The Richard Strauss — in the same Francesca Zambello production in which Voigt appeared in Chicago — will get four performances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa in March 2009. No other casting has yet been announced.
Opera Pacific is Voigt's hometown company: she grew up in Orange County ("shopping heaven," as Orange County Register critic Tim Mangan calls it) and did her undergraduate work nearby. She hasn't appeared with the company since the 1992-93 season, before she was quite the star she is today.
Opera Pacific's other news about the 2008-09 season is that Ricky Ian Gordon's opera The Grapes of Wrath will get its West Coast premiere there, with four performances in January 2009. The work had a sold-out world premiere run this past February at Minnesota Opera; just last week it completed a highly-praised run at Utah Opera.
The company released no further news about the 2008-09 season, which is not yet fully programmed and cast. Opera Pacific's 2007-08 season, which includes Puccini's La Bohme, Mozart's Die Zauberfl‹te and Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, opens on October 24. More information is available at www.operapacific.org.