Marina Costa-Jackson, Michelle Bradley, Stephanie Blythe, Maria Katzarava, Teresa Alzadon Headline San Diego Opera’s 2022-23 Season

By David Salazar

San Diego Opera has announced its 2022-23 season.

Kicking things off will be the world premiere of “El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego” by Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz. The work will star Guadalupe Paz, Maria Katzarava, and Alfredo Daza. Lorena Maza directs while Roberto Kalb conducts.

“Frida Kahlo has been a hero since my girlhood. Before I could read, I found her in the pages of an art book in my mother’s home library, the only woman in a multi-volume set of ‘great artists,’” composer Gabriela Lena Frank stated in an official press statement issued by San Diego Opera. “My mother pointed out how Frida was small, brown and creative like us; moreover, of thick brow, disabled and a daughter of both Europe and Latin America like me. Images in her paintings danced in my dreams for years. Now with my first opera with librettist Nilo Cruzit has been a privilege to lose myself in this fantastical story exploring Frida’s tumultuous love affair, even beyond life itself, with Mexican painter Diego Rivera against the vibrant backdrop of the Day of the Dead. I am grateful.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, 2022

Next up is “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” The former will star Stephanie Blythe and Marina Costa-Jackson. The Puccini comedy will be headlined by Piotr Buszewski. Yves Abel conducts with Paul Curran directing in his company debut.

Performance Dates: Feb. 11 – 19, 2023 

“Tosca” will star Michelle Bradley, Greer Grimsley, and Marcelo Puente. Valerio Galli conducts and Alan E. Hicks directs.

Performance Dates: March 25 – April 2, 2023

Nicholas Reveles’ “Ghosts (Eden, Dormir and House)” will get its world premiere as part of the detour Series. Emily Fons stars in a production by John De Los Santos. Bruce Stasyna conducts.

Performance Dates: April 14 – 16, 2023

The season will draw to a close with a production of Zach Redler’s “The Falling and the Rising.” Teresa Alzadon stars.

Performance Dates: May 12 – 14, 2023