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General Director

Lyric Opera

Education



Senn High School

bachelor of music degree
voice
Roosevelt University's Chicago Musical College

honorary degrees

De Paul University

honorary degrees

Roosevelt University

bachelor's degree
voice
Roosevelt University's Chicago Musical College

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William Mason, the retired ...

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William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced Friday.


Lyric Opera of Chicago

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William Mason's final season as general director Lyric Opera of Chicago's 57th season

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honoring General Director William Mason - Saturday, January 7, 2012
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William Mason, General Director
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William Mason, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, announced today the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric's 2011-12 season.
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Joining Mason and Davis for today's announcement was Show Boat stage director Francesca Zambello (artistic & general director, The Glimmerglass Festival).
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Lyric's 57th season "encompasses Handel and Hammerstein, spanning three centuries and including exceptional works by Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Offenbach, and Kern," Mason said.
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Lyric's 2011-12 season "will include two company premieres - Show Boat and Rinaldo [the latter heard here previously in a single concert performance], and the return of works long absent from our stage - Hoffmann, Boris,and Ariadne," Mason noted.
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"Show Boat is among the great works of American musical theater that certainly have a place in the opera houses of this country and indeed, the world," Mason said. "Show Boat is the first great musical that was truly American; what came before it was predominantly European in style. Based on the great Edna Ferber novel, Show Boat compellingly tells the story of a group of performers while also addressing the racial and societal upheavals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is all-American in its subject, in its musical style and inspiration, and we are proud to present this captivating drama. This new production anticipates Lyric's annual commitment to American music theater, starting with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma in the spring of 2013, which is part of the Renée Fleming Initiative."
Mason noted that Francesca Zambello hasdirected Show Boat twice previously: in a fully staged production at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2006, and in a semi-staged production at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2008.
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"Our audiences will enjoy a variety of beautiful music performed in French, Italian, German, Russian, and English by a roster of outstanding artists, and we will present three productions newly created for Lyric by world-class directors and designers," said Mason.
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The concert will honor Mason, who retires as general director at the close of Lyric's 2011-12 season. "Renée's recent Subscriber Appreciation Concert was a terrific hit, especially following the announcement of her new role as Lyric's creative consultant," said Mason. "Sir Andrew will conduct our wonderful orchestra. It promises to be a most memorable musical occasion - for the audience and for me personally."
Mason noted that Sir Andrew Davis, currently celebrating his tenth anniversary as Lyric's music director,will also conduct Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Magic Flute during the 2011-12 season.
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Lyric will offer 72 performances of eight operas during its 25-week season, up from 68 performances in the current season, Mason noted.
"Prices are actually going down for the top-priced weekday matinees," Mason said. As in the current season, subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase individual tickets at discounts for operas not in their series.
Depending on the series they choose, 2011-12 subscribers can enjoy up to two operas free.
Among the best subscription deals next season will be the A-1, B-1, and E-1 5-opera weekday series offering subscribers a 40% discount over single tickets - the equivalent of getting two operas free, Mason says.
...
"These have proved to be very popular with Lyric's audiences," Mason noted.
2011-12 ticket prices will increase by about 3% over the current season, except for the top-priced weekday matinee tickets, which will be reduced.
The 25% down payment plan option will again be available for the coming season, Mason said. "Just 25% down secures your subscription seats with a credit-card payment, with the remaining three payments automatically charged monthly."
The TRADEONE option remains popular for subscribers to fewer than all eight operas, and free ticket exchanges are an appreciated benefit for full-season subscribers. "These wonderful perks provide our subscribers with increased scheduling flexibility," Mason said.
...
Discounts for selected performance dates will be offered for group ticket sales next season (15+ per group), Mason noted.
NExTDiscount Student Tickets will again be available, Mason said. "They cost just $20 for seats throughout the Civic Opera House, and are offered through the internet to fulltime, degree-seeking college students (who register online as NExT members) for regular performances of selected Lyric productions. Students from nearly 200 universities and colleges have purchased NExT tickets. NExT membership is free."
Encore Evenings for Young Professionals were launched in early January, and will be offered again next season, Mason noted. "Substantially discounted tickets for selected performances are offered through the internet to young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Registered members receive ticket offers in two price categories, along with invitations to special social events just for young professionals. As with the NExT program, Encore Evenings membership is free."
Free pre-opera lectures will once again be offered next season before every performance of every opera (except Oct. 1, opening night of the season) to enhance the opera-going experience, Mason said.
...
"Lyric's website has terrific and varied content, and is constantly updated during the season," Mason said.
...
"Ryan Opera Center alumnus and Lyric favorite Matthew Polenzani will be magnificent in the title role," said Mason.
...
"Susanna Phillips has enjoyed early-career successes at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe, and elsewhere nationwide including Lyric since leaving the Ryan Opera Center, and we are delighted to have her back in this iconic role of the bel canto repertoire," Mason said.
...
Catherine Malfitano, who is such an exceptional artist and a great Lyric favorite for so many years, now returns to us as a director who has scored triumphs at the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie, and Washington National Opera, among others, bringing all of her insights as a consummate singer and actress," Mason said.
...
"Ferruccio Furlanetto is the reason we're doing Boris - we saw him in the role in Vienna and were deeply moved and impressed," Mason said.
...
"Deborah Voigt returns in the production that was created for her in 1998-99," Mason said.
...
"It's incredibly beautiful, with a sensational final duet that Debbie - currently our Minnie in Fanciulla - and Brandon Jovanovich - returning in March as Don José in Carmen - will sing magnificently," said Mason.
...
"This is a remarkable masterpiece by one of the great musical geniuses of all time, combining an endearing, naïve charm with profound compassion," Mason noted, "and this will be the final opportunity to see this delightful production at Lyric."
...
"It's one of the grandest of all grand operas, combining some of Verdi's most passionate music with great spectacle and drama," Mason said.
...
"The vocal writing in this great work requires singers at an operatic level," Mason noted.
...
"When it comes to great opera composers writing great music for the voice, Handel deserves to be ranked with Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini," Mason said.
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The concert will honor Lyric's general director William Mason.


