Opera San Jose to Present ‘Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy’ This April

By Logan Martell

Opera San Jose is set to ring in the spring season with “Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy.” Premiering April 15, 2021, the event will feature three short operas which explore romance and relationships.

First in this trilogy is Wolf-Ferrari’s “Il segreto di Susanna.” Conducted by Joseph Marcheso, the opera will feature resident artists soprano Vanessa Becerra, and baritone Efrain Solis.

Next is Ned Rorem’s “Four Dialogues,” based on the poetry of Frank O’Hara, and featuring soprano Marnie Breckenridge and resident tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli.

Finally will be Tom Cipullo’s “The Husbands,” conducted by Christopher James Ray, this 10-minute work features resident mezzo Ashley Dixon and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu.

The performance was recorded in the Opera San Jose Heiman Digital Media Studio, with the company strictly adhering to the safety protocols of Santa Clara County, including testing and social distancing.

“For couples around the globe, this extended period of quarantine has forced romantic relationships into uncharted territories,” said General Director Khori Dastoor, who conceived of and curated this original collection of three chamber operas.

“The rhythm of domestic life has been disrupted and challenged as never before. Despite prolonged physical closeness, feelings of isolation emerge, inviting questions about the very foundations of partnership as each person evolves, both as individuals and in relation to one another. How do we cope when we cannot escape one another, or when losses feel new again? And what do we fight to keep just for ourselves? ’Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy’ offers a timely window, both comedic and poignant, into the lives of three couples confronting such challenges, who must navigate a path forward together.”