Performance and Cast Archive: 2013/14

Otello

LYRIC OPERA REVIVAL

Otello

Giuseppe Verdi

Oct. 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, & Nov. 2 /In Italian 

Lyric Opera revival generously made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross, an Anonymous Donor, the Abbott Fund, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Mazza Foundation.


Characters in order of vocal appearance:

Montano  Anthony Clark Evans*°
Cassio
Antonio Poli**
Iago
Falk Struckmann
Roderigo
John Irvin°
Otello
Johan Botha
Desdemona
Ana María Martínez
Emilia
Julie Miller*°
A Herald
Richard Ollarsaba*°
Lodovico
Evan Boyer°°
Anima Young Singers Of Greater Chicago
Actors
Phoenix Alazam, Jon Beal, Michael T. Black, Matt Cobb, Chuck Coyl, Katherine Coyl, Wesley Truman Daniel, Tony DiFalco, Paula Dudzik-Muenzner, Patrick Dunham, Arianne Ellison, Chris Lafferty, Kirsten Lendyke, Kurt Merrill, Greg Poljacik, Leighton Schlanger, Elise Spoerlein
Conductor
Bertrand Billy*
Original Director
Sir Peter Hall
Revival Director
Ashley Dean*
Set and Costume Designer
John Gunter
Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Children’s Chorus Master
Emily Ellsworth
Choreographer
August Tye
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Assistant Director
Erik Friedman
Stage Manager
Rachel A. Tobias
Stage Band Conductor
Philip Morehead
Musical Preparation
William C. Billingham
  Elizabeth Buccheri
  Philip Morehead 
Prompter
Susan Miller Hult
Projected Titles
Francis Rizzo 

 

*Lyric Opera debut
**American operatic debut
°Current member, Ryan Opera Center
°°Alumnus, Ryan Opera Center




NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Oct. 15, 18, 23, 26, 30, Jan. 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, & 26 /In Italian 

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.


Characters in order of vocal appearance:

Lt. B. F. Pinkerton  James Valenti* (October dates)
  Stefano Secco* (January dates)
Goro
David Cangelosi°°
Suzuki
Maryann McCormick
Sharpless
Christopher Purves*
Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)
Amanda Echalaz* (October dates)
  Patricia Racette (January dates)
Imperial Commissioner
Richard Ollarsaba°
Official Registrar
Will Liverman°
The Bonze
David Govertsen°°
Prince Yamadori
Anthony Clark Evans°
Sorrow, Butterfly’s child
Tye Pauley (October dates)
  Kayla Mcgovern (January dates) 
Kate Pinkerton
Laura Wilde*°
Conductor
Marco Armiliato*
Original Director
Michael Grandage*
Revival Director
Louisa Muller
Set and Costume Designer
Christopher Oram*
Original Lighting Designer
Neil Austin*
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Choreographer
Nicole Tongue*
Wig and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten 
Assistant Stage Director
Jennifer Harber
Stage Manager
Caroline Moores (October dates)
  Daniel Sokalski (January dates) 
Stage Band Conductor
Eric Weimer 
Musical Preparation
Jerad Mosbey*
  Craig Terry 
  Eric Weimer
Projected English Titles
Colin Ure



 
*Lyric Opera debut
°Current member, Ryan Opera Center
°°Alumnus, Ryan Opera Center




NEW PRODUCTION

Parsifal

Richard Wagner

Nov. 9, 13, 17, 22, 25, & 29 /In German 

New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, The Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Marlys A. Beider, & the Kenneth L. Harder Trust.

Characters in order of vocal appearance:

Gurnemanz
Kwangchul Youn* 
First Knight of the Grail
John Irvin°
Second Knight of the Grail
Richard Ollarsaba°
First Esquire
Angela Mannino°°
Second Esquire
J’nai Bridges°
Third Esquire
Matthew DiBattista* 
Fourth Esquire
Adam Bonanni°*
Kundry
Daveda Karanas*
Amfortas
Thomas Hampson
Parsifal
Paul Groves
Titurel
Rúni Brattaberg*
A Voice
Yvette Smith
Klingsor
Tómas Tómasson
Flowermaidens
Emily Birsan°
  J’nai Bridges°
  Tracy Cantin°
  Kiri Deonarine°°
  Angela Mannino°°
  Laura Wilde°
Principal Dancers
Tara Gragg*, Leah Kahn*, Demetrius McClendon*, Todd Rhoades, Dori Santarsiere, J. P. Tenuta Actors: Wesley Daniel, Marckarthur Johnson, Chris Lysy*, Xander O’Connor, Jeremy Sonkin*
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis
Director
John Caird*
Set and Costume Designer
Johan Engels*
Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Choreographer
Tim Claydon*
Ballet Mistress
August Tye
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Assistant Director
Paula Suozzi
Stage Manager
John W. Coleman 
Stage Band Conductor
Philip Morehead
Musical Preparation
William C. Billingham
  Matthew Piatt 
  Eric Weimer
Prompter
Susan Miller Hult 
Ballet Rehearsal Accompanist
Yasuko Oura
Projected English Titles
Francis Rizzo


