SAN JOSE, CA — Opera San José has announced that the company’s 2018-19 season at the California Theatre will open September 15, 2018 with Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, directed by Michael Shell. That will be followed in November by Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, directed by Chuck Hudson. The company will then begin 2019 with Heggie and Scheer’s Moby-Dick in February, and concludes the season in April with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, directed by Brad Dalton
“We are very much looking forward to our 35th season!” said General Director Larry Hancock. “It is a great pleasure to bring back to the California Theatre two favorites, Pagliacci, which we haven’t seen in seven years, and Madama Butterfly, which has also been too long in the wings. Brad Dalton has agreed to revive is production of Madama Butterfly, which is the best production of Butterfly that I have ever seen.”
Hancock also said, “New works in the 2018-19 season will be Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, a company premiere, and another company premiere Jake Heggie’s brilliant Moby-Dick, which is a co-production with Utah Opera, Opera Pittsburgh, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Not only is this a new production, but Mr. Heggie will create a new orchestration. This is a very ambitious season for Opera San José that would not be possible without special funding from the Packard Humanities Institute, for Abduction, and the Carol Franc Buck Foundation for Moby-Dick.”
The 2018-19 season will feature principal artists from Opera San José’s resident company and guest artists from across and United States.
All performances will be held at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San Jose. Subscriptions and tickets are available by phone at (408) 437-4450, online at www.operasj.org, and at the Opera San José Box Office, 2149 Paragon Dr., San Jose, CA 95131.
Single tickets will go on sale in June, priced from $61 to $181. As always, students 25 and younger (with current student ID) can purchase tickets for $10. Performances are supported, in part, by a grant from the San José Office of Cultural Affairs.
Opera San José is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and offers preview lectures and Introduction to Opera talks for all mainstage productions.