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Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 Season

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November 20, 22, and 24, 2009




table of contents Greetings from the President. . . . . . . . . . .


Cast, Artistic, and Production Staff. . . . . . . . . 8 Orchestra & Chorus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Administrative Staff and Board of Directors. . . . . 12 The Elixir of Love Synopsis. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Sacramento Opera is sponsored in part by the County of Sacramento Cultural Awards Program administered by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. In order to not disturb patrons who have already arrived, latecomers will not be seated during the performance after the lights have dimmed. The use of cameras, cellular phones, and any kind of recording equipment is strictly forbidden. Please turn off alarm watches, pagers, and cell phones before entering the hall. Patrons on call, please leave your name and seat location with the box office.

Artist Profiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 In-Kind Gifts & Special Thanks. . . . . . . . . . . 36 Partners in Performance. . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Individual Donor Benefits. . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Restaurant Promotions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 A Look Ahead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52


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Greetings from the President On Behalf of the Board of Directors, Welcome! What a year this has been. It seems as though every time you turn around, there is yet more bad news on every front. Ready for a change? So are we. And we’ve devised our own cultural stimulus plan for the 2009– 2010 Season, featuring a pair of sparkling gems from the treasure chest of opera, and one dazzling new production displaying an array of exotic delights. Sacramento Opera’s new season opens with this production of Donizetti’s comedy, The Elixir of Love on November 20, 22 and 24, 2009, a charming and wistful look at the foibles of young love emboldened by the misguided belief that true love can be found in a bottle. Elixir will be followed in February by Verdi’s gripping melodrama of the follies of love both won and lost, La Traviata, on February 26, 28, and March 2, 2010. The season closes with an extraordinarily special treat, as we take a good look at two works being considered for future production. On May 7 and 9, 2010 only, we will present opera at its grandest in a Russian doublebill featuring concert stagings of extended highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, both based on the works of one of Russia’s most acclaimed writers, Alexander Pushkin. Undoubtedly, you too have been affected by the economic roller coaster ride this year. Even in the best of times, Sacramento Opera’s subscription and ticket sales cover


only 60% of our operating expense. The balance must come from contributions. Consider, if we had to rely on ticket sales alone, it would be necessary to raise ticket prices across the board by 40% to meet our financial obligations. A $58 dollar ticket would jump to $97 in price! And so, we must turn to those who believe that Sacramento Opera is an important asset and key component of the region’s cultural landscape… like you. I hope you will play an active role in helping us close the gap and ensure that our revenue keeps pace with production costs by making a donation. If you are already a donor, an increase in your annual gift of just 10% can make all the difference in our ability to continue to bring forth productions that entertain and captivate our audiences. A Partner-inPerformance envelope may be found in this program booklet. You may leave your gift at the information desk in the lobby, or mail it to the Sacramento Opera office. Thank you for being a part of Sacramento Opera’s 2009-2010 Season. Here’s to another captivating year! Sincerely yours,

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The Elixir of Love Synopsis Setting: Napa Valley, mid 1940s ACT I: Adina, wealthy owner of a local vineyard, her friend Giannetta and a group of workers are resting in the town square. At a distance Nemorino, a young villager, laments he has nothing to offer Adina but love. The people urge their mistress to read them a story — how Tristan won the heart of Isolde by drinking a magic love potion. No sooner has Adina done so than Sgt. Belcore swaggers in with his troop. The soldier's conceit amuses her, but he is not dissuaded from asking her hand in marriage. Saying she will think it over, she orders refreshments for his comrades. When Adina and Nemorino are left alone, he awkwardly declares his love. She tells him his time would be better spent looking after his ailing uncle than mooning over her, for she is fickle as a breeze. The people hail the traveling salesman Dr. Dulcamara, who proclaims the virtues of his medicine. Since it is inexpensive, everyone buys eagerly. When they have gone, Nemorino asks Dulcamara if he sells the elixir of love described in Adina's book. Pulling out a bottle of Merlot, the charlatan declares this is the very draught. Though it costs him his last cent, Nemorino buys the "elixir" and hastily drinks it. Adina enters to find him tipsy; certain of winning her love, he pretends indifference. To punish him, Adina flirts with Belcore, who, informed that he must return to his base, persuades her to marry him at once. Horrified, Nemorino begs Adina to wait one more day, but she ignores him and invites the entire village to her wedding feast. Nemorino rushes away, moaning that he has been ruined by Dulcamara's elixir.



