Ailyn Pérez, Michelle Bradley & David Pershall Highlight San Diego Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The San Diego Opera has announced its 2019-20 season featuring five productions and one star-studded recital.

The season opens with Verdi’s “Aida” in a theatrical Concert Opera Experience with Michelle Bradley in the title role, Olesya Petrova as Amneris, and Carl Tanner as Radamès.

Joseph Colaneri conducts the production by Alan Hicks, which also stars Simon Lim and Nelson Martinez.

Performance Dates: Oct. 19, 22, 25, and 27 (m), 2019

 Ailyn Pérez and Joshua Guerrero join forces for an evening of opera arias, duets, and an exploration of Latin American songs.

Performance Date: Dec. 11, 2019

Blythe Gaissert and Sara Gartland star in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Brenna Corner directing and Ari Pelto conducting. Joel Sorensen is the witch, while Marcy Stonikas and Malcolm Mackenzie are the parents.

Performance Dates: Feb. 8, 11, 14 and 16 (matinee), 2020

San Diego Opera will present the West Coast Premiere of “The Aging Magician,” a hybrid opera-theatre piece – part opera, play, and puppet show – as part of the Company’s dētour Series.

Composed by Paola Prestini with libretto by Rinde Eckert, this production is produced by Beth Morrison Projects and stars Rinde Eckert as Harold; the work also features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The production is set to be directed by Julian Crouch.

Performance Dates: March 13 & 14, 2020

Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” gets a new production by Michael Shell with David Pershall in the title role, Carlos Santinelli as Count Almaviva and Emily Fons as Rosina. Patrick Carfizzi and Kevin Burdette round out the cast with Bruce Stasyna conducting

Performance dates: April 25, 28, May 1 & 3, 2020.

The season concludes with “The Falling and the Rising” by composer Zach Redler. The opera centers around an unnamed female Soldier who is severely wounded by a roadside IED. With a libretto taken from dozens of interviews with active duty soldiers and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Old Guard at Fort Myer, and Fort Meade, Maryland The Falling and the Rising is a story of family, service, and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty.

The cast will be announced at a later date. but will include active members of the military.

Performance Dates: May 9, 8, & 10, 2020