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Soprano Reyna Carguill, who starred in Sarasota Opera productions as Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos and Lucrezia in I due Foscari, will return as Leonora. Three rising stars of the opera world will make their Sarasota Opera debut in this production, the release adds: baritone David Pershall, who joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera this past season, singing the part of Count di Luna; mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, Grand Prize winner at the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as the vengeful Azucena; and tenor Kirk Dougherty, reprising the role of troubadour Manrico, a role which has won him acclaim. The opera will have 10 performances from Feb. 8 to March 22. The other productions will be as follows: • The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, opening Feb. 15 in a revival of the company's 2008 production, featuring baritone Marco Nisticò (Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly); tenor Hak Soo Kim (A King for a Day, Rigoletto) as Count Almaviva; and, in her Sarasota Opera debut, mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams as Rosina. It will run through March 21. • The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, opening March 1 with the return of three The Sarasota Opera presented Die Fledermaus last year. Contributed photo by Rod Millington noted Wagnerians to the Sarasota Opera stage: bass Kevin Short (A King for a Day, I Lombardi); tenor Michael Hendrick (Of Mice and Men, May Night); and a former Sarasota Opera apprentice and studio art- ist, soprano Dara Hobbs. Performances will continue through March 23. • Jérusalem by Giuseppe Verdi, open- ing March 8 with bass Young Bok Kim (Turandot, Rigoletto) as Roger; soprano Danielle Walker (Un giorno di regno, Carmen) as Hélène; bass Jeffrey Beruan (Madama Butterfly, I Lombardi alla prima crociata) as the Papal Legate; and baritone Matthew Hanscom (Of Mice and Men, Turandot) as the Count of Toulouse. The opera will run through March 22. % Share stories by clicking the icon in the menubar and choosing to share via e-mail, post to Facebook or Twitter, or many other sharing options. QUICK TIP Sarasota News Leader January 31, 2014 Page 114

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