Tulsa Opera has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature two classics from the international repertoire.
The season opens on Oct. 20 and 22 with a production of Gounod’s “Faust.”
Tenor Martin Piskorski, who made waves at La Scala last season, will make his US debut in the title role while Turkish bass Önay Köse, will play Mephistopheles, making his Tulsa Opera debut. Meanwhile, Amanda Woodbury, a regular with the Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera, will star as Marguerite. Yunpeng Wang will sing the role of Valentin. The work will be guided by the baton of conductor Emmanuel Plasson. Omer Ben Seadia will make her debut as stage director.
The company first performed the work in 1904, three years before Oklahoma became a state. There has been a grand total of five presentations of the work by the company with the most recent coming in 2005.
The second offering of the season will be Puccini’s “Turandot,” which concludes the season with April 27 and 29. The company has only showcased the Italian masterwork on two occasions, in 1966 and 2000.
Taking on the title role will be Alexandra Loutsion in her Oklahoma debut. As Calaf, Jonathan Burton will perform alongside Jessica Rose Cambio who will make her debut as Liù. Finally, bass-baritone Wayne Tigges takes on Ping while Julius Ahn plays Pang and Joseph Hu brings Pong to life.
James Meena conducts.