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What a better way to make a mental escape from our beautiful but blustery winter weather than to have you with us to visit Diana’s Garden! The company debut of Vicente Martín y Soler’s charming comic opera offers us the perfect opportunity to dream of warmer temperatures and think about the natural cycle of our own relationships as they heat up and cool down from time to time. If you are unfamiliar with this wry romantic comedy, don’t worry, you are not alone! Though Martín y Soler and the librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, were contemporaries of Mozart, and Diana’s Garden was a smashing success in its day, this delightful gem fell out of the repertoire before being rediscovered in the 1970s. We hope you’ll enjoy this witty, effervescent farce and its winking social commentary on freedom, power, and love. Most importantly, however, we hope this small taste of spring provides you enough warmth to help get you through the rest of this long Minnesota winter!

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9 Diana's Garden


About the Opera


Vicente Martín y Soler


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Act I

The nymphs return, and admire the fair youths, but realize any flirtation will bring on the wrath of Diana. Nonetheless, they make a plan to overcome the men’s resolve. They hide the men in a cave as the goddess approaches. Diana encounters Amore, still disguised as a messenger. He makes a case for the nymphs to experience true love, touting the merits of strong emotion. Diana chastises him for his audacity and departs in a rage. The men contemplate their next move as Amore slyly offers his darts to aid in their seductions. Diana returns, now armed with her resolute nymphs to rid the garden of the nefarious men by threatening to harm them. Endimione pacifies the goddess, leaving her both angry and confused, thus satisfying the first stage of Amore’s clever machinations.

Act II Britomarte contemplates an escape along with her male companions. The goddess soon discovers the plot and begins to mete out her fabled wrath at the wayward nymph, but is suddenly moved by something foreign in her heart. After she retires, Amore reappears and ushers Silvio, Doristo, and Britomarte away. Only Endimione remains behind, professing his love for Diana when she returns with Cloe and Clizia. Although still enraged, the goddess is unable to exact vengeance for the disruption of her chaste garden. She commands her remaining nymphs to do the work for her, but they cannot perform the deed.

MUSIC BY VICENTE MARTÍN Y SOLER LIBRET TO BY LORENZO DA PONTE JANUARY 21, 26, 28, AND 29, 2017  |  ORDWAY MUSIC THEATER World premiere at the Burgtheater, Vienna, October 1, 1787 Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage


Silvio returns and both men are distressed to find an escape from the island. Amore observes undetected, enjoying the tumultuous situation with glee. Elsewhere, Doristo awaits the errant Britomarte. He professes his everlasting affection, but they are interrupted by Amore, Endimione, Silvio, Clizia, and Cloe. Meanwhile, Diana searches for the intrusive party. She happens upon a slumbering Endimione. Her heart is melted by his apparent innocence, and upon waking, his tender entreaties. Amore suggests Silvio pose as the temple priest, while the three nymphs admire Doristo, each vying for his attention, and then threatening to punish him for his lack of fidelity. Diana is torn between her requisite divine duties and her desire for a flesh-and-blood man.





Alexandra Razskazoff *



Adriana Zabala **




Gina Perregrino *

Leah Partridge





Nadia Fayad *

Alek Shrader





Craig Colclough

David Walton *

Creative Team CONDUCTOR

Michael Christie Ruth and John Huss Chair


Peter Rothstein


Paul Whitaker


Alice Fredrickson



David Radamés Toro *


Jonathan Brandani *


Jessica Hall * Lindsay Woodward *


Kerry Masek

David Zimmerman



Running time is approximately 2 hours and 33 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission. The intermission will occur approximately 73 minutes into the opera.

Critical edition by Leonardo J. Waisman; published by the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Madrid, Spain); used by permission. This production uses theatrical haze and strobe lighting effects. The appearances of Alek Shrader, grand prize winner; Leah Patridge, national semifinalist; and Alexandra Razskazoff and David Walton, regional finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, are made possible through a Minnesota Opera Endowment Fund established for Artist Enhancement by Barbara White Bemis. The appearances of the Resident Artists are made possible, in part, by the Virginia L. Stringer Endowment Fund for the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program.


Silvio pursues Endimione out of the forest, intent on harming him. Amore re-enters and both men suddenly stop in their tracks. They sort out their dispute — Endimione has slain Silvio’s greyhound, which has been terrorizing his sheep. Amore offers to restore the dog’s life if Silvio will cut the sapling down. Doristo is restored to his original form, slightly injured, and tells his story — he was kidnapped from his home and awoke on the island. The three men consider their options for escape.

­— I N T E R M I SS I O N —

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The three nymphs, Britomarte, Clizia, and Cloe, observe Doristo resting. After they leave, Amore (Cupid) wakes him, and then hides. Doristo is startled to find himself by a large tree that grows golden apples. When he tries to pick one, Amore intercedes and explains they are on the island of Cintia, and the garden belongs to Diana, goddess of the hunt and of the virtuous. She soon appears with her three nymphs, and it becomes clear that the tree is a symbol of chastity, and an enemy of carnal love — if anyone should stray, they are pelted with the gilded fruit. Doristo has been selected to help Amore restore the natural order of the human condition to this island. Accordingly, the shepherd lustfully admires the beauty of the women, and Diana is affronted, turning him into a sapling. The ladies depart.




