La Traviata
Nov
3
to Nov 11

La Traviata

New Staging for Opera Colorado

Alison Moritz teams up with Maestro Ari Pelto to lead a cast of exciting young singer-actors in Verdi’s seminal story of love and redemption.

Starring Cecelia Violetta López, Eric Barry, and Malcolm Mackenzie.

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Taking Up Serpents
Jan
11
to Jan 13

Taking Up Serpents

World Premiere for Washington National Opera

Part of the American Opera Initiative Festival

For their second operatic collaboration, “strikingly original” (The New York Times) composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye reunite to create an engrossing tale exploring the controversial world of religious snake-handling. Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, Music Director of Chicago Opera Theater, makes her WNO debut and Alison Moritz returns after her success leading last year’s production of Proving Up.

In Taking Up Serpents, 25-year-old Kayla is the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who is dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront her troubled upbringing. With a score showcasing Sankaram’s deft stylistic eclecticism and an original story inspired by Dye’s roots in the Deep South, Taking Up Serpents calls into question faith, family, and destiny, with shocking results.

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Abduction from the Seraglio
Feb
8
to Feb 10

Abduction from the Seraglio

New Production for New Orleans Opera

Inspired by noir classics such as Casablanca and 1930s screwball comedies, Alison Moritz dreams up a fresh take on Mozart’s perennial classic. Scenic designer Steven Kemp sets the action in LA’s Coconut Grove: be prepared for hijinks to ensue!

Starring Joshua Dennis, Heather Phillips, Matthew Grills, Katrina Galka, and Tim Bruno.

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Penelope
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Penelope

New Production for Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Composed by Sarah Kirkland Snyder

What happens when a soldier finally comes up from war, but remembers nothing? This groundbreaking song-cycle, based on The Odyssey, is told from Penelope’s point of view. A meditation on the trauma of war, memory, and home - Penelope is sure to be touching, intimate, and dramatic.

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La Bohème
Apr
27
to May 5

La Bohème

New Staging for Austin Opera

Austin Opera concludes its 2018–2019 season with one of the most enduring works in all of opera: Puccini’s La bohème, April 27–May 5, 2019, at the Long Center.

Puccini’s sweeping story of young bohemians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find true love contains some of the most beloved music in all of opera. This exquisite production is a traditional telling 
of the classic tale, from the iconic Christmas Eve panorama in the riotous Café Momus scene in Act II to the dreamy snowscape at the city’s gate in Act III.

Alison Moritz returns to Austin Opera after her success with 2016’s Manchurian Candidate.

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Chunky in Heat
May
31
to Jun 2

Chunky in Heat

World Premiere for Experiments in Opera

Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous present the premiere of Chunky in Heat, an opera based on a libretto by celebrated author A. M. HomesChunky in Heat tells the story of a young girl who comes of age poolside at her family’s home in the canyons of Los Angeles. Against this backdrop of privilege, she struggles to understand her place in her family and the world.  Chunky in Heat features music by Jason Cady, Paula Matthusen, Erin Rogers, Aaron Siegel, Shelley Washington and Matthew Welch. This production is directed by Alison Moritz.

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Madama Butterfly
Jul
6
to Aug 4

Madama Butterfly

New Staging for Central City Opera

Alison returns to Central City to direct Puccini’s classic story of love and sacrifice. Starring Raquel Gonzalez, Annie Rosen, Cody Austin, Troy Cook, and Joseph Gaines. Conducted by Adam Turner.

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Candide
Aug
22
to Aug 23

Candide

Tanglewood Music Festival

This August, Alison teams up with The Knights and Tanglewood Music Festival to celebrate Bernstein's centennial in style! CANDIDE at Tanglewood - what could possibly be better?

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Eric Jacobsen

Choreographer: John Heginbotham

Production Design: Aaron Copp

Costume Design: Amanda Seymour

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A Female Force: Ana Mendieta
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Female Force: Ana Mendieta

"My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that tie me to the universe." - Ana Mendieta

This spring, Alison teams up with Amanda Crider and the creative forces at IlluminArts to celebrate the work and legacy of performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist Ana Mendieta. This celebration of art as rite and ritual will blur the line between opera and performance art.

Program to include music by Hildegard von Bingen, Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Libby Larsen, and video by Ana Mendieta. This one-night-only event will take place in the contemporary De La Cruz Collection.

Free Admission and Open to All.

