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table of CONTENTS 02 Board of Directors 03 From the Board Chairman 05 Welcome from General Director & President 07 Carmen 09 Cast 10 Synopsis 12 Program Note 14 The Picture of Giving 16 Artists' Bios

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Chorus Orchestra Artistic & Production Staff Leadership Giving & Major Gifts Annual Giving Planned Giving Corporate Council Administration 2018–2019 Season

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board of DIRECTORS officers

Peter Leone Chairman of the Board Charles C. Freyer Vice Chair Caroline J. MacKenzie Kennedy Vice Chair Dr. Eugene E. Stark, Jr. Secretary Thomas Mahoney Treasurer David B. Devan* President


Benjamin Alexander Sandra K. Baldino F. Joshua Barnett, M.D., J.D. Willo Carey Katherine Christiano Ady L. Djerassi, M.D. Charles C. Freyer Alexander Hankin Frederick P. Huff Caroline J. MacKenzie Kennedy Beverly Lange, M.D. Peter Leone Thomas Mahoney Daniel K. Meyer, M.D. Immediate Past Chairman Agnes Mulroney Scott F. Richard Jonathan H. Sprogell Dr. Eugene E. Stark, Jr. William R. Stensrud Kenneth R. Swimm Maria Trafton Donna Wechsler Kelley Wolfington

honorary members

Dennis Alter Alan B. Miller H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest Stephen A. Madva, Esq. Chairman Emeritus Alice W. Strine, Esq. Charlotte Watts List as of April 9, 2018 *Ex officio


from the BOARD CHAIRMAN Dear Friends, Seems like just yesterday we opened our 2017-2018 Academy of Music season with a dazzling production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Yet here we are, closing the Academy season with our own new production of Bizet’s Carmen. Between these two classics we’ve been busy: our first festival, three world premieres, an Independence Mall broadcast, productions staged in New York and Amsterdam, and honors from the International Opera Awards (Best Festival nominee) and the Music Critics Association of North America (David Hertzberg’s The Wake World named Best New Opera of 2018). Thanks to you for being a part of it. The Academy of Music saw its first performance of Carmen in 1878. I hope that you will find, today, that the combination of the work and the place produces magic. Yes, Opera Philadelphia has pushed the envelope of the art form, staging edgy operas in museums, warehouses and the like. And we are passionately committed to bringing the great works—performed and directed at a world-class level—to new life on the Academy stage. Our upcoming 2018-2019 season exemplifies that commitment: our new production of Lucia di Lammermoor premieres here in September and moves to no less than the Vienna Staatsoper; we present the U.S. premiere of Robert Carsen’s beloved staging of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February; and in April, our own 2012 production of La bohème returns from its triumphant international tour. (And if you do enjoy seeing storied singers in unusual settings, I invite you to join us for September’s O18 Festival.) Please also applaud with me our Community Initiatives team’s success engaging students in the music and story of Carmen. In addition to hosting a final dress rehearsal with nearly 1,800 students, our team brought Carmen into classrooms at Esperanza Academy Charter School through an imaginative eight-week residency in which students use the opera to learn about the legal system. This inspired program, created by Michael Bolton, will culminate in a student-led mock murder trial of Don José on May 25. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the extraordinary support that is required to make all of this possible. Every single contribution is greatly appreciated, and helps us continue to bring opera to audiences throughout the city, and author the future of this art form we so love. Please consider a gift to support our work before the end of our fiscal year on May 31. Thanks again for helping to make Philadelphia such a vibrant opera town. I look forward to seeing all of you again soon as we launch our 44th season in the fall.

