Single Tickets on sale to public
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Single tickets on sale to public starting
for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2013-14
Madama Butterfly, Parsifal, La traviata, Die Fledermaus,
TheBarber of Seville, Rusalka, and La clemenzadi Tito
or call 312-332-2244
Main-floor opera seats from just $65,
balcony seats from $34!
Buy any 3 operas and save 10%!*
*excludes all Special
Events including Opening Night
Subscriptions still available – best
value at up to 40% off!
4-opera series start at $100, or choose
your own operas and dates with Flex-4!
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC
April 25-May 11 – tickets from $29
(10% discount for Lyric subscribers
through Nov. 1)
Limited tickets still available for
Renée Fleming/Jonas Kaufmann concert
Weds., Mar. 19 at 7:30pm – tickets from
Lyric’s kid-friendly event – The Family Barber – at the Civic Opera
A 60-minute opera adventure for kids and
Sat., Mar. 22 at 2pm – tickets just
Itzhak Perlman in Recital – first time
ever at Civic Opera House!
Sun., April 6 at 2pm – tickets from $25
Back by popular demand!! Children’s pricing
for The Barber of Seville!
Online or 312-332-2244 for information on operas and special performances
seas to legendary realms,
from the Parisian
demimonde to the sparkling Viennese beau monde,
from sunny Seville to imperial Rome to the
Austrian Alps …
world of music, drama, comedy, and dance with Lyric Opera!
Single tickets go on sale to the general public Thurs., Aug. 1, for
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 59th season.
The internationally renowned
company will present grand opera with exceptional casts and productions in its
beautiful home, the historic Civic Opera House. Lyric will offer 67
performances of 8 operas in the 22-week season, including 7 new-to-Chicago productions
and one acclaimed revival, Saturday, October 5, 2013, through Sunday, March 23,
The 2013-14 season includes five
operas in Italian: Verdi’s Otello and La traviata, Puccini’s Madama
Butterfly, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville,and Mozart’s La clemenza
di Tito.There are two operas in German: Wagner’s Parsifal and Strauss’s Die
Fledermaus,and one opera in Czech: Rusalka.
“Lyric’s upcoming season
represents a wonderful range of musical and dramatic styles, including two less-often-heard
operas,” says the company’s general director, Anthony Freud. “To commemorate two musical bicentennials that are
central to Lyric’s repertoire, we will present two masterpieces by Verdi and
one by Wagner. 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 – and they’re not all opera performances!
“As we’ve announced
previously,” Freud continued, “in addition to the operas in our regular season,
in 2013-14 Lyric will also present a brand-new production of the beloved American
musical The Sound of Music; a special family performance event, The
Family Barber; two incomparable singing artists in a joint concert – Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann; and a
Lyric-debut recital by the world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. All these performances will take place at the Civic
Opera House, and as of Thursday, August 1, tickets for all these performances
are now on sale.”
Lyric subscriptions are still
available and offer the best value – up to 40% off. Four-opera subscriptions
are available from just $100. This season also features a Flex-4 package that allows audiences to choose any four operas and
the dates of their choice, and still save up to 40%. Lyric subscribers who
purchase The Sound of Music by November 1 receive a 10% discount in all
Lyric is once again offering
reduced prices for school-aged children
for an opera in Lyric’s regular mainstage season. Children (up to
age 17)will be ableto see regular performances of The
Barber of Seville when accompanied by an adult with a regular-priced
ticket. Children’s tickets will range from $20 to $50, and will be available to
Single-ticket buyers who purchase any three operas get
a 10% discount*. These personalized combos are available
online and easy to purchase – the discount is automatically applied at
Opening Night and Special Events
To be assured of good seats,
the time to reserve is now. Prices for opera performances start at $34 in the
upper balcony and $65 on the main floor. Prices for The Sound of Music performances
start at $29 in the upper balcony and $54 on the main floor. (Please note:
tickets for the April 25 preview performance are available at a 25% discount.)
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.
The opening performance of
each opera production and The Sound of Music will be broadcast
live by TheLyric Opera Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT and www.wfmt.com.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts are generously sponsored by The Hurvis Charitable Foundation with
matching funding provided by The Matthew
Bucksbaum Family and Richard P. and
Free pre-opera lectures will be offered before every performance of every
opera in the mainstage season (except Oct. 5, opening night of the season) to
enhance the opera-going experience. The informative and entertaining 30-minute
talks are presented by members of Lyric’s staff and experts from the community.
Lyric’s website (www.lyricopera.org) is a comprehensive
source of information, handsomely designed and easy to navigate. Videos about
each production will be available for viewing throughout the season, with
introductions by Sir Andrew Davis, Renée Fleming, and Anthony Freud, and interviews with other artists and directors.
