Catching up with Mo Joe

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Just a few weeks ago Kentucky Opera celebrated the opening of The Brown-Forman 2014/15 Season with a triumphant production of Beethoven’s Fidelio. This production of a masterpiece, rarely produced, is just the beginning of the type of exciting repertoire which our thriving company will present. In February, I will return to conduct Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire while I fill out the rest of my 2014/15 season with four other exciting projects that will take me to companies throughout North America.

I am currently working with Calgary Opera, another home-away-from-home, to conduct the Canadian premiere of Kevin Puts’Pulizter Prize winning opera Silent Night. It is based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël which tells the story of a brief Christmas truce in 1914 between combating forces in World War I. Performances of Silent Night are November 8, 12 and 14.

The first week of January marks the beginning of a very exciting and ambitious project with the Florentine Opera (Milwaukee). Over the course of the next four years I will record four operas by the celebrated American composer Carlisle Floyd. We begin with Wuthering Heights which will feature Kelly Markgraf, who performed the Count in our production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Vale Rideout who was our Romeo in last year’s production of Roméo et Juliette as well as acclaimed mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer. Wuthering Heights will be recorded live over two concert performances by Florentine Opera on January 9 and 11.

Right after my time in Milwaukee I return to Louisville for A Streetcar Named Desire and then on to San Diego Operain March to conduct John Adams’ Nixon in China. The cast will feature Franco Pomponi as Richard Nixon, who will perform the role of Jack Rance in our November production of La Fanciulla del West and Maria Kanyovaas Pat Nixon, who will make her Kentucky Opera debut as Blanche in our production of A Streetcar Named Desire. San Diego Opera’s performances of Nixon in China are March 14, 17, 20 and 22.

Finally, I am making my debut with Opera Colorado in Denver conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Believe it or not this will be my very first Magic Flute and I could not be more thrilled to pace this very special gem of a show! Opera Colorado’s performances are May 2, 5, 8, 10.

If your travels take you to any of these destinations make sure to experience one or more of these performances.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada