As announced here and elsewhere before, we will be doing a new production of Rossini's Mose in Egitto to open the 2010 season. This was the winner of our "People's Opera" auction this past spring when the "people" were given the opportunity to choose from three candidates for the third opera in our 2010 repertoire. And Mose won out - which was especially pleasing to me as I had programmed it originally for the 2009 season. We had to make some adjustments to the season for financial reasons so it had been abandoned for the time being.
So we are going ahead with it now, and I had the pleasure of lunch today with the great Rossini (and Verdi) scholar Philip Gossett, one of the many adornments to the University of Chicago. Philip combines passionate enthusiasm with meticulous scholarship, so he doubles as a friend and a resource! He is of course as always immensely helpful in ensuring that we do this thing right. It will be the first time the Rossini Foundation's new edition of Mose will have been seen in the US. We are delighted and privileged to be doing it. Whilst Philip has been the overall editor of the new Rossini editions, Mose has been undertaken by another Chicago Rossini scholar, Charles Brauner, of Roosevelt University here.