, in movies (Pretty Woman) and books (La Dame aux Camélias) and musicals (Moulin Rouge), but no one tells the story quite like Verdi – with a sumptuous setting and sweeping music. Violetta, a young and beautiful courtesan falls in love with the equally young and beautiful Alfredo. Love, however, can be deadly to a woman in her position.