Anchorage Opera expands offerings for 2013-14 season

Mike Dunham
Jane Drebert as a mute clown (seen with Jennifer Tiller as Nedda) in Anchorage Opera's 2009 "Pagliacci."
Luis Ledesma as Baron Scarpia and Marie Plette as Floria Tosca and Michael Hayes as Mario Cavaradossi at a rehearsal for the Anchorage Opera Production of the opera Tosca in the 188 W. Northern Lights building in midtown Anchorage on January 15, 2013. The opera runs from January 25 to the 27th.
Bob Hallinen

Anchorage Opera's upcoming season was announced in conjunction with the opening of "Tosca" at the Discovery Theatre on Friday night.

Kevin Patterson, the company's executive director, said the season will open with "Lucia di Lammermoor" Nov. 7-9. Local soprano Jane Drebert will sing the title role. Drebert previously sang Pamina in a University of Alaska Anchorage production of "The Magic Flute," and brought down the house as a cart-wheeling mime in Anchorage Opera's 2009 "Pagliacci." Ironically, she did not make a sound in that part.

The final offering of the season, "Die Fledermaus," will take place April 7-9, 2014, and will feature a revised story line and new lyrics by Deborah Brevoort, formerly of Homer, best known as the librettist for "King Island Christmas." The production will be directed by Art Rotch, executive artistic director of Perseverance Theatre.

Between those two shows in the Discovery Theatre there will be several events in alternate venues. They include:

• "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Nov. 21-22 in West High Auditorium, a collaboration with Anchorage Youth Symphony and performers from the school.

• "La cambiale di matrimonio" ("The Marriage Broker"), Rossini's first opera, a one-act farce with elements the composer later reworked in "The Barber of Seville." UAA faculty member Mari Hahn will direct and Anchorage Concert Chorus director Grant Cochran will conduct. The performances, Jan. 17-26, will take place in Grant Hall auditorium at Alaska Pacific University.

• "Soldier Songs," a monodrama for baritone by contemporary composer David T. Little, will be presented Feb. 14-23 in Wilda Marston Theater at Loussac Library. The piece, described as a "tour de force," premiered in Pittsburgh in 2011. David Adam Moore, who first sang the role, will recreate it here.

• "Three Penny Opera," Kurt Weill's political satire, best known for "Mack the Knife," will be presented in collaboration with UAA in the Arts Building Recital Hall at dates to be announced in the spring.

Patterson also announced that four-opera subscriptions will be available for as little as $60 and that more seats in lower price ranges will be available at each event.

"Tosca" continues with performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday in the Discovery Theatre. Tickets are available at A review is posted at

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