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      Falk Struckmann and Johan Botha. Photo by Ken Howard, courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.

      Join WFMT’s Peter van de Graaff and LOC Dramaturg Roger Pines for live opening-night broadcasts from the 2013-2014 season: Otello, Madama Butterfly, Parsifal, La traviata, Die Fledermaus, The Barber of Seville, Rusalka, La clemenza di Tito.

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      Program Schedule | 2014

      May 17, 2014

      Otello

      Giuseppe Verdi

      Early in William Shakespeare’s play Othello, Iago reveals his seething hatred for his commander, Othello. They are dispatched from Venice to colonial Cyprus where Othello is reunited with his loving bride, Desdemona. Othello (or Otello in this Italian setting) keeps Iago as a trusted aid.  Verdi and librettist Boito begin the opera here, as the über-villainous Iago sows the seeds of jealously and ruin.

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      Otello: Johan Botha
      Desdemona: Ana María Martínez
      Iago: Falk Struckmann
      Cassio: Antonio Poli
      Lodovico: Evan Boyer
      Emilia: Julie Anne Miller
      Roderigo: John Irvin
      Montano: Anthony Clark Evans
      Herald: Richard Ollarsaba

      Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago
      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
      Original Director: Sir Peter Hall
      Revival Director: Ashley Dean
      Chorus Master: Michael Black
      Children’s Chorus Master: Emily Ellsworth

      Approximate length three hours

      Backstage Exclusive: Sumptuous and Sexy: Lyric Opens with “Otello”
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Otello” special on Arias and Songs.

      May 24, 2014

      Madama Butterfly

      Giacomo Puccini

      A masterpiece of romance and tragedy premiered in 1904, this beloved opera has at its heart a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San (Patricia Racette), known as "Madama Butterfly." In a traditional Japanese ceremony, Cio-Cio-San marries U. S. Navy Lt. B. F. Pinkerton (tenor Stefano Secco). The steadfast Butterfly renounces her Japanese heritage in order to become a good “American” wife to Pinkerton, who soon he leaves her, departing for America with a vague promise to return.

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      Cio-Cio-San: Patricia Racette
      Pinkerton: Stefano Secco
      Suzuki: Mary Ann McCormick
      Sharpless: Christopher Purves
      Goro: David Cangelosi
      The Bonze: David Govertsen
      Kate Pinkerton: Laura Wilde
      Yamadori: Anthony Clark Evans
      Commissioner: Richard Ollarsaba
      Registrar: Will Liverman

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Marco Armiliato
      Original Director: Michael Grandage
      Revival Director: Louisa Miller
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours

      Backstage Exclusive: Lyric’s Butterfly Patricia Racette
      More: A Young Girl’s Undoing
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Madama Butterfly” special on Arias and Songs.

      May 31, 2014

      Parsifal

      Richard Wagner

      Parsifal (tenor Paul Groves) finds his way to the castle of Monsalvat where a brotherhood of knights led by Amfortas (baritone Thomas Hampson) keep watch over the Holy Grail. A curse hangs over the community that only Parsifal can lift, but the foolish youth does not act. The sorcerer Klingsor (baritone Tómas Tómasson) sends beautiful maidens to distract, to seduce, and corrupt Parsifal, pouring the most powerful feminine wiles into Kundry – a woman with a secret (mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas). Only if the unwitting Parsifal resists the maidens can Klingsor be vanquished and the knights saved.

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      Parsifal: Paul Groves
      Kundry: Daveda Karanas
      Amfortas: Thomas Hampson
      Gurnemanz: Kwangchul Youn
      Klingsor: Tómas Tómasson
      Titurel: Rúni Brattaberg
      First Knight: John Irvin
      Second Knight: Richard Ollarsaba
      Flower maidens: Emily Birsan, J’nai Bridges, Tracy Cantin, Kiri Deonarine, Angela Mannino, Laura Wilde

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Director: John Caird
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length four hours 45 minutes

      Backstage Exclusive: Inside Parsifal
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Parsifal” special on Arias and Songs.

      June 7, 2014

      La traviata

      Giuseppe Verdi

      What’s it like to be the most beautiful, most desired party girl in Paris – and to be losing your life just as you find true love? Welcome to the dark, glittering world of the Parisian demimonde. It’s one of the most popular operas of all time. Soprano Marina Rebeka portrays the ill-fated heroine, Violetta Valéry. Tenor Joseph Calleja is her lover, Alfredo Germont. And baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont.

