Stemme in the premiere of Loy's Tristan at London's Royal Opera House
© Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
1. As part of CARNEGIE HALL's 2012–13 season, RENÉE FLEMING curates a four-event Perspectives series, which is set to include a semi-staged performance of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, starring the soprano as Blanche DuBois,on March 14. LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO also offers Fleming in a concert Streetcar as part of its 2012–13 season, which opens with David McVicar's new production of Elektra. For more information, visit www.carnegiehall.org and www.lyricopera.org.
2. BRANDON JOVANOVICH sings the role of the titular swan knight in Wagner's Lohengrin for the first time as part of SAN FRANCISCO OPERA's 2012–13 season. Additional highlights from next season, which marks the company's ninetieth anniversary, include two world premieres — The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, by Mark Adamo, and The Secret Garden, by Nolan Gasser — and a new staging of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, with Natalie Dessay as the four heroines. For more information, visit www.sfopera.com.
3. LINCOLN CENTER has announced its lineup for next season's Great Performers series, which includes a concert of Wozzeck starring SIMON KEENLYSIDE in the title role (Nov. 19). Also on the docket is a staging of John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellars (Mar. 27). For information on subscriptions, visit www.lcgreatperformers.org, or call CenterCharge (212-721-6500).
4. HOUSTON GRAND OPERA marks the Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 with back-to-back performances next spring of Christof Loy's new production of Tristan und Isolde,starring BEN HEPPNER and NINA STEMME, and a revival of Il Trovatore, starring Marco Berti and Tamara Wilson. For more information on HGO's 2012–13 season, visit www.houstongrandopera.org, or call 713-228-6737.
Soprano ANGELA MEADE has been named the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award, which carries with it a $50,000 purse.
5. Actor MICHAEL YORK is the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte at the RAVINIA FESTIVAL in August, joining a cast that includes Nathan Gunn and Morris Robinson. The festival, which is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, also presents Idomeneo and Kurt Weill's Zaubernacht. For more information, visit www.ravinia.org, or call 847-266-5100.
Zachary Nelson took first prize in the general division of this year's LIEDERKRANZ competition. Issachah Savage and Megan Hart won the Wagner and lieder divisions, respectively.
6. MICHAEL CHRISTIE, who has won two ASCAP awards for adventurous programming, begins his tenure as music director of Minnesota Opera in September with the company's season-opening production of Nabucco. The conductor returns this summer to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he conducted The Death of Klinghoffer last year, to lead the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland.