Nicole Cabell & Re-imagined ‘Idomeneo’ Adaptation Headline Pittsburgh Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By David Salazar

The Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which, after a season of modern opera, is slated to take a look back at some of the major repertory hits.

The season kicks off with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” which will star Dina Kuznetsova in her company debut. Cody Austin will appear as Pinkerton.

Performance Dates: Oct. 6-14, 2018

In November, the company will turn to Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Ashley Fabian as Gretel and Corrie Stallings as Hansel. Leah de Gruyl will play the Mother and Marianne Cornetti will interpret the Witch.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3-11, 2018

Terrence Chin-Loy, Ben Taylor, Ashley Fabian, Hannah Hagerty, and Caitlin Gotimer, all resident artists, will appear in the “Idomeneo” adaptation “afterWARDs,” which will feature music from the composer himself.

Performance Dates:  Jan. 26-Feb. 3, 2019

“Glory Denied” appears in the middle of the season with the cast also including Terrence Chin-Loy, Ben Taylor, Ashley Fabian, Hannah Hagerty and Caitlin Gotimer.

Performance Dates:  Feb. 23-March 1, 2019

After a few months off, the company returns in the Spring with Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” Kevin Glavin appears as the title character with Javier Abreu as Ernesto.

Performance Dates: April 27-May 5, 2019 

The season closes out with Puccini’s “La Bohème” which will star Nicole Cabell and Sean Panikkar as the lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. Glavin appears as Benoit / Alcindoro. The production will be directed by Stephanie Havey.

Performance Dates: March 30-April 7, 2019