MassOpera to Present ‘The Mirror Cabaret’

By David Salazar

This article has been updated from its original version to inclulde a new date, new programming, and a new cast member. 

MassOpera is set to present “The Mirror Cabaret” on May 6, 2022.

The showcase, which will be presented at City Winery in Boston, will feature both opera and musical theater hits that are parallels to one another. For example, audiences will hear selections from “La Bohème” and “Rent” as well as “Rusalka” and “Little Mermaid.”There will also be contrasting numbers from “La Cenerentola” and “Cinderella” as well as “Romeo et Juliette” and “West Side Story.”

“The Mirror Cabaret combines two forms I love: opera and musical theatre. I’ve always wanted to explore the relationship between opera and musical theatre through performance, especially since the latter grew from the former,” said Cassandra Lovering, MassOpera Director of New Works, in an official statement. “We created a program based on pairs: one operatic and one musical but both based on the same story. For example, one pairing includes selections from La Bohème and Rent. It’s going to be a unique crossover experience showcasing wonderfully talented singers, in a casual, fun environment. We’re taking opera out of the theatre and into City Winery.”

Performers include Emily Begley, Junhan Choi, Sarah Joyce Cooper, Alexandra Dietrich, Rachel Grindle, Emily Harmon, Gray Leiper, Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco, Omar Najmi, Kara Chu Nelson, Abby Mae Rogers, Cynthia López Pérez, Ai Ra, Tatum Robertson, Raphael Campos, Kira Troilo, and Dana Lynne Varga.