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WFMT Operas in September 2020 from Opera Southwest and the Royal Opera


Opera Southwest, along with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and San Jose’s Opera Cultura, have commissioned an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s best-selling novel Bless Me, Ultima. The composer, Hector Armienta, has worked with Mr. Anaya on the libretto, and the resulting piece will be an historic event. Maestro Guillermo Figueroa conducts. Hear it on 9/5 at 1pm.

9/5    Armienta:  Bless Me, Ultima (in English)    Opera Southwest
Ultima        Kirsten Chavez
Tony        Daisy Beltran
The Owl    Jose Luis Muñoz
Gabriel        Javier Abreu
Maria        Carelle Flores
Tenorio        Carlos Archuleta
Narciso        Javier Ortiz
Three Sisters    Jennifer Perez, Bethany Herrera, Denise Wernly-Alsina
Pedro Luna    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann

9/12    Wagner: Lohengrin (in German)  Opera Southwest
Lohengrin     Corey Bix
Elsa of Brabant     Michelle Johnson
Ortrud         Claudia Chapa
Friedrich     Sean Anderson
Heinrich    Harold Wilson

9/19    Beethoven: Fidelio (in German) Royal Opera
Leonore, Florestan's wife    Lise Davidsen
Florestan, a prisoner        Jonas Kaufmann
Rocco, gaoler (guard)        Georg Zeppenfeld
Don Pizarro, prison governor    Michael Kupfer-Radecky
Marzelline, Rocco's daughter    Amanda Forsythe
Jaquino, assistant to Rocco    Robin Tritschler
Don Fernando, King's minister    Egils Sili?š,
First Prisoner            Filipe Manu
Second Prisoner        Timothy Dawkins

9/26    Mozart: Don Giovanni (in Italian)  Royal Opera
Don Giovanni            Erwin Schrott
Leporello            Roberto Tagliavini
Donna Anna            Malin Byström
Don Ottavio            Daniel Behle
Donna Elvira            Myrtò Papatanasiu
Zerlina                Louise Alder
Masetto                Leon Kosavic
Il Commendatore (Don Pedro)    Petros Magoulas