- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) - The Lyric Opera of Chicago plans to highlight its 2012-2013 season with a production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring the company’s creative consultant, famed soprano Renee Fleming.

The Lyric’s 68-performance, nine-opera season will open with “Elektra” and include performances of “Simon Boccanegra,” “Werther,” “Don Pasquale,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “La Boheme,” “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” and “Rigoletto.”

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will run for four performances with Fleming reprising the role of Blanche Du Bois. Instead of a staged production, the orchestra will be on stage and the company said there will be “scenic elements, lighting and props.”

The season also includes two recitals: Fleming will perform with Susan Graham on Jan. 24 and Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform in May.






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