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July 25, 2013

100 years of music will be focus of 2014 season

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Joseph Colaneri will conduct. Colaneri is conducting the Glimmerglass production of Verdi’s “King for a Day.”   

“Madame Butterfly is one of my favorite Puccini scores,” Colaneri said in the release. “The relationship of the drama, text and music is just about perfect. The opera has a magically atmospheric orchestration and Puccini’s sense of dramatic pace allows the story to sweep from its exotic opening to a shattering conclusion.”

Scenery will be designed by Tony Award-winner Michael Yeargan, whose designs have been seen on Broadway as well as at the Metropolitan, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco operas. His last Glimmerglass production was the world premiere of “Central Park” in 1999. Robert Wierzel, who has designed more than 35 Glimmerglass productions, including the 1997 production of “Madame Butterfly,” will design lighting. Cio-Cio San will be sung by Yunah Lee. Lee has been praised for her portrayal of Cio-Cio San, seen in the role recently at Dallas, Central City and New York City operas. Former Glimmerglass Young Artist Aleksey Bogdanov will return for the role of Sharpless.

In line with Zambello’s desire to include a great American musical each season, Glimmerglass will present a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” with full orchestra and no amplification.

Pegged as the “best musical of the 20th century” by Time magazine, “Carousel” tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. The musical includes such favorites as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Doug Peck will conduct, and Charles Newell will direct. The pair is known for their work at Chicago’s Court Theatre, which includes productions of “Porgy and Bess;” “Caroline, or Change” and “Carousel,” all of which won Joseph Jefferson Awards. The production will be choreographed by Daniel Pelzig, whose career highlights include a Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker,” a Metropolitan Opera production of “Armida” and the Hollywood Bowl’s “Carousel.”

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