While the Metropolitan Opera gears up for tonight's season-opening performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena (the first time the opera, starring megastar soprano Anna Netrebko, will be heard on the Met's stage), New York City Opera has today revealed full casting details for its own 2011-12 season.
While some names were dropped at a company season announcement held at the Guggenheim Museum earlier this summer, complete cast lists were kept under wraps until earlier this morning. No mention was made of the beleaguered company's ongoing contract negotiations with the American Guild of Musical Artists.
One could take the news of full casts as a hopeful sign that the company is moving in the right direction—though a letter allegedly sent on July 13 by AGMA president Alan S. Gordon to members (published on Parterre) warned those already confirmed to appear with the company that a strike was still possible and stated "that AGMA Constitution, which AGMA will aggressively enforce in court, prohibits [singers] from performing for City Opera in the event of a Guild picket line is in effect."
Debuts abound in the spring at BAM with Verdi's La Traviata (curiously with the starring role of Giorgio Germont still TBA), running in rep with the American premiere of Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna. Mozart's Così fan tutte takes over the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in March, while Telemann's Orpheus hits the Museo del Barrio in May.
City Opera also unveiled the details of its fall concert, slated for November 17 at 8 pm in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. Similar to its summer concert, the performance will focus on the songbook of Rufus Wainwright. Still unannounced opera singers will take on Wainwright's All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu; the singer-songwriter himself will also play a set.
Full casting details for City Opera's spring season are outlined below. Information on the company's co-production of Shakespearean operas with the Public Theater (to take place at the Delacorte next fall) is forthcoming. With this in mind, do you think that City Opera is on the track to recovery? Weigh in via the comments below.
La Traviata (Verdi)
February 12-18 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Conductor: Steven White
Violetta: Laquita Mitchell
Flora Bervoix: Karin Mushegain (debut)
Alfredo: David Pomeroy (debut)
Gaston de Letorieres: Jeffrey Halili
Marquis d’Obigny: Krassen Karagiosov (debut)
Doctor Grenvil: Kenneth Overton (debut)
Baron Douphol: John Maynard (debut)
Annina: Jennifer Tiller
Prima Donna (Wainwright)
February 19-25 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Conductor: Jayce Ogren
Régine Saint Laurent: Melody Moore
Marie: Rebecca Bottone (debut)
Andre le Tourneur: Taylor Stayton (debut)
Philippe: Randal Turner (debut)
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
March 18-24 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
Fiordiligi: Amanda Majeski (debut)
Dorabella: Jennifer Holloway (debut)
Despina: Marie Lenormand
Ferrando: Allan Clayton (debut)
May 12-20 at El Teatro del Museo del Barrio
Conductor: Gary Thor Wedow
Orpheus: Daniel Teadt (debut)
Eurydice: Joélle Harvey
Ismene: Michelle Areyzaga (debut)
Cephisa: Meredith Lustig
Ascalax: Daryl Freedman (debut)
Eurimedes: Victor Ryan Robertson (debut)
Pluto: Kelly Markgraf