The 2021-2022 season will begin in December with a nod to our inaugural season with Tosca (December 18 and 19), the first opera presented by our company in 1981. The three-act opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles, directed by Eve Summer and conducted by Tiffany Chang. Tosca will feature new, original costumes by Neil Fortin, and will use an original set construction by Opera Omaha and Boston Lyric Opera.
As part of our commitment to support emerging works and talent, Opera Columbus will present Fellow Travelers (February 25 and 27). The opera centers around the love affair of two men during the McCarthy era of the 1950s and the “lavender scare,” a witch hunt and mass firings of gay people from the United States government. Fellow Travelers will be sung in English with English titles and conducted by Kelly Kuo.
For the past 38 seasons, the Cooper-Bing Competition has been an internationally-recognized vocal competition that empowers and celebrates young, emerging artists. This competition discovers talent, reveals artistic opportunity, and engages the next generation into the professional opera community. Join us and cast your vote as finalists compete for a top prize of $10,000! You don’t want to miss this battle of the voices!
Vanqui is a tale of death and resurrection through the eyes of the heroine, Vanqui, a 19th-century enslaved woman. The original music of Leslie Savoy Burrs and the libretto by John A. Williams frames a uniquely American experience in a compelling, multi-dimensional work of art. Vanqui will be sung in English with English titles.
The tragic love story of La traviata will be performed in partnership with Out of the Box Opera at a Downtown Columbus hotel. The immersive experience directed by David Lefkowich will follow Violetta through three stages of her life. Verdi’s La traviata will be sung in Italian with English mobile titles. Join the cast for a delectable evening of music and enjoy some libations.
In spring of 2022, we will present 40 Days of Opera with productions and performances that will appeal to a broad spectrum of performing arts enthusiasts. 40 Days of Opera kicks off on May 4 with a party, and La traviata will follow (June 3, 4, 5).
Other operatic experiences planned for Opera Columbus’s 40 Days of Opera include: Vanqui, an opera about the Underground Railroad commissioned and premiered by Opera Columbus in 1999. With music by Leslie Burrs and libretto by John A. Williams, the opera will be presented as a community partner for The Ohio State University Journeys to Equity. Additionally, 40 Days will include Dr Kim and the Voice Box at COSI’s science festival; Sunrise Opera; Opera and Poetry; and the world premiere of The Puppy Episode with music by Matthew Recio, libretto by Royce Vavrek, directed by Christopher Mirto, and created with a new partnership with Oberlin Conservatory.
Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2021-2022 season are on sale NOW!
COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES
Our safety policy was designed in consultation with leading experts in the fields of epidemiology, public health, workplace/industrial hygiene, and infectious diseases.
Updated April 4, 2022
For the performances of 40 Days of Opera throughout the city of Columbus:
- Opera Columbus will no longer require that audience members show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test.
- Masks are encouraged for all patrons.
The Opera Columbus will continue to monitor government policy changes, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, government mandates, and public health notices and make changes as necessary or appropriate to ensure the safety of staff, artists, and the public.
Limitation on Liability/Assumption of Risk
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