March 31, 2022
Tulsa Opera Announces 75th Anniversary Season
Row 1: Michelle Bradley, Sam Briggs, Daniela Candillari, Francesco Cilluffo, Martin Luther Clark; 
Row 2: Aaron Crouch, Allegra De Vita, Michelle DeYoung, Leslie Dunner, Tara Faircloth;
Row 3: Kimille Howard, Brian Jagde, Victoria Lawal, V. Savoy McIlwain, Leona Mitchell;
Row 4: Kenneth Overton, Tobias Picker, Andrew Potter, Abigail Raiford, Morris Robinson;
Row 5: Jennifer Roderer, Ashraf Sewailam, Nathan Stark, Todd Thomas, Ann Toomey
Row 1: Michelle Bradley, Sam Briggs, Daniela Candillari, Francesco Cilluffo, Martin Luther Clark; Row 2: Aaron Crouch, Allegra De Vita, Michelle DeYoung, Leslie Dunner, Tara Faircloth; Row 3: Kimille Howard, Brian Jagde, Victoria Lawal, V. Savoy McIlwain, Leona Mitchell; Row 4: Kenneth Overton, Tobias Picker, Andrew Potter, Abigail Raiford, Morris Robinson; Row 5: Jennifer Roderer, Ashraf Sewailam, Nathan Stark, Todd Thomas, Ann Toomey

2022–23 programming comprises Rossini’s The Italian Girl (L’italiana in Algeri), Verdi’s Aida, and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (March 31, 2022) — General Director Ken McConnell and Artistic Director Tobias Picker today announced Tulsa Opera’s 75th-anniversary season, which opens October 28 & 30 with the company premiere of Rossini’s The Italian Girl (L’italiana in Algeri). The season continues with a gala concert performance of Verdi’s Aida on February 25 and the long-awaited company premiere of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline in a new production on May 12 & 14.

“For 75 years, Tulsa Opera has been inspiring the people of our city through powerful productions of the best our art form has to offer,” said Mr. McConnell. “This landmark ‘diamond jubilee’ season will be a time of celebration, but also a time of appreciation for those who, over the years, helped make the company what it is today.”

“This anniversary season, we present to Tulsa audiences something new, something familiar, and something long promised now finally delivered,” said Mr. Picker. “A little more than two centuries after it was written, Rossini’s classic The Italian Girl is staged for the first time in Tulsa, directed by the Met’s Kimille Howard. This is followed in the winter by a concert production of Verdi’s Aida, beloved by our patrons and presented with a star-studded cast in honor of our company’s seven-and-a-half-decade history. Last is my adaptation of Judith Rossner’s 1980 novel Emmeline, originally scheduled for its Tulsa Opera premiere in spring 2020. Like everything planned for that spring, it was called off due to the pandemic, and subsequent reschedulings were themselves postponed (such is life in the era of COVID), so this spring, we not only look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary, but also concluding our 2020 season. Better late than never!”

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