1999/2000 Season

NEW PRODUCTION

Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi
Sept. 25, 28; Oct. 3 (matinee), 6, 8, 11, 15, 20 (matinee), 23, 26, 29 / In Italian
Production made possible by Abbott Laboratories.
 
Dr. Caius   Brad Cresswell  
Sir John Falstaff   Bryn Terfel  
Bardolfo   David Cangelosi  
Pistola   Raymond Aceto  
Meg Page   Patricia Risley  
Alice Ford   Kallen Esperian  
Mistress Quickly   Bernadette Manca di Nissa  
Nannetta   Inva Mula  
Ford   Lucio Gallo  
Fenton   Gwyn Hughes Jones  
Conductor   Antonio Pappano  
Stage Director   Olivier Tambosi  
Designer   Frank Philipp Schlössmann  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

NEW PRODUCTION
COMPANY PREMIERE
WORLD PREMIERE

A View from the Bridge

William Bolcom
Oct. 9, 13, 17 (matinee), 19, 22, 25, 28; Nov. 2, 5 / In English
Production made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts (the Challenge III Grant and the Creation & Presentation Grant), AT&T and The Port, Washlow and Errant families in memory of Bettie Port.
 
Alfieri   Timothy Nolen  
Louis   Dale Travis  
Mike   Jeffrey Picón  
Eddie   Kim Josephson  
Catherine   Juliana Rambaldi  
Catherine    Isabel Bayrakdarian (Oct. 28; Nov. 2, 5.)
Beatrice   Catherine Malfitano  
Woman   Sheryl Veal  
Man   Ronald Watkins  
Tony   Marlin Miller  
Rodolpho   Gregory Turay  
Marco   Mark McCrory  
Old Woman   Gwendolyn Brown  
First Officer   Galen Scott Bower  
Second Officer   Michael Sommese  
Conductor   Dennis Russell Davies  
Stage Director   Frank Galati  
Designer   Santo Loquasto  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Projections Designer   Wendall K. Harrington  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  
Fight Director   Nicolas Sandys  
Diction Coach   Gillian Lane-Plescia  

 

 

COMPANY PREMIERE

Alcina

George Frideric Handel
Oct. 30; Nov. 3, 6 (matinee), 8, 13, 17 (matinee), 19, 23, 26, 29 / In Italian
Chicago production by Alberto W. Vilar.
Production owned by Opéra National de Paris.
 
Bradamante   Kathleen Kuhlmann  
Melisso   Stephen Morscheck  
Morgana   Natalie Dessay  
Alcina   Renée Fleming  
Oberto   Robin Blitch Wiper  
Ruggiero   Jennifer Larmore  
Oronte   Rockwell Blake  
Solo Voice   William M. Combs  
Solo Voice   Mark Nienow  
Solo Voice   Jeffrey Taylor  
Solo Voice   Ronald Watkins  
Conductor   John Nelson  
Stage Director   Robert Carsen  
Designer   Tobias Hoheisel  
Lighting Designer   Jean Kalman  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Movement Director   Philippe Giraudeau  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi
Nov. 18, 21 (matinee), 24, 27, 30; Dec. 3, 6, 11, 14, 18 / In Italian
Production made possible by the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust.
 
Macbeth   Franz Grundheber  
Banco   Raymond Aceto  
Lady Macbeth   Catherine Malfitano  
Servant   Maris Vipulis  
Macduff   Roberto Aronica  
Lady-in-Waiting   Erin Wood  
Assassin   Maris Vipulis  
First Apparition   Andrew Funk  
Second Apparition   Michelle Wrighte  
Third Apparition   Maria Kanyova  
Herald   Maris Vipulis  
Malcolm   Michael Sommese  
Physician   Maris Vipulis  
Conductor   Asher Fisch  
Stage Director   David Alden  
Scenery Designer   Charles Edwards  
Costume Designer   Brigitte Reiffenstuel  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss
Dec. 4, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19 (matinee); Jan. 5, 7, 10, 15 / In English
The Julius Frankel Foundation production.
Revival made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross.
 
