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CELEBRATING 21st CENTURY MUSIC FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
Virginia Opera has great reason to celebrate!! The 45th Anniversary Season has met with wonderful success already with its first production, Tosca, and with all of the season opening activity in all three venues. The Tosca cast, chorus and orchestra provided a riveting production and audiences were appropriately “wowed,” as were the reviewers. The entire season is guaranteed to continue to amaze, as Tosca did, and appropriately fit the bill as a celebratory season. Celebrating 21st Century music is part of Virginia Opera’s 45th Anniversary celebration. You will see new music featured a couple of times this season. Only ten years old, Daniel Catán’s Il Postino is already considered a masterpiece of modern opera and works well in offering audiences an accessible new music experience. Catán’s compositional style is often cited as lush, romantic and lyrical. Il Postino is certainly that. Catán (1949-2011), taken from the world of music far too soon, brought opera written in Spanish to the forefront of major opera houses in America, most notably Los Angeles Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Il Postino has had widespread performances in America and two or three different productions in its short history. Virginia Opera, along with partner opera companies Opera Southwest and Chicago Opera Theater, brings to Virginia audiences a fresh new production of Il Postino from an international design team and world-class director. Il Postino features the directorial debut at Virginia Opera of Crystal Manich, a protégé of Lillian Groag. As a mentor, Lillian has worked with a number of highly talented directors, Crystal being the third protégé of Lillian’s to grace our stages. Kyle Lang (directing La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Elixir of Love) and Keturah Stickann (directing The Seven Deadly Sins/Pagliacci ) preceded Crystal at VA Opera, and we are delighted that Crystal joins their ranks with this superb new production of Il Postino. As we continue celebrating Lillian’s contributions to Virginia Opera this season, with Il Postino we view Lillian’s continuing contribution of helping grow a next generation of tremendous talent that we see so well on stage through Crystal Manich’s work. Thank you for being with us at Il Postino and we look forward to seeing you after the first of the year as we continue our 45th Anniversary celebration. Sincerely,
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RAVE REVIEWS FROM THE BOARD CHAIR
We recently concluded our production of Tosca to rave reviews. The wonderful team we have at Virginia Opera again treated us to some of the best voices in the world, outstanding music from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a spectacular set in the background. Kudos to all. Now, at this performance, you will be entertained by Il Postino as we continue our season theme of “The Cure for Our Culture is Culture.” Il Postino is our first “From Screen to Stage” that we will perform each season. This beautiful opera is based on the 1994 Academy Award winning film of the same name and provides us with love, comedy, and of course death. This month I would like to reach out and thank a special group that performs behind the scenes. We could not enjoy any of our operas without the help of our small army of volunteers that fill our Boards, our Guild, and accomplish endless tasks that are so essential to our success. We thank you. All of us at Virginia Opera are grateful we can offer to you such a high quality of opera. It is a distinct pleasure to be part of this organization which continually strives to produce the best opera for our audiences. A special thank you to all who support the Arts, and particularly, the Opera through ticket purchases and contributions. Enjoy Il Postino! With gratitude,
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IL POSTINO DANIEL CATÁN
Sung in Spanish with English Supertitles Virginia Opera is The Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia Russell P. Allen, President and CEO
CONDUCTED BY ADAM TURNER DIRECTED BY CRYSTAL MANICH Scenic Designer
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SCARY MODERN MUSIC FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Welcome to Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, the second production of Virginia Opera’s 45th Anniversary Season and the first installment in our new series – “From Screen to Stage”! By embarking upon this new initiative we hope to continue to expand the cultural horizons of our statewide audiences, dispell any myths about “scary modern music” and reveal that this artform continues to thrive into the 21st century. Many of the stories from the most beloved masterworks in the operatic canon come from literary sources, but more recently I’ve noticed today’s composers looking to cinema for inspiration - Lars von Trier’s film Breaking the Waves (adapted by composer Missy Mazzoli), the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night (composer Kevin Puts) based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, iconic films like It’s A Wonderful Life (composer Jake Heggie) and The Shining (composer Paul Moravec), recent Metropolitan Opera productions of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (composer Nico Muhly) and Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel (composer Thomas Adès), to name but just a few. Great stories are what truly resonate within us, and some of the best stories are being adapted from the world of cinema. Upon attending a profoundly moving performance of Il Postino at Opera Saratoga’s 2016 summer festival, not to mention after removing myself from a cathartic puddle of tears, I immediately recognized the significance and dramatic impact this work could have with our audiences. This is a story of transformation, passionate first love, self-empowerment, finding one’s voice, awakening to one’s true purpose, and embracing social activism for the greater good. Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award-winning film, the operatic version of Il Postino in particular, provides a platform for the voice to add immensely to traditional cinematic storytelling. From a vocal-writing perspective, take notice of the vocal journey upon which Mario, the postman, finds himself – from outright bumbling clumsiness (displayed by choppy, interrupted rhythms) to ultimately being emboldened by Neruda’s poetry (as can be seen by his impassioned, romantic wooing of Beatrice). It’s a subtle evolution, but one that’s cleverly woven into the tapestry of this touching work. With today’s performance of Il Postino, I hope your eyes, ears, and hearts are awakened by these moving storytellers, their incredible voices, and this truly exceptional score of Daniel Catán. Thank you for your generous support and continued patronage, and please enjoy today’s performance! Sincerely,
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SYNOPSIS The action takes place on Cala di Sotto, a small Italian island, during the 1950’s. ACT 1
Mario Ruoppolo learns that Chilean poet Pablo Neruda will reside on the island during his exile from Chile. He proudly tells his father that he will begin work at the post office tomorrow. Neruda, settling into his residence, frets over injustice in the world to his wife Matilde. Mario arrives with mail for Neruda, his only customer. Learning of the poet’s celebrity, Mario reads some love poems in hopes of impressing local girls. On his next visit, Mario expresses curiosity about poetic metaphors. Neruda asks him to read an important letter: it announces his nomination for a Nobel prize. Mario determines that he wishes to become a poet. In the local tavern, a barmaid sings a folk song while Mario stares admiringly. She invites Mario to play a tabletop game of soccer, provocatively presenting him with the ball. Shyly asking her name, she replies: “Beatrice Russo”. Infatuated, Mario begs Neruda to compose a love poem for Beatrice; he laughs off the idea. As fishermen sing of the sea, Mario attempts to write himself, but no ideas come. ACT 2
Beatrice sits in her bedroom. Her aunt, Donna Rosa, enters with questions about Mario, suspicious of his intentions. Beatrice tells her he has only quoted poetry to her; Rosa is not
reassured. In the village, a politician named Di Cosimo promises to install running water for the island if elected; Rosa is delighted. As Beatrice leaves the tavern, Mario stops her, reciting lines of Neruda’s love poetry. At Neruda’s home, the poet plays a tape from Chile, with news from his homeland. Preparing to send his own tape in response, he invites Mario to describe the wonders of the island. Tongue-tied, the postman can only mumble “Beatrice Russo”. Donna Rosa consults with the local priest, conveying her concerns about Mario, horrified that the postman has given her niece a poem called “Naked”. When Mario and Beatrice meet again, their tryst is interrupted by her furious aunt. Neruda reads a letter from Chile describing a peaceful demonstration in which protesters were slaughtered by government troops. Devastated, he grieves as Matilde attempts to comfort him while Mario, unseen watches. Donna Rosa interrupts them to complain that Mario is using Neruda’s poems to seduce her niece. Threatening to shoot the boy, she storms out as Mario emerges in despair. That evening, Mario and Beatrice meet again, now pledging their love. Some time later, the village gathers at the tavern to celebrate the wedding of Mario and Beatrice. Neruda offers a song to honor the couple. As all save Donna Rosa express happiness, Neruda receives a telegram: his exile has ended.
Neruda and Matilde are packed and ready to leave. The poet asks Mario to watch over some belongings and ship them at a later date. Mario asks Neruda to write to him. They say their goodbyes. Unemployed once more, Mario wanders the island. As time elapses, Mario keeps tracks of Neruda’s activities abroad while Di Cosimo, on another campaign tour, repeats his promise of running water. Mario, Beatrice and Rosa listen excitedly as Neruda is interviewed on the radio. When asked about his time on the island, Neruda speaks of flowers and the sea, but never mentions Mario. Meanwhile, Di Cosimo has won the election but fails to deliver on his promise of water. Mario angrily confronts Di Cosimo. Alone
with Beatrice, she announces she is expecting their child. A letter arrives from Chile. Mario is crushed that it is merely an impersonal note from Neruda’s assistant. At Neruda’s home, Mario finds Neruda’s tape recorder. He uses it to record the sounds of life on the island: birds, ocean waves, even the heartbeat of his unborn child. Years later, Neruda has returned to the island. Finding Beatrice at the tavern with her young son Pablito, he learns of Mario’s death. Awakened to social injustice in Italy, Mario was invited to speak at a demonstration, only to be killed by police.Beatrice hands the grieving Neruda a letter from Mario. Neruda reads it as we hear Mario express gratitude for all that Neruda brought to his life.