Peter Leone Chairman 5

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from the GENERAL DIRECTOR Dear Friends, Bizet’s Carmen is one of the world’s most frequently performed operas because it has everything you could possibly want from an opera: High drama, relatable characters, a passionate love story, and truly breathtaking melodies. Carmen is opera with a capital O and, when done right, it is a magical night of music and theater. Shortly after Opera Philadelphia staged their 2015 production of Verdi’s La traviata, we began speaking with director Paul Curran and set & costume designer Gary McCann about bringing a new production of Carmen to the Academy stage. Their deft take on Violetta’s story convinced us that they were the right artists to bring a fresh energy to the timeless story of Carmen, and we could not be more thrilled with the results playing out on stage. To have a great Carmen you begin with a great Carmen, and in Daniela Mack we have cast a true star in the title role. Daniela has authored an extraordinary season at Opera Philadelphia, opening the fall in the title role of Elizabeth Cree and now closing the season in the title role of Carmen. In these two very different operas, written more than 140 years apart, about female characters with vastly different motivations, Daniela has done some of her best work and created two highly nuanced performances. It has been a joy to have her as a cornerstone of this 2017-2018 season. The cast of Carmen also features a number of artists with deep Philadelphia connections. Tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson, a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music, makes his company debut as Don José. Evan is taking the opera world by storm, and will return at this time next year as Rodolfo in La bohème. Joining him in Carmen are Curtis alums and students Kirsten MacKinnon, Johnathan McCullough, Ashley Milanese, Anastasiia Sidorova, and Doğukan Kuran, and AVA alum Musa Ngqungwana. With so much talent rising through the ranks in Philadelphia, we are especially pleased to have renewed our practice of co-presenting Curtis Opera Theatre at the Perelman. In May, we present a double bill of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, with two additional titles (Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Rene Orth’s Empty the House) in 2019. I encourage you to join us for these evenings with the stars of tomorrow, many of whom will one day rise to the stage of the Academy of Music like so many of the stars of Carmen.

David B. Devan General Director & President

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CARMEN New Production Co-production with Seattle Opera and Irish National Opera Music / Georges Bizet Libretto / Ludovic HalĂŠvy and Henri Meilhac Conductor / Yves Abel* Director / Paul Curran Set & Costume Design / Gary McCann Lighting Design / Paul Hackenmueller Wig & Make-up Design / David Zimmerman Choreographer & Assistant Director / Seth Hoff Chorus Master / Elizabeth Braden Stage Manager / Lisa Anderson *Opera Philadelphia debut Production underwritten, in part, by Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino and by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Huff The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra is underwritten, in part, by Alice and Walter Strine, Esqs.

CAST Carmen / Daniela Mack performance underwritten by Carolyn Horn Seidle Don José / Evan LeRoy Johnson* performance underwritten by Judith Durkin Freyer and Charles C. Freyer Escamillo / Adrian Timpau* performance underwritten by Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Wechsler Micaëla / Kirsten MacKinnon Moralès / Johnathan McCullough Zuniga / Musa Ngqungwana performance underwritten by Charlotte and Bob Watts Frasquita / Ashley Milanese Mercédès / Anastasiia Sidorova performance underwritten by Myron and Sheila S. Bassman Le Remendado / Daniel Taylor Le Dancaïre / Doğukan Kuran* Lillias Pastia / John David Miles Gypsy / Maxwell Levy *Opera Philadelphia debut

carmen SYNOPSIS Act I It’s a blistering hot day. Hot and tired, a group of soldiers hangs out watching people go by. The shy, pretty Micaëla comes looking for Corporal Don José, but he’s not there. The soldiers try to get Micaëla to stay by flirting with her, but she leaves. Soon after, Don José arrives as the guards change shifts. A bell from the cigarette factory chimes, and the women come out for their smoke break. The men flirt with the factory girls, too. Carmen comes in last, and everyone is drawn to her, except Don José. Seeing a challenge, the gypsy sets her eyes on him and sings, “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame” and throws a flower at Don José. Laughing, she and the other women return to the factory. He hides the flower in his uniform. Micaëla returns with a letter from Don José’s mother, who begs him to marry Micaëla. As he reads the letter to himself Micaëla leaves. Suddenly, horrible screams come from the factory. Carmen has gotten into a fight with another girl and slashed her face with a knife. Lieutenant Zuniga questions Carmen, but her only reply is the mocking response “tra-la-la.” Don José is ordered to guard Carmen while Zuniga gets a warrant for her arrest. Alone with Don José, Carmen seduces him into making a plan that will let her escape. Zuniga returns with Carmen’s formal arrest orders. 12

