SEASON | 2017-2018
What was it that made Giacomo Puccini not only the most popular opera composer of his lifetime, but also (arguably) the most successful of all time?
For 40 years he had the ability to wield such orchestral power and vocal poignance that it could bring any aria, any opera to a unique and personal climax — from the heart-pounding rush of music and emotion — to a heart-stopping moment of electric silence — then a thunderous roar of bravos and applause. That was his genius. That was his gift. What some opera lovers called The Puccini Moment.
This season, OperaDelaware has harvested a half dozen of these “moments” from Puccini masterpieces for the 2018 Festival that will fill our opera house for a grand season — and echo in your memory for a lifetime. We'll also introduce a new series at our lovely Riverfront Studios, Opera Uncorked with Swigg, that will appeal to opera aficionados and newbies alike, and present a special concert performance of Jules Massenet's Werther. So cheers to a new season — OperaDelaware is a revelation... come revel with us!
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OPERA UNCORKED WITH SWIGG
October 20 & 22, 2017
March 16 & 18, 2018
May 4, 2018
New series! Enjoy operatic highlights paired with optional wine/beer tastings at our Riverfront Studios. First up: Arias, Ambers & IPAs on Oct. 20 & 22.
April 28-May 6, 2018
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Puccini's Il Trittico! Seven glorious one-acts in two weekends: Il Tabarro & Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicchi & Buoso’s Ghost (Michael Ching's contemporary sequel to Schicchi); plus Opera Uncorked with Swigg: A Flight of Puccini, a special concert performance of Act I of La Bohème, Act II of Tosca, and Act III of Madama Butterfly.
WERTHER IN CONCERT
November 18 & 19, 2017
Loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Goethe's novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Jules Massenet's tragic opera about unrequited love comes to life in this intimate concert (with piano) at the OperaDelaware Studios. A special collaboration with the Baltimore Concert Opera and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus