Wichita Grand Opera Announces 2013-14 Season

Wednesday, July 3 2013 12:00 AM
  NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2013
 
Parvan Bakardiev, General Director www.WichitaGrandOpera.org Margaret Ann Pent, Artistic Director
Century II Performing Arts Center, 225 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202
 

Contact: Tony Applegate Tel: 316.262.8054 Email: marketing@wichitagrandopera.org

Wichita Grand Opera Announces
2013-2014 Season

Following a 2012/13 Season that drew capacity attendance at every performance and received glowing praise from reviewers, today the WGO announced an ambitious schedule for its 2013/14 Season. General Director Parvan Bakardiev said, “Wichita is in for a treat this season, WGO’s premiere of Rossini’s masterpiece William Tell, in addition to two new productions of opera and two magnificent ballet productions. William Tell won’t be produced anywhere else in the U.S. this season, and it’s just the third new American production in the last 75 years!”

Tchaikovsky’s    Sleeping Beauty January 5, 2014
Rossini’s    William Tell February 22, 2014
Puccini’s    Tosca April 12, 2014
Minkus’    Don Quixote April 26, 2014
Chairmen’s Opera Ball    The Great Gatsby May 10, 2014
Rossini’s    The Barber of Seville May 30, 31, and June 1, 2014
Bradley Fair    Opera on the Lake June 21, 2014

SLEEPING BEAUTY, by Tchaikovsky
January 5, 2014, 3:30pm, Century II Concert Hall
Performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre

An evil fairy curses a young princess to prick her finger and sleep for 100 years. The Princess is awakened by a kiss from a handsome Prince, and the happy young lovers are married with a grand celebration. Maria Sokolnikova and the Russian National Ballet Theatre return to the Wichita Grand Opera in Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet.


WILLIAM TELL, by Rossini (NEW PRODUCTION)
February 22, 2014, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
Performed in French with English supertitles

In 1984, Parvan Bakardiev produced the United States’ first post-WWII William Tell at the San Antonio Festival. Now President and CEO of the WGO, Mr. Bakardiev plans to produce this monumental work for American audiences once again. William Tell held court as the crown jewel of the opera world for nearly 100 years after it was written in 1829. Even today, music from William Tell can be heard everywhere from commercials to cartoons, and is perhaps best known as the theme music of The Lone Ranger. Composed when Rossini was just 37 years old, Tell was so successful – and such a monumental achievement – that Rossini retired, never to write another opera, even though he lived another 40 years.

The story is based on Switzerland’s real-life national hero, William Tell. A cruel Austrian governor pushes Tell too far, igniting open rebellion against the Austrians. While most of the village rallies behind their hero, young Arnold Melchthal is forced to choose between his love for the Austrian princess, Matilda, or his duty to avenge his murdered father.

American tenor Michael Spyres – after thrilling debuts at La Scala, Covent Garden, Berlin, and Dresden Operas – makes his WGO debut as Arnold, one of the most notoriously difficult tenor roles ever written. Italian-American Maestro Steven Mercurio leads the cast in this production.


TOSCA, by Puccini (NEW PRODUCTION)
April 12, 2014, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

A corrupt police chief tries to use a political manhunt to coerce a gorgeous singer into his bed. She has other ideas, and brings the house down with one of opera’s most shocking endings. International superstars Zvetelina Vassileva and Hector Sandoval star as the diva Floria Tosca and her rebellious lover Mario Cavaradossi. The villainous Baron Scarpia will be sung by Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone William Powers. Stanley M. Garner, a protégé of legendary director Franco Zeffirelli, will direct this new production.


DON QUIXOTE, by Minkus
April 26, 2014, 7pm, Century II Concert Hall
Performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre

Inspired by the tales of chivalry in his library, Don Quixote sets off to perform knightly deeds with his servant Sancho. Amid dangers both real and imagined, they rescue a damsel in distress and unite her with her true love before setting off for further adventures. Dmitry Zababourin dances in the title role of Don Quixote with the Russian National Ballet Theatre.


THE GREAT GATSBY (Chairmen's Opera Ball)
May 10, 2014, 6:30pm, Crown Uptown Theatre

The Jazz Age returns to Wichita with flappers, mobsters and big bands! Mark your calendar, because on May 10th, the Crown Uptown Theatre will be the most popular speakeasy in town. Inspired by the hit motion picture “The Great Gatsby,” the WGO’s Chairmen’s Opera Ball will resurrect the Roaring 20s, complete with the swinging sounds of Michael Andrew and the Atomic Big Band. Don’t miss the hottest party in town. Attending the Opera Ball is your way to share our vision and support the WGO’s wonderful programs. For information or tickets, contact Tony Applegate at marketing@wichitagrandopera.org or 316-262-8054.


THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, by Rossini (NEW PRODUCTION)
May 30, 2014, 7:30pm, Stiefel Theatre, Salina, KS
May 31, 2014, 7:00pm, Orpheum Theatre, Wichita, KS
June 1, 2014, 2:30pm, McPherson Opera House, McPherson, KS
Performed in English

A young Count is hopelessly in love with a well-endowed young lady, but her greedy old guardian wants to get his own hands on her assets. Everyone’s favorite barber decides to intervene, but finds out the young lady is a step ahead of them all! Italian star baritone Stefano de Peppo sings the role of the blustering Doctor Bartolo, Sharin Apostolou stars as Rosina, the young lady with the impressive dowry, and Kaitlyn Costello takes the role of Berta, Doctor Bartolo's housekeeper. Internationally-renowned stage director James Marvel returns to Wichita after engagements in Sulmona, Italy and Paris, France to direct this new production performed in English.


OPERA ON THE LAKE
May 18, 2013, 6:30pm, Bradley Fair Plaza
A Gala Concert Under the Kansas sky

Wichita Grand Opera concludes the season with Opera on the Lake at Bradley Fair with another fully staged production. WGO will offer three levels of seating arrangements: VIP seating with dinner, reserved seating, and general admission.

Tickets to the VIP dinner are not included as part of WGO’s season subscriptions; available seating is limited.


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To purchase tickets call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office.
316.262.8054 or go online at www.selectaseat.com.

Tickets for the Salina Stiefel Theatre and the McPherson Opera House performances
are sold through their Box Offices only. Tickets for “The Great Gatsby” (Chairmen’s Opera Ball) and
“Opera on the Lake” are not included in season supscription packages.

For more information, visit www.WichitaGrandOpera.org.

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