*Lyric Debut
° Current member, Ryan Opera Center
°° Alumna, Ryan Opera Center




NEW PRODUCTION

La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

Nov. 20, 23, 27, 30, Dec. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 & 20 /In Italian 

New Lyric Opera coproduction 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.


Characters in order of vocal appearance:

Violetta Valéry  Marina Rebeka*
Flora Bervoix
J’nai Bridges°
Marquis d’Obigny
Will Liverman°
Baron Douphol
Nicholas Pallesen*
Doctor Grenvil
Richard Ollarsaba°
Gastone de Letorières
Adam Bonanni°
Alfredo Germont
Joseph Calleja
Annina
Julie Miller°
Giuseppe
John Irvin°
Giorgio Germont
Quinn Kelsey°°
A Messenger
Anthony Clark Evans° 
A Servant
Matthew Carroll
Principal Dancers
Adam Gauzza*, Lea Helle*, Luke Manley, Cailan Orn*, Yael Levitin Saban
Conductor
Massimo Zanetti
Director
Arin Arbus*
Set Designer
Riccardo Hernandez
Costume and Puppet Designer
Cait O’Connor*
Lighting Designer
Marcus Doshi* 
Projection Designer
Christopher Ash*
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Choreographer
Austin McCormick*
Ballet Mistress
August Tye
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Assistant Director
Tara Faircloth
Stage Manager
Caroline Moores
Stage Band Conductor
Eric Weimer
Musical Preparation
Francesco Milioto*
  Craig Terry 
  Eric Weimer
Prompter
Susan Miller Hult
Ballet Rehearsal Accompanist
Valerie Maze



    

* Debut
° Current member, Ryan Opera Center
°° Alumnus, Ryan Opera Center




NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

Die Fledermaus

Johann Stauss, Jr.

Dec. 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, Jan. 10, 12, 15, 18  /In German 

New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by Donna Van Eekeren Foundation & Katherine A. Abelson and Robert J. Cornell.


Characters in order of vocal appearance:

Alfred
Michael Spyres*
Adele
Daniela Fally**
Rosalinde von Eisenstein
Juliane Banse***
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Bo Skovhus
Dr. Blind
David Cangelosi°°
Dr. Falke
Adrian Eröd*
Frank
Andrew Shore
Ida
Julie Miller°
Ivan
Will Liverman°
Prince Orlofsky
Emily Fons°°
Frosch
Fred A. Wellisch
Principal Dancers
Jeffery B. Hover, Jr., Megan Krauszer*, Elizabeth Luse, Shannon Lindamood*, Luke Manley, Todd Rhoades, Yael Levitin Saban, Greg Sample*, J. P. Tenuta, Teanna Zarro
Conductor
Ward Stare
Director
E. Loren Meeker****
Set Designer
Wolfram Skalicki
Costume Designer
Thierry Bosquet 
Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler
Chorus Master
Michael Black 
Choreographer
Daniel Pelzig
Ballet Mistress
August Tye 
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Assistant Director
David Carl Toulson*
Stage Manager
John W. Coleman
Musical Preparation
William C. Billingham
  Philip Morehead
  Matthew Piatt
  Eric Weimer 
Prompter
Susan Miller Hult
Ballet Rehearsal Accompanist
Valerie Maze
Projected English Titles
Francis Rizzo


 

*Lyric Opera debut
**American debut
***American operatic debut
****Lyric Opera directorial debut
° Current Ryan Opera Center member
°° Alumna/Alumnus, Ryan Opera Center




NEW PRODUCTION

The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini

Feb. 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25, & 28 /In Italian 

New Lyric Opera 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.


