In his place, American tenor Garrett Sorenson will make his Tanglewood debut, stepping into the role of the young poet Lensky. He most recently sang the role with the Boston Lyric Opera in 2005 to great critical praise. Of his performance, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote, "The poet Lensky's aria is one of Tchaikovsky's greatest inspirations, and the young American tenor Garrett Sorenson delivered it with beautiful, warm tone and heartfelt emotion...his lyric tenor voice is the real deal, and his musical and dramatic instincts are strong and true."
Sorenson is also a familiar face at the Metropolitan Opera, performing such roles as Alfredo in La Traviata, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Scaramuccio in Ariadne Auf Naxos. Mr. Sorenson was also a past finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition's Southwest Region.
Sir Andrew Davis will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the 8:30 p.m. concert which also features world renowned soprano Renee Fleming as Tatiana. This production marks the Tanglewood premiere of Tchaikovsky's lyric opera based on the Aleksandr Pushkin verse novel of the same name. The two-and-a-half-hour performance will be sung in Russian with English supertitles and will include two intermissions.
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is located in Lenox, MA. The 2008 season began June 23 and continues through Labor Day weekend, concluding with the annual Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale through Tanglewood's website, www.tanglewood.org, and through SymphonyCharge at 888-266-1200. Regular season ticket prices range from $10-$105. Tickets for Open Rehearsals are $17. All ticket prices include a $1 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.
Tickets are also available for purchase in person at the Tanglewood Box Office at Tanglewood's Main Gate on West Street in Lenox beginning at 10 a.m. on June 13. American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Discover, personal checks, and cash are all accepted at the Tanglewood Box Office. The Tanglewood Box Office only sells tickets for performances at Tanglewood. For further information and box office hours, please call the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 617-266-1492 or visit www.bso.org.