Free Pre-Season Concert! Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Free Pre-Season Concert Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park

Press Release Letterhead
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Free Pre-Season Concert!
 “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park”
Performance begins 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 11,
Presented in cooperation with the City of Chicago and Millennium Park
and dedicated to the Chicago Police and Fire Departments and
to the men and women of the United States Armed Services  

 Ana María Martínez to replace Elaine Alvarez
Featured artists: Thomas Hampson, Nadja Michael, Ana María Martínez,
Amber Wagner, Leonardo Capalbo, Kyle Ketelsen, Štefan Kocán,
Amanda Majeski, Emily Fons, René Barbera and The Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Music Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago

  Program includes highlights from Donizetti’s La favorita, Rossini’s Cenerentola,
Verdi’s Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera, Simon Boccanegra, and La forza del destino,
 Puccini’s La bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Preludio sinfonico in A major, Op.1, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Cosὶ fan tutte, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail

  Lead Sponsor: Deutsche Bank
Cosponsors: an Anonymous Donor, AT&T,
the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.
Additional funding:  Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and 
the Music Performance and Film Funds

The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts to air
“Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert live on 98.7WFMT and www.wfmt.com, anchored by George Preston and Roger Pines
The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts are made possible by
The Matthew Bucksbaum Family, with matching funds generously provided by
The Crown Family and Richard P. and Susan Kiphart
Check Lyric’s Facebook and Twitter pages
for live behind-the-scenes and audience video and photos throughout the evening 

On Saturday, September 11, at 7:30 p.m., Lyric Opera of Chicago will present a star-studded free outdoor concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 

Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s music director, will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and an array of outstanding soloists including stars from the current and recent seasons Thomas Hampson, Nadja Michael, Ana María Martínez, Amber Wagner, Leonardo Capalbo, Kyle Ketelsen, and Štefan Kocán – joined by featured artists from Lyric’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Amanda Majeski, Emily Fons, and René Barbera.

Martinez replaces Elaine Alvarez, who has withdrawn from the concert because of laryngitis. Capalbo replaces Dimitri Pittas, who has withdrawn from the concert and Macbeth performances while recovering from surgery.

The September 11 free concert will feature a superb selection of overtures, arias, and ensembles from

Donizetti’s La favorita, Verdi’s Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera, Simon Boccanegra, and La forza del destino, Puccini’s La bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Preludio sinfonico in A major, Op.1, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Cosὶ fan tutte, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. (The revised program follows the press release.)

  PLEASE NOTE: The Jay Pritzker Pavilion seating bowl will open at 5:30PM. Patrons may line up earlier for general admission seating. The line will form on the east side of the Pavilion. Once capacity is reached in the seating area, lawn seats only will be available. Lawn seating will be open and available all day or until capacity on the lawn is reached. 

The 2010 free outdoor concert is Lyric’s tenth. It will take place in Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry. “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert sponsors are lead sponsor: Deutsche Bank; cosponsors: an Anonymous Donor, AT&T, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation; with additional funding from Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and the Music Performance and Film Funds

The “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” free concert will be carried live on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com by The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts. George Preston, 98.7WFMT’s afternoon drive-time program host, and Roger Pines, Lyric’s dramaturg, will host the “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 11.

Additionally, Lyric will post live photos and video clips of the audience and the artists behind the scenes via Facebook and Twitter throughout the evening.

Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 56th season on Friday, October 1. The season continues through March 27, 2011, with 68 performances of eight operas: Verdi’s Macbeth (Oct. 1-30), Bizet’s Carmen (Oct. 13–29 and March 12-27), Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nov. 5–23),  Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Nov. 15–Dec. 10), Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado (Dec. 6–Jan. 15), Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (Jan. 22–Feb. 21), Wagner’s Lohengrin (Feb.11-March 8), and Handel’s Hercules (March 4–21).

All of Lyric’s regular-season performances take place at the Civic Opera House, Madison Street and Wacker Drive in Chicago. There are projected English translations for every opera. Subscriptions and single tickets are currently on sale. For information on specific performance dates and ticket availability, please call (312) 332-2244, ext. 5600, or go to www.lyricopera.org.

Photos available on request: call or email Media Relations Coordinator Carrie Napolilli: 312-827-5923 or cnapolilli@lyricopera.org.

 

 

 

STARS OF LYRIC OPERA AT MILLENNIUM PARK – Sept. 11, 2010

 

PROGRAM

The Lyric Opera Orchestra

ANDREW DAVIS, conductor

 

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
(1756-1791) 

 

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Overture

 

 

Mozart

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
(The Abduction from the Seraglio)
  
Act Two, Duet: “Vivat Bacchus”

 

RENÉ BARBERA (Pedrillo)
KOCÁN (Osmin)

Mozart 

Don Giovanni
Act Two, Recitative and Aria: “Crudele?
Ah, no, mio bene…Non mi dir”

 

AMANDA MAJESKI (Donna Anna)

Mozart  

Don Giovanni 
Act One, Aria: “Madamina”

 

KYLE KETELSEN (Leporello)

Mozart 

Così fan tutte
Act One, Trio: "Soave sia il vento”  

 

AMANDA MAJESKI (Fiordiligi)
EMILY FONS (Dorabella)
KYLE KETELSEN (Don Alfonso)

 

Rossini 

Cenerentola 
Act Two, Finale: “Nacqui all’affanno…Non più mesta”

 

EMILY FONS (Cenerentola)

Gaetano Donizetti
(1797-1848)   

La favorita 
Act Four: Recitative and Romanza:
“Favorita del re…Spirto gentil”

 

RENÉ BARBERA (Fernando)

Giuseppe Verdi  
(1813-1901)

 

La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)
Act Four, Melodia: “Pace, pace, mio Dio”

 

AMBER WAGNER (Leonora)

 

Intermission

 

Verdi  

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)
Act Three, Recitative and Aria:
“Alzati, là tuo figlio…Eri tu”

 

 THOMAS HAMPSON (Renato)

Verdi 

Macbeth 
Two, Aria: “La luce langue” 

 

NADJA MICHAEL (Lady Macbeth) 

Verdi 

Simon Boccanegra
Act One, Recitative and Aria: 
“A te l’estremo addio…Il lacerato spirito”

 

ŠTEFAN KOCÁN (Fiesco)

Verdi

Rigoletto
Act Two, Aria: “Ella mi fu rapita…Parmi veder le lagrime”

 

LEONARDO CAPALBO (Duke)

Verdi 

Macbeth
Act Three, Recitative and Duet:
“Ove son io?..Ora di morte”

THOMAS HAMPSON (Macbeth)  
NADJA MICHAEL (Lady Macbeth)

 

Giacomo Puccini  
(1858-1924)

 

"Preludio sinfonico," Op. 1

 

Puccini

Madama Butterfly 
Act  Two, Aria, “Un bel di”

 

ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ (Cio-Cio San)

Puccini  

 

La bohème 
Act One, Duet: “O soave fanciulla” 

LEONARDO CAPALBO (Rodolfo)
ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ (Mimì)

 

 

Program and singers subject to change.

 

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