The 1992-'93 Baltimore Opera Company season will be characterized by two blockbuster operas that play bookends to a lyric and sentimental one.
The season, announced yesterday by the BOC, will open in October with Puccini's "Turandot," continue in March with Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," and conclude in April with the first Baltimore performances of Verdi's "Nabucco," perhaps the first piece in which the composer unequivocally announced his greatness. All of the operas will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
"Nabucco" (April 24, 28, 30 at 8:15 p.m. and May 2 at 3 p.m., in 1993) is probably the season's most exciting news. This drama, set in the days of the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish people, had revolutionary political overtones in the 1840s that made Verdi one of the most feared men in Italian palaces. The chorus of exiles, "Va, Pensiero," remains one of his most popular anthems. The cast includes James Dietsch in the title role and Linda Roark-Strummer, a highly touted new coloratura, in the role of Abigaille.