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Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

Sunday November 1, 2020 at 8 p.m.

A troubadour has set her heart aflame, and she swears fidelity to him till the end. But all around them, a civil war rages, a jealous suitor is on their trail, and a Gypsy woman's curse casts a menacing shadow. When forces close in, Leonora faces the ultimate sacrifice to secure her beloved's freedom.

Salvadore Cammarano, libretto
Julianna Di Giacomo, Leonora
Jamie Barton, Azucena
Russell Thomas, Manrico
Stephen Powell, Count di Luna
Morris Robinson, Ferrando

Originally performed June 18 & 20, 2015

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Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sunday November 8, 2020 at 8 p.m.

In this darkly comic take on the Don Juan legend, the lascivious Don Giovanni revels in wreaking havoc on countless hearts, while those he's wronged emerge from his past to seek retribution.

Lorenzo da Ponte, libretto
Peter Mattei
Lauren Flanigan
Christine Goerke
Elisabeth Comeaux
Scott Piper
Dean Ely
David L. Michael
Michele Bianchini

Originally performed 1999

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Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour

Sunday November 15, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Based on the true story of a slave who escaped from a plantation in Kentucky and fled to the free state of Ohio. Faced with recapture, Margaret Garner kills her youngest daughter rather than seeing her returned to slavery. Her case sparked a national debate over the status of slaves in the North.

Toni Morrison, libretto
Margaret Garner: Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano
Robert Garner: Gregg Baker, bass-baritone
Cilla: Angela M. Brown, soprano
Edward Gaines: Rodney Gilfrey, bass-baritone
Caroline: Kelly Kaduce, soprano
George Hancock: Jonathan Boyd, tenor
An auctioneer: Roger Honeywell, tenor
Casey: John Mac Master, tenor

Originally performed 2005

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Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod

Sunday November 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.

He's a Montague, she's a Capulet. Romeo and Juliet are madly in love, but their families' feud threatens to tear them apart. Determined to be together till death, the star-crossed lovers decide to take fate into their own hands.

Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, libretto
Matthew White, Romeo
Nicole Cabell, Juliet
Hadleigh Adams, Mercutio
Kenneth Shaw, Friar Laurent
Thomas Dreeze, Count Capulet
Piotr Buszewski, Tybalt
Vernon Hartman, Duke of Verona
Reilly Nelson, Stephano
Catherine Keen, Gertrude
Phillip Bullock, Gregorio
Darian Clonts, Benvolio
Simon Barrad, Count Paris

Originally performed June 27 & 29, 2019

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Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven

Sunday November 29, 2020 at 8 p.m.

A political prisoner, hidden from the world and thought dead by most. His heroic wife, driven by devotion to pose as a man and become a jailer's assistant in hopes of meeting her beloved again. The villainous governor of the prison, racing to kill his secret before the king's minster discovers the truth. Each will risk all to protect what they hold dearest.

Joseph Sonnleithner, libretto
Christine Goerke, Leonore
Russell Thomas, Florestan
Nmon Ford, Don Pizarro
Nathan Stark, Rocco
Daniel Sutin, Don Fernando
Laura Tatulescu, Marzelline
Thomas Blondelle, Jacquino

Originally performed July 7 & 9, 2016

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