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Opera San Antonio Works Toward a Lasting Presence on the Stage

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San Antonians have supported opera since the late 19th century; in 1945 San Antonio became the first city in Texas to start a resident company. But sustaining an ongoing company in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony, such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin have done with their symphonies, has eluded the city.

During his 26-year tenure starting in 1950, San Antonio Symphony director Victor Alessandro continued the San Antonio Symphony Society’s Grand Opera Festival and brought in world-renowned singers. After his death in 1976, the Symphony continued producing operas until 1983.

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“Macbeth,” “La Bohéme” on tap for Opera San Antonio By David Hendricks

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Opera San Antonio will stage widely loved masterpieces by composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini for its 2017-18 season.

Verdi’s “Macbeth” will be performed Sept. 8 and 10, the opera company has announced, and Puccini’s “La Bohéme” will be presented May 17 and 19, 2018. All performances will occur at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“Macbeth” is based on the William Shakespeare play, a story of a tragic quest for power. “La Bohéme” is set in Paris’ Latin Quarter about 1830 and is a tale of the happiness and sadness from love and loss.

No Need to Split Hairs - This Barber Satisfies

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Opera is sorta like baseball. A home-run slugger or two can give the fans some transitory thrills, but the team needs strength in every other position, all the way down to the short-relief pitchers and the batboys, to make it to the World Series. 

Opera San Antonio’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, which opened May 6 in the Tobin Center, was the work of a World Series contender.  

Big Give 2017: Thank You

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The Big Give was May 4, 2017

Thank you for supporting us through three seasons of opera as the resident opera company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and thank you for making Big Give 2017 such a great success!

On Thursday, May 4th, OPERA San Antonio raised over $7,000 from more than 40 generous donors. Thanks to all of you, OSA will continue its works and open the fourth season this fall with Verdi's Macbeth on September 8 & 10. 

New “Magic Flute” inspired by 1791 version

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Somewhere between the sun and the moon, imagination sparked the creation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in the 1700s.

In the 21st century, a new imagination formed “The Land of the Magic Flute,” a work of art that recreates itself every time it is performed — and the production Tuesday night at Trinity University’s Ruth Taylor Recital Hallfor an audience of nearly 300 people was like no other before it.

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“Carmen” singing cast wins out for Opera San Antonio

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The enduring popularity of Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” flows from the uncommon unity of its fabulous melodies with the story’s magnetic characters and their emotions.

Opera San Antonio’s “Carmen” production, the first of its 2016-17 season, magnified that unity in its Thursday night performance in all the ways that counted.

The main strengths of the staging were the exceptionally strong core singing cast that combined with splendid orchestral support from the San Antonio Symphony in the pit, all performing in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts before nearly 1,400 patrons.

OPERA San Antonio Names New Director

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Enrique Carreón-Robledo has been named the new General and Artistic Director for OPERA San Antonio.

He will step into his new role Aug. 1. He succeeds composer Tobias Picker, who left the company in January 2015.

Carreón-Robledo's credits include four years as artistic director of Opera in the Heights in Houston and his recently completed one-year appointment as visiting director of orchestral studies and professor of conducting at Oklahoma State University. He also has served as a guest conductor around the world, including performances with the University of London Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet, the West Australian Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet.

OPERA San Antonio will stage “The Barber of Seville” in May 2017

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“The Barber of Seville,” Gioachino Rossini’s comic masterpiece with one of the most popular overtures ever, will be Opera San Antonio’s second fully staged production for its 2016-17 season, the company has announced.

“The Barber of Seville” will be performed May 6-7, 2017, at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The San Antonio Symphony will be in the pit. A conductor has not been selected yet.

OPERA San Antonio sets next big show

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“Carmen,” Georges Bizet’s masterpiece of passion and jealousy, will open Opera San Antonio’s 2016-17 season.

The fully staged “Carmen” with the San Antonio Symphony will be performed Oct. 27 and 29 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, said Mel Weingart, the organization’s board chairman.

The “Carmen” production sets and costumes will come from the 2011 staging at New York’s Glimmerglass Festival, Weingart said.

Opera San Antonio delivers stunning “Butterfly”

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SAN ANTONIO — Presenting Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” to start its second season, Opera San Antonio on Thursday proved its first-season success with Richard Strauss’ “Salome” was not a fluke.

The singing, acting, set, lighting, costumes and orchestral music flowed into an emotional and compelling unity for a level of quality that was something to behold.

Let’s start with the ending of “Butterfly.” It was shattering. Utterly devastating. Anyone would have to see it to believe it. It was bold and stunning.

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