After Streetcar, coming up next is our Opera Hoedown on Sunday, May 22 at the DoubleTree Inn in San Jose! Beginning with square dancing at 5 p.m., we will continue with dinner and a program of opera singers performing tunes from country musicals such as “Oklahoma!” and “Paint Your Wagon” and will expand into “Get Along Little Doggies,” “California Here I Come,” and “Happy Trails.” The singers will be accompanied by The California Cowboys, and there will be a special guest appearance that should be impressive and hilarious. The cost of this event is $150. It’s an event not to be missed so I encourage you to go to our website or call the box office (408.437.4450) to get your tickets right away!
Opera San José is holding its first Summer Training Program for singers this June. Classes will take place weekdays June 20th through July 1st and end with an Opera Scenes performance on July 2nd at 3:00 p.m. in our main rehearsal hall. I am very excited about this because these two weeks of sessions offer unique training to singers who are ready to appear on our stage in either chorus or small roles. It will incorporate individual coaching sessions and tailored group workshops to allow singers to develop their vocal and dramatic skills in a professional environment, readying them for the professional opera stage.
This summer we will be performing a free concert at Willow Street Frank Bramhall Park in Willow Glen on Sunday, July 10 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity to enjoy opera with your children and your dogs, in the open-air of a natural amphitheater in a park setting. Members of our resident company will sing pieces from our upcoming 2016-17 season and other opera favorites.
I am proud to announce that soprano Sylvia Sang-Eun Lee will join Opera San José’s resident company next season and will be appearing in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, as Madeleine Audebert in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night, and Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème. Ms. Lee recently performed Gilda in Rigoletto with the Virginia Opera in the U.S., and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Musica Viva in Hong Kong. She is lovely to look at and delightful to hear!
As for the future, on September 10, 2016 we kick-off the season with Lucia di Lammermoor, followed by The Barber of Seville in November 2016. We will start the New Year with Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s astonishing new opera, Silent Night, in February 2017 and wrap-up the season with La bohème in April. We haven’t seen Lucia di Lammermoor on our stage for nine years; it will have been five years since we last produced The Barber of Seville; and six years since we produced La Bohème. I am very excited to bring these beloved operas back next season and am so pleased with the singers and creative teams who will present them to you in the best possible way.
Larry Hancock, General Director