New York City Opera Announces 2005-06 Season

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The New York City Opera's 2005-06 season will include new productions of Strauss's Capriccio, Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, Dukas' Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, and Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulfur.

The company will also present two new operas that originated at Houston Grand Opera: Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, which premiered in Houston in 2003; and NYCO composer-in-residence Mark Adamo's Lysistrata, which premieres on March 4 there and is a New York City Opera co-production.

Capriccio, which opens the season in September, will be directed by Stephen Lawless; Pamela Armstrong stars at the Countess. Patience will be directed by Tazewell Thompson, whose Dialogues of the Carmelites came to NYCO earlier this season. Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, a version of the Bluebeard story, will star Carol Vanness; Leon Botstein, the music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and a specialist in neglected repertoire, conducts.

The Mines of Sulfur, which premiered in 1945, will be directed by David Schweizer. NYCO bills the production as the opera's "first major New York City staging."

NYCO will also present revivals of Madama Butterfly, Il Viaggio a Reims, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Turandot, La bohme, Don Giovanni, Acis and Galatea, and the Frank Loesser musical The Most Happy Fella.

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