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THE AWAKENING OF THE POETIC SPIRIT FROM THE DIRECTOR—CRYSTAL MANICH
The opera adaptation of Il Postino by the brilliant Daniel Catán is a beautiful mixture of the novel by Antonio Skármeta and the 1994 film directed by Michael Radford. Like the film, the action is moved from the novel’s Chilean setting towards the end of Neruda’s life in 1969 to the fictitious Italian island of Cala di Sotto (literally “Cove Below”) in 1950 during poet Pablo Neruda’s political exile from Chile. This more innocent and distant representation of post-Mussolini and post-war Italian life replaces Neruda’s true residence in exile, Capri. The aesthetic of this production focuses on the citizens of the island as living in a time before the war, while the Chilean Neruda, in all his success and wealth, portends a new era as he sports new suits and sits on chic furniture. The iconic sound of Mario’s bike bell, the fishermen who make up the residents of the island, and the oceanside setting evoke at once movement, beauty, and the unknown. Mario, the postman, is in search of poetry. His only client is the famous Neruda, who he turns to for guidance in finding love with the beautiful Beatrice. She is a fiery bird who does not love easily. The three mysterious women who pepper the scenes are representative of the emotional awakening of female desire. This story is not Mario’s alone. Beatrice has an equal journey, but hers is not inspired directly by Neruda. She beholds Mario in the wake of his poetic transformation. The three women embody the aesthetic of Neruda’s passion for music that is woven into various scenes of the opera, such as tango, and therefore awaken Beatrice to Mario’s newfound confidence and sensitivity to nature, thanks to Neruda’s foreign influence. The political implications of the island are very clear and familiar, and Cala di Sotto is used as a microcosm of upheaval in mid-century Europe. Like most political disputes, this one is deeply immersed in class structure. Mario and Beatrice come from the lower, working class seeking refuge in the dream of equality as promised by communism. Neruda is of the artist-political activist class who has achieved wealth through his success, while remembering his working class roots. The candidate di Cosimo is a wealthy democratic politician who will do whatever it takes to win an election. Neruda has his own political concerns back home in Chile. Mario and Neruda’s friendship emerges despite political chaos. The two find harmony in metaphor, which serves as an escape. And yet Mario, like the politics that have abandoned him, is abandoned by Neruda. Mario’s breakdown in Act III over Pablo’s lack of communication after his departure comes out of a realization of the class he belongs to: “What did I ever do for him?...He saw that I wasn’t a poet, and yet he treated me like a friend.” In this production our team has worked toward achieving a sense of flow to at once express the various locations for action and the discovery of poetry. The 21
FROM THE DIRECTOR, CONTINUED
staircase, a metaphorical wave made up of floor and roof tile finishing off with paper, is triggered with Mario’s human impetus (the bicycle) to move forward in life. Sometimes, like the ocean, it moves unexpectedly on its own as a harbinger of fate. The opera, which highlights very profoundly Neruda’s South American roots, expresses moments of heightened epiphany and beauty. This production embraces those moments as an opportunity for magical realism, as created by the novelist and friend of Neruda’s, Gabriel García Márquez. These moments express “another world,” raising the characters above the everyday. Catán’s portrayal of Neruda’s nostalgia for his homeland—the Spanish language, the fight for political change, Argentine tango—permeate the story you are about to witness. Poetry is found, tango is danced and embodied, and the real Neruda’s inspired presence washes over us like a wave. y cambió bruscamente mi existencia: / and my life changed suddenly: de mi adhesión al puro movimiento. / as I became part of its pure movement.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES
DANIEL CATÁN Composer and Librettist Daniel Catán composed in a lyrical, romantic style that lends itself particularly well to the human voice. Lush orchestrations reminiscent of Debussy and Strauss, along with Latin American instruments and rhythms, are regularly heard in his music. His opera Florencia en el Amazonas has the distinction of being the first opera in Spanish commissioned by a major American company. The success of this opera led to the commission of Salsipuedes for Houston Grand Opera. His fourth opera, Il Postino, was commissioned by Los Angeles Opera and premiered in Los Angeles, Vienna and Paris in 2011 featuring Plácido Domingo. At the time of his death, Daniel Catán was at work on his next opera, Meet John Doe. Born in Mexico, Daniel studied philosophy at the University of Sussex in England before enrolling in Princeton as a PhD student in composition under the tuition of Milton Babbitt, James Randall and Benjamin Boretz. His music is published by Associated Music Publishers.
ADAM TURNER* Conductor American conductor Adam Turner is quickly gaining momentum as a conductor to watch on international opera stages. Currently in his second season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera (following four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor), Maestro Turner garners critical acclaim for the
breadth of his repertoire, artistic vision, and polished technique. Of his recent performance of Street Scene with Virginia Opera, Opera News hailed the “sensitive conducting” of Adam Turner “who demonstrated an affinity for a score as stylistically diverse as the characters in the plot.” In his second season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera, Maestro Turner will conduct performances of Tosca, Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, La Cenerentola, and Aida. Last season, Mo. Turner made debut appearances with San Diego Opera (Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, with the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade), the Buffalo Philharmonic (Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins), Intermountain Opera Bozeman (Eugene Onegin); and in his inaugural season as Artistic Director of Virginia Opera led productions of Street Scene, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, Madama Butterfly, and Jack Perla’s An American Dream. Additionally, Mo. Turner returned to Central City Opera to conduct Madama Butterfly for the 2019 summer season. In recent seasons, Mr. Turner conducted Samson et Dalila, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Der Freischütz, The Seven Deadly Sins, Pagliacci, La bohème, and Der fliegende Holländer at Virginia Opera, Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera Baltimore, and collaborated with renowned conductor John DeMain on Washington National Opera’s production of Kurt Weill’s final stage composition Lost in the Stars. Additionally, The Kurt Weill Foundation named Maestro Turner the inaugural recipient of the Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellowship in 2015. Other recent guest conducting engagements include: The Tender Land at Northwestern University; Three Decembers with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Händel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Holiday Concert with Washington National Opera; Sweeney Todd at Hawaii Opera 23
