Steven LaBrie & Madison Leonard To Feature In Tulsa Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Tulsa Opera has announced its 2019-20 season featuring three productions.

In a press statement Ken McConnell said, “We are pleased to present a season of three operas that showcase fiercely determined and strong female central characters, including Emmeline composed by our own Artistic Director Tobias Picker. Tulsa’s opera audience continues to grow and our community engagement is stronger than ever. This season we continue our mission to present operas of the highest artistic quality that also resonate deeply with our public.”

Here is a look at the slate.

Sarah Mesko makes her Tulsa Opera debut in the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” with Adam Smith also in his company debut as Don José. Rising star Alexander Birch Elliott sings Escamillo, while Colleen Daly sings Michaela. Roberto Kalb conducts the production by Harry Silverstein.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25 & 27, 2019

John De Los Santos directs a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with James Lowe conducting. In the title role, Maria Natale makes her company debut alongside Matthew White as Pinkerton, Aleksey Bogdanov as Sharpless, and Renée Rapier as Suzuki.

Performance Dates: Feb. 28 & March 1, 2020

To conclude the season, Tulsa Opera will present a new production of Tobias Picker’s first opera, “Emmeline,” in its Oklahoma premiere. Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winner Madison Leonard sings the title role with a cast that includes Jonathan Johnson, Steven LaBrie, Margaret Lattimore, Harold Wilson, and Jennifer Roderer. Tobias Picker conducts the new production by Tara Faircloth.

Performance Dates: May 1 & 3, 2020