San Diego Opera Announces Two Big Changes

By Francisco Salazar

The San Diego Opera announced that the opera “Hansel and Gretel,” originally scheduled for performances in December, has been replaced by performances of “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.”

The company announced that it is trying to reschedule “Hansel and Gretel”  for a future season. General director David Bennett noted in a press release, “In preparing for our season we realized the production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ we are committed to produce would not fit into the confines of the Balboa Theatre and to reduce the production would erode the artistic vision I have for the opera. We’re incredibly pleased to replace this opera with ‘All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914; ‘ a family-friendly holiday opera about unity that I believe is better suited to the intimacy of the Balboa Theatre and the holiday season in which it is being performed. I am actively scheduling the same production and cast of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for the future as part of our main stage season.”

As a result, “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” will be performed on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, with additional performances Dec. 8 and 9.

The Company also announced that soprano Ailyn Pérez has withdrawn from her engagement with baritone Stephen Powell for “One Amazing Night.” The concert slated for May 15, 2019, will now see Stephen Powell alongside tenor Stephen Costello. The company noted in a press release that all ticket holders were contacted.