Summer Holiday

The hills are alive with the sound of music — and so are the cities, the plains and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. TRISTAN KRAFT and FRED COHN offer a guide to the best summer festivals in the U.S.

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Chicago’s Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, home to the Grant Park Music Festival
© Tom Mackie/Alamy 2012
 

ARKANSAS | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | ILLINOIS | IOWA | MAINE | MASSACHUSETTS | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | NEW HAMPSHIRE | NEW JERSEY | NEW MEXICO | NEW YORK | OHIO | OREGON | PENNSYLVANIA | SOUTH CAROLINA | TEXAS | UTAH | VERMONT |
VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON 

ARKANSAS   

spacer OPERA IN THE OZARKS AT INSPIRATION POINT
Inspiration Point Fine Arts Center, Eureka Springs
479-253-8595; 
 generaldirector@opera.org
www.opera.org
June 22–July 20
OPERA:
Die Zauberflöte. June 22, 27, 30, July 3, 6, 10, 15, 18
A Little Night Music. June 23, 28, July 1, 5, 7, 11, 13, 19
La Bohème. June 26, 29, July 2, 8, 12, 14, 20

CALIFORNIA 

spacer CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL
Sunset Center Theater, Carmel-by-the-Sea
831-624-1521;
info@bachfestival.org
www.bachfestival.org
July 11–28
The festival continues its tradition of exploring not just Bach and his contemporaries but their influence on composers of subsequent centuries. Handel’s ode Alexander’s Feast appears on a program with A Meeting of Souls, a new work by contemporary American composer Curt Cacioppo, which is interspersed within the movements of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3. Baritone Alexander Dobson offers performances of Schubert’s Winterreise in a new arrangement for string quintet. Tenor Thomas Cooley is the soloist in a program of works, by Pergolesi and others, that Stravinsky used in his ballet Pulcinella.
ORATORIO:
Mass in B Minor (Bach). July 14, 21
Alexander’s Feast. July 15, 22
CONCERT:
Robin Blaze; Festival Orchestra, Arthur. July 19, 26
Vocal Master Class Final Showcase. July 28
RECITAL:
Alexander Dobson. July 16, 23
Thomas Cooley. July 17, 24
Kathleen Flynn, Clara Rottsolk, Charles Wesley Evans. July 19, 26
Clara Rottsolk, Nell Snaidas, Angelique Zuluaga. July 20, 27

spacer MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
Various locations, Santa Barbara
805-969-4726;
festival@musicacademy.org
www.musicacademy.org
June 18–August 11
The opera highlight of the Academy’s sixty-fifth summer festival is a production of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress. The singers are members of the Academy Voice Program, under the direction of Marilyn Horne; Alexander Lazarev is the conductor. The festival also includes a number of vocal master classes, featuring faculty members such as Horne and pianist Warren Jones, along with visitors including director Fabrizio Melano. Kiri Te Kanawa is in residence for a week, during which she offers both a master class and a recital. Evenings of opera scenes and vocal chamber music feature Academy fellows. July 21 is the date for the Marilyn Horne Song Competition — an all-day affair.
OPERA:
The Rake’s Progress. Aug. 3, 5
CONCERT:
Opera Scenes. July 14, 16
Marilyn Horne Song Competition. July 21
Vocal Chamber Music. July 26
RECITAL:
Kiri Te Kanawa. July 12
MASTER CLASS:
Marilyn Horne, Warren Jones. June 20
Fred Carama. June 22
John Churchwell. June 27
Warren Jones. June 30, July 20
Marilyn Horne. July 4, 28, Aug. 8
Fabrizio Melano. July 6
Kiri Te Kanawa. July 11
Carrie-Ann Matheson. July 18
 

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Period venue: a concert at Napa Valley Festival del Sole, held in the Castello di Amorosa
© Vi Bottaro Photography 2012

 


spacer NAPA VALLEY FESTIVAL DEL SOLE
Various locations, Napa County
707-200-1314;
 office@festivaldelsole.org
www.fdsnapa.org
July 13–22
CONCERT:

Susan Graham; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, McGegan. July 13
Danielle de Niese; Russian National Orchestra. July 17
Nathan Gunn, Lisa Delan; instrumentalists. July 18

spacer OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Libbey Bowl
805-646-2094; 
 info@ojaifestival.org
www.ojaifestival.org
June 7–10
It’s a short festival, but an intense one — four days of back-to-back concerts, focused on contemporary music. Each year Ojai appoints a new music director, and this year it’s pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’s turn at bat. He’s backed by an all-star roster that includes composer/conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and actress Barbara Sukowa, who performs de Leeuw’s Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai, a cycle of Schubert and Schumann songs arranged for singing actress and orchestra.
CONCERT:
Christianne Stotijn; Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc André Hamelin (piano). June 7, 10
Barbara Sukowa; Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, de Leeuw. June 8
Christianne Stotijn; Marc André Hamelin, Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. June 9

spacer SAN FRANCISCO OPERA
War Memorial Opera House
415-864-3330;
 webmaster@sfopera.com
www.sfopera.com
June 8–July 8
San Francisco Opera’s summer season opens with the first-ever local performances of Adams’s Nixon in China, in Michael Cavanagh’s Vancouver Opera production. Brian Mulligan takes the title role, with Maria Kanyova (see "Girls of Summer") as his First Lady; Simon O’Neill is Mao, Hye Jung Lee is Madame Mao, Chen-Ye Yuan is Chou En-Lai and Patrick Carfizzi is Henry Kissinger. Lawrence Renes conducts. The summer also brings Attila in Gabriele Lavia’s La Scala production, which places each act in a different period of Italian history. Ferruccio Furlanetto is the Hun, and Lucrecia Garcia is the pugnacious Odabella; SF Opera music director Nicola Luisotti conducts. The final offering is Harry Silverstein’s new production of The Magic Flute, designed by artist Jun Kaneko, sung in English and coproduced with four other U.S. opera companies. The cast includes Heidi Stober (Pamina), Alek Shrader (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Sarastro) and Albina Shagimuratova (Queen of the Night); Rory Macdonald conducts.
OPERA:
Nixon in China. June 8, 17, 22, 26, 30, July 3
Attila. June 12, 15, 20, 23, 28, July 1
The Magic Flute. June 13, 16, 19, 21, 24, 27, 29, July 6, 8

