Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 61st season: The Marriage of Figaro, Cinderella, Wozzeck, The Merry Widow, Bel Canto, Nabucco, Der Rosenkavalier, and Romeo and Juliet plus Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

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SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

Wednesday July 8 at 10:00am

for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015/16 Season

 

The Marriage of Figaro, Cinderella, Wozzeck, The Merry Widow,
Bel Canto, Nabucco, Der Rosenkavalier, and Romeo and Juliet
plus Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I 

The beauty, the rage, the laughter, the passion, the romance —
explore a world of music, drama, comedy, and dance with Lyric Opera!

  Feed your need for the drama, the athletic vocalism, the entertainment,
and the humanity that only a Lyric performance can provide.

Photo Credit Karl Forster (Salzburg Festival)

 

 

CHICAGO – Single tickets go on sale July 8 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 61st season.

This season offers outstanding casts, tremendous titles, and a world premiere. International stars returning to Lyric’s stage include Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Isabel Leonard, Amanda Majeski, Joseph Calleja, Tatiana Serjan, Danielle de Niese, Željko Lučić, and more. Artists making eagerly awaited Lyric debuts include Lawrence Brownlee, Adam Plachetka, Christiane Karg, Heidi Stober, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and more.

“Lyric’s upcoming season represents a wonderful range of musical and dramatic styles, including the company’s first world premiere in more than a decade,” said the company’s general director, Anthony Freud. “Whether you know and love opera or are considering your first experience, Lyric has a great variety of exciting entertainment opportunities for you this season, including the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical  The King and I.”

The 2015/16 season includes three operas in Italian: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s Cinderella, and Verdi’s Nabucco.There are two operas in German: Berg’s Wozzeck and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Lehár’s The Merry Widow will be sung in English,Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet will be sung in French, and the world premiere of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto (based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett) will be performed in Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, and Quechua.

Single tickets for opera performances start at $34/balcony and $66/main floor. Special children’s ticket prices are available for all operas with the purchase of adult tickets. Tickets for The King and I performances start at $22.

 

Lyric season-ticket packages are still available and offer the best possible pricing and special perks.

  • The new Create Your Own Series – you pick the titles, you pick the dates and save up to 30% off packages of 3-9 opera/musical events.
  • NEW! The Value Series offers 8 specific fixed-date performances at 50% saving off of the single ticket price
  • Subscribers also receive:
  • access to purchase special concert performance tickets for Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez in concert with Sir Andrew Davis and the Lyric Opera Orchestra Saturday, January 9 at 7:30pm
  • other special perks, including easy ticket exchanges, the ability to exchange productions, and suburban shuttle-bus service for select performances

 

Every ticket holder enjoys:

  • Free pre-opera talks – offered before every opera performance in the mainstage season to enhance the opera-going experience. Talks are entertaining and illuminating 30-minute insights presented by members of Lyric’s staff and experts from the community.
  • Supertitles – English texts are projected above the stage for every opera performance, so it’s easy to follow the story no matter what language is being sung.
  • Access to Lyric’s original publications – Lyric Notes, the monthly e-newsletter, Lyric Opera News, the print-edition magazine and all of the resources created and designed just for Lyric’s official web site at lyricopera.org.
  • Priority dining reservations at Lyric’s street-level restaurant, The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room.
  • Special offers and perks available only to Lyric patrons.

 

There are other ways to plan your 2015/16 season and save on tickets:

  • Lyric’s NEXT college student ticket program enables fulltime college students to purchase $20 tickets to select performances. For more information, go to NEXT
  • Special pricing for young professionals. For more information go to ENCORE

 

Group Sales

10 or more in your group or family? Enjoy savings of up to 30%.

Groups of 10 or more can reserve tickets now and enjoy excellent perks and savings. Discounts are available for all opera and spring musical performances and group organizers are eligible for complimentary tickets. Groups always receive personalized service and can take advantage of flexible payment schedules that allow changes to any group’s order. For more information, go to GROUP SALES

The operas of Lyric’s 2015/16 season comprise three new productions (The Marriage of Figaro, Wozzeck, and the world premiere of Bel Canto), three new-to-Chicago productions (Cinderella, The Merry Widow, Romeo and Juliet), and the return of Lyric favorites (Lyric’s production of Nabucco  and a revival of Der Rosenkavalier, replacing the new-to-Chicago productions announced in January 2015). The season also includes the American musical classic The King and I, and two special concert performances.

