1985/1986 Season

COMPANY PREMIERE

Kiri Te Kanawa in Concert

March 20
 
Soloist   Kiri Te Kanawa  
Conductor   Marek Janowski  

 

 

COMPANY PREMIERE

Plácido Domingo in Concert

April 16
 
Soloist   Plácido Domingo  
Soloist   Marta Senn  
Conductor   Garcia Navarro  

 

 

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi
Sept. 21, 25, 28; Oct. 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 / In Italian
The Brena D. and Lee A. Freeman, Sr., and James C. Hemphill production. Revival by Mrs. Norman R. Hanson.
 
Montano   Paul Kreider  
Cassio   Barry McCauley  
Cassio   Gregory Kunde (Oct. 14)  
Iago   Sherrill Milnes  
Rodrigo   Paul Hartfield  
Otello   Plácido Domingo (Sept. 21)  
Otello   William Johns  
Desdemona   Margaret Price  
Emilia   Robynne Redmon  
Herald   Stefan Szkafarowsky  
Lodovico   Paul Plishka  
Conductor   Bruno Bartoletti  
Stage Director   Antonello Madau Diaz  
Designer   Pier Luigi Pizzi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Children's Chorus Master   Donna Brunsma  

 

 

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
Sept. 27, 30; Oct. 5, 9, 15, 18, 21, 26; Jan. 5, 10, 15, 18 / In Italian
The William S. North production, in memory of Patricia Cathcart North.
 
B.F. Pinkerton    Peter Dvorsky (September/October performances)  
B.F. Pinkerton    Ermanno Mauro (January performances)  
Goro   Florindo Andreolli  
Suzuki    Elena Zilio (September/October performances)  
Suzuki    Sharon Graham (January performances)  
Sharpless    Richard Stilwell (September/October performances)
Sharpless    Sesto Bruscantini (January performances)  
Madama Butterfly (Cio–Cio–San)  Anna Tomowa–Sintow (September/October performances)
Madama Butterfly (Cio–Cio–San)  Yoko Watanabe (January performances)  
Imperial Commissioner   Mark S. Doss  
Official Registrar   David Gregory Berg  
Bonze   John Del Carlo  
Prince Yamadori   Paul Kreider  
Kate Pinkerton   Catherine Stoltz  
Trouble   Christopher Michael Pessetto  
Conductor   Miguel Gómez–Martínez  
Stage Director   Harold Prince  
Scenery Director   Clarke Dunham  
Costume Designer   Florence Klotz  
Lighting Designer   Ken Billington  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  

 

 

NEW PRODUCTION
COMPANY PREMIERE

Samson

George Frideric Handel
Oct. 12, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28; Nov. 1 / In English
The AT&T Foundation production.
Joint venture of Lyric Opera of Chicago; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.
 
Samson   Jon Vickers  
Philistine Woman   June Anderson  
Philistine Man   David Gordon  
Micah   Sandra Walker  
Manoah   Gwynne Howell  
Delilah   Ellen Shade  
Virgin   Patricia Ann Cook  
Virgin   Valerie De Bartolo  
Virgin   Marilyn Vitale–de Stefano  
Harapha   Paul Plishka  
Messenger   Paul Hartfield  
Israelite Woman   June Anderson  
Conductor   Julius Rudel  
Stage Director   Elijah Moshinsky  
Designer   Timothy O'Brien  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  
Choreographer   Eleanor Fazan  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

NEW PRODUCTION
COMPANY PREMIERE

Anna Bolena

Gaetano Donizetti
Oct. 30; Nov. 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 19 / In Italian
The Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa, production.
Originated by the Canadian Opera Company through the auspices of Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
Giovanna   Stefania Toczyska  
Anna   Joan Sutherland  
Smeton   Elena Zilio  
Enrico   Paul Plishka  
Rochefort   Mark S. Doss  
Riccardo Percy   Chris Merritt  
Hervey   Paul Hartfield  
Conductor   Richard Bonynge  
Stage Director   Lotfi Mansouri  
Scenery Designer   John Pascoe  
Costume Designer   Michael Stennett  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  
Fight Choreographer   David Woolley  

 

 

La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, 26; Dec. 1 / In Italian
The Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa, production. Revival by Emma Getz in memory of her husband, Oscar; and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin B. Ruben.
 