ACT II: While the pre-wedding supper is in progress. Dulcamara, self-appointed master of ceremonies, sits with the bridal couple. Adina's mind is distracted by the doctor, who suggests they blend their voices in a barcarole about a gondoliera and her wealthy suitor. When the duet ends, Adina goes off with Belcore to sign the marriage contract; the guests disperse. Remaining behind, Dulcamara is joined by Nemorino, who begs for another bottle of elixir; his pleas are rejected, because he has no money. Belcore returns, annoyed that Adina has postponed the wedding until nightfall; he spies Nemorino and asks why he is so sad. The youth explains his financial plight, whereupon the sergeant persuades him to join the army and receive a bonus awaiting all volunteers. Belcore leads the perplexed Nemorino off to sign him up, enabling him to buy more elixir. Giannetta tells her friends that Nemorino's uncle has died and willed him a fortune. When the youth reels in, giddy from a second bottle of wine, they besiege him with attention; unaware of his new wealth, he believes the elixir finally has taken effect. Adina and Dulcamara arrive in time to see him leave with a bevy of beauties, and she, angry that he has sold his freedom to Belcore, grows doubly furious. Hoping to sell Adina a bottle of elixir, Dulcamara claims that Nemorino's popularity is due to the magic potion. Adina replies she will win him back through her own charms. Reentering alone in a pensive mood, Nemorino takes heart because of a tear he has seen on Adina's cheek, but when she appears, he acts disinterested. She confesses she bought back his enlistment papers because she loves him. Back in the square, Belcore marches in to find Adina engaged to Nemorino; declaring that thousands of women await him, he accepts the situation philosophically. Attributing Nemorino's happiness and inheritance to the elixir, Dulcamara quickly sells more bottles before making his escape. — Adapted from Opera News


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Artist Profiles

José Maria Condemi

José Maria Condemi’s (Stage Director) current engagements include a new production of Ernani for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Il trovatore for Seattle Opera, and Faust for San Francisco Opera. In 2008-09 he directed Tristan und Isolde at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orfeo ed Euridice for West Bay Opera, Le nozze di Figaro for Livermore Valley Opera, L’elisir d’amore and Tosca for San Francisco Opera, a new Die Zauberflöte for Opera San José, the world premiere of Don Davis’s Río de Sangre for Florentine Opera, and Ainadamar for Cincinnati Opera. Mr. Condemi has staged Luisa Miller for Canadian Opera Company, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Lyric Opera Chicago, Don Giovanni for Cincinnati and Portland Operas, Maria Padilla for Minnesota Opera, Il trovatore for Austin Lyric Opera, Così fan tutte for Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale with Opera San Jose, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Lake George Opera, Susannah and Roméo et Juliette with Festival Opera, the Western Opera Theater’s national tours of Die Fledermaus and Don Giovanni, and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias for University of Cincinnati, a production which earned him first prize in the 2000 USA National Opera Association competition. As a former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, he directed Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi and La Bohème for the Merola Opera Program and Così fan tutte for the main stage. A Fulbright Scholar from 1998 until 2000, he is also a recipient of the Argentina National Endowment for the Arts Awards.


Pamila Gray (Lighting Designer) has previously designed lighting for the Sacramento Opera’s productions of Aida, Die Fledermaus, Otello, Tosca, The Pirates of Penzance, and La Bohème. She designs for several companies in the San Francisco Bay area including Opera San Jose, American Musical Theatre, TheatreWorks, and Marin Theatre Company. Her work has been seen in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Sacramento, Ft. Lauderdale, Colorado Springs, and Washington D.C. Before moving to California, she spent time in Houston, where she designed for The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Theatre Under The Stars, among others. Her recent work has won her Drama-Logue Awards in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, six Bay Area Critic’s Circle Awards and numerous nominations, and four Dean Goodman Choice Awards. Ms. Gray is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Robin Gray


Robin Gray, (Production Stage Manager) is in her seventh season for the Sacramento Opera. Her credits here include Carmen, La Boheme, Faust, La Traviata, Tales of Hoffman, Hansel and Gretel, Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, Turandot, Cosi fan tutte, Aida, Otello, The Turn of the Screw, Tosca, The Pirates of Penzance, The Marriage of Figaro, and La Bohème. Ms. Gray’s other opera credits include The Aspern Papers at Dallas Opera (starring Frederika von Stade and filmed for Great Performances) and Dead Man Walking (both at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Operas and radio broadcast on NPR). She has stage managed operas also in West Palm Beach, Raleigh, Atlanta, and New Jersey. Her musical theatre credits are many and include Broadway and national tours of Man of LaMancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, The Magic of David Copperfield, Tap Dogs, Phantom of the Opera, and Hello Dolly. She recently stage managed a Motown revue at Bally’s in Atlantic City, and The Sound of Music in Minneapolis.

Carrie Hennessey (Gianetta), lyric soprano, is currently preparing for the upcoming season with Townsend Opera Players as Hanna (The Merry Widow), and Cinnabar Theater in the title role of Emmeline in the May 2010 West Coast premiere. Ms. Hennessey recently performed with West Bay Opera as Mimi in La Boheme, Mendocino Music Festival as soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella and has performed with members of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Voice and Eight Cellos. Ms. Hennessey is currently working with the Sacramento Opera’s Community Engagement programs to direct the April 2010 run of Brundibar and has performed and directed the opera Green Eggs and Ham with students in Rocklin, CA. Ms. Hennessey toured with the Tony Award Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune and performed in the opera fusion productions Figaro and Don Juan Giovanni at the esteemed American Repertory Theatre, and the Tony Award Winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has premiered and performed original works of composer Hiram Titus since 2003. Their most exciting collaboration is the release of her CD “A Prelude to Summer,” available through www. She continued her passion for new music by performing two songs written for orchestra and soprano set to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin in composer Aaron Fiore’s recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in May 2009.

