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TABLE OF CONTENTS New Orleans Opera Association program is published by

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Executive Editor Janet Wilson Editor Topher Balfer

Welcome from the President

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Art Director Molly Tullier Patty

Letter from the Artistic Director

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Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan

Board of Directors

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Ways to Give

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Letter from the Development Officer 11

Senior Account Executives Brooke Genusa Alyssa Cutrera Production Manager Emily Andras

Mastersigners

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Individual Donors

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Opera Remembers

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Director’s Dinner

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Newstand Manager John Holzer

Legacy Society

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President Alan Campell

Tonight’s Performance: Joan of Arc 27 Cast and Creative Team

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Chorus, Dancers & Supernumeraries 29 Production Synopsis

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Production Bios

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The True Story of Joan of Arc

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Institutional Underwriters

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Women’s Guild

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Opera Club

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Sylvain Society

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Wood Vocal Competiton

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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Education

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Teamwork!

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Traffic Cordinator Lane Brocato Production Designers Rosa Balaguer Meghan Rooney

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WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT

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elcome to our production of the American premiere of the English translation of Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc. Joan’s story has been told throughout the centuries by poets, authors, librettists, and artists, and we are excited to debut this production at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in the 100th year anniversary of her canonization. Joan’s journey from her family’s small French village to her legacy being beautifully retold on our stage has been well-documented and celebrated. It’s no wonder why New Orleans claims her as its unofficial patron saint, and we can think of no better way to honor her. We have two more productions this spring. For our chamber series, we will move our players and singers to the new and very stylish New Orleans Jazz Market Theater, where we will present the jazz-inspired opera, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird on April 3, 4 & 5. Then to close the season, we will present Mozart’s charming masterpiece, The Magic Flute on May 1 & 3 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Thank you for sharing our excitement for brilliant musical theater!

JAMES C. GULOTTA JR. President

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LETTER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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The General and Artistic Director position is generously supported by The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Fund for the New Orleans Opera Association.

f the eleven operatic works composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, for his sixth he chose a subject that is an attempt to embrace the immense popularity of French Grand Opera, one of the most commercially successful styles dominant in Europe throughout the 19th century. This specific style of writing viewed the subject of opera as based in history: “The identification of historical themes in the tragic repertory of grand opera — revolution, regicide, victimization, religion, patriotism, and the nation — loom large in its pages.” — Sarah Hibberd The Maid of Orleans recounts the life and amazing military career of Joan of Arc (1412-1431), whose victory ending the siege of Orléans in May 1429 helped bring to a close the Hundred Years War. Claiming that the divine voices of Saints Marguerite and Catherine and the Archangel Michael had directed her destiny, the seventeen-year-old warrior-maiden successfully led the French army in its efforts to drive the English and Burgundians from the homeland. For his largely historically accurate political narrative, Tchaikovsky drew basic material from Friedrich Schiller’s play, Die Jungfrau von Orleans (The Maid of Orleans). Not surprisingly, serving as his own librettist, Tchaikovsky took occasional liberties to heighten what is already a wildly operatic drama presented against that “grand” backdrop of “victimization, religion, patriotism, and nation” mentioned above. The result is a work that is truly French Grand Opera in spirit, tone, and style — from the grandeur of the Coronation scene, to the religious fervor of Joan’s divine revelations, her widely-acclaimed bravery in battle, to her tragic end with a trial whose horrifying verdict was that she die at the stake for heresy. While the added theatrical dynamic of Joan’s attraction to the Burgundian knight, Lionel, is almost certainly historically invalid, a love duet is readily recognizable as an essential operatic device to display the fullest emotional range of the individual characters — even one as virtuous as Joan. What remains authentic throughout is the glorious radiance of Tchaikovsky’s music.

ROBERT LYALL

General and Artistic Director

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mr. James C. Gulotta Jr., President Mr. Dwayne O. Littauer, Vice-President Mr. Emmet Geary, Treasurer Mr. Edward F. Martin, Development Officer Ms. Sonya Moore, Secretary Dr. R. Ranney Mize, Immediate Past President Mrs. Mary Chapman Albert Mrs. Penny Baumer Dr. Nicolas Bazan Mrs. Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Mr. Dorian Bennett Mr. Peter Brigandi Mrs. Betty Brooks Mr. Joseph Bruno Ms. Luretta Bybee Mr. Vance Ceaser Mr. A. J. Capritto Mrs. Serafina Charbonnet Mr. Arthur Crais Dr. Patrick J. Dowling Mrs. Diane S. Dupin Ms. Pauline Hardin Ms. Adrea Heebe Mr. Timothy Hemphill Mrs. Rania Khodr Mrs. Christine LeBlanc Dr. W. Kenneth Mann Jr. Mr. Jonathan C. McCall Mr. Brian Monk Mr. Max Nathan Jr. Mrs. Ann Owens Mr. James Robert Pope Mr. Lawrence Pugh III Mrs. Susan Raburn Mr. Leopold Z. Sher Mr. I. William Sizeler Mr. Alfred E. Stacey IV Mrs. Harry C. (Claire) Stahel Mr. Philip Straub

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Ms. Catherine Burns Tremaine Dr. Rand Voorhies Mr. James F. Willeford Ms. Debby Hirsch Wood Mr. Joseph Young EX-OFFICIO Ms. Karen Villavaso President, Women’s Guild Dr. Jayne Weiss President, Opera Club Ms. Amanda Credeur Mrs. Lucretia Merriman-Jourdain Mr. Brian Monk Mrs. Sarah Stickney Murphy Mr. Michael A. Roussel Jr. Ms. Alisha Reed Ms. Bianca Spears Co-Chairs, Sylvain Society BOARD OF ADVISORS Mr. Dale C. Biggers Mrs. Virgene Biggers Mrs. Margie Breeden Ms. Elizabeth “Liz” Glaser Broekman Ms. Michelle Butler Dr. Mark Caldwell Mrs. Eileen Capritto Mr. Edgar Chase Mrs. Kathy Christian Hon. Jacquelyn B. Clarkson Mrs. Loretta Corbett Ms. Joan Coulter Dr. R.W. Culver Mrs. Thomas S. Davidson Mrs. Monique R. Gougisha Doucette Mrs. Betsy Dowling Mr. Brooke Duncan


PAST PRESIDENTS

Past Presidents Dr. Charles L. Dupin Ms. Marlene Duronslet Mr. Elroy W. Eckhardt Mr. Tim Fields Mrs. Donna Fraiche Mrs. Melissa Mason Gordon Ms. Amanda Green Mr. Douglas Grundmeyer Mr. Neuville Hotstream Hon. Bernette J. Johnson Ms. Givonna Joseph Ms. Rose LeBreton Ms. Lisa Leone Mr. Frank Maselli Mrs. Gail McKenna Dr. Jane Cagan Miller Mrs. Cindi Mistrot Mrs. Pat Murrell Mr. Ernest L. O’Bannon Dr. Andrew Orestano Prof. Amy Pfrimmer Ms. Ashley Pradel Dr. Cynthia Samuel Dr. Byron Scott Dr. Alan E. Sheen Dr. Charles Rodney Smith Mrs. Sonda Stacey Ms. Rebecca Thomson Dr. Peter M. Tufton Dr. Aysen Young

1943-1945 Mr. Walter L. Loubat 1945-1946 Mr. Edward A. Parsons 1946-1950 Mr. Hugh M. Wilkinson 1950 Mr. R. Kirby Longino 1950-1956 Mr. Rudolf Schultz 1956 Mr. Albert J. Emke 1956-1958 Mr. A. Fred Bultman 1958-1974 Mr. H. Lloyd Hawkins Sr. 1974-1978 Mr. James A. Noe Jr. 1978-1986 Mr. H. Lloyd Hawkins Jr. 1986-1988 Mr. James A. Noe Jr. 1988-1996 Mr. Joseph Young Jr. 1996-1999 Mr. James M. George 1999-2002 Mrs. H. Lloyd Hawkins Jr. 2002-2004 Dr. Nina Kelly 2004-2005 Mr. John C. Lovell 2005-2009 Mr. Salvatore Panzeca 2009-2012 Mr. Edward F. Martin 2012-2014 Mrs. Meredith Hathorn Penick 2014-2017 Dr. R. Ranney Mize

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WAYS TO GIVE

Ways to give

With your support, everything is possible!

