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National Opera Announces 2007-08 Season

National Opera Announces 2007-08 Season

A new production of Puccini's "La Boheme" will open the 2007-08 season of the Washington National Opera and will be simulcast for the public on the National Mall, general director Placido Domingo announced Wednesday.
The season, which opens Sept. 15, also includes Domingo's American debut singing in the role of Bajazet in Handel's rarely performed work "Tamerlano," as the enslaved Ottoman emperor whose changing marital intentions lead to conspiracy and suicide. Domingo, who turns 66 this month, also will conduct a new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni."
"We are dropping names here _ Handel, Puccini, Mozart. It's good," Domingo said. "The season offers some of the essentials, from the modern to the classical."
One of the modern highlights will be William Bolcom's adaptation of Arthur Miller's melodrama "A View from the Bridge," which is set in postwar New York and tells the story of a Brooklyn longshoreman whose desire for his adult niece leads to disaster. Catherine Malfitano, Kim Josephson, Gregory Turay and Christina Brandes from the original Chicago production will join the Washington National Opera for the six performances in November.
Domingo also said he wants to do more events to extend the opera's reach, such as a low-cost "Welcome to Opera" concert with $25 tickets on Oct. 5.
"One of our missions is to plant the seed for future audiences," Domingo said.
The Washington National Opera extended its contract with Domingo last year through the 2010-11 season, matching his deal with the Los Angeles Opera.
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