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April 17 – May 2, 2021
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.