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WFMT Summer Opera series for June 2020: Lyric Opera of Chicago

May 20, 2020

Scene from Cosi fan tutte
Credit https://www.lyricopera.org/

June's Summer Opera presentations begin with Mozart's Cosi fan tutte from the Lyric Opera of Chicago (6/6). Subtitled “The School for Lovers,” this beloved Mozart comedy is a probing look into romantic relationships. It starts out with a cynical philosopher’s bet that two beautiful young women can’t remain faithful to their fiancés for 24 hours. As the intrigue deepens, the young women’s affections—and those of the young men—move into a new place that’s risky and scary.

 

6/6 Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (in Italian)

(Lyric Opera of Chicago; James Gaffigan, cond)

CAST:

Fiordiligi: Ana María Martínez

Dorabella: Marianne Crebassa

Ferrando: Andrew Stenson

Guglielmo: Joshua Hopkins

Don Alfonso: Alessandro Corbelli

Despina: Elena Tsallagova

 

6/13 Puccini: Turandot (in Italian)

(Lyric Opera of Chicago; Sir Andrew Davis, cond)

CAST:

A Mandarin: Patrick Guetti

Timur: Andrea Silvestrelli

Calaf: Stefano La Colla

Liù: Maria Agresta

Prince of Persia: Geoffrey Agpalo

Ping Zachary Nelson

Pang: Rodell Rosel

Pong: Keith Jameson

Turandot’s Handmaidens: Desirée Hassler & Stephanie Schoenhofer

Emperor Altoum: Josh Lovell

Turandot: Amber Wagner

 

6/20 Verdi: Rigoletto (in Italian)

(Lyric Opera of Chicago; Marco Armiliato, cond)

CAST:

Duke of Mantua: Matthew Polenzani

Borsa: Mario Rojas

Countess Ceprano: Whitney Morrison

Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey

Marullo: Takaoki Onishi

Count Ceprano: Alan Higgs

Count Monterone: Todd Thomas

Sparafucile: Alexander Tsymbalyuk

Gilda: Rosa Feola

Giovanna: Lauren Decker

A Page: Diana Newman

An Usher: Kenneth Nichols

Maddalena: Zanda Švēde

 

6/27 Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (in French)

(Lyric Opera of Chicago; Sir Andrew Davis, cond)

CAST:

Zurga: Mariusz Kwiecień

Nadir: Matthew Polenzani

Nourabad: Andrea Silvestrelli

Leïla: Marina Rebeka