We are excited to announce our 2019-20 season!
Our 2019-20 season is a gangbuster! Die Fledermaus (Sept. 14 – 29), Hansel and Gretel (Nov. 16 -Dec. 1),
Il trovatore (Feb. 15 – March 1), and The Magic Flute (April 18 – May 3). Each of them among the most popular operas in the repertoire.
We kick off the season on September 14, 2019, when we open Die Fledermaus. Michael Morgan, Music Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek will make his Opera San Josè debut conducting Johann Strauss’s most seductive series of waltzes and polkas, effervescent arias and dizzying, sentimental ensembles. We will have particularly brilliant sets and costumes, and Marc Jacobs will return to direct this production, which was highly appreciated in 2012. Fledermaus is a double dose of good cheer, thanks to the sparkle of excellent champagne and a vintage, masterful operetta.
As we near the holiday season, OSJ will mount Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with its rich score, inspired by the sophisticated orchestrations of Wagner. This is the perfect work to introduce little ones to opera, because the sophisticated music is also satisfying for adult palates. A not-very-scary tale of two children overcoming a bumbling witch and freeing all the gingerbread children from her fearful spell is captivating, and young ones will be especially attentive as they see other children on stage as angels and gingerbread cookies. Of course, the singing will be captivating for everyone. OSJ Music Director Joseph Marcheso will conduct this, one of his favorite scores, and Layna Chianakas will direct.
Verdi’s Il trovatore has long been a staple of opera houses all over the world, and OSJ has produced it only rarely, as it requires rare voices. We look forward to presenting a cast of accomplished artists who will sing under Music Director Joseph Marcheso’s baton, and be directed by the truly insightful stage director, Brad Dalton. As an aside, this is an opera that helped make Irene Dalis, our founder, one of the most celebrated dramatic mezzo sopranos in the world.
Mozart’s fairy-book opera, The Magic Flute – complete with dragon and forest creatures, an evil queen and saintly father figure – will bring the season to a close. Stage direction by Brad Dalton will ensure clear and affecting acting, and conductor Donato Cabrera, making his Opera San Josè debut, will conduct this timelessly classic score, Mozart’s most mature and popular opera. Featuring an enormous cast and truly unique sets and costumes, this Magic Flute will provide an uplifting close to a season we hope will bring you lasting memories of meaningful theatrical and musical experiences.