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Past Productions

Opera Seasons 1956 to 2013

1956-1957

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
The Old Maid and the Thief / The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore, Menotti

1957-1958

Fidelio, Beethoven
Ariadne auf Naxos, R. Strauss
Così fan tutte, Mozart

1958-1959 season

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky
Falstaff, Verdi
Orfeo, Monteverdi

1959-1960 season

Don Giovanni, Mozart
Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy
Otello, Verdi

1960-1961 season

The Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky
Erwartung, Schoenberg / Rossignol, Stravinsky (American premiere)
Idomeneo, Mozart
Carmen, Bizet

1961-1962 season

La traviata, Verdi
The Magic Flute, Mozart
L'Heure espagnole, Ravel / Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky
Ariadne auf Naxos, R. Strauss

1962-1963 season

Così fan tutte, Mozart
Gianni Schicchi, Puccini / L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Ravel
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
The Demon (World premiere) / The Long Christmas Dinner, Hindemith (American premiere)

1963-1964 season

Vanessa, Barber
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
Tosca, Puccini
Beatrice et Benedict, Berlioz (American premiere)

1964-1965 season

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Maria Golovin, Menotti (World premiere of revised version)
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Natalia Petrovna, Hoiby

1965-1966 season

Faust, Gounod
The Magic Flute, Mozart
The Rape of Lucretia, Britten
El amor brujo / El retablo de Maese Pedro / Concerto for Harpsicord, Falla

1966-1967 season

L'infedelta delusa, Haydn (American premiere)
Bomarzo, Ginastera (World premiere)

1967-1968 season

Dark

1968-1969 season

Amahl and the Night Visitors / The Medium, Menotti
Manon Lescaut, Puccini
L'Ormindo, Cavalli (American premiere)

1969-1970 season

Le Comte Ory, Rossini
The Turn of the Screw, Britten
La Bohème, Puccini

1970-1971 season

Koanga, Delius (American premiere)

1971-1972 season

Beatrix Cenci, Ginastera (World premiere)
Falstaff, Verdi
A Village Romeo and Juliet, Delius (American premiere)

1972-1973 season

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Weill
Così fan tutte, Mozart
The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky
L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi

1973-1974 season

Macbeth, Verdi
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Monteverdi (American premiere)
Gianni Schicchi / Il tabarro, Puccini
Manon, Massenet

1974-1975 season

L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi
Die Walküre, Wagner
Salome, R. Strauss

1975-1976 season

L'italiana in Algeri, Rossini
Otello, Verdi
Thaïs, Massenet

1976-1977 season

Atilla, Verdi
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Werther, Massenet

1977-1978 season

The Magic Flute, Mozart
L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti
The Seagull, Pasatieri Tosca, Puccini

1978-1979 season

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bellini
Don Pasquale, Donizetti

1979-1980 season (including KC Summer Opera)

The Impresario, Mozart / Abu Hassan, Weber
Postcard from Morocco, Argento
Christopher Columbus, Offenbach
Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo, Donizetti
Cendrillon, Massenet
La traviata, Verdi
Tristan und Isolde, Wagner
Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

1980-1981 season

Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
Semele, Handel
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Wiener Blut, Strauss
Postcard from Morocco, Argento
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
L'amore dei tre re, Montemezzi

1981-1982 season

La Bohème, Puccini
Macbeth, Verdi
The Magic Flute, Mozart
The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky
L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti
Monsieur Choufleuri, Offenbach / Trial by Jury, Gilbert & Sullivan
The Barber of Seville, Rossini

1982-1983 season

Carmen, Bizet
Falstaff, Verdi
Tosca, Puccini
La Cenerentola, Rossini
The Turn of the Screw, Britten
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
Monsieur Choufleuri, Offenbach / Trial by Jury, Gilbert & Sullivan

1983-1984 season

Così fan tutte, Mozart
Rigoletto, Verdi
La Belle Hélène, Offenbach
The Medium / The Telephone, Menotti
La Cenerentola, Rossini
Semele, Handel
L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti

1984-1985 season

La Bohème, Puccini
The Merry Widow, Lehar
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
La sonnambula, Bellini
The Medium / The Telephone, Menotti
L'italiana in Algeri, Rossini
The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky

1985-1986 season

Don Giovanni, Mozart
Eugene Onegin, Tchiakovsky
Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti
Christopher Columbus, Offenbach

1986-1987 season

Il trovatore, Verdi
The Tsar's Bride, Rimsky-Korsakov
Goya, Menotti (World premiere)
Il matrimonio segreto, Cimarosa
Don Pasquale, Donizetti
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
Wiener Blut, Strauss
L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi

1987-1988 season

Romeo et Juliette, Gounod
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
L'amico Fritz, Mascagni
Ruddigore, Gilbert & Sullivan
L'italiana in Algeri, Rossini
The Consul, Menotti
Fidelio, Beethoven
Cendrillon, Massenet

1988-1989 season

Tosca, Puccini
La traviata, Verdi
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
The Impresario, Mozart / Abu Hassan, Weber
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Paulus
The Queen of Spades, Tchiakovsky
La forza del destino, Verdi