Characters in order of appearance:

Fiorello  Will Liverman°
Count Almaviva
Alek Shrader
Figaro
Nathan Gunn
Dr. Bartolo
Alessandro Corbelli
Rosina
Isabel Leonard*
Don Basilio
Kyle Ketelsen
Berta
Tracy Cantin°
Ambrogio
Jonathan Beal*
A Sergeant
John Irvin°
Conductor
Michele Mariotti*
Director
Rob Ashford*
Set Designer
Scott Pask*
Costume Designer
Catherine Zuber*
Lighting Designer
Howard Harrison*
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Assistant Director
Elise Sandell
Stage Manager
John W. Coleman
Musical Preparation
Emanuele Andrizzi
  William C. Billingham
  Susan Miller Hult
Recitative Accompanist
Matthew Piatt 
Projected English Titles
Francis Rizzo
Fight Director
Chuck Coyl 

 

*Lyric Opera debut
°Current Ryan Opera Center member




LYRIC OPERA PREMIERE 
NEW PRODUCTION

Rusalka

Antonín Dvořák

Feb. 22, 26, Mar. 4, 7, 10, & 16 /In Czech 

New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by The Monument Trust, an Anonymous Donor, Marion A. Cameron, Exelon, and Sidley Austin LLP, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Characters in order of vocal appearance:

First Wood Nymph  Lauren Snouffer*
Second Wood Nymph
J’nai Bridges°
Third Wood Nymph
Cynthia Hanna*
Vodník (Water Goblin)
Eric Owens
Rusalka
Ana María Martínez
Ježibaba
Jill Grove
Hunter
Anthony Clark Evans°
Prince
Brandon Jovanovich 
Gamekeeper
Philip Horst*
Kitchen Boy
Daniela Mack*
Foreign Princess
Ekaterina Gubanova*
Principal Dancers
Kristina Ancil, Paul Christiano, Veronica Guadalupe, Elizabeth Luse, Christina Luzwick, Luke Manley, Sarah Olson, Todd Rhoades, James Monroe Stevko, Teanna Zarro
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis 
Director
Sir David McVicar
Set Designer
John MacFarlane
Costume Designer
Moritz Junge*
Lighting Designer
David Finn* 
Choreographer
Andrew George
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Ballet Mistress
August Tye
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Associate Director
Leah Hausman
Assistant Director
Erik Friedman 
Stage Manager
Caroline Moores 
Stage Band Conductor
Philip Morehead 
Musical Preparation
Susan Miller Hult
  Philip Morehead 
  Craig Terry
  Eric Weimer
Czech Diction Coach
Klára Moldová*
Ballet Accompanist
Yasuko Oura 
Projected English Titles
Colin Ure

 

*Lyric Opera debut
°Current Ryan Opera Center member




NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

La clemenza di Tito

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mar. 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, & 23 /In Italian 

Lyric Opera production generously made possible by Julie and Roger Baskes, The Negaunee Foundation, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow.


Characters in order of appearance:

Vitellia  Amanda Majeski°°
Sesto
Joyce DiDonato
Annio
Cecelia Hall°°
Lentulo
David Greeves*
Publio
Christian Van Horn°°
Tito
Matthew Polenzani°°
Servilia
Emily Birsan°
Martial Artists
Jacob Ashley*, Nathaniel Hitpas*, Demetrius McClendon, Jamy Meek*, Xander O’Connor, Malachi Squires*, J. P. Tenuta, Anthony Vittorioso*, Kai Young*
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis
Original Director
Sir David McVicar 
Revival Director
Marie Lambert
Set Designer
Sir David McVicar
Costume Designer
Jenny Tiramani*
Lighting Designer
Jennifer Tipton 
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Movement Director
David Greeves*
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten
Associate Director
E. Loren Meeker
Assistant Director
Tara Faircloth
Associate Set Designer
Bettina Neuhaus*
Stage Manager 
John W. Coleman
Recitative Accompanist
William C. Billingham
Musical Preparation
Emanuele Andrizzi
  William C. Billingham
  Maureen Zoltek*
Prompter
Matthew Piatt 
Movement Rehearsal Accompanist
Sharon R. Peterson*
Projected English Titles
Colin Ure 



 

*Lyric Opera debut
°Current member, Ryan Opera Center
°° Alumna/Alumnus, Ryan Opera Center




Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann

with the Lyric Opera Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Mar. 19

Generously made possible by Ann Ziff and an Anonymous Donor. 


