Where & When to Catch Lyric Opera of Chicago Performance ‘Bel Canto’ On Public Television

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015 'Bel Canto' makes its way onto PBS after making its debut in Chicago in 2015.

A few years ago, Jimmy Lopez’s “Bel Canto” finally got its world premiere in Chicago. Despite solid reviews and general popularity, few got a chance to see it unless they traveled to Illinois to check out the new big hit.

On Friday, Jan. 13, all of America will be watching as the opera gets broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances series starting at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The opera, which is based on the 126-day terrorist takeover of the Japanese Embassy in Peru on Dec. 17, 1996, was turned into a novel by Ann Patchett that was subsequently adapted by Lopez and librettist Nilo Cruz. The world premiere, which came on Dec. 7, 2015, was made possible by famed soprano Renee Fleming.

According to Cruz, Fleming actually came to him with the idea and the composer set out to make his first opera, which famously features eight languages including Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, Latin and Quechua, many of which the composer does not speak.

The broadcast will feature a star-studded cast that includes Danielle de Niese, J’nai Bridges, Rafael Davila, Jacques Imbrailo, Jeongcheol Cha, Andrew Stenson and Anthony Roth Costanzo, among others. Kevin Newbury directed the production while Sir Andrew Davis conducted.

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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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