Da Ponte would become a significant figure over the decade. Originally from Ceneda, Italy, he was born Jewish, but later converted to Catholicism (and was known as an abbé). Hardly virtuous, he later traveled to Venice and became a confidante of the legendary Giacomo Casanova. Chased out of “La Serenissima” for his sins, da Ponte found himself in Dresden where he worked alongside Caterino Mazzolà, who provided a recommendation to Salieri.


Once in Vienna, da Ponte eventually entered into in a contentious relationship with rival librettist, Giovanni Battista Casti. Da Ponte soon became highly in demand, causing Casti great angst, as both coveted the position of imperial poet after the legendary Metastasio’s death. Da Ponte would produce a total of 20 libretti for all of the major Viennese composers of the era, including three of the most famous for Mozart — Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte.

The sense of courtly love pervades the classical period in many works, in most cases as veiled sexuality or even eroticism.” Da Ponte was proud of his deep literary knowledge, and would occasionally display this precociousness with original compositions. Così has a complex pedigree, conflating several sources, and L’arbore di Diana is a complete fabrication developed from various Greek legends. Most notable is the goddess of the hunt and chastity Diana (in Greek, Artemis, twin sister of Apollo), meeting a slumbering shepherd, the handsome Endimione, and immediately falling in love. Another myth involves the deity bathing with her nymphs and being spotted by the hunter Actaeon. Angered by the invasion of privacy, she turns him into a stag, and he is ripped apart by his own dogs (perhaps they were greyhounds…). Diana joins the formidable sisterhood of vengeful goddesses, which includes Hera, Athena, and Vestia (another symbol of virginity). Several other character names are derived from mythology: Doristo, Silvio, and Britomarte. There is also the Rococo convention of the idealistic island of love, visibly known in Jean-Antoine Watteau’s painting, L'embarquement pour Cythère (Embarkation to Cythera), a fabled island set aside for lovers’ repose. The sense of courtly love pervades the classical period in many works, in most cases as veiled sexuality or even eroticism. The genre evolved from the early 18th-century “pastoral,” an intermezzo sandwiched between two acts of an opera seria (with different players), intended to provide comic relief. The pastoral incorporates bucolic figures such as shepherds, hunters, and nymphs under the watchful eyes of the gods, and is often set in magic gardens, grottos, and other remote, secret locales.

L’arbore di Diana was commissioned as a command performance on October 1, 1787 for Joseph’s sister, Maria Theresa, then on her wedding tour. The opera’s blatant promiscuity may have been somewhat inappropriate for such an austere event, but the opera became a huge success at the Burgtheater over the next few years (achieving even more performances than Una cosa rara) as well as elsewhere in Europe, and was revived several times throughout the decade. For one of these remountings, a new soprano from Ferrara, Adriana del Bene, took on the title role (“La Ferrarese” also later created Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte).

Martín’s simple, delicate vocal lines and careful orchestration make his operas worthy of restaging in the modern era.”

She rapidly became da Ponte’s lover, causing scandal and disruption in the ever-changing theatrical world. Both were dismissed, del Bene fleeing to Italy, and da Ponte traveling to London, where he would reconnect with Martín for two more operas. Da Ponte eventually settled in America, creating a school for Italian language and literature. Martín’s simple, delicate vocal lines and careful orchestration make his operas worthy of restaging in the modern era. Diana, first with her imperious seria “rage” aria, eventually melts to vulnerability; Amore, with his impish machinations, is offended by the mere idea of chastity; and Doristo’s down-to-earth nature fortells Mozart’s Papageno. All become memorable characters in an ensemble cast out on the chase. The winning team of Martín and da Ponte gracefully achieved their goals. DAVID SANDER Dramaturg


The competition was stiff. Antonio Salieri held sway as court composer, but lesser known upstarts proved to be a challenge. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had enjoyed some achievement with a brilliant German opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Neapolitan Giovanni Paisiello revived his Il barbiere di Siviglia (a subject later set by Gioachino Rossini) and produced a new opera Nina. And Spaniard Vicente Martín y Soler entered the scene with Il burbero di buon cuore, to a libretto by new-comer Lorenzo da Ponte.

These “Schools of Love and Marriage” had popular appeal to the Viennese public of the 1780s. Martín y Soler enjoyed enormous popularity with his three operas of the era (Una cosa rara in particular, the “rare thing” being a woman’s constancy), and Salieri did well with La grotta di Trofonio (to a libretto by Casti, about an enchanted grotto overseen by a magician who guides young paramours). It is not surprising that Mozart had a difficult time establishing himself with the politically volatile Figaro or the licentious story of Giovanni. He would have been especially galled when asked to compose two “replacement” arias for a substitute singer performing in a 1789 revival of Martin’s Cosa. Perhaps with sardonic humor the composer quoted an aria from Cosa in the second act of Don Giovanni. It is hardly surprising that he turned to Così fan tutte in 1790, a subject more in line with the pastoral genre that involved a confusion of young innamorati and commedia dell’arte disguises.

