An Update from General Director Khori Dastoor
Dear Cherished OSJ Patron,
We hope this message finds you healthy and well. During these difficult times, Opera San José continues to stand in solidarity with our community. We are committed to the pursuit of progress and reconciliation, the creation of joy and beauty, and the support and development of emerging world-class talent. Thank you for the important role you play in supporting our efforts.
I’m writing today to affirm that we will never put you, our loyal patron, in the position of having to choose between the art you love and the health and safety of you and your family. After careful consideration and informed by multiple conversations with County health officials, it has become clear that it will not likely be safe for us to gather in the California Theatre for the duration of this calendar year.
We have determined it is necessary to reschedule our upcoming Fall productions, with the season now scheduled to relaunch in the Spring of 2021.
Thank you for standing by us. I know that together we will ensure a vibrant future for the company and our art form.
Wishing you continued peace, health, and well being,
Join us for the 2021 Season!
Opera San José’s 2021 season promises to be one of the most momentous and exciting seasons in the history of our company – join us.
NEW THIS SEASON
- New Curtain Times! Starting in Spring 2021, evening performances will start at 7:30 pm, and matinees start at 2 pm.
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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
A British Raj reimagining of this brilliant opera buffa
Launching the season will be an all new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, transported to colonial India during Victorian Imperial rule. Sexual politics and class resentments play out through the prism of shifting power and revolution, culminating in a riotously colorful Indian wedding that will bring the exuberance and festivity of Bollywood to the California Theatre stage. Brad Dalton, director of the upcoming The Magic Flute and last season’s thrilling Madama Butterfly puts his stamp on this production, and Mozart specialist Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the season opener in his company debut. Casting includes Maya Kherani as Susanna and baritone Efraín Solís as Figaro, with baritone Eugene Brancoveanu and soprano Maria Natale as the estranged Count and Countess Almaviva, and soprano Indira Mahajan making her OSJ debut and role debut as Marcellina.
Fiery flamenco joins brilliant singing to reignite this classic
Opera San José will pull out all the stops in creating the most memorable production of Bizet’s Carmen in the company’s history. Reimagined by Lillian Groag in a new collaboration with the acclaimed Flamenco Society of San José, and conducted by Music Director Joseph Marcheso, this vibrant production will fuse dance, singing, and drama, bringing to vivid life the story of the headstrong, intoxicating seductress and the man who’s fallen under her spell. Widely accepted as “the perfect opera”, this passionate tale explores and examines the choices of its defiant heroine, whose insatiable quest for freedom and rebellion seals her tragic fate. Announced casting includes Eugene Brancoveanu as Escamillo and Adrian Kramer as Don José.
Daring, rarely performed opera in a dynamic new production
February’s opera is sure to be one of the most anticipated events of the season: the company premiere of Richard Strauss’ shocking and ecstatic Salome. From the fevered imaginations of Oscar Wilde and Strauss, this one-act, 100-minute opera shook audiences with its cinematic pacing, voluptuous music, and graphic story of Salome’s relentless and unquenchable desire for John the Baptist. For this milestone, OSJ will create a dynamic production that blurs boundaries and invites the audience to re-examine the unthinkable. Visionary director Matthew Ozawa will make his OSJ debut creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Music Director Joseph Marcheso conducts this ravishing masterpiece with with soprano Maria Natale making her role debut as Salome. Additional casting announced includes mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez and tenor Adrian Kramer, both in role debuts as Herodias and Narraboth, with Eugene Brancoveanu debuting as Jochanaan (at select performances).
WEST SIDE STORY
Thrilling music and vivid dancing explode on our stage
Closing this unforgettable season, Opera San José presents possibly the most beloved musical of all time, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story. This classic American tale of two star-crossed lovers and the prejudices that keep them apart bursts with passion, humor, dancing and some of the most memorable music ever written. Director Michael Shell whose acclaimed Silent Night wowed OSJ audiences, returns to create a gritty, iconic production for the Company’s first-ever musical. An opportunity to see this masterwork as its creators intended, West Side Story will be performed in its original version by classically trained young singers with the full sound and impact of the Opera San José Orchestra. Acclaimed soprano Vanessa Becerra returns to the California stage as Maria with new choreography by Ben Needham-Wood, the acclaimed dancer and choreographer affiliated with Smuin Contemporary Ballet.