Violetta Valéry   Catherine Malfitano  
Flora Bervoix   Catherine Stoltz  
Doctor Grenvil   Roderick Kennedy  
Marchese d'Obigny   Kurt Link  
Baron Douphol   Paul Kreider  
Gastone de Letorières   Gualtiero Negrini  
Alfredo Germont   Francisco Araiza  
Annina   Robynne Redmon  
Giuseppe   Donald Kaasch  
Giorgio Germont   Pablo Elvira  
Messenger   David Gregory Berg  
Servant   Thomas Sillitti  
Conductor   Bruno Bartoletti  
Stage Director   David Alden  
Designer   Pier Luigi Pizzi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  

 

 

NEW PRODUCTION
COMPANY PREMIERE

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Vincenzo Bellini
Nov. 15, 18, 23, 27, 30; Dec. 3, 6 / In Italian
The Ameritech/Illinois Bell production.
 
Tebaldo   Dennis O'Neill  
Capellio   Roderick Kennedy  
Lorenzo   Dimitri Kavrakos  
Romeo   Tatiana Troyanos  
Giulietta   Cecilia Gasdia  
Conductor   Donato Renzetti  
Stage Director   Giulio Chazalettes  
Designer   Ulisse Santicchi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Wagner
Nov. 25, 29; Dec. 4, 7, 11, 14, 17 / In German
Production owned by the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.
 
Walther von Stolzing   William Johns  
Eva    Nancy Johnson (Nov. 25; Dec. 11, 14, 17)  
Eva   Patricia Wells (Nov. 29; Dec. 4)  
Eva   Kay Griffel (Dec. 7)  
Magdalene   Sharon Graham  
David   David Kuebler  
Veit Pogner   Dimitri Kavrakos  
Sixtus Beckmesser   Julian Patrick  
Hans Sachs   Thomas Stewart  
Kunz Vogelgesang   Gregory Kunde  
Konrad Nachtigall   Paul Kreider  
Fritz Kothner   John Del Carlo  
Hermann Ortel   Richard Cowan  
Balthasar Zorn   Donald Kaasch  
Augustin Moser   Thomas Booth  
Ulrich Eisslinger   Paul Hartfield  
Hans Foltz   Mark S. Doss  
Hans Schwarz   Kurt Link  
Nightwatchman   Stefan Szkafarowsky  
Conductor   Marek Janowski  
Stage Director   Nathaniel Merrill  
Designer   Robert O'Hearn  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  

 

 

COMPANY PREMIERE

La rondine

Giacomo Puccini
Dec. 18, 21, 30; Jan. 3, 8, 11, 14, 19 / In Italian
The Lyric Opera Guild Board of Directors production.
Production originally owned by the Teatro Comunale G. Verdi, Pisa.
 
Yvette   Sandra Moon  
Bianca   Catherine Stoltz  
Prunier   Gregory Kunde  
Magda de Civry   Ileana Cotrubas  
Lisette   Sunny Joy Langton  
Suzy   Robynne Redmon  
Rambaldo Fernandez   William Stone  
Périchaud   Mark S. Doss  
Gobin   Donald Kaasch  
Crébillon   Stefan Szkafarowsky  
Singer   Catherine Stoltz  
Georgette   Valerie De Bartolo  
Gabriele   Dolly Nevada Hand  
Lolette   Joy Graham  
Steward   David Gregory Berg  
Conductor   Bruno Bartoletti  
Stage Director   Giulio Chazalettes  
Designer   Ulisse Santicchi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Giulio Favario  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  

Photo: Dame Joan Sutherland in Anna Bolena. c Tony Romano.