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koch tease

La Cieca hears that the New York City Opera will present four five productions during their 2009-2010 season, including a new staging of Don Giovanni directed by David Christopher Alden and starring Daniel Okulitch (pictured). Revivals of “old” NYCO productions at The David H. Koch Theater include Weisgall’s Esther (with Lauren Flanigan), L’etoile, Partenope and Madama Butterfly.

  • dcrazmo

    As much as I’m against transposition, I think Okulitch will make a lovely Zerlina.

  • kashania

    Sanford: Don’t you understand? We have to boo and hiss no matter what the NYCO does. All the cool kids are doing it. Like Whatever, I am reserving judgment until we see their first complete season. I’m willing to cut them a lot of slack for the parital season that has been slapped togeher.

  • err??

    yikes

  • almavivante

    Re #18: Thanks for the link about Chi. Opera Theater. Could someone out there with more surviving little gray cells than I currently possess please clarify something: Here in NY, didn’t the old Clarion Concerts once perform Giasone at Avery Fisher, circa 1980 or thereabouts? I could swear I heard it then.

  • Henry Holland

    Why don’t we wait to hear who’s available to sing and perhaps look forward to discovering some exciting fresh talent instead of writing the whole thing off sight unseen and sound unheard?

    On Parterre Box?!?! Buwahnahahahaha.

  • Henry Holland

    Nice to see that they’re not going to completely ignore stuff that was written after the death of Puccini.

  • sean

    Who’s the pinkerton going to be?

  • Alto

    “As to casting, why don’t we wait to hear who’s available to sing and perhaps look forward to discovering some exciting fresh talent instead of writing the whole thing off sight unseen and sound unheard?”

    Well put, Will. And if anybody has access to the freshest bright talent, it’s Steve Blier.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    “Don Giovanni directed by David Christopher Alden”

    What’s a David Christopher Alden?

  • Quanto: The “David” is supposed to be crossed out, because La Cieca misheard the tip and posted in haste. Christopher Alden will direct the Don G.

  • Steva

    I sang onstage with Okulitch in Don Giovanni in France. His is a virile, believable Don. Not necessarily a stellar voice, but he’s got enough swagger and presence to really embody the role.

  • Steva: La Cieca thinks Okulitch is a plausbile package for a City Opera Don Giovanni. You’re not going to get Ezio Pinza these days, especially not on six months’ notice and for whatever pittance NYCO manages to pay their principal artists.

    Sometimes I think there is a lookism backlash going on, i.e., just because a singer is good-looking then it must immediately follow that’s all he has going on for him.

  • -Ed.

    Okulitch is OK, but he isn’t all THAT good looking. Rick Astley meets Clinton Kelly. Mark my words: in two years, he’s gonna have man boobs.

    “Okulitch! OK!” He could go into politics..

  • Sanford

    If you want to see mayhem at the Met box office, bring in Von Stade for something.

  • longtimelistener

    I haven’t heard the rumor about Flanagan, who I like but feel compelled to point out Lauren was someone Robin Thompson really got behind. Why would Steele get behind someone so indicative of the old regime? Also I’ll take the NYCO red white and blue Butterfly over the Mets. However we had Bfly two seasons ago at NYCO and this season Bfly at Met and now next season at NYCO? I think Cio Cio needs her rest,