Kristin Chenoweth, Raúl Esparza, Lauren Flanigan, Victor Garber, Cynthia Seiden, et al. Set for 2011 New York City Opera Season
In addition to the previously reported Lauren Flanigan and Kim Josephson as medium Myra Foster and her husband Bill, the cast of Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon (April 19-May 1), will also feature Todd Wilander (Charles Clayton), Melody Moore (Rita Clayton), Phillip Boykin (Inspector Watts), Jane Shaulis (Mrs. Wintry), Pamela Jones (Miss Rose), Bill Lagundino (Mrs. Bennett), Boyd Schlaefer (Mr. Cole), Juan José Ibarra (Policeman), Michael Marcotte (Irish Tenor), Michael Kepler Meo (Arthur), and Bailey Grey (Adriana Clayton).
The work is based on the novel by Mark McShane and its 1964 film noir adaptation. The composer's son, Scott Schwartz, will direct this new opera about an ambitious psychic who devises an elaborate kidnapping scheme so that her "vision" can ensure a successful recovery, a generous ransom, and the fame she so desperately craves.
Meanwhile, Ann Hampton Callaway and Victor Garber join the previously reported Kristin Chenoweth and Raúl Esparza in Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz (April 21), a salulte to Schwartz to be followed by City Opera's Spring Gala.
Jonathan Miller's production of The Elixir of Love (March 22-April 9) will feature David Lomeli (Nemorino), José Adán Pérez (Belcore), Stefania Dovhan (Adina), Marco Nisticò (Dulcamara), and Meredith Lustig (Giannetta).
Michael Counts' production of three one-woman operas, under the collective title Monodramas (March 25-April 8), will feature Anu Komsi in John Zorn's La Machine de l'être, Kara Shay Thomson in Arnold Schoenberg's Erwartung, and Cyndia Sieden in Morton Feldman's Neither.
There will also be a concert of John Zorn's Masada Marathon (March 30), featuring Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Secret Chiefs 3, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, Kenny Wollesen, Jamie Saft, Erik Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn and more.
A family concert of the opera Where the Wild Things Are (April 9), directed by Seán Curran, will feature Danya Katok (Max), Leslie Davis (Mama/Tzippy), Andrew Sauvageau (Wild Thing with Horns), David Salsbery Fry (Bull Wild Thing), Adam Cannedy (Rooster Wild Thing), and Lawrence Jones (Wild Thing with Beard/Goat Wild Thing).