Photo credits from top to bottom: Allegory of Winter: Triumph of Diana | Francesco Albani (1578–1660) | Galleria Borghese, Rome  |  Scala/Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali/Art Resource, NY Diana and Cupid  |  Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  |  Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Image source: Art Resource, NY


ienna’s Burgtheater was a hotbed of controversy and divisiveness in the 1780s. After his mother Empress Maria Theresa died in 1781, her son Joseph ii was in sole control of the country. That also included the court theater, in which he took an active role. By 1783, his dream of a German language national theater had failed, and he turned back to the Italian model preferred by his mother and grandfather, Charles vi. But the new emperor fashioned comedy rather than the traditional opera seria set by his predecessors. Instead he envisioned an opera buffa company that catered to his own tastes.





Vicente Martín y Soler


Martín y Soler had additional premieres in Turin and Parma, where other Hapsburg and Bourbon relations were seated, and finally made it to Vienna in 1785. There he received commissions for three comic operas, which would define his fame —  Il burbero di buon cuore (1786), Una cosa rara (1786), and L’arbore di Diana (Diana's Garden; 1787). Una cosa rara eclipsed the initial run of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and L’arbore became the most repeated work of the decade at the Burgtheater during Joseph ii’s regime. Lorenzo da Ponte was indebted to Martín for the launching of his career as a librettist (rather than Mozart, as many commonly believe). B. Valencia, May 2, 1754 D. Saint Petersburg, February 10, 1806

In 1788, Martín y Soler moved to a more lucrative position in Saint Petersburg.


poiler alert: Love conquers all. But since you purchased a ticket to a comic opera you may have suspected that, and one could certainly argue that the thrill is in the game, not in the final score.

The subject for L'arbore di Diana (Diana’s Garden) is believed to have been chosen by its librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, who was writing three operas simultaneously. He dedicated his mornings to Vicente Martín y Soler's Diana, his afternoons to Salieri's Tarare, and his evenings to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni. Clearly, gender politics and sexual repression were at the forefront of da Ponte's mind. With Diana, he chose the ancient goddess Diana for his heroine, but reinvented her in response to the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph ii's decision to outlaw contemplative monastic orders in 1780. While setting his opera inside a monastery of sorts, the presence of God is curiously absent. Diana's commitment to a life of chastity for herself, and in turn, her followers, is indeed fear-based, but is not aligned with any form of organized religion.

It is a joy to work on rarely produced operas, because in many ways it's very much like collaborating on a new work. One starts with an essentially blank canvas. You aren't forced to carry the baggage of previous productions and the expectations that come with that. It is also like working on a fascinating puzzle. You put the pieces together, trying to make sense of the composer and librettist's initial intent, and then translate those ideas for a contemporary audience.

[Diana] is surrounded by a physical reality and spiritual ideologies ... she must choose whether to adhere to or liberate herself from those realities.”

It is unclear whether the premiere production set the story in ancient times, reflecting the characters' roots in ancient mythology, or in contemporary dress, which would have been the late 18th century. Clearly, da Ponte's libretto has a foot in several worlds, and we have chosen to honor that dynamic in this production. Our production nods to ancient mythology, but the characters are dressed in mid-20th-century clothing. The 1950s was a decade of clearly defined gender roles and expectations, but we were on the cusp of a great sexual revolution. Our physical setting looks more like the late 19th century. Most of society's ethical standards are determined by previous generations and are either upheld or rejected by the current society. We felt that placing Diana in a space designed and furnished by her ancestors made sense. She is surrounded by a physical reality and spiritual ideologies that she has inherited — she must choose whether to adhere to or liberate herself from those realities. Will she perpetuate a life based on fear and repression? Or will she choose love? You guessed it, but I hope you enjoy the thrill of the game. PETER ROTHSTEIN Stage Director



His music and reputation have been revived with care in the contemporary era ...”

Martín left the country in 1794, moving west to London where his fame had preceded him, and where da Ponte now resided. Together they created two more works, La scuola dei maritati and L’isola del piacere, the first of which achieved considerable success, the latter with less praise. He returned to Russia after that season to serve the new emperor, Paul i, and remained there, teaching and administrating the music academy, until his death in 1806. His music and reputation have been revived with care in the contemporary era, and he has been considered throughout history as “the Valencian Mozart” and Martini lo spagnuolo.

Pastoral Capriccio with the Arch.  |  Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée)  |  Private Collection/Bridgeman Images

Domenico Cimarosa held the post of official court composer, but Martín enjoyed some success setting a comic opera to a Russian libretto by Empress Catherine the Great, Gore bogatyr Kosometovich, which mocked her adversary, Swedish King Gustave iii (later of Un ballo in maschera fame). He was appointed director of Russian opera for the next four years.

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icente Martín y Soler was a leading composer in Vienna in the late 1780s, whose works rivaled those of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then debuting his most mature and popular operas. Born in Valencia, Martín y Soler first worked for the future king, Charles iv. As the Spanish Bourbons were then closely connected to Naples, he later traveled there to serve the monarch’s brother, Ferdinand iv. The city was the center of musical development, and the queen of Naples, Maria Carolina, was the sister of Joseph ii, emperor of Austria. Martín later set roots in Venice in 1782, writing mostly comic operas and making further Viennese connections.