COLORADO  

spacer ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL
Wheeler Opera House, Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall
970-925-9042; 
 tickets@aspenmusic.org
www.aspenmusicfestival.com
June 28–August 19
The Great Gatsby’s green light on the water may well be visible in the mountains too this summer. Anne Manson conducts and Edward Berkeley directs a newly commissioned chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby. Conductor Robert Spano — who celebrates his first summer as music director — leads performances of Sweeney Todd. Richard Bado conducts Die Zauberflöte with James Alexander’s stage direction. Susanna Phillips sings Knoxville: Summer of 1915 on July 13. Michelle DeYoung sings Berlioz’s Nuits d’Été on July 20. Nathan Gunn sings cabaret songs on August 6. Spano leads Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the “Symphony of a Thousand,” on the festival’s last day.
OPERA:
Die Zauberflöte. July 12, 14, 16
The Great Gatsby (Harbison). Aug. 16, 18
MUSICAL THEATER:
Sweeney Todd. July 26, 28, 30
CONCERT:
Susanna Phillips; Joshua Bell (violin), Edgar Meyer (bass), Aspen Chamber Symphony, Spano. July 13
Michelle DeYoung; Aspen Chamber Symphony, Kahane. July 20
Angela Meade, Amber Wagner, Esther Heideman, Sasha Cooke, Meredith Arwady, Vinson Cole, Stephen Powell, Ryan McKinny; Aspen Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Kantorei, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Spano. Aug. 19
RECITAL:
Nathan Gunn. Aug. 6
 

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Gore Creek Drive in Vail, Colorado
© Ivo Roospold/Alamy 2012

 


spacer BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater; Vilar Perf. Arts Center
877-812-5700;
 bravo@vailmusicfestival.org
www.vailmusicfestival.org
June 25–August 4
As if the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains weren’t persuasive enough, the festival offers audiences the residencies of three great American orchestras — the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Alan Gilbert leads the New York Phil and soloists Jennifer Zetlan and Joshua Hopkins in Carl Nielsen’s 1911 Symphony No. 3 on July 26. The performers return the following night with Jennifer Johnson Cano and Paul Appleby for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Tracy Dahl sings Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin with the Philharmonic on July 22. Stephanie Block and Julia Murney sing “Broadway, Pop and more” on July 11. Janice Chandler-Eteme and Kevin Deas essay the title roles in a concert version of Porgy and Bess with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on June 30. Susanna Phillips sings Mendelssohn songs on July 9.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Porgy and Bess. June 30
CHAMBER MUSIC:
Susanna Phillips; Paul Neubauer (viola), Anne-Marie McDermott (piano). July 9, 10
Gabriel Kahane; instrumentalists. Aug. 1
CONCERT:
Stephanie Block, Julia Murney; Philadelphia Orchestra, Reineke. July 11
Tracy Dahl; New York Philharmonic, Tovey. July 22
Jennifer Zetlan, Joshua Hopkins; Yefim Bronfman (piano), New York Philharmonic, Gilbert. July 26
Jennifer Zetlan, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paul Appleby, Joshua Hopkins; New York Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Gilbert. July 27
RECITAL:
Cantus. July 9, 10

spacer CENTRAL CITY OPERA
Central City Opera House
303-292-6700; 
 boxoffice@centralcityopera.org
www.centralcityopera.org
June 30–August 12
Britten expert Steuart Bedford conducts The Turn of the Screw this summer, with Vale Rideout as Peter Quint, Sinéad Mulhern as the Governess and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. Grose; Allessandro Talevi directs. Eric Margiore sings Rodolfo to Elizabeth Caballero’s Mimì in La Bohème; John Baril, the festival’s music director, conducts, and Kevin Newbury directs. Oklahoma! stars Maureen McKay as Laurey, Matthew Worth as Curly, Curt Olds as Will and Joyce Castle (see "Girls of Summer") as Aunt Eller. Members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program give “Short Works” matinée programs throughout the summer.
OPERA:
La Bohème. July 7, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, Aug. 1, 4, 8, 9, 12
The Turn of the Screw. July 14, 18, 21, 25, 29, Aug. 4
MUSICAL THEATER:
Oklahoma! June 30, July 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 19, 21, 27, 31, Aug. 3, 10, 11
RECITAL:
Members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. July 4, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, Aug. 1, 4, 8, 10, 11

spacer CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations
970-349-0619; 
 susan@mycbmf.com
www.crestedbuttemusicfestival.com
July 4–August 12
OPERA:

Die Zauberflöte. July 25, 26, 28, 29
L’Elisir d’Amore. Aug. 4
CONCERT:
Marcello Giordani, Keith Miller. July 5
Members of the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program. July 12
RECITAL:
Anya Matanovič, Keith Miller, Philip Cutlip. July 17
MASTER CLASS:
Sam Ramey. July 26

CONNECTICUT  

 

spacer CONNECTICUT EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations around New London
860-439-2787;
 www.ctearlymusic.org
June 8–23
OPERA:

Die Entführung aus dem Serail. June 23
CONCERT:
Members of Handel and Haydn Society, Boston. June 8
Ensemble Origo. June 9
Musicians of the Old Post Road. June 16
East of the River. June 17
Le Tendre Amour. June 22

spacer GREENWICH MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Theater at St. Catherine’s
203-637-0536;  info@greenwichmusicfestival.org
www.greenwichmusicfestival.org
June 11–23
OPERA:

