PARSIFAL, OTELLO, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and More Highlight Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 Season

February 7
8:15 2013

Offerings for families, students
Lyric will again offer reduced prices for school-aged children for an opera in Lyric's regular mainstage season. Youngsters will be able to see regular performances of The Barber of Seville when accompanied by an adult with a regularly priced ticket. Following the great success of Popcorn & Pasquale this season, a special Family Matinee performance of The Barber of Seville will be offered on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 2pm. The understudy cast of Lyric's mainstage production will perform a shortened adaptation of the rollicKing Rossini comedy. Through Lyric Unlimited, a wide range of performances and programs for students and adults will be offered as the Civic Opera House and in community venues throughout the Chicago area.

NExT Discount Student Tickets will again be available. Fulltime, degree-seeking college students (who register online for free NExT memberships) will be able to purchase $20 seats in locations throughout the Civic Opera House. Encore Evenings for Young Professionals, launched in 2011, will be offered again next season. Young professionals (ages 21-45) who participate in Encore Evenings receive invitations to special social events and can purchase discounted tickets for selected performances.

Lyric's recently revamped website (www.lyricopera.org) is a comprehensive source of information. Videos about each opera are available for viewing throughout the season, including movie trailer-style highlight reels, commentaries and conversations with Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis, and Renée Fleming, and interviews with other artists and directors. Website audio features include Sir Andrew Davis's opera previews; the Discovery Series lectures and panel discussions, available for download on lyricopera.org and iTunes as part of Lyric's "Backstage at Lyric" podcasts; and the company's in-depth and expertly produced Commentaries, available for streaming and downloading, free of charge. Additional website features include articles, recording and DVD recommendations, and photo galleries.

Lyric's fan base on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. continues to grow, helping to foster opera engagement and excitement in the company's digital communities.

International radio broadcasts
98.7WFMT will air - and wfmt.com will stream - the opening performance of each opera in Lyric's 2013-14 season live, and will rebroadcast all eight operas internationally in May and June of 2014.

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2013-14 season
(Artists engaged to date)

* = Lyric Opera of Chicago debut

Oct 5 - Nov 2: Verdi's Otello
Johan Botha, Ana María Martínez, Falk Struckmann, Antonio Poli*; Bertrand de Billy, conductor*; Sir Peter Hall, original production; Ashley Dean, revival director*; John Gunter, set and costume design; Duane Schuler, lighting design; Michael Black, chorus master
[Eight performances: Oct 5, 9, 13(m), 17(m), 21, 25, 29; Nov 2]

Oct 15-30 & Jan11-26: Puccini's Madama Butterfly (new-to-Chicago production)
Amanda Echalaz*/Patricia Racette, James Valenti*/Stefano Secco*, Mary Ann McCormick, Christopher Purves*, David Cangelosi; Marco Armiliato, conductor*; Michael Grandage, original production; Louisa Muller, revival director; Christopher Oram, set and costume designer*; Neil Austin, lighting designer*; Michael Black, chorus master
Lyric Opera of Chicago coproduction with Houston Grand Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève
[Eleven performances: Oct 15, 18(m), 23(m), 26, 30; Jan 11, 14, 17, 20, 23(m), 26(m)]

Nov 9-29: Wagner's Parsifal (new production)
Paul Groves, Daveda Karanas*,Thomas Hampson, Kwangchul Youn*, Tómas Tómasson, Rúni Brattaberg*,; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; John Caird, director*; Johan Engels, set and costume designer*; Duane Schuler, lighting designer; Michael Black, chorus master; Tim Claydon, choreographer*
[Six performances: Nov 9, 13, 17(m), 22, 25, 29]

Nov 20 - Dec 20: Verdi's La traviata (new production)
Marina Rebeka*, Joseph Calleja, Quinn Kelsey; Massimo Zanetti, conductor; Arin Arbus, director*; Riccardo Hernandez, set designer; Cait O'Connor, costume designer*; Marcus Doshi, lighting designer*; Michael Black, chorus master; Austin McCormick, choreographer*
Lyric Opera of Chicago coproduction with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company
[Ten performances: Nov 20, 23, 27(m), 30; Dec 3, 6(m), 9, 12 (m),15 (m), 20]

Dec 10 - Jan 18: Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus (new-to-Chicago production)
Juliane Banse*, Bo Skovhus, Daniela Fally*; Adrian Eröd*, Michael Spyres*, Emily Fons, Andrew Shore; Ward Stare, conductor; E. Loren Meeker, director*; Wolfram Skalicki, set designer; Thierry Bosquet, costume designer; Duane Schuler, lighting designer; Michael Black, chorus master; Daniel Pelzig, choreographer
[Nine performances: Dec 10, 13, 16, 18, 21; Jan. 10(m), 12(m), 15(m), 18]

Feb 1-28: Rossini's The Barber of Seville (new production)
Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard*, Alek Shrader, Alessandro Corbelli, Kyle Ketelsen; Michele Mariotti, conductor*; Rob Ashford, director*; Scott Pask, set designer*; Catherine Zuber, costume designer*; TBD, lighting designer; Michael Black, chorus master
[Ten performances: Feb 1, 3, 6(m), 9(m), 12(m), 15, 18, 21, 25, 28(m)]

Feb 22 - March 16: Dvorák's Rusalka (new production; Lyric premiere)
Ana María Martínez, Brandon Jovanovich, Jill Grove, Eric Owens, Ekaterina Gubanova*; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Sir David McVicar, director; John MacFarlane, set designer; Moritz Junge, costume designer*; David Finn, lighting designer; Michael Black, chorus master; Andrew George, choreographer
[Six performances: Feb 22, 26; March 4, 7, 10, 16(m)]

March 5-23: Mozart's La clemenza di Tito (new-to-Chicago production)
Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato Amanda Majeski, Cecelia Hall, Emily Birsan, Christian Van Horn; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Sir David McVicar, original director/set designer*; Marie Lambert, director; Jenny Tiramani, costume designer*; Jennifer Tipton, lighting designer; Michael Black, chorus master
[Seven performances: March 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23(m)]

March 19, 2014: Subscriber Appreciation Concert
Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Lyric Opera Orchestra

Spring 2014: Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music
[Details to be announced at a later date]

ProjectEd English translations and texts will be used for all eight operas in Lyric's 2013-14 season.

Founded in 1954, Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world's great opera companies, renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Call 312-332-2244, ext. 5600 to purchase subscription tickets, or go to www.lyricopera.org.

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