1989-1990 season

Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti
Così fan tutte, Mozart
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicolai
Werther, Massenet
The Aspern Papers, Argento
Aida, Verdi
Die Fledermaus, Strauss

1990-1991 season

Salome, R. Strauss
La Bohème, Puccini
The Magic Flute, Mozart
King Arthur, Purcell
The Saint of Bleecker Street, Menotti
Manon, Massenet Rigoletto, Verdi

1991-1992 season

Don Carlo, Verdi
Don Giovanni, Mozart
The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach
Agrippina, Handel
Savage Land, Jin (American premiere)
Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni / Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
The Flying Dutchman, Wagner

1992-1993 season

Otello, Verdi
The Tsar's Bride, Rimsky-Korsakov
Don Pasquale, Donizetti
The Pearl Fishers, Bizet
La Cenerentola, Rossini
Turandot, Puccini
The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek

1993-1994 season

Anna Bolena, Donizetti
The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti
Ariadne auf Naxos, R. Strauss
The Dream of Valentino, Argento (World premiere)
Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
Madama Butterfly, Puccini

1994-1995 season

Faust, Gounod
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
The Bartered Bride, Smetana
Semele, Handel
Vanessa, Barber
Tiefland, d'Albert
Carmen, Bizet

1995-1996 season

Luisa Miller, Verdi
Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Betrothal in a Dream, Krasa (American premiere)
Werther, Massenet
Mefistofele, Boito
Così fan tutte, Mozart

1996-1997 season

Il guarany, Gomes
La Bohème, Puccini
El gato montes, Penella
La finta giardiniera, Mozart
The Ballad of Baby Doe, Moore
Elektra, R. Strauss
La traviata, Verdi

1997-1998 season

Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
Romeo et Juliette, Gounod
L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti
The Magic Flute, Mozart
Dona Francisquita, Vives
The Dangerous Liaisons, Susa
La Rondine, Puccini
Don Giovanni, Mozart

1998-1999 season

Fedora, Giordano
Simon Boccanegra, Verdi
Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saens
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart
The Crucible, Ward
Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky
Tristan und Isolde, Wagner
Sly, Wolf-Ferrari (American premiere)

1999-2000 season

Rigoletto, Verdi
Le Cid, Massenet
Susannah, Floyd
I puritani, Bellini
Julius Caesar, Handel
Tosca, Puccini
Otello, Verdi

2000-2001 season

Don Quichotte, Massenet
Il trovatore, Verdi
Parsifal, Wagner
The Barber of Seville, Rossini
The Consul, Menotti
Turandot, Puccini
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Don Carlo, Verdi

2001-2002 season

The Tales of Hoffman, Offenbach
Così fan tutte, Mozart
Of Mice and Men, Floyd
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Un ballo in maschera, Verdi
Salome, Strauss
The Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky
Carmen, Bizet

2002-2003 season

Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti
La Bohème, Puccini
Vanessa, Barber
Idomeneo, Mozart
Aida, Verdi
Don Giovanni, Mozart
Fidelio, Beethoven

2003-2004 season

Die Fledermaus, Strauss
Norma, Bellini
Die Walküre, Wagner
Manon Lescaut, Puccini
La Cenerentola, Rossini
La traviata, Verdi
A Streetcar Named Desire, Previn

2004-2005 season

Andrea Chénier, Giordano
Billy Budd, Britten
Il trovatore, Verdi
Luisa Fernanda, Moreno Torroba
The Maid of Orleans, Tchaikovsky
Die Zauberflöte, Mozart
Tosca, Puccini
Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns

2005-2006 season

I vespri siciliani, Verdi
Trilogy: Domingo and Guests in Three Acts
Porgy and Bess, Gershwin
Das Rheingold, Wagner
L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti
La clemenza di Tito, Mozart
L’italiana in Algeri, Rossini

2006-2007 season

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/Gianni Schicchi, Bartók and Rossini
Sophie’s Choice, Maw
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Die Walküre, Wagner
La Fille du Régiment, Donizetti
Jenůfa, Janáček
Macbeth, Verdi

2007-2008 season

La Bohème, Puccini
Don Giovanni, Mozart
A View from the Bridge, Bolcom
The Flying Dutchman, Wagner
Rigoletto, Verdi
Tamlerano, Handel
Elektra, Strauss

2008-2009 season

La Traviata, Verdi
The Pearl Fishers, Bizet
Lucrezia Borgia, Donizetti
Carmen, Bizet
Peter Grimes, Britten
Siegfried, Wagner
Turandot, Puccini

2009-2010 season

The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Falstaff, Verdi
Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss
Porgy and Bess, Gershwin
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Hamlet, Thomas

2010-2011 season

A Masked Ball, Verdi
Salome, Strauss
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Iphigénie en Tauride, Gluck
Don Pasquale, Donizetti

2011-2012 Season

Tosca, Puccini
Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti
Così fan tutte, Mozart
Nabucco, Verdi
Werther, Massenet

2012-2013 Season

Anna Bolena, Donizetti
Don Giovanni, Mozart
Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck
Manon Lescaut, Puccini
Norma, Bellini
Show Boat, Kern and Hammerstein II
Approaching Ali, Sparr