"Great Scott" Comes to the San Diego Opera

Great Scott! The San Diego Opera is Back!



Photo by San Diego Opera

After several, highly-applauded shows, the San Diego Opera will close its 51st season this May. Before the spotlight dims, the stage will be taken once again with the premiere of Great Scott. Enjoy the lighthearted suspense and humor of this modern opera, directed by Jack O’Brien!

The story begins with the hometown return of Arden Scott, a divorcee and wildly popular opera star. During her visit, Scott quickly makes it her mission to revive the community’s crumbling opera company. Alongside her former teacher, Scott works to make the company’s opening night a success—until she realizes there is an obstacle in her way. The town’s football team, the Grizzlies, are to make an appearance at the Super Bowl on the show’s opening night, halting any hope of attendance. Along the way, Scott battles her own internal conflicts and memories of the past. It seems as if failure is more tangible for Scott and the opera company, making for an unpredictable and suspenseful story. With a highly-esteemed cast and crew, this show will be a memorable season close at the San Diego Civic Theatre

In 2015, Jake Heggie completed compositions for Great Scott, being praised for its cheerful yet sophisticated sound. Before this, Heggie composed the music for various plays and operas, including the musical adaption of Moby Dick. Other credits include The Narrow Bridge and his most recent opera Out of Darkness. His works have been performed around the world, with more to come in the future. Heggie’s works will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich. He has worked closely with Heggie, conducting his original pieces for Moby Dick and gaining great recognition for his confident and delicate ways. 

Kate Aldrich will portray Arden Scott in the upcoming production. Her undeniable talent has provided her with prestigious roles, including Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. From Canada to Italy or Germany to the United States, Aldrich has been mentored by directors from around the world, and she continues to grow. 

Frederica von State will take the stage alongside Aldrich, portraying Mrs. Winnie Flato. She has been praised and beloved by the Metropolitan Opera, where she began her career in 1970. They have honored her for several years; on her 25th anniversary with the company, the Metropolitan Opera created a production specifically for the performer. Seeing her—or any of the talented performers in Great Scott—would be a privilege. 

The director, Jack O’Brien, has also gained vast experience throughout his career. For 26 years, he worked as the Artistic Director at The Old Globe and has gained countless awards. In 2008, he was awarded a Hall of Fame Inductee, an International Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctorate. His talents have been used throughout the United States and, most notably, on Broadway. Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Coast of Utopia are just a few of his Broadway credits. Each have either been nominated for or, more impressively, received a Tony Award. The Metropolitan Opera has taken advantage of O’Briens’ talent and experience, as he directed their production of Il Trittico

Seize this opportunity of seeing such a talented cast and wonderful production. Great Scott will premiere on Saturday, May 7th, with performances on the following Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. With only four shows, be sure to buy tickets now! They start at $45 each and increase from there. The show is in English with English subtitles, and it runs about three hours and fifteen minutes. There is one intermission. For more information and tickets, visit the San Diego Opera’s website. You can buy tickets through the San Diego Civic Theatre as well.