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Opera Orlando announces 2024-25 Destiny + Desire Season, their biggest and most wide-ranging season yet

A powerful 2024-25 season will ensure Opera Orlando's tradition of world-class, cutting edge, innovative presentations will continue, attracting and captivating diverse audiences within the community, nationally, and from around the world.

Opera Orlando announces 2024-25 Destiny + Desire Season

Opera Orlando has announced their upcoming 2024-25 season, with the non-profit company inviting you to face your destiny and give in to your desires during the Destiny + Desire Season.

The upcoming 2024-25 season willl feature two Shakespeare inspired works, a beautiful treatment of a beloved fairy tale, and some stunning Verismo.

Season packages start at just $89 with special season launch pricing available until July 4. Save up to $50 by subscribing now, AND take advantage of a 10% discount on two subscriber add-on productions: a family-friendly holiday double bill and a Scott Joplin ragtime opera.

Featured Shows

Opera Orlando Presents Macbeth

Opera Orlando Presents Macbeth
October 25 & 27, 2024 | Steinmetz Hall | Tickets On Sale July 26

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s tale of ruthless desire set to some of Verdi’s most magnificent music, takes the stage to open Opera Orlando’s season of Destiny + Desire. This all new production will be led by stage director Matt Haney and conductor Mark Sforzini, both making their Company debuts.

Consumed by the promise of political power and propelled by his ambitious wife, Macbeth, sung by international baritone Norman Garrett, gets caught in a murderous web to claim the Scottish throne. A powerful and emotional work, Macbeth is the opera Giuseppe Verdi declared to be “unlike any other!” There is no love story here, just a darkly riveting scramble to grab power at any cost.

Macbeth will be sung in Italian with English and Spanish supertitles. The run time for the full evening will be 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Opera Orlando Presents Cendrillon

Opera Orlando Presents Cendrillon
February 7 & 9, 2025 | Steinmetz Hall | On Sale Aug. 23

Opera Orlando presents a fairy tale classic, Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon. Based on the beloved French Cinderella story by Perrault, this all new production will surely sparkle and enchant audiences.

Bring the whole family to enjoy this delightful opera directed by James Marvel, making his Company debut, with conductor Noam Aviel returning to Orlando to conduct the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in the pit. This charming take on the Cinderella story is full of fun, laughter, and gorgeous music that will delight audiences of all ages.

Cendrillon will be sung in French with English and Spanish supertitles. The run time for the full evening will be 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Opera Orlando Presents Beatrice + Benedict / Cavalleria Rusticana

Opera Orlando Presents Beatrice + Benedict / Cavalleria Rusticana
April 25 & 27, 2025 | Steinmetz Hall | Tickets On Sale Nov. 22

Opera Orlando presents two operas rolled into one with Hector Berlioz’s Beatrice + Benedict and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Watch these stories unfold simultaneously on an Easter day in the Sicilian town of Messina.

Audiences first watch Berlioz’s comedy, based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, play out in the town square with weddings and a happy ending for all, and then a more tragic tale is told as Mascagni’s verismo opera happens in the exact same town square.

This is an all new opera mash-up conceived by Company artistic director Grant Preisser. He leads this production joined by conductor Pasquale Valerio making his company debut. The production will also feature the Opera Orlando Chorus and Youth Company, as well as dancers from Orlando Ballet.

Beatrice + Benedict will be sung in English and Cavalleria Rusticana will be sung in Italian. Both will have English and Spanish supertitles. The run time for the full evening will be 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.

Subscription Add-Ons

Opera Orlando Presents Four Lost Santas | Amahl and the Night Visitors

Opera Orlando Presents Four Lost Santas | Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 6–8, 2024 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater | Tickets On Sale Sept. 27

Opera Orlando presents the world premiere of Four Lost Santas, a comic Christmas opera. This fun, family-friendly piece is a lead-in to Menotti’s seasonal favorite Amahl and the Night Visitors, and it is the perfect antidote for the hustle and bustle of the season. Join a barbershop quartet of Santas who find themselves lost on their way to what should be their big break: SantaCon! They are thankfully rescued by Judy and Rudy, a mother and son who are running late to their community theater production of Amahl. When they can’t fix the Santas’ car, they all pile into the Mom’s car to get into town.

They arrive to utter chaos at the theater as the three Kings and Page have quit the production. Rudy is particularly disappointed, but the Santas save the day as they volunteer to sing the roles in Amahl, because of course they have sung them before. As the cast breathes a sigh of relief, the stage manager yells, “Places!” and then begins Amahl and the Night Visitors, a poignant story of a beautiful Christmas miracle.

This pairing is a perfect balance between the commercial and sacred side of the holidays, told by a fantastic cast in the intimate setting of the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater. Sing along to some of your favorite Christmas carols, and let this new Christmas tradition tug at your heartstrings.

Four Lost Santas/Amahl and the Night Visitors will be sung in English with English and Spanish supertitles and have a run time of approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Opera Orlando Present Treemonisha
May 16–18, 2025 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater | Jan. 17

Opera Orlando invites you to embark on a life-affirming journey of family and community in a new production of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha. A truly astounding work that resonates on many levels, it is the only opera in existence about the Reconstruction Era African-American experience written by a black man who actually lived through it, and this new production will celebrate the past but also reflect the present, highlighting black excellence and the strength, beauty, and wisdom of Black women, all led by stage director Roberta Emerson.

Joplin's tuneful score is a lively mix of ragtime, vaudeville, and grand opera, with a big helping of heart and soul. Treemonisha is a young woman who leads her community against the influence of conjurers, who prey on ignorance and superstition. Through Treemonisha’s confrontation with the conjurers the community realizes the value of education and Treemonisha leads them all into a bright and bountiful future of education, opportunity, and prosperity.

Treemonisha will be sung in English with English and Spanish supertitles and have a run time of approximately two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission. The theater will be in a thrust configuration, with seating on three sides

Season Subscriptions are now available for all of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts productions and can be purchased here.

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