Our 19-20 season offers three thrilling operas, an exciting fairy-tale favorite, and world-class artists. For our 19-20 season subscription at the Kravis Center, we’re presenting Puccini’s extraordinary Turandot in January, Rossini’s comedic Il barbiere di Siviglia in February, and Tchaikovsky’s moving Eugene Onegin in March.
On Jan. 24-26, Palm Beach Opera will present Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot as its first mainstage opera of the season. Featuring an adventurous musical score and one of the most iconic opera arias of all time, “Nessun Dorma,” Turandot is a sweeping story of passion, perseverance, and peril.
Sopranos Alexandra Loutsion and Alexandra LoBianco (Jan. 25) will share the starring role of Turandot, tenors Stefano La Colla and Hovhannes Ayvazyan (Jan. 25) will perform as Calaf, and soprano Leah Crocetto will perform as Liù. Crocetto, LoBianco and La Colla will all mark their Palm Beach Opera debuts in this production. Turandot will be conducted by the company’s chief conductor David Stern and directed by Keturah Stickann in another company debut.
For the second mainstage opera of the season, Palm Beach Opera will present Gioachino Rossini’s popular masterpiece of comedy, Il barbiere di Siviglia on Feb. 28-March 1. Complete with twists and turns and a famed overture, this traditional production will also be conducted by Stern and directed by Joshua Major in a Palm Beach Opera debut.
Soprano Daniela Mack will star as Rosina alongside baritone Andrew Manea as Figaro, both marking their first performances with the company. Count Almaviva will be played by tenor Taylor Stayton, and baritone Misha Kiria will also sing with Palm Beach Opera for the first time as Dr. Bartolo. Children’s Performance: The Barber of Seville, a 60-minute abridged family-friendly version of the opera, will be presented on Feb. 29 at 1 p.m.
Plush orchestrations and a heart-stopping duel mark the company’s final production of the season, Eugene Onegin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving opera of love, rejection, and a reversal of fortune. “Eugene Onegin” will run March 27-29.
Michael Chioldi, who was last seen at Palm Beach Opera in Tosca, returns to star as Onegin. Soprano Svetlana Aksenova will sing the role of Tatiana, and Dmitry Korchak will sing Lensky, both in debut performances. Director Tomer Zvulun will lead the cast and conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov will guide the orchestra, both also working with Palm Beach Opera for the first time.
Turandot and Il barbiere di Siviglia will be sung in Italian and Eugene Onegin will be sung in Russian, all with English supertitles projected above the stage.
Subscriptions start at $60 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 561-833-7888 or by ordering online. Single tickets for all productions will be available to purchase in the fall. For more information, please call the box office.
Mark your calendars! As part of our continued mission to train the next generation of opera stars, in December 2019 (Dec. 6th, 7th, & 8th), we will present Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel at a new location, Delray Beach’s Crest Theatre! Showcasing our artists in residence and a full orchestra, this production features an extraordinarily colorful set, and provides our rising singers with another on-stage opportunity.
Our Hansel and Gretel production is an add-on opportunity for next season, and is not part of our 19-20 season subscription. You will receive additional promotional materials about Hansel and Gretel in late summer, and tickets will be available for purchase in September.