Opera San José to Present ‘West Side Story’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Steven Kemp)

Opera San José is set to present Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic “West Side Story.”

The American tale of two star-crossed lovers and the prejudices that keep them apart will be conducted by Christopher James Ray, staged by director Crystal Manich, and choreographed by Michael Pappalardo.

The production will be performed by soprano Teresa Castillo as Maria, tenor Noah Stewart as Tony, mezzo-soprano Natalie Rose Havens as Anita, baritone Trevor Martin as Riff, and tenor Jared V. Esguerra as Chino.

The famed musical will open on April 16, 2022 and run through May 1, 2022, with the City of San Jose and Opera San José requiring proof of up-to-date vaccination for COVID-19 for everyone ages 12 and up — including a booster shot at least one week prior to an event for eligible patrons — for entry into the California Theatre.