Website audio features will include Sir Andrew Davis’s opera previews;
the Discovery Series lectures and
panel discussions, available for download on lyricopera.org and iTunes
as part of Lyric’s “Backstage at Lyric”
podcast; and the company’s in-depth and expertly produced Commentaries (mini-tutorials by Lyric staff members Jesse Gram, Cayenne Harris, Nick Martin,
and Roger Pines), available for
streaming and downloading, free of charge. Additional website features include
articles, recording and DVD recommendations, and photo galleries.
Lyric’s website has
varied content that is constantly updated during the season, including a new
blog, “Lyric Lately.” Patrons can enhance their live-performance experience by
exploring its multimedia offerings. Lyric’s Facebook and Twitter fan
base continues to grow, helping to foster opera engagement and excitement in
the company’s digital communities.
Lyric’s website also includes a customer interface “Patron Center” feature allowing patrons to
- view their upcoming and
- exchange tickets
- select their own seats
- renew their donations
- make other
- make reservations to The Sarah and Peer Pedersen Room
- redeem coupons for free
- RSVP for donor events,
concerts, and rehearsals
- receive special
interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of deadly jealousy, Otello,stars
Johan Botha, Ana María Martínez, Falk
Struckmann, Antonio Poli (Lyric
debut), and Evan Boyer in a revival
of the Sir Peter Hall production conducted
by Bertrand de Billy and staged by Ashley Dean (both Lyric debuts), with
set and costume designs by John Gunter,and lighting by Duane Schuler. Chorus master is Michael Black,
and choreographer is August Tye. Eight performances Oct. 5-Nov. 2, in Italian with
projected English texts. Generous sponsors for this revival are Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross, an Anonymous Donor, the Abbott Fund, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Mazza Foundation.
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly breaks all hearts with the story of the child
bride Cio-Cio-San and her love for a thoughtless American navy man, starring Amanda Echalaz (debut, Oct. dates)/Patricia Racette (Jan. dates), James Valenti (debut, Oct. dates)/Stefano Secco (debut, Jan. dates), MaryAnn McCormick, Christopher Purves (debut),and David Cangelosi. Marco Armiliato (debut) conducts. The
original director is Michael Grandage
(debut), revival director is Louisa
Muller, and the designer is Chirstopher
Oram (debut). Original lighting designer is Neil Austin (debut). Michael
Black is chorus master. Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston
Grand Opera, and Grand Théâtre de Genève. Eleven performances Oct. 15-30 and
Jan. 11-26, in Italian with projected English texts. Lyric Opera coproduction generously made
possible by Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher
Reyes, James N. and Laurie V. Bay,the Walter E. Heller Foundation in honor of Alyce H. DeCosta, and the Estate of Howard A. Stotler.
Wagner’s Parsifal is a moving and revelatory masterpiece about
temptation, healing, and redemption. Paul
Groves (role debut), Daveda Karanas
(debut), Thomas Hampson, Kwangchul Youn (debut), Tómás Tomasson, and Rúni Brattaberg (debut) star in this
complex tale of spiritual and psychological conflict. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the new production directed by John Caird (debut), designed by Johan Engels (debut), with lighting by Duane Schuler. Michael Black is chorus master, and Tim Claydon (debut) is choreographer. Six performances Nov. 9-29,
in German with projected English texts. Parsifal is a new Lyric Opera of
Chicago production generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, Marlys A.
Beider, and the Kenneth L. Harder
traviata follows a romance doomed by illness and bourgeois values
between Paris’s most celebrated courtesan and an ardent young man from Provence,
starring Marina Rebeka (debut), Joseph Calleja,and Quinn Kelsey. Massimo Zanetti conducts the new
production staged by Arin Arbus (debut)
with set designs by Riccardo Hernandez,
costumes by Cait O’Connor (debut),
and lighting by Marcus Doshi (debut).
The chorus master is Michael Black,and choreographer is Austin McCormick. (debut). Ten performances
Nov. 20-Dec. 20, in Italian with projected English texts. Coproduction of Lyric
Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Canadian Opera Company. New Lyric
Opera production generously made possible by the Julius Frankel Foundation in honor of Nelson D. Cornelius, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel, and Helen and Sam Zell.
Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus bubbles with champagne-fueled flirtation and
mischief, starring Juliane Banse (debut),
Bo Skovhus, Daniela Fally (debut), Adrian
Eröd (debut), Michael Spyres
(debut), Emily Fons, and Andrew Shore. Ward Stare conducts, and E.
