Lyric Opera's 2018-19 season features 'Siegfried,' 'West Side Story'

 
 
Posted2/6/2018 6:01 PM
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  • Evanston native Matthew Polenzani stars in Mozart's "Idomeneo," which is part of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2018-19 season.

    Evanston native Matthew Polenzani stars in Mozart's "Idomeneo," which is part of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2018-19 season. Courtesy of Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

  • Swedish soprano Nina Stemme makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing the title role of the vengeful "Elektra" during the 2018-19 season.

    Swedish soprano Nina Stemme makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing the title role of the vengeful "Elektra" during the 2018-19 season. Courtesy of Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

  • Jules Massenet's 1899 French adaptation of "Cinderella" ("Cendrillon") will make its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut during the 2018-19 season. Director and designer Laurent Pelly's 2006 Santa Fe Opera production features props and scenery inspired by storybook text.

    Jules Massenet's 1899 French adaptation of "Cinderella" ("Cendrillon") will make its Lyric Opera of Chicago debut during the 2018-19 season. Director and designer Laurent Pelly's 2006 Santa Fe Opera production features props and scenery inspired by storybook text. Courtesy of Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera

  • Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko will perform in recital at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 2.

    Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko will perform in recital at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 2. Courtesy of Vladimir Shirokov

Returning favorites and company premieres are featured in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2018-19 season, which was announced on Tuesday in a subscriber presentation at the Civic Opera House.

The Lyric observes the Leonard Bernstein centennial with a postseason run of the Broadway classic "West Side Story" (May 3 to June 2, 2019). There are also star soprano events featuring Anna Netrebko (a Dec. 2 recital) and Renée Fleming (a 25th Lyric anniversary concert and gala on March 23, 2019). Another season add-on is the Chicago premiere of the World War II-set opera "An American Dream" by Jack Perla and Jessica Murphy Moo.

The Lyric's main eight-opera season features:

• "La Bohème" (11 performances, Oct. 6-20) -- Puccini's poor Parisian artists get new duds and digs in director Richard Jones' coproduction shared with London's Royal Opera. Making Lyric debuts are conductor Domingo Hindoyan and American tenor Michael Fabiano.

• "Idomeneo" (six performances, Oct. 13-Nov. 2) -- Evanston native Matthew Polenzani gets to repeat his 2017 Metropolitan Opera triumph in the title role of Mozart's opera seria in a classic production by the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

• "Siegfried" (four performances, Nov. 3-16) -- Director David Pountney's third installment of Wagner's "Ring" cycle features German tenor Burkhard Fritz in the title role. Davis conducts.

• "Il Trovatore" (seven performances, Nov. 17-Dec. 19) -- Sir David McVicar's 2006 production of Verdi's revenge tragedy is back for its third Chicago spin. Marco Armiliato conducts, and American soprano Tamara Wilson makes her Lyric debut.

• "Cendrillon" (six performances, Dec. 1-Jan. 20, 2019) -- Davis conducts Jules Massenet's 1899 French take on Cinderella in its Lyric debut. Australian Siobhan Stagg makes her U.S. debut in an acclaimed 2006 staging by director/designer Laurent Pelly.

• "Elektra" (six performances, Feb. 2-22, 2019) -- Soprano Nina Stemme and conductor Donald Runnicles make their Lyric debuts in a revival of McVicar's 2012 production of Richard Strauss' 1909 Greek tragedy.

• "La Traviata" (10 performances, Feb. 16-March 22, 2019) -- Conductor Michael Christie and tenor Giorgio Berrugi make their Lyric debuts in a revival of director Arin Arbus' 2013 production. Albina Shagimuratova stars as the Verdi heroine Violetta.

• "Ariodante" (six performances, March 2-17, 2019) -- Handel's 1735 opera seria makes its Lyric debut in a new coproduction directed by Richard Jones. It stars mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and Harry Bicket conducts.

For more information and to order subscriptions, visit lyricopera.org or call (312) 827-5600.

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