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pera is the ultimate art form, blending the talents of hundreds of individuals — from the principal artists, chorus, dancers, actors and orchestra you see and hear in the theater, to the stagehands, designers, wardrobe personnel and many others working behind the scenes. When you donate to New Orleans Opera, you join the cast and crew as an essential partner in bringing great art to life. For more information, contact Director of Development Joanna Sternberg at (504) 267-9526 or nooagiving@neworleansopera.org. INDIVIDUAL GIVING Your contribution helps sustain the long tradition of opera in New Orleans, and it opens the door to special benefits including discounts, special events, VIP receptions with the artists and more! Make your Annual Fund gift or pledge today to guarantee access to a full season of special donor opportunities. Go behind the scenes — meet the stars — get involved! There are opportunities for you to participate at every donor level. THE MASTERSIGNERS Mastersigner giving (annual support of at least $4,000) is one of the most active parts of New Orleans Opera’s individual donor program. We invite you to join the host of opera lovers who are demonstrating major individual support for the opera. Mastersigners qualify for an array of exclusive benefits, including VIP receptions with the stars, rehearsal access and more. THE MAESTRO CIRCLE Created a decade ago in 2009 to commemorate the first 10 years of Maestro Lyall’s leadership, the Maestro Circle recognizes the outstanding generosity of donors giving at the $10,000+ level. PLANNED GIVING Planned gifts greatly enhance the long-term stability of New Orleans Opera and can be as flexible as your plans require. We can assist you in finding the appropriate way to include the Opera in your estate plans, and we can recognize you for commitment to the Opera’s future. Your planned gift can be as simple as a bequest in your will, but there are many ways to support the Opera while maximizing your tax benefits or lifetime income. FOUNDATION GIVING AND CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS Your company’s support for the New Orleans Opera can provide valuable marketing visibility, exclusive client entertainment opportunities and other benefits while helping to maintain the classical arts in our community. From production sponsorships to special initiatives to in-kind support, there is a sponsorship opportunity that is right for your business.

IT’S SIMPLE TO MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE GIFT! • Call the Development Office at (504) 267-9526 • Visit neworleansopera.org and click “SUPPORT” • Send your check to New Orleans Opera Association: P.O. Box 52108, New Orleans, LA 70152

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER I

am pleased to serve as Development Officer for the Opera’s 2019-2020 season. My role is a simple one — to remind opera fans that the Opera needs your support! Our wonderful performances are expensive to produce and ticket revenue only covers about 40% of our costs. We depend on the generosity of those able to give more than what they pay for their tickets. Please consider making a contribution, and if you already contribute, please consider an increase. As our expenses increase, so must our revenues! And please consider becoming a major contributor, at the level of Mastersigner or above. Your gifts help to assure that great opera will continue to be performed in New Orleans for years to come!

TED MARTIN

Development Officer

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MASTERSIGNERS

Mastersigners MASTERSIGNERS ($100,000+) Mrs. Betty T. Brooks Mr. Edward F. Martin The Estate of Guillermo Náñez de Falcón

MASTERSIGNERS GOLD CIRCLE ($10,000+) MAESTRO CIRCLE

MASTERSIGNERS ($50,000+) Drs. Emel Songu & Ranney Mize MASTERSIGNERS PLATINUM CIRCLE ($25,000+)

“The Platinum Circle is a new donor level honoring major individual contributors, many of whom provide funding or sponsorships in support of our main stage or chamber productions. The Opera is particularly grateful for the generosity of our patrons at this level of giving.” —Drs. Emel Songu and Ranney Mize, Co-Chairs, Platinum Circle

Mr. Arthur A. Crais Jr. Mr. Emmet Geary Jr. Dr. Andrew Orestano Meredith Hathorn & Rawley M. Penick III Mr. J. Robert Pope Ms. Debby Hirsch Wood Jerry W. Zachary* & Henry Bernstein

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“Created in 2009 to honor Maestro Robert Lyall, Maestro Circle recognizes the leadership of major patrons whose support of the Opera ensures the highest quality of productions to benefit residents and visitors alike.” —Drs. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan, Co-Chairs, Maestro Circle

Drs. Nicolas & Haydee Bazan Mrs. Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Jay Gulotta & Susan Talley Ms. Adrea D. Heebe Mr. & Mrs. Erik F. Johnsen Mr. Dwayne O. Littauer Dr. William M. Long Priddy Family Foundation John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer Drs. Rand & Terry Voorhies Mr. Joseph Young Jr. & Dr. Aysen Young


MASTERSIGNERS

MASTERSIGNERS SUSTAINING ($6,000+) Carole B. & Kenneth J. Boudreaux Mr. Peter R. Brigandi Jr. Pauline & Allain Hardin Mr. Donald I. Levy Mrs. Catherine Burns Tremaine Mr. and Mrs. James Willeford

“Mastersigners are opera lovers committed to the financial stability of the New Orleans Opera. As major supporters, these contributors also receive benefits including invitations to exclusive, private receptions, access behind the scenes to rehearsals, champagne receptions and more.” —Nina and Larry Pugh, Co-Chairs, Mastersigners

MASTERSIGNERS ($4,000+) Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Doug & Mary Albert Mr. & Mrs. Alvin A. Baumer Jr. Mr. Dorian M. Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Bruno Mr. Vance Ceaser Dr. Carolyn Clawson Prickett Mr. & Mrs. A. J. Capritto Dr. & Mrs. Patrick J. Dowling Dr. & Mrs. Charles L. Dupin Mr. Tim L. Fields Fran Fetzer & LeRoy Harvey Rania and Hicham Khodr Mr. & Mrs. V. Price LeBlanc Jr. Mr. Jonathan McCall Mrs. Louise H. Moffett Lily & Brian Monk Ms. Sonya Moore Mr. Max Nathan Jr. Nina & Lawrence Pugh Prof. Cynthia A. Samuel Karen and Leopold Sher Jane & William Sizeler Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Stacey IV Mr. and Mrs. Harry Charles Stahel Eleanor & Philip Straub Mr. & Mrs. James Swanson Mrs. Phyllis M. Taylor SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO Mr. Joseph Young Jr. for founding the Mastersigners in 1981.

Thanks to the Windsor Court for their continued support of the New Orleans Opera.

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INDIVIDUAL DONORS 2019 - 2020

Individual Donors 2019-2020

Thank you to our individual donors for the 2019-20 Opera season.

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ew Orleans Opera Association gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and family foundations for their generous support. This list reflects donations received from November 1, 2018 to the time of this program’s publishing.

To add your name to the roster of supporters, call Director of Development Joanna Sternberg at (504) 267-9526, visit neworleansopera.org, or send your check to New Orleans Opera Association, 935 Gravier Street, Suite 1940; New Orleans, LA 70112; Attn: Development Office. Many companies will match employee and retiree gifts — ask your employer for a matching form to submit with your check. Contributions to New Orleans Opera Association are tax-deductible as allowable by law (tax ID number 72-0272897). We are grateful for each contribution, and we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these listings as of the printing deadline. Consult your program insert for the most upto-date season listings. To make a correction to your listing for future printings, or if you believe you have been omitted from the donor list, please call (504) 267-9526.

BENEFACTORS ($2,000+) Anonymous Prof. Luretta Bybee Serafina & Bernard Charbonnet Jr. Loretta & Guy Corbett Prof. Robert Force Prof. Ellen Frohnmayer Dr. Nina M. Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Mayer Mr. Guillermo Náñez-Falcón* Susan & Vern Raburn Mr. Anthony M. Rotolo Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Satawa Mr. Will Sibbald Thomas and Rita-May Ward Robert and Nell Nolan Young PATRONS ($1,000+) Anonymous Ms. Jo-Ann Ciolino Adams Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Adatto Dr. & Mrs. Robert Arensman Mr. & Mrs. Dale C. Biggers Ms. Cherry Bordelon Drs. Andrea & Archie Brown Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Cadow Mr. Vance Ceaser Melanie & Russ Chapman Colonel Bruce J. Elliott Dr. Maria J. Falco

