By Francisco Salazar
The Boston Lyric Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring four productions.
Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” will be performed in English with Ricardo Garcia in his company debut as Romeo and Vanessa Becerra making her company debut as Juliet. BLO Music Director David Angus will conduct and Steve Maler is the stage director.
Performance Dates: August 11 & 13, 2022
Yuval Sharon directs Puccini’s “La Boheme” with BLO Music Director David Angus conducting. Lauren Michelle returns to BLO to sing the role of Mimi. Matthew White will portray Rodolfo while Edward Parks is Marcello. Benjamin Taylor is Schaunard, and William Guanbo Su is Colline.
Performance Dates: Sept. 23 – Oct. 2, 2022
Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” will be directed by Anne Bogart and will be presented with Alma Mahler’s “Vier Lieder (Four Songs),” a song cycle that links thematically to Judith’s plight, giving her an expanded world and a new voice. BLO Music Director David Angus will conduct.
Performance Dates: March 22-26, 2023
Inspired by an autobiographical essay of a Muslim man enslaved in America, “Omar” is the story of Omar Ibn Said, a prominent scholar of the Islamic faith and many other subjects, who was born to a wealthy West African family. Grammy and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship winner Rhiannon Giddens composed the music and wrote the libretto.
Performance Dates: May 4-7, 2023
The BLO continues to create opera and opera-inspired online experiences for its operabox.tv streaming platform. The first in a new series of free digital shorts commissioned from the New York artist collaborative UP UNTIL NOW launched last week, centering American Sign Language (ASL) as both a medium and a new language through which to bring the artform to new audiences. Called “SOUL(SIGNS): OPERA,” the series is developed by a diverse group of artistic collaborators from the Deaf and hearing communities whose work combines ASL, music and striking cinematic visuals to animate new recordings from three operas.