 

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015/16 Season – Casts, Creative Teams, Sponsors

New Production

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

9 performances Sept. 26 – Oct. 24

In Italian with projected English texts

Figaro

Adam Plachetka*

Susanna          

Christiane Karg*

Countess Almaviva    

Amanda Majeski°

Count Alamviva        

Luca Pisaroni

Cherubino      

Rachel Frenkel*

 

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumna

 Conductor                  

Henrik Nánási*

Director

Barbara Gaines

Set Designer

James Noone

Costume Designer     

Susan Mickey*

Lighting Designer

Robert Wierzel

Chorus Master          

Michael Black

Choreographer          

Harrison McEldowney

New Lyric Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro generously made possible by The Negaunee Foundation, the Abbott Fund, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin, Exelon, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel.

 

 

New-to-Chicago Production

CINDERELLA/ LA CENERENTOLA   by Gioachino Rossini (1792 – 1868)

8 performances Oct. 4 – 30

In Italian with projected English texts

 

Angelina (Cinderella)

Isabel Leonard

Ramiro                                               

Lawrence Brownlee*

Don Magnifico                                   

Alessandro Corbelli

Dandini                                              

Vito Priante*

Alidoro                                               

Christian Van Horn°

 

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumnus

 

Conductor                              

Sir Andrew Davis

Director                                 

Joan Font*

Designer                                 

Joan Guillen*

Lighting Designer                  

Albert Faura*

Chorus Master

Michael Black

Choreographer

Xevi Dorca*

Lyric Opera presentation of Cinderella generously made possible by Margot and Josef Lakonishok and PowerShares QQQ. Coproduction of Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, Gran Teatre  del Liceu, and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

 

 

New Production

WOZZECK by Alban Berg (1885 – 1935)

6 performances Nov. 1 – 21

In German with projected English texts

Wozzeck        

Tomasz Konieczny*

Marie

Angela Denoke*

Captain

Gerhard Siegel*

Drum Major

Stefan Vinke*

Doctor

Brindley Sherratt

Andres                                               

David Portillo°

Margret

Jill Grove

 

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumnus

Conductor                              

Sir Andrew Davis

Director                                 

Sir David McVicar

Designer                                 

Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Designer                  

Paule Constable

Chorus Master

Michael Black

Choreographer

Andrew George

New Lyric Opera production of Wozzeck generously made possible by The Monument Trust (UK) and Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, with additional support from Robert L. Turner.

 

 

New-to-Chicago Production

THE MERRY WIDOW by Franz Lehár (1870 – 1948)

10 performances Nov. 14 – Dec. 13

In English with projected English texts

English translation by Jeremy Sams

Original libretto by Viktor Leon and Leo Stein

Hanna

Renée Fleming (Nov. 14 – Dec. 3)

Elizabeth Futral° (Dec. 9-13)

Danilo                                    

Thomas Hampson

Valencienne                           

Heidi Stober*

Camille                                               

Michael Spyres

Zeta                                        

Patrick Carfizzi*

 

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumna

Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis

Director & Choreographer

Susan Stroman*

Set Designer

Julian Crouch*

Costume Designer

William Ivey Long*

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable

Chorus Master

Michael Black

Lyric Opera presentation of The Merry Widow generously made possible by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Hurvis, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the Mazza Foundation. Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera.

 

 

World-Premiere Production

BEL CANTO by Jimmy López (b. 1978, music) and Nilo Cruz (b. 1960, libretto), based on the novel by Ann Patchett (b. 1963)

7 performances Dec. 7 – Jan. 17

In Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, and Quechua with projected English texts

Roxane Coss                                      

Danielle de Niese

Carmen                                                          

J’nai Bridges°

Hosokawa                                          

Jeongcheol Cha*

Gen                                                    

Andrew Stenson*

General Alfredo                                

Rafael Davila*

Messner                                             

Jacques Imbrailo*

Rubén Iglesias                                               

William Burden

César

Anthony Roth Costanzo*

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumna

Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis

Director

Kevin Newbury

Set Designer

David Korins*

Costume Designer

Constance Hoffmann*

Lighting Designer

Duane Schuler

Projections

Greg Emetaz*

Chorus Master

Michael Black


Lyric Opera world-premiere production of Bel Canto generously made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,Helen and Sam Zell, Ethel and William Gofen, Ada and Whitney Addington, the Walter E. Heller Foundation, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Prince Charitable Trusts.