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Joan Hooper & Julian Feibelman Jr. Dr. Mary Frances Gardner Melissa & Bruce Gordon Dr. Robert Hammer Heather M. Horan & Jeff Lynch Mr. & Mrs. John J. Kelly Rania & Hicham Khodr Dr. Sue LeBlanc Mrs. Rose LeBreton Dr. & Mrs. William Long Mr. Timothy Lott – The Reily Companies Hon. Janis Van Meerveld Karen and Frank Milanese Mr. & Mrs. Donald P. Mitchell Mrs. R. Kent Mitchell Ms. Cynthia Molyneux Mr. & Mrs. Ernest L. O’Bannon Dr. & Mrs. Henry D.H. Olinde Judge Steven and Lynn Plotkin Ms. Ashley Pradel Mr. Robert Redfearn Mr. Robert Rome Ron Scalise & Sally Richardson Mr. & Mrs. John C. Scharfenberg Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Sinor Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Sloan Mrs. Mary Ann Sternberg Mr. Robert Sundin Ms. Deborah Todd Mr. & Mrs.* Bernard Van der Linden


INDIVIDUAL DONORS 2019 - 2020 Dr. & Mrs. Peter M. Tufton Raymond & Lisa Washington Mr. Guy Williams – Gulf Coast Bank Dr. Lawrence and Joan Zaslow Mrs. Rosemary Zuppardo MEMBERS ($500+) Anonymous Ann and Robert B. Anderson Sara P. Attaya Ann & Charles Babington Mr. & Mrs. Harry Barkerding Mr. N. Buckner Barkley Jr Mr. James Boyd Mrs. Margie Breeden Dr. William Mark Caldwell Mr. Glen Carbone Mr. Donald M. Clement Ms. Nancy Collins Ms. Mary Wilkins Costa Dr. William T. Cotton & Ms. Marcia Cooke Dr. & Mrs. Gregory S. Ferriss Ms. Celia Foard Ana & Juan Gershanik Dr. Bernard M. Jaffe Mr. Walter G. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Klaus Kallman Mrs. Rosemarie Kaskell Dr. & Mrs. Jon W. Lowry Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mistrot Suzanne & Benjamin Motion Dr. & Mrs. John T. Patterson Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Pettit Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Riley Sibley Drs. Austin J. & Jane F. Sumner Dr. Richard A. Tucker SUPPORTERS ($250+) S.G. Briggs and Katherine R. Briggs Ms. Georgia M. Bryant Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Canale Dr. & Mrs. Michael Carey Central City Opera The John Stone Coulter Fund Lorraine & Chuck Cucchiara Mr. Rennie Culver Mr. Brooke Duncan III Mr. & Mrs. Elroy Eckhardt Ms. Jill B. Fatzer Dr. & Mrs. J.M. Fortino Joan & Henry J. Folse Mr. Joseph Frickey Jr. Mr. J. Louis Gibbens Ms. Joanna Giorlando Seth Harris & Julie Schwam Harris Mr. and Mrs. Scott P. Howard Mrs. Morris Klinger Mr. Coy Landry

Elma Ireland LeDoux, MD Eric and Erlinda Nye Ann Owens Alma and Bob Pettit Gerald & Patricia Price Mr. and Mrs. William D. Reeves Ms. Katherine L. Roane David Sheffield Ms. Esther Shefsky Mrs. Stephanie Sheridan and Mr. Thomas C. Klekamp* Meg & Terry Sims Ms. Diana Stieffel Dr. Nia K. Terezakis Susan and Leonard Teich Olivier and Ghyslaine Thelin Mrs. Claire L. Whitehurst Mr. Neil Wolfson Ms. Annabelle Zakaluk Ms. Dina Zeevi FRIENDS ($150+) Anonymous (2) Ms. Anna Maria Adamo Gordon and Lynda Allen Mr. and Mrs. August J. Barbier Bishop & Mrs. James B. Brown Mr. Michael Calhoun Ms. Susan Canavello Dr. Robert J. Cangelosi Amy L. Carbonette-Cioll Ms. Meghan Carroll Kathy M. Christian Arthurine Davis John and Ruth Denton Mr. Andrew Doran Ms. Camille Durkin Dr. Jean-Farere Dyer Dr. Jane Eyrich Mr. and Mrs. Elroy Eckhardt Drs. Kenneth C. And Melanie Ehrlich Mr. John Ford Alan Gandolfi Ms. Sonia Kenwood Ms. Catherine J. Kidd Ms. Barbara B. LaNasa Linda Laudumiey Gordon Marcus Loudon Mr. & Mrs. Charles L. Malachias Michael L. Mancuso Ms. Kathleen A. Manning Carol & Stanley Marx Mr. Chris Meaux Dr. Erin O’Sullivan-Fleming Partners of Jones Walker, LLP Kathryn & Felix Rando Dr. Hugh J. Robertson Joan of Arc | NewOrleansOpera.org

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INDIVIDUAL DONORS 2019 - 2020 M. Lisa Robichaux Mr. George Sanchez Sr. Dr. Janet L. Schmid Mr. Stanley Schwam Dr. & Mrs. Charles Rodney Smith Ms. Kristi Soileau Ms. Kathleen Stassi Mr. and Mrs. Rodney H. Stieffel Ms. Beth Lee Terry Zelime Van Norman Yvonne M. Vonderhaar James Wesner 75 FOR THE 75TH! ($75+) Mr. and Mrs. Allain C. Andry III Ms. Paula Armbruster Alison & John Ariail Verlyn Barbier Ms. Barbara S. Beckman Jack A. Belsom Tony Bentley John and Judith Blackman Florence and Jerry A. Brown Sondra L. Brown I. Emett Burnett Mr. Robert Casey Dianne & Joseph Caverly Kathy & Frederick Christian Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson Mr. Charles H. Coates Jr. Mr. John Colbert Duane Couch Leneida Crawford Mr. Chris Daigle Taylor Darden Joshua DeCuir Katherine de Montluzin Anna M. Denton Ms. Lynda DePanicis Ms. Stephanie A. Doughty Mr. Patrick J. Dunphy Mrs. Bernard J. Eckholdt Jr. John and Virginia Eckholdt Mr. James P. Farwell Sybil M. & D. Blair Favrot Steven Fisher & Richard Mariner Mr. John Ford Mrs. Marie Garon Dr. and Mrs. Guy Gauthreaux Mr. Mitchell Guidry Susan and Jimmy Gundlach Ms. Carol Hall Mr. Charles J. Hanemann J.C. Harmon Mr. Jeffrey Haupt Ms. Mildred Hawkshead. Shirley Henderson

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Mr. Robert Holden Mona Hollier Mrs. Lanier Hosford Mr. Mike Horkavi Susan and Doug Johnson Mrs. Carlie M. Kahn Lee & Jim Klebba Ms. Patricia Krebs Ms. Juanita I. Laborde Ms. Cynthia Langford Mr. and Mrs. Hunter C. Leake III Mrs. Maline Levy-Berenger Ms. Elizabeth Liu Mr. John Lombardo Jacquelyn Lothschuetz Maestro Robert Lyall Mrs. Ada Holmes McIver Joel & Suzy Mague Marsha McNulty & Edward E. Chase Jr. Richard M. and Lynn M. Meyers Lynne Neitzschman Mrs. Colette Newman Dr. James A. Oakes III Mr. John Olinde Mr. Paul J. Ory Ms. Sophia Pappas Gray and Mary Kay Parker Ivonne Patin Nicole and Abhay Patel Kay Radlauer Ms. Audra Ranous Mr. A. Ravi P. Rau Reynolds Developments Dr. & Mrs. James W. Robinson Mr. Charles R. Rogers, Jr. Ms. Lillian Samardzija Ms. Sally S. Scheuermann Ms. Helen L. Schneidau Drs. John and Sylvia Schneller Mr. Raymond Serpas Jessie Sjoblad Steven & Rita Sjoblad Shearman & Sterling LLP - Austin Office Ms. Barbara W. Sholl Duchess Simon Mr. Rick Skelding Dr. Kristi Soileau Ms. Penelope Thompson Lizbeth Turner Sarah Vance Ms. Elizabeth S. Viener Ms. Pamela Washington Mrs. Dorothy Weisler Mr. Robert J. Whann III Ms. Sara S. Wilson Mr. Michael E. Winters Harold Young *deceased


