- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - “Bel Canto,” composed by Jimmy Lopez and adapted from Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, will be given its world premiere by the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Dec. 7.

The opera, with a libretto by Nilo Cruz, stars soprano Danielle De Niese and has a cast that includes William Burden, J’nai Bridges, Rafael Davila, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Jacques Imbrailo. Music director Andrew Davis conducts and Kevin Newbury directs, and the staging has sets by David Korins and costumes by Constance Hoffmann. There will be seven performances through Jan. 17.

The season, the first fully planned by general director Anthony Freud and Davis, opens Sept. 26 with a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” directed by Barbara Gaines, the company said Monday. There also is a new staging of Berg’s “Wozzeck” starting Nov. 1.

The season includes Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (starting Oct. 4 in a Houston Grand Opera production), Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” (Nov. 4 in a Metropolitan Opera production), Verdi’s “Nabucco” (Jan. 23, 2016, in a co-production with Milan’s Teatro all Scala, London’s Royal Opera and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu), Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” (Feb. 8, 2016, in a Bavarian State Opera production) and Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” (Feb. 22, 2016, in a Met production).

“The King and I” by Rogers and Hammerstein will be given 23 performances starting April 29, 2016.




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