In case you haven’t heard, Kentucky Opera has just announced the Brown-Forman 2015-16 Season, which represents the second year of our Repertoire Reimagined 5 year plan, and our commitment to showcasing the best in contemporary and American operas alongside stunning classic revivals. This week we were able to sit down with General Director David Roth to discuss the season as a whole and the productions individually.
The task of selecting three productions each year is monumental, and requires the collaboration of the entire Kentucky Opera staff and our regional allies. “With this plan [Repertoire Reimagined] we established three goals for ourselves that would guide the repertory we would choose to present each season,” said Mr. Roth. “We want to offer classic works that haven’t been seen by our audiences, along with inventive new productions that utilize the latest technologies in stagecraft.” The motivation for this new commitment to present fresh productions to our regional audience is simple, “Though we’re a small, regional opera company, we believe we have a role to play in engaging a broad spectrum of patrons from across the community.”
Our new season will certainly attract a variety of audiences. “If variety is the spice of life, then next season offers a feast for all to enjoy,” said Mr. Roth. “It not only exemplifies our goals to present the breadth and depth of opera today, but also showcases three works that embody the best of classic opera, operetta, and new works. Each is of exceptional quality, with lyrical scores and powerful stories, the perfect marriage of music and theatre.”
The three productions––MACBETH, THREE DECEMBERS, and SHOW BOAT ––promise to delight fans of all styles of opera. “We open with one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest works, his highly praised Shakespearean tragedy, MACBETH. We close the season with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s operetta, SHOWBOAT, a piece which ushered in a new era in theatre and music in America,” said Mr. Roth.
Mr Roth continued, “THREE DECEMBERS premiered at Houston Grand Opera in February 2008… It’s a story about a family coming to terms with their lives and relationships as they’ve grown apart, and struggle to find the laughter and warmth they once shared. As composer Jake Heggie says, it’s a story about identity, of ourselves and who we are to our family, created and told with humor and heartache through the genius of three men all born and bred on the American stage.” We are also pleased to announce that THREE DECEMBERS will feature the incandescent Denyce Graves and a cast of extraordinary African American artists, each of whom is thrilled to explore this score and story.
Finally we wanted to know what Mr. Roth is most looking forward to about the Brown-Forman 2015-16 Season. “Something from each opera,” he said. “First, the powerful score by Verdi that fully captures the tragedy of Shakespeare’s destructive story of an insecure king and his manipulative queen. Next is Denyce Graves’s interpretation of an aging Broadway diva. Finally, I can’t wait for Kentucky Opera’s first performance of SHOW BOAT. As opera companies across America, including Chicago Lyric Opera, are rediscovering the beauty of SHOWBOAT’s music, we believe it is time we produce the epic story of life on the Mississippi.”
We hope you’ll join us for the new season of our Repertoire Reimagined, as we continue to plumb the depths of American talent and present regional premieres of classic, cherished stories. To learn more about each of our productions, please click HERE, and subscribe to our Brown-Forman 2015-16 season.