Seattle Opera's 2005-06 Season Includes End of the Affair and New Macbeth

Classic Arts News   Seattle Opera's 2005-06 Season Includes End of the Affair and New Macbeth
The West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's End of the Affair will open the Seattle Opera's 2005-06 season, the company announced today.

The opera, with a libretto by Heather McDonald and based on Graham Greene's novel by the same name, premiered at Houston Grand Opera last season. Yves Abel will conduct, and Mary Mills and Philip Cutlip will star. Leonard Foglia will direct, in his first production for the company.

The new season will also feature productions of Strauss's Die Fledermaus, with Jane Eaglen and Richard Berkeley-Steele in the lead roles; Mozart's CosÐ fan tutte, in Jonathan Miller's update, which has played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Lincoln Center Festival, with Richard Stilwell as Don Alfonso and Kimberly Barber as Despina; and a new production of Verdi's Macbeth, designed by Robert Israel and with Andrea Gruber and Gordon Hawkins starring.

The company also announced the replacement of a Friday night performance with a second series of Sunday afternoon performances.

Seattle Opera usually programs five operas per season rather than four, but the company's Ring cycle runs through August, when the season usually begins. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company's three cycles are sold out, with a closed waiting list of 200.

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