As she’s being led away to prison, Carmen pushes Don José and escapes through the confused crowd. Intermission (20 minutes) Act II A few months later, Carmen and her friends Frasquita and Mercédès have fun singing and dancing for the soldiers late at night in a tavern. Carmen hears that Don José, who was sent to prison because he let her escape, got out the day before. The famous bullfighter Escamillo arrives, and everyone is star struck. He sings about his adventures in the bullring and flirts with Carmen, but she’s not interested. The soldiers and Escamillo leave as the smugglers Dancaïre and Remendado join Carmen, Frasquita and Mercédès. They need to deliver their smuggled loot and want the three women to join them. Carmen says she can’t go because she’s in love. Nobody believes her as Don José’s voice is heard outside. They leave Carmen and Don José alone. He tells her how much he loves her. A trumpet signals that the soldiers must report back to the barracks. Don José says he must leave, but Carmen mocks his loyalty to the military. Don José proves his love by pulling out the flower she threw at him at their first meeting. That’s not enough for Carmen; she wants him to ditch the army and join her gypsy

life. Don José tells her he could never leave the military. Zuniga shows up to see Carmen and orders Don José to leave. José refuses and draws his sword. Before their fight progresses, the smugglers burst in and tie up Zuniga. Don José has no choice but to flee with the gypsies. Intermission (15 minutes) Act III Late at night in a deserted place outside of Seville, the smugglers carry their goods through the mountains. Carmen’s love for Don José is fading and the two bicker. She tells him to go home to his mother. Frasquita and Mercédès read their fortunes in cards, but when Carmen tries, she only sees her death and Don José’s. The women join the smugglers on their trip to the city to distract any guards. Don José stays behind to watch the camp. Micaëla has found her way to the smugglers’ site. She will take Don José away from Carmen. Afraid, she hides after seeing Don José shoot his gun. The bullet has barely missed Escamillo who is there to see Carmen. The Toreador claims the two of them are in love. Don José challenges him to a duel, but the fight is cut short when the smugglers return. After Escamillo leaves, Remendado finds Micaëla hiding. She tells Don José that his

mother is dying. As Don José rushes off with Micaëla, Escamillo’s voice is heard in the distance. Pause (5 minutes) Act IV Outside the bullfighting ring in Seville, the street sellers are busy hawking their wares. Zuniga tells Frasquita that an order has been issued for Don José’s arrest, although he has yet to be found. The crowd cheers Escamillo as he enters, and he and Carmen express their love for each other. As the throng enters the arena, Frasquita warns Carmen that Don José is somewhere in the crowd. Carmen says that she is not afraid and stays behind to confront him. Disheveled and crazed, he comes out of the shadows and begs Carmen to start a new life with him. Carmen says everything is over between them. Carmen tries to go into the arena and Don José blocks her way. Carmen says she’s in love with Escamillo. Enraged, Don José stabs Carmen and she falls to the ground dead. The crowd exits the arena with a victorious Escamillo to find Don José standing over Carmen’s lifeless body. Running time of Carmen is 3 hours and 13 minutes, including one 20-minute and one 15-minute intermission. 13

Q&A with Director Paul Curran PROGRAM NOTE

What are the challenges of creating a new production of Carmen, one of the most popular, well-known operas? That’s a simple one–it is one of the most frequently produced operas in the world, so everybody has an opinion on how it should look, how it should sound, and how it should be. So, approaching it now for the first time, I approach it with both great respect and admiration, but a very open mind as to how I see the story today. Directors are essentially interpretative artists; we retell and reinterpret other people’s stories. I have been asked to do Carmen many, many times over the past 25 years and have always found myself saying no to it. Somehow, this time, and especially Opera Philadelphia, just feels right. Given that it was not immediately popular, why do you think Carmen has become such a beloved and enduring opera?


