SJ Opera offers ‘Love & Secrets’
Opera San Jose’s latest digital offering, “Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy,” is available until Monday.
The fully staged production includes three stories of passion and desire, as the couples grapple with the turmoil, joys and heartache.
“For couples around the world, this long period of quarantine has forced romantic relationships into uncharted territory,” said Opera San Jose general manager Khori Dastoor, a resident of Los Altos. “The rhythm of domestic life has been disrupted and challenged like never before. Despite prolonged physical proximity, feelings of isolation emerge, inviting one to question the very foundations of the partnership as each person evolves, both as individuals and in relation to one another. .
Dastoor curated the original collection of three chamber operas, directed by Opera San Jose’s resident director, Tara Branham. Music Director Joseph Marcheso and Resident Conductor Christopher James Ray lead the members of the San Jose Opera Orchestra in “Love & Secrets”.
The three short operas that make up the trilogy include “Il segreto di Susanna” by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, “Four Dialogues” by Ned Rorem and “The Husbands” by Tom Cipullo.
“Il segreto di Susanna” is a salon comedy about the mistakes of the 19th century Italian buffa opera tradition, in which an innocuous secret threatens the luck of happiness of a young newlywed couple. Directed by Marcheso, the one-act opera features resident soprano artist Vanessa Becerra, baritone Efraín Solís and tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli.
“Four Dialogues” is based on the poetry of Frank O’Hara. It’s a classic tale between a man and a girl marking a couple’s relationship, from the first love at first sight to the pains of its bitter end. The opera stars Santelli and local soprano Marnie Breckenridge.
“The Husbands,” based on William Carpenter’s prose poem “Rain,” focuses on people who have kept their deceased husbands forever present in their hearts. Directed by Ray, the 10-minute piece features resident artists, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu.
Tickets are offered on a basis of $ 15, $ 25 or $ 40 per household. Those who buy tickets before Monday will have 30 days to see the production.
For tickets and more information call (408) 437-4450 or visit operasj.orgSJ Opera offers “Love & Secrets”.