Baltimore Opera sets the stage

January 27, 1998|By From staff reports

The Baltimore Opera Company's 1998-1999 season will include Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci," the company has announced.

The two operas, which open the 48th season in October, will be performed together each night, in a new co-production with Opera Seville designed and directed by Roberto Lagana.

Starring are Ghena Dimitrova, Paul Lyon, Elena Filipova, Gegam Grigorian and Jon Fredric West.

In November, there will be a new production of Bellini's "Norma" with sets and costumes by the Argentinean team of Anibal Lapiz and Roberto Oswald.

Soprano Hasmik Papian stars as Norma, and Irina Mishura returns to Baltimore as Adalgisa.

In addition, the company stages its first Russian opera in 20 years in March 1999, Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," starring Dwayne Croft with a guest appearance by Mignon Dunn. The season closes in May 1999 with internationally known artist Aprile Millo in one of two East Coast appearances (the other appearance is at New York's Metropolitan Opera) and Fabio Armiliato performing in Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier."

All of the operas are performed in the original language of composition with English translations projected above the stage. Performances are at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are available at the box office, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave.; call 410-727-6000.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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