Great tunes, great story, and fascinating characters. The musical numbers have been incorporated into every area of life since the 1875 premiere–from gondoliers on canals to advertisements for pretty much anything, and also dozens of pop tunes. That has to say something for its impact and staying power. Plus,

Carmen is a story all of us can relate to: An outsider to society against whom circumstance is working harshly but who does everything in her power to build herself a better life. Had the snobs of Parisian society (who decided it was a disaster and wanted it forgotten) had their way, Carmen would have disappeared due to its working-class leading lady and her suspicious lifestyle (to a morally tight public). The fact that so many of those condemning this story were involved in numerous scandals and disgraces is the perfect answer to why the fight against hypocrisy is a great charger of art in general. How can the story resonate with modern audiences? Our own society is replete with stories of people on the fringes of society or the inner circle who have been told they can never “get in” due to their age, race, sex, creed, or whichever restrictions we put on things. From actors trying to get into a Hollywood career and facing sexism to women meeting the glass ceiling of the corporate world and feeling jammed and limited while others soar above. Carmen encases all of those stories in its allegory of breaking the mold and trying to break free as your own person.

Set design image by Gary McCann

When and where is your production set? Ours is set in the late 1950s in a nonspecific Hispanic place similar to Havana, Miami, or Seville itself. What was the inspiration behind the setting, and how does that setting and design affect the story of Carmen? We were very much looking for a time and place that was both distant enough in history and close enough for a modern audience to relate to. Somewhere for the story to fold out and have those watching it feel they recognize the characters and actions. If we followed the French censors of 1875 and did a “cleaned up” version they insisted upon, it might feel too far away to an audience used to watching movies and HBO, etc. Most people will have seen West Side Story or The Sopranos, so we are hoping that a setting closer to our own times might give a more immediate feel to telling the story. The late 1950s was an interesting era of conservatism which targeted women in society in a very patronizing and sexist way and it took nearly a decade for a social and sexual revolution in the 1960s to begin to address women’s emancipation. Bizet was perhaps ahead of his time in writing a story of a societal outsider

and I feel the end of the ‘50s reflects that best for a modern audience, where we have so much on film and record. Maybe it’s because I’m middle aged now…? What moments in the opera are you most looking forward to bringing to the stage? This is a very hard question! There are so many iconic moments in Carmen that it’s almost impossible to select a favorite. I think my main aim is to create a show that feels like it runs like a movie–very much in a way what Bizet was trying to do in his attempt at what we now know as “verismo,” or realism. We have a pretty fantastic young cast, so I am particularly looking forward to creating and developing characters with them. This generation, like all others before them, must be given the chance to play and interpret what have become classic stories in their own way–a unique way for them and for their contemporaries. There is no single way of playing any of the characters in Carmen, there is only exploring and expressing them through your own society and experience. This generation of singers is the future, we must help them in every way we can. 15

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conductor (Toronto, Ontario) recent activities: Conductor, Seven Angels, Aspen Music Festival; Conductor, L'elisir d’amore, Canadian Opera Company; Conductor, Pelléas et Mélisande, Opera de Oviedo next: Conductor, Carmen, Hong Kong Opera


chorus master (Easton, Pennsylvania) recent activities: Conductor, The Wake World, Opera Philadelphia; Chorus Master, The Magic Flute, Opera Philadelphia; Director of Music, Wallingford Presbyterian Church next: Chorus Master, Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Philadelphia

