ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Opera Southwest will conjure some Arabian nights when “Ali Baba ” opens at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Sunday, Oct. 20.
Already known for excavating long-lost operas, (see the company’s 2014 take on “Hamlet,” “Amleto”), artistic director Anthony Barrese has turned to a score by the Romantic composer Giovanni Bottesini as the season opener.
“As much as I love the traditional repertoire, I think there’s a shallowness to it,” Barrese said in a telephone interview from his Chicago home. “Once you go outside the top 10, it’s all fair game. So if we’re going to gamble, why don’t we do something that’s interesting or new to people? With ‘Ali Baba,’ there’s just thousands of opportunities with all the stories of the ‘Arabian Nights.’ ”