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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West

Puccini:  La Fanciulla del West
This is the audio version of the HD broadcast from earlier this season on October 27, 2018. Eva-Maria Westbroek is the heroine Minnie.

Verdi: La Traviata, December 15

Verdi:  La Traviata, December 15
Set in the 1850's, contemporary with the world premiere, the production is another version of Violetta remembering her life on her deathbed.

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele, December 1

Arrigo Boito:  Mefistofele,  December 1
After 18 years, Mefistofele returns with Angela Meade and Michael Fabiano as Margherita and Faust and Christian van Horn in the title role as the Devil himself. Jennifer Check signs Helen of Troy.

Giordano: Andrea Chenier. 13 October

Giordano:  Andrea Chenier.  13 October
The great verismo opera about the French Revolution has never caught on in Paris, but remains Giordano's masterpiece. Chenier was a historical figure, a poet who was killed during the Reign of Terror, and is sung by Yonghoon Lee. Anna Pirozzi is Maddalena di Coigny, a young noblewoman who falls for Chenier and George Gagnidze is the member of the Tribunal whose desire for Maddalena brings about the deaths of both Chenier and Maddalena.

Carmen, September 8

Carmen, September 8
Ana Maria Martinez and Riccardo Massi are the ill-fated lovers in the Carmen which opened the LA Opera 2017-18 season. Amanda Woodbury sings Micaela with Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo.

Gounod: Faust. August 18

Gounod:  Faust.  August 18
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a colorful and dynamic co-production with Portland Opera of a new version of the compelling opera Faust of Charles Gounod!.

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte. August 11

Mozart:  Cosi fan tutte.  August 11
Lyric Opera of Chicago's broadcast series of productions continues this week with Mozart's classic Cosi fan tutte, the inspired production by John Cox from San Francisco Opera.

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