Theatre and Eugene Opera; and Le nozze di Figaro, Dead Man Walking, Carmen, La bohème, Man of La Mancha and Oklahoma! with Central City Opera. Turner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Morehead State University, and a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America. He furthered his training with internationally acclaimed conductors and pedagogues Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, and Kate Tamarkin. *Underwriting provided by Bridget Browne
CRYSTAL MANICH * Director Crystal Manich, hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major publications for “lively” and “imaginative staging,” has directed over 60 productions. Credits: Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina, Pinchgut in Sydney (Australia), Pittsburgh, The Kennedy Center, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Boston Lyric, Utah, Tulsa, Boston, American Opera Projects, Utah, Omaha, Arizona, Santa Barbara, Columbus, North Carolina, Delaware, Roanoke, and Baltimore. Former Artistic Director of Mill City Summer Opera and Founding Co-Artistic Director for Opera Omnia in New York. She was assistant artistic director on Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam in Brazil. Recent: world premiere of Return to Sender (Nashville Children’s Theatre) and an adaptation of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto (Florida Grand Opera). Finalist in the 2019 Oaxaca Film Festival Global Script Challenge for Desconocer. *Underwriting provided by Christopher and Julie Coffing
DANIEL MONTENEGRO* Mario Ruoppolo, tenor A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles. The 2018-2019 season saw him as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, Alfredo in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, and Luis in El Pasado Nuca se Termina with Fort Worth Opera. The 2019-2020 season includes a return to San Francisco Opera as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette, Mario in Il Postino with Opera Santa Barbara, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Phoenix Symphony. In 2015, Daniel made his Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera debuts as Luis (a role he created) in El Pasado Nuca se Termina. Recent seasons include Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with both New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera, a return to San Diego Opera as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas, Giovanni in La Hija de Rappaccini with Gotham Opera and his European opera debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino along side Plácido Domingo. *Underwriting provided by Cabell and Mary Jane Birdsong
RAÚL MELO* Pablo Neruda, tenor Tenor Raúl Melo is a celebrated performer worldwide, a recipient of the Best Lyric Tenor prize in the 1992 Alfredo Kraus Competition, and an 8-time guest on the PBS program A Prairie
Home Companion. Career highlights: Duke in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna touring Korea, Deutche Staatsoper Berlin; Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Shanghai Arts Festival, Frankfurt Opera, Semperoper Dresden and the Macau Music Festival; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera; Rodolfo in Luisa Miller with the Dallas Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera at the Opéra de Québec, Palm Beach Opera, Seattle Opera; Cavaradossi in Tosca at the New York City Opera, Opera Carolina and Palm Beach Opera; Faust in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Calaf in Turandot with Musica Viva Hong Kong China and Manitoba Opera Canada. *Underwriting provided by Larry and Susan Quate
DANIELLE TALAMANTES* Beatrice Russo, soprano “It’s not often that a fortunate operagoer witnesses the birth of a star!,” critics hailed for Danielle Talamantes’ role début as Violetta in La traviata, a role she performed again in her Hawaii Opera Theatre début this past Spring. This season, Ms. Talamantes performs the role of Beatrice in Il Postino with Virginia Opera; sings in Eugene Concert Choir’s concert entitled Beethoven’s Birthday Bash; performs as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Pensacola Symphony and University of Southern Mississippi; sings The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock with the National Philharmonic; performs as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Fairfax Symphony Orchestra; Micaela in Carmen with Helena Symphony; and performs the World Premiere of Henry Dehlinger’s oratorio Kohelet with the Santa Clara Chorale. *Underwriting provided by Ed and Linda Lilly
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DANA BETH MILLER* Donna Rosa, mezzo-soprano Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the evening’s biggest find,” and praised by both the New York Times for “wielding a rich, substantial voice, along with a winning stage presence,” and the Boston Globe for having a “voice full of alluringly dark colorings,” Dana Beth Miller is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising and exciting dramatic mezzosopranos on the stage today. She has been engaged by opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Grand Théâtre Genève, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among many others. Last season, Ms. Miller made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as La Badessa in Suor Angelica with conductor Andris Nelsons. She then joined the Metropolitan Opera for their acclaimed Ring Cycle, covering Grimgerde in Die Walküre,
returned to Boston Lyric Opera as Offred’s Mother in The Handmaid’s Tale, and brought her Grimgerde to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This season includes Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera Roanoke, and her debut with Opera Santa Barbara. *Underwriting provided by Bob and Mary Nell Kuhlo
BRETT BODE Giorgio, bass-baritone Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Brett Bode is rapidly emerging as an exciting and versatile young operatic bass. Equally at home in classical repertoire and contemporary music, Brett created the roles of Governor John Connally in JFK at Fort Worth Opera as well as Bindy McCall in Roscoe and Polonius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Seagle Music Colony. Brett will be seen in Virginia Opera’s upcoming 2019-2020 season as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist, singing Il Rè in Aida, Sciarrone in Tosca, and Giorgio in Il Postino, as well as covering Alidoro in La Cenerentola. He has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Conservatory Opera, and Fort Worth Opera, and recently completed a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance in 2019 from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mr. Bode earned two Bachelor of Music degrees from Oklahoma City University in 2014.
