Opera Southwest has built a reputation among opera aficionados as an under-the-radar destination for exceptional performances of rarely performed operas, especially those by Rossini. Fittingly, their 2017-18 season opened with his William Tell. While the overture is instantly recognizable as the theme to the Lone Ranger, the complete opera is seldom performed and Opera Southwest mounted the New Mexico state premiere of the work at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Opera Southwest is Albuquerque’s opera company and its mission is to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting for audiences of all ages. Now in its 45th season, the company has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousands of patrons, and is especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which premiered in February 2018.
This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in May and lasts until November.