Opera Ithaca Announces 5th Anniversary 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Ithaca has announced its 2018-19 season, its 5th edition. The season will showcase four productions, including a world premiere.

Thomas’ “Hamlet” opens the season, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the work’s Paris Opera premiere in a production by director/designer Zachary James. Conductor, Keith Chambers leads a cast that includes Garrett Obrycki as Hamlet, Holly Flack as Ophelie, Leah Marie Heater as Gertrude, Alexander Hahn as Claudius, Boris Van Druff as Laertes, and Marc Webster as Polonius.

Performance Dates: August 30-Sept. 2, 2018

For its New Year’s Eve gala, the company will present Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” with Broadway star, Merwin Foard, as Fredrik Egerman alongside Opera Ithaca’s Lynn Craver as Desiree Armfeldt. Broadway’s Evangelia Kingsley and Zachary James play Madame Armfeldt and Count Carl Magnus Malcolm with Ivy Walz as Charlotte, Rachel Mikol as Anne, Johnathan Riesen as Henrik and Gillian Lynn Cotter as Petra. Norm Johnson directs the production with Richard Montgomery conducting.

Performance Dates: Dec. 30-31, 2018

Puccini’s “La Bohème” is set to star Megan Nielson as Mimì, Jordan Schreiner as Rodolfo, SeungHyeon Baek as Marcello, and Nayoung Ban as Musetta. Cornelia Laemmli Orth will conduct a new production by international soprano, Emily Pulley, who made her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut as Mimì and sang Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera.

Performance Dates: Feb. 1617, 2019

The season will close with a double that will include Francesca Caccini’s 1625 opera, “La Liberazione di Ruggiero” and the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel’s “Enchantress.” The double bill cast will include New York City Opera tenor and Broadway actor, Glenn Seven Allen, baritone Dennis Jesse, mezzo-soprano Courtney Elvira, and soprano Tamara Acosta. Susannah Berryman and Mary Corsaro direct and Mila Henry, a contributor to the contemporary opera scene, conducts.

Performance Dates: April 11-14, 2019