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WORLD PREMIERE
December 7 – January 17

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  • Music by Jimmy López
    Libretto by Nilo Cruz
    Based on the novel by Ann Patchett

    In Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, French, Latin and Quechua, with projected English titles

 

Ann Patchett's best-selling novel Bel Canto took the literary world by storm — now, in a new work curated by Lyric's creative consultant, Renée Fleming, this riveting story inspired by a real-life event becomes a powerful opera.

Superstar American diva Roxane Coss has flown to Peru to sing at the vice president's home for a visiting Japanese mogul who is an opera buff. Dignitaries of every nationality are there — but an international crisis explodes when terrorists storm the mansion and take everyone hostage.

Isolated for months, unlikely alliances form between captors and captives as fear and anger mingle uneasily with desire and even love. Music is the one universal language — but can it draw forth the humanity that exists in us all?

An extraordinary international cast is led by Danielle de Niese, who caused a sensation as Lyric's Cleopatra in 2007. Sir Andrew Davis teams up with Kevin Newbury (Anna Bolena) for this world premiere with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz and music by Jimmy López, a native of Peru and "one of the most dynamic young composers working today." Chicago Sun-Times

 

Lyric Opera world premiere generously made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Helen and Sam Zell, Ethel and William Gofen, Ada and Whitney Addington, the Walter E. Heller Foundation, and Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Prince Charitable Trusts.

 

Starring

  • Danielle de Niese

    Roxane Coss

    Danielle de Niese

  • J’nai Bridges

    Carmen

    J’nai Bridges

  • Jeongcheol Cha

    Hosokawa

    Jeongcheol Cha

  • Andrew Stenson

    Gen

    Andrew Stenson

Danielle de Niese - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Roxane Coss
Danielle de Niese

J’nai Bridges - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Carmen
J’nai Bridges

Jeongcheol Cha - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Hosokawa
Jeongcheol Cha*

Andrew Stenson - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Gen
Andrew Stenson*

Rafael Davila - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

General Alfredo
Rafael Davila*

Jacques Imbrailo - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Messner
Jacques Imbrailo*

William Burden - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Ruben Iglesias
William Burden

Anthony Roth Costanzo - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Cesar
Anthony Roth Costanzo*

Sir Andrew Davis - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis

Kevin Newbury - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Director
Kevin Newbury

 

Set Designer
David Korins*

 

Costume Designer
Constance Hoffmann*

Duane Schuler - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Lighting Designer
Duane Schuler

 

Projection Designer
Greg Emetaz*

Michael Black - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Chorus Master
Michael Black

Renée Fleming - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Lyric’s new commission of Bel Canto is curated by
Renée Fleming

Jimmy López - Bel Canto at Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Music by
Jimmy López

 

Libretto by
Nilo Cruz

*Lyric Debut
‡Ryan Opera Center Alumna