2021-22 CONCERT SERIES: UNTIL SKY ABOVE Les Délices turned the struggles of the pandemic into an opportunity to create innovative digital concerts, expand its audiences in Cleveland and beyond, and start a popular online early music variety show called SalonEra. In 2021-22, Cleveland’s acclaimed early-music chamber ensemble plans to continue this upward trajectory with its new season, Until Sky Above. Artistic Director...

Originally scheduled for an April 2020 premiere, The White Cat most ambitious project to date:  a large-scale collaboration intended for theatrical performance that would immerse audiences in a fantastical world of Baroque music, dance, puppetry and projected visuals.  Though we are truly excited about Les Délices 2020-21 programs, we sadly must accept that the current climate simply will not allow us...

This April, Les Délices Artistic Debra Nagy has assembled a fabulous creative team to create a new musical entertainment based on 17th & 18th century sources. Every element - from the 17th century fairytale, to set pieces, ornament, and visual projections - takes some inspiration from the Baroque era. The newly-created score is no exception! In music, a pasticcio or...

Well-known for his collaborative work for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual Parade the Circle, Cleveland-based designer-builder Ian Petroni excels at building sculptural, site-specific sets and props that solve unique problems. Ian will conceive and create the sets and puppets for Into the Labyrinth and The White Cat, for which he will use different styles of puppetry – ranging from...

Tenor Jason McStoots is a beloved, long-time collaborator who will not only perform the character of The Prince in Les Délices' upcoming productions of Into the Labyrinth and The White Cat, but will also serve as Stage Director. In addition to his performing career, McStoots is an experienced stage director and dedicated educator. He has stage directed operas with the Connecticut...

Les Délices' Artistic Director Debra Nagy commissioned Larry Rosenwald to write the libretto for The White Cat. Having decided early on that everyone – from age 5 to 95 – should understand everything that was going on without supertitles or translations, Nagy knew that meant commissioning poetry in English to be set to 18th century music. She couldn't think of...

This April, Les Délices and a team of fabulous collaborators will create The White Cat, a fairytale-based opera inspired by Baroque entertainments and based on the story by 17th-century author Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy. Who is d'Aulnoy and what is The White Cat about? Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy In the world of fairytales, d'Aulnoy is probably the most important writer you've never heard of. She literally invented the...

[caption id="attachment_17779" align="alignleft" width="183"] The King puppet designed by Ian Petroni, illustrated by Nina Huryn[/caption] We're incredibly excited to be premiering The White Cat, a new pastiche entertainment based on Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy's 17th-century fairytale, April 23-26, 2020 in 6 performances in Akron, Cleveland, and Beachwood, OH. It will be a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the imagination. Enjoy this FIRST...