Ming Luke (Chorus Master). Conductor Ming Luke is the Chorus Master for the Sacramento Opera, Director and Conductor for the Berkeley Symphony's education programs, Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony, and the General Director of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Prior to his appointments in Northern California, he was a staff conductor for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and helped prepare the choir for such conductors as Charles Dutoit, André Previn, Mariss Jansons, Michael Stern, and Lucas Richman. Recognized nationally for his work in music education, Mr. Luke has

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been involved with numerous youth ensembles during his career and was President of the largest collegiate chapter of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). He has experience with the major music education systems and methods including: Orff, Gordon, Dalcroze, Kodály, and Suzuki. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Mr. Luke holds a Master of Fine Arts in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He studied at the Pierre Monteux School and has served on the Grants and Cultural Committee of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

Timm Rolek


TIMM ROLEK, (Conductor) The 2009-2010 Season marks Mr. Rolek’s twelfth season as Artistic Director of the Sacramento Opera and sixth as Artistic Director and Conductor of the prestigious Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Formerly he was Music Director of the Grand Forks Symphony (1995–2005) and Heartland Symphony (1993– 1998) and a member of the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera. He is a busy guest conductor on both the concert and operatic stages, having led performances with Nevada Opera, FargoMoorhead Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre, Chatauqua Opera, Opera Delaware, Rimrock Opera, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Minneapolis Civic, and Glacier Symphonies, as well as the Ravinia Festival. He has recorded Jerre Tanner’s The Kona Coffee Cantata with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, and Joseph Fennimore’s Eventide (both on the Albany/Troy label). He conducted the American premiere of Ernst Krenek’s Das Geheime Koenigreich and has participated in the Pierre Boulez / IRCAM composers and conductors workshop at Carnegie Hall. Twin Cities Public Television KTCA-2 has featured Maestro Rolek on their two-time Emmy Award-winning program Arts on 2, and, in conjunction with Northern Lights Public Radio, he produced a nine-part radio-program called Music In Our Century. He has been a frequent judge for competitions including the National Council

Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera. Under his tenure, the Grand Forks Symphony secured awards from ‘Meet The Composer’ and ‘Chamber Music America.’ After studying composition at the University of Minnesota, Maestro Rolek studied conducting with Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Neville Marriner, Klaus Tennstedt, and James Levine.

David Small (Belcore), baritone, debuted his Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in 1991 and subsequently has enjoyed over one hundred performances of the role. He made his Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) debut in this signature role in 1998 and repeated it for ALO in the 2007 season. His Figaro has charmed audiences for the opera companies of Des Moines, Fresno, Nevada, Dayton, Toledo, Lyric Opera Cleveland and touring France and Spain with Il Teatro Lyrico d’Europa. Mr. Small’s repertoire also includes Escamillo (Carmen), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Girard (Andrea Chenier), Valentin (Faust), Danilo (Merry Widow), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Il Conte d’Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Papageno (The Magic Flute), The Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffman), Marcello (La Bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), High Priest (Samson & Delilah), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier), Germont (La Traviata) and others. Mr. Small sang and recorded the role of Tony in Menotti’s Help, Help the Globolinks! for Madison Opera. In addition to numerous recitals with pianists such as Anton Nel, Anne Epperson, and John Novacek, he has appeared as soloist with St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati May Festival, Austin Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Missouri Symphony, and Bravo! Colorado Music Festival. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in the Lord Nelson Mass and Schubert’s Mass in G with John Rutter conducting.

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Katrina Thurman

Dinyar Vania


Katrina Thurman (Adina), soprano, possesses a distinctively beautiful and sizable instrument, which is enlivened by her magnetic, fiery performance, and dramatic intent. Ms. Thurman embarks upon her 2009-2010 season with Belinda in Dido & Aeneas with the The Yard and a recording of Louis Karchin’s opera, Romulus, on the Naxos label. In the 2008-2009 season, Ms. Thurman debuted with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Musetta in La Bohème, sang Amy in Little Women for Syracuse Opera, and joined Florida Grand Opera as Ellen in Lakmé, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and the cover of Clorinda in La Cenerentola. The 2007-2008 season saw Ms. Thurman as Rose in Lakmé and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Tulsa Opera and returning to Glimmerglass Opera to cover Bianca/ Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate. Other performance highlights include Ms. Thurman’s French opera debut as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra National de Lyon following her critically acclaimed German debut as Vénus in Rameau's Dardanus, and Mrs. Naidoo in Phillip Glass’ Satyagraha with Oper Bonn. Ms. Thurman sang Musetta in La Bohème with Piedmont Opera and created the role of Martha in the world premiere of Romulus by Louis Karchin with American Opera Projects. Ms. Thurman is a winner of first place and audience choice in the 2008 Classical Singer Magazine Competition. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University.

Dinyar Vania (Nemorino), tenor, has performed as Rodolfo in La Bohème at New York City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Knoxville Opera, and Madison Opera; Meleagros in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata at New York City Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Syracuse Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at Dallas Opera, Nevada Opera Theater, and Sacramento Opera; and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. He made his debut with Opera Delaware in a Gala Concert followed with his first Alfredo

in La Traviata at Opera Cleveland, then again with Metro Lyric Opera. He was a featured soloist in the New York City Opera in The Parks concert series. At the prestigious International Vocal Arts Academy in Tel Aviv (Israel) he performed excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor under the baton of Maestro Paul Nadler and the New Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Vania celebrated his Carnegie Hall debut as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, as part of a Pakistani Earthquake Relief Concert, and also sang the symphony with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed holiday concerts with the Naples Philharmonic, Verdi Concerts with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi Requiem with Dayton Symphony Orchestra. His awards include Artist of the Year Award from Syracuse Opera, First Place in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Second Place in the Licia AlbanesePuccini Competition. He was a semi-finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Madrid.

