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Casting news at Guthrie, Minnesota Opera

  • Blog Post by: Claude Peck
  • March 26, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The hotly anticipated "Clybourne Park" will be running most of the summer at the Guthrie, with a cast of well-known local actors, most of whom are called on to play dual roles. The stinging satire on race and gentrification opens June 7 and ends August 4. This review appeared when the play opened in Chicago at Steppenwolf in 2011.

As directed by Lisa Peterson, the cast for the Bruce Norris play includes Ansa Akyea (Guthrie: The Burial at Thebes, The Winter’s Tale) as Albert/Kevin, Shá Cage as Francine/Lena, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Much Ado About Nothing, The Master Butchers Singing Club) as Betsy/Lindsey, Peter Christian Hansen (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dollhouse) as Jim/Tom, Steven Lee Johnson (Twin Cities: Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da) as Kenneth, Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie: Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Karl/Steve, Bill McCallum (Guthrie: Tales from Hollywood, Time Stands Still) as Russ/Dan and Kathryn Meisle (Guthrie: The Real Thing, Three Sisters; Broadway: Tartuffe, A Touch of the Poet) as Bev/Kathy.

 

Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner will make her Minnesota Opera debut as Turandot in "Turandot." She alternates in the role with Helen Todd.  

In the nearer future is Minnesota Opera's "Turandot," opening April 13 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Alternating in the title role of the Puccini opera will be Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner, pictured, making her Minnestoa Opera debut, and  American soprano Helen Todd ("Nixon in China"). Also singing in this final production of the opera's 50th season are tenors Scott Piper and Adam Laurence Herskowitz, alternating as Calaf,  Kelly Kaduce, Christie Hageman, Vern Sutton, Richard Ollarsaba, Matthew Opitz, John Robert Lindsey and Brad Benoit.

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