2018–19 Season: Production of Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
José Cura is much more than an operatic star: he is a trained composer and conductor, an opera director, and a stage designer. After studying composition and orchestra conducting in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina, Cura moved to Buenos Aires in 1984 to hone his skills. To gain insights into stage life, he worked in one of the professional choirs at the Teatro Colón from 1984 to 1988, where his voice developed as one of the great tenors of the Italian and French repertoires. He performed Don José in Carmen at San Francisco Opera in 1996. In 1999, José Cura resumed his conducting career, working with top orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Toscanini Orchestra, and Hungarian Philharmonic, among others. 2007 saw the world premiere of La Commedia è finita, the creative re-imagining of Pagliacci coupled with dance and mime, designed and directed by Cura, which marked the beginning of his career as a stage director and designer. Praise by audience and critics for his productions of Samson et Dalila, La Rondine, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Pagliacci have sealed his stature as a director of distinction. His production of Turandot at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in 2016 and his production of Peter Grimes in Bonn’s opera house in 2017 both received acclaim by audiences and the press.