Stephanie Blythe & Laquita Mitchell Star in On Site Opera’s ‘Comedy and Tragedy Under the Stars’

By Afton Wooten

On Site Opera will present “Comedy and Tragedy Under the Stars” at Caramoor’s Venetian Theater on July 22 at 8 pm.

The one-night-only performance will star Stephanie Blythe, Laquita Mitchell, and Maya Lahyani.

First up, Blythe and Mitchell will share an adapted stage version of composer and librettist Rachel J. Peters’ “Lesson Plan,” which they premiered online this year via Zoom on Jan. 21, 2022. The opera, a modernized version of George Phillip Teleman’s “Der Schulmeister,” is approximately 45 minutes in length.

At the time of the premiere, Peters said via a press release that “‘Lesson Plan’ started as a breezy little goof that took a lot of twists and turns. It’s a synthesis of the Telemann source material, a zillion hours of online talks from anointed musical experts of various genres, wisdom from both our leading ladies, an extensive oral history archive, and so much more.”

In the second half of the program, Blythe, Mitchell, and Lahyani will perform arias and duets from Bizet’s “Carmen.” Blythe will sing the traditionally male tenor role of Don José.