Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale, Donizetti’s timeless and witty comedy, features a spectacular cast of returning PNO favorites and brings some new voices to our stage.  Norina, a young widow, will be played by Serena Eduljee.  Eduljee’s performance of the doll in Tales of Hoffmann brought down the house and has been viewed more than 15,000 times on [...]

By |2019-06-26T15:12:07+00:00June 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Don Pasquale

Mefistofele

Mefistofele is Arrigo Boito’s take on Goethe’s tale of Faust, the ageing scholar who bargains his soul to the Devil to regain youth and passion. Boito is known mostly for the brilliant libretti he wrote for Verdi’s final two operas, Otello and Falstaff, but this, his only opera, was the one that launched superstar bass Samuel Ramey. Evan Boyer [...]

By |2019-06-25T19:31:48+00:00June 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Mefistofele

The Ring of the Nibelung

A brilliant adaption of Wagner’s epic setting of Norse legends of gods and men, giants and dwarfs, dragons and birds, condensed into one evening. A perfect introduction to the majestic splendor of Wagner’s music drama, it is both a profound moral epic and a ripping great tale. Even those of you who don’t think you [...]

By |2019-06-25T18:13:34+00:00July 1st, 2018|Comments Off on The Ring of the Nibelung

La Bohème

One of the most beloved and romantic operas of all time, La Bohème is an enduring tale of young love and tragic loss set in Paris, the city of light. The cast includes the US operatic debut of international tenor Ernesto Ramirez. Sung in Italian with English supertitles Four Performances: Friday October 26, 7:30 pm [...]

By |2018-11-20T16:30:19+00:00July 1st, 2018|Comments Off on La Bohème

Turandot

Based on an ancient Chinese tale, Turandot is an epic masterpiece of revenge, power and love. The vengeful princess Turandot has decreed that she will marry only a royal suitor who can answer her three riddles and those that fail will lose their heads — and many have. The tartar prince Calaf, filled with the [...]

By |2018-07-16T15:51:02+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Turandot

Tales of Hoffmann

French composer, Jacques Offenbach, noted more for his sparkling operettas, based  The Tales of Hoffman on three fantastical stories (“tales”) by German Romantic poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, author of “The Nutcracker”. Offenbach’s music, both intensely witty and intensely dramatic,  is the perfect vehicle to present the Romantic, richly imaginative world of the storyteller E.T.A. Hoffmann, combining [...]

By |2018-07-16T15:53:02+00:00June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Tales of Hoffmann

Don Giovanni

In 17th century Spain, Don Giovanni is a legendary hero, Don Juan. He seduces and abandons women without remorse. He has instructed his servant, Leporello, to stand guard while he attempts to creep into the bedroom of Donna Anna, but she screams. Her father, the Commendatore comes to her aid but Don Giovanni stabs him [...]

By |2017-08-08T13:46:24+00:00July 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Don Giovanni

Norma

The famous German Norma of the 1890s, Lotti Lehmann, said Norma is more difficult to sing than all three Bruinhildes put together. It requires immense range, technical virtuosity and enough stamina to appear in almost every scene. The soprano who takes it on must be able to produce floating pianissimos, sudden dramatic swells, a fusillade [...]

By |2017-08-08T15:29:50+00:00July 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Norma

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is based on the classic tale by the Brother’s Grimm and has too often been treated as a “children’s opera.” The music is anything but. Engelbert Humperdinck was a student of Richard Wagner and although Hansel and Gretel contains many recognizable tunes, chief among them “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” [...]

By |2017-08-08T15:34:09+00:00July 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Hansel & Gretel