Odyssey Opera to serve up rarities in first full season

April 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Gil Rose will open Odyssey Opera’s summer season June 11 with Verdi’s “Un Giorno di Regno.”

As Boston’s orchestras and choral ensembles are busy wrapping up the current season, Odyssey Opera, Boston’s new opera company, is just getting started.

The company announced its 2014 lineup Friday, featuring an ambitious lineup of works well off the beaten path for most legacy opera companies. This first full season follows Odyssey Opera’s debut last September with a critically acclaimed concert performance of Wagner’s Rienzi.

“We hope Boston audiences continue with us on this maiden voyage and experience the full range of what the operatic medium has to offer,” Odyssey Opera artistic director and conductor Gil Rose said in a statement released by the company.

The company will kick off this summer with a Verdi comedic rarity, Un Giorno di Regno, featuring a cast that will include David Kravitz, Michael Chioldi, James Maddalena, Yeghishe Manucharyan, Jessica Medoff, and Amy Shoremount-Obra. Joshua Major’s new production of Un Giorno will run June 11 and 13 at the Boston University Theatre.

Between those performances, Rose and company will present a double-bill of one-act operas, including Pietro Mascagni’s heart-felt Zanetto, with soprano Eleni Calenos and mezzo Eve Giglotti, along with Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s witty Il Segreto di Susanna, featuring soprano Inna Dukach and bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter. These productions, created by Daniel Gidron, will run June 12 and 14 at the same location.

At Jordan Hall in September, Gil Rose will lead Odyssey Opera in the Boston premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, a concert version that will feature tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Paul and soprano Meagan Miller as Marie/Marietta.

odysseyopera.org.

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