Michael Christie

conductor Michael Christie became music director of Minnesota Opera in September 2012. Before coming to Minnesota, he served as music director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005– 2013), the Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005–2010), the Queensland Orchestra (Brisbane, Australia; 2000–2004), and the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder (2000–2013).

Recent opera engagements have included productions with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Alice in Wonderland, The Ghosts of Versailles, and The Death of Klinghoffer), Wexford Festival Opera (Silent Night and The Ghosts of Versailles), Minnesota Opera (Das Rheingold, Roméo et Juliette, The Shining, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Rusalka, among others), and Aspen Opera Theatre (The Ghosts of Versailles and West Side Story). He has also conducted at Opéra de Montréal and Opera Philadelphia (Silent Night) and Lyric Opera of Chicago (Rising Stars). He made his San Francisco Opera debut with the world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and in 2017, he continues his symphonic conducting activities as well as making debuts at Washington National Opera (Dead Man Walking) and at Santa Fe Opera, leading the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

Alice Fredrickson


costume design Alice is a Minneapolisbased costume designer. Her recent credits include Gypsy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Oliver! for Theater Latté Da; Brand for Commonweal Theatre; Next to Normal for Weathervane Theater; and Three Sisters for Nightpath Theatre, as well as productions in Chicago and New Hampshire.


Alice also serves as a costume design assistant for the Guthrie Theater, where she most recently worked on Disgraced, The Parchman Hour, and The Lion in Winter. Originally from Oklahoma City, Alice is a graduate of Knox College.

THE ARTISTS Craig Colclough

doristo Bass-baritone Craig Colclough began his career at the Los Angeles Opera. After two seasons appearing with the company in various roles, Mr. Colclough joined Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio, and in 2012, became a Filene Young Artist at the Wolf Trap Opera Company.

The autumn of 2016 found Craig Colclough’s return to London for Scarpia in Tosca with English National Opera, a role which serves as his debut at Canadian Opera Company later in the season. He spends the summer singing the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Saratoga. Future seasons include engagements with Royal Opera – Covent Garden, Dallas Opera, and Opera Vlaanderen (Antwerp). Last season, Mr. Colclough’s performances included appearances as the title role in Falstaff for Arizona Opera, Timur in Turandot with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, his role debut of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with English National Opera, Simone in Gianni Schicchi for Los Angeles Opera, and Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Leah Partridge

diana Soprano Leah Partridge has received consistent praise worldwide for her intelligent and compelling interpretations of opera’s most beloved heroines. Opera Magazine praised her for her “clarity, accuracy, and poise,” and the Detroit Free Press has hailed her for her “lovely presence and shining voice.” Since making her debut in 2003 in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, she has had a career full of remarkable milestones and has performed more than 40 leading roles.

In the 2016–2017 season, Ms. Partridge performs Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night with nyc’s Onsite Opera and Mimì in La bohème with Opera Omaha, returning for its Opera Outdoors concert series. She will also make her debut in Palermo, reprising the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2008 as the First Niece in Peter Grimes followed by several return engagements. She has also performed at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vlaamse Oper, Teatro Colón, Palau de les Artes, Opera Philadelphia, Maggio Musicale, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, and Dresden Semper Oper, among many others. Ms. Partridge is a professor of voice at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.

Nadia Fayad

cloe Mezzo-soprano Nadia Fayad is quickly gaining recognition for her rich and earthy sound, with expressive musicality in her lower register. This upcoming summer, she will be an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera covering the roles of Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. She was recently an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, where she covered the role of the Baroness in Vanessa and sang in Roméo et Juliette. In 2015, Ms. Fayad was a studio artist with Wolf Trap Opera, appearing as the Woman with Hat in The Ghosts of Versailles and La Zia in Madame Butterfly.

Nadia recently received a Master of Music from Rice University, where she performed Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Melantho in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She received her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she sang the roles of Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, and Medoro in Orlando. At Minnesota Opera this season, Nadia sings Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, and Tina in Dinner at Eight. MINNESOTA OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST

Gina Perregrino

clizia Mezzo-soprano Gina Perregrino made her debut with Minnesota Opera this season as Stéphano in Romeo and Juliet. This summer she will be joining Central City Opera as an apprentice artist, where she will sing a performance of the title role in Carmen.

