New American opera
For all of the effects of the recession, I'm impressed at the number of mainstage world premieres that are coming up in 2010 and 2011. So here, for the record, is a continuation of the informal list that began in the blog comments a few days ago, which I'll keep adding to as information comes in.
Madame White Snake by Zhou Long at Opera Boston (February 26, 28, March 2, 2010)
Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge at Florentine Opera (March 19, 21, 2010) (not a world premiere)
Shadowboxer by Frank Proto at Maryland Opera Studio/Clarice Smith Center (April 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 2010)
Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie at the Dallas Opera (April 30, May 5, 8, 13, 16, 2010)
Amelia by Daron Aric Hagon at the Seattle Opera (May 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22, 2010)
Before Night Falls by Jorge Martin at the Fort Worth Opera (May 29, June 6, 2010)
Edited to add: The Golden Ticket by Peter Ash at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis (June 12, 16, 18, 22, 24, 26)
Edited to add: Life is a Dream by Lewis Spratlan at the Santa Fe Opera (July 24, 28, August 6, 12, 19)
Il Postino by Daniel Catán at the Los Angeles Opera (September 23, 29, October 2, 5, 9, 16)
Rio de Sangre by Don Davis at the Florentine Opera (October 22, 23, 24, 2010).
Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Ricky Ian Gordon at the Minnesota Opera (
2010-11 seasonEdited to add: April 16, 17, 19, 21 and 23, 2011).
And speaking of new American opera, I want to know when the Metropolitan Opera is going to get around to announcing some actual dates for performances of the commissioning program it announced back in 2006. Of the works then announced -- four years ago now; plenty of time to write an opera -- Rufus Wainwright's was already rejected by the program and performed last year in Manchester; now, Nico Muhly's Two Boys, a later addition to the roster that was supposed to be a co-production with the Met, has been announced in print for ENO in 2011. Any Met dates for that? And what about all those other new operas we were promised? I'm sure the resonating silence on this topic is a symptom of recession woes; I wonder if they'll manage to evade those questions yet again at this year's season announcement.
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