The Chicago Opera Theater has announced that the renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will star in the company's production of Ricky Ian Gordon's "A Coffin in Egypt". Von Stade will portray Myrtle Bledsoe, a role originally written for her.
The opera tells the story of Blesdoe, a 90-year-old grand dame in Egypt, Texas who has outlived all of her family and friends. She reflects on a lifetime of missed opportunities, broken dreams, and a family of liars and murderers. The production will run on April 25 and 29th, as well as May 1 and 3, 2015.
"Coffin" is one of three Chicago premieres featured on COT's 2015 season. The other two works are Tobias Picker's “Thérèse Raquin,” in which a pair of adulterous lovers commit a crime which will haunt them forever; and Mozart's "Lucio Silla", which the composer wrote at the age of 16. “Thérèse Raquin” will kick off the season on February 20, 22nd, 25th, and 28. “Lucio Silla” will close the season on September 26 and 30, and October 2 and 4, 2015.
“We are proud to offer another adventurous journey with powerful stories and brilliant music all new to Chicago,” said COT's General Director Andreas Mitisek. “We are particularly pleased to again present our entire season at our home venue, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, where Chicago Opera Theater is a founding resident company. We are fortunate that, over the last ten years, the Theater has provided support and has remained committed to helping us achieve our mission: to engage curious audiences through adventurous opera experiences of new and rarely performed works.”
All performances will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. Subscriptions range in price from $96 to $357 and can be purchased by calling 312.704.8414 or via chicagooperatheater.org. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date to be announced. Complete information is available at www.chicagooperatheater.org.