L’Histoire du Soldat. June 22, 23

ILLINOIS  

GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago
312-742-7638; 
 info@grantparkmusicfestival.com
www.grantparkmusicfestival.com
June 13–August 18
Celebrating its seventy-eighth season of free outdoor orchestral and choral concerts in the heart of Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival manages this summer to program a number of true rarities among the crowd-pleasing favorites that make up the bulk of its fare. Chief among them is the festival closer, Dvořák’s rarely heard cantata The Specter’s Bride, featuring soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, tenor Brendan Tuohy and bass Stephen Hegedus, with the festival orchestra and chorus under the baton of music director Carlos Kalmer. Chicagoans also have the opportunity to hear Rossini’s Stabat Mater (with Jonita Lattimore, Jennifer Holloway, René Barbera, Ryan McKinny) and Haydn’s The Seasons (with Layla Claire, Benjamin Butterfield, Ben Wager). Other vocal offerings include a tribute to Frank Loesser and an evening of excerpts from Così Fan Tutte and Der Rosenkavalier, the latter featuring members of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.
ORATORIO:
Stabat Mater (Rossini). July 20, 21
The Seasons. Aug. 10, 11
The Specter’s Bride (Dvořák). Aug. 17, 18
CONCERT:
Broadway vocalists; Grant Park Chorus and Orchestra, Stites. July 13, 14
Members of the Ryan Opera Center; Grant Park Orchestra, Kalmer. Aug. 15
 

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On the lawn at the Ravinia Festival
courtesy of Ravinia Festival

 


RAVINIA FESTIVAL
Various locations in Ravinia Park, Highland Park
847-266-5100; 
 tickets@ravinia.org
www.ravinia.org
June 7–September 9
Ravinia music director James Conlon, known for his attention to composers whose lives were devastated by the Third Reich, resurrects Kurt Weill’s first stage work, Magical Night, using instrumental parts recently unearthed in the Yale Library. The festival’s 850-seat Martin Theatre is the setting for a four-day mini-Mozart festival, with two performances each of Idomeneo and Die Zauberflöte, featuring Nathan Gunn, Richard Croft, Susanna Phillips and Morris Robinson, along with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Conlon. Recitalists include Kiri Te Kanawa, Matthias Goerne and Gerald Finley, and Stephanie Blythe (see "Girls of Summer") offers a tribute to Kate Smith. Barbara Cook sings with the CSO, celebrating the year of her eighty-fifth birthday. Patti LuPone and Patricia Racette (see "Girls of Summer") headline a gala celebrating the festival’s Women’s Board.
OPERA:
Die Zauberflöte. Aug. 16, 18
Idomeneo. Aug. 17, 19
OPERA IN CONCERT:
The Wind (Schreker)/Magical Night (Weill). July 19
CONCERT:
Barbara Cook; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, R. Kaufman. July 15
Patricia Racette, Patti LuPone; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Conlon, Fisher. July 21
Rachel Schuta; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Conlon. July 23
Nicole Cabell; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Noseda. Aug. 2
Vocal Artists from the Stearns Music Institute. Aug. 13
Dawn Upshaw; The Knights. Sept. 9
CANTATA:
Vesna (Rachmaninoff). July 21
Das Klagende Lied. Aug. 4
RECITAL:
Stephanie Blythe. July 2
Matthias Goerne. July 16
Gerald Finley. Aug. 9
Kiri Te Kanawa. Aug. 14
MASTER CLASS:
Gerald Finley. Aug. 10
Kiri Te Kanawa. Aug. 12

IOWA 

 

DES MOINES METRO OPERA
Blank Perf. Arts Center, Indianola
515-961-6221; 
 dmmo@dmmo.org
www.dmmo.org
June 22–July 15
The company offered La Rondine in its very first season; now it celebrates its fortieth anniversary with the same opera. The bittersweet lovers of Puccini’s would-be operetta are Joyce El-Khoury and Harold Meers; Michael Borowitz takes the helm. The season opens with Don Giovanni, featuring Michael Mayes as the libertine, Marjorie Owens (see "Girls of Summer") as Donna Anna and Zulimar López-Hernández (see "Girls of Summer") as Zerlina; Steven Neely conducts. He picks up the baton again for the company’s first-ever Eugene Onegin, with John Moore as the titular antihero and Jan Cornelius as Tatiana.
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. June 22, 24, 29, July 7, 12, 15
La Rondine. June 23, July 1, 3, 6, 14
Eugene Onegin. June 30, July 5, 8, 10, 13

MAINE  

PORTopera
Merrill Auditorium, Portland
207-842-0800;
 boxoffice@porttix.com
 www.portopera.org
July 25–27
Madama Butterfly stars Inna Los as the title character, Heather Johnson as Suzuki and Adam Diegel as Pinkerton, all under the sure-handed leadership of conductor Stephen Lord and director Dona D. Vaughn.
OPERA:
Madama Butterfly. July 25, 27
 
MASSACHUSETTS  

 

spacer COLLEGE LIGHT OPERA COMPANY
Highfield Theatre, Falmouth
508-548-0668;
 cloc@oberlin.net
www.collegelightoperacompany.com
June 26–August 25
OPERA, OPERETTA AND MUSICAL THEATER:

Ruddigore. June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
The Music Man. July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Sally (Kern). July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Candide. July 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
The Student Prince (Romberg). July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Anything Goes. July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4
Brigadoon. Aug. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
South Pacific. Aug. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
The Drowsy Chaperone. Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

