Kristin Chenoweth to Make Solo Met Debut in 2007; Ghosts of Versailles in 2010

News   Kristin Chenoweth to Make Solo Met Debut in 2007; Ghosts of Versailles in 2010
Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, who will return to Broadway this season in the Roundabout's revival of The Apple Tree, will go it solo at the Metropolitan Opera in 2007.

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth Photo by Aubrey Reuben

On Jan. 19, 2007, Chenoweth will make her solo debut at the famed New York venue in an evening simply titled Kristin Chenoweth: Live at the Met. Chenoweth will be backed by a 12-piece orchestra and several dancers, and her evening will feature direction by Kathleen Marshall and musical direction by Andrew Lippa. Show time is 8 PM.

In a statement Chenoweth says, "I have always had the dream to sing at the Met, where the greatest stars in the world have given some of the most renowned performances in history. I am humbled that I now have this incredible opportunity and I am thrilled to have the chance to sing in this magnificent place."

Chenoweth will return to the Met stage in March 2010 to perform the role of Samira in a production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Met General Manager Peter Gelb adds, "Although Kristin is a Broadway star, she was first trained as an opera singer. We’re eager to have her perform on the Met stage, both in this special concert and in our later revival of Ghosts of Versailles. In fact, John Corigliano was so taken with the idea of casting Kristin as Samira in Ghosts that he is re-writing the role to fit Kristin’s beautiful lyric soprano voice.”

Kristin Chenoweth, who received a Tony nomination for her work as Glinda in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, has been seen on the New York stage in The Fantasticks, Scapin, Steel Pier, A New Brain, Epic Proportions, Strike Up the Band, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Apple Tree and Candide. The actress won her Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in the Broadway bow of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth recently released her second solo recording, "As I Am" (Sony Classical), and her screen credits include "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "The Pink Panther," and "RV." Chenoweth's upcoming films include "Stranger Than Fiction," "Deck the Halls" and "Running with Scissors."

Tickets, priced $50-$200, will go on sale Oct. 20 by calling (212) 362-6000.

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