Lyric Opera of Chicago

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William Mason, General Director

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William Mason, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced in January the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric's 2010-11 season.
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Joining Mason for the season announcement were Lyric's music director, Sir Andrew Davis, and stage director Barbara Gaines (artistic director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater).
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Lyric's 56th season "runs the gamut from Handel to Britten, covering a span of 300+ years that also includes sterling works by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Wagner, and Gilbert & Sullivan," Mason says.
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says Mason.
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"As a result, 32,000 fewer tickets will be available, meaning that subscribing is more important than ever," says Mason.
"To maximize our seating capacity and to ensure that we remain economically viable during the recession, Lyric has made some changes in its subscription packaging, including shortening some series and thereby lowering the cost," Mason says. Subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase single tickets at discounts for operas not in their series.
"In addition, we are freezing subscription prices at the current levels for the 2010-11 season," Mason says. Depending on the series they choose, subscribers can enjoy up to two operas free.
Among the best subscription deals next season will be the A1, B1, and E1 5-opera weekday series, offering subscribers a 40% discount over single tickets - the equivalent of getting two operas free, Mason says.
This season Lyric patrons can choose from 23 different subscription packages, including ten economically-priced 4-opera series. "We're increasing the number of 4-opera series we offer from six this season to ten next season," Mason says.
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The 25% down payment plan option, which was introduced last year, will again be available for the coming season, Mason says. "Just 25% down secures your subscription seats with a credit-card payment, with the remaining three payments automatically charged monthly."
The TRADEONE option remains popular for subscribers to fewer than all eight operas, and free ticket exchanges are an appreciated benefit for full-season subscribers. "These wonderful perks provide our subscribers with increased scheduling flexibility," Mason says.
...
NExTDiscount Student Tickets are again be available, Mason says. "They cost just $20 for seats throughout the Civic Opera House, and are offered through the internet to fulltime, degree-seeking college students (who register online as NExT members) for regular performances of selected Lyric productions. Students from nearly 200 universities and colleges have purchased NExT tickets. Membership for NExT is free."
Free pre-opera lectures will once again be offered next season before every performance of every opera (except Oct. 1, opening night of the season) to enhance the operagoing experience, Mason says.
...
"Lyric's website is extremely content-rich and is constantly updated during the season," Mason says.
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"This is an exciting new production," says Mason. "It's a powerful story and the best of early Verdi.
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"Barbara Gaines is a brilliant director who has made Chicago and Shakespeare her own," Mason declares.
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Says Mason, "We have two fantastic young casts.
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"This is a comic masterpiece, an incredibly successful adaptation of the Shakespeare play," says Mason.
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Says Mason, "This is a traditional production with handsome sets, and we have a very impressive cast.
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"Gilbert and Sullivan have married wit and cleverness, and true sentiment, to gorgeous melodies, and we have a Mikado cast and production that will do their work justice," says Mason.
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"Deborah Voigt is currently making her role debut as Minnie in San Francisco, and will reprise the role at the Met before returning to Chicago," says Mason.
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"Anything that Peter Sellars does is consistently fascinating," says Mason.
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Will make his role debut as the Mikado, his first English-language role at Lyric
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Will make her long-awaited role debut in The Girl of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera in June 2010