Igor Vieira (Dr. Dulcamara), baritone, is hailed by Opera News as “superb” and “show-stealing.” Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Brazil, at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen. Subsequent roles have included Belcore in L’elisir d’Amore, the title role in Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ford in Falstaff, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and most recently the title role in Pelleas et Melisande. Mr. Vieira has sung 57 operatic roles with such companies as the Rio de Janeiro Opera, The Amazonian Opera Festival, Opera de Villecroze (France), Teatro Barakaldo (Spain), Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Theater of Philadelphia, West Bay Opera, Berkeley Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Rimrock Opera, Fremont Opera, Festival Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara. He was world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Philadelphia, and a past member of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprentice Program.

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Lt. Col. Frederick W. Shadle | 1917–2009 The Sacramento Opera production of The Elixir of Love is lovingly dedicated to the memory of long-time volunteer and generous supporter, Lt. Col. Frederick W. Shadle, for service above and beyond the call of duty. For many years, he meticulously recorded the Sacramento Opera productions, casts, stage directors and conductors, and facilitated every rehearsal of the company until he “retired” a couple of years ago. He will be sorely missed.


All Is Calm Sun, Dec 6 • 7 PM “ C h r i s t m a s tr uCe “

One of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus performs works from All Is Calm, including songs, poetry, letters, and journal excerpts relating to the extraordinary World War I “Christmas Truce,“ when soldiers put down their weapons to celebrate the holiday together.

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Mondavi: Sac Opera Ad Rep: Becky Summers 754.5424 Internationally acclaimed Sacramento Children’s October Production: Erin KelleyChorus 530.754.5426 presents two Holiday Concerts

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Saturday, December 5, 2009 at rmsummers@ucdavis 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church 2100 J Street, Sacramento 95816

Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. Carmichael Seventh Day Adventist Church 4600 Winding Way, Sacramento 95841

TiCkeTS: $15 general $10 students $30 preferred seating

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Lynn Stevens and Julie Adams – Conductors Helen Mendenhall and Ryan Padilla Lee – Accompanists Cantoris • Chorale & Choraliers Chorus • Cantate

Funded in part by the Sacramento Cultural Arts Awards Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with support from the City and County of Sacramento.

In-kind Gifts & Special Thanks In_Kind Gifts

4th Street Grille Brew It Up!

Borders Books & Music

Chanterelle Resturant, Sterling Hotel

California Musical Theatre

Commerce Printing

California State University Sacramento, Department of Music

Ella Dining Room & Bar

Cameron & Associates

Eleakis & Elder Photography

Crocker Art Museum

Hot Italian

Downtown Sacramento Partnership

Kaufman & Company

The Firehouse Restaurant

Media Leverage

Lounge ON20

Morgan’s Central Valley Bistro, Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Melissa Grahnert

Theresa Sacco

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission


Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS

Sherman Clay

TV Log & Entertainment

Tate, Propp, Beggs & Sugimoto

William Vendice

TLC Tech


Special Thanks The following individuals, organizations, and businesses have provided goods and services, or extended special considerations specific to this production:

Group Sales Sacramento Opera welcomes the following groups to our The Elixir of Love performances. Group sales discounts are available by calling 916.737.1000. For 10 or more people, receive 10% off and for 20 or more people, receive 20% off. OLLI of UC Davis River’s Edge at Campus Commons Sun City Lincoln Sun City Roseville UAIC Adult Education List current as of November 4, 2009

Student Ticket Subsidy Program Developed as a follow-up experience to the Opera-Tunities program, or as a standalone program for selected students in area middle and high schools, colleges and universities, Sacramento Opera provides opportunities for students to experience fully-staged, live opera in a theater setting. Tickets are offered at half-price and a limited number are offered free of charge to qualifying students accompanied to the performance by a parent or guardian. American River College

Cal State University, Sacramento

Biggs Unified School District

El Dorado Union High School District

Bitney Springs Charter School

St. Francis High School UC Davis Medical Center

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BUSINESS / CORPORATE / FOUNDATION / GOVERNMENT PARTNERS Please note: this listing recognizes total gifts received, beginning October 1, 2008 through close of business October 1, 2009.

Season Sponsor The James Irvine Foundation Raley’s Family of Fine Stores James & Joyce Raley Teel

Director ($2,500–$4,999) Admail West

Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park

Sierra West Group, LLC

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Sustainer ($10,000–$49,999)

Supporter ($500–$999) Metropolitan Arts Partnership

Contributor ($300–$499) Sacramento Surgical Society

Solano Magazine

Member ($100–$299)

The Tax Office, Inc.

Borders Books, Inc.

County and City of Sacramento’s Cultural Awards Program, administered by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission

California Cable Television Association

Sacramento Magazine

Capital Public Radio

Propp Christensen Caniglia CPA

Commerce Printing

Thornton S. Glide, Jr. and Katrina D. Glide Foundation Trust


Producer (5,000–$9,999)

Exchange Bank

Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

InterWest Insurance Service, Inc.

