Chicago Opera Theater has been building audacious alternatives in its programming and presentation at any time considering that its founding in 1973. And in many approaches the business — now led by songs director Lidiya Yankovskaya and executive director Ashley Magnus — shown its formidable ingenuity and dedication all through the pandemic era, devising artistic techniques to deliver a comprehensive period of new, not often heard and usually uncommon operates irrespective of all the essential restrictions that the virus imposed on reside effectiveness. That provided the use of anything from legit phases to a grand stairway in the Area Museum. And the company’s unforgettable productions ranged from “Rimsky Rebooted” (a theatrical concert variation of arias from several unique operas including one particular by Rimsky-Korsakov), to “Taking Up Serpents,” a potent production of a up to date American do the job, to the enthralling Chicago debut of “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Mexican composer Daniel Catan, staged at the Area Museum.
The newly introduced lineup for COT’s 2021-22 all-reside period (designed for adaptability and adjustment need to COVID-19 pointers change), features:
— “Carmen” (Sept. 16 and 18 at the Harris Theater for Tunes & Dance): A live performance variation of the Bizet typical, marked by a significant “casting twist” as mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings the title function and Stephanie Blythe assumes the tenor job of Don Jose. Yankovskaya will perform.
— “Becoming Santa Claus” (Dec. 11, 17 and 19 at the Studebaker Theatre): The Chicago premiere of Mark Adamo’s holiday break opera for all ages “in which a bratty elf Prince learns the true spirit of reward-supplying.” This creation, recently directed and choreographed by Kyle Very long, will aspect Martin Bakarias as the bratty Prince Claus, with mezz-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen as his mother, Queen Sophine, and Chicago mezzo Leah Dexter as the Prince’s head elf. Yankovskaya will conduct.
— “Quamino’s Map” (April 23 and 29, and Could 1, 2022 at the Studebaker Theatre): The planet premiere of a operate by Errollyn Wallen (a Belize-born, British-primarily based composer dubbed “the renaissance girl of up to date British music”), and her librettist Debra Breevort, about a formerly enslaved man, Juba Freeman (performed by tenor Curtis Bannister), who finds himself in London modern society following battling for “the Crown” in the American Revolution. The cast also will involve Flora Wall as a member of the British Black gentry, and Damien Geter as Quamino Dolby, a different just lately freed gentleman building a life in London. The production will be directed by Jeri Lynne Johnson and directed by Kimille Howard.
— “The Beekeeper” (March 4 at the Studebaker Theatre): The live performance premiere of a magical realism function by Vanguard Opera composer Wang Lu and librettist Kelley Rourke. (Vanguard is a COT application devised to coach the following era of opera composers.)
For tickets stop by cot.org or phone (312) 704-8414.
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