Opera in the Heights to Present World Premiere of Comedy ‘Yeltsin in Texas’

By David Salazar

Opera in the Heights is set to present the world premiere of “Yeltsin in Texas” this February in Houston, Texas. 

The first performance is set for Feb. 22, 2020 with a subsequent showcase set for March 1, 2020. 

The opera, which will open the company’s New Works Festival, is a comedic opera by Evan Mack and Josh Maguire that showcases former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s visit to a Houston supermarket that altered his views of communism. This opera is based on a true story. 

Nate Mattingly will take on the role of Yeltsin with Danielle Wojcik as the Manager and Thom Gunther as the Clerk. Brendan Tuohy will be a Rent-a-Cop while Johnny Salvesen will be Vladimir. 

“The writing team took full advantage of the comedic opportunities offered by the unusual setting. There’s lots of fun to be had in a supermarket.” Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Eiki Isomura stated in a press release. “And musically speaking, it’s an absolute whirlwind. One moment you’re in a striking parody of serious minimalist composers, and the next moment you’re plunged into what feels like a Bon Jovi power ballad.”