Louisville, KY, April 14, 2021 - Kentucky Opera has announced its Brown-Forman 2021/22 season highlighting community and artistic partners, as well as key themes of Faith, Justice and Family that resonated throughout
Kentucky Opera’s 2020/21 virtual season.
Kentucky Opera’s Brown-Forman 2021/22 season will include two mainstage opera productions, Orfeo and An American Dream, as well as a Holiday Celebration concert and Youth Opera Project production of Robin Hood.
Orfeo, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, is a timeless story of sacrificial love and a longing for second chances. Kentucky Opera will produce two performances of this poignant retelling of this ancient myth at the Brown Theatre on February 11 and 13, 2022
in collaboration with Louisville Ballet and Bourbon Baroque. Maestro Judith Yan conducts her Kentucky Opera debut, and Kelly Kitchens (The Marriage of Figaro, 2020) returns as stage director. Praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous,
warm voice that you want to keep listening to,” mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin (Enemies, A Love Story, 2018) will be featured in the title role.
An American Dream follows next on April 8 and 10, 2022 at the Brown Theatre. An American Dream explores the lives of two families — a Japanese-American family and an American and his new German Jewish bride — and the house and belongings that
weave all of their lives together. Set in the early 1940s following President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, An American Dream was commissioned by Seattle Opera in 2014. Jack Perla’s music with a libretto by Jessica Murphy
Moo has been described as “touching…sentimental…lyrical” by Opera News. Maestro Joseph Mechavich (Carmen, 2019) returns to Kentucky Opera to conduct this production directed by Matthew Ozawa (The Barber of Seville, 2018).
Soprano Helen Huang, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, and bass-baritone Ao Li make their Kentucky Opera debuts, and local favorites, baritone Morgan Smith (Enemies, A Love Story, 2018) and soprano Emily Albrink (Carmen, 2019), return once again
to the Brown Theatre.
A season-opening Holiday Celebration and a Youth Opera Project production of Robin Hood will bookend the mainstage season. The Holiday Celebration at the Brown Theatre will feature the local Kentucky Opera Chorus and Soloists in a single performance on
December 16, 2021. Robin Hood, a youth opera written by Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke, will close the season with Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project participants performing at the Bomhard Theatre on June 10 and 11, 2022.
“We are excited to be back at the Brown Theatre to celebrate and gather with our community,” says Barbara Lynne Jamison, Kentucky Opera’s General Director and CEO. “The operas that we are producing this season allow us to celebrate
being together again, and also to honor how this past year may have influenced our perspectives on the treasure of family and friendships, the value of belonging, and the importance of justice.”
Kentucky Opera will continue offering Opera Talks prior to each mainstage performance. Opera Talks give audiences an opportunity to learn more about the art form, offering historical context, character analysis, and in-depth discussion about the opera.