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Odyssey Opera announces its first fully-staged productions for 2014

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One of Boston's newest opera companies, Odyssey Opera, made its premiere in the fall of 2013 with a concert performance of Wagner's "Rienzi." After a promising opening performance, their long-awaited 2014 season has finally been announced.

Odyssey Opera will present its first fully-staged opera, Verdi's "Un Giorno di Regno," on June 11 and 13, 2014 at the Boston University Theatre. Between performances of "Un Giorno di Regno", the double bill of Mascagni's "Zanetto" and Wolf-Ferrari's "Il Segreto di Susanna" will feature on June 12 and 14.

Later in the 2014 season, Odyssey Opera gives Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt" its Boston premiere in concert form. "Die Tote Stadt" will feature on 13 September for a one night only performance at the NEC's Jordan Hall.

All performances will be led by Odyssey Opera's Music Director, Gil Rose.

"Un giorno di regno"
"Un giorno di regno" Odyssey Opera, Photo: Ken Howard

"Un giorno di regno"

Verdi's "Un Giorno di Regno" will mark Odyssey Opera's first fully-staged production. The cast will feature many new and familiar faces. Michael Chioldi makes his Boston debut in the role of Cavaliere di Belfiore, while renowned baritone James Maddalena, who, together with his international career, has sung extensively throughout the Boston area, makes his company debut in the role of Barone di Kelbar. "Un Giorno di Regno" will feature at the Boston University Theatre on June 11 and 13, 2014.

"Zanetto" and "Il Segreto di Susanna" double bill
"Zanetto" and "Il Segreto di Susanna" double bill Odyssey Opera

"Zanetto" and "Il Segreto di Susanna" double bill

The double bill of "Zanetto" and "Il Segreto di Susanna" will feature in between performances of "Un Giorno di Regno" on June 12 and 14, 2014. Soprano Eleni Calenos and mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti carry Mascagni's one-act opera, "Zanetto."  Afterwards, Kristopher Irmiter, returning for his second role with Odyssey Opera, and Inna Dukach illuminate Wolf-Ferrari's comic one-act, "Il Segreto di Susanna."

"Die tote Stadt"
"Die tote Stadt" Odyssey Opera

"Die tote Stadt"

In September, Odyssey Opera will move back to the Jordan Hall for a concert performance of Korngold's profound opera, "Die Tote Stadt." Tenor Jay Hunter Morris, recently praised for his portrayal of Paul in "Die Tote Stadt" at Dallas Opera, will reprise the role in Odyssey Opera's Boston premiere of the opera. Meagan Miller stars in the role of Marietta