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Star News from Lyric Opera

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For Immediate Release:
Monday, October 26, 2009


Star News from Lyric Opera
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, starring as Elvira in Verdi’s ERNANI 
Oct. 27-Nov. 23, will perform as scheduled
despite recent injuries to right ankle and left foot!

  Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, starring as Méphistophélès in FAUST
Oct. 30, Nov. 3 & 7, will debut with Chicago Bulls Oct. 29,
singing the National Anthem for season-opener against the San Antonio Spurs


Despite having her right leg in a cast and her left foot in considerable pain, the show will go on for Berwyn native Sondra Radvanovsky

On Saturday the world-renowned soprano completed the final rehearsal for a new production of Verdi’s Ernani at Lyric Opera of Chicago, which opens Tuesday, Oct. 27, starring tenor Salvatore Licitra in the title role, baritone Boaz Daniel as King Carlo, and bass Giacomo Prestia as Silva as the three fierce rivals who hate each other and all want to marry Radvanovsky’s Elvira.

Radvanovsky is an acclaimed Verdi interpreter, and it was during an engagement as Leonora in Verdi’s Il trovatore at San Francisco Opera in September earlier this month that her current predicament arose. On Oct. 3 she kicked a would-be purse-snatcher, spraining her right ankle; she later tore a ligament while running offstage. Then, on Oct. 6, during the final performance of Trovatore, tenor Marco Berti fell to his knees – and onto Radvanovsky’s left foot, breaking her little toe.

Although the soprano missed some early rehearsals, she has managed to negotiate the slightly raked stage and voluminous Spanish-Renaissance period costumes. As Radvanovsky’s cast stops just below the knee, she does not need to use a wheelchair or crutches.

Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, who portrays the dapper devil Méphistophélès in the final three performances of Gounod’s Faust  at Lyric Opera Oct. 30, Nov. 3 and 7, will make his debut with the Chicago Bulls on Thurs., Oct. 29, singing a heavenly rendition of the national anthem before the season-opening game against the San Antonio Spurs. Later this season Ketelsen will return in the title role of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Feb. 28-Mar. 27), during which time he hopes for a return engagement with the Bulls.