2017 The Wake World 2016 Breaking the Waves 2016 The Marriage of Figaro (Partial Listing)


2015 La traviata


2015 La traviata

director (Glasgow, Scotland) recent activities: Director, My Fair Lady, Teatro San Carlo Naples; Director, The Golden Cockerel, Santa Fe Opera; Director, Khovanshchina, BBC Proms London next: Director, My Fair Lady, Teatro Massimo Palermo

lighting design (Minneapolis, Minnesota) recent activities: Lighting Designer, The Golden Cockerel, Santa Fe Opera; Lighting Designer, Tosca, Boston Lyric Opera; Lighting Designer, Macbeth, Opera San Antonio next: Lighting Designer, The Wexford Festival Season 2018


Opera Philadelphia debut


choreographer & assistant director (Madison, Wisconsin ) recent activities: Assistant Director, We Shall Not Be Moved, Opera Philadelphia; Assistant Director, Man of La Mancha, Portland Opera, Choreographer, The Pirates of Penzance, Lyric Opera of Kansas City next: Assistant Director, Sweeney Todd, The Atlanta Opera

2017 We Shall Not Be Moved


tenor (Pine Island, Minnesota) recent activities: Lensky, Eugene Onegin, Curtis Opera Theatre; Narraboth, Salome, Opernhaus Zürich; Don José, Carmen, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater next: Rodolfo, La bohème, Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia debut


Opera Philadelphia debut

baritone (Çeşme, Turkey) recent activities: Onegin, Eugene Onegin, Curtis Opera Theater; Il Conte, Le nozze di Figaro, Curtis Opera Theater; Olivier, Capriccio, Curtis Opera Theater next: Double Exposure, Opera Philadelphia


2017 Elizabeth Cree


2010 La traviata

mezzo-soprano (Buenos Aires, Argentina) recent activities: Béatrice, Béatrice et Bénédict, Seattle Opera; Jackie Kennedy, JFK, Opéra de Montréal; Bradamante, Alcina, Washington National Opera next: Isabella, L'italiana in Algeri, Santa Fe Opera

soprano (Squamish, British Columbia, Canada) recent activities: Inès, L’Africaine, Frankfurt Opera; Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Glyndebourne Tour; Countess Almaviva, Le nozze di Figaro, Garsington Opera next: Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Toronto Symphony Orchestra



2015 La traviata


2017 Elizabeth Cree

set & costume design (London, United Kingdom) recent activities: Designer, Macbeth, Vienna State Opera; Designer, The Golden Cockerel, Santa Fe Opera; Set Designer, My Fair Lady, Teatro San Carlo, Naples next: Designer, Der Freischütz, Vienna State Opera

baritone (Los Angeles, California) recent activities: Gonsalvo Fiesch, Gezeichneten, Komische Oper Berlin; Mr. Greatorex, Elizabeth Cree, Opera Philadelphia; Sid, La fanciulla del West, Michigan Opera Theatre next: Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera Philadelphia

2014 The Barber of Seville


2017 The Marriage of Figaro


2013 Nabucco


2017 The Magic Flute

soprano (New Orleans, Louisiana) recent activities: Dede, A Quiet Place, Curtis Opera Theater; First Lady, The Magic Flute, Opera Philadelphia; Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro, Opera Philadelphia next: 2018-2019 Resident Artist, Teatro Reggio

bass-baritone (Port Elizabeth, South Africa) recent activities: Queequeg, Moby Dick, Pittsburgh Opera; Amonasro, Aida, English National Opera; Porgy, Porgy and Bess, Glimmerglass Festival next: Lescaut, Manon Lescaut, Dallas Opera

mezzo-soprano (St. Petersburg, Russia) recent activities: Third Lady, The Magic Flute, Opera Philadelphia; Olga, Eugene Onegin, Curtis Opera Theater; Mrs. Doc, A Quiet Place, Curtis Opera Theatre next: Giovanna, Rigoletto, Wolf Trap Opera


