Efraín Solis, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Shawnette Sulker Headline West Edge Opera’s 2022 Festival

By David Salazar

West Edge Opera has announced its 2022 summer opera festival.

The season kicks off with Händel’s “Julius Caesar” with Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in the title role. He will be joined by Shawnette Sulker as Cleopatra. Other cast members include Cenk Karaferya, Katharine Pracht, Sarah Coit, Ashraf Sewailam, Glenn Healy, and Jasmine Johnson.

Mark Streshinsky directs a production conducted by Christine Brandes.

Performance Dates: July 23 – August 4, 2022

Additionally, the company will present Dukas’ “Ariane & Bluebeard,” which will be directed Alison Pogorelc and conducted by Jonathan Khuner. The opera will star Renée Rapier and Sarah Couden with Philip Skinner as Bluebeard. Other cast members include Aléxa Anderson, Silvie Jenson, Candace Johnson, Taylor See, and Sharon Shao.

Performance Dates: July 24 – August 6, 2022

The festival comes to a close with “Coraline.” The Turnage opera will star Kendra Bloom, Stephanie Sanchez, Efraín Solis, and J. Raymond Meyers, among others. John Kennedy conducts a production by Fenlon Lamb.

Performance Dates: July 30 – August 7, 2022

There will also be a concert preview for the upcoming opera “Bulrusher” by Nathaniel Stookey and Eisa Davis.

Performance Date: August 14, 2022