NEW ORLEANS OPERA REMEMBERS

New Orleans Opera Remembers GUILLERMO NÁÑEZ DE FALCÓN Dr. Guillermo Náñez de Falcón died peacefully at his home on June 27, 2019 at the age of 82. He was a scholar of Latin American studies as well as a respected librarian and archivist. After receiving his B.A. in history from Trinity University, he then completed his Ph.D. in history from Tulane University, where he also remained for the rest of his professional career. He began his career in the Special Collections Division of Tulane’s Howard Tilton Memorial Library. However, it was at Tulane’s renowned Latin American Library, where he served as director from 1990 to 2002, that he left an enduring legacy of distinguished leadership, retiring as the first Doris Stone Librarian of the Latin American Library. Guillermo was passionate about classical music, particularly opera, piano and chamber music. He was an avid supporter of the New Orleans Opera Association, New Orleans Friends of Music, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (McAllen, TX). He and his partner of 50 years, Bill Wallace, enjoyed traveling the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, most especially Latin America. He had an extraordinary gift for language and loved to learn new languages for both academic pursuits and his extensive travels. New Orleans Opera joins Mr. Náñez de Falcón’s extended family and friends in experiencing this loss, and honors the legacy of his extraordinary impact in our community. (includes excerpts from the Times Picayune July 6, 2019 obituary)

COMMEMORATIVE GIFTS IN HONOR OF: Mrs. John Dunlap Jr. Mrs. Sandra Liebkemann Mrs. Susan Peters Mrs. Robert A. Schimek Mrs. Jan Wootan Alma & Bob Pettit

IN LOVING MEMORY OF: Philip Porter Nolan Mary Nell Porter Nolan Robert and Nell Nolan Young Jean Westbrook Dr. and Mrs. Joel Mague Joseph Sacco Ms. Cynthia Molyneux

Sonda Stacey Mrs. Elizabeth Liu

Betty Jo Hussey Carroll Mr. Andrew Doran

Joanna Sternberg Joan S. Oppenheim

Fabia Ibieta Ms. Juanita I. Laborde

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Dierdre Pretus Long Dr. William M. Long

Mary Freet Sara P. Attaya

Susan Caven Wisdom Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel V. Benjamin III Mrs. Philip Breitmeyer Mr. Ralston P. Cole Garry and Marilu Couch Jimmy and Susan Gundlach Mrs. Lanier Hosford Mr. and Mrs. Hunter C. Leake III Mrs. Thomas O. Lind Mrs. Blanche E. McCloskey Mrs. Katherine De Montluzin Mrs. Collette Newman New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club Mr. and Mrs. Willis B. Smith

Ronald Naquin Irma W. Freibaum Mrs. Alma P. Dunlap Mrs. Cristi Gerstein Harriet and Mike Abrahm Ms. Elizabeth M. Mandelli J. B. Levert Foundation

George D. Fee Mrs. John Dunlap Ralph L. Kaskell, Jr. Mrs. Rosemarie Kaskell

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DIRECTOR’S DINNER

Director’s dinner

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astersigners of the New Orleans Opera recently enjoyed the annual Director’s Dinner, which was held at the Windsor Court Hotel on Sunday, December 15. The elegant blacktie evening was held in the graciously appointed La Chinoiserie on the Hotel’s top floor. Guests enjoyed a three course dinner with an open bar, as well as a short performance by Julia Ernst, a senior at Archbishop Hannan High School in Covington. Miss Ernst was the female winner of the 2019 Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition. She sang two pieces: “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes” from the opera Werther by Jules Massenet and “What a movie!” from Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein and was accompanied by Carol Rausch, NOOA’s Music Administrator and Chorus Master. We are grateful to all of our donors, as individual giving provides important support for staged productions, educational programs and community impact. If you would like more information about the Mastersigners, Maestro Circle, or other premier individual donor levels and their benefits, please contact the Development Department – nooagiving@ neworleansopera.org or call (504) 267-9526.

General and Artistic Director Robert Lyall, Price LeBlanc and Joe Young

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Board President Jay Gulotta, Sondra & Ted Stacey, and Betty T. Brooks

Claire & Harry C.Stahel, Phillip & Eleanor Straub

Vice President Dwayne Littauer, Susan Talley, Board President Jay Gulotta and Development Chair Ted Martin

Wood Competition winner Julia Ernst

Nina & Larry Pugh, Board President Jay Gulotta, Debby Hirsch Wood and Ted Godson

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LEGACY SOCIETY

visionary leaders look to the future

You can help build the future of opera for New Orleans through your planned gift.

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hen you include the New Orleans Opera Association in your estate plans, you play a significant role in the continued success of top-quality opera and opera education for generations to come. We are happy to assist you in identifying gift options that suit your financial plans and philanthropic goals — from a simple bequest in your will to a charitable trust or endowed fund. Planned giving makes great art possible and helps sustain the activities of the Opera Association now and into the future. We thank the current Legacy Society members and invite you to join their ranks by notifying the Development Office that you have provided for the Opera Association in your estate plans. You can also request more information about the many kinds of gift options and underwriting opportunities you may choose to support. Make your mark — leave a legacy. Your planned gift helps secure the future of opera in New Orleans. PLANNED GIVING INSTRUMENTS CAN INCLUDE: • outright charitable gifts • gifts of appreciated property • bequests • revocable trusts • life insurance • retirement benefits • charitable remainder trusts • charitable lead trusts JOIN US! Please join the Legacy Society to help ensure the continued tradition of producing grand opera in America’s first city of opera.

LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019 Anonymous (2) Drs. Stephen J. & Miriam R. Bensman Dr. Patricia Cook Dr. Maria J. Falco Mr. Emmet Geary Jr. Ms. Jacqueline Mae Goldberg Mr. Dwayne O. Littauer Robert Lyall

Louise* and Ted Martin Drs. Emel and Ranney Mize Dr. Andrew Orestano Meredith Hathorn Penick Xenia Krinitzky Roff Alma A. Slatten Philip & Eleanor Straub Mrs. Norton L. Wisdom (Susan) Ms. Debby Hirsch Wood

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MAJOR PLANNED GIFTS 2008-2019 BEQUESTS & ENDOWED FUNDS Garic K. Barranger The Estate of Abby Ray Catledge, in memory of her father Bryne Lucas Ray Rose Annette Chisesi Norma Jean Gross Lois and H. Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Albert and Rea Hendler Gerald Kendal Victor Leglise The Estate of Guillermo Náñez-Falcón Mary Nell Porter Nolan The Theresa Bittenbring Marque & John Henry Marque Fund Rachel Sainton William H. Sholes Lynette Askin Stillwell James G. Viavant Jerry Walker Zachary

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For more information, or to add your name to this list, contact Director of Development Joanna Sternberg at (504) 267-9526. All inquiries are confidential.


WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT

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CAST/CREATIVE TEAM

Cast Joan of Arc – Hilary Ginther King Charles VII – Casey Candebat Agnès Sorel – Elana Gleason Thibaut – Kevin Thompson Dunois – Michael Chioldi Lionel – Joshua Jeremiah The Archbishop – Raymond Aceto Raymond – Kameron Lopreore Bertrand – Ken Weber A Warrior – David Murray Loree – Frank Convit An Angel Voice – Julia Tuneberg

Creative Team Conductor – Robert Lyall Stage Director – Jose Maria Condemi Chorus Master – Carol Rausch Scenic Designer – Steven C. Kemp Lighting Designer – Don Darnutzer Choreographer – Gretchen Erickson Fight Director – Mike Yahn Production Manager – Sarah McCall Costumes – A.T. Jones & Sons, Inc. Costumer – Julie Winn Wig & Makeup Designer – Linda Guillot Technical Director – Keith Christopher Stage Manager – Emily Barber 1st Assistant Stage Manager – Amanda Seal 2nd Assistant Stage Manager – Katie Krikorian Assistant Lighting Manager – Mandi Wood Properties Mistress – Olivia Winter Scenic Painter – Nathan Arthur Wardrobe – Jennifer Dorsey Rehearsal Pianist – Michael Borowitz Supertitles Prompter – Beth Rota Supertitles provided by OperaSupertitles.com

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CHORUS, DANCERS & SUPERNUMERARIES

Chorus, Dancers, Swordsmen & Supernumeraries SOPRANO Amy Corder Cheryl Cummiskey Carolyn Deyo Joel Dyson Rebecca Gaspelin Rachel Looney Vicki Moran Emma Mountcastle Brittany Schaubhut Hillary Smith Vickie Thomas Julia Tuneberg Karina Valle ALTO Rachel Abbate Emily Bode Mirella Cavalcante Hannah Ceniseros Stacy Clement Olivia Garcia Amanda McCarthy Jennilee St. John Juliana Starr Jane Wear Zara Zemmels TENOR Seth Board Antonio Domino Bart Folse Alan Gandolfi Frederick George Thomas Lin Richard Montgomery II

Jon Marc Olivier Cody Sires ` Dylan Trân Brandon Wear Juan Williams BASS/BARITONE Frank Convit William Gautreaux David Hinton Richard Hofler Johnny Missakian Justin Missakian David Murray Philip Nodurft Sam Ottinger Gary Randall Nicholas Yetter DANCERS (from the Marigny Opera Ballet) Edward Spots Joshua Bell Gretchen Erickson SWORDSMEN David Murray Philip Nodurft Gary Randall ` Dylan Trân SUPERNUMERARIES Isabella Ambeau Josh Marron Michael Nuwer Carla Pittari

We express appreciation to the Music Library of the Canadian Opera Company for the use of some of their production materials.

