April 19th 2010

NYC Opera announces its 2010/11 season

The New York City Opera recently announced its upcoming season, including a myriad of New York premieres, twentieth century works and a new concert series.

General Manager and Artistic Director George Steel announced this week that their 2010-2011 season will highlight American composers, 2oth-century works, and new productions. Rarely performed operas and modern interpretations of traditional works will be  in the spotlight, along with a launch of a concert series for the composers involved.

The artists

Soprano Lauren Flanigan will delight the role of Myra Foster, created especially for her in Stephen Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon.

Soprano Stefania Dovhan plays as Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

Soprano Mary Dunleavy performs as Christine in Strauss’s Intermezzo.

Baritone Louis Otey makes his way as Sam in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place.

Soprano Cyndia Sieden dons top role in Morton Feldman’sNeither.”

This season, explained Steel in the press release, is “another step forward on an exciting journey for New York City Opera.” He is thrilled for the new productions and the American (and New Yorkian) composers.

“Most of all,” he continues, “I love the incredible range of compositional styles this season: from the transparent simplicity of Donizetti to the opulent middle-period Richard Strauss to the blend of the popular and classical worlds in Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz—all this topped off by the delicious trio of Schoenberg, Feldman and Zorn. This is what City Opera was made to do, and what makes City Opera unique.”

The works

Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place has never been performed in New York, and is under the direction of Christopher Alden. This plays in the Fall with Strauss’s Intermezzo.

City Opera’s Fall Gala, An Evening with Christine Brewer, will take place on Thursday, October 28, starring one of the world’s best sopranos. The evening includes snippets from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Puccini’s Turandot and Richard Strauss’s lieder, alongside the New York City Opera Orchestra and Music Director George Manahan.

Come Spring is Jonathan Miller’s production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, followed by a triple bill called Monodramas: Arnold Schoenberg’sErwartung” (Expectation), Morton Feldman’s “Neither” and John Zorn’s “La Machine de l’être”.

The final production of 2010-2011 is the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, the psychological thriller Séance on a Wet Afternoon.

In addition to these are a new concert series, along with the VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab, a showcase of new American operas, will continue in the 2010-11 season in its 12th edition.

Read more about the upcoming season here.

Visit the New York City Opera’s website here.

Purchase tickets here.

Image courtesy of nycopera.com

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