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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2010-2011 Season

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has a slate of eight operas planned for next season. Under the baton of Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, the company will present a wide variety of works, from baroque Handel to romantic Verdi and Wagner. Here's a quick look at their planned season:

Packing heat: Deborah Voigt in La Fanciulla del West
Barbara Gaines directs this production of Verdi's adaptation of the Scottish play. Thomas Hampson plays the ambitious Thane who kills his way to the throne and then pays for it afterwards.

Kate Aldrich, who has impressed at the Metropolitan Opera this season, brings her interpretation of Bizet's famous Gypsy to Chicago. Younghoon Lee sings Don José in the fall cast. Carmen returns in the spring, starring Nadia Krasteva and Brandon Jovanovich in the leading roles.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy stars David Daniels. The countertenor will soar to new heights as Oberon, King of the Faeries and master of the woodland realm. British bass Peter Rose is a bully Bottom.

Un Ballo in Maschera
Renata Scotto takes the director's chair in this production imported from the San Francisco Opera. Frank Lopardo, Sondra Radvanovsky and Mark Delevan form the love triangle at the core of Verdi's most romantic drama.

The Mikado
Wotan himself: James Morris puts down his spear and picks up a snicker-snee in this production of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest operetta.

La Fanciulla del West
Deborah Voigt sings what William Berger called "the most difficult role in Puccini". Minnie is a hard-riding whiskey-drinking girl of the Golden West, but she's an angel at heart. Want proof? The character is onstage for three hours but never gets an aria.

Johann Botha catches a swan-drawn boat across Lake Michigan to sing the titular role in Wagner's famous drama. But sssh…you don't know what his name is, do you? Oh wait, it's on the marquee.

David Daniels closes out the season in this presentation of Handel's heroic drama. Peter Sellers directs.

For more information about the Lyric Opera, visit their official website at LyricOpera.Org
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