As we quickly approach the middle of August, the summer opera season will be coming to a close. If you’ve missed out on the summer fun it’s not too late to make a road trip or arrange travel plans to some of the world-class productions mentioned below. Don’t forget to check out our summer opera calendar for specific dates and ticket information.
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy”
Santa Fe, NM – Distinctly unique and important would describe the artistic atmosphere at The Santa Fe Opera. Every summer festival season is created to cater to the operatically inclined, as well as those that have yet to fall in love with the entrancing art form. The 55th season at The Santa Fe Opera includes Gounod’s quintessential Romantic-era opera, Faust. The opera is a “first” for the Company and marks the debuts of several rising young singers. New productions of Vivaldi’s Griselda and Menotti’s The Last Savage speak to the interests of the operatically curious while a revival of Berg’s Wozzeck welcomes the modern opera lover. A revival of the popular 2007 La Bohème production rounds out this year’s exciting season, Puccini’s opera never fails to touch the heartstrings. The Santa Fe Opera ends their festival season on August 27th. For more information visit: http://www.santafeopera.org/
Seattle, WA — Claimed by the Seattle Times as “Something to Savor,” Porgy and Bess, the masterpiece by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, opens Seattle Opera’s 2011/12 season this summer. The opera explores the ennobling romance between a beggar and a battered woman in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early twentieth century. Gershwin’s score features instantly recognizable hits, including “Summertime” and “It ain’t necessarily so.” Porgy and Bess opened on Saturday, July 30, and runs for six performances through Saturday, August 20.
“Porgy and Bess is to date the most popular and successful American opera,” says Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera. “Seattle Opera has produced it twice before, but as a part of the Houston Grand Opera tour. Now, for the first time, we are doing our own production of this great American folk opera. Our cast, conductor, and director promise to make it something unforgettable.” For more information visit: http://www.seattleopera.org/
Cooperstown, NY – One of the best locations to attend summer opera in the Northeast United States is The Glimmerglass Festival (formerly Glimmerglass Opera). This season is special within itself because it inaugurates the exciting new leadership of Francesca Zambello. The 2011 season includes: Carmen, Medea (Cherubini), Annie Get Your Gun, and a double bill, A Blizzard on MarbleHead Neck (Tesori- world premiere) and Later the Same Evening (Musto). As always, the Glimmerglass Festival produces a distinct selection of operas for all types of audiences to enjoy. The company will offer an annual production of an American musical theater piece performed in the way it was first heard, with full orchestra and chorus and without amplification. The festival runs until August 23rd and more information can be found at www.Glimmerglass.org