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SYNOPSIS

synopsis TIME: Beginning of the 15th century, in the midst of the Hundred Years’ War with England PLACE: France ACT I In the square in front of the church, village girls decorate an oak and sing songs. Peasant Thibaut of Arc is annoyed by their levity at such a terrible time for the fatherland. He is concerned about the fate of his daughter, Joan, who is seventeen, and he wants her to marry Raymond to protect her from danger. But Joan feels another calling. An alarm sounds, announcing the fall of Paris and the siege of Orléans. In a panic, the citizens pray for salvation; inspired, Joan predicts imminent victory. The girl says goodbye to her birthplace, hearing voices of angels blessing her heroic endeavor.

ACT II In Château de Chinon, the king is being entertained, forgetting his duty with his beloved Agnès Sorel. Minstrels and clowns follow each other. The king is paralyzed by inaction. Neither the appearance of Knight Loree, mortally wounded in the battle, nor the resignation of courageous Knight Dunois, who leaves to fight with honor (“Our king abandons France — no more I serve you, I shall defend my native Orléans.”) can shake the king’s decision to flee. The archbishop suddenly appears; courtiers and people tell the king about the rout of the British, the French victory and the “glorious Maiden” who inspired the soldiers. Joan tells the astonished audience about the vision she had telling her to lead the fight. A vow of virginity was a condition of that victory. On the orders of king, Joan is put in command of the army.

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ACT III Scene 1 Deep in the woods, Joan fights Knight Lionel of Burgundy. He is struck; the helmet with a visor falls. Conquered by his beautiful young face, she cannot kill him. Lionel is moved by the generosity of Joan: “I know that you have never shown such grace, such mercy to a foe. Why is it I you choose to spare?” She is shocked by her awakened feelings, remembering the vow. Lionel decides to side with the French and offers his sword to Dunois. In the heart of the recent enemy, a love for Joan grows. Scene 2 The nation celebrates the coronation of Charles VII and Joan — the victor. Her father, however, believes that all the acts of his daughter are the devil’s work and decides to save her soul, even at the cost of her life. When the king declares her savior of the fatherland, ordering an altar to be erected, the father accuses the daughter of dealing with Satan and challenges her to publicly prove her innocence: “Do you believe yourself holy and pure?” Joan does not answer, tormented by her love for Lionel. Dunois attempts to protect the heroine; frightened by a clap of thunder, the citizens, considering it a judgment from heaven, renounce her. Lionel tries to protect her, but Joan drives him away.

ACT IV Scene 1 Joan is alone, abandoned in the remote woods. “My soul is not a slave of Hell! My soul’s devoted to the Lord and to the Blessed Virgin Mary!” But when Lionel finds her, she eagerly responds to him. The happy moment is cut short as English soldiers arrive, killing Lionel and capturing Joan. Scene 2 In the square of Rouen, a pyre is built. Joan is to be executed. The citizens filling the square sympathize with the heroine, and doubts grow about the justice of the impending execution. But Joan is tied to a pole, a fire ignited. Holding a cross, Joan cries out to God, humbly ready to die. She hears voices of angels bearing forgiveness.

RICHARD BALTHAZAR, Translator: Being the first Russian major at Tulane (class of ’64), prepared Richard for translating Tchaikovsky’s opera Joan of Arc (twice), and for graduate study and teaching briefly. After many decades working in nonprofit arts administration around the country, in later life he took to peddling “used” (recycled) plants at the Farmers Market in Santa Fe NM. On retiring in 2013, Richard was finally able to focus on his longtime avocations of writing and art. Besides several books and memoirs, his ongoing project is a fairly weird informational art show called YE GODS! Icons of Aztec Deities.


PRODUCTION

J ose M aria C ondemi Director

Jose Maria Condemi’s directorial work, which has been presented by companies in North America and abroad, encompasses an eclectic range of styles and repertoire and has been consistently praised for its creatively theatrical and innovative approach. Notable engagements include Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Tosca, Così fan tutte, Un Ballo in Maschera and the world premiere of The Secret Garden (San Francisco Opera), Ernani and Tristan und Isolde (Lyric Opera Chicago), Orphee et Eurydice and La Bohème (Seattle Opera), Frida (Michigan Opera Theater), Tosca (L’Opera de Montreal), A Streetcar Named Desire (Kentucky Opera), Cendrillon and Rigoletto (New Orleans Opera), The Elixir of Love (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis), Maria Padilla (Minnesota Opera), Simone Boccanegra (Teatro Colon/Buenos Aires), Tosca and Maria de Buenos Aires (Florida Grand Opera), La traviata (Wolftrap Opera) and Carmen (Lyric Opera of Kansas City.) Mr. Condemi is in demand as a trainer of young artists and has been a master teacher and stage director. Upcoming directing engagements include new productions of Rigoletto (Central City Opera) and Die Fledermaus (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) as well as revivals of his own productions of Ernani (San Francisco Opera) and Tosca (Dallas Opera).

H ilary G inther Mezzo-soprano Joan of Arc

Hilary Ginther enjoys a career which embraces three centuries’ worth of operatic repertoire from contemporary to Baroque. Opera Now magazine profiled her in May 2016 as one of ten young American singers intent on taking the opera world by storm (“Written in the Stars”), calling attention to her “substantial and richly colored instrument.” Ms. Ginther’s Philadelphia Orchestra debut as a featured soloist in the orchestra’s first-ever performances of Bernstein’s MASS under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and was internationally released in March 2018, in commemoration of the composer’s centenary. In Spring 2019, Ms. Ginther returned to Fargo-Moorhead Opera in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, which was described as “...effortlessly powerful and richly emotive,” as well as making her Fort Worth Opera debut as Judy Sinclair in the world premiere of Rachel J. Peters’ Companionship, where she was noted as having a “...gorgeously rich, textured timbre.” In September 2019, Ms. Ginther made her debut with Odyssey Opera as Anne Boleyn in Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII and was praised for her “darkly projected voice” and “melting lyricism” (Boston Classical Review). She has also been awarded a grant from the Olga Forrai Foundation for career advancement for dramatic voices. This weekend’s performances mark her NOOA debut. She will also debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Omaha (February 2021) and will return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera in April 2020 in her role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana.

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C asey C andebat Tenor King Charles VII

Casey Bandebat has been hailed by the L.A. Times as having “the big, straightforward Italian sound” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as being one of the up-and-coming stars of opera. A recent two-time participant in the illustrious Merola Opera Program, Mr. Candebat performed the role of Il Podestà in Mozart’s La Finta Giardinera, covered the role of Mr. Owen in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, and sang scenes from Werther and La Rondine to high acclaim on the Merola Grande Finale. He returned to Merola Opera in 2014 to perform the role of Mitch in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and a highly acclaimed scene from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz. Recently, Mr. Candebat has been heard as Georg in Der Vampyr with New Orleans Opera and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Grand Rapids. He was also featured in New Orleans Opera’s productions of Salome, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, and Turandot. Mr. Candebat has been a young artist at Chautauqua Opera in their 2009 and 2010 seasons. He has also been a young artist at Opera North where he performed in Verdi’s Falstaff, the role of Dr. Cajus. Mr. Candebat has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including the Grand Prize in the Bel Canto Foundation Voice Competition, 2011, a four-time regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Chautauqua Opera Guild’s Encouragement Award, 2010. Mr. Candebat is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University New Orleans.