spacer TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL
Koussevitzky Music Shed; Seiji Ozawa Hall, Lenox
617-266-1492; 
 customerservice@bso.org
www.bso.org
June 22–September 2
The theme of Tanglewood’s seventy-fifth-anniversary season is great moments from the festival’s history, with concerts replicating programs from 1937, the very first season. But this year’s festival isn’t simply a glance backward; it also contains no fewer than eight world premieres, from composers such as John Harbison and André Previn. Vocal offerings include La Damnation de Faust, conducted by Charles Dutoit and featuring Susan Graham, Paul Groves and Willard White; and a concert performance of Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve, with Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Vincente Ombuena under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos’s baton. Gerald Finley presents a recital in Ozawa Hall, then moves to the Shed for Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and a group of Mozart arias, with Lorin Maazel conducting. Two legendary sopranos make appearances: Phyllis Curtin (see "Girls of Summer") narrates William Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment for the Mark Morris Dance Group in a dance entitled Something Lies Beyond the Scene, and Jessye Norman is among the soloists in an all-star salute to Boston Pops laureate conductor John Williams, who is celebrating his eightieth birthday this year.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
La Vida Breve. Aug. 25
ORATORIO:
La Damnation de Faust. July 28
CONCERT:
Phyllis Curtin; Mark Morris Dance Group, Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. June 28, 29
Bernadette Peters; Boston Pops Orchestra, Lockhart. July 8
Gerald Finley; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Maazel. Aug. 3
Jessye Norman, et. al.; Boston Pops Orchestra, Slatkin. Aug. 18
Maureen McGovern, Brian Stokes Mitchell; Boston Pops Orchestra, Lockhart. Aug. 24
Leah Crocetto, Meredith Arwady, Frank Lopardo, John Relyea; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Frühbeck de Burgos. Aug. 26
RECITAL:
Gerald Finley. Aug. 2
 
MICHIGAN  

 

spacer PINE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations, Upper Peninsula
906-482-1542; 
 festival@pmmf.org
www.pmmf.org
June 7–July 15
For more than two decades, this peripatetic festival has been bringing opera, musical theater and concerts to locations all around the Upper Peninsula. This summer’s highlights include Così Fan Tutte, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and a program of Brahms vocal music including his Liebeslieder Walzer.
OPERA:
Così Fan Tutte. June 17, 19, 21
MUSICAL THEATER:
A Little Night Music. July 13, 15
CONCERT:
Resident Opera Artists. June 7, 12, 13
Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms). June 28, 30, July 2
RECITAL:
Amanda Boundy, Miles Mykkanen. June 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, July 1
MASTER CLASS:
Luretta Bybee. July 1 

MINNESOTA  

spacer MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SOMMERFEST
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
800-292-4141; 
 tickets@mnorch.org
www.minnesotaorchestra.org
June 29–July 28
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Rigoletto. July 28

 MISSOURI   

spacer OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS
Loretto-Hilton Center for the Perf. Arts
314-961-0644; 
 boxoffice@opera-stl.org
www.opera-stl.org
May 23–June 24
The festival maintains its status quo of four new opera productions presented in English. Lewis Carroll readers, Johnny Depp fans and adventurous operagoers may all find something rewarding in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (see "Girls of Summer"). Michael Christie, newly appointed Minnesota Opera music director, leads performances featuring Ashley Emerson as Alice, Tracy Dahl as the Cheshire Cat, Aubrey Allicock as the Mad Hatter and Julie Makerov as the Queen of Hearts. OTSL artistic director James Robinson directs the production, designed by Allen Moyer. Karen Ziemba (see "Girls of Summer") makes her OTSL debut singing Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Rod Gilfry sings the demon barber, with Deanna Breiwick as Johanna. Stephen Lord conducts the performances; Ron Daniels directs. Così Fan Tutte stars Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Fiordiligi, alongside Kathryn Leemhuis as Dorabella, David Portillo as Ferrando, Liam Bonner as Guglielmo, Jennifer Aylmer as Despina and Matthew Lau as Alfonso. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts, and Michael Shell directs. Carlos Izcaray conducts a Carmen directed by Stephen Barlow. Kendall Gladen sings the title role, Adam Diegel is her obsessive lover, Aleksey Bogdanov sings Escamillo, and Corinne Winters (see Sound Bites) is Micaela.
OPERA:
Carmen. May 19, 23, 25, 31, June 8, 10, 13, 16, 23
Sweeney Todd. May 26, 30, June 1, 7, 12, 16, 20, 24
Così Fan Tutte. June 3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 22
Alice in Wonderland. June 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23

spacer UNION AVENUE OPERA
Union Avenue Christian Church, St. Louis
314-361-2881; 
 emily@unionavenueopera.org
www.unionavenueopera.org
April 27–August 25
OPERA:
Un Ballo in Maschera. June 29, 30, July 6, 7
Das Rheingold (Wagner/Dove). Aug. 17, 18, 24, 25 

NEW HAMPSHIRE  

spacer OPERA NORTH
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon
603-448-0400;
 development@operanorth.org
www.operanorth.org
July 21–August 19
OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATER:
The King and I. Aug. 3, 8, 11, 16, 17
L’Elisir d’Amore. Aug. 7, 10, 15, 18
The Impresario (Mozart)/The Cunning Little Vixen. Aug. 14 
NEW JERSEY  

 

spacer OPERA NEW JERSEY
McCarter Center for the Performing Arts, Princeton; Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
609-799-7700; 
 info@operanj.org
www.opera-nj.org
July 8–29
The company supplements its usual run of summer performances in its McCarter Center homestead with a weekend at the Paramount Theatre, a recently renovated movie palace in Asbury Park. This summer’s fare centers on two nineteenth-century favorites — Il Trovatore and its celebrated parody, H.M.S. Pinafore. The Verdi cast features Mary Elizabeth Williams (Leonora), Dana Beth Miller (Azucena), Rafael Dávila (Manrico) and Marco Nisticò (di Luna); Victor DeRenzi conducts. This summer’s Savoyards include Sean Anderson as Captain Corcoran, Mathew Edwardsen as Ralph Rackstraw, Sarah Beckham as Josephine and Jennifer Feinstein as Little Buttercup, with Mark Laycock on the podium.
OPERA:
Il Trovatore. July 8, 14, 22, 29
H.M.S. Pinafore. July 15, 19, 21, 22
CONCERT:
Emerging Artists Scenes Programs. July 15, 20
Opera Stars in Concert. July 17

spacer THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL
Various locations around Princeton
609-759-0379;
 info@princetonfestival.org
www.princetonfestival.org
June 9–30
OPERA:
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)/Francesca da Rimini (Rachmaninoff). June 23, 30
MUSICAL THEATER:
Once Upon a Mattress. June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30
CABARET:
Sylvia McNair. June 30
 