William Mason's final season ...

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William Mason's final season as general director Lyric Opera of Chicago's 57th season

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honoring General Director William Mason - Saturday, January 7, 2012
...
William Mason, General Director
...
William Mason, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, announced today the repertoire, principal singers, conductors, directors, and designers for Lyric's 2011-12 season.
...
Joining Mason and Davis for today's announcement was Show Boat stage director Francesca Zambello (artistic & general director, The Glimmerglass Festival).
...
Lyric's 57th season "encompasses Handel and Hammerstein, spanning three centuries and including exceptional works by Donizetti, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, Offenbach, and Kern," Mason said.
...
Lyric's 2011-12 season "will include two company premieres - Show Boat and Rinaldo [the latter heard here previously in a single concert performance], and the return of works long absent from our stage - Hoffmann, Boris,and Ariadne," Mason noted.
...
"Show Boat is among the great works of American musical theater that certainly have a place in the opera houses of this country and indeed, the world," Mason said. "Show Boat is the first great musical that was truly American; what came before it was predominantly European in style. Based on the great Edna Ferber novel, Show Boat compellingly tells the story of a group of performers while also addressing the racial and societal upheavals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is all-American in its subject, in its musical style and inspiration, and we are proud to present this captivating drama. This new production anticipates Lyric's annual commitment to American music theater, starting with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma in the spring of 2013, which is part of the Renée Fleming Initiative."
Mason noted that Francesca Zambello hasdirected Show Boat twice previously: in a fully staged production at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2006, and in a semi-staged production at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2008.
...
"Our audiences will enjoy a variety of beautiful music performed in French, Italian, German, Russian, and English by a roster of outstanding artists, and we will present three productions newly created for Lyric by world-class directors and designers," said Mason.
...
The concert will honor Mason, who retires as general director at the close of Lyric's 2011-12 season. "Renée's recent Subscriber Appreciation Concert was a terrific hit, especially following the announcement of her new role as Lyric's creative consultant," said Mason. "Sir Andrew will conduct our wonderful orchestra. It promises to be a most memorable musical occasion - for the audience and for me personally."
Mason noted that Sir Andrew Davis, currently celebrating his tenth anniversary as Lyric's music director,will also conduct Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos, and The Magic Flute during the 2011-12 season.
...
Lyric will offer 72 performances of eight operas during its 25-week season, up from 68 performances in the current season, Mason noted.
"Prices are actually going down for the top-priced weekday matinees," Mason said. As in the current season, subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase individual tickets at discounts for operas not in their series.
Depending on the series they choose, 2011-12 subscribers can enjoy up to two operas free.
Among the best subscription deals next season will be the A-1, B-1, and E-1 5-opera weekday series offering subscribers a 40% discount over single tickets - the equivalent of getting two operas free, Mason says.
...
"These have proved to be very popular with Lyric's audiences," Mason noted.
2011-12 ticket prices will increase by about 3% over the current season, except for the top-priced weekday matinee tickets, which will be reduced.
The 25% down payment plan option will again be available for the coming season, Mason said. "Just 25% down secures your subscription seats with a credit-card payment, with the remaining three payments automatically charged monthly."
