Van Kooten, who recently sang the Elizabeth I role to great acclaim in HGO’s production of Mary Stuart, said she welcomes returning to the role of the seamstress, revisiting it eight years after she first tackled it in a production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ''Puccini is a master of emotion. This opera is beautiful and funny and soul-inspiring, all the things that make great art,'' she said. John Caird, celebrated for his work with theater and musical theater productions such as Les Misérables and Hamlet, will direct. And look for the set design by Olivier award winner David Farley; he's filled the stage with canvases of street scenes.
Fri., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4, 2 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2012