The New York City Opera, on a bit of shaky financial ground, has announced its 2010-2011 season: five productions plus a series of concert events.
In the fall season, there will be two productions. Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place is a work never before performed in New York. Along with the Bernstein in the fall will be a revival of Richard Strauss’ Intermezzo.
In the spring, the company will stage a revival of Jonathan Miller’s production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Following it will be a triple bill of short operas: Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung (Expectation), Morton Feldman’s Neither (with a libretto by Samuel Beckett) and John Zorn’s La Machine de l’être. Wrapping up 2010-2011 will be the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s first opera, the psychological thriller Séance on a Wet Afternoon.
The company will also stage five concerts, starting with a gala concert with its orchestra and soprano Christine Brewer, titled appropriately An Evening with Christine Brewer. Another of the concerts in the series will be John Zorn & Friends, featuring some intriguing quasi-avant garde artists: Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Zorn himself. Also in the spring— Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz, a program of the composer’s songs from his acclaimed Broadway shows and film scores. Scheduled to appear are two major stars of screen and stage, Kristin Chenoweth and Raúl Esparza.