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She will help plan a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” in spring 2013 as part of an intended annual American musicals series and work to expand Lyric’s program with the Merit School of Music to find young singers and make music more accessible.

Renee comes with new and interesting ideas and will be an important collaborator as the company moves forward,” said Lyric General Director William Mason, who plans to retire after the 2011-12 season. “She is fervently committed to ensuring the future of opera, and needless to say has keen insights into what makes great singers.”

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Online: http://www.lyricopera.org

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Blum reported from New York.