January 14, 2005
Arizona Opera is planning something new for its 2005-06 season. The state’s 34-year-old professional company announced next season’s five-opera schedule — the second programmed by general and artistic director Joel Revzen — on Thursday, and it includes three works the company has never performed and another it hasn’t done for 25 years.
Opening the season next fall will be George Bizet’s sultry classic ‘‘Carmen,’’ with rising star Kirsten Chávez and celebrated Metropolitan Opera mezzo Isola Jones scheduled to alternate in the title role. It will run Oct. 6-9 as Arizona Opera returns to newly renovated Symphony Hall in Phoenix.
Kurt Weill’s darkly comic ‘‘The Threepenny Opera’’ — new to Arizona Opera — will be directed by celebrated French stage director Bernard Uzan. It will run Nov. 17-20.
The company will begin 2006 with its first Baroque opera, George Frideric Handel’s ‘‘Semele,’’ starring soprano Maureen O’Flynn in the title role and world-renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in the role of Juno, Jan. 26-29.
Feb. 23-26, Giaocchino Rossini’s classic bel canto comedy ‘‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’’ returns to the company’s stage for the first time since 1981. It will mark the return of bass-baritone François Loup, who delighted audiences during this season’s "La Cenerentola."
The season concludes March 23-26 with the company premiere of Richard Wagner’s ‘‘The Flying Dutchman,’’ honoring general director emeritus Glynn Ross for his passion for Wagner operas and dedication to the company.
Arizona Opera’s current production, ‘‘Cosi fan tutte,’’ continues through Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.
For more information, visit www.azopera.org.