Loren Meeker (Lyric directorial debut) directs the San Francisco Opera
production designed by Wolfram Skalicki (sets),
Thierry Bosquet (costumes), and Duane Schuler (lighting). Michael Black ischorus master, and Daniel
Pelzig is choreographer. Nine performances Dec. 10-Jan. 18, in German with
projected English texts. Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by the
Donna Van Eekeren Foundation and Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell.
Rossini’s rollicking The
Barber of Seville returns to Lyric in a new Lyric production starring Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard (debut), Alek
Shrader, Alessandro Corbelli,
and Kyle Ketelsen. Michele Mariotti (debut) conducts. The
director is Rob Ashford (debut),
with designs by Scott Pask (debut/sets),
Catherine Zuber (debut/costumes),
and Howard Harrison (debut/lighting).
The chorus master is Michael Black. Ten
performances Feb. 1-28, in Italian with projected English texts.New Lyric Opera of Chicago production
generously made possible by the Gramma
Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa,the NIB Foundation, Randy L. and Melvin R.Berlin, and Margot and Josef Lakonishok.
Dvořák’s darkly haunting tragic fairytale Rusalka will have its long-awaited
company premiere, starring Ana María
Martínez, Brandon Jovanovich, Jill Grove, Eric Owens, and Ekaterina
Gubanova (debut). Sir Andrew Davis
will conduct the new production created by Sir
David McVicar. Designers are John
Macfarlane (sets), Moritz Junge
(debut/costumes), and David Finn
(debut/lighting). Michael Black is
chorus master, and Andrew George is
choreographer. Six performances Feb. 22-Mar. 16, in Czech with projected
English texts. New Lyric Opera of Chicago production generously made possible
by The Monument Trust UK,an Anonymous Donor, Marion A.
Cameron, Exelon,and Sidley Austin LLP, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Amadeus Mozart’s penultimate opera, La clemenza di Tito, tells a tale of
personal and political intrigue and betrayal in imperial Rome, starring Matthew Polenzani (role debut), Joyce DiDonato, Amanda Majeski, Cecelia Hall,
Emily Birsan, and Christian Van Horn. Sir Andrew Davis conductsthenew-to-Chicagoproduction originally staged by Sir David McVicar, with revival director Marie Lambert. Designs are by McVicar (debut/sets), Jenny Tiramani (debut/costumes), and Jennifer Tipton (lighting). Michael
Black is chorus master. Seven performances Mar. 5-23, in Italian with
projected English texts. Lyric Opera presentation generously made possibly by Julie and Roger Baskes, The Negaunee Foundation,and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow.
Current ensemble members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center have been cast in
34 roles and will understudy 43 roles in the operas of Lyric’s 2013-14 season.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved
musical, The Sound of Music, will receive its Lyric Opera premiere in a
new production April 25*-May 11, following Lyric’s regular opera season. Rob Fisher (debut) will conduct members
of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Marc
Bruni (debut) will direct the new production, with set designs by Michael Yeargan,costume designs by Alejo Vietti
(debut), and choreography by Denis Jones
(debut). The lighting designer will be named at a later date. Christine Brewer will portray the
Mother Abbess, and Elizabeth Futral will
portray the Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Additional casting will be announced at a
later date. Michael Black is chorus
master. New Lyric Opera production
generously made possible by Northern
Trust, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr.
and Mrs. William C. Vance,and Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills.
*April 25 is a preview performance; opening night is April 26.
The Subscriber Appreciation
Concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming andtenor Jonas Kaufmann with the Lyric Opera Orchestra led by Sir Andrew Davis on Weds. Mar. 19 is generously sponsored
by Ann Ziff and an Anonymous Donor. Tickets start at $37
and are already 70% sold.
A few days later Lyric Unlimited will present The
Family Barber,a special introduction to the joys
of opera for youngsters ages 5-10 and their families, on Saturday, March 22, at 2pm at the Civic Opera House. A special cast
will perform The Family Barber with the Lyric
Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The 60-minute performance will be fully staged
and costumed, and will be entirely in English. As with regular performances,
projected English texts will also be used. Tickets range from $10-$20 for kids
and teens, and $20-$40 for adults (18+). Media sponsor for The Family Barber is the Chicago Tribune.
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman will perform in recital
for the first time ever at the Civic Opera House with pianist Rohan de Silva on Sun., April 6 at 2pm. Tickets start at $25.
of Chicago’s 59th season runs
Oct. 5 through Mar. 23 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., with spring
performances of The Sound of Music April 25-May11. Brochures may be requested
and single tickets may be purchased by going to www.lyricopera.org (24 hours a day), or by
calling 312-332-2244, ext. 5600
(M-F, 9-5; Sa. 10-5). Individual opera tickets start at $34. Subscription
packages are still available, as well. Full cast and sponsor information can be
found at www.lyricopera.org, along with
articles, videos, podcast interviews, and more.
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