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 Perle in the desert: Santa Fe Opera
© Robert Reck 2012
 


 

NEW MEXICO  

spacer SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Various locations around Santa Fe
888-221-9836; 
 toni@sfcmf.org
www.sfcmf.org
July 15–August 25
CONCERT:

Luca Pisaroni; instrumentalists. July 21, 22, 23
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Knussen). July 27

 spacer SANTA FE OPERA
Santa Fe Opera Theater
800-280-4654;  boxoffice@santafeopera.org
www.santafeopera.org
June 29–August 25
The venerable opera company, now in its fifty-fifth season, presents its customary menu of operatic meat and potatoes alongside more epicurean fare. The opening-night Tosca features the U.S. debut of South African soprano Amanda Echalaz, with Andrew Richards as Cavaradossi and Raymond Aceto as Scarpia; later in the run, Thomas Hampson takes over as the lecherous baron. Chief conductor Frédéric Chaslin is at the helm. The creative team behind Santa Fe’s 2010 Butterfly — director Lee Blakeley and designer Jean-Marc Puissant — this year takes on Bizet’s Pêcheurs de Perles, with a cast including Nicole Cabell, Eric Cutler and Christopher Magiera; Emmanuel Villaume conducts. A new critical edition of Rossini’s Maometto II gets its world premiere in a David Alden production; Luca Pisaroni takes the title role, with Leah Crocetto (see "Girls of Summer") as Anna and Chaslin at the helm. Mariusz Kwiecien reigns in Szymanowski’s King Roger; Stephen Wadsworth directs, and Evan Rogister wields the baton. Santa Fe continues its historic Strauss tradition with Arabella; Andrew Davis conducts Erin Wall, Heidi Stober and Zach Borichevsky in a Tim Albery production.
OPERA:
Tosca. June 29, July 4, 7, 13, 20, 30, Aug. 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24
Les Pêcheurs de Perles. June 30, July 6, 11, 31, Aug. 10, 13, 22, 25
Maometto II. July 14, 18, 27, Aug. 2, 7, 16
King Roger. July 21, 25, Aug. 3, 9, 14
Arabella. July 28, Aug. 1, 6, 17, 23
CONCERT:
Susan Graham and Friends. Aug. 4
Apprentice Showcase Scenes. Aug. 12, 19
 

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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
© Noah Sheldon 2012
 
NEW YORK   
spacer BARD SUMMERSCAPE
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson
845-758-7900; 
 bmf@bard.edu
www.fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape
July 6–August 19
Conductor Leon Botstein looks to Emmanuel Chabrier for his ninth annual SummerScape tie-in to the Bard Music Festival, which takes Camille Saint-Saëns as its focus. Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra performed Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgré Lui (The King in Spite of Himself) in concert in 2005. This summer, Botstein, the orchestra and stage director Thaddeus Strassberger endeavor to stage the opera for the first time since its 1887 premiere. Programming reverts to Saint-Saëns for weekend concerts. Programs such as “Saint-Saëns, a French Beethoven?” and “Zoological Fantasies: Carnival of the Animals Revisited” put the composer’s music alongside that of his contemporaries. On August 19, Botstein leads a concert version of Saint-Saëns’s “other grand opera,” Henry VIII.
OPERA:
Le Roi Malgré Lui (Chabrier). July 27, 29, Aug. 1, 3, 5
Henry VIII (Saint-Saëns). Aug. 19 (in concert)
CONCERT:
American Symphony Orchestra, Botstein. Aug. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18

spacer CARAMOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
Venetian Theater, Katonah
914-232-1252; 
 boxoffice@caramoor.org
www.caramoor.org
June 23–August 8
Scholar and bel canto specialist Will Crutchfield prepares concert performances of I Capuleti e i Montecchi and the Rossini rarity Ciro in Babilonia for this summer’s festival. Ewa Podleś (see "Girls of Summer") sings the title role, alongside Jessica Pratt as Amina, Michael Pyres as Baldassare and Scott Bearden as Zambri. Capuleti stars Eglise Gutiérrez as Giulietta, Kate Aldrich as Romeo and Leonardo Capalbo as Tebaldo. Crutchfield conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in both performances.
OPERA IN CONCERT:
Ciro in Babilonia (Rossini). July 7
I Capuleti e i Montecchi. July 21

spacer CHAUTAUQUA OPERA
Amphitheater; Norton Hall
716-357-6250; 
info@chautopera.org
http://opera.ciweb.org
July 7–30
OPERA:

Lucia di Lammermoor. July 7
Manon Lescaut. July 27, 30

spacer GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL
Alice Busch Opera Theater, Cooperstown
607-547-2255; 
 info@glimmerglass.org
www.glimmerglass.org
July 7–August 25
Aida opens the 2012 festival, but those looking for the usual pomp and circumstance and livestock may need to adjust their opera glasses. General and artistic director Francesca Zambello, who directs the production, has promised a more intimate take on Verdi’s warhorse — indeed there is a love story at the grand opera’s core. Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi leads the performances, Michelle Johnson (see "Girls of Summer") sings Aida, Daveda Karanas is Amneris, Noah Stewart is Radamès, and Eric Owens is Amonasro. Owens, who is the festival’s resident artist this year, also takes on the role of Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, with Sean Panikkar (Leader) and Wynn Harmon (James Jarvis); John DeMain conducts the performances, and Tazewell Thompson directs. DeMain conducts The Music Man, with Dwayne Croft as Harold Hill, Elizabeth Futral as Marian and Klea Blackhurst as Mrs. Paroo; Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs. Lully’s Armide stars Peggy Kriha Dye in the title role, Colin Ainsworth as Renaud, Joao Fernandes as Hidraot and Curtis Sullivan as La Haine. David Fallis conducts; Marshall Pynkoski directs. Owens sings the music of bandleader Billy Eckstine on July 27. Deborah Voigt gives a recital of Strauss and Verdi on August 5. Dolora Zajick offers a concert with the festival’s young artists that includes selections from Maid of Orleans, Macbeth and Don Carlo.
OPERA:
Aida. July 7, 13, 15, 23, 27, Aug. 4, 9, 11, 14, 17, 25
Armide (Lully). July 21, 29, 31, Aug. 5, 10, 13, 18, 23
Lost in the Stars (Weill). July 22, 28, Aug. 3, 7, 11, 16, 18, 20, 25
MUSICAL THEATER:
The Music Man. July 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30, Aug. 2, 4, 6, 12, 19, 21, 24
CONCERT:
Eric Owens. July 27
Deborah Voigt. Aug. 5
Dolora Zajick. Aug. 10

