CONDUCTOR JAMES PENN
DIRECTOR KA TE MILLETT
BK OPERA PRESENTS
Adelaide Greenaway / April Foster / Katie Cookson
Alicia Groves / Lara Vosciano
LIBRETTO BY FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE
MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI
OPERA IN THREE ACTS
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES THE PERFORMANCE LASTS APPROXIMATELY 2 ¼ HOURS INCLUDING TWO 10 MINUTE INTERVALS
Barone Douphol, Violetta's lover
Gastone de Letorières, Alfredo's friend
Annina, Violetta's maids
Flora Bervoix, Violetta's friend
Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's brother
DEDICATED TO THE LATE JOHN MACDEVITT.
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Presenting this opera was a challenge. How to present this in a fresh light? I wanted to modernise it and show these stigmas against sex workers are still strong and prevalent in today’s society. I also wanted to show Violetta’s strength and steel. She is an amazing character who gives herself entirely to love. I wanted to honour that and show the challenge behind this iconic role. With this production, I also wanted to show the scandal inherent in this story, try to bring some shock value back to it while maintaining a sense of fun.
The most popular opera in the world. Wow! To take this on was a greater challenge than I originally anticipated. What is it that makes operas like this so timeless? In my view, it is the fact that the music is focused on the singers, while still being sympathetic to their needs. As a conductor, it is my responsibility to be sensitive to those needs - but Verdi has already considered that, so I do not have to do much more! As a composer I think that is what made him one of the greats. I do not have to impose anything upon it- he has given me all that I need. When an opera like this is focused on the singers, it makes it that much more heartbreaking when we see them die.
Since completing her music studies at Melbourne University and Moscow Conservatory, Pam has worked for many years as an accompanist in and around Melbourne. She is a repetiteur for the Opera Australia Schools Company and Opera Studio/Gertrude Opera, and also fulfils numerous performance and production commitments as a freelance pianist, coach and musical director. Recent engagements include Rossini’s ‘Cinderella’ and Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ for OA; musical director of ‘Trial by Jury’ and ‘The Zoo’ for GSOV; a concert tour of China accompanying the Melbourne Bach Choir and soloists in a programme of opera highlights; and a number of performances at the outstandingly successful Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival.
CELLO GRACE GILKERSON
VIOLA GEORGIA STIBBARD
VIOLIN 2 JOANNA OU
VIOLIN 1 JAMIE TRAM
Melbourne based soprano, born in Sevastopol where she began her musical career as a pianist. Rada graduated with Honours from the Music Academy in Lviv (Ukraine). She continued under Professor of singing Igor Kushpler, actively participating in various musical festivals, as well as being chosen by the Minister of Culture, Sevastopol, to perform for the President of Ukraine (2010). She then undertook her Master of Arts in Music Performance at the Zurich University of the Arts with worldrenowned mezzo-soprano Cornelia Kallisch, where she received Honours.
Caroline (Il matrimonio segreto), Constance (Dialogues des CarmĂŠlites), Amor (Orpheo ed Euridice), Fairy Godmother (Cendrillon), Foreign Woman (The Consul) and First Lady (Die ZauberflĂśte).
Hailing from the United States, Patrick MacDevitt (tenor) is currently pursuing his PhD in Voice Performance and Musicology at the University of Melbourne, where he is a student of Stephen Grant. Recently, Patrick participated in productions with BK Opera, Melbourne Lyric Opera, Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival and with the Preston Symphony and Victoria Chorale. In the US, Patrick performed several contemporary opera roles in Thompson Street Opera's maiden season in Louisville Kentucky. Among other operatic appearances, Patrick played the title role in Rameau's Pygmalion with Melbourne Lyric and Britten's Prodigal Son with Kentucky Opera
Beth is a multi-versed theatre maker with a fascination for Opera, Cabaret and Musical Theatre. In addition to working on La Traviata, Beth is currently undertaking her final year at Monash University, and has been busy writing and rehearsing her third solo cabaret which will be debuted as a part of the 2017 Monash Uni Cabaret Festival. Beth is tremendously excited to have the opportunity to sing the role of “Flora” in BK Opera’s production of La Traviata. This is Beth’s first time working with BK Opera, and is thrilled to be sharing the stage with such a wonderful team of people.