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EFRAÍN SOLÍS* Di Cosimo, baritone Efraín Solís is a recent Adler Fellowship graduate at San Francisco Opera, where he sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La cenerentola, and Schaunard in La bohème. This season, he also joins Utah Opera (Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night), Fort Worth Opera (Schaunard in La bohème), and the Cincinnati Song Initiative. Recent engagements include Mark in Cruzar la cara del la luna (Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, El Paso Opera), Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera), Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Memphis), Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande and Hydrogen Jukebox (West Edge Opera), and Slook in La cambiale di matrimonio (Philharmonia Baroque). *Underwriting provided by Ina Levy and Richard Staub
MIGUEL GIRONA Mario’s Father Miguel Girona is humbled to once again be a part of the Virginia Opera. His last role with Virginia Opera was as Officer Murphy in Street Scene. As a local actor Miguel has been on the boards of many area community theaters such as The Generic Theater, Little Theatre of Norfolk, Williamsburg Players, PCT and Panglossian. Other notable stage appearances include Solario/Solarino in The Merchant Of Venice, Sir Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Messalla in Julius
Caesar at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Landscaper in Native Gardens at the Virginia Stage Company as well as Morrocco/ Solario/Duke/Tubal in The Merchant of Venice at Quill Theater.
LOUIS ALEXANDER RIVA Priest/Thug #2, tenor New York City born tenor Louis Alexander Riva, joining the roster of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, will sing Spoletta in Tosca, Priest, Thug #2, and cover Mario in Il Postino, and Frederic and Major General Stanley in the Spring Education and Outreach Tour of Pirates of Penzance. Noted for his “…attractive tone, silken voice, and ardent acting.”, Louis won First Prize in the 2018 Mario Lanza & Elaine Malbin Competition in New York. Recent engagements have included Lyonel in Martha, Fenton and Bardolfo in Falstaff, and Junger Diener in Elektra. As a 2018 Young Artist with the Martina Arroyo Foundation – Prelude to Performance, Louis covered all three tenor roles of Fenton, Dr. Caius, and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Marking his debut with Sarasota Opera as a 2019 Apprentice Artist, Louis sang the role of Pong in Turandot. This past summer, Louis joined the Apprentice Artist roster of Charlottesville Opera as Garcia in Le Tragédie de Carmen, and ensemble in Camelot. artists continued on page 35
Time Magazine (1978) Last we ek, i n a gia nt step, t he V.O.A. abandoned the standard r ep e r t o r y a nd emb r a c e d 2 0 th century music by presenting the
American premiere of Mary, Queen of Scots, a grand opera by Scottish
Composer Thea Musgrave, 49. The
choice was audacious. Mary calls for 13 principals and a 32-member
chorus, a taxing assignment for V.O.A.â€™s limited resources and tiny (28 ft. deep) stage. V.O.A. gambled and won â€“ to prolonged applause.
45 YEARS OF PREMIERES Starting all the way back in 1978, Virginia Opera began its dedication to bringing new works to the Commonwealth of Virginia and we continue that mission today in 2019 with Daniel Catán’s Il Postino. Over our 45 season history, we have presented four World Premieres, one American Premiere, many Virginia Premieres, and in 2011 (starting with Verdi’s Aida) embarked on an 8 season initiative to begin each season with a Virginia Opera premiere production, our “First of Firsts.” It is our vision to continue to bring new and exciting works to audiences throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for many years to come including the new formation of our “From Screen to Stage” initiative.
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DYLAN ELZA Thug #1, tenor Tenor Dylan Elza is a native of Dallas, Texas and a returning member of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. Previously, Mr. Elza performed as Dave in Breaking, and F.B.I. Agent in An American Dream with Virginia Opera’s Variations Series, covered the role of the lead tenor, Nemorino, in L’elisir D’amore, and performed the same role in the outreach production. Most recently, Dylan performed this summer with Charlottesville Opera, covering the role Don José in La Tragédie de Carmen and singing in the semi-staged Encore series. As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2019-2020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Dylan sings the role of Thug #1 in Il Postino, and covers the role of Pablo Neruda in Il Postino and Spoletta in Tosca.
ANDREW SIMPSON Thug #3, bass-baritone Andrew Simpson is a bass-baritone from Dallas, TX. He studied with the great bass Samuel Ramey at Wichita State University, where he performed five leading roles while pursuing graduate studies, including Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Lord Sidney in Il viaggio a Reims, Don Annibale in Donizetti’s Il campanello di notte, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Reverend Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. In the 2019-2020 season as a member of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program,
Andrew will be singing Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, and additionally singing 3rd Thug and covering Giorgio in Il Postino. Andrew has been an apprentice artist at Seagle Music Colony, Central City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Teatro Nuovo. Andrew has sung the roles of Angelotti in Tosca with the Wichita Grand Opera, Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi with the Chicago Opera Theater, the footman in Vanessa at the Santa Fe Opera, and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in the Rock.
DAVID D. LEE Thug #4, bass-baritone Bass-baritone David D. Lee’s performed operatic roles include Frank in Die Fledermaus, Littore, Liberto and Console in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Der Lautsprecher in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Hanezo in L’amico Fritz, and Filippo in La Gazzetta. He also made his debut at Victoria’s theatre in Singapore singing Frank in Die Fledermaus and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a member of Virginia Opera’s 20192020 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Lee will study-cover Sciarrone, Sacristan, Angelotti and Jailer in Tosca, and sing the role of Thug #4 and cover Di Cosimo in Il Postino. He will also cover-study Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and Amonasro in Aida.
