Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Washington National Opera 2007-08

Productions and casting for the Washington National Opera’s 2007-08 season:

Sept. 15-30 – Puccini’s "La Bohème," starring Adriana Damato and Sabina Civlak alternating as Mimi, Vittorio Grigolo and Arturo Chacón-Cruz alternating as Rodolfo, Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge alternating as Musetta, Trevor Scheunemann and Obed Ureña alternating as Schaunard, Hyung Yun and Luca Salsi alternating as Marcello and Günther Groissböck and Paolo Pecchioli alternating as Colline; conducted by Emmanuel Villaume; stage direction by Mariusz Treliński. (Production from Teatr Wielki-National Opera Warsaw.)

Oct. 25-Nov. 16 – Mozart’s "Don Giovanni," starring Erwin Schrott and Ildar Abdrazakov alternating in title role, Ildar Abdrazakov and Askar Abdrazakov alternating as Leporello, Shawn Mathey and John Tessier alternating as Don Ottavio, Marisol Montalvo and Amanda Squitieri alternating as Zerlina, Trevor Scheunemann and James Shaffran alternating as Masetto, Erin Wall as Donna Anna, Anja Kampe as Donna Elvira and Morris Robinson as the Commendatore; conducted by Plácido Domingo; stage direction by John Pascoe. (New production.)

Nov. 3-17 – William Bolcom’s "A View from the Bridge," starring Jim Josephson as Eddie, Christine Brandes as Catherine, Catherine Malifitano as Beatrice, Gregory Turay as Rodolpho, John Del Carlo as Alfieri and Richard Bernstein as Marco; comnducted by John DeMain; stage direction by Frank Galati. (Production from Lyric Opera of Chicago.)

March 15-April 10 – Wagner’s "The Flying Dutchman," starring Alan Held as the Dutchman, Gidon Saks as Daland, Ian Storey as Erik, Andreas Conrad as the Steersman; conducted by Heinz Fricke; stage direction by Stephen Lawless. (Production from New York City Opera.)

March 29-April 13 – Verdi’s "Rigoletto," starring Carlos Álvarez and Gordon Hawkins alternating in title role, Lyubov Petrova and JiYoung Lee alternating as Gilda, Joseph Calleja as the Duke of Mantua, Andrea Silvestrelli as Sparafucile, Malgorzata Walewska as Maddalena and James Shaffran as Marullo; conducted by Giovanni Reggioli.

April 30-May 22 – Handel’s "Tamerlano," starring David Daniels in title role, Plácido Domingo as Bajazet, Sarah Coburn as Asteria, Patricia Bardon as Andronico and Andrew Foster-Williams as Leone; conducted by William Lacey; stage direction by Chas Rader-Shieber. (New production.)

May 10-27 – Richard Strauss’ "Elektra," starring Susan Bullock in title role, Christine Goerke as Chrysothemis, Irina Mishura as Klytemnästra, Daniel Sumegi as Orest and Alan Woodrow as Aegisth; conducted by Heinz Fricke. (Revival.)

Tickets: $48-$300 ($50-$600 on season-opening night). Information: (202) 295-2400 or (800) 876-7372;