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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Massenet: Don Quichotte. August 31

Fifty years before Man of La Mancha graced Broadway, Massenet's version premiered at the Paris Opera. It is still staged when there is a world-class bass to sing the title role, and Ferruccio Furlanetto was the star in December, 2016, when Lyric Opera of Chicago performed it last. Clementine Margaine was his Dulcinee.

Bellini: Norma. August 10

This archival performance from 2017 presents Sandra Radvanovsky at the peak of her powers as the Druid priestess, with Elizabeth Deshong as Adalgisa and Russell Thomas as Pollione. Antonio Silvestri is the leader of the Druids, Oroveso.

Verdi: Atilla. August 3

Ildar Abradazov is Atilla who returns the sword that will kill him to the Odabella of Saoia Hernandez in this performance from last winter.

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice. June 27

Countertenor Carlo Vistoli and soprano Mariangela Scilia starred in this staging of Orfeo from Last March in Rome. It is a very short production, having sacrificed some of the ballet sequences for tighter drama.

Rossini: Adina. July 20

This one-act farce about a slave girl (Adina, Lisette Oropesa) who reminds the Caliph of Bagdad (Vito Priante) so much of his lost love of many years ago that he wishes to marry her, was presented in the year of the 150th anniversary of Rossini's birth.

Giordano: Andrea Chenier. July 13

Roberto Alagna is the title character in this historically-accurate rendition of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Sandra RAdvonvosky and Dimitri Platanis are Maddalena di Coigny and Carlo Gerard.

Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd. July 6

This was the first time that the Royal Opera House had performed Billy Budd in over twenty years. Jacques Imbrailo is the title character with Toby Spence as Captain Vere and Brindley Sherratt as the villainous Claggart.

Verdi: La Forza del Destino. June 29

Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufman scored rave reviews as Leonora and Don Alvaro. Pictured are Anna Netrebko as Leonora and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Padre Guardiano in Act II.

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