A quartet of internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera alumni join with the NSO to perform memorable and exhilarating moments from Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, joined by current Filene Artists in Supporting Roles.
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
Ian will be performing the role of The Pony Express Rider for all performances. Blurb taken from The Metropolitan Opera's website.
Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.
Ian will be performing the role of Derek for all performances.
Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. Soprano Erin Morley, last seen at the Met as a brilliant Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising rendition of the malevolent Queen of the Night. Harry Bicket conducts.
Ian will be performing the role of First Armored Man for all performances. Blurb taken from the Metropolitan Opera's website.
DER FERNE KLANG / THE DISTANT SOUND
FRANZ SCHREKER 1878-1934
Opera in three acts
Libretto by the composer
First performed August 18 1912, Opera House, Frankfurt am Main
Sung in German with German and English surtitles. ca. 2hrs 45mins, including one interval
Introduction, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin
Is it the journey itself we are searching for? The search for the blue flower, the symbol of romanticism, was a dream of eternal wandering to a goal beyond the horizon. Fulfilment cannot be found in the outside world, or art, but only in the soul. The search for the distant, metaphysical sound in Franz Schreker's first evening-long opera was the musical pendant for such constant longing. It is only at the end, marked by death, as distant bells begin to ring, that the lead figure in the work, the composer Fritz, believes he can hear the sound that, until now, had always eluded him - within him. This is also the moment when Eros is granted a last embrace and artistic redemption. »Can you hear the sound?/ It never leaves me / I'll hold on to it tightly, / and will never leave you.«
Michael Gielen, former music director at Oper Frankfurt, triggered off a Schreker renaissance in 1979. Schreker's deeply psychological motivated portrayal of research into aesthetic authenticity in the spirit of music goes hand in hand with a tragedy influenced by naturalism, trashy literature, and a disillusional drama of a female victim. »Virgin Margareta«, who is deserted by Fritz, searching for inspiration in art, and gambled away by her father, transforms herself into Greta, a high class prostitute who ends up as a whore on the streets. When the curtain falls, she is alone.
Paolo Fantin fettFilm
Landlord of "The Swan"
Anthony Robin Schneider
A Bad Actor
A Old Woman
Julia Moorman *
Kelsey Lauritano *
A Dubious Individual
After ten long years of battle, Idomeneo is finally returning home from the Trojan War. During the perilous journey, he pledges to sacrifice the first living thing he sees in return for a safe voyage. In horror, he realizes that the first person he meets is his son, Idamante. Idomeneo struggles to escape his vow, but his vengeful god seeks revenge. Written when Mozart was just 24 years old, Idomeneo is considered his first great opera.
For June 22 & 27: Free pre-show talk 6:30 pm
For June 24 & 30: Free pre-show talk 2 pm
IDOMENEO, RÈ DI CRETAMusic by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Giambattista Varesco
in order of vocal appearance
Idomeneo, King of Crete - Ian Koziara
Ilia, a Trojan princess - Madison Leonard
Idamante, Idomeneo’s son - Megan Mikailovna Samarin
Elettra, Princess in exile - Yelena Dyachek
Arbace, the King’s advisor - Duke Kim
High Priest - Senhica Clee
A Voice - Cory McGee
Men and Women of Crete and Troy - Wolf Trap Opera Studio
Conductor - Geoffrey McDonald
Director - Omer Ben Seadia
Scenic Designer - Ryan Howell
Costume Designer - Amanda Seymour
Lighting Designer - Robert H. Grimes
Wig & Makeup Designer - Anne Nesmith
Chorusmaster - David Hanlon
Neighborhood Concert: Ian Koziara, Tenor, Dimitri Dover, Piano