Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015-16 season will feature nine new-to-Chicago productions, including the long-awaited world premiere of 'Bel Canto,' an opera based on the award-winning 2001 novel by Ann Patchett. Shortly after Lyric announced their upcoming season, Kenneth Pigott, president and CEO of Lyric’s Board of Directors, passed away on February 13.
Anna Chlumsky, who is currently acting alongside James Earl Jones in You Can’t Take It With You, and Douglas Sills will join opera star Renee Fleming in her Broadway debut in Living on Love. Other cast members announced included Broadway stars Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson.
Select theaters around the nation will be participating in a live, high-definition broadcast of "The Merry Widow" starring opera singer Renée Fleming. "The Merry Widow" is a Metropolitan Opera operetta by Franz Lehár featuring Fleming as the beguiling femme fatale Hanna, who captivates the Paris social seen. Susan Stroman, known for her Broadway productions including the Tony Award-winning musicals "Crazy for You," "Contact" and "The Producers," directs and choreographs the show. Other performers featured include baritone Nathan Gunn as Hanna’s lover Danilo, tenor Alek Shrader as the young nobleman Camille de Rosillon and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as the Baron Zeta. Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, best known for her acclaimed performances in "South Pacific" and "The Light in the Piazza," makes her Met debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne.
Grammy Award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring in a new play titled "Living on Love," a comedy based on none other then an opera diva, according to "The New York Times." In "Living on Love," Fleming will play opera singer Raquel De Angelis, whose conductor-husband starts to fall for a woman hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography. She retaliates by hiring her own ghostwriter but also gets romantically attached. Fleming will only sing a little in the play, some improvised a cappella. “I’ve spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy,” said Fleming. Written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro ("Memphis"), Living is based on the play "Peccadillo" by Garson Kanin.
After ending what almost spilled into a hasty lockout, the Opera is back in action and with an extensive list of performances live streamed at BAM from October 11 to April 25.