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4/23

The Metropolitan Opera
Giuseppe Verdi:  Otello

Director Bartlett Sher's new production of Verdi's masterful Otello, which opened the Met season last September, returns for a second run, with Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role and Željko Lučić as Iago reprising their performances.  Hibla Gerzmava joins the cast as Desdemona, and Adam Fischer conducts. 

4/30

The Metropolitan Opera
Richard Strauss:  Elektra

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn't live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met.  But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme -- unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner -- who portrays Elektra's primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon.  Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra's fearsome mother, Klytämnestra.  Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra's troubled siblings.  Chéreau's musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss's mighty take on Greek myth.

5/7

The Metropolitan Opera
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart's delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova stars in the bravura role of Konstanze. Rising tenor Paul Appleby is her lover, Belmonte, soprano Kathleen Kim is her shrewd maid, Blondchen, and bass Hans-Peter König delivers comic gravitas as the overseer of the harem.

5/14

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Henry Nanasi, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  The Marriage of Figaro

Figaro: Adam Plachetka;  Suzanna: Christiane Karg;  Countess Almaviva: Amanda Majeski;  Count Almaviva: Luca Pisaroni;  Cherubino: Rachel Frenkel;  Marcellina: Katherine Goeldner;  Bartolo: Brindley Sherratt

5/21

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Davis, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Jimmy Lopez:  Bel Canto

Roxane: Danielle de Niese;  Carmen: J'nai Bridges;  Hosokawa: Jeongcheol Cha;  Gen: Andrew Stenson;  General Alfredo: Rafael Davila;  Messener: Jacques Imbralio;  Ruben Iglesias: William Burden;  Ceasar: Anthony Roth Costanzo

5/28

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Davis, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Gioachino Rossini:  Cinderella

Cinderella: Isabel Leonard;  Prince Ramiro: Lawrence Brownlee;  Don Magifico: Alessandro Corbelli;  Dandini: Vito Priante;  Alidoro: Christian Van Horn;  Clorinda: Diana Newman;  Tisbe: Annie Rosen

6/4

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Davis, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Alban Berg:  Wozzeck

Wozzeck: Tomasz Koniecnzy;  Marie: Angela Denoke;  The Captain: Gerhard Siegel;  Drum Major: Stefan Vinke;  The Doctor: Brindley Sherratt

6/11

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Davis, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Franz Lehar:  The Merry Widow

Hannah: Renee Fleming;  Danilo: Thomas Hampson;  Valencienne: Heidi Stober;  Camille: Michael Spyres;  Baron Zeta: Patrick Carfizzi;  St. Brioche: Jonathan Johnson;  Cascada: Paul LaRosa;  Njegus: Jeff Dumas

6/18

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Carlo Rizzi, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Giuseppe Verdi:  Nabucco

Nabucco: Zeljko Lucic;  Abigaille: Tatiana Serjan;  Zaccaria: Dmitry Belosselskiy;  Fenena: Elizabeth DeShong;  Ismaele: Sergey Skorokhodov;  High Priest: Stefan Szkafarowsky;  Anna: Laura Wilde;  Abdallo: Jesse Donner

6/25

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Edward Gardner, conductor
Lyric Opera Chorus
Michael Black, chorus master

Richard Strauss:  Der Rosenkavalier

Octavian: Sophie Koch;  Marschallin: Amanda Majeski;  Sophie: Christina Landshamer;  Baron Ochs: Matthew Rose;  Faninal: Martin Gantner;  A Singer: Rene Barbera;  Annia: Megan Marino;  Valzacchi: Rodell Rosel