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.
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 Opera under the Stars at COSI’s planetarium; 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 for the 2021-2022 season, which include Tosca, Fellow Travelers, and La Traviata, go on sale on August 2, 2021. Single ticket sales begin August 16, 2021.
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