2016 Turandot

2017 The Magic Flute

DANIEL TAYLOR / Le Remendado

tenor (Bristol, Pennsylvania) recent activities: Tenor of Mourner's Quartet, A Quiet Place, Curtis Opera Theatre; Priest/Librarian/ Mr. Gerrard/Witness #5, Elizabeth Cree, Opera Philadelphia; Stone Thrower, Breaking the Waves, Opera Philadelphia next: Ira, Sky on Swings, Opera Philadelphia


baritone (Nisporeni, Republic of Moldova) recent activities: Escamillo, Carmen, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Schaunard, La bohème, Opernhaus Zurich; Eustachio, L’assedio di Calais, Glimmerglass Festival next: Nardo, La finta giardiniera, Opernhaus Zurich


2017 Elizabeth Cree 2016 Breaking the Waves

Opera Philadelphia debut

2017 The Marriage of Figaro

2016 Cold Mountain wig & make-up designer (Mt. Pleasant, Texas) 2015 Charlie Parker’s recent activities: Wig & Make-up Designer, YARDBIRD The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Santa Fe Opera; Wig & Make-up Designer, Aida, Washington National Opera; (Partial Listing) Wig & Make-up Designer, The Shining, Minnesota Opera next: Wig & Make-up Designer, Don Pasquale, Minnesota Opera


carmen CHORUS soprano

Erin Alcorn Veronica Chapman-Smith Lauren Cook Natalie Dewey Annalise Dzwonczyk NoĂŤl Graves-Williams Julie-Ann Green Valerie Haber Carole Latimer Kara Mulder Jessica Mary Murphy Christine Nass Aimee Pilgermayer Evelyn Santiago Rebecca Siler


Jennifer Beattie Robin Bier Marissa Chalker Patricia Conrad Emily Drummond Erica Finnie Joanna Gates Eve Hyzer Heather Jones Megan McFadden Maren Montalbano Ellen Grace Peters Paula Rivera-Dantagnan Karina Sweeney Kaitlyn Tierney



Sang B. Cho Stephen Dagrosa Colin Doyle Joshua Glassman A. Edward Maddison Fernando Mancillas Remy Martin Toffer Mihalka DonLeroy Morales George Ross Somerville Andrew Skitko Will Vestal Cory O’Niell Walker Francis Williams Steven Williamson


Michael Aiello Gregory Cantwell Jeff Chapman Lucas DeJesus James Osby Gwathney, Jr. Chris Hodges Max Levy Matthew Lulofs Mark Malachesky John David Miles Frank Mitchell Robert Phillips Lourin Plant Tim Stopper Jackson Williams

philadelphia girls choir & philadelphia boys choir Ivy Adams Nathan Birdwell Evan Bishop Cameron Bowden Aleem CastilloGambardella Mia Castro-Diephouse Christine Chandran Zachary Crothamel Dante DiMaio Dana Geutler Sophia Jones Ethan Lee Grace Liu AJ Owens Alexandra Paris Maya Patel Gabrielle Rockell Rosemary Rockell Elizabeth Sevrukov Sridhar Shenoy Giuliana Stout Elyse Walker Daniel West Charles Witmer

carmen ORCHESTRA violin 1

Luigi Mazzocchi Concertmaster Igor Szwec Assistant Concertmaster Meichen Liao Barnes Charles Parker Diane Barnett Donna Grantham Elizabeth Kaderabek Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz Christof Richter Gared Crawford Guillaume Combet

violin ii

Emma Kummrow Principal Sarah Dubois Paul Reiser Heather Zimmerman Piotr Filochowski Lisa Vaupel Joseph Kaufman Tess Varley Joanna Thiagarajan


Jonathan Kim Principal Carol Briselli Assistant Principal Julia DiGaetani Ellen Trainer Elizabeth Jaffe Kathleen Foster Ruth Frazier


Vivian Barton Dozor Principal Jennie Lorenzo Brooke Beazley David Moulton Dane Anderson Elizabeth Thompson


