La Cieca hears that Lyric Opera of Chicago is so confident about the success of their impending world premiere of the opera Bel Canto that the company has already commissioned a sequel from the same creative team. In this new work, entitled Can Belto, a group of terrorists kidnap Broadway diva Idina Menzel. Says Lyric’s creative consultant Renée Fleming, “This is a more lighthearted piece, suggested by the classic O. Henry tale “The Ransom of Red Chief.”
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Lincoln Center’s Great Performers presents Diana Damrau on Saturday, December 10th, joined by Xavier de Maistre on harp, performing works by Debussy, Strauss, Fauré, and more. A regular at the Met Opera, Damrau has been called “a soprano of matchless intelligence” (Guardian).
“One of the greatest proponents of the German lied tradition” (New York Times), baritone Christian Gerhaher performs an all-Mahler program on Saturday, December 17th, featuring Gerold Huber on piano. The Telegraph calls him “the most moving singer in the world.”
Both performances are at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
“Since the 1918 premiere of Puccini’s Il Trittico, only two divas at the Met dared to sing the leading roles in all three of its one-act operas: Renata Scotto, a supreme vocal stylist, and Teresa Stratas, a magnetic singing actress. On Friday, Patricia Racette, who is not quite either of these things, took the plunge.” [NY Post]