Sondra Radvanovsky, Ana María Martínez & Christine Goerke Headline Lyric Opera Of Chicago’s 2019-20

By Francisco Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced its 2019-20 season featuring 10 productions, including four new productions and the Ring Cycle in its entirety.

The season will also include one special concert event and one important recital, among other projects. Here is a look at what audiences should expect. 

Main Stage

The season opens with a revival of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” starring Adam Plachetka in the title role, Marianne Crebassa as Rosina, and Lawrence Brownlee as Almaviva. Alessandro Corbelli and Krzysztof Bączyk round out the cast conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Performance Dates: Sept. 28 – Oct. 27, 2019

Verdi’s rarely-performed “Luisa Miller” gets a new production by Francesca Zambello. The work is set to star an international cast that includes Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo, and Quinn Kelsey as Miller. The cast is rounded out as Christian Van Horn, Solomon Howard, and Alisa Kolosova. Enrique Mazzola conducts the lush score.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12 – Oct. 31, 2019

Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s acclaimed opera “Dead Man Walking” makes its Lyric Opera premiere in a production by  Leonard Foglia that originated at the San Francisco Opera. Patricia Racette, Ryan McKinny, and Susan Graham headline the cast with Nicole Paiement at the baton in her Lyric Opera debut.

Performance Dates: Nov. 2 – Nov. 22, 2019

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” returns to Chicago with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and making his house debut. Rachel Willis-Sørensen also in her house debut, sings Donna Anna while Amanda Majeski is Donna Elvira. The cast is rounded out by Ying Fang, Ben Bliss, Matthew Rose, Brandon Cedel, and Mika Kares. James Gaffigan conducts.

Performance Dates: Nov. 14 – Dec. 8, 201

Sondra Radvanovsky stars in a Semi-Staged Concert entitled “The Three Queens.” The concert will showcase Radvanovsky performing the final scenes of “Anna Bolena,” “Maria Stuarda,” and “Roberto Devereux.” Riccardo Frizza conducts the concert.

Performance Dates: Dec. 1 – 7, 2019

Ana María Martínez stars in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” alongside Brian Jagde as Pinkerton. Henrik Nánási conducts the masterpiece with Anthony Clark Evans and Deborah Nansteel as Suzuki. In three performances, Brandon Jovanovich and Lianna Haroutounian star in the lead roles.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6 – March 8, 2020

Richard Jones directs a new production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” with Brandon Jovanovich, Jane Henschel, Sondra Radvanovsky, Elizabeth DeShong, and Lucas Meachem.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the production.

Performance Dates: Feb. 15 – March 1, 2020

Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” concludes the Ring cycle in a new production by David Pountney. The new production will star Christine Goerke, Burkhard Fritz, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Stephen Milling, Brian Mulligan, and Mary Elizabeth Williams.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the two performances.

Performance Dates: April 4 and 11, 2020

The Ring of the Nibelung (Der Ring des Nibelungen)
For the first time, the Lyric opera will present David Pountney’s new ring production in its entirety. The company will present three cycles with an all-star that includes Christine Goerke, Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, Stefan Margita, Robert Brubaker, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Matthias Klink, Laura Wilde, Brandon Jovanovich, Brian Mulligan, Ronnita Miller, Henning von Schulman, and Soloman Howard. Elisabet Strid, Burkhard Fritz, Diana Newman, and Matthias Klink also star with Sir Andrew Davis conducting.
Cycle Dates: 
April 13, 14, 16, 18
April 20, 21, 23, 25
April 27, 29, May 1, 3

Continuing its tradition of presenting one musical per year the Lyric opera will present the Lyric Premiere of “42nd Street” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. The musical will be presented in a new production by Stephen Mear. A cast and conductor will be announced at a later point.

Performance Dates: May 29 – June 21, 2020

The Lyric opera will present the Lyric premiere of “Blue” by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson. The new work will be directed by Thompson with a cast and conductor to be announced later this year.

Performance Dates: June 19 – 28, 2020

Special Events

The Opening Night Gala of the season will showcase a red carpet with special guests and an opera ball.

Performance Dates: Sept. 28, 2019

Sir Bryn Terfel is set to give a recital in Chicago and it will mark his first in several years. The bass-baritone has performed numerous roles with the company so this will be an exciting event.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2, 2020