OPERA San Antonio Receives Grant; Announces New Performances

By Francisco Salazar

OPERA San Antonio has announced the addition of a winter performance series to commence this February for the first time in the company’s five-year history.

The company’s new slate will feature performances of Bellini’s “I Capuleti e Monetcchi” on Feb. 13th and 15th, 2020. The concert performances of Bellini’s work are set to star Rachele Gilmore as Giulietta and Corrie Stallings as Romeo. Anthony Walker conducts the performances with a cast that also includes baritone Daniel Belcher, tenor Jonas Hacker, and bass Matthew Treviño.

In addition to expanding the 2019-20 season, OPERA San Antonio announced that it was approved for a $20,000 NEA Art Works Grant to support the production of “Rigoletto” in May of 2020. The National Endowment for the Arts approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020.

Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter said in a press release, “The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression. The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like OPERA San Antonio’s production of ‘Rigoletto.’”

“Rigoletto” will star James Westman in the title role, Santiago Ballerini as the Duke, Andriana Chuchman as Gilda, Andrea Silvistrelli as Sparafucile, Zoie Reams as Maddelena, and Kyle Alberston as Monterone.