PROGRAM

Charles Gounod
Faust, Act Three: Duet, “Il se fait tard...Laisse-moi contempler ton visage” (Faust, Marguerite)
Camille Saint-Saëns
Suite Algerienne, Opus 60 Movement IV: “Marche Militairee Française” 
Giuseppe Verdi
Otello, Act Three: Ballet
Licinio Refice
“Ombra di nube” 
Verdi
La forza del destino, Act Three: Recitative and Romanza, “La vita è inferno all’infelice!... O tu che in seno agli angeli” (Don Alvaro) 
Verdi
Otello, Act One: Duet, “Già nella notte densa” (Otello, Desdemona)
Intermission
Georges Bizet
Carmen, Act Two: Flower Song, “La fleur que tu m’avais jêtée” (Don José) 
Jules Massenet
Manon, Act Two: Recitative and Aria, “Allons! Il le faut!... Adieu, notre petite table” (Manon)
Massenet
Werther, Act Three: Romance, “Pourquoi me réveiller” (Werther) 
Trad.
“Danny Boy” (“Londonderry Air”)
Sir Michael Tippett
Suite in D Major for the Birthday of Prince Charles Movement V: Finale
Massenet
Manon, Act Three, scene two: Duet, “Toi! Vous!” (Des Grieux, Manon)
   
Stage Manager
Jennifer Harber
Assistant Stage Managers
Peggy Stenger
  Amy Thompson

 


  

LYRIC OPERA PREMIERE
NEW PRODUCTION

The Sound of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse

Apr. 25 – May 25

New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by Exclusive Corporate Sponsor Northern Trust and cosponsors An Anonymous Donor, Brent W. and Catherine Gledhill, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills, and The Neundorf Trusts in Memory of Maynette V. Neundorf and John K. Neundorf.


Characters in order of appearance:

Maria Rainer
Jenn Gambatese*
Mother Abbess
Christine Brewer
Sister Berthe
Erin Elizabeth Smith*
Sister Margaretta
Cory Goodrich*
Sister Sophia
Susan Moniz
Franz
Dev Kennedy*
Frau Schmidt
Mary Ernster
Captain von Trapp
Billy Zane*
Liesl
Betsy Farrar* 
Friedrich
Brady Tutton*
Louisa
Julia Schweizer*
Kurt
Michael Harp*
Marta
Kylee Hennes*
Gretl
Nicole Scimeca*
Brigitta
Isabelle Roberts* 
Rolf Gruber
Zach Sorrow*
Elsa Schraeder
Elizabeth Futral°° 
Ursula
Laurie Vassalli
Max Detweiler
Edward Hibbert*
Baron Elberfeld
Hoss Brock
Herr Zeller
Rob Hunt* 
Frau Zeller
Elena Batman**
Baroness Elberfeld
Kimberly McCord
A New Postulant
Tiffany Herlien*
Admiral
Michael Weber*
von Schreiber Ensemble
Elena Batman**, Elisa Billey Becker, Cathy Dunn, Cory Goodrich*, Tiffany Herlien*, Stephani Kowallis, Rosalind Lee, Kimberly McCord, Kaileen Miller, Erin Murphy*, Erin Elizabeth Smith*, Yvette Smith, Carolyn Stein, Maia Surace, Laurie Vassalli, Sheryl Veal, Corinne Wallace-Crane, Pamela Williams, Michelle Wrighte°°; Hoss Brock, Zack Colonna*, Rob Hunt*, Michael Weber*, Bernie Yvon
Understudies
Maria – Cory Goodrich*; Mother Abbess – Erin Elizabeth Smith*; Elsa Schraeder – Susan Moniz; Capt. von Trapp – Rob Hunt*; Max – Michael Weber*; Sister Margaretta – Sheryl Veal; Sister Berthe – Erin Murphy*; Sister Sophia – Corinne Wallace-Crane; Liesl – Colleen Fee*; Friedrich – William Anderson*; Louisa – Tessa Newman; Kurt – Michael Semanic*; Brigitta – Sophia Varones*; Marta – Marieclaire Popernik*; Gretl – Violet Hicks*; Ursula, A New Postulant – Maia Surace; Frau Zeller – Pamela Williams; Baroness Elberfeld – Michelle Wrighte°°; Soprano Nuns – Sharon Garvey Cohen; Alto Nuns – Amy Anderson de Jong; Rolf – Zack Colonna*; Franz, Zeller, Admiral von Schreiber, Baron Elberfeld – Bernie Yvon
Conductor
Rob Fisher*
Director
Marc Bruni* 
Set Designer
Michael Yeargan 
Costume Designer
Alejo Vietti* 
Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler
Sound Designer
Mark Grey 
Chorus Master
Michael Black
Choreographer
Denis Jones*
Wigmaster and Makeup Designer
Sarah Hatten 
Assistant Director
Tara Faircloth
Stage Manager
Peggy Stenger
Assistant Stage Managers
Rachel C. Henneberry*
  Amy C. Thompson
  Rachel A. Tobias 
Musical Preparation
Valerie Maze

William C. Billingham
  Jerad Mosbey
Sound Engineer
Lilly West



 

*Lyric Opera debut
** Lyric Opera solo debut
°° Alumna, Ryan Opera Center

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