spacer LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL
Various locations around New York
212-721-6500; 
 customerservice@lincolncenter.org
www.lincolncenter.org
July 5–August 5
Lincoln Center Festival offers New Yorkers a veritable cultural “stay-cation,” with innovative programming presented in and around the reliable Lincoln Center epicenter. Operagoers who missed Kaija Saariaho’s Émilie in Spoleto last summer get another chance to see it. Elizabeth Futral (see "Girls of Summer") sings the titular heroine, with Spoleto Festival USA resident conductor John Kennedy and New York’s Ensemble ACJW. Ensemble ACJW returns to perform Guo Wenjing’s 2004 opera Feng Yi Ting with conductor Ken Lam; the new production features costumes by Han Feng, whose designs operagoers may remember from the Met’s current production of Madama Butterfly and San Francisco’s 2008 The Bonesetter’s Daughter. The Paris Opera Ballet visits the festival to present the U.S. premiere of late choreographer Pina Bausch’s Gluck-inspired Orpheus and Eurydice (July 20, 21, 22). Non-operatic highlights include the National Theatre of Scotland mounting a one-man version of Macbeth with Alan Cumming; Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with Cate Blanchett and the Sydney Theatre Company; and In Paris, by Russian director Dmitry Krymov and starring Mikhail Baryshnikov.
OPERA:
Émilie (Saariaho). July 19, 21, 22
Feng Yi Ting (Guo Wenjing). July 26, 27, 28

spacer MARTINA ARROYO FOUNDATION’S PRELUDE TO PERFORMANCE
Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, New York
212-315-9190;
 info@martinaarroyofdn.org
www.martinaarroyofdn.org
July 13–15
OPERA:

Falstaff. July 13, 15
Così Fan Tutte. July 14, 15

spacer METROPOLITAN OPERA
Various locations
212-362-6000; 
 info@metopera.org
www.metopera.org
July 25–August 9 (NYC Summer Parks Series)
August 25–September 3 (Summer HD Festival)

New York opera-lovers need not travel to Lincoln Center — or, for that matter, leave their borough of residence — to hear Met artists as the company continues its ever-popular Summer Parks Series. The first of six concerts is set in Central Park (July 25), followed by performances at Brooklyn Bridge Park (July 27); Crotona Park, Bronx (July 31); Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island (Aug. 2); Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan (Aug. 7); and Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens (Aug. 9). Details can be found on the Met’s website. The Met moves its proscenium to Lincoln Center Plaza later in the summer when the company presents its annual Summer HD Festival, which gives fans a chance to view ten screenings of titles from The Met: Live in HD series shown on a jumbo screen. Performances include The Enchanted Island (Aug. 25), Don Giovanni (Aug. 26), LaSonnambula (Aug. 27), Satyagraha (Aug. 28), Salome (Aug. 29), La Cenerentola (Aug. 30), Faust (Aug. 31), Le Comte Ory (Sept. 1), Il Trovatore (Sept. 2) and Anna Bolena (Sept. 3). For information on the company’s nationwide HD Summer Encore Series, see OperaWatch.

spacer MOSTLY MOZART
Various locations around New York
212-721-6500; 
 customerservice@lincolncenter.org
www.lincolncenter.org
July 28–August 25
2012 marks the ten-year anniversary of Louis Langrée’s tenure as music director of the festival. The maestro conducts Lawrence Brownlee in exclusively Mozart concerts on July 31 and August 1. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a talented cast in Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” on August 4. Langrée returns to lead young singers in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major on August 24 and 25. The staged centerpiece of the festival is a revival of choreographer Mark Morris’s 1989 Dido and Aeneas; Stephanie Blythe sings alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble.
OPERA:
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell). Aug. 24, 25
CONCERT:
Lawrence Brownlee; Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Langrée. July 31, Aug. 1
Julie Boulianne, Toby Spence, Andrew Foster-Williams; Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Concert Chorale of New York, Nézet-Séguin. Aug. 4
Sasha Cooke, Paul Appleby, Matthew Rose; Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Concert Choir of New York, Langrée. Aug. 24, 25

spacerNICKEL CITY OPERA
Riviera Theatre, Buffalo
716-692-2413; 
 boxoffice@rivieratheatre.org
www.nickelcityopera.com
June 28–July 1
OPERA:

La Bohème. June 28, July 1

spacer OPERA SARATOGA
Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs
518-587-3330; 
 info@operasaratoga.org
www.operasaratoga.org
July 6–15
OPERA AND OPERETTA:
Rigoletto. July 6, 9, 13, 15
Trial By Jury (Sullivan)/Le 66 (Offenbach). July 8, 12, 14
MUSICAL THEATER:
The Mighty Casey. July 7, 10, 14

