Opera Lafayette, conducted by Ryan Brown, will present the modern premiere of Niccolò Jommelli's Cerere Placata (1772) in a new edition prepared and conducted by Charles Brink, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on October 28. The opera is about the reconciliation of an estranged mother and daughter. Opera Lafayette is our nation's only American period instrument opera company. The company performs in D.C. & New York City.
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present Jack and The Beanstalk, a children’s opera, at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 27/28.The one-act opera features songs based on the lively melodies composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan in his operettas with W.S. Gilbert. The opera will be fully staged and will feature four singers and puppets.
Virginia Opera will present Lillian Groag’s production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at George Mason University Center for the Arts on November 11 & 12.The production, with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will feature a number of exciting young singers making their mainstage debuts, including baritone Tobias Greenhalgh as Don Giovanni, bass-baritone Zachary Altman as Leporello, and soprano Rachelle Durkin as Donna Anna.
Washington Concert Opera (WCO) will present Charles Gounod's Sapho at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University on November 18.Gounod's first opera “rejected traditional elements of French grand opera in favor of a deeply psychological drama. Sapho centers around intense, competing love affairs - developing within the context of the ancient Greek Olympics - all while the tantalizing possibility of a political coup bubbles just beneath the surface. Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey will return to WCO in the title role, with four acclaimed emerging artists making their WCO debuts: tenor Addison Marlor as Phaon, soprano Amina Edris as Glycère, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Pythéas, and baritone Brian Vu as Alcée." WCO co-founder and opera scholar Peter Russell will give a talk one hour before the performance.
Washington National Opera will present Silent Night, with music by Kevin Puts and libretto by Mark Campbell, in the Kennedy CenterEisenhower Theater, November 10-25. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in 1914 at the height of World War I, when a spontaneous cease-fire arose between enemy soldiers. The opera is based on a true story and a 2005 film and features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages – with projected English titles.
Bel Cantanti Opera will present George Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles (Pearl Fishers), an opera in three acts, November 9 & 11 and November 17 & 18 at Silver Spring Black Box Theater. The opera tells a story about love, passion, jealousy and friendship. The production will be fully-staged, in costume, and performed in French with English supertitles. An orchestra will accompany the performance. The opera will be performed in collaboration with The Olney Ballet theatre.
Image below: The postcard for George Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles
October 28 @ Noon - Great Performances at the Met: Tosca - Sir David McVicar’s production of Puccini’s classic stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and Zeljko Lucic. Isabel Leonard hosts.
Image below: Sonya Yoncheva
October 28 @ 2:30 - Great Performances at the Met: Massenet’s Cendrillon - a take on the Cinderella story. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with Alice Coote, Kathleen Kim and Stephanie Blythe. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s storybook production.
Image below: Alice Coote and Joyce DiDonato
Opera on WETA 90.9 FM Radio
Opera Radio Broadcasts will continue with performances on Classical WETA 90.9 FM on Saturdays at 1 p.m.
October 20: Heggie’s Moby Dick - LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus
October 27: Giordano’s Andrea Chenier - San Francisco Opera