E lana G leason Soprano Agnès Sorel

Elana Gleason, hailed by the New York Post for “flaunt[ing] pinpoint finesse on high B’s and C’s” and by Opera News for singing with a “particularly beautiful soprano,” is a versatile artist making her mark on the regional opera scene. She was heard as Violetta in La traviata with Mobile Opera, Krystyna Zywulska in the university premiere of Two Remain, and the soprano soloist in Opera Louisiane’s Opening Night Gala. This spring, she will sing the title role in Manon with the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera. Last year, Elana had the pleasure of debuting the role of Joan of Arc in Maid of Orleans, performing Judit in Bluebeard’s Castle, creating the role of Elizabeth in the university premiere of Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree, singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and accompanying Lisette Oropesa as a soloist in her concert “Starry Night.” Other highlights include Marguerite in Faust, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in The Merry Widow, Violetta in La traviata, Nedda in Pagliacci, and the title role in Tosca. Ms. Gleason is the recent second-place winner of Mobile Opera’s Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition and the first-place winner of the Collegiate Scenes Competition at the National Opera Association 2019 Convention. Joan of Arc | NewOrleansOpera.org

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K evin T hompson Bass Thibaut

Kevin Thompson possesses a commanding stage presence and a voice with extraordinary range, depth and color: “A mountain of a voice, with resonance from the Escorial of Philip II, the throne of Boris Godunov, and the majestic court of Sarastro… Thompson delivered all the goods...” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Mr. Thompson’s 2019-2020 season opened with the U.S. premiere of Ali Baba by Bottesini, for which he sang the role of Aboul Hassan. After this performance, he debuts at Opera San Jose as Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2018-2019, he returned to Odyssey Opera as King Soliman in La Reine de Saba by Gounod. He returned to Santa Barbara to perform in concert for the company’s Silver Anniversary Gala, performed in concert with the Knoxville Handel Society and returned to Opera Kiel for the Opernball 2019, where the reviewer from Kieler Nachrichten wrote: “Star of the main program was the American opera singer Kevin Thompson, whose impressive bass elicited from the audience cheers.” He debuted with New Orleans Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and at the Bard Music Festival in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane with Maestro Leon Botstein. In the 2017-2018 season, he debuted with Odyssey Opera as Thibaut in Maid of Orleans by Tchaikovsky and the Verdi Requiem with the Chautauqua Institution. Return engagements include Ramfis in Aida with Knoxville Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Bob Jones University and Judas in Thy Will Be Done with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center. He will also sing Baldassare in La Favorita with the New Amsterdam Opera, Hadyn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Schubert’s Mass in C at Carnegie Hall.

M ichael C hioldi Baritone Dunois

Michael Chioldi has quickly gained the reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation. He has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, Arizona Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and Fort Worth Opera. He has also appeared internationally in opera productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opera de Oviedo, the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, and the Macau International Music Festival. Chioldi has performed with symphony orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) under Maestro Leonard Slatkin, as well as the New Jersey, New Haven and Houston Symphony Orchestras. Performances in the 2019-20 season include his debut with Atlanta Opera as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, his return to Utah Opera as Germont in La traviata, the title role of Eugene Onegin at Palm Beach Opera, Tonio in I Pagliacci at Portland Opera, the title role of Rigoletto at Austin Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera San Antonio and the title role of Henry VIII with Odyssey Opera.

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J oshua J eremiah Baritone Lionel

Joshua Jeremiah has been described as “rich-voiced” (The New York Times) and hailed for his “warmly appealing, burnished baritone” (Opera Today). Jeremiah continues to bring his celebrated performances to theaters throughout the United States. Last season, he toured the Pacific Rim with New York City Opera in concerts of Carmen as Escamillo, debuted the opera Mata Hari with the PROTOTYPE Festival, returned to Arizona Opera as Lassiter in their world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage, and reprised the title role of Gianni Schicchi with the Opera Company of Middlebury. His recent engagements include a concert of Verdi duets with LoftOpera, concerts with the New Haven and Toledo Symphonies, The Man in the world premiere of Persona by Keeril Makan with Beth Morrison Projects, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Gianni Schicchi with Mobile Opera, Petite messe solennelle with Smith College, and his role debut as Macbeth with Opera Co. of Middlebury. Other recent activities include his Arizona Opera debut in the title role of Rigoletto, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as The Foreman in Jenufa and Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Escamillo in Carmen and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Northern Lights Festival.˚

R aymond A ceto Bass The Archbishop

Raymond Aceto has established an important presence among the world’s leading opera companies and symphony orchestras. His performances continue to gather both popular and critical acclaim. Of his performance as Baron Scarpia, The Houston Chronicle hailed, “Raymond Aceto oozes suave villainy as the evil Baron Scarpia, his voice a dark rumble of menace and lust as he plots to destroy Cavaradossi and conquer Tosca…intelligent characterization distinguishes Aceto’s Scarpia as more than a cartoon villain. Commanding in voice and presence, implacable in his lust for Tosca, he is nonetheless subtle in his calculations. It’s his smiling ease that confirms how dangerous he is.” The 2019-2020 season began at the Opera de Montréal with Rocco in Fidelio conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Aceto then returns to the Metropolitan Opera with Madama Butterfly as Bonze and The Queen of Spades as Sourin. Following this production as Archbishop, he sings in Rigoletto as Sparafucile at the Florida Grand Opera. In the summer of 2020, Mr. Aceto will be appearing at the Glimmerglass Opera in Don Giovanni as Leporello and in Die Feen by Wagner as the King. Last season, he began with Les Pêcheur de Perles as Nourabad at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Aceto then continued at the MET in January in performances of Carmen as Zuniga. March brought Méphistophélès in Faust with Washington National Opera in Francesca Zambello’s renowned production. In concert, Mr. Aceto performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Joan of Arc | NewOrleansOpera.org

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K ameron L opreore Tenor Raymond

Kameron Lopreore has been hailed by Opera News as “fresh voiced” and has delighted audiences all over the United States. Most recently, he sang the role of Gastone in La traviata and Sheriff Vallon in Show Boat as a part of The Glimmerglass Festival’s prestigious young artist program. In November, he traveled with Glimmerglass to perform the role of the Marquis in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at the Château de Versailles in France. He has enjoyed a two-year resident artist position with Shreveport Opera, where he performed roles such as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Joe the sexy robot in Paterson’s new risqué opera, The Companion. Last April he sang the role of Simon Peter in Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in their “Outside the Bachs” concert. A New Orleans native, he holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice from Loyola University New Orleans and is the recipient of the first Italian American Scholarship Award, as well as a Metropolitan Opera National Council district winner award. In the summer of 2017, he performed in Chautauqua Opera’s studio artist program. Some more of his recent roles include Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Motel in Bock and Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Candide in Bernstein’s Candide.

K en W eber Baritone Bertrand

Ken Weber has performed frequently with New Orleans Opera, where his roles have included the Pasha in Tabasco, Warden in Dead Man Walking, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, the Speaker in The Magic Flute and dozens of comprimario roles. Ken has also performed leading roles with Mobile Opera in Il trovatore and Sweeney Todd, with Shreveport Opera as Germont in La traviata, Tonio in Opera Las Vegas’ Pagliacci and the Opera in the Ozarks production of Susannah as Olin Blitch. His roles with Loyola Opera Theatre include Pangloss/Volataire, Sarastro, Gianni Schicchi, Figaro [Rossini], Dulcamara and Leporello. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Weber now works full-time as a University Minister at Loyola University New Orleans.

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JOAN OF ARC: THE PATRON SAINT OF NEW ORLEANS

THE PATRON SAINT OF NEW ORLEANS

By Robert Lyall

The true story of Joan of Arc

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oan of Arc is one of the most intriguing individuals in Western history. Her extremely well-documented life raises many questions, especially her claims of divine revelations that suggest elements of the supernatural. Joan was born to Jacques d’Arc and Isabelle Romée on January 6, 1412 in the French village of Domrémy at the height of the Hundred Years’ War. She is most famously known as the “Maid of Orléans,” a result of her leading French troops to lift the siege of Orléans at age 17. Joan’s fantastic journey began at age 13, when she claimed to have heard the voices of three saints, Catherine, Marguerite and Michael, who proclaimed her to be the savior of France who would lead the Dauphine, Charles, to be crowned King at Reims Cathedral. With this divine guidance, later bolstered by visions of the Virgin Mary, she petitioned Charles’ court for an audience and was able to meet with him. She was 17 and he was 26. Amazed at Joan’s predictions of victories in key battles, Charles sent her to a council in Poitiers for background enquiries and a theological examination. The result was the council proclaiming her to be “sane and of irreproachable character, possessing the virtues of humility, honesty, and simplicity.” Court advisors still insisted that Charles test Joan’s claims that she could lift the siege of Orléans to establish her orthodoxy and clearly prove that she was not a heretic or sorceress. Otherwise, his enemies would claim that his crown was “a gift from the Devil.” This specific line of thought actually ended up in Tchaikovsky’s opera at the very dramatic conclusion of the coronation scene, in which the judgmental voice of God is represented by three enormous claps of thunder. Joan joined the battle of Orléans on April 29, 1429, since defending Orléans was essential to preserving the French crown. Joan almost immediately assumed the leadership of the French army in attacks against English and Burgundian forces. Her final assault on May 7 succeeded in driving the English out of Orléans, ending this long siege. Contemporaries acknowledged her as the heroine of this campaign, clearly recognizing the battle as a sign of Joan’s divinely inspired role. This triumph was soon reinforced by additional victories in her strategy to march the French army all the way to Reims. Charles VII was finally crowned on July 18, 1429, and on December 29, Joan and her family were ennobled by Charles as a reward for her actions. Story Continues on Pg. 42