Miles B. Davis Principal James Freeman Assistant Principal Stephen Groat Brent Edmondson


french horn

John David Smith Principal Dan Wions Karen Schubert Ryan Stewart


Brian D. Kuszyk Principal Steven Heitzer


Robert Gale Principal Edward Cascarella Philip McClelland

Kim Trolier Principal Eileen Grycky




Geoffrey Deemer Principal Dorothy Freeman Steven Labiner


Joseph A. Smith Principal Allison Herz

Sophie Bruno Principal

Martha Hitchins Principal


Ralph Sorrentino Principal Bradley Loudis Brent Behrenshausen


Norman Spielberg Principal Wade Coufal


artistic & production STAFF artistic & production team

Fight Director.......................................................................................J. Alex Cordaro Principal Pianist...................................................................................... Grant Loehnig Properties Supervisor................................................................Avista Custom Theatrical Supertitles Author.................................................................................... Kelley Rourke Supertitles Operator................................................................................... Tony Solitro Assistant Stage Managers.................................................. Gregory Boyle, Jennifer Shaw Associate Costume Designer.........................................................................Seth Bodie Wardrobe Supervisor................................................................................Elisa Murphy Drapers.................................................................. Suzie Morris Barrett, Kara Morasco, Althea "Nell" Unrath, Stephen Smith First Hands............................................... Patrick Mulhall, Catherine Blinn, Susie Benitez, Joy Rampulla, Mark Mariani Stitchers............................................................................................. IATSE Local 799 Dyer Painter.............................................................................................Kate Edelson Wig & Make-up Lead......................................................................... Ivy Loughborough Assistant Lighting Designer.............................................................................Chris Frey Assistant Chorus Master....................................................................... Emily May Sung Assistant Orchestra Librarian.................................................................... Nathan Lofton Secondary Pianist..................................................................................... Reese Revak Master Electrician....................................................................................... Terry Smith Assistant Electrician............................................................................ Ali Blair Barwick Head Props................................................................................................ Paul Lodes Flyman....................................................................................................... Mike Ruffo Scenery constructed by Proof Productions, Inc.

supernumeraries Bobb Hawkey Kristerpher Henderson Timothy Sheridan Ebony Pollum Evan Raines D'quan Tyson Vincent Tavani


Justin Campbell Amber Janelle Brown Colby Damon Jorge Rullan



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PLANNED GIVING SPOTLIGHT JOAN DEJEAN Like many in this country today, I am anxious about the future of art forms and cultural institutions that have been essential in my life. How will they survive when public funding for the arts is becoming ever more uncertain? How will they survive unless they are able to build a younger, more diverse audience? These two questions are currently on the table in many countries, but they are particularly acute in the U.S., where public funding is far less reliable and audiences are visibly older than in most European countries. As a life-long educator, I know all too well that far too few students today seem naturally attracted to art forms whose appeal could be and was taken for granted for many generations. Too few of our cultural organizations seem to be thinking creatively about ways of reaching out to the new generation without whom they can have no future. I admire Opera Philadelphia for taking risks rather than playing it safe. I admire Opera Philadelphia for making efforts to move beyond its traditional base and address its home city at large.

It is for these reasons that I decided to make Opera Philadelphia a beneficiary of my estate. I thought long and hard about the kind of legacy I wanted to leave, and I decided to help Opera Philadelphia bring classical music into Philadelphia schools and to help keep the Emerging Artists program alive. These I see as educational initiatives that can guarantee a better future for opera and for Philadelphia as well.

Ms. Joan DeJean Trustee Professor of French, University of Pennsylvania and Encore Society Member

Official Sponsor, Encore Society

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Corporate Council The Corporate Council generously supports Opera Philadelphia’s artistic and educational programming through contributions and in-kind donations.

