Chicago Opera Theater Opens Season With The Padlock

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Chicago Opera Theater opens its 2006 season tonight with a rare performance of Charles Dibdin's The Padlock.

The Padlock, a one-act 1768 satire with a libretto by Isaac Bickerstafff and songs by Dibdin, an English songwriter, was last seen in the United States in 1769. The COT will perform the world premiere of an orchestration and adaptation by conductor Raymond Leppard.

The work will be performed through February 19 on a double bill with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer as Dido. Lillian Groag is the director; scenery is by John Conklin. Leppard will conduct.

The season also includes Mozart's Abduction From the Seraglio, conducted by Jane Glover, the music director of Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and the Chicago premiere of John Adams' Nixon in China. The latter production features Robert Orth, who has sung the title role in productions around the country.

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