Our 2017-2018 Season Has Just Been Announced! — By Artistic Director Francesca Zambello
There are so many things I love deeply and passionately about our art form of opera. Opera can expose us to concepts we’ve never imagined before—it leads us to wrestle with ambiguity, multiple interpretations, and ideas that we can find soothing or jarring. Opera can be the launching pad to stimulate conversations about humanity—it can combat indifference, ignorance, and polarization. And opera can transport us from the day-to-day—showing us that its value does not lie in its utility.
In many of WNO’s operas for the 2017-2018 season, we embrace questions of morality in both serious and lighthearted ways…
In Aida, the characters’ desires lead to the downfall of their countries and destroyed lives.
As the title character in Alcina misuses her powers, we see a world that loses all sense of order.
In the world premiere of Proving Up, part of our American Opera Initiative Festival, we witness the extremes people will go to claim the right to their land.
With Don Carlo, every character twists and turns through moral and amoral behavior except one, who rises above but pays the ultimate price.
Humor has its way in The Barber of Seville, as Figaro and the Count trick Basilio and Bartolo into letting the Count have Rosina’s hand.
And in our chaotic times, I can think of no better moral than the one you’ll find in Candide, our tribute to Leonard Bernstein at 100: to live in a better world, we must each work to create it.
With each new production, WNO rises to greater heights than before, bringing together major stars and creative talents from the top echelons of opera to transport, provoke, and entertain you with their voices and visions. Single tickets for all of our individual productions won’t be available until the summer, but you can guarantee your seats to the new season now with a subscription, which comes with several exclusive benefits to make your WNO experience even more memorable. See you at the opera!