2017–2018 Season Sponsors

Official Sponsor, Encore Society

Official Hotel

Brand Communications Partner

Reception Partner

Season Media Partner

Official Sponsor, Patron Program

Official Piano Service Provider

Official Make-up Partner

Official Piano

Season Media Partner

Corporate Council Sponsors Termini Bros. Bakery

Ballard Spahr LLP

Exelon Business Services

Center City Film and Video


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CRW Graphics

PNC Arts Alive

Universal Health Services

Ernst Brothers Designers + Builders

Saks Fifth Avenue

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Opera Philadelphia are collaborative partners in delivering the highest quality opera programs in world class venues for the benefit of regional audiences, international artists, and the broader community. EITC APPROVED The Opera is a recognized Educational Improvement Organization, eligible for EITC

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opera philadelphia ADMINISTRATION leadership

David B. Devan General Director & President Corrado Rovaris Jack Mulroney Music Director Michael Bolton Vice President of Community Initiatives David Levy Vice President of Artistic Operations Ryan Lewis Vice President of Marketing Frank Luzi Vice President of Communications Jeremiah Marks Chief Financial Off icer Rachel McCausland Vice President of Development Lawrence Brownlee Artistic Advisor Kristy Edmunds Artistic Advisor Mikael Eliasen Artistic Advisor Ken Smith Assistant to General Director & Board Relations Coordinator


Michael Eberhard Artistic Administrator Sarah Williams New Works Administrator Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master & Music Administrator J. Robert Loy Director of Orchestra Personnel & Orchestra Librarian Grant Loehnig Head of Music Staff David Hertzberg Rene Orth Composers in Residence

Peggy Monastra Partnerships, New Productions, & Commissions Emily May Sung Assistant Chorus Master


Drew Billiau Director of Design & Technology Stephen Dickerson Technical Director Millie Hiibel Costume Director Meggie Scache Production Manager Lisa Anderson Production Stage Manager Katie Foster Assistant Costume Director Kelsey Burston Artistic Operations Coordinator

marketing & guest services


Rebecca Ackerman Director of Individual Giving & Advancement Services Derren Mangum Director of Institutional Giving Adele Mustardo Director of Events Mark Nestlehutt Director of Planned Giving Aisha Wiley Director of Research Anna Penchuk Major Gifts Manager Nathan Schultz Manager of Institutional Giving Erica Weitze Development Operations Manager Rachel Mancini Development Administrative Assistant

community initiatives Steven Humes Education Manager Veronica Chapman-Smith Community Initiatives Administrator

Ernie D. DeRosa Guest Services Manager Karina Kacala Marketing Manager Michael Knight Marketing Operations Manager Siddhartha Misra Lead Guest Services Associate Marissa Chalker Ashley Colabella Rodney McGhee Guest Services Associates




Brian Ramos Controller Bethany Steel HR & Operations Manager Alison McMenamin Senior Accountant

Shannon Eblen Ballard Spahr, LLP Communications Manager General Counsel Katie Kelley Design Manager The Karma Agency Brand Communications Partner 37

2 018 – 2 019 S E A S O N


This season we present three operas that you very likely know and love. (We certainly do.) But along with this invitation to enjoy the finest the canon has to offer comes a promise to stage each in a way that will make you fall in love anew. We hope you will join us.

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Part of Festival O18 September 21–30, 2018 Academy of Music

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM February 8–17, 2019 Academy of Music


April 26–May 5, 2019 Academy of Music

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FESTIVAL S E P T E M B E R 2 0 – 3 0 , 2 018

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR September 21–30 A new production starring Brenda Rae and Michael Spyres


September 20–29 World Premiere starring Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson


September 22–30 A reimagined La voix humaine starring Patricia Racette


September 22–30 An immersive, multimedia experience starring Anthony Roth Costanzo (World Premiere Production)


September 24–28 Cabaret nights featuring Stephanie Blythe and Martha Graham Cracker

F R I D AYS AT F I E L D September 21 & 28


Opera Philadelphia Emerging Artists T H E WA S H I N G T O N P O S T

Subscriptions and Festival O18 ticket packages of two or more events are now on sale. Single tickets will go on sale on August 1, 2018.



CARMEN program  

Performance program for CARMEN, at the Academy of Music April 27 - May 6.

CARMEN program  

Performance program for CARMEN, at the Academy of Music April 27 - May 6.