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Lyric leans toward tradition in announcing 2013-14 season

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  • Patricia Racette, pictured here at the Metropolitan Opera as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly," will reprise the role again for the Lyric Opera of Chicago during the 2013-14 season. It's a role she will share with Amanda Echalaz in a new-to-Chicago production by London and Broadway director Michael Grandage.

      Patricia Racette, pictured here at the Metropolitan Opera as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly," will reprise the role again for the Lyric Opera of Chicago during the 2013-14 season. It's a role she will share with Amanda Echalaz in a new-to-Chicago production by London and Broadway director Michael Grandage.
    Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

  • Opera baritone Nathan Gunn will star once again in the title role of "The Barber of Seville" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

      Opera baritone Nathan Gunn will star once again in the title role of "The Barber of Seville" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

  • Soprano Patricia Racette will once again star as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, though she will share the role with Amanda Echalaz during the 2013-14 season.

      Soprano Patricia Racette will once again star as Cio-Cio-San in "Madama Butterfly" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, though she will share the role with Amanda Echalaz during the 2013-14 season.
    Courtesy of Devon Cass

  • Video: Lyric Opera 2013-14 Season

 
 

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced a very traditional eight-opera lineup for the 2013-14 season.

It features Verdi's Shakespearean tragedy "Otello" (eight performances from Oct. 5-Nov. 2); Puccini's tear-jerker of bigamy and cultural misunderstanding, "Madama Butterfly" (11 performances from Oct. 15-30 and Jan. 11-26); Wagner's Holy Grail-inspired "Parsifal" (six performances from Nov. 9-29); Verdi's tragic romance "La Traviata" (10 performances from Nov. 20-Dec. 20); Strauss' frothy operetta "Die Fledermaus" (nine performances from Dec. 10-Jan. 18); Rossini's zany comedy "The Barber of Seville" (10 performances from Feb. 1-28); the Lyric debut of Dvorák's "Little Mermaid"-influenced "Rusalka" (six performances from Feb. 22-March 16) and Mozart's late opera seria "La Clemenza di Tito" (seven performances from March 5-23).

Only one opera is a revival ("Otello"), while four others feature new productions ("Rusalka," "The Barber of Seville," "Parsifal" and "La Traviata"). Three are new-to-Chicago stagings: "Madama Butterfly," "Die Fledermaus" and "La Clemenza di Tito".

The Lyric also announced its partnership with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization through its American Musical Theater Initiative to produce four other spring musicals by the celebrated Broadway composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. The Lyric will stage "The Sound of Music" in 2014, "Carousel" in 2015, "The King and I" in 2016 and "South Pacific" in 2017 following this May's 70th anniversary production of "Oklahoma!"

Also on tap is a Subscriber Appreciation Recital featuring German star tenor Jonas Kaufmann with Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming on March 19, 2014.

All operas are performed with projected English translations. For more information on casting, conductors, directors and designers, call (312) 332-2244, ext. 5600, or visit lyricopera.org.

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