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The Cast of Cyrano de Bergerac

Broadcast of February 4, 2006, 1:30 P.M.

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Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (Roxane) opened the season in Bilbao as Rusalka, then spent the holidays as Rosalinde in Fledermaus at the Met, where she bowed in 1996, as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. The Berwyn, Illinois native sings Leonora in Trovatore in Ancona next month. In May, she takes her Roxane to London for her Covent Garden debut. In July, she reprises Leonora in Bregenz.

Tenor Antonio Barasorda, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, made his Metropolitan Opera debut singing Canio in a 1995 Pagliacci and has gone on to sing Calaf in Turandot, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Pollione in Norma, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Radames in Aida with the company. His U.S. debut came in the title role of Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Il Conte Ory.

Tenor Raymond Very (Christian) opened the season with his Seattle Opera debut as Smythe in Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair. Following his stint in Cyrano at the Met, where he made his debut in 2001 as Matteo in Arabella, the Pittsburgh native repeats his Christian in April at London's Covent Garden. In August, he sings his first Walther in Die Meistersinger in Frankfurt.

Anthony Michaels-Moore (De Guiche) spent the past fall as Carlo in Forza with Berlin's Staatsoper and Jack Rance in Miami Grand Opera's Fanciulla del West. Next month, the baritone from Grays, England, sings Germont in Traviata at the Met, where he bowed in 1996, as Marcello in La Bohème. He returns to Berlin for more Forzas in June.

Marco Armiliato (conductor, Cyrano) began the new year in Munich with La Bohème, his Met debut vehicle in 1998, and Werther. The maestro from Genoa remains in New York for Met Traviatas next month and in April, with time off for concerts in Munich and Paris. He leads Il Trittico in Toulouse in April and May, Manon Lescaut in Vienna in June.

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