OHIO  

spacer CINCINNATI OPERA
Music Hall
513-241-2742;
 tickets@cincinnatiopera.org
www.cincinnatiopera.org
June 14–July 28
OPERA NEWS cover girl Measha Brueggergosman sings Bess in festival performances of Porgy and Bess (see "Girls of Summer"). Jonathan Lemalu sings Porgy, and Gordon Hawkins sings Crown; David Charles Abell conducts the performances, and Lemuel Wade directs. Performances of Pagliacci star Kelly Kaduce as Nedda (see "Girls of Summer"), Frank Porretta as Canio, Roberto de Candia as Tonio and Ljubomir Puskaric as Silvio. Double-bill performances also offer Maria Luigia Borsi as Lauretta, de Candia as Schicchi and Edgaras Montvidas as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Alain Gauthier directs the pairing, with Richard Buckley on the podium. Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello sing Violetta and Alfredo, with Marco Caria as Germont. Condemi directs the Traviata performances, and Carlo Montanaro conducts. Condemi also directs performances of María de Buenos Aires, which feature baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco and speaker Jairo Cuesta.
OPERA:
Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi. June 14, 16
Porgy and Bess. June 28, 30, July 6, 8
María de Buenos Aires (Piazzolla). July 25, 27
La Traviata. July 26, 28

spacer OHIO LIGHT OPERA
Freedlander Theatre, Wooster
330-263-2345;
ohiolightopera@wooster.edu
www.ohiolightopera.org
June 16–August 11
OPERETTA AND MUSICAL THEATER:

Guys and Dolls. June 16, 20, 23, 26, 30, July 5, 12, 15, 21, 24, 27, 29, 31, Aug. 5, 11
A Connecticut Yankee. June 23, 29, July 7, 13, 19, 22, 26, 29, Aug. 1, 3, 10
The Mikado. June 28, July 6, 10, 13, 20, 27, Aug. 4, 11
The Chocolate Soldier. July 3, 8, 12, 14, 20, 28, Aug. 2, 9
Blossom Time (Schubert). July 7, 14, 17, 19, 26, Aug. 3, 8
Utopia Limited. July 18, 21, 25, Aug. 1, 4, 9
Miss Springtime (Kálmán). July 25, 28, Aug. 2, 7, 10
 

OREGON  

spacer OREGON BACH FESTIVAL
Various locations around Eugene, Ashland, Bend and Portland
800-457-1486; 
 bachfest@uoregon.edu
www.oregonbachfestival.com
June 27–July 15
Once again, the Oregon Bach Festival traces J. S. Bach’s influence on the composers who have followed him, offering a pairing of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Bach’s Lutheran Mass in G Major. The festival culminates in a St. Matthew Passion conducted by artistic director Helmuth Rilling; he also gives a series of lecture/demonstrations discussing the titanic oratorio as part of OBF’s Discovery Series. This summer’s vocal soloists include Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Tamara Wilson, Sophie Harmsen, Anita Krause, Tom Randle, Dominik Wortig, Dann Coakwell, Tyler Duncan and Markus Eiche.
ORATORIO:
A Child of Our Time (Tippett)/Lutheran Mass in G Major (Bach). July 7
St. Matthew Passion. July 15
LECTURE:
Discovery Series: St. Matthew Passion. July 3, 5, 10, 12
 

 PENNSYLVANIA  

spacer OPERA THEATER SUMMERFEST
Hillman Center for the Perf. Arts, Pittsburgh
412-621-1499; 
 info@otsummerfest.org
www.otsummerfest.org
June 29–July 15
OPERA:
The Magic Flute. June 29, July 1, 8, 14
Carmen. June 30, July 6, 12, 14
Candide. July 7, 13, 15

SOUTH CAROLINA  

spacer SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
Various locations, Charleston
843-722-2764; 
 info@spoletousa.org
www.spoletousa.org
May 25–June 10
The opera highlights of the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA will be the American stage premieres of two operas: Philip Glass’s 2009 Kepler, exploring the mind of the great astronomer, is directed by Sam Helfrich; and Guo Wenjing’s Feng Yi Ting, a one-act opera exploring a pivotal moment in ancient Chinese history, is staged by film director Atom Egoyan. The Westminster Choir is in residence, offering a series of intriguing concerts. In one, Joe Miller conducts Herbert Howells’s 1936 Requiem; later, Joseph Flummerfelt leads Duruflé’s Requiem, in a concert that also includes the Verdi Te Deum. Spoleto’s resident conductor, John Kennedy, leads a group of chamber musicians and soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird in a performance celebrating the centenary of Schoenberg’s epochal Pierrot Lunaire.
OPERA:
Kepler. May 26, 28, 31, June 2
Feng Yi Ting. May 27, 29, June 1, 4, 7
ORATORIO:
Requiem (Herbert Howells)/The Ecstasies Above (O’Regan). May 30
Requiem (Duruflé)/Te Deum (Verdi). June 5
CONCERT:
An Afternoon of Aria and Song. June 3
Pierrot Lunaire at 100.” June 4

TEXAS  

spacer FORT WORTH OPERA
Bass Performance Hall; Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Centre
877-396-7972;
 info@fwopera.org
www.fwopera.org
May 12–June 3
While paying heed to the standard repertory, Fort Worth Opera this summer makes a strong case for the American operas of our era, with the local premieres of Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. The Adamo work is directed by David Gately, responsible in recent seasons for FWO’s presentations of contemporary fare such as Little Women and Angels in America. Ava Pine takes the title role (see "Girls of Summer"); music director Joe Illick conducts. Heggie’s chamber opera is directed by Candace Evans; Janet Hall, Emily Pulley and Matthew Worth comprise the three-person cast, and Christopher Larkin is the conductor. Tosca features Carter Scott, Roger Honeywell and Michael Chioldi under Illick’s baton; Daniel Pelzig directs. Eric Einhorn’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro features Donovan Singletary, Andrea Carroll, Jan Cornelius, Jonathan Beyer and Wallis Giunta; Stewart Robinson is the conductor.
OPERA:
Tosca. May 12, 20, 25, June 2
Three Decembers. May 13, 18, 20, 26, 31, June 2
Le Nozze di Figaro. May 19, 27, June 1
Lysistrata. May 26, June 3

UTAH  

spacer UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA
Ellen Eccles Theatre, Logan
800-262-0074;
 arttix@slco.org
www.ufoc.org
July 11–August 11
OPERA:

Faust. July 12, 21, 27, Aug. 3, 11
Tosca. July 13, 21, 26, Aug. 2, 4, 10
MUSICAL THEATER:
Kiss Me, Kate. July 12, 14, 20, 26, 27, Aug. 4, 9, 10
My Fair Lady. July 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 28, Aug. 3, 9, 11
Girl Crazy. July 18, Aug. 2 (in concert)
CONCERT:
“A Tribute to Judy Garland.” July 19, 28
St. Matthew Passion. Aug. 8

VERMONT  

spacer GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL
Barre Opera House and other venues, Mad River Valley; 
802-496-7722;
 info@greenmountainoperafestival.com
www.greenmountainoperafestival.com
June 3–26
OPERA:

Don Pasquale. June 21, 23
La Bohème. June 22, 24
CONCERT:
Mary Dunleavy, Richard Troxell, Jordan Shanahan, Natalie Polito, Erik Kroncke, Philip Kalmanovitch, Geoffrey Penar, Joshua Bouillon, Andrew Hiers, Jesse Enderle, Brian Wehrle, Emily Duncan Brown, Matias Mariani, David Castillo; Bruce Stasyna (piano), Mikhail Hallak (piano). June 3
Emily Duncan Brown, Brian Wehrle, Matias Mariani, David Castillo, Annamarie Zmolek, Natalie Polito, Philip Kalmanovitch, Geoffrey Penar, Joshua Bouillon, Andrew Hiers, Jesse Enderle; Jennifer Szeto (piano), Emma Smith (piano). June 10

spacer OPERA COMPANY OF MIDDLEBURY
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury
802-382-9222;
 contactus@ocmvermont.org
www.ocmvermont.org
June 8–16
OPERA:
Thaïs. June 8, 10, 14, 15, 16
RECITAL:
Yonghoon Lee. Aug. 17
 

VIRGINIA  

spacer ASH LAWN OPERA FESTIVAL
Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
434-979-1333;
 info@ashlawnopera.org
www.ashlawnopera.org
July 13–August 7
OPERA:

Die Zauberflöte. July 13, 15, 18, 20
MUSICAL THEATER:
The Music Man. July 29, Aug. 2, 4, 5, 7
ABRIDGED OPERA:
Mozart’s Magic Piccolo. July 15

spacer CASTLETON FESTIVAL
Theatre House; Festival Tent, Castleton Farms
866-974-0767;
 boxoffice@castletonfestival.org
www.castletonfestival.org
June 22–July 22
The fourth official season run by conductor Lorin Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel promises three new productions of operas new to the festival’s repertory. While limited production details were available at press time, one aspect seemed clear: maestro Maazel was poised to lead every performance at the 2012 festival. Concert performances include works by Puccini, Verdi, Respighi and Rossini on the festival’s opening night and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on July 7.
OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATER:
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. June 23, 29, July 1
Carmen. June 30, July 6, 8
A Little Night Music. July 13, 14, 15
CONCERT:
Castleton Festival Orchestra, Maazel. June 22, July 7
Young Artists. July 20, 21, 22
Jennifer Koh. July 21

spacer WOLF TRAP OPERA COMPANY
The Barns at Wolf Trap; Filene Center, Vienna
877-965-3872;
 wolftrap@wolftrap.org
www.wolftrap.org/opera
June 28–August 11
Wolf Trap Opera mounts two new productions for the 2012 season, both cast with an eye to up-and-coming young singers. Don Giovanni, directed by Tomer Zvulun and conducted by Andrew Bisantz, features Craig Irving and Ryan Kuster alternating as both the Don and Leporello, Marcy Stonikas (Anna), Olivia Vote (Elvira), Andrea Carroll (Zerlina), Jason Slayden (Ottavio), Aaron Sorensen (Masetto) and Craig Colclough (Commendatore). Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress stars Colclough as Nick Shadow, Eric Barry as Tom Rakewell, Corinne Winters as Anne Trulove and Margaret Gawrysiak as Baba the Turk. Steven Blier directs singers in a program called “From Bel Canto to Can Belto” on July 15. The Filene Young Artists give recitals on June 28 and July 22. Corinne Winters, Margaret Gawrysiak, Jason Slayden and Ryan Kuster perform Beethoven’s Ninth with the National Symphony on July 28.
OPERA:
Don Giovanni. June 29, July 1, 5, 7
The Rake’s Progress. Aug. 3, 5, 11
RECITAL:
Andrea Carroll, Olivia Vote, Jason Slayden, Ryan Kuster; Steven Blier (piano). July 15
Andrea Carroll, Corinne Winters, Margaret Gawrysiak, Olivia Vote, Eric Barry, James Kryshak, Jason Slayden, Craig Irvin, Ryan Kuster, Craig Colclough, Aaron Sorensen; Kim Pensinger Witman (piano). July 22
CONCERT:
Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan, Morgan James, Doug LaBrecque; orchestra, R. C. Fleischer. July 6
Corinne Winters, Margaret Gawrysiak, Jason Slayden, Ryan Kuster; National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Chorus. July 28

WASHINGTON  

spacer SEATTLE OPERA
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
800-426-1619;
 tickets@seattleopera.org
www.seattleopera.org
May 5–19; Aug. 4–18
In May, when most other companies have packed it in for the summer, Seattle Opera offers Madama Butterfly, featuring Patricia Racette’s celebrated Cio-Cio-San. Stefano Secco is her Pinkerton, Julian Kovatchev the conductor. The company gets a head start on 2012–13 with a run of Turandot in August. Renaud Doucet’s production, shared by a consortium of American companies, makes its first Seattle stand. Lori Phillips is the icy princess, Antonello Palombi is Calàf, and Lina Tetriani is Liù; Asher Fisch conducts.
OPERA:
Madama Butterfly. May 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20
Turandot. Aug. 4, 5, 8, 11, 15, 17, 18  

 
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