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Pittsburgh Opera Announces 2012-2013 Season

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Opera announces a season of classics in 2012-‘13, featuring three new productions. The season opens Saturday, October 6, 2012 with Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring Mark Delavan (Falstaff, 2009) in the title role, along with Lyubov Petrova (Ariadne auf Naxos, 2006) as Gilda, in a production from Utah Opera. The fall schedule continues with a new production of Mozart’s late masterpiece, Don Giovanni, opening November 3. Starring Michael Todd Simpson (The Marriage of Figaro, 2010) as the amoral scoundrel, the ensemble cast includes Hao Jiang Tian as the Commendatore, Sari Gruber as Zerlina, former Resident Artists Sean Panikkar and Jennifer Holloway as Don Ottavio and Donna Elvira, respectively, and Erin Wall as Donna Anna.

The Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera will star in the Company’s annual production at CAPA Theater: Cimarosa’s charming comedy Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage), opening January 26, 2013, also a new production by Pittsburgh Opera. In another new production from Boston Lyric Opera, a Puccini favorite arrives “as the robins make their nests”: Madama Butterfly, opening March 16, 2013 with Maria Luigia Borsi and Bryan Hymel in their Pittsburgh Opera debuts as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton, Dwayne Croft (Eugene Onegin, 2009) as Sharpless, and Mika Shigematsu as Suzuki, also in a company debut. Opening April 27, 2013, Rossini’s La cenerentola (Cinderella), that fairy tale with a message of forgiveness, brings back former Resident Artist Arthur Espiritu (Pagliacci, 2006) as Prince Ramiro in a colorful Minnesota Opera production. Pittsburgh Opera Music Director Antony Walker conducts three of the season’s operas: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, and La cenerentola. Jean-Luc Tingaud (Dialogues of the Carmelites, 2011) returns to conduct Madama Butterfly.

by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center

Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Cast and Artistic Team: Rigoletto
Rigoletto                           Mark Delavan
Gilda                                  Lyubov Petrova
Duke of Mantua              TBA
Sparafucile                       Raymond Aceto
Count Monterone           Joseph Barron
Maddalena                       Samantha Korbey
Giovanna                          Nicole Rodin
Matteo Borsa                   Juan José de León
Marullo                             Kyle Oliver

Conductor                        Antony Walker
Stage Director                 TBA
Set Designer                    John Michael Deegan and Sarah J. Conly
Costume Designer         Susan Memmott Allred
Asst. Conductor             Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master               Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist          James Lesniak
Hair & Makeup Designer        James Geier
Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni
(The Rake Punished, or Don Giovanni)
By Wolfgang Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Friday, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Don Giovanni                 Michael Todd Simpson
Leporello                         TBA
Commendatore              Hao Jiang Tian
Donna Anna                   Erin Wall
Don Ottavio                    Sean Panikkar
Donna Elvira                  Jennifer Holloway
Zerlina                             Sari Gruber
Masetto                           Joseph Barron

Conductor                      Antony Walker
Stage Director               Justin Way
Set Designer                  TBA
Costume Designer        TBA
Lighting Designer         Cindy Limauro
Asst. Conductor            Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master              Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist       James Lesniak
Hair & Makeup Designer     James Geier


Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)
By Domenico Cimarosa
Libretto by Giovanni Bertati, based on the play The Clandestine Marriage
by George Colman the Elder and David Garrick
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at CAPA Theater, 111 Ninth Street, Downtown

Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Cast and Artistic Team: Il matrimonio segreto

Carolina                            Meredith Lustig
Elisetta                              TBA
Fidalma                             Samantha Korbey
Paolino                              Juan José de León
Count Robinson              Kyle Oliver
Geronimo                         TBA

Conductor                        TBA
Stage Director                 Stephanie Havey
Set Designer                    TBA
Costume Designer          TBA
Hair and Makeup Designer        James Geier


Madama Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Cast and Artistic Team: Madama Butterfly
Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly)    Maria Luigia Borsi
Suzuki                                                   Mika Shigematsu
B. F. Pinkerton                                    Bryan Hymel
Sharpless                                              Dwayne Croft
Goro                                                      Joseph Gaines
Prince Yamadori                                 Kyle Oliver
Kate Pinkerton                                    Nicole Rodin

Conductor                                            Jean-Luc Tingaud
Stage Director                                     TBA
Set Designer                                        John Conklin
Costume Designer                              TBA
Asst. Conductor                                  Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                    Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                   James Lesniak
Hair & Makeup Designer                 James Geier


La cenerentola ossia La bontà in trionfo (Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant)
By Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cinderella
Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage
Four performances at the Benedum Center

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Cast and Artistic Team: La cenerentola

Angelina (Cinderella)                         Vivica Genaux
Prince Ramiro                                      Arthur Espiritu
Dandini                                                 Daniel Mobbs
Don Magnifico                                     Paolo Pecchioli
Alidoro                                                  Joseph Barron
Clorinda                                                Meredith Lustig
Tisbe                                                      Samantha Korbey

Conductor                                             Antony Walker
Director                                                 Kristine McIntyre
Set Designer                                         Erhard Rom
Costume Designer                               James Schuette
Asst. Conductor                                   Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master                                     Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist                    James Lesniak
Hair & Makeup Designer                  James Geier

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