Most recently, she sang Maddalena in Rigoletto with Querido Arte at the Teatro Nacional. The production was recorded and aired on Univision TeleOncetv. In 2016, Ms. Perregrino was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she performed the role of the Blindwoman in the world premiere of Shalimar the Clown. In the 2015–2016 season, Ms. Perregrino was the grand prize winner of the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition, where she sang the Brahms’ Songs with Viola at Lincoln Center. At Minnesota Opera this season, Ms. Perregrino also covers Amore in Diana’s Garden, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, and Lucy Talbot in Dinner at Eight. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. There she starred as the Marquise de Merteuil in the contemporary opera Dangerous Liaisons to critical acclaim. MINNESOTA OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST

Alexandra Razskazoff

britomarte Originally from Minneapolis, soprano Alexandra Razskazoff joins Minnesota Opera this season, singing Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, Britomarte in Diana’s Garden, Miss Alden in William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s world premiere of Dinner at Eight, and Musetta in La bohème, while covering Juliette in Romeo and Juliet. This past summer, she was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera for a second season. Credits include the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at Juilliard Opera Theater, where she has pursued a Master of Music in vocal performance. At the Peabody Conservatory, where she received her bachelor’s degree, she sang Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, and L’Écureuil in L’enfant et les sortilèges. In 2014, Ms. Razskazoff was awarded second place for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has won third place in the Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, and received the Juilliard Novick Career Advancement Grant. MINNESOTA OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST

David Walton

silvio Tenor David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country including at Minnesota Opera. As Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, he was described as “the production’s only good villain ... a tightly coiled ball of restless anger” (Pioneer Press). In The Shining as Delbert Grady, Opera News praised him as “equally chilling in his casual charm and suavity." Other roles include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta in Tosca, and Tamino in The Magic Flute.

This past summer, Mr. Walton made his Glimmerglass debut as Parpignol in La bohème and sang the role of Alberto in L'occasione fa il ladro, covered Reverend Parris in The Crucible, was a soloist Rossini’s Stabat mater, and played Frederic in a scene from The Pirates of Penzance for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he has sung the Student in La rondine, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Saint Louis Symphony, and covered Matthew Gurney in Emmeline. David was a regional finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015. Upcoming engagements include performing Ernesto in Brava! Opera Theater’s Don Pasquale. MINNESOTA OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST

Peter Rothstein

stage director Peter works extensively as a director of theater, musicaltheater, opera, and new work development. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da, a Twin Cities-based company dedicated to new and adventurous music-theater. Since the company’s inception in 1992, Peter has directed 55 mainstage productions, including 10 world premieres and 12 area premieres. In 2012, the company launched next, a major new works initiative for the development of new music-theater.

Directing highlights include a long relationship with Minnesota Opera, most recently with Così fan tutte; Choir Boy, Other Desert Cities, M. Butterfly, and Private Lives for the Guthrie Theater; productions of Peter Pan, Shrek, Annie, and the world premiere of Disney’s High School Musical for the Children’s Theatre Company; Romeo and Juliet, Doubt, and Once On This Island for Ten Thousand Things; Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma! for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre; and award-winning productions of Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, La bohème, and Old Wicked Songs for Theater Latté Da. Peter was named the 2015 Minnesota Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune.

Paul Whitaker

set and lighting design New York credits include work at The Public Theater, mcc Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, The Play Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, the labyrinth Theater Company, Intar Theatre, the Mint Theater Company, among others. Regional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Geffen, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, and Two River Theater, among others. Paul is a graduate of Macalester College and the Yale School of Drama. He is a Senior Lighting Designer/Senior Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook. PAULWHITAKERDESIGNS.COM

Alek Shrader

endimione The brilliant lyric tenor Alek Shrader continues to impress audiences with the “luxury of his phrasing, the clarity of his diction, and the sensitivity and expressiveness of his characterizations.” Mr. Shrader makes several debuts in the 2016–2017 season, including at Wigmore Hall, and with Opera de Oviedo as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He then returns to Arizona Opera for performances of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and to Santa Fe Opera to sing Oronte in Alcina. Future projects include returns to San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and Opera de Oviedo.

Mr. Shrader’s 2015–2016 season included Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Philadelphia, David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for San Francisco Opera, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Baltimore Lyric Opera, and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with the Pittsburgh Opera. Prior to that, Mr. Shrader performed the role of Emilio in Partenope at the San Francisco Opera, followed by a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Camille in a new production of The Merry Widow.

Adriana Zabala

amore Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala has been praised by The Wall Street Journal as showing “tremendous stamina and boy-like flair,” by The New York Times as “a vivid, fearless presence,” and by the L.A. Times as “extraordinary.” She has been seen with Seattle Opera, Florentine Opera, Minnesota Opera (The Manchurian Candidate, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Pinocchio), Wolf Trap Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Saratoga, Minnesota Orchestra, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Madison Symphony, the New York Festival of Song, and at the Caramoor International Music Festival, among others.

Last season included returns to Arizona Opera as Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas and to the New Jersey Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. She also recently performed Nicklausse in Hoffmann and, in the 2016–2017 season, Zabala sings the title role in Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera and later returns to Minnesota as Lucy Talbot in Dinner at Eight. In 2017–2018, she appears as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Berkshire Opera, and in a world premiere of Gerald Cohen's Steal a Pencil for Me with Opera Colorado, and Florencia in San Diego and Madison. FORMER MINNESOTA OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST








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What are some of the joys and challenges of performing Diana? This role by Martín y Soler is refreshing. Diana is a hilariously conflicted character. She's kind of all over the place emotionally and vocally. This is tons of fun as an actress, but the vocal writing is sometimes treacherous. There are huge intervallic leaps and often she stays in the higher range for long periods during ensemble passages. There is also a considerably large amount of recitative which is like speech. It's in Italian so it's a lot to learn and remember! Describe Diana in three words … Sexy. Frustrated. Goddess.

