Boston Lyric Opera’s 2013-14 season will feature new productions of four operas. Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and Bellini’s “I Puritani” will each be staged at the Shubert Theatre, and for its annual off-site production, the company will return to the Park Plaza Castle with Jack Beeson’s “Lizzie Borden,” in a new chamber version. These and other details of the company’s new season were scheduled to be announced Thursday night.
“The Magic Flute” (Oct. 4-13), in a new English-language adaptation, will be directed by Leon Major and conducted by BLO music director David Angus, with a cast that includes Zach Borichevsky, Andrew Garland, Deborah Selig, and Emily Hindrichs. “Rigoletto” (March 14-23, 2014) will be directed by Tomer Zvulun, with a cast led by Michael Mayes, Bruce Sledge, and Nadine Sierra.
“I Puritani” (May 2-May 11, 2014), also to be performed under Angus’s baton, will be directed by Crystal Manich. Sarah Coburn and John Tessier, both of whom sang in the company’s recent production of “The Barber of Seville,” return to anchor the cast, which will also include Troy Cook and Paul Whelan.
Beeson’s “Lizzie Borden,” with a libretto by Kenward Elmslie, is based on the notorious Fall River murder case. Premiered at New York City Opera in 1965, it will be performed (Nov. 20-24) as part of BLO’s Opera Annex series in a newly commissioned chamber version created by Todd Bashore and BLO artistic adviser John Conklin. Directing the work at the Park Plaza Castle will be Christopher Alden, who won praise in recent years for productions of “Così Fan Tutte” and Bernstein’s “Quiet Place,” both staged for New York City Opera. Angus will conduct a cast that includes Heather Johnson, Daniel Mobbs, and Caroline Worra.
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