Partner ($1,000–$2,499)

Eleakis Photography Event Architects

Decorators, Inc. Inside Publications Thomas Advocacy, Inc. United Way Sacramento Area Matching Gifts FMC Technologies Hewlett-Packard JP Morgan Chase Foundation Monsanto SBC Foundation

Sactown Magazine Sanative TLC Tech Tradeshow Supermarket


Individual Partners Please note: this listing recognizes total gifts received, beginning October 1, 2008 through close of business October 1, 2009. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. Should there be an error with your listing or if it has been inadvertently omitted, please accept our sincerest apologies. Kindly notify the Opera office at 916.737.1000 so that your listing may be corrected for the next playbill. INDIVIDUAL SEASON SPONSOR ($30,000+)

Darryl McGuire

Allie Huberty

Ken & Sue Noack

John Ingraham

George & Wendy Rab

Edward Ishii

Sacramento Opera Guild

Muriel & Ernest Johnson

Neil & Joanne Bodine

PATRON ($1,000 - $2,499)

Gordon Klein & Nancy Lawrence

John & Lois Crowe

James & Catherine Arguelles

Oleta Lambert

Ted DeYoung

Carol & Don Buchman

Nelson & Marion Pace Lewallyn

Les & Janice Lederer

William & Karolee Bush

W.P. & Y.C. Liu

Joe & Dee Hartzog

Shirley B. Carter

Mrs. James W. Martin

Doreen T. Chan

Mimi & Burnett Miller

Barbara K. Jackson INVESTOR ($10,000–$19,999)

MAESTRO ($7,500 - $9,999) Carey & Sue Huscroft

Mr. & Mrs. Rex E. Miller

Charles & Joan Collins

Barbara R. Monroe

SPONSOR ($5,000 - $7,999)

Rose M. De Bellis

William O. & Susan W. Morris

Dr. & Mrs. Douglas M. Enoch

Julita A. Fong, MD

Elaine Myer

Albert & Elaine Hellenthal Designated Arts Fund

Rod Gideons

Stephen & Brenda Nagy

David Girard Vineyards

Laurie E. Nelson

Emily Louw

Erla & David Goller

Thomas & Sylvia Nelson

Anne P. Gray

Rick Otto & Thomas Illgen

Esther Rushford Greene

Anthony Rayner & Ruth Crane

Dr. Ray L. Brown

Ernest D. Grossman & Margaret Lewicki

Jeanne Reeves

Michael Chase

Dr. & Mrs. Glenn G. Hakanson

Sevy & Neva Cimaroli

Louis & Barbara Riggs

Diana Hoeffner

James & Marilyn McCurdy

Leslie & Jim Houpt

Lt. Col & Mrs. Frederick W. Shadle, Ret.

BENEFACTOR ($2,500 - $4,999) Jonathan & Quinlan Brown


Seeley Chandler & Jim Kelly

Lombard & Malinda Rice

Michael & Elizabeth Shepherd

Duane & Carol Miller

Nita Davidson

Michael & Alice Smith

Linda Myhre

Mary C. Doak

Jan Stevens & Carole Cory

Jeanne & Kenneth O’Connell

John Flick & Edward Wise

Joan Stubblefield

Thomas Osborn & Jennifer Lin

Don & Eloise Foley

Wilson & Helen Talley

Frank & Jean Reetz

Dr. William & Joyce Frey

Bill Thorla

Helene Sue Rock & Barry Lieberman

June Horton Gable

Ronald J. Vargas Thomas & Catherine Vigran

A. Jerald Saladana

Esther L. Volkan

Cindy Sample

Drs. James & Patricia Wells

Ernie & Lynn Schorno

Alan Willendrup & Wei Jen Harrison

Curtis & Judy Spencer

IMPRESARIO ($500 - $999) Seward L. & Betty Jean Andrews

The Geiss Family Nancy J. Giles Kay Gist

Suzanne Erickson Stroy

Green & Azevedo Law Corporation

Thomas Advocacy, Inc.

Mrs. Traute Grether

Mary & Daniel Wilson

Fred & Johanna Grosklos

David & Connie Wright

Frances H. Gualco

Peter A. Baldridge

Dr. & Mrs. Ralph H. Harder

Dr. Bobby G. Boozer

AFICIONADO ($250 - $499)

Linda Brandenburger

Sam & Marilyn Allison

Karen Brookhyser

Ezra & Beulah Amsterdam

Dr. & Mrs. Donald W. Brown

Wayne R. Anderson

Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. Carter

Catherine & Anthony Arostegui

Beverly Collard

Margot Bach

Anne & Patrick Conway

Robert E. & Jacqueline L. Bates

Jonathan Corbett

Doris & Bob Beckert

Richard & Joy Dorf

Sue Bell

Elizabeth B. Dubin

Stephen Bick and Jill P. Slater

Drs. Mark & Fran Edelstein

Harold Bissell & Kathleen Bissell-Benabides

Mike & Martha Fagen

George & Marla Gearhart

David Feniger & Chigusa Saotome

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Brooks

Jeff & Robin Fine

Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Case

Sandra Hall

Kate Chemsak

Rick and Zheyla Henriksen

Beatryce Clark

Muriel Hoppes

Robert Conkin

Chuck & Suzy Horton

Eric Conn

Debra Johnson

Peggy Conway

Robert W. Johnson

Dennis & Susan Cook

Claudia Kitka Judith L. Larson

Victor Cozzalio & Lisa Heilman-Cozzalio

Maralee MacDonald

Bill & Myra Cusick

Ralph & Clairelee Bulkley

Mr. & Mrs. H. T. Hatch Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Head Ardys & Guy Heilman Virginia Horning Frederick & B. J. Hoyt Germaine & Howard Hupe Ruth W. Jackson R. R. Johnston Gloria Jones Mr. & Mrs. James W. Kirk Ron & Suzanne Leineke Verena Leu Young James & Annie Lin David & Ruth Lindgren Romulo & Roseanne Lopez Dr. & Mrs. Malcolm R. MacKenzie John Madigan & Mary Tapparo Jim & Shirley Markle Roberta Marlowe Mrs. Jay F. McBroom Bob & Diane McCarthy

