Merola Opera Program Unveils 2020 Performances

By David Salazar

The Merola Opera Program has announced its 2020 program, which is scheduled between July 9 and August 22, 2020.

The program, which will feature 29 artists from six countries and across the U.S., will include two concerts and two opera performances.

“We are eagerly anticipating another group of outstanding young artists this summer at Merola,” said Jean Kellogg, Executive Director of Merola Opera Program in a press statement. “And we look forward to providing them with intensive training from some of the finest master teachers in the country to further their careers. At this time we are moving ahead as planned. Our Merola participants are scheduled to arrive here on June 2, with public performances starting July 9. We are closely monitoring the situation relating to COVID-19 and will assuredly heed all safety measures and government mandates to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Should it become necessary to truncate or postpone the Merola 2020 Summer Festival, we will immediately contact our patrons and all tickets purchased will be transferable/refundable as requested.”

The program will kick off with the Schwabacher Summer Concert, which will include staged scenes from such operas as “Faust,” “L’italiana in Algeri,” “Vanessa,” “Suor Angelica,” and Rossini’s “Otello.”

Performance Dates: July 9 and 11, 2020

Dominick Argento’s one-act “Postcard form Morocco” will be staged by David Garrison with Anthony Walker conducting.

Performance Date: July 23 and 25, 2020

Mozart and Da Ponte’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” will be directed by Peter Kazaras with Mark Morash conducting.

Performance Dates: August 6 and 8, 2020

The Merola Grand Finale concert will feature performances from all 29 artists under the music direction of Nicholas McGegan.

Performance Date: August 22, 2020