Andriana Chuchmann, Santiago Ballerini, Craig Verm, Reginald Smith Jr., Karin Wolverton Headline Opera San Antonio’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

San Antonio Opera has unveiled its plans for the 2021-22 season, which will feature two operas.

First up is a production of “Don Giovanni.”  The opera will star Craig Verm in the title role alongside Michael Samuel as Leporello and Mark Diamond as Massetto. Raquel González will be Donna Anna with Karin Wolverton as Donna Elvira and Kresley Figueroa as Zerlina. Rounding out the cast are Joshua Dennis in the role of Don Ottavio and Kevin Thompson interpreting the Commendatore. Robert Tweten conducts a production directed by Garnett Bruce.

“Mozart and Da Ponte’s collaboration gifted us three pillars of the operatic repertoire. Anytime we produce one of these operas, like Don Giovanni, it is a thrill not only for the audience, but for the performers as well,” says OSA Music Director Francesco Milioto in a press release. “Mozart’s music perfectly creates the characters and guides us through each scenario. To me, his true genius is on full display in the ensembles and finales of his operas. Mozart’s ability to layer many singers into complex ensembles that serve the dramatic pacing is unprecedented and truly magical.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 7 & 9, 2021

Tomer Zvulun will direct “Rigoletto” with a cast that features James Westman, Santiago Ballerini, Andriana Chuchman, Andrea Silvestrelli, Sarah Saturnino, Reginald Smith Jr. and Bill McMurray, among others. Francesco Milioto conducts.

Performance Dates: May 5 & 7, 2022

The company will also offer up “Explore Opera in the Park!” The experience is tailored for children and features live performances by the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and Opera San Antonio’s 2021 Apprentice Artists.

Performance Date: August 7, 2021

There will also several broadcasts from past seasons, including a 2018 production of “La Traviata” starring Amanda Woodbury.