Thomas Lorendo Amy Sirivie

2016–2017 Season

Diana’s Garden had fallen out of the repertoire for many years. Why are you excited it’s been rediscovered? I was recently performing in Valencia, Spain, where Martín y Soler is from and people I spoke with there really cherish this composer.

Everyone was familiar with L'arbore di Diana, and when I went to the local classical music store, there were many other scores of his operas. He's quite a celebrity in that country! I think the music is charming and, while he isn't Mozart per se, he certainly picked up on all the charm Mozart was capable of and also wrote some gorgeous melodic lines. I'm also excited about this piece because it uses a libretto by Mozart’s favorite librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, which led to Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. It's a fun and well-paced libretto, and a truly enchanting story about being willing and unafraid to love. Are there any themes or underlying elements in the story that you think will resonate with today’s audience? Diana is afraid of love and ultimately takes the risk of allowing it to happen. It's a beautiful metaphor for all of us in how to take a leap, do something different, and allow love to change our lives.

Are you enjoying your time in Minnesota? What are your favorite winter activities? I love Minneapolis but have only been here in the summer months. Growing up in Georgia means that I am very limited with winter activity knowledge! However, my partner and I are planning to delve into ice fishing while I am here. I am also interested in seeing snow after such a long period of time. I hope to learn to dress appropriately too. You’re an Assistant Professor of Voice at Kennesaw State University. What is the best piece of advice you give to your students? Have an opinion about every note or word that comes out of you. Never be boring. Have something to say. Life is too short for the generic.

Leah Partridge's biography appears on page 14.



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Diana’s Garden Live Broadcast

Behind the Curtain: Dinner at Eight

Dinner at Eight

Classical Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts Minnesota Opera’s production of Vicente Martín y Soler’s Diana’s Garden, which features Leah Partridge, Adriana Zabala, Craig Colclough, Alek Shrader, and David Walton. Michael Christie conducts.

At the historic Minnesota Opera Center, get the inside scoop on Dinner at Eight as President and General Director Ryan Taylor and members of the cast and creative team lead discussions exploring the music, history, and design of the opera.

Manhattan socialite Millicent Jordan plans the perfect dinner party, but as her guests arrive, business intrigues and romantic entanglements are brought to light in this dark comedy. Dinner at Eight is a winning new work that charmingly weds American musical theater and opera.

JAN. 26, 7:30 pm

MAR. 1, 7 pm




MAR. 11–19

Music Makes Us Whole is an advocacy initiative made up of several dozen Minnesota arts organizations, schools, and companies that believe every child deserves a rich music education. Find out how you can be an advocate for music education by going to

Minnesota Opera is dedicated to provide exceptional music education opportunities for students across the state. The impact of Project Opera, the Minnesota Opera’s vocal training program for teens, is felt in many ways. Here is one example from Miranda Kettlewell, a participant of Project Opera for many years.


Dinner at Eight at the Trylon FEB. 10–12

Join us at the Trylon Theater for a screening of the motion picture, Dinner at Eight, starring Marie Dressler and John Barrymore, and based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber.

Trylon Microcinema – 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis

Ariadne auf Naxos Broadcast MAR. 8, 8 pm

Classical Minnesota Public Radio broadcasts Minnesota Opera’s 2015 production of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which features Amber Wagner, Brian Jagde, Hanna Hipp, Erin Morley, and Dale Travis. Michael Christie conducts. MNOPERA.ORG/LISTEN


Taste of Opera: Dinner at Eight MAR. 18, 5:30 pm

“I am currently a freshman undergraduate at University of Wisconsin – Madison, where I am studying vocal performance, business, and French. This past fall, I performed in the university’s production of Falstaff, and felt very prepared for the whole process from my time with the program. Project Opera gave me the confidence to pursue a professional career in voice, gave me the skills to work well with my colleagues, improved my technical skills and musicality, and helped me understand how the world of performing arts works.”

Enhance your opera-going experience with a delicious pre-show dinner at The Saint Paul Hotel and casual conversation with the experts of Dinner at Eight. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out at the opera. For more information, call Brian at 612-342-9563. The Saint Paul Hotel – 350 Market St., Saint Paul MNOPERA.ORG/TASTE

FEB. 14, 6 pm

Enjoy a supper club experience at the revered Dakota Jazz Club including romantic music from the 1930s and 1940s — music that channels the cultural context of William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s new opera Dinner at Eight. Call 612-332-5299 or book online.

MAR. 9, 6:30 pm

Minnesota Opera allows a pre-screened group of press members, bloggers, and social media influencers to attend the Dinner at Eight final dress rehearsal at the Ordway. We encourage live tweeting, blogging, note-taking, and illustrating. MNOPERA.ORG/PREVIEW

The Dakota – 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

APR. 8

Join the fun! Step back in time with the Resident Artists to the 1940s and experience the entertainment that supported our troops. The event supports the Resident Artist Program and will be an evening to remember.