Joshua Erdelyi-Götz was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1994. Josh works predominantly in the medium of music, Voice being the main instrument. He also practices violin as a secondary instrument. Josh is completing his Honours Year in Classical Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. During his years of study.. Josh has participated in two fully staged operas, Carmen and La Traviata, produced by ‘Opera New England,’ and played a principal character, Horemhab, in Philip Glass’s opera Akhnaten. He is a recipient of the Henkell Family Fellowship for Gertrude Opera and has been studying and performing with Gertrude Opera throughout 2016.
Originally from Melbourne Finn Gilheany moved to study at WAAPA, achieving his Bachelor of Music (classical voice) in 2015. A chorus member and combat choreographer with Melbourne Opera since 2016, Finn is also an original artist with BK Opera, a choral scholar at St. John’s Church Toorak and part of the Opera Scholars Australia program. Roles include Escamillo, Carmen; Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas; Theseus, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Amos Heart in Chicago; Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance, and this year he solo debuted as the Boatswain in HMS Pinafore.
Stephen started singing in the Cathedral choir Wangaratta at the age of 8 and continued singing throughout his school years. At nineteen he trained full time in Dance at the ‘Regional Academy of Performing Arts’ in Wodonga. In 2015 he completed the Bachelor of Music at the ‘Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’ under the tutelage of Anna Connelly. He has performed in various roles in his time including Frederic in Pirates of Penzance’, Dick Dauntless in Ruddigore and, Le Remendado and Schmidt in BK Opera’s Carmen and Werther, respectively.
Originally from Perth, Lara is a versatile actor/ singer/dancer and three time WAAPA Graduate, holding a Cert II Music Theatre, Adv Dip Mus, and BMus, both in Classical Voice. She has appeared in operas, musicals, plays, short film, TVC, and cabaret; her most recent performance was as Ariel in Melbourne Shakespeare Company's The Tempest. Lara is also a competitive ballroom dancer, fluent in Italian and French, and a featured vocalist on electronic producer Nelo's upcoming EP. She is very excited to play Annina/Chorus in her debut with BK Opera.
ALICIA GROVES / LARA
Alicia Groves is a young classical vocalist from rural Victoria, and recent graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Alicia has a Certificate II in Music, a Bachelor of Music and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Monash University. Alicia has sung in the chorus for Elijah, Dido and Aeneas, The Music Makers, Zadok the Priest, The Fairy Queen and A Midsummer Nights Dream. Outside of WAAPA, as well as playinh a bridesmaid in Ruddigore for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society Western Australia and, most recently, sung in the chorus for Melbourne Opera's TannhĂ¤user.
Lisa has performed with Opera Northwest, Newcastle Festival Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria, Citi Opera and is currently rehearsing with BK Opera and Melbourne Opera. Recent roles include Mamma Lucia in Cavaleria Rusticana, Dottore in La Traviata.
Lisa Belle Lally is a Dramatic MezzoSoprano based in Melbourne, Victoria. Lisa graduated from Newcastle Conservatorium where she studied classical voice. From Gilbert and Sullivan to Wagner, Lisa has spent the last 15 years performing.
Adelaide is a classically trained soprano with teacher Annika Tregonning and is also excited to be rehearsing for BK Opera's upcoming La Voix Humaine
Adelaide loves the creativity, passion and joy of singing opera. She has most recently performed for BK Opera the roles of Sophie in Werther, Mercedes in Carmen and Rita in GSOV's The Contrabandista.
April is a coloratura soprano who completed her Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne. Last year, she was the Spirit in Dido and Ă†neas with XL Arts, and Frasquita in Carmen with BK Opera. In 2015, she covered the Turnspit in Rusalka with XL Arts, and won the Grand Aria and Aggregate Award in Geelong Eisteddfod. In 2014 April was Carlotta in Ballarat Lyric Theatreâ€™s The Phantom of the Opera and received a commendation from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. April is currently performing Olympia in The Tales of Hoffman with Savoy Opera Company and is the recipient of the Henkell Scholarship with the Melbourne Bach Choir..
APRIL FOSTER / KATIE COOKSON
Katie Cookson is a current member of the Exaudi Youth Choir, and has previously starred in Huntingtower's 2013 production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. In 2016, Katie was involved in HOSA's 'On The Wallaby', and Savoy Opera Company's 'The Mikado'. In September, Katie will be riding from Melbourne to Sydney to raise money for cancer research
LA VOIX HUMAINE 26 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 bkopera.com.au/la-voix-humaine-2017