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16 February 2016

Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season to Feature World Premiere of Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, Reimagined Macbeth and Blythe as Tancredi

New Production of Figaro to Feature Brandon Cedel as Figaro, Ying Fang as Susanna, Layla Claire as the Countess, John Chest as the Count


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Kiera Duffy as Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves, Missy Mazzoli's chamber opera, which receives its world premiere at Opera Philadelphia next season
Photo by Dominic M. Mercier

O PERA PHILADELPHIA'S 2016-17 SEASON, announced today, will feature the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s new chamber opera, Breaking the Waves; Christine Goerke in the title role of Turandot; the American premiere tour of a radical rethinking of Verdi’s Macbeth set in Africa; Stephanie Blythe in the title role of Tancredi; and a new production of The Marriage of Figaro

The company's season was was announced by general director and president David B. Devan and music director Corrado Rovaris, and will adopt a new format, wherein three productions will be presented over an 11-day period in the fall, with the two additional operas offered during the spring of 2017. The format anticipates the company’s twelve-day fall festival, called “O,” in 2017-18, which will present more than two-dozen performances of several operatic works in multiple venues across Philadelphia. 

Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, which features a libretto by Royce Vavrek and is based on the Oscar-nominated 1996 film by Lars von Trier, will premiere on September 22 at the Perelman Theater, and will feature soprano Kiera Duffy as Bess McNeil, whose marital vows are strained when her husband is paralyzed in an off-shore oil rig accident; baritone John Moore sings the role of Jan and David Portillo is Dr. Richardson. James Darrah’s world-premiere production will be conducted by Steven Osgood, who leads the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra. Mazzoli is a graduate of Opera Philadelphia’s Composer in Residence program.

Christine Goerke takes on the title role of Turandot on September 23, in Renaud Doucet’s production. Corrado Rovaris will also conduct Marco Berti in his Opera Philadelphia debut as Calaf and Joyce El-Khoury as Liù. 

A production of Macbeth by South African director Brett Bailey—who leads the performance company Third World Bunfight—reimagines Verdi’s opera as set in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the title character as a Congolese warlord. Belgian composer Fabrizio Cassol has rewritten and adapted Verdi’s score for twelve onstage musicians, and the work will be performed by an ensemble of ten South African opera singers; Serbian conductor Premil Petrovic will conducted members of the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra. Owen Metsileng sings Macbeth, Nobulumko Mngxekeza sings Lady Macbeth and Otto Maidi is Banquo. The production will be co-presented by Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts, and will play as part of the latter’s Curated 2016 Fringe Festival. 

In February 2017, mezzo Stephanie Blythe makes her role debut as the title character in Rossini’s Tancredi, which will play in Emilio Sagi’s Opéra de Lausanne production. Soprano Brenda Rae will take on the role of Amenaide and Michele Angelini makes his Opera Philadelphia debut as Argirio. Corrado Rovaris will conduct the performances. 

Opera Philadelphia will present a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Academy of Music in April and May. The co-production with Lyric Opera of Kansas City will be directed by Stephen Lawless, conducted by Corrado Rovaris and will feature Brandon Cedel as Figaro, Ying Fang as Susanna, Layla Claire as the Countess, John Chest as the Count and Cecelia Hall as Cherubino. spacer 

More information can be found at Opera Philadelphia

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