2015 Season

Thérèse Raquin

Cold-blooded Passion, Murderous Love

Tobias Picker
Feb. 20, 22, 25 and 28
Harris Theater for Music & Dance 

Thérèse, trapped in an unhappy marriage, escapes into a stormy affair with her husband’s best friend. Their newfound passion compels the young lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Picker’s lavish and riveting score provides the suspenseful underpinning for this deadly ménage à trois. Based on Emile Zola’s scandalous novel it is “a meaningful opera infused with moments of searing reflection and luxurious sensuality." (Opera Now)


A Coffin in Egypt

Old Memories, New Truths

Ricky Ian Gordon
Starring Frederica von Stade
April 25, 29, May 1 and 3
Harris Theater for Music & Dance  

Celebrated mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade stars in this tour-de-force portrayal of 90-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe living in Egypt, Texas. Having outlived her family, she confronts a life of missed opportunities, broken dreams, and a family of liars and murderers. In a role written for von Stade, her performance is hailed by the Huffington Post as “transcendent and powerful.” Gordon’s intimate, touching score tells this unforgettable story of one woman’s last moments of reflection and forgiveness.


Lucio Silla

Loving Conspiracies, Romantic Revenge

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
September 26 and 30, October 2 and 4
Harris Theater for Music & Dance 

Composed by the 16 year old Mozart, this tale of a tyrannical dictator was one of the young prodigy’s earliest successes. When Silla is denied the heart of the woman he desires, he commits his considerable power and influence to force matters in his favor. He soon discovers that his are not the only plots and conspiracies hidden in the streets of Rome. This saga of deceit, love and intrigue is punctuated by awe-inspiring arias and ravishing melodies.

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