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      Violetta: Marina Rebeka
      Alfredo: Joseph Calleja
      Giorgio Germont: Quinn Kelsey
      Flora: J’nai Bridges
      Annina: Julie Anne Miller
      Gastone: Adam Bonnani
      Giuseppe: John Irvin
      Baron: Nicholas Pallesen
      Marquis: Will Liverman
      Dr Grenvil: Richard Ollarsaba

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
      Director: Arin Arbus
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours

      Backstage: Lavish Parties, Sex, and Booze – What Could Go Wrong?
      Video Exclusive: Lyric’s Violetta Goes Searching for Callas
      More: No Abridged Verdi
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “La Traviata” special on Arias and Songs.

      June 14, 2014

      Die Fledermaus

      Johann Strauss Jr

      Shameless flirting, false identities, dance-to-dawn partying, and free-flowing champagne: Johann Strauss, Jr.’s paean to Partytown, a.k.a. Vienna in the early 1870s, delivers all manner of uproarious intrigues and complications with Juliane Banse as Rosalinde, Bo Skovhus as Eisenstein, and Daniela Fally as their naughty maid Adele.

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      Cast:
      Rosalinde: Juliane Banse
      Eisenstein: Bo Skovhus
      Adele: Daniela Fally
      Falke: Adrian Eröd
      Alfred: Michael Spyres
      Prince Orlofsky: Emily Fons
      Frank: Andrew Shore
      Dr Blind: David Cangelosi
      Frosch: Fred Wellisch
      Ida: Julie Anne Miller
      Ivan: Will Liverman

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Ward Stare
      Director: E Loren Meeker
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours 20 minutes

      Video Exclusive with conductor Ward Stare: An American Prince Charming
      Feature: Long Live Champagne
      Video Exclusive: Conductor Talks Kids and Music
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Die Fledermaus” special on Arias and Songs.

      June 21, 2014

      The Barber of Seville

      Gioacchino Rossini

      The eponymous barber Figaro (baritone Nathan Gunn) is the ultimate fixer in this rollicking comedy. He struts his stuff in the famous "Largo al factotum" aria, "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!" He takes sides in a love triangle, helping Count Almaviva (tenor Alek Shrader) woo and win the beautiful Rosina (mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard) from her old, lecherous guardian Dr. Bartolo (baritone Alessandro Corbelli).

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      Figaro: Nathan Gunn
      Rosina: Isabel Leonard
      Almaviva: Alek Shrader
      Dr Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli
      Don Basilio: Kyle Ketelsen
      Berta: Tracy Cantin
      Fiorello: Will Liverman
      Sergeant: John Irvin

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Michele Mariotti
      Director: Rob Ashford
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours 15 minutes

      Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Alek Shrader
      From the Source: Lyric’s Barber Conductor
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Barber” special on Arias and Songs.

      June 28, 2014

      Rusalka

      Antonin Dvorak

      It’s like The Little Mermaid grown up. Beautiful and mysterious things happen in the dark woods. Lyric Opera of Chicago takes you there with Ana María Martínez, Brandon Jovanovich, Eric Owens, Jill Grove, and Ekaterina Gubanova in a new production and company premiere of Dvořák’s heartbreaking fairytale fantasy.

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      Rusalka: Ana María Martínez
      Prince: Brandon Jovanovich
      Jezibaba: Jill Grove
      Vodnik: Eric Owens
      Foreign Princess: Ekaterina Gubanova
      Wood nymphs: Lauren Snouffer, J’nai Bridges, Cynthia Hanna
      Kitchen boy: Daniela Mack
      Gamekeeper: Philip Kraus
      Hunter: Anthony Clark Evans

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Director: Sir David McVicar
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours 30 minutes

      Web Exclusive: Ana María Martínez on singing Rusalka
      Video: “Czech was the hardest
      Impromptu:  WOW, It’s Wotan
      Web Exclusive: Martínez and Owens Go To CPS and Beyond
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Rusalka” special on Arias and Songs.

      July 5, 2014

      La clemenza di Tito

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      It's a tangled love and power triangle like no other. Should the emperor let the co-conspirators go? Should he execute his friends for what they did? Should he imprison them? Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani in Mozart's passionate, political opera set in ancient Rome, La clemenza di Tito.

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      Tito: Matthew Polenzani
      Sesto: Joyce DiDonato
      Vitellia: Amanda Majeski
      Annio: Cecelia Hall
      Servilia: Emily Birsan
      Publio: Christian Van Horn

      Lyric Opera Chorus & Orchestra
      Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
      Original Director: Sir David McVicar
      Revival Director: Marie Lambert
      Chorus Master: Michael Black

      Approximate length three hours

      Backstage Exclusives: La clemenza di Tito
      WFMT Impromptu with Joyce DiDonato
      Matthew Polenzani: Local Boy Made Good
      Hear Larry Johnson’s “Clemenza” special on Arias and Songs.