On Friday, October 15 at ONEOK Field, Tulsa Opera takes its second at-bat with the delightful duplicity of Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s brief, beloved comedy. But first up, it’s Puccini vs. Verdi — their most thrilling arias at ONEOK Field.
With world-class opera stars, hot dogs, beer, and dazzling fireworks, this night will go down in history as one to remember!
Meet two of the artists bringing this special production to life:
Rachel Blaustein as Lauretta
Praised for her “brilliant lyric soprano, apparent ease, and voluptuous phrasing” (San Diego Story), Rachel Blaustein is poised as a bright, rising artist with a moving sensibility to drama and text.
Most recently, Rachel workshopped Ricky Ian Gordon’s upcoming world premiere (Jan. 2022), The Garden of the Finzi-Contini’s, in the role of Micól Finzi-Contini with New York City Opera.
This summer, she will make her Santa Fe Opera debut singing Autonoe in John Corigliano’s world premiere, The Lord of Cries, and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Previously this season, she won The Farwell Trust Award from the Musicians Club of Women, second place in the Partners for the Arts, Inc. Vocal Competition, and third place in the Tri-Cities Opera Competition.
Be there to see Rachael take stage in Puccini & Verdi Play Ball on October 15!
Levi Hernandez as Gianni Schicchi
El Paso native baritone Levi Hernandez has joined the rosters of leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, where he debuted as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly next to Ana Maria Martinez and Joseph Calleja.
Recent highlights include Rambaldo in La rondine with Minnesota Opera, Rabbi Lampert in Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera, Sharpless with Virginia Opera, Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Dvorak’s “Te Deum” with the Shippensburg Music Festival, as well as many other performances.
Levi will be performing the title role in Gianni Schicchi in Tulsa Opera’s second ballpark adventure, Puccini & Verdi Play Ball, this Friday!
One-of-a-Kind Opera Experience
Don’t miss your chance to hear these two amazing singers—along with Andrew Potter, Emily Pulley, Jonathan Johnson and others—perform live at ONEOK Field on Friday, October 15! Tickets start at just $15.