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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 Page 9 SociallU Set by -Iilda Morrill At "A Midsummer Night's Dream" cast party and reception at the Four Seasons Hotel, Susan and Robert Eastman are pictured with Soprano Nadine Sierra, center' (Photo by~ Roger Farrington) Esther Nelson, Boston Opening November 4, the Lyric Opera's General and new 2011-2012 season offers Artistic Director, ,,has ~ four operas. The diverse and announced the C0mpany'8~ exciting line-up builds on upcoming 2011-20~2:35th BLO's- critically-acclaimed AnniversarY Season." ,: i:i~ ~recent season, which em- Bu~ ~firSt, we would like to phasized world class singing share some photos from the in all roles and combined BLO'SI!aA Midsummer Night's repertoire favorites with Dreti~ii~ cast P-~I and ~lesser-known works and in- reception held at the Four novative new productions. Sea~nS': Hotel. More than "I am very excited to cei- 125 t~'~tees, guests and cast ebrate BLO's special 35th members enj~0yed chamt anniversary with another pagne and a dessert buffet as season of great singing, com- the BLO's 2010-2011 season edy and high drama, and came to a close, with a selection of familiar Tony Worcester, left, and Frederick Ilchman at the "Midsummer Night's Dream" cast party and reception. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Real Estate Matt~o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 Baritone Andrew Garland, left, is pictured with Christine and Michael Puzo. (Photo by Roger Farrington) classics, as well as an excit- ing new work," Nelson said. "And I am committed to con- tinuing our successful tra- jectory -- firmly established over the past few seasons -- of introducing stimulating, cutting-edge works alongside the kinds of beloved produc- tions our audience cherishes and eagerly anticipates." "I am also proud that BLO is once again bringing inter- nationally and nationally- recognized performers, direc- tors and designers to Boston's opera stage," Nelson said. "We aim to engage our sup- porters and fans intellectu- ally and artistically again this season -- as well as entertain -- with the aim of enriching the broader arts community and our city's cultural life." Celebrating his first full season, BLO Music Director David Angus takes the podium for three of this season's four operas -- verdi's "Macbeth," Maxwell Davies' "The Lighthouse" and Musto's "The Inspector." "We are going to have a but strong and excit- season and I am looking forward to it hugely," Angus said. Of the season opener, he said, "Macbeth is one of those Verdi masterpieces that everyone loves, but which rarely get performed because they are so hard to cast. But Carter Scott (Lady Macbeth) just blew us away. She has great presence, a gorgeous big voice, and clearly has no problem with this very difficult role. Daniel Sutin (Macbeth) is also a true artist, with a rich, flexible voice and an intelligent presence. Doing this opera with two such (f DIAMONDS I ROLEX I / ESTATI=JEWELRY / l Bought & Sold | / Jewelers Exch. Bldg. ) Jim (617) 263-7766 ~' PALS Children's Chorus members, enjoy the "Midsummer Night's Dream" cast party and reception with Artistic Director Aiysoun Kegel. Left to right: Emy Metzger, Jerilyn Leader-McLean, Shneyderman. stars will be a brilliant open- ing to our new season." "The Lighthouse is one of the few contemporary operas that everyone just accepts, without question, as a mas- terpiece," Angus continued. "Having studied the score, I can see that it is unusually powerful dramatically, var- ied In its musical language, and a piece that I really want to get my hands on." The season continues with "The Barber of Seville," Rossini's sophisticated comic masterpiece, filled with love, lust, gossip and intrigue. BLO's new staging features a stunning cast led by soprano Sarah Coburn, di- rected by renowned director/ choreographer Doug Varone and conducted by Jari Hfimtilfiinen in his North American debut. "The Inspector," John Musto's witty Italian farce, closes the CompanY'S di- verse season. A BLO adapta- tion of the Wolf Trap world premiere production, this comic jewel boasts a melodic score and features a large and talented cast of estab- lished and versatile Ameri- can dramatic singers. BLO will enhance the 2011-2012 Season with vari- ous community programs, including its "Signature Series" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which will examine the Season's op- eras in unexpected ways; free Opera Previews for ticket holders before each performance; Opening Night Alysoun Kegel and Julia (Photo by Roger Farrington) Festivities; and other free offerings, including an Open House at the Shubert and Opera Nights at the Boston Public Library. For more information about BLO's 2011-2012 Sea- son, call 617-542-4912 or visit The Barry L. Price Reha- bilitation Center has an- nounced that Greater Boston's 21st "Annual Barry Price Center Fundraiser and Concert" will feature pop singer Neil Sedaka on Fri- day, September 23 at the Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline. Funds raised will benefit the non-profit organization with facilities located in New- ton, Brookline and Dedham. The Center provides support services to adults and teens with developmental disa- bilities. At the Center, indi- viduals are provided with opportunities in community- based work as well as treatment and living envi- ronments aimed to enhance self confidence and to maxi- mize independence Tickets are available by calling Franktix at 781-239- 1480 or The Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center, Inc. at 617-244-0065. All Price Center donors will enjoy the show featuring Neil Sedaka at 7 p.m. in the Holiday Inn ballroom. A full buffet dinner featuring fine cuisines, cocktails, wines, coffees, and desserts will (Continued on Page 13) @ JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM