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N.Y. City Opera celebrates ‘Ragtime’

Slate also includes 'Margaret Garner,' 'King Arthur'

A tenth-anni revival of Broadway tuner “Ragtime” is among the offerings of New York City Opera’s 2007-08 season.

Also on City Opera’s slate is a new opera with music by Richard Danielpour and libretto by Toni Morrison, “Margaret Garner,” along with Purcell’s “King Arthur” directed and choreographed by Mark Morris.

Set for April 2008, the City Opera revival of “Ragtime” is helmed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, who also are collaborating on the upcoming Rialto preem of “The Pirate Queen.”

The 1998 Broadway production of “Ragtime” — with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally — ran for two years. Cast included Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell; casting for the City Opera incarnation has not yet been announced.

A revival of Harold Prince’s production of “Don Giovanni,” with choreography by Susan Stroman, gets a revival skedded to begin perfs in September. Opera’s revival slate also features stagings of “Agrippina,” “Falstaff” and “Tosca.”

Among the season’s new productions are stagings of “Cendrillon” and “Vanessa,” and in the continuing repertory, “La Boheme,” “Carmen,” and “Madama Butterfly.”

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