Tulsa Opera Announces Its 67th Season Metropolitan Opera star Sarah Coburn returns for a spectacular season celebrating classic literary works.
October 24 & 26, 2014
Romeo and Juliet
February 13 & 15, 2015
Of Mice and Men
April 10 & 12, 2015
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Tulsa Opera is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 Season, featuring three masterworks inspired by pieces of literature that have permeated American culture. The season kicks off with Rossini’s Cinderella, followed by Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and concluding with Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men.
The season begins with the master of bel canto comedy’s take on one of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella (La Cenerentola) on Friday, October 24 and Sunday, October 26, 2014. Packed with stunning vocal fireworks and fabulous ensemble work, Rossini’s delightful romantic comedy marks the return of Tulsa-native Lauren McNeese in the title role. One of Tulsa Opera’s favorite tenors, Gregory Schmidt, who last wowed Tulsa audiences with his stunning nine high Cs in the 2012 production of Daughter of the Regiment, will take on the role of Prince Charming (Ramiro). Tulsa Opera veteran Peter Strummer sings the role of Don Magnifico, a signature role that he’s performed in opera houses around the world, and Marc Astafan makes his debut as stage director. This is the company’s first production of Cinderella since 1990.
Over Valentine’s weekend, Tulsa Opera presents an opulent production of Charles Gounod’s version of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet (Romèo et Juliette), on Friday, February 13 and Sunday, February 15, 2015. Shakespeare’s story of ill-fated lovers from Verona’s rival Montague and Capulet clans comes to life through a series of stunning duets, swashbuckling sword fights and Juliet’s beautiful aria, “Je veux vivre.” Romeo and Juliet marks the return of Tulsa’s favorite soprano, Metropolitan Opera star Sarah Coburn, in the role of Juliet. Veteran stage director Stanley M. Garner brings his vast knowledge of Shakespeare to the piece. Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet was last seen in Tulsa in 1989.
The 67th Anniversary season concludes with a continuation of Tulsa Opera’s ongoing commitment to American and English language opera with the Oklahoma premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s rendition of John Steinbeck’s iconic novella Of Mice and Men, on Friday April 10 and Sunday, April 12, 2015. Presented on the 45th anniversary of the opera’s world premiere, Of Mice and Men is a faithful retelling of one of American’s most celebrated works of literature, an intimate saga of two Depression era workers’ struggle for survival and the dream of owning their own farm. Carlisle Floyd is one of the nation’s most revered opera composers, known for his early masterwork Susannah and, more recently, Cold Sassy Tree. Tenor Corey Bix makes his company debut as Lennie Small in this staple of the American repertoire, and the versatile and innovative Kristine McIntyre makes a triumphant return as stage director.
Tulsa Opera mainstage performances take place in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Friday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee performances are at 2:30 p.m.
TO RENEW OR PURCHASE A NEW SEASON SUBSCRIPTION, PLEASE CONTACT CHARLOTTE CURRY AT 918.596.7111