Opera Orlando’s Opera on the MainStage series returns to the intimate Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater for their 2019–20 season. Enjoy three original productions featuring outstanding voices, stunning visuals, and musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a season of laughter and heart with The Marriage of Figaro in November, the Florida premiere of All is Calm in December, and The Daughter of the Regiment in March.
The Marriage of Figaro opens the 2019-20 season, and the date is set for Figaro to wed the fetching, feisty Susanna. However, what should be a blissful day to remember is quickly overrun by a perfect storm of scheming, confusion, and hilarity. In this turn of the century, upstairs-downstairs class struggle, the house of Almaviva is pitted against its callous and philandering master who also has his sights set on the lovely bride.
Executive and artistic director Gabriel Preisser returns to the mainstage to sing the title role of Figaro joined by María Laetitia as Susanna, Brittany Renee Robinson as the Countess, and Torlef Borsting as the Count. Directed by Robert Neu and conducted by Nicolas Giusti, the production features members of the Opera Orlando Chorus and the Opera Orlando Youth Company.
The Marriage of Figaro will run for four performances, November 1-3 & 5, 2019. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
On the heels of The Marriage of Figaro is the Florida premiere of All is Calm, a poignant and moving work set during World War I at the Western Front, Christmas 1914. Out of the violence there was a silence, then a song. A German soldier stepped into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht (Silent Night)”. Thus began an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. All is Calm is written by Peter Rothstein with vocal arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach. Celebrate the holiday season by reliving this remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
All is Calm will run for four performances, December 20-22, 2019. Performed in English, acapella, and in-the-round.
Opera on the Mainstage concludes with Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, a show of equal parts comedy, romance, and vocal fireworks. Marie is the eponymous “daughter of the regiment.” Orphaned as an infant, she was adopted and raised by a French army regiment not knowing about her noble past. Orlando native and Metropolitan Opera National Competition winner Carlos Enrique Santelli takes on the role of Tonio and the famous aria “Ah Mes Amis” with no fewer than 9 high C’s. Soprano Camille Ortiz will sing the title role of Marie, and bass-baritone Peter Strummer returns to Orlando in the buffo role of Sergeant Sulpice.
The Daughter of the Regiment will run for four performances, March 27-29 & 31, 2020. Sung in French with English dialogue and supertitles.
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