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ALL THE WONDERS: Triple Bill for Bard Conservatory
Mar
9
12:30 PM12:30

ALL THE WONDERS: Triple Bill for Bard Conservatory

"Of all the wonders that the world had to offer, only art promised immortality."

- Sergei Diaghilev

A luminous triple-bill of operatic rarities, presented by Bard Conservatory's innovative Vocal Arts Program.

Inspired by impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his artistic circle, this event will feature an operatic arrangement of Stravinsky's Pulcinella (commissioned by Diaghilev in 1920), John Harbison's dance-opera fairy tale Full Moon in March, and Ana Sokolovic's contemporary wedding ritual Svadba.

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: James Bagwell

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Proving Up (World Premiere)
Jan
19
to Jan 21

Proving Up (World Premiere)

World Premiere: Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative

Composer: Missy Mazzoli

Librettist: Royce Vavrek

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Christopher Rountree

A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this world premiere opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek (Opera Philadelphia's huge success story Breaking the Waves) based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.

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Orpheus in the Underworld
Nov
10
to Nov 12

Orpheus in the Underworld

New Orleans Opera Association

A new production of Offenbach's boisterous farce, inspired by 1960s boffo sex comedies such as A Shot in the Dark, Alfie, and The World of Henry Orient. Fans of Peter Sellers, rejoice!

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Robert Lyall

Scenic Designer: Steven Kemp

Lighting Designer: Don Darnutzer

Costume Designer: Julie Winn

 

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Gallantry
Jul
26
to Aug 4

Gallantry

Central City Opera

Written only two years after Douglas Moore's famed The Ballad of Baby Doe, Gallantry is a live-action soap opera, complete with commercial interruptions.

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Christopher Zemliauskas

 

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Cabildo
Jul
26
to Aug 2

Cabildo

Central City Opera

The only opera written by American composer Amy Beach, Cabildo is a sentimental tale, told in flashback, of the pirate Jean Lafitte, unjustly imprisoned in the Cabildo (governor’s palace) but released in time to help Andrew Jackson save New Orleans from the British.

Stage Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Christopher Zemliauskas

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The Snow Queen (American Premiere)
Jun
17
to Jun 18

The Snow Queen (American Premiere)

A new production for Tulsa Opera.

On the heels of acclaimed European performances in Hamburg, Dresden and Venice and a two‐year sold-out run at the Berlin Comic Opera, Tulsa Opera presents the American premiere of The Snow Queen, a fairytale opera by Pierangelo Valtinoni that will delight adults and children alike.

This new production, created for Tulsa Opera in an English translation, features the voices of Tulsa Opera Resident Artists and Tulsa Youth Opera.

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Hydrogen Jukebox
Apr
21
to Apr 30

Hydrogen Jukebox

A new production for Tri-Cities Opera.

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX pairs the visionary work of beat-poet Allen Ginsberg with the music of Philip Glass, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century.  Covering a plethora of issues and themes from the anti-war movement, to the sexual revolution, drugs, eastern philosophy and environmental issues, this musical portrait of America at the end of the 20th century is as current today as it was counter-cultural when Ginsberg’s poetry was written.

Maestro Braden Toan returns to team up with innovative Stage Director Alison Moritz.  Featuring a cast of passionate singers, this brand new production is sure to revolutionize your appreciation of opera.

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Tosca
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

Tosca

Presented by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, this promises to be a uniquely stark and visceral semi-staging of Puccini's beloved masterpiece. Director Alison Moritz and conductor Maestro Andrew Constantine lead an exceptional cast featuring Alexandra Loutsion, Cooper Nolan, and Hugh Russell. One night only.

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Our Town
Jan
21
to Jan 29

Our Town

To be presented by both Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera.


An intimate and inventive new production, this staging is designed as part of of a two-year initiative that presents traditional operas in context to tell the story of the people in the Central Valley community - and to celebrate the important role that art and agriculture play in connecting us to each other, and to the earth.

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The Tender Land
Nov
11
to Nov 12

The Tender Land

A new production of Aaron Copland's classic The Tender Land.

Directed by Alison Moritz for Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam); scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer, costume design by Catherine Mason.

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Candide
Oct
13
to Oct 16

Candide

The Orlando Philharmonic presents a new spin on Bernstein's classic romp - directed by Alison Moritz, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, and featuring choreography by John Heginbotham, costumes by Amanda Seymour, and concert design by Aaron Copp.

Starring Miles Mykkanen, Evan Jones, Sharleen Joynt, Margaret Gawrysiak, Gabe Priesser, Samantha Barnes Daniel, and Alex Mansoori. 

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