2018-2019 Season Announcement

(HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND)—Maryland Lyric Opera (MDLO) continues its full-force reinvention with the announcement of its 2018–2019 season, expanding the number of full-scale opera productions in the Washington-Baltimore region and featuring some of the biggest stars of opera alongside rising young stars nurtured by the company. The season includes a concert version of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, September 14–15, 2018 at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, and a fully staged production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, January 24–26, 2019 at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre in College Park; a series of semi-staged concerts with the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra celebrating the greatest hits of two giants of Italian opera: Verdi on May 17–19, 2019 and Puccini on June 7–9, 2019 at the Kay Theatre; and the continued expansion of its signature MDLO Young Artist Institute, the cornerstone of its revitalization plan announced earlier in the season, both in Maryland and in Beijing, China.                                          

“I am proud that our 2018–2019 season will fully deliver on the promise we made to the community when we reorganized last October, including producing operatic gems like La Fanciulla del West that are rarely performed in Maryland,” said MDLO Founder and Artistic Director Brad Clark. “Providing more opportunities for all of the talented musicians in our region—including both principal singers and the fine members of our new Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus—is central to our mission. We plan to keep everyone very busy in the coming season, and in the future seasons we are already planning.”

“I am very excited about the casts we have assembled for our two major productions, and I am gratified that our MDLO Young Artist Institute is achieving its promise of creating a pipeline of fresh voices from our studio to our mainstage,” said MDLO Music Director Louis Salemno. “The esteemed José Miguel Cueto will serve as Concertmaster, and we continue to grow our music staff with the recent appointments of Steven Gathman as Chorus Master, Hai Jin and Husan Park as Assistant Conductors, and other key support staff. More appointments are coming very soon—MDLO is ready for the next phase of our development in the coming season, and we look forward to growing our audience in tandem with the growth of our artistic offerings.”

The 2018–2019 Season

La Fanciulla del West in Concert

(The Girl of The Golden West)

September 14 and 15, 2018

Puccini’s rarely performed masterwork La Fanciulla del West, a romantic Western epic featuring one of opera’s greatest scores and lushest orchestrations, comes to North Bethesda’s elegant The Music Center at Strathmore in a special concert version on Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, 2018. Casting for the Friday performance includes renowned British soprano Susan Bullock, one of the world’s most in-demand dramatic sopranos who was last seen locally in the title role in Elektra for Washington National Opera in 2008, as the heroine Minnie. Tenor Jonathon Burton appears in one of his most celebrated roles, the bandit Dick Johnson, and acclaimed baritone Mark Delavan, a veteran of WNO productions of Aida and The Force of Destiny, is the sheriff Jack Rance. The Saturday cast features American star soprano Jill Gardner who recently performed the role with Virginia Opera as Minnie; Chinese tenor Yi Li *±, a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as Dick Johnson; and Russian-American baritone Aleksey Bogdanov *± as Jack Rance. The full Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra will be center stage along with the Maryland Lyric Opera Chorus, and the evening is conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno.

  • Minnie: Susan Bullock/Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs

  • Jack Rance: Mark Delavan/Aleksey Bogdanov *±

  • Dick Johnson: Jonathan Burton/Yi Li *±

  • Nick: Joseph Michael Brent *

  • Ashby: Kenneth Kellogg *±

  • Sonora: SeungHyeon Baek *

  • Wowkle: Catherine Martin ‡

  • Jake Wallace/Billy Jackrabbit: Norman Garrett ±

  • Jose Castro: Jose Sacín

  • Bello: Yazid Gray *

  • Harry: Jesus Daniel Hernandez ±

  • Joe: Mauricio Miranda ±

  • Happy: Hunter Enoch *±

  • Postiglione: Antonio Chase *

 

  • Conductor: Louis Salemno

  • Chorus Master: Steven Gathman

  • Lighting Designer: Joan Sullivan-Genthe

Tickets start at $50 and are on sale NOW at Strathmore.org or (301) 581-5100

* Alumnus of MDLO Young Artist Institute

± Alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

‡ MDLO Competition Winner

 

Lucia di Lammermoor, January 24, 25, and 26, 2019

Donizetti’s beloved tragedy Lucia di Lammermoor receives a fully staged production in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s intimate Kay Theatre in College Park Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2019. The legendary Nick Olcott directs the production and Maryland Lyric Opera Music Director Louis Salemno conducts the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra. A full production creative team will be announced in the coming months. Maeve Höglund, a rising American soprano who is making her mark at regional opera companies across the country and joins the MDLO Young Artist Institute this summer, sings the iconic title role at the Thursday and Saturday performances. Joining her are three alumni of the MDLO Young Artist Institute and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program: baritone Javier Arrey as Enrico, tenor Yi Li as Edgardo, and bass Wei Wu as Raimondo. For the Friday performance, rising South Korean soprano Nayoung Ban sings the title role, following her training in the MDLO Young Artist Institute. Singing alongside her are baritone SeungHyeon Baek, tenor Yongxi Chen, and bass Hunter Enoch. Tenor Antonio Chase is Arturo at all performances.

