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Part 3 of Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ and other treasures that glitter in the Lyric Opera’s 2018-19 season

Submitted by on Feb 6, 2018 – 10:13 pm

Report:  “Siegfried” among highlights in slate that ranges from Handel, Mozart and Verdi to “West Side Story.”
By Lawrence B. Johnson

The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2018-19 season, announced Feb. 6, has a golden ring to it.

While pushing on to the third installment of its four-year journey through Wagner’s “Ring” cycle with “Siegfried,” and returning to the treasury of Handel with its first ever staging of “Ariodante,” the Lyric will lay out three super-size Italian nuggets as sure-fire box office draws: Puccini’s “La bohème” and two Verdi favorites, “La traviata” and “Il trovatore.”

Detail from the brilliant high-rise Christmas Eve set in 'La boheme.' The company’s 64th season also brings Massenet’s “Cendrillon” – the Cinderella story – to the Lyric stage for the first time ever, Mozart’s early opera seria “Idomeneo” and the searing tragedy of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.”

Under the banner Lyric Unlimited, a ninth production, the English-language chamber opera “An American Dream” composed by Jack Peria with librettist Jessica Murphy Moo, will be given two performances at the Harris Theater. Set in the American Northwest during World War II, the opera centers on two women – a Japanese American forced to leave her home and a German Jewish immigrant troubled by the memory of those she left behind.

Speaking of solid gold, on tap as the Lyric’s now traditional post-season musical is “West Side Story,” a new production developed jointly by the Lyric, the Houston Grand Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Two special events round out the 2018-19 season. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will present a solo recital Dec. 2 and soprano Renée Fleming will be both performer and honoree at a recital March 23, 2019, celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Lyric debut. Since 2010, Fleming has served as the Lyric’s first creative consultant.

Here is a complete rundown of the Lyric Opera’s  2018-19 opera season:

New Co-production
“La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
11 performances, Oct. 6 – 20, 2018; Jan. 10 – 25, 2019
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Cast:
Mimì            Maria Agresta
Rodolfo       Michael Fabiano
Musetta      Danielle de Niese
Marcello     Zachary Nelson
Colline        Adrian Sâmpetrean
Conductor  Domingo Hindoyan
Director      Richard Jones
A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Teatro Real Madrid.

New-to-Chicago Production
“Idomeneo” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
6 performances, Oct. 13 – Nov. 2, 2018
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Cast:
Idomeneo             Matthew Polenzani
Elettra                   Erin Wall
Ilia                        Janai Brugger
Idamante              Angela Brower
Arbace                 David Portillo
Conductor            Andrew Davis
Original Director  Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Revival Director   David Kneuss

New Lyric Production
“Siegfried” by Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
4 performances, Nov. 3 – 16, 2018
Sung in German with projected English translations
Cast:
Siegfried                         Burkhard Fritz
Brünnhilde                      Christine Goerke
Mime                               Matthias Klink
The Wanderer/Wotan     Eric Owens
Alberich                          Samuel Youn
Erda                               Ronnita Miller
Woodbird                       Diana Newman
Fafner                            Andrii Goniukov
Conductor                      Andrew Davis
Director                         David Pountney
Original Set Designer   Johan Engels
Set Designer                Robert Innes Hopkins

“Il trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
7 performances, Nov. 17 – Dec. 9, 2018
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Cast:
Leonora                  Tamara Wilson
Azucena                 Jamie Barton
Manrico                  Russell Thomas
Di Luna                  George Petean
Ferrando                Roberto Tagliavini
Conductor              Marco Armiliato
Original Director    David McVicar
Revival Director     Roy Rallo*

Lyric Premiere and New-to-Chicago Production
“Cendrillon” by Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)
6 performances, Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 20, 2019
Sung in French with projected English translations
Cast:
Cinderella                       Siobhan Stagg
Prince Charming            Alice Coote
Fairy Godmother            Marie-Eve Munger
Madame de la Haltière   Elizabeth Bishop
Pandolfe                         Derek Welton
Conductor                       Andrew Davis (Dec. 1-8, Jan. 17-20); Francesco Milioto (Jan. 11)
Director                           Laurent Pelly

“Elektra” by Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
6 performances, Feb. 2 – 22, 2019
Sung in German with projected English translations
Cast:
Elektra                   Nina Stemme
Chrysothemis        Elza van den Heever
Klytemnestra         Michaela Martens
Orest                     Iain Paterson
Aegisth                  Robert Brubaker
Conductor             Donald Runnicles
Original director    David McVicar
Revival director     Nicolas Sandys

“La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
10 performances, Feb. 16 – Mar. 22, 2019
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Cast:
Violetta          Albina Shagimuratova
Alfredo          Giorgio Berrugi*
Germont       Zeljko Lučić
Conductor    Michael Christie*
Director        Arin Arbus

Lyric Premiere and New Coproduction
“Ariodante” by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
6 performances, Mar. 2 – 17, 2019
Sung in Italian with projected English translations
Cast:
Ariodante                Alice Coote
Ginevra                   Brenda Rae*
Dalinda                   Heidi Stober
Polinesso               Iestyn Davies
King of Scotland    Kyle Ketelsen
Conductor             Harry Bicket
Director                 Richard Jones

Lyric Unlimited Premiere and New Production
“An American Dream” by Jack Perla and Jessica Murphy Moo
March 15 and March 17, 2019
Presented at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St.)
Performed in English
Cast:
Director Matthew Ozawa
The conductor and cast will be announced at a later date.

Lyric Premiere and New Coproduction
“West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and Stephen Sondheim (1930)
May 3 – June 2, 2019
Cast:
Director Francesca Zambello
Original director and choreographer Jerome Robbins
The conductor, cast, and choreographer will be announced at a later date.

Related Link:

  • Complete details and ticket info for the Lyric Opera’s 2018-19 season: Find it here

 

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