We open the season at the Granada Theatre with Madama Butterfly. As sad as it is beautiful, Puccini’s shimmering classic has been captivating audiences for over a century. Set on the hills above the Nagasaki harbor in Imperial Japan, Madama Butterfly is a window to a world of opposing cultures and values. Join OSB for this lush and lyrical production that takes you through the thrill and anguish of love.
Kostis Protopapas conducts. Octavio Cardenas, last with OSB for 2016’s Carmen, will direct. Eleni Calenos (Mimi/La Bohème, ‘18) and Harold Meers (Le Chevalier des Grieux/Manon, ‘17 and Don José/Carmen, ‘16) return as the doomed geisha and sailor.
In March we bring the OSB premiere of Il Postino to the Lobero Theatre.
His job was to simply deliver the mail. But when the poor and uneducated Mario meets Chilean exile and poet, Pablo Neruda, his life is forever changed. Set in the 1950s on a small island off the coast of Italy, Catán’s stunning score soars against a backdrop of political and spiritual conflict.
Kostis Protopapas conducts. Crystal Manich, last with OSB for The Cunning Little Vixen, returns to direct. Scott Piper makes his OSB debut as the poet and Daniel Montenegro, last seen in 2011’s Trouble in Tahiti, as the titular postman.
Our season ends with Romeo & Juliet, another OSB premiere.
Based on the world’s most famous love story by William Shakespeare, Charles Gounod tells this tragic tale through sweeping melodies and a series of some of opera’s most touching love duets. Through it all, Romeo and Juliet hold steadfast to their bond and eternal love accepting whatever fate may bring, as long as they can remain together.
Conductor Aaron Breid and Director Fenlon Lamb both return after 2016’s double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Celebrated soprano Sarah Coburn (Manon, ‘17) and tenor Nathan Granner (Rodolfo/La Bohème, ‘18) return as the eponymous lovers.