Lyric Opera of Chicago

Soprano Audrey Luna to portray the Queen of the Night

Press Release Letterhead
For Immediate Release:
Monday, October 24, 2011

American soprano Audrey Luna to portray the Queen of the Night
in all performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute 
at Lyric Opera of Chicago,
replacing Kathleen Kim, who has withdrawn the role from her repertoire  

American soprano Audrey Luna will portray the Queen of the Night in all performances of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming revival of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, general director Anthony Freud announced today.

Luna replaces Korean-American soprano Kathleen Kim, who has removed the role from her repertoire. Luna made her Metropolitan Opera debut last season as the Queen of the Night, and has portrayed the quintessentially glamorous “bad mother” character at Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Cincinnati Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera, among others.

“We are delighted that the gifted American soprano Audrey Luna, who has extensive experience as the Queen of the Night, is available to sing this thrilling and demanding role for all regular-season performances and also for the student matinees,” Freud said.

Opera News lauds the soprano for having “power and a blazing coloratura facility that most lyric sopranos can only dream of.” Luna is fast emerging as one of the country’s brightest young artists. Following her triumphant debut last summer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Musical America praised her for being “absolutely at home both onstage and in the coloratura excesses of [Zerbinetta’s] display aria.”

Luna’s 2011-12 season includes singing Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Montana’s Intermountain Opera, and the solo soprano roles/Amy Beach’s Grand Mass in E-flat Major and Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastian in return engagements with the National Philharmonic (Maryland).

In the 2010-11 season she sang the title role/ Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Naples (Florida); Venus/  Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with New York Philharmonic; Najade/Ariadne auf Naxos at the Metropolitan Opera; Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in a joint production of Opera Memphis and Mississippi Opera; and the soprano solo role/Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series.

Luna’s exceptionally wide repertoire onstage also encompasses Blonde/The Abduction from the Seraglio (Hawaii Opera Theatre, where she has also sung Gounod’s Juliette and Anne/A Little Night Music), Gilda/Rigoletto (San Antonio Opera), Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel (Syracuse Opera), and Cunegonde/Candide (Toledo Opera), among many other roles. She is a former resident artist at Pittsburgh Opera, where, in addition to the Queen of the Night, Giulietta/I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Adina/The Elixir of Love, her many roles included the fiendishly difficult Controller/Jonathan Dove’s Flight. As an apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera, she sang the Accuser/Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao (world premiere).

With the National Philharmonic she has sung as soloist in Brahms’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Makris’s Symphony for Soprano and Strings. She has been soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Cincinnati Baroque Ensemble. She also appeared in recital, making her European debut, at the Bach to Bartók Festival in Imola, Italy.

Audrey Luna is the 2009 winner of the Loren L. Zachary Vocal Competition and received the top prize awarded in the 2009 Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition. She has also received first place in the Terzo Concorso Lirico Internazionale “Alfredo Giacomotti,” the Caruso International Voice Competition, and Eleanor Lieber Awards, and has garnered prizes from the George London Foundation, the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Elardo International Opera Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Licia Albanese - Puccini Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

The Oregon native now makes her home in Chicago.

THE MAGIC FLUTE  (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE) /  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (in German with projected English translations)  10 performances beginning at 7:30 p.m., except for matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Dec. 6, 8 (mat), 10, Jan. 4 (mat), 6, 9, 11, 14, 20 (mat), 22 (mat)

The Magic Flute  (Die Zauberflöte), Mozart’s final opera, is an extraordinary monument to the victory of peace and love over evil. The protagonists are Prince Tamino (tenors Charles Castronovo and Alek Shrader, debuts) and Pamina (soprano Nicole Cabell), the princess for whom Tamino endures a series of rigorous trials. Pamina has been abducted by the high priest Sarastro (bass Günther Groissböck, debut), who opposes her mother, the vengeful Queen of the Night (soprano Audrey Luna, debut). Accompanying Tamino on his journey in search of Pamina is the queen’s amiable birdcatcher, Papageno (baritone Stéphane Degout, debut). Monostatos, the Moor who lusts after Pamina, will be tenor Rodell Rosel. Additional roles will be sung by Amber Wagner, Katherine Lerner, Richard Stilwell, and others to be announced at a later date.

Sir Andrew Davis, an internationally celebrated Mozart interpreter, will conduct. Stage director Matthew Lata will remount the original August Everding production, with sets by the late Jörg Zimmermann, costumes by Renate Kalanke, and lighting by Jason Brown.

The I. A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation Production in memory of Mrs. Thomas B. Burke. The revival of The Magic Flute is generously made possible by Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin, Mr. & Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross, and The Negaunee Foundation.