The TRADEONE option remains popular for subscribers to fewer than all eight operas, and free ticket exchanges are an appreciated benefit for full-season subscribers. "These wonderful perks provide our subscribers with increased scheduling flexibility," Mason said.
...
Discounts for selected performance dates will be offered for group ticket sales next season (15+ per group), Mason noted.
NExTDiscount Student Tickets will again be available, Mason said. "They cost just $20 for seats throughout the Civic Opera House, and are offered through the internet to fulltime, degree-seeking college students (who register online as NExT members) for regular performances of selected Lyric productions. Students from nearly 200 universities and colleges have purchased NExT tickets. NExT membership is free."
Encore Evenings for Young Professionals were launched in early January, and will be offered again next season, Mason noted. "Substantially discounted tickets for selected performances are offered through the internet to young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Registered members receive ticket offers in two price categories, along with invitations to special social events just for young professionals. As with the NExT program, Encore Evenings membership is free."
Free pre-opera lectures will once again be offered next season before every performance of every opera (except Oct. 1, opening night of the season) to enhance the opera-going experience, Mason said.
...
"Lyric's website has terrific and varied content, and is constantly updated during the season," Mason said.
...
"Ryan Opera Center alumnus and Lyric favorite Matthew Polenzani will be magnificent in the title role," said Mason.
...
"Susanna Phillips has enjoyed early-career successes at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe, and elsewhere nationwide including Lyric since leaving the Ryan Opera Center, and we are delighted to have her back in this iconic role of the bel canto repertoire," Mason said.
...
Catherine Malfitano, who is such an exceptional artist and a great Lyric favorite for so many years, now returns to us as a director who has scored triumphs at the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie, and Washington National Opera, among others, bringing all of her insights as a consummate singer and actress," Mason said.
...
"Ferruccio Furlanetto is the reason we're doing Boris - we saw him in the role in Vienna and were deeply moved and impressed," Mason said.
...
"Deborah Voigt returns in the production that was created for her in 1998-99," Mason said.
...
"It's incredibly beautiful, with a sensational final duet that Debbie - currently our Minnie in Fanciulla - and Brandon Jovanovich - returning in March as Don José in Carmen - will sing magnificently," said Mason.
...
"This is a remarkable masterpiece by one of the great musical geniuses of all time, combining an endearing, naïve charm with profound compassion," Mason noted, "and this will be the final opportunity to see this delightful production at Lyric."
...
"It's one of the grandest of all grand operas, combining some of Verdi's most passionate music with great spectacle and drama," Mason said.
...
"The vocal writing in this great work requires singers at an operatic level," Mason noted.
...
"When it comes to great opera composers writing great music for the voice, Handel deserves to be ranked with Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini," Mason said.
...
The concert will honor Lyric's general director William Mason.


Former Lyric Opera head William ...

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Former Lyric Opera head William Mason, here in a 2004 image.

Former Lyric Opera head William Mason, here in a 2004 image. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / December 13, 2004)
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William Mason, the retired general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, has been named to the newly created position of artistic adviser to the embattled San Diego Opera, the company announced Friday.
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Mason, 72, was hired to assist the production department in repertory and casting, explore economies and efficiencies with the staff and help guide fundraising.
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"They want me to help guide the company though the next season or two," Mason said in a telephone interview from San Diego.

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