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Loraine Messecar

Carolyn & Kenneth Byers

Sharon Ketcherside

Glen & Nancy Michel

Alfred Calais

Mary Anne Kirchner

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Montoya

The Rev. Grant S. Carey lll

Mary Louise Klein

Dee Morgan

Harry & Violet Carlson

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Lawless

Dorothy F. Murphy

Linda Clifford

Falcon F. Lee

Richard & Mary Ann Murray

Ralph Clouse

Robert & Edith Leon

Lynda Nakamura

Ada Coe

Melvyn & Rita Libman

Forrest G. Odle

David Combies & Loretta Smith

Alan LoFaso

Andrew G.& Rita Pichler

Pauline Cook

Stanley & Louella Lourimore

Placerville Ladies Opera Club

Doug McDougall

Cherie Rainforth

Robert O. & Nancy Nesbit Crummey

John Richmond

Dick & Loraine Cutting

Deborah & Steven Rose

Tom & Gail Dambak

Barbara & Alan Roth

John Davis & Fifi Zeff

Rebecca Chinn Spears & Colin Spears

Dawkins Family

Carolyn J. Shaw

Martha Dickman

Gertraud Sweigert

Muriel Drakeford

Michael N. Thome

Ed Eng

Marian & Ed Tiedemann

Kent & Lynn Estabrook

Vernon Tisdale

Terry Farmer

Marcia Van Court

Richard Fauber

Katherine Olney & James Glassel

Robert Walker

Susan Forster

J. Dan & Nancy Price

Mrs. William Bruce Walker

Ron & Pauline Fredrickson

Carl & Barby Pulliam

Frank M. Yamanaka

Joyce F. Gee

Nancy A. Quintrell

Dr. Louise Zaidi

David & Peggy Goldstein

J. David Ramsey

Elisa R. Zitano & David E. Smith

David A. & Mary N. Goodman

Freda P. Ravizza

LaVerne Graf

Spencer Reid

Mr. & Mrs. William S. Gregory

Jose Rodriguez

Mr. & Mrs. James Gualco

Robert & Joan Rouse

Dr. & Mrs. John A. Hansen

Anne Rudin

James Hargrove

Rita Saenz

Dale & Shirley Harry

Ann R. Schindler

Benjamin & Lynette Hart

Sandra Silva

Richard Hobbie & Gayle Heslop

Elaine Silver & Edward Melia

Christoph & Claudia Hulbe

Judith & Michael Smith

Ida Ruth Johnson

Edward Speegle

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Johnson

Jim & Barbara Stabenau

Gail & Bill Kassis

Karin Starks

Veronica R. Kaufman

Martin & Janet Steiner

FRIEND ($125 - $249) Anonymous (2) James C. & Anna Almond Dr. Allen & Renee Anderson Donna C. Bales Frances L. Bard William E. Behnk & Jennifer D. Franz George and Beverly Blum Elaine Bonnington Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Boyden Leda W. Buss


Judge & Mrs. A. DeCristoforo

Mrs. Charles McKee Fred, Linda & Travis Meyers Kathleen Montgomery Rebecca & Michael Moore Nancy Morgan Harold & Julia Morton Col. (Ret.) Wilson Moses & Lorna A. Voboril Mr. & Mrs. L. A. Mullnix Pamela A. Myczek

Sue Stevens

Samuel W. Cocks

Suzanne McGurk

Stephen & Patricia Stoltz

Stephanie Coleman

Don Mckenzie

Thomas Swift

Robert & Lenore Connett

Robert & Anne Meagher

Ulf & Lisbeth Tylen

Cindy Cook & Elena Branson

Maurice F. Metcalfe

Martin Valles

Betsy Cuttle

Florene M. Millican

Mr. & Mrs. Robin G. Williams

Vince & Violet Damore

Stephanie Mitchell

Sandy and Barry Wold

Helen Daniels

James & Emily Moulton

Doris Yamamoto

Mr. & Mrs. Hans Dettmar

Virginia Mueller


Ed & Sandra Dolber-Smith

Robert L. Mukai

Stephen & Michele Young

Kathleen Douglas

K.M. Murai

Mrs. Richard Zierten

Rosmaire Duffy

Richard H. Ochsner

Lt. Col. Charles F. Eichbaum Ret.

