Introducing Our 2020-2021 Season
Aleko & Il Pagliacci
Sergei Rachmaninoff/ Ruggerio Leoncavallo
The season opens with a scintillating double bill of the famed Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Italian thriller, Pagliacci. This thrilling Verismo double bill of the compact Russian masterpiece Aleko and Leoncavallo’s perennial hit, Pagliacci, both premiered in 1892. This combination is not widely done, but offers a daring leap in programming the Rachmaninoff while coming back to a crowd favorite in Pagliacci. The similarities in the plots between the pieces are striking - both deal with roving groups of people who sit on the fringe of society.
Giuseppe Verdi and Others
This concert will set the stage for our full-scale production of Aïda. Giuseppe Verdi’s life was one of both joy and heartache. From his musical triumphs, to the births of his children, to the loss of his family to illnesses, there was no emotion that Verdi did not experience fully. These experiences were the fires that forged 19th Century Italy’s greatest musical talent. Join us on a musical exploration of Italy’s towering genius of opera. Verdi Vincitor! will explore the Italian master’s compositional evolution, surveying a vast swath of repertoire.
Bastien and Bastienne
Mozart's first opera, Bastien and Bastienne, will be transported to the era of social media by a new libretto by Artistic Director Ben Robinson.
The Pearl Fishers
This production frames The Pearl Fishers in the post-tsunami, post-Civil War Sri Lanka. There is quite a bit of vivid visual art that is inspiring, too- and I want to explore the dichotomy between the postcard ready resorts and the slums. I also want to comment on the serious disappearance/human trafficking problem in Sri Lanka, as addressed through the relationship between Leïla and Nourabad.
Our exciting season finale will be Giuseppe Verdi’s triumphant masterpiece, Aïda. The story of the titular Ethiopian princess who is torn between her love for an Egyptian soldier and her homeland will be thematically adapted to reflect modern society. This production will be presented in Italian with English supertitles.