Lyric Opera of Chicago: Announces 2013-14 Season Schedule.

CHICAGO, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Love is in the air, not only this week for Valentine's Day but all year with Thursday's announcement of the upcoming 2013-14 season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.   Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric’s 2013-14 season which will emphasize the traditional well-known and loved operas that the Lyric has become known for programming.  "The Lyric’s 59th season embodies the company’s motto, Long Live Passion", said Freud during the press conference explaining that “Passion is the essence of opera – musically and dramatically".

The season will run October 5, 2013 through March 23, 2014.  On tap for the 24-week season are 67 performances of eight different operas beginning with Verdi's Otello followed by Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Wagner's ParsifalLa Traviata, Die Fledermaus, The Barber of Seville, the new Lyric Opera production of Rusalka, and the new to Chicago production of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito plus a little Rodgers and Hammerstein thrown in for good measure.  What, you might ask, is Rodgers and Hammerstein doing at a place like Lyric Opera of Chicago?

Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers and Hammerstein who was also present at the press conference was quick to answer explaining,“R&H is here because we were invited" then adding "from the first meeting I had with Anthony Freud and Renée Fleming, I was thrilled with the idea that this major American opera company would devote the same sort of passion and artistry to the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein that they already give to Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner."

So it seems that patrons, along with musical theater fans are in for an added treat when The Sound of Music, the American musical-theater classic by Rodgers and Hammerstein, comes to the Lyric stage in the spring of 2014, following Lyric’s regular season and continuing the company’s American Musical Theater Initiative which will mount a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein for five consecutive years launching this May (2013) with Oklahoma and continuing through 2017 with additional musicals including Carousel, The King and I and South Pacific.

A Subscriber Appreciation Concert will also be offered late in the 2013-14 season (March 19, 2014) which will feature acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming and German tenor sensation Jonas Kaufmann with the Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

For individual tickets, subscriptions and additional information go to the Lyric Opera of Chicago website  You will also be able to view videos about each opera including movie trailer-style highlight reels, along with conversations and commentaries by Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis, and Renée Fleming and interviews with various other artists and directors.

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