New York City Opera celebrates the centennial of the birth of the great American composer Samuel Barber with concert performances of his masterwork Antony and Cleopatra. Barber ranked this work among his finest and it remains highly regarded for its melodic richness, striking characterizations, and brilliant orchestration.
The radiant soprano Lauren Flanigan sings the role of Cleopatra, adding to her unique City Opera gallery of colorful American opera heroines including Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All, Abigail Borden> in Lizzie Borden, Christine in Mourning Becomes Electra, and the title role of Barber's Vanessa, in which she triumphed last season.
Teddy Tahu Rhodes, a striking baritone from New Zealand, makes his City Opera debut as Antony and the rising dramatic tenor Simon O'Neill returns to the company to sing Caesar.
The cast also includes City Opera favorites David Pittsinger as Enobarbus, Sandra Piques Eddy as Charmian, and Laura Vlasak Nolen as Iras.
City Opera Music Director George Manahan leads the New York City Opera orchestra and chorus in what is sure to be one of the musical highlights of the season.
New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Lauren Flanigan (Cleopatra)
Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Antony)
Simon O'Neill (Caesar)
David Pittsinger (Enobarbus)
Sandra Piques Eddy (Charmian)
Laura Vlasak Nolen (Iras)
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