23. January 2010 · 5 comments · Categories: Opera

I received a newsletter from OSJ on Friday which includes the names of the operas for next season. I am assuming it’s now safe to tell everyone what we are doing:

  • Anna Karenina
    David Carlson
    Performances: September 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 23, 25, 26

  • Tosca
    Giacomo Puccini
    Performances: November 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28

  • The Barber of Seville
    Gioachino Rossini
    Performances: February 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 24, 26, 27

  • La bohème
    Giacomo Puccini
    Performances: April 23, 24, 28, 30, May 1, 3, 6, 8

    I’m sort of surprised by two things: 1) we are doing a contemporary opera (!) and 2) we are doing two Puccini works (?). But that’s what’s on the newsletter, and that was also what I had been told earlier. So there you go.


    1. hey, I just heard we will be doing La boheme this year too! Late sept – we only manage 1 full opera per year.

    2. When you say “we” are you referring to a symphony, Jill? When San Jose Symphony (RIP) was around and was doing opera they did one a year too. They aren’t cheap or easy to put on! But La bohème is one wonderful opera! 🙂

    3. La Boheme was my first opera I ever played, and I still love it. Great first oboe solos. Boy, was I terrified!

      I guess it’s not that surprising you’re doing two Puccini’s. They are two of the most famous ones, and they sell tickets well!

    4. I’m sure it’s for ticket sales, Cooper, but still I’m surprised! I’ve been in this group for 25 years now and we’ve never down the same composer twice in one year. Ah well, better these two than a Butterfly thrown in. (That’s killer on the chops!) I’ve done Boheme a ton of times now, as you might imagine. And I did the run up in San Francisco when it was done by Baz Luhrmann, as part of the musical theater scene. (Best job ever!)

    5. Two Puccini operas is surprising, although not in the sense that they’re popular. If I were programming the season, I might’ve switched one of them out for a Verdi (we haven’t done Il Trovatore in a while). But that’s just me.

      The repeat of Barber seems a bit soon to me (although it was only about six months after our last Boheme, if memory serves). But we’ve got a wonderful Rossini mezzo who will make an outstanding Rosina, so I can understand the desire to remount it.