Announcing the 2017-18 Season

cosi_0809Così fan tutte – W.A. Mozart
September 9 – 24, 2017
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Performances: September 9, 10m, 14, 17m, 22, 24m
Time: “m” indicates matinee at 3pm; all other performances are at 8pm.
Conductor: Peter Grunberg
Stage Director: Brad Dalton

Thinking himself worldly and experienced, Don Alfonso decides to relieve his young friends, Ferrando and Gugliemo, of their faith in romantic love. He challenges them to a bet, promising that within 24 hours their fiancées will prove unfaithful. They accept, but find the challenge too painfully revealing and difficult to withstand. Dressed in clown’s clothes, these young men break their own hearts and the hearts of their fiancées. A comedy that is a tragedy underneath is the perfect stuff for the uncanny genius of Mozart, so clearly revealed in this dazzling score.

 

magdachair_0910La rondine – G. Puccini
November 11 – 26, 2017
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Performances: November 11, 12m, 16, 19m, 21, 26m
Time: “m” indicates matinee at 3pm; all other performances are at 8pm
Conductor: Christopher Larkin
Stage director: Candace Evans

At a fashionable Parisian party, a poet speaks of the nature of love, and Magda realizes that her life as a courtesan has no love at all. Seeking to relive her poor but unhappy youth, she dresses as a shop girl and ventures to the dance she frequented as a teenager. There, she meets and falls in love with a young man, and leaves her rich protector. Of course, it goes the way of all flesh. Puccini, at the height of his Romantic style, revels in the gaiety of Paris and the sensual richness of love: pure soaring lusciousness, and a little heartbreak.

 

dutchman_0405The Flying Dutchman – R. Wagner
February 10 – 25, 2018
Sung in German with English Supertitles
Performances: February 10, 11m, 15, 18m, 23, 25m
Time: “m” indicates matinee at 3pm; all other performances are at 8pm
Conductor: Joseph Marcheso
Stage director: Brad Dalton

In his youth, Wagner created his fastest moving and perhaps his most effective score. The Flying Dutchman is an ideal introduction to Wagner. It’s the easiest to listen to and it has real melodies that convey the ancient legend of the immortal Dutchman, which culminates with this opera. As the legend goes, a ship’s captain is cursed to live until he can find someone who will love him until death. On this unique day he meets Senta, who has been obsessed with his legend from childhood. However, in the legend, she must die to free him from eternal life on earth, which has become a living hell. It is a brilliant story with one of the most compelling roles in all of opera, and it’s Wagner!

 

Opera San Jose - La TraviataLa traviata – G. Verdi
April 14 – 29, 2018
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Performances: April 14, 15m, 19, 22m, 27, 29m
Time: “m” indicates matinee at 3pm; all other performances are at 8pm
Conductor: Joseph Marcheso
Stage Director: Shawna Lucey

 


One of the most treasured operas of all time,
La traviata is told in waltz time, giving us the life of the most beautiful woman in Paris. Dancing away her days, Violetta survives on the generosity of the wealthiest men of France, living in luxury until she meets Alfredo Germont, who, having nothing, offers her love instead. For a short spring, she and Alfredo live an idyllic life in the country until his father convinces her that their relationship is harming Alfredo’s sister. She gives him up and returns to a man who has kept her in the past, and everything crashes down around her. Verdi created one of the world’s most successful works for the stage when he penned the perennial La traviata.

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