New Camerata Opera Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring Five Mainstage Productions

By Chris Ruel

New Camerata Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. The company has expanded from two to five mainstage operas with performances of Boulanger’s “Faust er Hélène,” Ravel’s “L’heure espagnole,” and Puccini’s “Il Trittico.” Also on tap is a summer concert series and two new video productions.

Here is what NCO has in store for audiences.

The company will present its Summer Concert Series in August 2022. The series of free, live performances feature favorite opera excerpts.

Summer Concert vocalists include tenor Erik Bagger, mezzo-soprano Emily Hughes, baritone Stan Lacy, and sopranos Kristin Renee Young and Barbara Porto. Mezzo-soprano Eva Parr will perform along with Bagger, Hughes, and Lacy for Operation Gig.

Performance Dates: Aug. 4 & 6, 2022

In September, the opera season opens with a double-header of French one-acts featuring Lili Boulanger’s “Faust er Hélène,” and Ravel’s “L’heure espagnole.” Music director Kamal Khan conducts an immersive performance directed by John de los Santos.

“Faust er Hélène” vocalists include Tesia Kwarteng/Eva Parr as Hélène, Victor Khodadad/Chris Carr as Faust, and Markel Reed/Kyle Oliver as Méphistophélès.

Vocalists for “L’heure espagnole” include Gabriel Hernandez/Anthony Laciura as Torquemada, Tesia Kwarteng/Eva Parr as Concepción, Victor Khodadad/Chris Carr as Gonzalve, Markel Reed/Kyle Oliver as Ramiro, and Angky Budiardjono/Andy Dwan as Don Iñigo Gomez.

Performance dates: Sept. 16-24, 2022

NCO will present Puccini’s collection of three one-act operas, “Il Trittico,” over three weeks in spring 2023. Cast to be announced.

Performance dates: Spring 2023

New video productions by CamerataWorks Films, NCO’s in-house film studio, include “The Prince von Pappenschmear 3,” the final chapter in the series composed by Peter Englebert to a libretto by Adam Laten Wilson. Laten’s story, set in Nazi Germany, follows the undercurrent of women’s liberation in a historic Jewish gynecologist’s office. CamerataWorks also produced “Refractions,” a visual anthology of works by BIPOC artists and composers. Visit the CamerataWorks website for additional information.