• Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower on our 2022/23 Theater/Opera Series

Theater/Opera at Cal Performances

Our 2022–23 season features the three premieres: William Kentridge’s SIBYL, inspired by the Greek myth of the Cumaean Sibyl, and wrestles with the human desire to know our future; Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out, a chamber opera about tragedy, memory, and loss; and Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, following a young Black woman through a dystopian, apocalyptic American future.

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2022–23 Theater/Opera Events Calendar

Theater/Opera, Illuminations: Human and Machine

Ursonate
Performed by William Kentridge

Mar 10, 2023, 8pm
Theater/Opera, Illuminations: Human and Machine

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition: For Soprano and Handbag
Performed by Joanna Dudley

Mar 15, 2023, 7:30pm
Theater/Opera, Illuminations: Human and Machine

William Kentridge’s
SIBYL

US Premiere

With music composed and conceived by Nhlanhla Mahlangu and Kyle Shepherd

Mar 17–19, 2023
Theater/Opera, Illuminations: Human and Machine, New Music

Michel van der Aa’s
Blank Out

West Coast Premiere

Apr 28–29, 2023
Theater/Opera, Illuminations: Human and Machine

Octavia E. Butler’s
Parable of the Sower

Bay Area Premiere

May 5–6, 2023
2022/23 Season Calendar

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Bach: "Flößt, mein Heiland" from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248