Mozart, Bizet & Tom Cipullo Dominate Kentucky Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Kentucky Opera has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring four operas in new productions. The season will also include two company premieres. Here is a look!

Bizet’s “Carmen” opens the season with a cast that includes Elise Quagliata in the title role, Dominic Armstrong as Don José, Richard Ollarsaba as Escamillo, and soprano Emily Albrink as Micaëla.

Conductor Joseph Mechavich leads in the pit with director Dan Wallace Miller making his Kentucky Opera debut

Performance Dates: Sept. 20 & 22, 2019

Tom Cipullo’s “Glory Denied” takes the stage for the first time with 2019-20 Sandford Studio Artists starring the lead roles. Mary Birnbaum directs with Steven Crawford conducting.

The Kentucky opera will also partner with area military veterans’ organizations to take the conversation about this important production out into the community including Veteran Community Alliance of Louisville, Active Heroes, Louisville VA Medical Center, Veteran Shakespeare Group, and Veteran’s Club and Kentucky Veteran of the Year, Jeremy Harrell.

Performance Dates: Nov. 8 & 10, 2019

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” will follow with a slew of house debut including Tess Altiveros as Susanna, Amber Monroe as Countess Almaviva, André Courville as Figaro, and Brian Vu as Count Almaviva.

Conductor Tyson Deaton and director Kelly Kitchens make their house debuts as well in Mozart’s most popular opera. 

Performance Dates: Feb. 14 & 16, 2020

Featuring Kentucky Opera’s 2019-20 Youth Opera Chorus, Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s “Robin Hood” will end the season.

Performance Dates: March 27 & 29, 2020