Lyric Presents Premiere Production of 'Bel Canto'
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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