Metropolitan Ballroom – 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis

Opera Insights; Dinner at Eight


Resident Artist Cabaret


MAR. 11–19

Tempo Happy Hour + Behind the Curtain MAR. 1, 5 pm

Join Tempo members for cocktails and nosh at Parlour Bar in the North Loop before heading to the opera center for Behind the Curtain: Dinner at Eight. All are welcome.

Come early and enjoy free, fun, and informative half-hour sessions, hosted by Minnesota Opera artistic staff in Ordway’s mezzanine lobby one hour prior to each performance. Join us for Opera Insights and get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera, and highlights to watch for during the show.

Behind the Curtain: La Bohème APR. 19, 7 pm

At the historic Minnesota Opera Center, get the inside scoop on La Bohème as musicologist Peter Mercer-Taylor and members of the cast and creative team lead discussions exploring the music, history, and design of the opera.




The Nightingale, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death. Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.


Imant Raminsh, music James Tucker, libretto

Matthew Abernathy, music director Heidi Spesard-Noble, stage director

PERFORMANCES: Friday, February 10 at 6pm and 8pm Saturday, February 11 at 1pm and 3pm TICKETS: $15 Adults $5 Students (available by phone only)



Opera on the playground? You bet! Minnesota Opera and PlayWorks teamed up to play with students from Forest Elementary School in Robbinsdale. After learning and listening to excerpts from The Barber of Seville and “The Flight of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre, students and artists played games based on both operas’ themes.


PlayWorks is a non-profit organization that believes recess and play can unlock our kids’ superpowers. Photos 1 and 2: Resident Artist Tommy Glass getting in on the fun with kindergarteners. 1


MUSIC DIRECTOR Matthew Abernathy  |  STAGE DIRECTOR Heidi Spesard-Noble

Project Opera is proud to perform The Nightingale, with music by Imant Raminsh. The piece, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, celebrates the natural over the artificial and the power of song over death. All performers on stage and in the pit are teen musicians from the Twin Cities and beyond, who meet most Saturdays over the course of the school year to learn about opera. The beautiful and lush score is perfect for opera-goers of all ages. Photos 3 and 4: Staging rehearsals for The Nightingale.



A Valentine’s Dinner at The Dakota

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The potent combination of Bolcom’s edgy style that embraces both American music theater and the thorniest of contemporary music composition with Campbell’s clear and funny writing will have you both laughing and crying.”


hat an honor it is to present the world premiere of Dinner at Eight by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell. It is very exciting to present a world premiere of a comic opera, which doesn’t happen very often. These days we tend to present dramatic opera and shy away from comedies, sometimes because they are very difficult to do well. If you look back over the 400year history of opera, we see a handful of standout comic operas scattered throughout. Mozart, Donizetti, and Rossini seem to be gifted with the right touch for comedy. Think of The Marriage of Figaro, The Elixir of Love, and The Barber of Seville — these are all effortless and beautifully structured comedies. Perhaps those composers were closer to the commedia dell’arte form of theater, which offered certain types of stock characters in stock situations. Even the great Verdi didn’t write a satisfactory comedy until his final work Falstaff. Wagner also wrote in the form, but rarely. His Die Mesitersinger von Nürnberg was a masterpiece of comic libretto and form. Moving into the 20th century, the comic opera form was rarely used. That is what is so unusual about what Mr. Bolcom and Mr. Campbell have created — it’s a return to the comic genre. Dinner at Eight is based on the 1933 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber that was written at the height of the Great Depression. The plot deals with the Jordan family, who are

World Premiere planning a society dinner, as well as their various friends and acquaintances — all of whom have their own problems and ambitions. Naturally, comedy ensues as they all prepare for their evening together. At the same time, however, the Great Depression hangs over the play like a dark cloud. It seems the characters, especially Millicent Jordan, seem to want to shut out the pain and suffering, or to ignore it. It is the combination of darkness and lightness that drew Bolcom and Campbell to this project, and ultimately, what makes it a uniquely winning new work. The potent combination of Bolcom’s edgy style that embraces both American music theater and the thorniest of contemporary music composition with Campbell’s clear and funny writing will have you both laughing and crying.

You’re invited.

March 11–19

Music by WILLIAM BOLCOM Libretto by MARK CAMPBELL Based on the play by GEORGE S. KAUFMAN and EDNA FERBER

Dinner at Eight is co-produced with the Wexford Festival and the Atlanta Opera, and features the Minnesota Opera debuts of stage director Tomer Zvulun, sopranos Mary Dunleavy and Susannah Biller, baritone Andrew Garland, and others. I am sure you will enjoy this wonderful addition to the list of world premieres from Minnesota Opera.


