Santiago Ballerini, Liz Culpepper, & Chelsea Lehnea Star in Teatro Nuovo’s 2023 Bel Canto Season

By Afton Wooten
Photo: Suzanne Vinnik

Santiago Ballerini, Liz Culpepper, & Chelsea Lehnea will lead Teatro Nuovo’s 2023 Bel Canto season.

Audiences will hear bel canto operas with period instruments and enjoy a concert dedicated to Maria Callas.

Gaetano Donizetti’s drama “Poliuto” features Ballerini in the title role. He is joined by Lehnea, Ricardo José Rivera, Hans Tashjian, Krishna Raman, Robert Kleinertz, James Danner, and Louise Floyd. Violinist and conductor Jakob Lehmann will lead the period orchestra.

The first concert takes place at Montclair State University and the second at Rose Theater – Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Performance Dates: July 15 & 19, 2023

“Crispino e la Comare” by Federico and Luigi Ricci stars Mattia Venni, Teresa Castillo, Liz Culpepper, Dorian McCall, Toby Bradford, Vincent Graña, Scott Clark, Jeremy Luis Lopez, and Abigail Lysinger. Jonathan Brandani leads the Teatro Nuovo chorus and orchestra.

This production shares the same venues as “Polito.”

Performance Dates: July 16 & 20, 2023

Teatre Nuovo will also present “The 100th Birthday Gala for Maria Callas.” More information is to be announced.

Performance Dates: Dec. 2023