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JOAN OF ARC: THE PATRON SAINT OF NEW ORLEANS While leading efforts to protect the city of Compiègne, Joan was captured in battle on May 23, 1430. She was soon transferred to Rouen, the principal city of Normandy, which was then an English territory. Following an almost six-month long trial for heresy, Joan was found guilty and sentenced to die at the stake on May 30, 1431. Over time, the Catholic Church reversed this unjust decision and the year 2020 is also a celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the canonization of Saint Joan of Arc, Patron Saint of France, of the City of New Orleans, and of soldiers worldwide. IMPORTANT JOAN OF ARC QUOTES: “I die for speaking the language of the angels.” “How else would God speak to me if not through my imagination?” “I am the drum on which God is beating out His message.” “If I be not in a state of grace, I pray God place me in it; If I be in it, I pray God keep me so.” “Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing. But I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there.” Christine de Pisan (1364-1430), the most important female author of Medieval times, wrote of Joan in 1429: “This is God’s doing; it is He who guides her and who has given her a heart greater than that of any man.”

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE KREWE DE JEANNE D’ARC FOR PARTNERING WITH US DURING THE YEAR AND TO NEW ORLEANS OPERA PATRON, MICHAEL CALHOUN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CREATING THE COSTUMES SEEN IN THE PARADE AND WORN BY THE OPERA KREWE.

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INSTITUTIONAL UNDERWRITERS

Institutional Underwriters Thank you!

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ew Orleans Opera Association thanks our business, foundation and government partners for their recent support! The Association works with each business and community partner to create a sponsorship package that suits your company’s particular needs. Whether you seek opportunities to entertain your clients, corporate visibility at performances, marketing partnerships or all of the above, New Orleans Opera can assist you. Your sponsorship supports the Opera while providing exclusive benefits and visibility for your company.

$100,000+ Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation Louisiana Economic Development New Orleans Opera Endowment Fund Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association Bloomberg Philanthropies $50,000+ Freeport McMoRan Foundation Arts Fund The Theresa Bittenbring Marque & John Henry Marque Fund Opera America Innovation Grant Edward F. and Louise B. Martin Family Fund City of New Orleans Edward Wisner Donation $20,000+ Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Grand Opera Foundation Louisiana State Arts Council/Louisiana Division of the Arts National Philanthropic Trust in support of the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition New Orleans Theater Association The Selley Foundation Fund The Windsor Court Hotel

$10,000+ City of New Orleans/ACNO Entergy Charitable Foundation Greater New Orleans Foundation Keller Family Foundation Erik F. Johnsen Family Foundation Lexus of New Orleans LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation Monteleone Family Foundation Priddy Family Foundation Wisdom-Benjamin Foundation $5,000+ An Anonymous Foundation in support of Opera on Tap-New Orleans Carol B. and Kenneth J. Boudreaux Foundation V. Price LeBlanc Jr. Fund McCall Fund Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation Peoples Health Sylvain Society of the New Orleans Opera Association WWOZ

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$1,000+ Adams and Reese LLP Community Works of Louisiana Consul General of France Gulf Coast Bank Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana Kabacoff Family Foundation The Kelly Family Foundation J. Edgar Monroe Foundation New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation The Reily Companies Renaissance Publishing RosaMary Foundation Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Luther and Zita Templeman Foundation Van der Linden Family Foundation WWNO

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WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE MATCHING AND IN-KIND(*) GIFTS FROM THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS: Booth Bricker Fund Chevron Humankind Deutsches Haus* ExxonMobil Foundation Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation Goldman Sachs Historic New Orleans Collection* Martin Wine Cellar* New Orleans Jazz Museum* New Orleans Museum of Art* The Ogden Museum* Patron Manager* Seven Three Distilling Co.* Shell Oil Company Foundation Xavier University* Windsor Court Hotel*


INSTITUTIONAL UNDERWRITERS

We thank the following business, foundation & goverment entities for their recent support

THE OFFICIAL CAR OF NEW ORLEANS OPERA

New Orleans Opera is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans; and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.

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WOMEN’S GUILD

Women’s Guild

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he Women’s Guild has been in existence since 1947, serving the mission of “Keeping Opera Alive” in New Orleans. The membership of the Women’s Guild is comprised of diverse and amazing women who are dedicated to fostering and promoting the cultural aspects of opera, creating fun and exciting fundraising events, as well as educational efforts, in cooperation with the New Orleans Opera Association. OFFICERS Karen Villavaso, President Dr. Jane Miller, Administrative VP Stephanie Sheridan, Home VP Joanne Mantis, Social VP Kathy Christian, Home Security VP Amanda Green, Treasurer Mary Flynn Thomas, Recording Secretary Diane Buckley, Corresponding Secretary Robin Adams, Financial Secretary UPCOMING EVENTS: Docent Tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday 12-3pm Mardi Gras Rendezvous, February 23, 2020 Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show, April 1, 2020, Sheraton Hotel Annual Meeting, May 5, 2020 Officer Installation, May 18, 2020 at Ralph’s on the Park The Guild Home is available for private events. Please contact Karen Villavaso @ 504 453-7051 or Jenny Chapman @ 504 267-9534 for availability and information.

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OPERA CLUB

Opera Club

President Jayne S. Weiss MD

Treasurer Elroy Eckhardt

Vice President Allen Sheen MD

Secretary Phil Straub

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ood food, good friends and great music! Join the Opera Club and get an insider’s view of the opera company. While membership does not directly support the New Orleans Opera, the Opera Club is a social organization composed of people who love the opera and attend our performances. Known for its social events, Opera Club hosts three dinner parties per season, where members can enjoy each other’s company and meet the stars of the opera about to be performed. The dinners are held at the beautiful Opera Guild home on Prytania Street and are formal affairs with a catered menu and open bar. Maestro Lyall introduces the stars and speaks about the upcoming performances. In addition to dinner and cocktails, each party includes entertainment related to the upcoming performances. The club also has an annual holiday gathering. Admittance is separate from Club dues but is very reasonable in cost. This event is also held in the Guild Home, which is always beautifully decorated for the holiday season. We would love to have you as a member! There is more information online and you can join at www.neworleansopera.com. REMAINING DINNERS FOR 2019-2020 Magic Flute on Saturday, April 25, 2020

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SYLVAIN SOCIETY

Sylvain Society

Thanks to Amanda Credeur and the Big Wig Committee for making this years Ball a great one!

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ylvain Society is the New Orleans Opera’s Young Professionals affiliate group. Established in 2017, their purpose is to connect the operatic arts to the Greater New Orleans community through events such as their annual Big Wig Ball fundraiser. Sylvain Society membership is free for anyone age 21-45 and includes invitations to cultural events and membership mixers around the city. Additionally, members are eligible to join the Sylvain Season Subscription Program for 2019-2020! OFFICERS: Amanda Credeur Bianca Spears Brian Monk

Alisha Reed Michael Roussel Jr Cree Merriman Jourdain Sarah Stickney Murphy

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THE DONALD W. WOOD SR. VOCAL COMPETITION

Wood Vocal Competition

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he 5th Annual Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition was held at the Freda Lupin Memorial Hall in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts on October 26th. It was an exciting day filled with beautiful music and promising young singers. The contest is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence, provides financial support to young vocalists, and encourages young local singers in vocal music.

