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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jason Stearns to Make Lyric Opera of Chicago Debut

On the heels of his late-notice appearance as Barnaba in La Gioconda at the Metropolitan Opera, Jason Stearns will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut later this month, singing the first four performances of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde (Jan. 27, 31, Feb. 4, and 8). 

Mr. Stearns replaces Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo, who has withdrawn from all performances of the role. According to a company spokesperson, the singer is recovering from a necessary surgery to remove a cyst in his head.

Tristan und Isolde also stars Deborah Voigt and Clifton Forbis in the title roles and is conducted by Lyric Opera Music Director Sir Andrew Davis. For more information on Jason Stearns, please visit