For the first time ever, OperaDelaware presents multiple performances of three productions—“Carmen,” “Lakmé” and Wine, Women and Food—during the two-weekend long OperaDelaware Festival. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the greatest music and performance around. “La Tragédie de Carmen” playsâ€¨May 9, May 15 and May 17 at Tatnall School. A staged version of Peter Brook’s stunning adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, it stars Audrey Babcock as Carmen, Alok Kumar as Don José, Michael Mayes as Escamillo and Victoria Cannizzo as Micaëla. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts, and Cynthia du Pont Tobias directs. In “Lakmé”â€¨May 8 and May 16 at the baby grand, Sharon Cheng stars in a concert version of Delibes’ rarely performed masterpiece. The performance features the OperaDelaware Chorus, prepared by Jeffrey Miller, and James Harp of Lyric Opera Baltimore at the piano.
Wine, Women & Foodâ€¨on May 14 and May 16 features many favorite operatic excerpts related to the theme, all sung by young stars of the operatic world. The performance features “Bon Appétit,” a one-woman opera based on Julia Child’s famous chocolate cake episode. Starring Melissa Kornacki as Julia Child, the 20-minute opera brings to life all the joie de vivre of the original French chef. See it at the OperaDelaware Studio. OperaDelaware is a professional nonprofit opera company with a reputation for excellence in both opera and arts education. Our mission is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, families and students within the Mid-Atlantic region through meaningful arts education and the production of grand opera and intimate opera concerts, featuring established and emerging talent. Artists it has have nurtured have performed in major houses around the world. Special pricing for the festival is available. For more, visit www.operade.org.