As Kentucky Opera prepares to launch its 65th Anniversary Season, we had the opportunity to chat with Maestro Joseph Mechavich, Interim Artistic Director, about this season’s repertoire, what audiences should look forward to, and why Mo Joe thinks this season is chock full of can’t-miss moments. We hope you enjoy this insight into the selection and planning of Kentucky Opera’s 2016/17 Season.
Long time Kentucky Opera fans will note that the 65th Anniversary Season is a departure from the Repertoire Reimagined, an initiative formed by our much-missed General Director, David Roth. To honor 65 years of artistic excellence and ingenuity, Maestro Mechavich selected this season of classic operas.
“I conduct 9 to 12 productions a year for companies around the globe. So I have witnessed many classic seasons of success. Plus, I have been associated with Kentucky Opera since 2007, so I have a good idea of what my Kentucky Opera family likes,” Mechavich says. “The Art Institute of Chicago has their renowned Impressionist collection, The Louvre has Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and the Phillip’s Collection has its Rothko Room. These collections of classic masterpieces attract vast numbers of visitors into these art museums every year. And, as they wander those sacred halls, visitors may be seduced by something new,” says Maestro Mechavich. “Likewise, an opera company has a responsibility to provide a seasonal repertoire that entices its audience while showcasing a new gem or rarity.”
With this in mind, Maestro Mechavich and the Kentucky Opera production team structured the 65th Anniversary Season to include Puccini’s MADAME BUTTERFLY, Mozart’s THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s THE MIKADO. “The season is anchored in the splendor of MADAME BUTTERFLY and THE MIKADO,” explains Maestro Mechavich, “while featuring Mozart’s comedic masterpiece, THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO.”
Maestro Mechavich hopes that the 65th Anniversary Season will delight opera fans, and entice newcomers to the art form. “BUTTERFLY is a stunning masterpiece, but it also serves as an outstanding opportunity to introduce the magic of opera to new patrons,” says Maestro Mechavich. “It’s important to remember that even though many opera goers cherish MADAME BUTTERFLY, there are many people who have never experienced the piece.”
On behalf of Kentucky Opera and Maestro Mechavich, we invite you to experience the entire 65th Anniversary Season for as little as $86. Learn more about subscribing to Kentucky Opera HERE.