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ZACHARY MILLS Pablito Zachary is a sixth grader at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach. Having just finished performing with the Children’s Chorus in the Virginia Opera’s Tosca, he’s excited to be performing with the Virginia Opera again. Zachary’s experience also includes performing in summer camp productions at his church, All City Chorus and the sixth grade chorus at Lynnhaven Middle School. He also has been studying piano for the past three years. When he’s not performing, Zachary enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, swimming, riding his bike, skateboarding and family dinners with his extended family. Zachary is very grateful for this opportunity and wants to thank his family for supporting him in all his creative adventures.
ERIN LINDSAY CARR Production Stage Manager Erin Lindsay Carr (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Virginia Opera for a 2nd season. A native of Philadelphia Erin has work for companies all across the US and has toured. Erin received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Stage Management from Syracuse University. Some favorite credits include, Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Madama Butterfly (Virginia Opera) The Consul
(Chicago Opera Theater), FRIDA (Michigan Opera Theatre), Annie, A View from the Bridge, Les Miserables (Hope Summer Rep Theatre), SHOW BOAT, Peter Pan (Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre).
BRANDON M. ELDREDGE Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master Brandon Eldredge has built a broad-scoped knowledge and experience as a conductor, pianist, and operatic coach, working across the United States, Germany, and Sweden. He joined Virginia Opera for their 45th season as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master. Serving as Assistant Conductor for Opera Saratoga’s 2018 productions of The Merry Widow and The Consul, he was re-engaged to assistant conduct Hänsel und Gretel and conduct Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri for their 2019 season. As a repetiteur, he prepared productions for Sacramento Opera’s Rigoletto in 2019, Opera Southwest’s Tosca in 2018, and Oper Bonn’s (Germany) Die Zauberflöte and Madama Butterfly in their 2016 season. He served as principal conductor of the Cologne-based Rainbow Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018.
ALICE FREDRICKSON Costume Designer Alice Fredrickson is thrilled to be making her Virginia Opera debut. Based in Minneapolis, Alice designs regionally for both opera and theater. Most recently she designed Cosi fan tutte at Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis and Sweeney Todd at Asolo Repertory Theater in Sarasota. Her upcoming season includes Bernarda Alba at Theater Latte Da and remounting il Postino at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque this winter. Alice’s other recent credits include: Diana’s Garden (Minnesota Opera), Bad News I Was There… (Guthrie Theater), Home for the Holidays (Minnesota Orchestra) Chicago, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Assassins, Six Degrees of Separation, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Oliver! (Theater Latte Da) Hamlet (Park Square Theater).
PAUL HACKENMUELLER Lighting Designer Paul’s work has been seen globally across performance disciplines including work with The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Bucharest National Opera, Minnesota Opera, The Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opera Omaha. New York theatre includes work on over 10 Broadway musicals and plays as well as work at many of the nations leading regional theaters including the Guthrie, McCarter and American Conservatory Theater. Lighting for singers in concert 38
include Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, Tony Bennett, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, John Legend, Taylor Swift among others. Corporate clients include Target Stores and Radisson Hotel Group. Faculty at NYU Tisch Graduate Department of Design. Training: MFA, NYU Tisch; BA University of Minnesota.
TESSA HARTLE Rehearsal Pianist Tessa Hartle has established herself as one of opera’s most valued and in-demand coach/accompanists working to prepare young singers for professional careers, notably serving as Principal Coach/Accompanist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio for three seasons. Prior appointments include the music staffs of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. Tessa has also prepared and performed numerous contemporary American works, notably the world premiere of Greg Spears’ Paul’s Case (UrbanArias, Arlington, VA). She holds her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland – College Park.
TLÁLOC LÓPEZ-WATERMANN Projection Designer
JAMES MCGOUGH Wig and Makeup Designer
Tláloc is thrilled to be making his Virginia Opera debut to design projections for Il Postino. His lighting and projection designs have been seen at Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Columbus, Lakes Area Music Festival, Pittsburg Opera, North Carolina Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera On the James, Opera Naples, Castleton Festival, Brevard Music Center, Toledo Opera, Opera Roanoke, Shreveport Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival amongst many others. Designs include: The Long Walk, Hydrogen Jukebox, Baby Doe, Sondheim on Sondheim, Cenerentola, Carmen, Street Scene, Zauberflöte, Amadeus, 9 to 5, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Romeo et Juliet, Scalia/Ginsburg (world premiere) Ulysses, Pirates of Penzance, Così fan Tutte, Bovinus Rex (world premiere), Man of La Mancha, Salome, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, The Crucible, Eugene Onegin, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Falstaff, The Magic Flute, Tosca, Don Giovanni, as well many others. He has an MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch.
James P. McGough is pleased to return for his 22nd season with the Virginia Opera. He is excited to work on new operas this year as well as revisiting some “old friends.” He enjoys collaborating on both new, innovative productions as well as traditional approaches to the operas we present. Over a 30 year career, Jim’s work has been seen in theatres across the U.S. from Broadway to regional productions. He dedicates this season to the loving memory of his parents.
