OperaWatch

by F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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Tobin finalist design for Four Saints in Three Acts by Grace Laubacher (set designer) and Mary Birnbaum (director)
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Osnes, Julie Jordan at Lyric
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UNESCO’s Flórez
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1. Broadway’s LAURA OSNES, the Tony-nominated star of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Bonnie and Clyde, will sing Julie Jordan in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new Carousel, which opens on April 11. 

2. In early December, OPERA America announced the 2015 finalists of the biennial Robert L. B. Tobin Director–Designer Showcase. Forty applicant teams of directors and designers each created a production concept for an American opera. Representatives from the four finalist teams will attend Opera Conference 2015 in Washington, D.C., in May for the final presentation of the concepts. For a look at all four finalist concepts, visit www.operaamerica.org.

3. On December 10, JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ, UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador, sang in the first “Concert for Peace” at the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the United Nations Palace in Geneva. Flórez appeared with the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra, sopranos Pretty Yende and Fatma Said, bass Sergey Artamonov and conductor Pablo Mielgo. The concert, which was broadcast live in Europe, is scheduled for release on DVD. 

4. Italian baritone LUCA SALSI will sing Enrico in all performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met this season, replacing Fabio Capitanucci. Salsi’s other 2015 engagements include the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth at Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli (May), Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with Teatro Regio Torino (July) and Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani in Salzburg (Aug.).

5. Daniel Catán’s MEET JOHN DOE, an opera based on the 1941 Frank Capra film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, received a workshop in Cincinnati in January as part of the Opera Fusion: New Works program, a collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A new creative team was responsible for completing the opera, which was unfinished at the time of Catán’s death in 2011. The completion of the piano-vocal score was jointly funded by Cincinnati Opera and Gotham Chamber Opera.

6.  Director RICHARD JONES, whose production of Hansel and Gretel was revived at the Met in December, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to music. Jones’s staging of Les Contes d’Hoffmann returns to Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich this month. spacer 

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Current Issue: March 2015 — VOL. 79, NO. 9