Lyric Opera of Chicago presents: Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades"
Feb
15
to Mar 1

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents: Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades"

Tchaikovsky’s broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess—the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman’s obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess’s granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky’s music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra—a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.

Ian will cover the role of Tchekalinsky.

Performances will take place on February 15th, 19th, 23rd, 26th, and March 1st.

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Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Present: Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio"
Apr
14
to Apr 24

Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Present: Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio"

Superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel will conduct a semi-staged, touring production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio.

14 Apr 2020: Palau Barcelona

17 Apr 2020: Teatro Real Madrid

22 Apr 2020 Konzerthaus Dortmund

24 Apr 2020 Luxembourg

Ian Koziara will sing the role of Florestan

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The Glimmerglass Festival presents: Wagner's "Die Feen"
Jul
16
to Aug 21

The Glimmerglass Festival presents: Wagner's "Die Feen"

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Wagner’s rarely performed Die Feen rounds out the season’s mainstage roster in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Joseph ColaneriDie Feen is generously sponsored by Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard.

An otherworldly romance full of fairies, demons and princes, Die Feen brings fantasy and whimsy to the stage. Despite all odds, a mortal prince and a high-ranking fairy begin a romance that causes chaos and suspicion across their different worlds. The score and libretto elucidates the promise of Wagner’s future compositions, showing signs of what would later become his signature sound.

“The seeds of the many great operas to come are sowed in this work,” Colaneri said. “In it we hear Wagner’s Italian bel canto based melodic exuberance and his pioneering development of the dramatic lyric voices that form the central core of his operatic style. The opera is at once personal in its expressive solo vocal passages and flamboyant in its many stirring and soaring ensembles.”

The production runs July 16 through August 21, 2020.

Ian Koziara will sing the role of Arindal for all performances.

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Oper Frankfurt presents: Franz Schreker's "Der Ferne Klang"
Mar
31
to May 11

Oper Frankfurt presents: Franz Schreker's "Der Ferne Klang"

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.

 

 

CAST

Conductor

Sebastian Weigle

Director

Damiano Michieletto

Set Designer

Paolo Fantin fettFilm

Costume Designer

Klaus Bruns

Video

Roland Horvath

Lighting Designer

Alessandro Carletti

Chorus Master

Tilman Michael

Dramaturge

Norbert Abels

Old Graumann

Magnús Baldvinsson

His Wife

Barbara Zechmeister

Grete Graumann

Jennifer Holloway

Fritz

Ian Koziara

Landlord of "The Swan"

Anthony Robin Schneider

A Bad Actor

Iurii Samoilov

Dr. Vigelius

Dietrich Volle

A Old Woman

Nadine Secunde

Mizi

Juanita Lascarro

Milli

Julia Dawson

Mary

Julia Moorman *

Spanish Woman

Kelsey Lauritano *

The Graf

Gordon Bintner

The Baron

Iain MacNeil *

The Chevalier

Theo Lebow

Rudolf

Sebastian Geyer

The Barmaid

Bianca Andrew *

A Dubious Individual

Hans-Jürgen Lazar

A Policeman

Anatolii Suprun *

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"Le vin herbé" by Frank Martin
Feb
9
to Feb 10

"Le vin herbé" by Frank Martin

Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera collaborate on Frank Martin’s rare modern retelling of the Tristan and Isolde love story. Tickets for both performances will be sold exclusively through Wolf Trap.

Ian Koziara will sing the role of Tristan.

These performances do not take place at Lisner Auditorium and tickets cannot be purchased as part of  a Washington Concert Opera 2018-19 season subscription. However, WCO subscribers will receive a special discount and early access to tickets very soon. Stay tuned!

Performances are:

February 9, 7:30PM

February 10, 3:00PM

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"The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dec
19
to Jan 5

"The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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.

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"Marnie" by Nico Muhly
Oct
19
to Nov 10

"Marnie" by Nico Muhly

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.

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"La Fanciulla del West" by Giacomo Puccini
Oct
4
to Oct 27

"La Fanciulla del West" by Giacomo Puccini

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.

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Wolf Trap Opera Presents: Mozart's "Idomeneo"
Jun
22
to Jun 30

Wolf Trap Opera Presents: Mozart's "Idomeneo"

 

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


CAST

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

CREATIVE TEAM

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
 

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