Ailyn Pérez, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Frederica Von Stade Lead San Diego Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By David Salazar

The San Diego Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature a number of repertory staples as well as major debuts from international artists.

The season opens with Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” starting on Oct. 20, 2018. The cast will include John Moore, Nicholas Brownlee, Caitlin Lynch, Sarah Shafer, all in their company debuts. Other cast members will include such returning artists as Emily Fons, and Ashraf Sewailam. John Nelson conducts in his company debut while Stephen Lawless directs the new production. All performances will be part of the Main Stage series at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20, 23, 26, 28

Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” arrives in time for the holidays with soprano Sara Gartland and mezzo Blythe Gaissert. Joel Sorensen, Malcolm Mackenzie, Devon Guthrie, and Marcy Stonikas round out the cast with Brenna Corner directing and Ari Pelti as conductor. This is the first of the detour Series of the season and will be performed at the Balboa Theatre.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1, 34, 6, 8, 9

Verdi’s “Rigoletto” arrives at the San Diego Civic Theatre as part of the Main Stage series with Stephen Powell in the title role. Alisa Jordheim is Gilda and Scott Quinn is the Duke of Mantua. Michael Cavanagh will stage the production with Steven White conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2, 5, 8, 10

The next detour Series entry will be Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” which will appear at the Patrick Henry PHAME Theatre. Frederica von Stade will star alongside Kristin Clayton and Steven LaBrie.

Performance Dates: March 8, 9, 10

The last opera of the main stage series at the San Diego Civic Theatre will be “Carmen.” Ginger Costa-Jackson, in her SD Opera debut, stars as the famed gypsy with Robert Watson, Scott Conner, and Sarah Tucker among the cast member. Yves Abel conducts.

Performance Dates: March 20, April 2, 5, 7

To close out the season, the company will present “One Amazing Night” with superstar soprano Ailyn Pérez alongside Stephen Powell in concert with the San Diego Symphony. The performance will take place a the Balboa Theatre.

Performance Dates: May 15