In Series - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
The 2019-2020 season is called, with great INtention, LEAN IN. It is an open invitation for you to be part of a new vision of your In Series as a change maker – as a force that is radically transforming perceptions of the “who”, “what”, “where”, and “why” of opera.
September 5 – 22, 2019
INtimately experienced, Puccini’s classic is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind its epic score. Conceived and directed by In Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson, this profoundly arresting new version, stripped of the distancing artifice and exoticism of the original, returns to the structure of the source play that inspired overwhelming music. Performed by two brilliant young casts, one in English and one Italian, audiences can choose how to witness this unique experience of breath-taking opera as intimately dynamic theater. Local composer and pianist Jessica Krash leads the performances. Ancillary events include a panel discussion on race and opera, and how to approach a problematic canon.
October 18 – 27, 2019
INspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Given no voice in the original play, here she is given the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday (“My Man”, “Strange Fruit”, “Don’t Explain”, “God Bless the Child”) in a new poetic piece written by playwright Sybil Williams (“From U Street to the Cotton Club”, this world-premiere is set as a cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat that explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege, race, domination, gender, and even love with its good intentions. The production, directed by Alison Wong, features Michelle Rogers as Sycorax, Nigel Rowe in the travesty role of Ariel, and beatbox artist Shodekeh as Caliban.
December 7 – 14, 2019
L'Enfance Du Christ
IN collaboration with Foundry United Methodist Church, Berlioz’s grand oratorio is uniquely staged as a community exploration of human migration and the power of hospitality to those fleeing persecution. Performed in the stunning Foundry sanctuary, with the combined forces of its choir under the direction of Stanley Thurston, soloists, instrumentalists, and the historic organ, this holiday-time performance seeks out the nexus of art, faith, and social justice to ask the most essential human question of how we offer kindness to the “other”. Steven Scott Mazzola (Viva V.E.R.D.I. – The Promised End) and Timothy Nelson co-direct.
January 4 – 19, 2020
Le Cabaret Du Carmen
IN your face: Bizet’s opera comes to life as never before in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience. As audiences sit at tables with performers, a tango-ensemble brings a beloved music to life up-close-and-personal, and the ultimate femme-fatale begins her intoxicating and immortal chanteuse performance. Performed in a breath-taking and unforgettable 90 minutes, an evening of laughter surrounds this darkly unfolding tragedy loved the world over. Featuring the More Tango Quartet and a cast led by Cara Gonzalez as Carmen and Alex Albuquerque as Escamillo, in an original production written and directed by Timothy Nelson.
March 6 – 8, 2020
Women Composers Festival
IN tune: A week-long festival of 5 unique operas and concerts of music by leading female composers, many living and local, is the culmination of months of sponsored concerts of music by women composers at Embassies and Cultural Institutes around Washington, DC.