The greatest singers and conductors in the world, exciting bold directors and stunning productions make up the San Diego Opera’s 49th Season.

Pagliacci, The Elixir of Love, A Masked Ball, Don Quixote are all part of the season which opens on January 25, 2014.


“This season welcomes an extraordinary array of exciting debut artists including soprano Krassimira Stoyanova and mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe in A Masked Ball and Verdi’s great Requiem, and tenor Giuseppe Filianoti with soprano Tatiana Lisnic in The Elixir of Love. Two new conductors join us, Karen Kamensek for The Elixir of Love and Massimo Zanetti for both A Masked Ball and the Requiem, adding further excitement,” Ian Campbell, San Diego Opera’s CEO and General and Artistic Director tells Giving Back Magazine. “With returning artists such as Anke Vondung as Dulcinea and Eduardo Chama as Sancho Panza to Ferruccio Furlanetto’s Don Quixote, Piotr Beczala in A Masked Ball and the Requiem, John Del Carlo as Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, and returning conductor Yves Abel and Frank Porretta in Pagliacci, we are assured of a remarkable season.”

The season opens on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7 PM with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s tragic opera Pagliacci. Tenor Frank Poretta returns to sing Canio, the troubled clown who murders his wife in a fit of jealousy. His wife, Nedda, will be sung by soprano Adina Nitescu in her Company debut.

The season continues with Gaetano Donizetti’s widely entertaining comic opera The Elixir of Love which opens on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7 PM. Making notable Company debuts are soprano Tatiana Lisnic as the love interest Adina and tenor Giuseppe Filianoti as Nemorino, one of Adina’s suitors. Bass John Del Carlo returns to sing the charlatan Dr. Dulcamara Conductor Karen Kamensek makes her Company debut from the podium.

Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of political intrigue, A Masked Ball, continues the season on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7 PM. These performances mark the return of international superstar, tenor Piotr Beczala as Gustav III. Making important Company debuts are soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Amelia and mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe as Madame Arvidson. Conductor Massimo Zanetti makes his debut leading the orchestra.

San Diego Opera’s 49th International Season closes with Jules Massenet’s Don Quixote which opens Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7 PM. The great bass Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to sing the titular eccentric wandering knight alongside returning bass Eduardo Chama as his sidekick Sancho Panza. Mezzo-soprano Anke Vondung returns to sing Dulcinea.

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