I’m delighed to announce the 2011-2012 Opera Lyra Ottawa season. I’ve programmed two significant firsts: the Ottawa premiere of the opera double bill Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, and for the first time, Opera Lyra Ottawa will present a concert of a Richard Wagner production: The Flying Dutchman. The season is rounded out by one of Puccini’s best known operas, Tosca, starring Richard Margison.
The season opens on Saturday, September 10 with a double bill – Cavalleria rusticana (Pietro Mascagni) and Pagliacci (Ruggero Leoncavallo), conducted by Richard Buckley. The violent passions and raw emotions of these two works changed the direction of Italian opera forever. Gaétan Laperrière will perform in both operas; Ottawa-based singers Wallis Giunta and Yannick-Muriel Noah are also featured. “Cav/Pag“, as it is informally referred to, continues September 12, 14 and 17 in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre.
OPERA LYRA OTTAWA’S PREMIERE OF WAGNER
The 2011-2012 season continues on February 29, 2012, with a one-night-only in concert production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Greer Grimsley in the title role. “Greer had a phenomenal success in our recent production of Macbeth and sings the role of the Dutchman around the world, it is truly his signature role.” This is the first time in its 26 year history that Opera Lyra Ottawa takes on the exciting and challenging work of Richard Wagner.
RICHARD MARGISON RETURNS TO OPERA LYRA OTTAWA
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, which will be performed March 31, April 2, 4,and 7, tells the story of three people-a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter, and a sadistic police chief -caught in a net of love and politics. Richard Margison and Mary Elizabeth Williams are sure to dazzle in one of Puccini’s most memorable operas. Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson will conduct the NAC Orchestra
Opera Lyra Ottawa’s main stage productions take place at 8:00 p.m. in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre, and feature the NAC Orchestra and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus under the direction of Laurence Ewashko.
Subscriptions to all three operas begin at $120 and are on sale now. Single tickets on sale June 1, 2011. The Opera Lyra Ottawa box office can be reached at 613-233-9200. For more information, visit www.operalyra.ca