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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

September 26. Mozart: Don Giovanni

September 26.  Mozart:  Don Giovanni
This production was co-produced with three other opera companies, including Houston, where I saw it. It is a visually interesting production, with Don Giovanni onstage, if in another room, for the entire night. The projections all feature the lines of Leporello's list. If you have a chance to see this (it was an HD production) as well as listen, it will be worth it.

September 19. Wagner: Lohengrin

September 19.  Wagner:  Lohengrin
This is the performance of Lohengrin which took place without the new sets. Next week we begin a series of performances from Covent Garden.

September 12. Armienta: Bless Me, Ultima

September 12.  Armienta:  Bless Me, Ultima
From Albuquerque's Opera Southwest, California-based Hector Armienta wrote an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya's seminal novel, Bless me, Ultima. This is the world premiere performance.

September 5. Beethoven: Fidelio, from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

September 5.  Beethoven:  Fidelio, from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Lise Davidson and Jonas Kaufmann as Leonora (Fidelio) and Florestan lead a great performance.

August 29. Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

August 29.  Monteverdi:  L'Orfeo
The first full-length telling of the legend of Orpheus in 17th-century Italy with full music. This is a modern-dress version with a small cast and a baroque orchestra for the about 90-minute score.

Augsut 22. Verdi: Aida

This is a concert performance from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1 August. Bizet: Carmen

1 August.  Bizet:  Carmen
Oklahoma's Kelly O'Connor as Mercedes joins Anna Maria Martinez and Brandon Jovanovich as Carmen and Don Jose, with Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo and Amanda Woodbury as Micaela. Pictured are Carmen and Escamillo in Act IV.

25 July. Bellini: I Puritani

25 July.  Bellini:  I Puritani
Two years ago this production was directed by Ming Cho Lee with costumes by Peter Hall.

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