In Tacoma, symphony and opera to perform together in 2012-13

Posted on: August 22, 2012

Tuesday (8/21) on the News Tribune online (Tacoma, Washington), Rosemary Ponnekanti writes, “Noel Koran, in his first full season as director of Tacoma Opera, has announced that the company has agreed to partner with the Tacoma Symphony to provide the orchestral score to two of the season’s three operas. The change is one of several which include morphing the Young Artists program into a mainstage opera, casting out-of region singers, programming more well-known operas and featuring Koran himself as stage director for ‘Così fan tutte’ and ‘La Traviata.’ ‘We’re really excited about this relationship,’ said Koran. ‘We have a long-standing relationship with our own orchestra, but in this economic environment there’s a lot of focus from funding organizations on collaboration.’ … Koran said that he and the board had chosen the Tacoma Symphony as the opera’s main orchestra because of the primary association with Tacoma for both companies. … Koran said the company will keep its old group of musicians for one of the season’s three operas.”

Posted August 22, 2012