Miami Music Festival Announces 2018-19 Season, Which Includes Directorial Debut of Wagner’s Great-Grandson

By David Salazar

The Miami Music Festival has announced its 2018 Program which will continue its acclaimed Wagner Institute with some exciting performances.

The season opens with a double bill of “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Medium” on June 21 and 22. That will be followed by Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which will be performed on June 28 and 30. In between, the company will showcase Strauss’ “Ariadne Auf Naxos” on June 29 and July 1. The company will also showcase performances of Handel’s “Teseo” on June 30 and July 1.

Then the Wagner Institute will showcase its big night on July 14, 2018. This year’s event will be all the more special because it will feature the directorial debut of the great composer’s great-grandson Antoine Wagner who will create the concept, set design and stage direction for Act two of “Die Walküre.” The performance will showcase Alan Held as Wotan with Linda Watson as Brünnhilde. There will also be a performance of Act two of “Lohengrin.”  A year ago, the festival did the first act of “Walküre” along with the final scene from the opera.

The festival closes out with performances of “La Rondine” on July 26 and 28 as well as “Ghost of Versailles” on July 27 and 29. There will also be performances of Handel’s “Radamisto” on July 28 and 29.

Additionally, the company will continue its Opera Aria Night Concerts throughout June as well as its “Zarzuela in the Summer Nights” concert on June 15 and July 18. There will also be a Broadway Night and an Apprentice Scenes showcase.

For more information, head to the company’s official website.