Janai Brugger & Denyce Graves Headline Palm Beach Opera’s 2018 Season

By David Salazar

The Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2018 season, which will feature three operas.

The Florida-based company will open its 2018 season on Jan. 26 with a production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The run will feature a total of three performances with soprano Keri Alkema taking on the first and last show while Alexandra Loutsion getting the middle date. The same goes for Riccardo Massi and Adam Diegel, the latter singing on the 27th. Michael Chioldi sings all three nights of Scarpia, as does Thomas Hammons as the Sacristan. David Stern conducts while Fenlon Lamb directs.

Second up on the company’s season is Bernstein’s “Candide,” the company’s gesture toward celebrating the famed conductor/composer’s 100th birthday. “Candide” starts on Feb. 23 and runs through the 25th with the cast featuring Miles Mykkane, Alisa Jordheim, Ron Raines, Tobias Greenhalgh and the legendary Denyce Graves-Montgomery. Stern conducts.

“Le Nozze di Figaro” closes the season with three performances on March 23, 24 and 25. Antonio Fogliani conducts a production by Stephen Lawless with a cast headlined by Janai Brugger as Susanna. Other cast members include David Adam Moore, Brett Polegato, Caitlin Lynch, Marko Mimica, Irene Roberts, Danielle Macmillan, Valeriano Lanchas, Elizabeth Bishop and Matthew Dibattista.

As usual, all nine performances will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.