Cheryl & Daryl Petrig

ENTHUSIAST ($75 - $124) Anonymous (3)

Jacqueline Embs

Dr. Myra H. Pierce Patricia Pratt

Mr. & Mrs. Mario Affinito

Eugene Erickson

Karin & Jack Aguilar

Thomas B. Farver

Jean Alford

Joan & Jim Ferry

Phyllis P. Almgren

Lura Franzella

Noelle & Ron Anderson

Marvin Freedman

Nina Ankele

Frank Garosi

Jerry Rosenblum & Joan Zicarelli

Elinor Anklin

Robert & Velma Goodlin

Bob & Terri Ryan

Rebecca & Robert Baclig

Judy & Paul Guyer

Jacqueline Savoy

Robin Balston

Charles Halnan

Dick & Charlene Schiltz

George & Joyce Beland

Rhyena Halpern

Phillip D. Schneider

John Benbow

Tom Hammer

Kathleen Siebenmann

Marcia A. Boden

Phyllis B. Hanson

Marylee Silverman

Hugo G. Bogren

Mark Helsley

Judith Simms

Arlene Brandwein

Susan & Dick Hunn

Stanley & Reinlinde B. Siwek

Jo Ann Brown

Patricia Jacobsen


Kenneth Bucholz & Sue Weinrich

Robert & Linda Jarvis

Peggy Van Wicklin

Mr. & Mrs. George P. Katibah

Joan Vondracek

Catherine LaPietra

John & Bella Wagner

Irene F. Lara

Terrence Waitrovich

Roger Lathe & Louise Mehler

Mary-Ann Warmerdam

Carmelo Lattuca

Earl C. Watson

Marvin Laurence

Marilyn & John Watson

Sally M. Lewis

Kevin Winter

Nancy W. Lungren

Cynthia & Thomas Wold

Robert & Lynn Campbell Jackie Caplan Bruce & Mary Alice Carswell Barry & Peggy Cavaghan Sandra Cavey The Myrad Foundation, Joe & Donna Cavness, Trustees Delia M. Chilgren Collin Clark

Lola & Gordon Purdy Dr. & Mrs. Otto G. Raabe Michael Read Irina Rocklin

Mr. & Mrs. Allen D. Martin Phil & Joan McDonald


Tributary Gifts Note: This listing recognizes gifts received for the period of October 1, 2008 through close of business October 1, 2009.

In honor of James P. Arguelles Susan & Dick Hunn

In memory of Elizabeth BĂŠta Popper Emily Louw

In memory of Dr. Rodger Bishton Lynda Nakamura

In memory of Lt. Col. Fred Shadle (Ret.) Don & Eloise Foley Members of the Sacramento Opera Chorus

In memory of Marjorie Mitchell Ingraham John Ingraham In memory of Wilma Laurence Bob & Tessa Jacobson In memory of Danny Maser Mr. & Mrs. Roy E. Carter In memory of Roy Myer Elaine Myer In memory of Michael Peritore Lance Daniel Joel L. Deckler Roderick L. MacKenzie Members of the Sacramento Opera Chorus Kirk Rimmer

In memory of Karon Smith Normadene Carpenter Lee Ann Hamblen Roberta Hendry Alice Henry Margie Hunt Connie Real Alexandra Rechs Mary Lou Rock Alice Sternquist Gale Taxera Patsy Thompson Ellen Yevdakimov In memory of William Sweigert Fred & Johanna Grosklos In memory of Ron Warren Don & Eloise Foley


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Individual Donor Benefits ENTHUSIAST ($75 to $124) [Value of benefits offered: $0] • Acknowledgement in opera program • Advance ticket sale notification • Use of exclusive Donor Lounge during performances • Invitation to annual Preview of the Season event FRIEND ($125 to $249) [Value of benefits offered: $0] • All the above, PLUS • Invitation to Sacramento Opera special events including Opening Night Cast Parties, Opera Talks, Grand Opera in the Grand Ballroom, and Annual Meeting AFICIONADO ($250 to $499) [Value of benefits offered: $30] • All the above, PLUS • Two (2) complimentary tickets to all Opera Talks • Free invitation to one Celebrate Our Chorus rehearsal IMPRESARIO ($500 to $999) [Value of benefits offered: $30] • All the above, PLUS • Two (2) complimentary tickets to a special Donor Sitzprobe (an opportunity to hear the cast as they rehearse for the first time with the orchestra) PATRON ($1,000 to $2,499) [Value of benefits offered: $400] • Two (2) complimentary guest tickets to each production, as available* • Complimentary parking for one car • Two (2) complimentary beverage vouchers per production for use in the Donor Lounge • Invitation to Dinner on the Stage at the Sacramento Community Center Theater BENEFACTOR ($2,500 TO $4,999) [Value of benefits offered: $600] • All the above, PLUS • Two (2) additional complimentary guest tickets to each production (4 total per show), as available* • Complimentary admission for two (2) to an Opening Night Cast Party


SPONSOR ($5,000 to $7,499) [Value of benefits offered: $750] • All the above, PLUS • Lunch with the Artists before one Donor Sitzprobe • Two (2) additional complimentary guest tickets to each production (6 total per show), as available* • Recognition as Artist Sponsor for one production on print materials, lobby signage, and supertitle screen prior to performances MAESTRO ($7,500 to $9,999) [Value of benefits offered: $800] • All the above, PLUS • One complimentary split of champagne at each production • Recognition as Co-Sponsor for one production on print materials, lobby signage, and supertitle screen prior to performances INVESTOR ($10,000 to $19,999) [Value of benefits offered $900] • All the above, PLUS • Complimentary bottle of champagne at each production • Recognition as Production Sponsor for one production on print materials, lobby signage, and supertitle screen prior to performances *PRODUCER ($20,000 to $29,999) *SEASON SPONSOR ($30,000 +) *Producer and Season Sponsor donors are eligible to receive specially tailored benefits.