 

Lyric Production***

NABUCCO by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

7 performances Jan. 23 – Feb. 12

In Italian with projected English texts

Nabucco

Željko Lučić

Abigaille

Tatiana Serjan

Zaccaria

Dmitry Belosselskiy*

Fenena

Elizabeth DeShong°

Ismaele

Sergey Skorokhodov*

 

*Lyric Debut   **Lyric Directorial Debut

°Ryan Opera Center Alumna

Conductor

Carlo Rizzi

Director

Matthew Ozawa**

Set Designer   

Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer

Jane Greenwood

Lighting Designer

Duane Schuler

Chorus Master          

Michael Black

***Please note that this production is different from the one originally announced in January 2015.

Lyric Opera production of Nabucco originally made possible by the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa. Revival generously made possible by the Harris Family Foundation and Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell.

 

 

 

Revival Production***

Lyric Production***

DER ROSENKAVALIER by Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

8 performances Feb. 8 – Mar. 13

In German with projected English texts

 

Octavian

Sophie Koch (Feb. 8 – 20)

Alice Coote (Mar. 4 – 13)

The Marschallin

Amanda Majeski°

Sophie

Christina Landshamer*

Baron Ochs

Matthew Rose*

Faninal

Martin Gantner

A Singer

René Barbera°

Conductor

Edward Gardner*

Director

Martina Weber*

Designer

Thierry Bosquet

Lighting Designer

Duane Schuler

Chorus Master

Michael Black

 

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumni

 

***Please note that this production is different from the one originally announced in January 2015. 

 

Lyric Opera production of Der Rosenkavalier generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor and Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross.

 

 

 

 

New-to-Chicago Production

ROMEO AND JULIET/ROMÉO ET JULIETTE by Charles Gounod (1818-93)

9 performances Feb. 22 – Mar. 19

In French with projected English texts

Romeo            

Joseph Calleja (Feb. 22-Mar. 8)

Eric Cutler (Mar. 11-19)

Juliet

Susanna Phillips°

Friar Laurence

Christian Van Horn°

Stephano

Marianne Crebassa*

Mercutio

Joshua Hopkins

*Lyric Debut   °Ryan Opera Center Alumni

Conductor

Emmanuel Villaume

Director

Bartlett Sher*

Set Designer

Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer

Catherine Zuber

Lighting Designer

Jennifer Tipton

Chorus Master

Michael Black

 

Lyric Opera presentation of Romeo and Juliet generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, Julie and Roger Baskes, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, and PowerShares QQQ. Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera.

 

 

American Musical Theater Initiative

THE KING AND I by Richard Rodgers (1902-1979,music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960, book and lyrics)

26 performances April 29 – May 22, 2016

 

Lyric Opera premiere of The King and I generously made possible by The Negaunee Foundation, two Anonymous Donors, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, and Northern Trust.

 

 

Special Concert Performances

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO & ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ with SIR ANDREW DAVIS IN CONCERT

Saturday, January 9, 2016, at 7:30pm

Exclusive Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank

(Tickets are available for purchase by subscribers at any level)

 

DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY IN RECITAL with pianist IVARI ILJA

Friday, February 26, 2016, at 7:30pm

Exclusive Sponsor: Ann Ziff

 

Download photos for 2015/16 season

 

Evening opera performances of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015-16 season begin at 7:30pm sharp, except for Sept. 26 Opening Night (5pm) and Der Rosenkavalier (6:30pm). Matinee performances begin at 2pm sharp, except for Der Rosenkavalier (1pm).

 

Lyric’s Broadcast Season

98.7WFMT will air the opening performance of each opera in Lyric’s 2015/16 season live locally (also streaming live on wfmt.com. The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts are generously sponsored by The Hurvis Family Foundation, with matching funding provided by The Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum Family, the John and Jackie Bucksbaum Family, and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart.

 

 

About Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Founded in 1954, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of general director Anthony Freud, music director Sir Andrew Davis, and creative consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become The Great North American Opera Company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

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