June 23, 2021
Tulsa Opera Announces 2021-22 Season

Season Features Two Oklahoma Premieres and Three New Productions:

Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi designed especially for its stadium setting opens the season as part of “Puccini and Verdi Play Ball at ONEOK Field,” a program also featuring Puccini and Verdi’s best-loved arias, directed by James Robinson (October 15)

A new production of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline directed by Tara Faircloth (February 25 and 27)

Richard Strauss’ Salome in a new immersive production by Thaddeus Strassberger starring Patricia Racette in her company debut (April 29 and May 1)

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (June 23, 2021) – General Director Ken McConnell and Artistic Director Tobias Picker today announced Tulsa Opera’s 74th season, which includes Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi performed at ONEOK Field, a new production of Mr. Picker’s 1996 opera Emmeline, and a new immersive production of Richard Strauss’ Salome. All three operas are Tulsa Opera premieres with Emmeline and Salome Oklahoma premieres.

“ONEOK Field enabled us to present our first live, in-person performance since the pandemic began—and one of the first live opera performances in the U.S.,” says Mr. McConnell. “We discovered that it is a versatile venue that could connect more people than ever in the community to our art-form. We could not think of a better location for this celebratory evening as we proudly declare that a full Tulsa Opera season is back!”

“We are proud to present a season of two Oklahoma premieres and three operas new to Tulsa in three new productions that continue this company’s focus on strong female characters and brings together a diverse group of creators and artists—both new and known—for this long-awaited season,” said Artistic Director Tobias Picker. “We’ve created new productions that celebrate the live opera experience, returning to ONEOK Field and creating an immersive, multi-sensory Salome. It’s exciting to have the first-ever racially diverse cast for Emmeline as Tulsa Opera remains committed to inclusive and innovative casting, further evidenced this season by having a countertenor perform a traditionally mezzo-soprano role in Salome.”

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