Lyric Presents Premiere Production of 'Bel Canto'

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A scene from 'Bel Canto' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. A scene from 'Bel Canto' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Andrew Cioffi/Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, Bel Canto, about an American opera diva who becomes entangled in an international crisis, has been adapted into an opera by composer Jimmy López and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Nilo Cruz. This Saturday at 1 pm, listen to the work, which premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago this past season in a production The New York Times called, "theatrically and musically effective." 

Soprano Danielle de Niese plays the diva Roxane Coss and leads a strong cast, including Anthony Roth Costanzo, J'nai Bridges and William Burden. Sir Andrew Davis conducts in the production directed by Kevin Newbury. Star soprano Renée Fleming, a creative consultant to the Lyric, closely advised on this project.


Edith Thibault: Annie Rosen
Simon Thibault: Anthony Clark Evans
Victor Fyodorov: Rúni Brattaberg
German Diplomat: Kimberly McCord
Father Arguedas, Takaoki Onishi
Spanish Ambassador: Hoss Brock
Gen Watanabe: Andrew Stenson
Rubén Iglesias: William Burden
Katsumi Hosokawa: Jeongcheol Cha
Roxane Coss: Danielle de Niese
Christopf: John Irvin
General Alfredo: Rafael Davila
General Benjamín: Bradley Smoak
Carmen: J'nai Bridges
Ismael: Alec Carlson
Beatriz: Diana Newman
César: Anthony Roth Costanzo
Joachim Messner: Jacques Imbrailo
Soldier: Matthew Carroll

Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

Comments [10]

...very presumptuous - to sympathize with the performers. They loved learning and performing it ! As they've done for example with Wozzeck, and Die Frau ohne Schatten , and Wagner, ....

May. 21 2016 05:12 PM

What a pathetic music!!!

May. 21 2016 04:32 PM
Robert Tillman from Queens N.Y.

Larry Eisenberg said it for me better than I could say it. So I won't say it.

May. 21 2016 03:34 PM
Cookie from Jersey City

I'm a traditionalist too, but I'm enjoying it.

May. 21 2016 03:32 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Tried to listen to this. turned it off. noisy.
where was the music.
Was interested in listening to something new.
Thank you Mr. Eisenberg.

May. 21 2016 03:31 PM

...sort of like, if a cave person - a person of however long ago people lived in caves - yesterday, or 6 or 50 thousand years ago - and put them in the Met Opera House at a performance of a Mozart opera - ? re comments on finding 'modern' classical doesn't 'happen' for them...

May. 21 2016 03:13 PM
Jean Kuhn

I find this too hard to listen to. I also sympathize with the artists who have to sing it.

May. 21 2016 03:06 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Too nerve wracking!! And I tried to like it!!

May. 21 2016 02:56 PM

Just about the most offensive, ugliest random music I've heard. And I've endured Lysistrata.

May. 21 2016 02:06 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

I lament that I cannot enjoy
The music this work doth employ,
An old fuddy duddy
My brain is too muddy
For what my old spirits should buoy.

May. 21 2016 01:46 PM

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