Here’s the press release from the Lyric Opera:
William Mason’s final season as general director
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th season begins Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN starring Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, Anna Christy, Erin Wall, & Alyson Cambridge
Also next season: Lucia di Lammermoor*, Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, Aida, Show Boat*, and Rinaldo*
72 performances of 8 operas in the 25-week season
*THREE NEW PRODUCTIONS to be seen at Lyric in 2011-12 including two Lyric Opera premieres
MAJOR ROLE DEBUT: Matthew Polenzani/title role, Hoffmann plus Catherine Malfitano/stage dir., Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric directing debut) Sondra Radvanovsky/title role, Aida (first U. S. performances) Nathan Gunn/Ravenal, Show Boat (first staged performances)
Sir Andrew Davis to conduct Mussorgsky (debut), Strauss, and Mozart operas
New web videos feature Renée Fleming and Sir Andrew Davis in conversation about highlights of 2011-12 season
Subscriber Appreciation Concert starring Renée Fleming (Lyric’s Creative Consultant) & Dmitri Hvorostovsky honoring General Director William Mason – Saturday, January 7, 2012 Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra
GREAT SAVINGS ON SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS: Subscription brochures in the mail this Friday, February 5. 4-opera series start at $100, 8-opera series start at $200 Season subscribers enjoy up to two operas free, depending on series they choose; price reductions for weekday matinee subscription series (top-priced areas).
23 different subscription choices offered, including 10 economically-priced 4-opera series
Subscriber benefits include free ticket exchanges for 8-opera subscribers, TRADEONE option for 4, 5, & 6-opera subscribers, and choice of two “perfect pairs” for “O” Series subscribers.
Free 30-minute pre-opera lectures for ticketholders start an hour before every performance (except Opening Night). On-premises restaurants offer convenient dining for ticketholders.
Opening nights for all operas of Lyric’s 2011-12 season to air live on The Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com.
NExT discount student tickets available for selected performances – $20 for fulltime college students who register online.
Encore Evenings for Young Professionals – substantially discounted tickets available for selected performances.
Lyric’s Wine Auction scheduled for February 10, 2012.
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 57th Season – 2011-12
RETURNING INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS INCLUDE:
The Tales of Hoffmann: Matthew Polenzani, James Morris, Anna Christy, Erin Wall
Lucia di Lammermoor: Susanna Phillips, Giuseppe Filianoti, Gabriele Viviani, Christian Van Horn
Boris Godunov: Andrea Silvestrelli, Raymond Aceto
Ariadne auf Naxos: Deborah Voigt, Anna Christy, Alice Coote, Brandon Jovanovich, Eike Wilm Schulte
The Magic Flute: Nicole Cabell, Kathleen Kim, Richard Stilwell
Aida: Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcello Giordani, Salvatore Licitra, Jill Grove, Gordon Hawkins, Quinn Kelsey, Štefan Kocán
Show Boat: Nathan Gunn
Rinaldo: David Daniels
MAJOR LYRIC DEBUT SINGERS INCLUDE:
The Tales of Hoffmann: Alyson Cambridge
Boris Godunov: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Štefan Margita
Ariadne auf Naxos: Matthew Worth
The Magic Flute: Charles Castronovo, Alek Shrader, Stéphane Degout, Günther Groissböck
Aida: Hui He, Anna Smirnova
Show Boat: Morris Robinson, Angela Renée Simpson
Rinaldo: Julia Kleiter, Elza van den Heever, Luca Pisaroni, Sonia Prina, Iestyn Davies
CONDUCTORS: Harry Bicket, Sir Andrew Davis, John DeMain, Renato Palumbo, Emmanuel Villaume, Massimo Zanetti*
STAGE DIRECTORS: John Cox, Matthew Lata, Catherine Malfitano**, Francisco Negrin, Julia Pevzner*, Stéphane Roche*, Francesca Zambello
ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS: August Everding+, Nicolas Joël, Stein Winge
DESIGNERS: Jason Brown, Vinicio Cheli*, Wilson Chin*, Peter J. Davison, Louis Désiré*, Ezio Frigerio, Kari Gravklev, Mark Grey, Pet Halmen, Renate Kalanke, Mark McCullough, Robert Perdziola, Bruno Poet*, Duane Schuler, Franca Squarciapino*, Paul Tazewell, Terese Wadden*, Göran Wassberg, Jörg Zimmermann+
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Michele Lynch*, Kenneth von Heidecke, Ana Yepes*