Virginia Opera will open its 2018-29 season with “Street Scene,” the rarely staged hybrid of opera and American musical theater by Kurt Weill.
Based on the play by Elmer Rice, with a libretto by Langston Hughes, “Street Scene” ran on Broadway from January to May 1947, earning Weill the first Tony Award for best original score. It was revived by New York City Opera several times, but has been performed only intermittently elsewhere.
Adam Turner, Virginia Opera’s principal conductor and artistic advisor, who was the inaugural recipient of the Julius Redel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship in 2015, will lead performances of “Street Scene,” with stage direction by Dorothy Danner.
Performances, in English with projected captions, are scheduled for Sept. 28 and 30 and Oct. 2 at Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Oct. 6 and 7 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, and Oct. 12 and 14 at the Carpenter Theatre of Dominion Energy Center in Richmond.
Other 2018-19 productions, all conducted by Turner:
– Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” directed by Lillian Groag, in Italian with English captions, Nov. 2, 4 and 6 in Norfolk; Nov. 10 and 11 in Fairfax; Nov. 16 and 18 in Richmond.
– Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” directed by Kyle Lang, in Italian with English captions, Feb. 8, 10 and 12 in Norfolk; Feb. 16 and 17 in Fairfax; Feb. 22 and 24 in Richmond.
– Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” directed by Richard Gammon, in Italian with English captions, March 15, 17 and 19 in Norfolk; March 23 and 24 in Fairfax; March 29 and 31 in Richmond.
Casting for the productions will be announced later.
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