Lyric Opera of Chicago announced casting for their new production of Fellow Travelers. Daniela Candillari makes her conducting debut with the production which features Joseph Lattanzi returning to the role of Hawkins Fuller for which he received critical acclaim. Also make her Lyric debut is Vanessa Becerra as Miss Lightfoot, and Ryan Opera Center graduate Sam Handley returns to the Lyric in multiple supporting roles. Performances take place March 2018.
Houston Grand Opera Studio alum, Sofia Selowsky, will return to the HGO stage as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, her debut in the role.
Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen has been announced to take on the role of Romilda in a new production of Xerxes. A member of Oper Frankfurt’s studio program, her other assignments in the season include Tiny, Paul Bunyan’s daughter in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Musetta in La boheme, and Papagena in Die Zauberfloete.
A rising star in the operatic firmament whose Houston Grand Opera portrayals of Cassio in Verdi’sOtello and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte thrilled audiences, American tenor Norman Reinhardt is here a stylish, polished Belmonte whose earnestness is expressed in clear tones and long-breathed lines.
New York based stage director Chuck Hudson returns for his 6th season as a mentor at The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Scholars will experience his foundation curriculum on Acting and Movement Skills for Singers as well as his more advanced five day course on Creating Character and Action, and his one-on-one coachings for aria audition preparation. Scholars who have already experienced Chuck’s workshops are delighted at the prospect of a ‘double dose’ this year.
Wolf Trap opera‘s 2016 summer season begins with a Benjamin Britten masterpiece–The Rape of Lucretia. Performances of the chamber opera are June 10, 12, 15, and 18. Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Lucretia conductor Craig Kier about how Britten masterfully tells a difficult story on the opera stage, how chamber opera is at least as dramatic as Puccini and Verdi, and about the informative DC-area-wide Lucretia Project.