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Chair | Margaret Wurtele

President and General Director | Ryan Taylor

President and General Director | Ryan Taylor

Director of Board Relations  |  Theresa Murray

Vice Chair | H. Bernt von Ohlen

Finance Director | Jeff Couture

Secretary | Nadege Souvenir

Human Resources Director | Jen Thill

Assistant to the Production Director |  Julia Gallagher

Treasurer | John C. Junek

Facility Manager | Steve Mittelholtz

Production Assistant | Lorely Dedrick

DIRECTORS­­­­­ Cynthia Y. Lee Mike McNamara Albin “Jim” Nelson Kay Ness Jose Peris Elizabeth Redleaf Connie Remele Don Romanaggi Christopher Romans Mary H. Schrock Linda Roberts Singh Nadege Souvenir David Strauss Virginia Stringer Ryan Taylor H. Bernt von Ohlen William White Margaret Wurtele


Finance Associate | Dylan Howell

Properties Master | Jenn Maatman

Music Director | Michael Christie Artistic Administrator | Roxanne Stouffer

Lighting and Video Coordinator | Raymond W. Steveson Jr.

Artist Relations and Planning Director | Floyd Anderson

Scene Shop Foreman | Larry Kline

Resident Artists | Jonathan Brandani, William Lee Bryan, Christopher Colmenero, Nadia Fayad, Thomas Glass, Jessica Hall, Mary Evelyn Hangley, Gina Perregrino, Alexandra Razskazoff, Benjamin Sieverding, David Radamés Toro, David Walton, Lindsay Woodward Principal Coach | Laurie Rogers

Dominick Argento

Dolly Fiterman

Philip Brunelle

Liz Kochiras

Costume Director | Corinna Bohren Assistant Costume Director | Beth Sanders Drapers  |  Chris Bur, Emily Rosenmeier

Wardrobe Supervisor | Beth Sanders

Project Opera Accompanist | Kathy Kraulik

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor | Molly O’Gara

Music Out Loud Teaching Artist | Sara Sawyer

Hair/Makeup Supervisor | Priscilla Bruce


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Project Opera Music Director | Matthew Abernathy

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Director of Development, Leadership and Institutional Giving | Mallory Roberts Institutional Gifts Manager | Diana Konopka Events Manager | Anthony Diaz Development Associate | Nickolas Sanches


Development Operations Coordinator |  Jonathan Lundgren


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Hair/Makeup Crew | Corrie Dubay

Chief Development Officer | Carley Stuber


Audience Development Chair | Brian Halaas Programming Co-chair  |  Thomas Bakken

Chief Marketing Officer | Darby Lunceford Marketing Director  |  Katherine L. Castille

Programming Co-chair | Kara Eliason

Marketing and Communications Associate |  Kate Saumur

Staff Liaisons  |  Kristin Matejcek, Eric Broker

Audience Engagement Manager | Kristin Matejcek

Secretary | Aimee Tritt

Design Manager | Kristin Backman

Social Media Specialist | Jana Sackmeister

Communications Manager | Eric Broker


Audience Services Manager | Kevin Beckey

Brad Benoit Liz Brenner Kamruz Darabi Emily Engel Mark Giga

Carpenter | Max Gilbert

First Hands  |  Helen Ammann, Katrina Benedict, Rebecca Karstad

Community Education Director | Jamie Andrews

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Scenic Painter | Samantha Johns

EDUCATION Teaching Artist | Alisa Magallón

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Master Carpenters | Nate Kulenkamp, Eric Veldey

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Production Carpenter | JC Amel

Master Coaches  |  Lara Bolton, Mary Jo Gothmann, Eric McEnaney, Jenya Trubnikava

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Minnesota Dance Theatre January 20-22, 2017 | The Cowles Center

Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director


Sarah Hicks, conductor / Tony DeSare & Hilary Kole, vocals

Sarah Hicks, Conductor

S’Wonderful! S’Marvelous! These all-time favorite standards from the Great American Songbook soar to new musical heights with Sarah Hicks leading the Minnesota Orchestra and special guest vocalists Hilary Kole and Tony DeSare.


WITH THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA Feb 11 Sarah Hicks, conductor Four-time Grammy Award-winners® Boyz II Men add their seductive harmonies to the lush sound of the Minnesota Orchestra for a romantic evening of chart-topping Billboard hits on Valentine’s weekend.

“...a towering ambition and multidisciplinary triumph.” - Pioneer Press



Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor / Behzod Abduraimov, piano Osmo Vänskä handpicked Rouvali to come to Orchestra Hall and conduct this concert, so you know he is something special. Hear Behzod Abduraimov, a young star from Uzbekistan, in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Photo: Erik Saulitis or 612-206-3600

Maria Schneider Orchestra February 16, 2017


Sharon Isbin & Isabel Leonard April 2, 2017

Hugh Wolff, conductor / Karen Gomyo, violin Hugh Wolff led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to international acclaim in the ’90s, and makes this rare return visit to Minnesota with violin star Karen Gomyo. INSIDE THE CLASSICS


Sarah Hicks, conductor / Sam Bergman, host and viola It isn’t often that a composer is offered the chance to sum up his entire life’s work in one massive, valedictory piece. But on his deathbed Béla Bartók was given that chance, and his Concerto for Orchestra has become a beloved showpiece.

January 21 – February 19, 2017 Director/Choreographer JOE CHVALA • Music Director ANITA RUTH

Tickets $30 / $20 for patrons under the age of 40 Please note: first half is conversation and orchestral excerpts, second half is a full performance.

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