Opera Boston Announces 2006-07 Season

Opera season has begun, and Opera Boston has announced that detailed production information is now available for 2006-07. Productions will all be presented at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Opera Boston was founded in 1980. Since then, it’s presented more than 70 concerts and has staged 34 regional premieres and two world premieres. Gil Rose, Opera Boston’s award-winning music director and the founding Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, will conduct this season.

Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (October 20, 22, 24) is the first event of the season, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. First century Roman Emperor Titus Vespanius (tenor Paul Austin Kelly) is faced with choosing among three women, and his choice leaves Vitellia (soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer) angry and vengeful. Mezzo Phyllis Pancella makes her debut with the company as Sesto, soprano Kendra Colton makes hers as Servilia, and mezzo-soprano Krista River makes hers as Annio. Bass Kevin Deas returns to Opera Boston as Publius. The opera will be directed by Brad Dalton.

Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (February 23, 25, 27) is a dark satirical opera in which librettist Bertolt Brecht has given us a city governed by gambling, drinking, and murder. Mezzo Joyce Castle makes her Boston debut as Leocadia Begbick, career criminal and one of the city’s founders. Soprano Amy Burton makes her company debut as Jenny, a prostitute who tries to run away, and tenor Dan Snyder makes his as Jimmy, a renegade lumberjack who fails to pay for whiskey, breaking one of Mahagonny’s most stringent laws. Baritone Stephen Salters returns to Opera Boston as Bank Account Bill. Sam Helfrich will direct Mahagonnny.

Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) (May 4, 6, 8) is an exotic and lyrical opera that has been selected to showcase one of Boston’s most renowned singers, baritone Robert Honeysucker. He plays Zurga, the chief of a fishing village, whose love for the priestess Leila (soprano Jee Hyun Lim) threatens his friendship with Nadir (tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan) and endangers the stability of their village. Bass David Cushing returns to Opera Boston as Nourabad. The production will be directed by James Marvel.