Hailed as a “remarkable young tenor”, Edwin Vega made his professional debut with English National Opera as Molqi in a new production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, directed by Tom Morris (Tony Award winner for War Horse). The New York Times recently praised Mr. Vega as an “ardent, youthful tenor” as the title character in the staged world premiere of Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now’s production of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song (the first Arab-American opera to be fully produced on an American Stage). Engagements for 2014/15 include Farmer Bunce in The Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Fourth Jew in Salome with San Antonio Opera, and Little Bat in Susannah with Toledo Opera. For the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Vega debuted with the Komische Oper Berlin in Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten (Junge Offizier), Virginia Opera (Tanzmeister/Ariadne auf Naxos), and National Symphony Orchestra (Faninal’s Major-Domo/Der Rosenkavalier). The 2012-2013 season included performances with Opera Omaha (Priest, Armored Guard/Magic Flute), New York City Opera (Don Miguel cover/La Perichole), Cincinnati Opera (Faninal’s Major-Domo, Italian Tenor (cover)/Der Rosenkavalier) and a return to the Metropolitan Opera Workshop. The season concluded with performances in None But the Lonely Heart: The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck and L'incornazione di Poppea.
Boston's Jordan Hall was host to a concert version of Tobias Picker's 1998 setting of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox on December 7. A good-sized crowd from very young to older folks had assembled to hear Gil Rose lead his two ensembles, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Odyssey Opera, in a costumed semi-staged performance of this "family opera". Picker prefers to use this term to describe his morality tale, fearing that "children's opera" is a term frightened with an assumption of "dumbing-down".