Joanna Latini & Olga Perez Flora Lead Resonance Works’ 2019-20 Season

By Nicole Kuchta

Pittsburgh-based performing arts company Resonance Works has announced details of its seventh season, entitled “Fresh Perspectives – New Traditions.”

The season will kick off with the multicultural program “the national anthems,” inspired by David Lang’s work for choir and string quartet. Performances will be held at Heinz Chapel and Charity Randall Theatre, and will be preceded by a “musical prelude and tour of the University’s majestic Nationality Rooms,” according to the press release. Aside from Lang’s piece, the program will include works by Arvo Part, Gabriela Lena Frank, James MacMillan, Chen Yi, Jorge Sosa, Caroline Shaw, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Enoch Sontonga, Florence Price, Vivian Fung, Kaija Saariaho, and Silvestre Revueltas.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2 & 3, 2019

Resonance Works will ring in the holiday season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “Amahl & the Night Visitors,” which will be performed at the New Hazlett Theater under the direction of Matthew Haney. Mezzo-soprano Olga Perez Flora will be featured as Mother, with Jonathan Stuckey as King Balthazar and Rob Chafin as King Kaspar. Cecile Chaminade’s Flute Concertino, featuring Lindsey Goodman, will also be presented, along with choral works by Nancy Galbraith and Jennifer Higdon and Jessie Montgomery’s short orchestral overture “Starburst.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 20 & 22, 2019

. . . of Dark and Bright” will feature the first U.S. performance of Missy Mazzoli’s double bass concerto “Dark with Excessive Bright” with former principal bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Jeffrey Turner, along with Caroline Shaw’s “To the Hands,” Chen Yi’s “Shuo,” Ottotino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite 3, Jennifer Higdon’s “To the Point,” Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout,” Kaija Saariaho’s “Changing Light,” Lili Boulanger’s “Hymn au Soleil,” and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “Andante for Strings.” Performances will be held at Rodef Shalom Congregation’s Levy Hall in Shadyside.

Performance Dates: Mar. 21 & 22, 2019

An “ambitious reimagining” of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” directed by Valerie Rachelle, brings the story to the 1930s. Soprano Joanna Latini will make her role debut as Gilda, and will be joined by Benjamin Bloomfield in the title role, Ángel Vargas as the Duke, and Laurel Semerdjian as Maddalena. For this production, Resonance Works will partner with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape for “create discussion and increase awareness about the many relevant current issues portrayed in the opera.” Performances will be held at the intimate Charity Randall Theatre.

Performance Dates: May 15 & 17, 2019

Additionally, the Resonance Chamber Series will return to The Union Hall at Bar Marco in the Strip District this October.