Austin Opera 2018-19 Season To Feature Marina Costa-Jackson, Kang Wang, & More

By David Salazar

The Austin Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature four major operas spread between November 2018 and May 2019.

The season opens with Verdi’s “Otello,” the first time the opera will be showcased with the company in 20 years. Issachah Savage takes on the iconic tenor role while Marina Costa-Jackson interprets his wife desdemona. Michael Chioldi rounds out the trio as Iago. Richard Buckley conducts a production directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson.

Performance Dates: Nov. 10,15, 18, 2018

Next up on the slate will be the company’s premiere of “Silent Night,” by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. The opera will star Joseph Dennis, Hailey Clark, David Adam Moore, Craig Irvin, Troy Cook, and more. Buckley conducts a production directed by Tomer Zvulun, in his Austin Opera debut.

Performance Dates: Jan. 26, 31, Feb. 1

David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs” is next up on the schedule for Austin with David Adam Moore as the soldier. Todd Reynolds conducts.

“I wrote Soldier Songs because I had urgent and difficult questions about war that I needed to try to answer; questions that affected my friends, my family, my community, and my country,” the composer and librettist Little stated in a press release. “That Austin Opera has chosen this work to launch Opera ATX speaks to its bold vision for opera in Texas; one that refuses to shy away from tough discussions, while embracing the community it exists to serve.”

Performance Dates: April 5,6, 2018

The season comes to a close with “La Bohème,” which will star Kang Wang and Elizabeth Caballero as the two lovers Rodolfo and Mimì. Buckley conducts and Alison Moritz directs.

Performance Dates: April 27, May 2, 5,. 2018