WHO: El Paso Opera
WHAT: Double Season Announcement for Season 2020-2021 and Season 2021-2022
El Paso Opera is excited to announce details for its upcoming seasons! This season will look differently but it will still showcase tremendous operatic talent and free performances for our community.
Our 2020-2021 season was planned with the current situation at the forefront of our minds. The health of our audience and our performers is of utmost importance and so we have adjusted the format and delivery of our shows accordingly. In addition, we understand the difficult economic position in which many of our community members have found themselves due to the pandemic. Because of this, our season will feature Pay-What-You-Can Ticket pricing. While we will have a suggested ticket price, ultimately the audience member is able to choose how much they pay. If the suggested amount is too high, they can pay less. If they would like to cover someone else’s ticket or support El Paso Opera with a donation, they can give more!
We are proud to announce Giving Voice. This is the first in our new annual series amplifying Latinx opera singers locally and nationally. This series is El Paso Opera’s official response to the 8/03/19 Walmart tragedy and aligned with our commitment to promoting (or ‘Giving Voice’) to traditionally underrepresented, marginalized communities, especially in opera and especially in terms of Latinx people. For this inaugural year, accomplished homegrown Mexican-American baritone, Luis Alejandro Orozco, will be our honored headlining artist. Orozco’s residency will include student masterclasses and joint performances with Opera UTEP, an industry panel discussion and an inspiring Giving Voice recital with pianist Michael Lewis. The Giving Voice panel discussion on Friday, October 9 and the Giving Voice Recital on October 11 will both be available via live-stream on YouTube Live and www.epopera.org.
Next, on February 6 our audiences will be delighted by Bon Appétit! A deliciously funny opera collection starring Cherry Duke as Julia Child, Bon Appétit! promises to be a delectable evening of culinary comedy rounded out with a set of other scrumptious songs. Live-streamed from Woman’s Club of El Paso, this show is a guaranteed recipe for laughs! Bon Appétit! is a carryover from last season and was unfortunately cancelled in March 2020 due to the pandemic. We are excited to finally bring this fun show to the stage!
After our tremendously popular opening run of #Curbside Opera this summer, we will continue to offer our free live performances featuring El Paso Opera Resident Artists all season long! #CurbsideOpera and First Fridays will both be held in outdoor spaces that allow for social distancing. Until we can gather together safely indoors, we will continue to bring our music outdoors and into the community. #CurbsideOpera will perform twice monthly with an expanded schedule for #CurbsideOpera with Carols to celebrate the holiday season. First Fridays free performances will be at 12pm on the First Friday of every month. For details on our Resident Artists and where to find our next performance, check out our brand new website www.epopera.org.
El Paso Opera is already making plans for next season when we can all enjoy our return to the theatre! We are thrilled to give everyone a sneak peek at our 2021-2022 season which will feature FRIDA. The art and life of artist Frida Kahlo is the stuff of legend. Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ music is the perfect match for the woman, her passion and legacy, with its mesmerizing fusion of opera, Mexican folkloric and mariachi music and Broadway musical theatre. FRIDA will be presented in Spring 2022 at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.
For more details on these events, visit our new website at www.epopera.org and tune in to our Facebook Live Season Announcement Discussion at 10:30 on Wednesday September 2!
MEDIA CONTACT: Arianne Marcee, Executive Director of El Paso Opera 581-5534/497-1448, firstname.lastname@example.org