Individual show tickets and special packages for Nashville Opera‘s 2012-13 season go on sale today.
Nashville Opera will feature three main stage productions: Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella, and W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In addition, the company will offer a contemporary opera from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, in the intimate setting of the award-winning Noah Liff Opera Center.
“We are proud to continue Nashville Opera’s tradition of creating legendary productions,” says John Hoomes, Artistic Director. “This season promises to be one of our finest with an Italian grand opera, a beloved family fairy tale, a Mozart comic fantasy, and an intriguing contemporary work.”
Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly will be performed on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall located at 505 Deaderick St. The opera is sung in Italian with projected English translations, and features the Nashville Symphony. Principal artists include soprano Jee Hyun Lim as Cio-Cio San, tenor Cody Austin as Lieutenant Pinkerton; and baritone Levi Hernandez as Sharpless.
Ms. Lim opened the New York City Opera season in 2005 as the title role in Madame Butterfly, and has performed the role at the Royal Albert Hall in David Freeman’s award winning production, in Santiago, Chile at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and most recently in a groundbreaking new production with San Antonio Opera. Other recent performances of Madame Butterfly include productions with the Austin Lyric Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the New York City Opera tour in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan and in Dublin with Lyric Opera Productions.
Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San, “Butterfly,” abandons her faith and family for the dashing American sailor, Lieutenant Pinkerton. But Pinkerton’s love is temporary and Butterfly’s happiness short-lived. In the end, Cio-Cio San pays the ultimate price for her selfless devotion. For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Giacomo Puccini’s haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who sacrifices everything for love.
Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella will be performed on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater located at 505 Deaderick St. The opera is sung in Italian with projected English translations, and features the Nashville Symphony. Principal artists include mezzo-soprano Leah Wool as Angelina/Cinderella, tenor Javier Abreu as Don Ramiro, and baritone Corey McKern as Dandini.
Mezzo-soprano Leah Wool has been hailed by Opera News as “among the more distinctive and accomplished artists of her generation,” with a “distinguished, lovely timbre.” During the 2011-2012 season, Leah Wool returned to the San Francisco Symphony, as the second mezzo-soprano in Debussy’s The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, bowed in Glass’ Kepler and in concert with Spoleto Festival USA, appeared with Gloria Musicae for Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ, and sung Handel’s Messiah with both the Kansas City Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony.
With this hilarious comic opera, Rossini (the composer of The Barber of Seville) gives us his madcap version of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Will the beautiful Cinderella make it to the royal ball and capture the heart of the handsome prince? Will her evil stepsisters stand in the way of her dreams? Rossini’s opera tells the beloved story, while adding some original twists and unexpected turns. It’s a perfect opera for the entire family or your favorite Fairy Godmother.
W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be performed Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall. Principal artists include tenor Vale Rideout as Tamino; Bovender Principal Artist, soprano Jennifer Zetlan as Pamina; and baritone Kevin Burdette as Papageno. The Magic Flute is sung in German with projected English Translations, and features the Nashville Symphony.
The genius of Mozart shines bright in this masterfully diverse mix of unforgettable melodies, majestic choruses, and stratospheric, show-stopping coloratura singing. Follow the adventures of Prince Tamino and Papageno the Bird Catcher as they set forth to save the captured Princess Pamina. One of the most imaginative entertainments ever created, The Magic Flute blends myth, enchantment, and the fight between good and evil to deliver the life-affirming message: love conquers all.
Soprano Jennifer Zetlan is swiftly garnering recognition for her artistry and captivating stage presence. She has debuted on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and Florida Grand Opera. She has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Emily Webb in Our Town at Aspen Music Festival and with Juilliard Opera Center; The New York Times said: “Jennifer Zetlan…sings beautifully and affectingly. The part could not be in better hands.”
David Lang’s contemporary masterpiece, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field,will be performed as a special engagement at the Noah Liff Opera Center’s Studio (3622 Redmon St.) on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The cast includes soprano Rebecca Sjöwall as the Williamson Girl, tenor Robert Mack as Sam, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera as Mrs. Williamson. The Difficulty of Crossing a Field features the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Maestro Dean Williamson.
A plantation owner in the antebellum American South walks across his field and disappears – in plain view of his family, his neighbors and the slaves – forever altering their world. Everyone has his or her own theory of what that “disappearance” means, of why it had to happen, and of what will happen now that there is a “hole” where a man used to be. But where does the truth lie? Based on an Ambrose Bierce short story, David Lang’s mysterious chamber opera offers intrigue, secrecy, revelation, and surprise.
Rebecca Sjöwall, singer of the “Rapture Anthem” on the award-winning video game BioShock, has been praised for her “luscious and soaring soprano” and “deeply affecting” presence. On the operatic stage, she made her professional debut as Micaëla (Carmen) with West Bay Opera in 2008, and soon followed with debuts at San Francisco Lyric Opera (Gilda in Rigoletto) and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek (Liù in Turandot). Of that performance, the Contra Costa Times wrote, “the finest vocalism and the most persuasive performance of all came from Rebecca Sjowall as the slave girl Liu, who sacrifices herself to save her beloved Calaf. Her ‘Tanto amore segreto’ aria, building up to the suicidal plunge of the knife into her breast, was delivered with great pathos and bell-like clarity.”
In addition to single show tickets, Nashville Opera continues to offer three-show, two-show, and FLEX season packages. These offer significant savings, with many packages including free parking, backstage tours, rehearsal receptions, and a host of other benefits. Packages start at $49. For more information and to purchase tickets call the Nashville Opera Box Office at (615) 832-5242, the TPAC Box Office (615) 782-4040, or go online to www.nashvilleopera.org.