Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years agothat photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Santa Fe Opera’s production of Oscar!
Buzz has been building in anticipation of The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Oscar, composer Theodore Morrison’s opera based on the life of Oscar Wilde. Working with librettist and Wilde scholar John Cox, Morrison reveals the profoundly human side of the literary genius and aesthete. The charismatic countertenor David Daniels creates the role of Oscar. His friends Walt Whitman and Ada Leverson are sung by Dwayne Croft and Heidi Stober, with William Burden as Wilde’s ally Frank Harris. Evan Rogister, who spellbound with his leadership of King Roger last season, conducts.
8:30 pm: July 27
8:00 pm: July 31; August 9, 12, 17
Cast & Creative
- Oscar Wilde - David Daniels
- Ada Leverson - Heidi Stober
- Frank Harris - William Burden
- Walt Whitman - Dwayne Croft
- Conductor - Evan Rogister
- Director - Kevin Newbury
- Scenic Designer - David Korins
- Costume Designer - David C. Woolard
- Lighting Designer - Rick Fisher
- Choreographer - Seán Curran