Jennifer Rowley, Michael Chioldi & Amber Wagner Lead Palm Beach Opera’s 2023 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2023 Season celebrating its 60th anniversary.

PBO’s General and Artistic Director David Walker said, “After the success of our historic 60th anniversary season, we are thrilled to follow up with another extraordinary season of live opera, featuring three timeless operas and artists from around the world. PBO’s 2023 Season offers a unique chance for audiences to experience three must-see operas all in one season, making it a perfect opportunity for new operagoers and devoted fans alike.”

The season will open with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Acclaimed Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro will lead the orchestra, and American stage director Alison Mortiz will lead the cast. Sharing the role of Cio-Cio-San are sopranos Jennifer Rowley and Toni Marie Palmertree. Starring as Pinkerton will be tenors Jonathan Burton and Robert Watson.

Performance Dates: Jan. 20-22, 2023

The season will continue with Mozart’s intriguing “Così fan tutte,” which offers humor and insight into human nature. Chief Conductor David Stern will lead the orchestra, and Fenlon Lamb will direct. Hailey Clark stars as Fiordiligi while Samantha Hankey will perform as Dorabella. Thomas Glass and Dennis Jesse round out the cast as Guglielmo and Don Alfonso.

Performance Dates: Feb. 24-26, 2023

The season comes to a close with Verdi’s “Falstaff,” based on Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Antonello Allemandi conducts and Garnett Bruce directs. The cast includes Michael Chioldi in the title role, Amber Wagner as Alice Ford, Lauren Decker as Mistress Quickly, and Andrew Manea as Ford.

Performance Dates: March 24-26, 2023