Sunday, March 04, 2007

Atomic Almanac

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced their 07/08 season, which includes Doctor Atomic in December and January. The middle of winter: always the perfect time to visit Chicago. Non-subscription tickets go on sale August 1.

The Met Opera's got this lined up for 08/09, in a new staging. The Times noted a couple of days ago that the Met was pursuing Audra McDonald to play Kitty Oppenheimer. Sounds like a good idea to me, good for cachet and good for the music, too; I don't know how much opera McDonald has done, but she sang an extract from Doctor Atomic ("Easter Eve 1945," the Rukeyser poem that opens the second act) with the NY Philharmonic the spring before the San Francisco premiere, and she sounded great there.

The St. Louis Symphony just announced their season, and they've got the "Doctor Atomic Symphony" rescheduled for February '08. (Adams didn't finish it in time for them to premiere it this month as scheduled.) I like that it's paired now with Brahms and Mozart instead of Britten and Mahler, and yet it's framed just as well by those pieces.

Not surprisingly, the whole St. Louis season looks fantastic: something interesting on every program. Again: David Robertson is incredible at this. And read the concert descriptions on their website: this actually gave me chills. Far and away the best orchestra marketing writing I've ever seen. A couple of deft strokes & the the concert is explained, the unfamiliar works contextualized with the familiar ones: this is exactly the right way to do it, and it ought to get some appetites whetted out there. I'm pretty sure this is Greg Sandow's work; I know he had done some work with St. Louis's program descriptions last year, and it reads just like him.

Finally, the Atlanta Symphony is doing a suite of Doctor Atomic extracts in January '08 with their principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles, who conducted the opera premiere in San Francisco. It's kind of hard to tell what this is, since there's no description on their season press release and there are no vocalists indicated on the program description.


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