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 ago that 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 New York City Opera’s Prima Donna!
Sunday, February 19 at 1:30pm opens Rufus Wainwright’s first foray into opera, Prima Donna,
at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Rising star Melody Moore will return to City Opera to sing the title role of Régine Saint Laurent. She will be joined by City Opera debut artists soprano Rebecca Bottone as Marie, baritone Randal Turner as Philippe and tenor Taylor Stayton as André le Tourneur. Returning to direct the production is acclaimed director Tim Albery. Set and costumes for the production are designed by debut artist Antony McDonald, with lighting designed by Thomas C. Hase, also making his company debut. Returning to City Opera to conduct Prima Donna is Jayce Ogren. Prima Donna was commissioned by the Manchester International Festival, Sadler’s Wells, and Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity. This meditation on the fine line between fame and failure features a French libretto co-written by Rufus Wainwright and Bernadette Colomine.