Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the eagerly awaited world premiere of BEL CANTO tonight, December 7. This is Lyric's seventh full-length operatic world premiere. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Composer Jimmy López (music) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz(libretto) are the creators of BEL CANTO. Lyric's music director Sir Andrew Davisconducts the new opera, curated by Lyric's creative consultant Renée Fleming.BEL CANTO is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Ann Patchett. The production is directed by Kevin Newbury. The novel and opera are inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97.

Internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese stars as the American opera diva Roxane Coss, performing at a diplomatic gathering in Lima when terrorists invade. The ensuing hostage situation becomes a siege when government forces surround the compound. As weeks turn to months, lines blur and unexpected alliances form between captors and captives, with Roxane's singing becoming a powerful, humanizing force.

Among the hostages are a Japanese industrialist, Katsumi Hosokawa (Jeongcheol Cha/debut), and his translator Gen (Andrew Stenson/debut). J'nai Bridges portrays the guerilla Carmen, with Rafael Davila (debut) as General Alfredo, William Burden as Peruvian vice president Rubén Iglesias, Bradley Smoak as General Benjamín, Anthony Roth Costanzo (debut) as César, and Jacques Imbrailo (debut) as Messner, the Red Cross intermediary for the hostages, captors, and government officials.

Michael Black is chorus master. The production is designed by David Korins(sets/debut), Constance Hoffman (costumes/debut), Duane Schuler (lighting), and Greg Emetaz (projections/debut).

Performance dates are December 7, 10, 12, January 5 and 13 at 7:30pm; andJanuary 8 and 17 at 2pm. For tickets and information call (312) 827-5600 or go to lyricopera.org/belcanto.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg Photography

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Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Stenson, Dannielle Deniese

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Andrew Stenson, J'nai Bridges, Takao Kionishi

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Annie Rosen, Anthony Clark Evans and Rafael Davila

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Jeong Cheolcha

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Anthony Clark Evans, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Andrew Stenson

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The cast of BEL CANTO

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The cast of BEL CANTO

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The cast of BEL CANTO

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The cast of BEL CANTO

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
William Burden

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Bradley Smoak, Andrew Stenson, Runi Brattaberg, Danielle Deniese

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Danielle Deniese

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Danielle Deniese and John Irvin

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Diana Newman, Jeong Cheolcha, Takao Kionishi, Danielle Deniese, Rafael Davila, Jacques Imbrailo, Bradley Smoak

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Eduardo Xavier Curley-Carrillo, William Burden, Jacques Imbrailo

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
J'nai Bridges, Jeon Cheolcha, Danielle Deniese

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Rafael Davila, Bradley Smoak

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
The cast of BEL CANTO

Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
William Burden, Takao Kionishi, Rafael Davila, Danielle Deniese

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