WINNERS OF THE 2019 DONALD W. WOOD SR. VOCAL COMPETITION Photos by Thomas Grosscup

FIRST PLACE FEMALE WINNER: JULIA ERNST, Senior, Archbishop Hannan High School, Covington, Louisiana, Instructor: Dr. Maryanne Kyle

FIRST PLACE MALE WINNER: SEBASTIEN SHAYS, Senior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructors: Dr. Beth Rota and Dr. William Mouat

Created by New Orleans Opera board member, Debby Hirsch Wood in honor of her late husband Donald W. Wood Sr., the Wood family has granted funding for the competition to continue in perpetuity in his name. Donald Wood Sr. loved opera and was supportive of NOOA’s educational endeavors.

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THE DONALD W. WOOD SR. VOCAL COMPETITION

LAUREN ALBANO

KADIN GAUBERT

ABIGAIL ROQUES

A’FARRAH WALLACE

SECOND PLACE FEMALE WINNER: LAUREN ALBANO, Junior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle SECOND PLACE MALE WINNER: KADIN GAUBERT, Senior, Hahnville High School, Boutte, Louisiana, Instructor: Craig Matherne

HONORABLE MENTIONS SARAH SCHEXNAYDER

ABIGAIL ROQUES, Senior, Pensacola Christian Academy, Slidell, Louisiana; Instructor: Joy Greene Meade

A’FARRAH WALLACE; Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle SARAH SCHEXNAYDER, Senior, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, Instructor: Phyllis Treigle Joan of Arc | NewOrleansOpera.org

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LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

louisiana philharmonic orchestra Carlos Miguel Prieto, Music Director

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he Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is dedicated to maintaining live symphonic music and a full-scale symphonic orchestra as an integral part of the cultural and educational life of the New Orleans area, the entire state of Louisiana and the Gulf South region. Formed in 1991, the LPO is the only musician-owned and -operated orchestra in the United States and the only full-time professional orchestra in the Gulf South. The LPO offers a full 36-week season with more than 100 performances, including classics, light classics and pops, in addition to educational, family-friendly, park, and outreach concerts in New Orleans and across a multi-parish area. In addition, the LPO collaborates with and provides orchestral support for other cultural and performing arts organizations, including New Orleans Opera Association, Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, New Orleans Ballet Association and Delta Festival Ballet.

VIOLINS Vacant, Concertmaster Benjamin Hart, Associate Concertmaster Hannah Yim, Assistant Concertmaster Byron Tauchi, Principal Second Violin Xiao Fu, Assistant Principal Second Violin Zorica Dimova Judith Armistead Fitzpatrick Eva Liebhaber Janeta Mavrova

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LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

VIOLAS Richard Woehrle, Principal Bruce Owen, Assistant Principal Amelia Clingman Peter Dutilly^ Valborg Gross Ila Rondeau* Catherine Schilling Carole Shand Tyler Sieh

BASS CLARINET John Reeks

CELLOS Jonathan Gerhardt, Principal Daniel Lelchuk, Assistant Principal Rachel Hsieh Jeanne Jaubert Kent Jensen David Rosen Dimitri Vychko

FRENCH HORNS Mollie Pate, Principal Josiah Bullach, Assistant Principal Jamie Leff Kevin Winter Mark Trotter^

BASSES David Anderson, Principal William Schettler, Assistant Principal Timothy Chen Paul Macres Benjamin Wheeler FLUTES Ji Weon Ryu, Principal Patti Adams, Assistant Principal Sarah Schettler PICCOLO Patti Adams OBOES Virginia McDowell^, Principal Jane Gabka, Assistant Principal Michael McGowan ENGLISH HORN Michael McGowan CLARINETS Daniel Parrette, Principal Stephanie Thompson, Assistant Principal John Reeks E-FLAT CLARINET Stephanie Thompson

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BASSOONS Jack Peña, Principal Benjamin Atherholt, Assistant Principal Michael Matushek CONTRABASSOON Benjamin Atherholt

TRUMPETS Vance Woolf, Principal David Sterrett, Assistant Principal Stephen Orejudos TROMBONES Michael Cox, Principal Matt Wright Evan Conroy, Bass Trombone TUBA Robert Nuñez, Principal TIMPANI Jim Atwood, Principal PERCUSSION Jacob Powers, Principal Dave Salay HARP Rachel Van Voorhees Kirschman, Principal The string section of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is listed alphabetically and participates in revolving seating. *On leave ^Acting member


EDUCATION

Education

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ew Orleans Opera’s robust Education Department is kicking off an exciting new season! The remainder of the dates are below, and you can find more information, including videos and photos, on the opera website and social media. Follow us!

STUDENT NIGHT OUT DRESS REHEARSALS Charlie Parker’s Yardbird - April 1, 2020 Magic Flute - April 29, 2020

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS, FAMILIES, AND SCHOOLS OPERA NOUVELLE – Performance-lectures based upon upcoming productions • March 1, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Opera Americana and Music to Lift the Spirit: Temple Sinai • April 7, 2020 — 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Star-Blazing Queen, The Magic Flute and Hubble Telescope Images: Deutsches Haus Kulturabend • April 19, 2020 — 3:00 p.m. Characters from The Magic Flute at NOMA’s Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden OPERA ORIENTATION ROUNDTABLE – Educational panel discussions with members of the production cast, NOOA’s General and Artistic Director and other key production personnel. Held at the Opera Guild Home. • Charlie Parker’s Yardbird — Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. • Magic Flute — Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. SCHOOL PROGRAMS – MetroPelican Opera performances offered throughout the academic year:

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EDUCATION • LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD — by Seymour Barab, a fully-staged and costumed touring opera, is designed for grades PK- 6 schoolchildren. • HANSEL AND GRETEL — Our adaptation of this classic favorite designed for grades PK – 5 • A CELEBRATION IN SONG — an engaging program for grades Pre-K through 12 which explores African and African American songs, storytelling, poetry and spirituals. INTERACTIVE PROGRAMS AND ACCELERATED CLASSES • BUILD AN OPERA — offers students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to build operas from traditional or original storylines. • HIP-HOPERA — a process-oriented class that combines song, story and choreography. Students in grades 3 - 5 add poetry-slam components and hip-hop moves to operatic and musical theater works. Sessions typically range from three to five weeks. • WORLD OPERA! — Students in grades 4 through 6 prepare and perform multi-cultural opera and dance excerpts. Programs have included the Habanera (from the opera Carmen) for marimbas and voice as well as Caribbean music in modern jazz folk songs. • MASTERCLASSES — Advanced High School voice and choral students, grades 9-12 sing individual (solo) selections which are coached by our guest artists and staff. • MUSICOLOGY — five-day seminar series comprising music-history master classes for high school students (grades 9-12). And an exciting new SUMMER CAMP with details to be announced.

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TEAMWORK

teamwork! OPERA STAFF

Head Sound – Daniel Kobiernicki

General and Artistic Director Robert Lyall

Head Properties – Amber Wolf Head Carpenter – Alan Arthur

Director of Operations Gina Klein

Steward – Amy Newman

Technical Director Keith Christopher

IATSE LOCAL #840

Director of Public Relations and Marketing Janet Wilson

Theatrical Wardrobe Union

Director of Development Joanna Sternberg

Secretary/Treasurer – Lesly Davi

Patron Services Manager Devin Johnson Support Group Liaison Jenny Chapman Director of Education William Mouat Director of Production Sarah McCall

President – Shannon Muhleisen Business Agent – Bonnie Haase Wardrobe Supervisor/Job Steward – Jennifer Dorsey Sewing Supervisor – Stephanie Kuhn WIG & MAKEUP TEAM Designer – Linda Guillot

Chorus Master/ Music Administrator Carol Rausch

Makeup Assistants – Amanda Bravender, Lynn Highstreet, John Highstreet, James Rizzuto

Social Media Coordinator ` Dylan Trân

Wig Assistants – Shannon Kinsella, Riley Tafaro

Main Line: 504-529-2278 Box Office: 504-529-3000 Toll-Free: 800-881-4459 Fax: 504-529-7668

Interns – Sam Arthur, Sharice O’Dell

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 52108 New Orleans, LA 70152

Technical Director – Keith Christopher

H. LLOYD HAWKINS SCENIC STUDIO Properties Mistress – Olivia Winter Carpenter – David Kronenwetter

ITASE LOCAL #39 President – Keith Christopher Business Manager – Alan Arthur Assistant Lighting Designer – Mandi Wood Head Electrician – Neil Ingles Head Fly – Al Davis

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Painter – Nathan Arthur


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