Opera in the Heights Announces 2017-18 Season
Opera in the Heights (OH) announces its 2017-18 season, a diverse collection of masterworks, which artistic director Eiki Isomura calls "a representation of what we value most at Opera in the Heights." In describing the company's four main stage productions, Isomura states, "There is no better showcase for the vocal virtuosity of our emerging artists than La Fille du Règiment. And there is no better gateway into the art form for our younger audiences than The Magic Flute," says Isomura. "The grandeur of Un Ballo in Maschera finds its most potent expression in the intimacy of our venue, Lambert Hall. Finally, Candide will highlight our brilliant OH Orchestra and give us an opportunity to honor the past with Leonard Bernstein's upcoming centennial and, at the same time, further expand our repertoire."
The season opener is La Fille du Règiment with performances on Sept. 29, Oct. 5 and Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with Oct. 1 as the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. In November, The Magic Flute plays for two weekends and includes six performances, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. In winter, OH offers Un Ballo in Mascheraon Feb. 16, 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Closing out the season is Candide on April 13, 19 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr. 15 at 2 p.m.
"La Fille du Règiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) emerged as a clear choice for our season when an unusual and welcome abundance of exceptional, very high lyric tenors and coloratura sopranos showed up at our auditions," says Isomura. Donizetti's comedy about a girl adopted and raised by soldiers, is best known for its stratospheric tenor aria, "Ah mes amis,"which made Luciano Pavarotti a star. "La Fille rewards youthful voices at the peak of their agility, and yet, far too few young artists are entrusted with the technical demands of the piece, traditionally viewed as a vehicle for established opera stars."
The Magic Flute is one of the few genuinely family-friendly operas in the literature. With a story full of fantastical characters, Mozart's unforgettable music, and a clear moral about personal integrity, The Magic Flute is the ideal opera experience for young families. "OH will employ a double cast for this production, presenting six performances rather than the normal four, to demonstrate our growing commitment to providing a stage for emerging artists," says Isomura. "By offering two matinee performances, we hope also to give more families an opportunity to experience the opera."