An evening with countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and baritone Lucia Lucas
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Male singers play the role of the lecherous Don Giovanni and ruler of the gods, Wotan. Mezzo-sopranos play Cherubino, the young boy who sometimes pretends to be a young girl. Or so goes the customary wisdom. But what happens when long-held conventions are turned on their heads by extraordinary singers and interpreters whose paths defy traditional ways of thinking about opera? On January 24, join countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim and female baritone and trans advocate Lucia Lucas for an intriguing evening of opera scenes, songs, and conversation, exploring how they have found their own voices despite the mainstream.
Kim earned acclaim last spring for his Cherubino at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the baton of John Eliot Gardner, and soon will embody the title role of M. Butterfly (by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang, debuting this summer at Santa Fe Opera). Lucas recently made powerful house debuts at English National Opera (Public Opinion, Orpheus in the Underworld) and at Tulsa Opera (title role in Don Giovanni), and next season will add Rigoletto to her growing repertoire.
Pianist Zalman Kelber joins this NationalSawdust+ program, to include audience Q&A. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, whose work includes Little Shop of Horrors, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Spring Awakening on Broadway, and La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Nico Muhly’s Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera, will moderate.