LILIANA DUQUE PIÑEIRO Scenic Designer With a background in sculpture, Liliana knows how to combine her artistic vision with the practicality of set design. Recent opera projects include the premieres of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun for Santa Fe Opera, and If I Were You for Merola Opera Program. Some of her recent projects are Madama Butterfly for Opera de Colombia; The Magic Flute for Teatro Nacional Sucre, Ecuador; Maria de Buenos Aires for San Diego Opera and Arizona Opera. Liliana is equally at home with theater and musical theater, having designed many titles around the San Francisco Bay Area where her designs have been nominated for several regional design awards. Upcoming projects include Don Giovanni for Minnesota Opera, and the 2020 Chautauqua Opera season. 39
SHELBY RHOADES Principal Coach & Director of The Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program Ohio native Shelby Rhoades returns to Virginia Opera for her seventh season. She most recently was based in New York City, where she was among the coaching faculty at The Juilliard School. Ms. Rhoades also resides as Principal Coach/Director of Young Artists for the Charlottesville Opera. Previous engagements include Coach Fellow for the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater, music staff for Seattle Opera and Tacoma Opera. Ms. Rhoades has prepared singers for premieres by composers Jake Heggie, Matt Aucoin, and Nico Muhly, and she has also worked with renowned singers such as Isabel Leonard, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Lawrence Brownlee. She has worked with Maestros such as Julius Rudel, George Manahan, Gary Thor Wedow, John DeMain, and Ari Pelto. She holds degrees in Piano Performance, Chamber Accompanying, and Vocal Performance. She has also served at the University of Washington/Seattle, Pacific Lutheran University, and Anderson University.
HALEY STAMATS Assistant Director Haley Stamats returns to Virginia Opera for their 2019-2020 season to assistant direct their productions of Tosca, Il Postino and Aida. Her upcoming season also includes remounting Il Postino at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque. Previous credits with VO include assistant directing their productions of La Fanciulla del West in 2017 and Don Giovanni in 2018. Recently, she made her mainstage directorial debut with the world premiere of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. CROT commissioned three one-act operas by three different composers; Robert Linsey-Nassif, Jean-Francios Charles, and Michael Ching; that explored the life of the iconic American artist, Grant Wood, who painted the American Gothic. She also made her debut in London directing the world premiere of two new work pieces, Between Constellations and Rain, with The Grimeborn Opera Festival. This past summer, she directed Cosi fan tutte for young audiences at Mill City Summer opera and assistant directed their mainstage production of Cosi. Her other assistant directing credits include Arabella with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Eugene Onegin with Opera Santa Barbara; and The Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana and Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
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VIOLIN I Vahn Armstrong Yun Zhang Amanda Gates Mayu Cipriano Lesa McCoy Bishop Jonathan Richards Kirsty Barnett Green Seiko Syvertsen
BASS Scott Harris William McPeters Chris White
TIMPANI Michael Laubach
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Carlos Clanton Rafael Collazo Dylan Elza† Andri Gowens Nicholas Hill Charles Hopkins Garney Johnson
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BUSINESS CONSORTIUM FOR ARTS Contributors to the Business Consortium for Arts Support have generously endorsed Virginia Opera’s programs and activities this season. This distinguished group of donors annually contributes to the Business Consortium to support arts organizations throughout Hampton Roads thus improving the quality of life in our local communities. The Virginia Opera both salutes the following and extends its sincerest thanks for their continued generosity. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. Foundation (anonymous) Hampton Roads Community Foundation Norfolk Southern Foundation Atlantic Dominion Distributors/ Hoffman Beverage Bank of America Patricia & Douglas Perry Foundation Birdsong Corporation
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VIRGINIA OPERA GUILD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Amber Taylor-Reeves (Board Chair) Allen Anderson Mark Board Barbara Boslego Gwendolyn Brown Barbara Buchmann Cy Grandy
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ADMINISTRATION JoJo Chittum Receptionist/Administrative Assistant ARTISTIC Rachel L. Ginzberg Artistic Administrator Shelby Rhoades Principal Coach and Director of Emerging Artists Brandon M. Eldredge Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master ACCOUNTING Carol Stuart Director of Finance Carol Budd Accounts Payable Specialist Mary Akridge Payroll/General Ledger DEVELOPMENT Lisa Sands Director of Development, Hampton Roads John-Paul Schaefer Director of Development, Central and Northern Virginia Susan Porter Grants Administrator/ Institutional Giving Brooke Cranor Development Coordinator, Hampton Roads Jamie Wilson Development Coordinator, Central/Northern Virginia EUCATION/OUTREACH Cecelia Schieve Statewide Director of Education and Outreach Dr. Glenn Winters Community Outreach Director Martha Prewitt Education Coordinator
