SAN JOSE, CA — Opera San José has announced that the company’s 2019-20 season at the California Theatre will open September 14, 2019. It will feature Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, Il trovatore and The Magic Flute. For the season opener, Die Fledermaus, Michael Morgan, Music Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, will conduct Johann Strauss’s seductive series of waltzes and polkas, effervescent arias and dizzying, sentimental ensembles.
“We will have particularly brilliant sets and costumes, and Marc Jacobs will return to direct this production, which was highly appreciated in 2012,” said General Director Larry Hancock. “Fledermaus is a double dose of good cheer, thanks to the sparkle of excellent champagne and a vintage, masterful operetta.”
Next, the company will mount Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, with its rich score inspired by the sophisticated orchestrations of Wagner. Director Joseph Marcheso will conduct this, one of his favorite scores, and Layna Chianakas will direct.
According to Hancock, “This is the perfect work to introduce little ones to opera, because the sophisticated music is also satisfying for adult palates. A not-very-scary tale of two children overcoming a bumbling witch and freeing all the gingerbread children from her fearful spell is captivating, and children will be especially attentive as they see other children on stage as angels and gingerbread cookies. Of course, the singing will be captivating for everyone.” [Read More]