This just in from the Indianapolis Opera...
Indianapolis Opera today announced the results of patron voting to select the third of three productions for its 2009-2010 season. By popular vote, the selection was Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, which will be performed on March 19th and 21st.
"The results of the vote were very interesting. Our audience really showed a breadth of interest, but two favorites emerged," commented Indianapolis Opera executive director John Pickett. "The selections of Verdi's La Traviata and a Gilbert and Sullivan work were almost tied. Because we have already announced one of the leading operas in the Italian repertoire for next season, we elected to schedule Gilbert and Sullivan for our next season and to include La Traviata in the 2010-2011 season."
"The strong vote for Gilbert and Sullivan was probably influenced by the enthusiastic reception this season's production of The Pirates of Penzance generated," said Indianapolis Opera artistic director James Caraher. "Of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, The Mikado is among the most operatic in its musical qualities, and the stage set is often reminiscent of the Madame Butterfly set, both taking place in Japan." The Mikado was last performed in Indianapolis in 1985.
"The story and characterizations are equally as funny as those in The Pirates of Penzance, and we are fortunate to have stage director Bill Fabris reprise the highly praised style we saw in Pirates in the upcoming Mikado production," added Caraher. "We think this lively, melodic experience will be just what our audience needs at the end of the winter."
Indianapolis Opera also announced principal cast members of its first two season productions.
"The cast lists for our first two productions resonate with artists who have succeeded in singing at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as artists who have received critical and audience acclaim for recent IO performances," said Caraher. "We are very fortunate to have Angela Brown and Jane Dutton, both Indiana natives who have performed at the Met.
"In addition, for a number of the artists, our engagement enables them to add a new role to their repertoires, which is one of our important artistic goals, especially for Angela and Jane."
Character: Artist (Prior IO performance) * designates IO debut, and # designates a role debut for this artist
Ariadne auf Naxos: by Richard Strauss, October 2nd and 4th
Ariadne/Prima Donna: Angela Brown # (Aida, Porgy and Bess), Indianapolis native
Bacchus/Tenor: Arnold Rawls (Il Trovatore)
Composer: Jane Dutton # (Falstaff, Il Trovatore), Columbus, IN native/Fishers resident
Zerbinetta: Rachele Gilmore # (Tales of Hoffmann), Indiana University graduate
Stage Director: Joachim Schamberger (Tosca, Das Rheingold)
La Boheme: by Giacomo Puccini, November 20th and 22nd
Mimi: Maureen O'Flynn,* Metropolitan Opera, La Scala
Rodolfo: William Joyner (Tosca, Madame Butterfly)
Marcello: Sean Anderson (Pirates of Penzance)
Musetta: Laura Pedersen (Traviata, Romeo and Juliet)