HARRISON OPERA HOUSE Roberta Brennan Facilities Manager Velma Morgan Housekeeping Supervisor Lisa Stewart House Manager/Usher Coordinator MARKETING & AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT John-Paul Schaefer Acting Director of Marketing Amanda Jo Ely Director of Audience Development Kendall Dodson Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Becker Box Office Associate Nathan Jacques Box Office Associate PRODUCTION Lee Marc Molnar Director of Production Ken Steadman Production Manager/ Lighting Supervisor Roberta Brennan Properties Manager Katie Ritter Company Manager Aaron Michael Chang Technical Supervisor Erin Lindsay Carr Production Stage Manager Pat Seyller Costume Manager James P. McGough Resident Wig & Make-up Designer Eunbi Cho Assistant Stage Manager Hannah Nathan Assistant Stage Manager Derrion Laâ€™Zachan Hawkins Master Electrician Riley Word Production Electrician
Jessica Ciccolella Properties Artisan Jessica Hensley Draper Annie Yonge First Hand Rachel Clayton Stitcher Elizabeth Kump Craftsperson Elyse Messick Wig & Make-up Shop Manager Kathleen Christensen Wigs & Make-up Assistant Heidi Mallet Wigs & Make-up Assistant POSTINO STAGE CREW Nick Richardson Supertitle Operator Riley Word Light Board Operator Faraji Jackson Sound Operator Jessie Ciccolella Prop Artisan John-Luke Whitten Rail Emmanuel Jones Deck Crew THE HERNDON FOUNDATION EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM Celeste Godin, Soprano Symone Harcum, Soprano Whitney Robinson, Mezzosoprano Dylan Elza, Tenor Louis Riva, Tenor Joseph A. Mazzara, Baritone Brett Bode, Bass-baritone Karl Butterman, Bass-baritone David D. Lee, Bass-baritone Andrew Simpson, Bass-baritone Elizabeth Chua, Pianist Kelvin Ying, Pianist
AMENITIES AND THEATER POLICIES NORFOLK EDYTHE C. AND STANLEY L. HARRISON OPERA HOUSE Refreshments are available on the Lower and Grand Lobby levels. No food or drink is permitted in the theater. ADA Seating may be reserved by contacting Virginia Opera’s Box Office at 757.623.1223 prior to performances. Smoking is not allowed in any part of the building. Parking is available for $5.00 in the city-run parking lots at the Harrison Opera House for main stage Virginia Opera performances (Parking is on a first come, first serve basis; while supplies last. Parking regulations and reserved parking must be observed at all times). Additional free, on-street parking is also available, subject to Norfolk parking restrictions. The City of Norfolk enforces “No Parking” regulations on Llewellyn Avenue and other streets surrounding the Harrison Opera House where “No Parking” signs are posted. Virginia Opera is not responsible for any parking tickets received by patrons and discourages using other privately and commercially owned lots in the vicinity of the Harrison Opera House for parking. When coming to a Virginia Opera event, please allow ample time to park, and take care to obey all posted parking regulations and Harrison Opera House parking attendant staff. Late Seating is at Opera management’s discretion. Virginia Opera reserves the right to have late seating at intermission only. Electronic Devices, cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited. Illegal recordings may be confiscated. All electronic devices must be
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In Case of Emergency, patrons expecting emergency calls (services or babysitters) may direct them to 757.627.9545, ext. 3378 and leave their seat number with the House Manager, who will locate the patron immediately if a call is received.
In Case of Emergency, the Concierge phone number is 804.592.3350.
Children Virginia Opera reserves the right to deny admission to children under the age of five. Patrons of any age must have a ticket to enter the theater.
RICHMOND THE CARPENTER THEATRE AT DOMINION ENERGY CENTER Refreshments are available on the Lower and Mezzanine levels of the theatre. No food in the theatre. Beverages without ice are permissible. ADA Seating may be reserved by contacting Virginia Opera’s Box Office at 866.673.7282 prior to performances. Smoking is not allowed in any part of the building. Parking Public parking is available at the lot on 5th and Broad Streets, and the garage at 5th Street. Handicap parking is available at the lot at Grace Street, and at the garage at 6th and Franklin Streets. Late Seating is at Opera management’s discretion. Virginia Opera reserves the right to have late seating at intermission only. Assistive Listening Devices are available in the lobby at no charge. Electronic Devices, cameras and recording equipment are strictly prohibited. Illegal recordings may be confiscated. All electronic devices must be silenced; including but not
Children Virginia Opera reserves the right to deny admission to children under the age of five. Babies in arms will not be admitted to the theater. Patrons of any age must have a ticket to enter the theater.
FAIRFAX GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS Refreshments are available in the main lobby. No food or drink is permitted in the theatre. ADA Seating all Center for the Arts facilities have accessible seating available. Parking those patrons wishing accessible parking will find three locations close to the building. The first is located in the Mason Hall parking lot. The second location is in the Parking Deck located next to the Concert Hall. The third location is located along Mason Pond Drive across the street from the Concert Hall. At any time, patrons may drop off and pick up in front of the Concert Hall. The Concert Hall does have a wheelchair that can be used to transport patrons from the drop off zone to their seats and back. Assistive Hearing The Center for the Arts offers FM listening devices for any patron that may need assistive hearing. The receivers are located in the Concert Hall at the Courtesy Desk opposite the Box Office. The system is available on a first come basis. Children Contact the Center for the Arts regarding children’s admissions and policies. All persons occupying a seat in the Center for the Arts will be required to purchase a ticket.
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