Alfred   Bonaventura Bottone  
Adele   Rebecca Evans  
Rosalinda   Felicity Lott  
Gabriel von Eisenstein   Thomas Allen  
Dr. Blind   Dennis Petersen  
Dr. Falke   Timothy Nolen  
Frank   John Del Carlo  
Ida   Karen Doerr  
Ivan   Dennis McLaughlin  
Prince Orlovsky   Joyce Castle  
Frosch   Bojan Knezevic  
Conductor   Leopold Hager  
Stage Director   John Copley  
Designer   Ulisse Santicchi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  
Choreographer   Kenneth von Heidecke  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  
Ballet Mistress   Sara Stewart  
Associate Stage Director   Andrew Wickes  

 

 

A Date With the Devil (Concert)

Dec. 10
 
Soloist   Samuel Ramey  
Conductor   Sir Andrew Davis  

 

 

L'elisir d'amore

Gaetano Donizetti
Jan. 14, 19, 22, 24, 28; March 2, 7, 11, 17, 19 (matinee) / In Italian
The Mrs. Thomas B. Burke and the I.A. O'Shaugnessy Foundation production. Revival made possible by the American Express Performing Arts Fund.
 
Giannetta   Maria Kanyova  
Nemorino   Frank Lopardo  
Nemorino    Vincenzo La Scola (March 2, 7, 11, 17, 19)
Adina   Elizabeth Futral  
Adina    Ruth Ann Swenson (March 2, 7, 11, 17, 19)
Sergeant Belcore   Manuel Lanza  
Dulcamara   Paul Plishka  
Conductor   Yves Abel  
Original Production   Giulio Chazalettes  
Stage Director   Vincent Liotta  
Designer   Ulisse Santicchi  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  

 

 

Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner
Jan. 31; Feb. 4, 8, 13 (matinee), 16, 19, 23, 26; March 1 (matinee), 4 / In German
Chicago presentation by The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation, Mrs. A. Watson Armour, Howard A. Stotler and the Lerner Group.
Production owned by the Seattle Opera Association.
 
Sailor   Marlin Miller  
Isolde   Jane Eaglen  
Brangäne   Michelle De Young  
Kurwenal   Alan Held  
Tristan   Ben Heppner  
Tristan    Jon Fredric West (Feb. 16, 23, 26; March 1)
Tristan   Jeffrey Lawton (March 4)  
Melot   James Cornelison  
King Marke   René Pape  
Shepherd   Marlin Miller  
Helmsman   Philip Kraus  
Conductor   Semyon Bychkov  
Original Production   Francesca Zambello  
Stage Director   Herbert Kellner  
Designer   Alison Chitty  
Lighting Designer   Mimi Jordan Sherin  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  
Fight Director   Nicolas Sandys  

 

 

NEW PRODUCTION

Carmen

Georges Bizet
Feb. 12, 15, 18, 21, 27 (matinee), 29; March 3, 6, 8 (matinee), 10, 13, 15, 18 / In French
Production made possible by the Julius Frankel Foundation in memory of Ardis Krainik.
 
Moralès   Galen Scott Bower  
Micaèla   Janice Watson  
Micaèla    Carla Maria Izzo (March 13, 15, 18)
Don José   Richard Leech  
Zuniga   Mark McCrory  
Carmen   Denyce Graves  
Frasquita   Maria Kanyova  
Mercédès   Michelle Wrighte  
Lillas Pastia   Dennis McLaughlin  
Escamillo   Mark S. Doss  
Dancaïre   David Cangelosi  
Remendado   Marlin Miller  
Conductor   Yoel Levi  
Stage Director   John Copley  
Scenery Designer   Robin Don  
Costume Designer   Robert Perdziola  
Lighting Designer   Duane Schuler  
Chorus Master   Donald Palumbo  
Ballet Director   Maria Tallchief  
Choreographer   Kenneth von Heidecke  
Ballet Mistress   Sara Stewart  
Wig and Makeup Designer   Stan Dufford  
Children's Chorus Master   Timothy Shaindlin  

Photo: A View from the Bridge. c Dan Rest.