Music: George Gershwin
Libretto: DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Mar 7 – 15, 2020
From the extraordinary writing duo of George and Ira Gershwin comes a Depression-era masterpiece rich in timeless tunes, including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.” Considered the great American opera, Porgy and Bess was inspired by Charleston’s Cabbage Row, a 1920s community bound by faith, tears, music, and laughter. In a tender love story, Porgy and Bess seek harmony in the face of addiction and social injustice.
May 2 – 10, 2020
Cultures collide when an American naval officer, stationed in Nagasaki, decides to take a Japanese wife. A delicate bride, Cio-Cio-San–fifteen years old and in love–dreams of her new life with the handsome young officer. Renouncing her culture and her family to become a proper American wife, she settles into his home overlooking Nagasaki Harbor, and waits for his ship to return. What could possibly go wrong?
May 21 – 24, 2020
America’s longest-held prisoner of war dreams of coming home. But home is a place he will not recognize. Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied explores the gut-wrenching saga of Col. Jim Thompson as he transitions from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the tree-lined streets of suburban America. Based on interviews collected for the 2001 chronicle by Tom Philpott, the opera pays witness to one soldier’s journey, and to the way raging within the hearts and minds of countless returning veterans.
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettists: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa
Nov 7 – 15, 2020
Nothing captures the music of love-at-first-sight quite like this. among the most popular operas ever written, La bohème has it all: timeless arias, a soaring love duet, irresistible melodies, and aching tragedy. A testament to its staying power, this 1896 masterpiece has inspired many offshoots, including the Tony Award-winning musical Rent, and the silver-screen classic “Moonstruck.” And it’s no wonder; La bohème goes straight from the singers’ lips to the human heart.
The Barber of Seville
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Jan 23 – 31, 2021
“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!”
Everyone’s favorite barber pulls all the levers in this comedic romp featuring a fiery young girl, her lecherous old guardian, and a smitten young nobleman. It’s all up to the wily Figaro to stay one step ahead of the shenanigans, and see to it that true love wins in the end. From the famous overture to its rapid-fire vocalism, this laugh-out-loud opera is a winner that works its charms on people of all ages.
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Composer: Mason Bates
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Feb 11 – 14, 2021
Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, one of the most influential people of the modern age, is transformed into a dramatic character in this compelling 2017 opera by DJ and composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. As the character Jobs looks back on a life dappled by dizzying heights and crushing disappointments, this charismatic, hard-driving visionary confronts the complexities of life and death. Cast in an appealing electro-acoustic soundscape generated by Mac laptop (of course) and live musicians, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs cyles through key moments in his lifelong–and futile–pursuit of perfection and control over everything that matters to him.
The Sound of Music
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Book: Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Mar 6 – 14, 2021
Escape to the Alps for this heartwarming tale of seven motherless children, an aspiring nun, and a steely naval officer. Inspired by the real-life account of Maria von Trapp, The Sound of Music remains one of the most enduring shows in American theater. Its unforgettable score includes the hit songs “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “The Sound of Music,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and “My Favorite Things.” Set on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, this bittersweet tale weaves together the essence of love, hope, courage, and defiance.
Music & Concept: Laura Kaminsky
Libretto: Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
Film: Kimberly Reed
Mar 26 – Apr 3, 2021
As One is the chamber opera everyone’s talking about. Poignant, comedic, and uplifting, the show weaves the coming-of-age story of Hannah, a transgender woman, into the universal struggle to live your own truth. Presented in an intimate performance space and scored for two singers and string quartet, As One delivers a potent reflection on modern life through stunning words and music from award winners Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed.
Composer & Librettist: Richard Wagner
May 1 – 9, 2021
Before there was Marvel or Tolkien, there was Wagner. From Norse mythology comes the first of his fantastical Ring operas, a vivid, fast-moving masterstroke that follows the curse of the pestilent imp Alberich. Lust, greed, and the hunger for world domination–these are the things that drive Das Rheingold, setting into motion an epic showdown between gods, giants, and dwarves.