  • Lucia: Maeve Höglund*/Nayoung Ban *

  • Enrico: Javier Arrey *±/SeungHyeon Baek *

  • Edgardo: Yi Li *±/Yongxi Chen *†

  • Arturo: Antonio Chase* (all dates)

  • Raimondo: Wei Wu *±/Hunter Enoch *±

Conductor: Louis Salemno

Director: Nick Olcott

Lighting Designer: Joan Sullivan-Genthe

 

Tickets start at $20 and will go on sale in August 2018
 

* Alumnus of MDLO Young Artist Institute

± Alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

† MDLO Beijing Competition Winner

‡ MDLO Competition Winner

An Evening of Verdi, May 17 and 19, 2019

Current singers and alumni of the MDLO Young Artist Institute perform An Evening of Verdi, Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre in College Park. Featuring semi-staged excerpts from the composer’s classics, including scenes from Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, and La Traviata, the evening features the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno. The concert is staged by Nick Olcott with lighting design by Joan Sullivan-Genthe.

Tickets start at $20 and will go on sale in August 2018

An Evening of Puccini, June 7 and 9, 2019

Current singers and alumni of the MDLO Young Artist Institute perform An Evening of Puccini, Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre in College Park. Featuring semi-staged excerpts from the composer’s classics, including scenes from La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, the evening features the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno. The concert is staged by Nick Olcott with lighting design by Joan Sullivan-Genthe.
 

Tickets start at $20 and will go on sale in August 2018
 

Continued expansion of the MDLO Young Artist Institute

The MDLO Young Artist Institute experienced tremendous growth in the 2017–2018 season – its four program sessions in Maryland drew 345 applicants, and its single program in Beijing, China drew 70 applicants. During the 2018–2019 season, the Institute will combine its sessions into two intensive program periods in Maryland to better align with its robust schedule of performances. MDLO will continue its work in China, a rich source of vocal talent, and will host another training session for Chinese singers, culminating in a competition; the winner of the Beijing competition will be offered a position at a future MDLO Young Artist Institute session in Maryland.

Many recent graduates of the Institute are appearing on opera stages around the country. Baritone SeungHyeon Baek has been hired by Fairbanks Opera as Tonio in I Pagliacci, and soprano CongCong Wang sang the leading role of Violetta in La Traviata at Opera San Jose after training in two MDLO Young Artist Institutes. And, of course, the pipeline of artists from the training Institutes into the productions planned for MDLO’s 2018–2019 performance season is strong, with more than a dozen alumni cast in roles in La Fanciulla del West and Lucia di Lammermoor.

“I have been extraordinarily pleased with the steady upward trend in the quality of the singers and performances in our inaugural season of the MDLO Young Artist Institute, and I am gratified that so many of them have been cast in our upcoming productions,” said MDLO Music Director Louis Salemno. “With the invaluable assistance of Head of Voice Faculty William Stone, we have created a strong foundation for the future growth of this program.”

“We are so gratified to have the recent refocusing of MDLO’s mission be validated by the overwhelming response to our first call for applications to the Institute,” said Founder and Artistic Director Brad Clark. “There is clearly an important need for the kind of training we are providing to young artists, and it has been exciting to track the progress these gifted singers are making under the guidance of our world-class coaching staff.”

Maryland Lyric Opera, founded in 2014 and reorganized for expansion with a new strategic plan in 2017, has recently expanded its career-development programs for young artists, returned to producing fully staged productions of operas in intimate settings, and continues to grow its outreach programs to the local community. The company has produced fully staged performances of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Roméo et Juliette, and Amahl and the Night Visitors; created a national vocal competition that draws an impressive field of emerging artists; hosted master classes for young singers with opera luminaries Sherrill Milnes and Aprile Millo; and presented a variety of gala performances, recitals, and holiday programs.

ABOUT MARYLAND LYRIC OPERA

A company committed to education, Maryland Lyric Opera’s mission is to provide employment to all creative artists who are part of the production of opera, and to bring together seasoned professionals with promising young talent for mutually rewarding collaborations. To that end, the MDLO Young Artist Institute and High School Mentorship Programs were created to ensure that the next generations of singers are exposed to and have the opportunity to learn from experienced opera professionals who have spent years studying and improving their craft on the world’s stages. In its short history, MDLO has also produced major operatic works by the likes of Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, and Menotti, as well as a national vocal competition, aria concerts, and chamber works. MDLO is further dedicated to bringing performances to those who do not have regular access to the professional arts. Programs such as Sharing Music, Sharing Love bring unique operatic performances to vulnerable populations who are underserved and in need.

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