*Complimentary guest tickets are offered to donors as additional tickets and are not intended to replace donor’s season subscription purchase. Donor benefits effective July 1, 2009. Sacramento Opera is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Federal Tax ID #94-6080390. All contributions are tax deductible as provided by law. Please consult with your tax professional for the full amount you may claim as a deduction. NOTE: If you wish to claim the full amount of your contribution and “opt out” of receiving benefits, you must notify Sacramento Opera in writing. Sacramento Opera, P.O. Box 161027, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Sacramento Opera Endowment Leaving a Legacy: a planned stewardship program Lead Gifts Barbara K. Jackson The Wilma P. Laurence Charitable Remainder Trust The Estate of Mildrid Reis Bequests The Estate of L. Clare Brock Claude H. Cypra Family Trust The Estate of Edwin H. Harper Davis Michael Harrington Opera Library Esther Kirk Testamentary Trust William O. & Susan W. Morris Belton P. Mouras, Jr. Juliette L. Nathan Trust

Photo: Sacramento Opera/Eleakis Photography

Ensure that your estate will be used according to your wishes and for the benefit of future generations. Contact Melissa Cirone, Director of Development 916.737.1000 or

Sacramento Opera: Exclusive Restaurant Promotio Did you know that about half of our audience members dine out before or after Sacramento Opera performances? To make your experience even more enjoyable, several area restaurants have generously offered special promotions for Sacramento Opera patrons only. Bon appétit!

4th Street Grille 400 L Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.448.2847

The Broiler Steakhouse 1201 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.444.3444

Complimentary appetizer, free parking, and bottle of Meridian Chardonnay, with purchase of two entrees. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.

Complimentary parking for dinner and the performance. Complimentary (for two) Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Cakes or Roasted Garlic and Cambozola Cheese. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.

Biba 2801 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA 95816 916.455.2422 Receive a complimentary dessert with each purchase of an entrée item. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion. Brew It Up! Brewery & Grill 801 14th Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.441.3000 Complimentary appetizer with purchase of two or more entrees. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.


Buckhorn Grill 1801 L Street, Suite 10 Sacramento, CA 95814 916.446.3757 Buy any entrée and two beverages and get an entrée of equal or lesser value for 50% off. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion. Chanterelle 1300 H Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.448.1300 50% off the second main course. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.


Ella Dining Room & Bar 1131 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.443.3772

Level Up Food & Lounge 2431 J Street, 2nd Floor Sacramento, CA 95816 916.448.8768

Dine at Ella Dining Room and Bar before the show and receive free valet parking only one block from the theater. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.

20% off total bill. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.

The Firehouse Restaurant 1112 2nd Street Old Sacramento, CA 95814 916.442.4772 Purchase one entrée and get the second entrée (of equal or lesser value) free. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion. Limit one discount per party of two. Does not include special events, private parties, holidays, or the month of December. Not valid with any other offer. Kru Restaurant 2516 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816 916.551.1559 10% off your entire bill. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion.

McCormick & Schmick’s Fresh Seafood 1111 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.442.8200 15% off of food only. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion. Morgan’s Central Valley Bistro Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.341.4100 Complimentary valet parking and 20% off your bill (not good on alcohol). Cannot be used with other offers. Simply present your server with a Sacramento Opera 2009-2010 performance ticket the day of show to receive promotion. Check for additional promotions throughout the season.


Sacramento Opera: A Look Ahead Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at noon Music at Noon: Featuring artists from La Traviata Westminster Presbyterian Church 1300 N Street, Sacramento

Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 2 pm La Traviata Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L Street, Sacramento Tickets $33 to $130, 916.808.5181 or

FREE Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm La Traviata Opera Talk Scottish Rite Masonic Center 6151 H Street, Sacramento

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm La Traviata Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L Street, Sacramento Tickets $18 to $113, 916.808.5181 or

Tickets $10 general and $7 subscribers Tickets available at the door.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm A Russian Affair Opera Talk

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8 pm La Traviata

Scottish Rite Masonic Center 6151 H Street, Sacramento

Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L Street, Sacramento

Tickets $10 general and $7 subscribers

Tickets $33 to $130, 916.808.5181 or Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm Dinner at Flora’s

Tickets available at the door. Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8 pm A Russian Affair: Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades

Join us on Sacramento Community Center Theater stage for dinner on the set of Flora’s party from La Traviata. This unique evening includes a lavish dinner and musical entertainment.

Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L Street, Sacramento

Call 916.737.1000 for more information.

Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 2 pm A Russian Affair: Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades

Tickets $33 to $130, 916.808.5181 or

Sacramento Community Center Theater 1301 L Street, Sacramento Tickets $33 to $130, 916.808.5181 or


La Traviata

Photo: Anne M. Peterson for Virginia Opera

“Love is the heartbeat of the universe.” — La Traviata

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Sacramento Opera The Elixir of Love Playbill  

Playbill for the Sacramento Opera's November 20, 22, and 24, 2009 production of The Elixir of Love.