Vero Beach Opera 2017-18 Season

Vero Beach Opera 2017-18 Season

http://verobeachopera.org/madama-butterfly.html

Madama Butterfly
January 14, 2018 at 3 pm

Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Atlantic Classical Orchestra
Caren Levine,
Conductor

Stetson University Opera Theatre Chorus
Russell Franks, Chorus Master

ARTISTIC STAFF
Román Ortega-Cowan, Artistic Director
Caren Levine, Music Director
Julie Tompkins, Rehearsal/Pit Pianist
Russell Franks, Stage Director/Production Design
Katie Pulling,  Stage Manager

CAST

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María Antúnez, Soprano (Madama Butterfly)
Impressive, remarkable, smoldering, an excellent artist with a flexible, dark voice of dramatic weight who added genuine human dimension to the story. Sterling silvery high notes, a creamy middle register and aristocratic bearing.” This is how the Washington Post, LA Times, Huffington Post, Opera Today and the Washington Times have written about Uruguayan soprano María Antúnez. She has appeared on stage at the Kennedy Center, LA Opera, Disney Concert Hall, the NCPA in Beijing, Teatro Solis and SODRE in Uruguay, in the leading roles of La Boheme, Suor Angelica, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte among others. Antúnez sung the title role in the world premiere of Dulce Rosa by Lee Holdridge, based on a story of Isabel Allende, with LA Opera, conducted by Placido Domingo with whom she has also sung in concerts.

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Mabel Ledo, Soprano (Suzuki)
Mezzo-soprano Mabel Ledo, who has gained recognition for her warm, sultry voice, appeared as Fenena in Nabucco during the 2014-2015 Season with Florida Grand Opera. In recent years, Ms. Ledo has also been heard with Piedmont Opera, reprising her portrayal of the volatile gypsy, Carmen. In 2010, she appeared with Florentine Opera as Estella, in the World Premiere of Rio de Sangre, by acclaimed composer Don Davis.
Internationally, Ms. Ledo has appeared in Genoa, Italy with Fundazione Teatro Carlo Felice as Maddalena in Rigoletto, as Ulrica in Un Ballo en Maschera with Opera de Oviedo, and as Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann with Festival de Opera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
On the concert stage, Ms. Ledo has appeared in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and has been heard at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in Leoni’s L’Oracolo. She has also appeared as a concert soloist with Miami Pops Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra in El Amor Brujo and Orchestra Firenze in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

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Martin Nusspaumer, Tenor (Lieutenant Benjamin F. Pinkerton)
One of the outstanding singers of his generation, Uruguayan tenor Martin Nusspaumer “possesses star potential, with a tenor reminiscent of Domingo. His control of diction and intonation, phrasing, and deeply emotional delivery is stunning.” Major publications as Newsweek, Miami Herald, South Florida Classical Reviews, Palm Beach Arts Paper, and ArtBurstMiami have written about his “creamy, cultivated lyric tenor which has ring and strength at the top, easily riding over the full orchestra and chorus.” “He is a handsome man in a big-star way, which made his performance even more persuasive.” “Nusspaumer melted hearts with his honey-coated lyric tenor voice.” “His effortless high notes and full, mature color make him a heartbreaking lead.” He has sung major roles in La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, La battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Fernanda, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Thais, Nabucco, among others.


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Sydney Outlaw, Baritone (Sharpless)

Lauded by The New York Times as a “terrific singer” with a “deep, rich timbre” and the San Francisco Chronicle as an “opera powerhouse” with a “weighty and forthright” sound, Sidney Outlaw continues to delight audiences in the U.S. and abroad with his rich and versatile baritone and engaging stage presence.  The Grand Prize winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe in 2010, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011 in Mendelsohnn’s Elijah and returned to perform the Bach b minor Mass this season.  He made his English National Opera debut in the 2011-12 season as Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer and joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2014-2015 for The Death of Klinghoffer. He recorded Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero with the New York Philharmonic under the Baton of Alan Gilbert. In 2013-2014 season, he was Figaro in the Il Barbiere di Siviglia with The Atlanta Opera, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with The North Carolina Opera. 2016-2017 debuts include Jake in Porgy and Bess with The Spoleto Festival USA, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Madison Opera, Vaughn Williams’ Dona nobis pacemwith the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Frank (Frank Lloyd Wright) in The Shining Brow, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Greensboro Opera, and appearances with the Charlotte Symphony, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music and Colour of Music Festivals in the Ein Deutsches Requiem.  


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Matt Maness, Tenor (Goro)
Tenor Matthew Maness recently performed Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Metropolitan Opera’s Caren Levine at the Miami Summer Music Festival. Maness has performed with Opera Naples as Pong in Puccini›s Turandot as a member of their resident artist program. He also sang Dr. Baglioni in La Hija de Rappaccini and The First Man in Armor in The Magic Flute. He has performed the leading tenor role of Quint in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw conducted by Caren Levine and directed by Alan Hicks. He performed the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring conducted by Steven Gathman and directed by Alan Hicks. He has sung two seasons with the Opera on the Avalon singing Quint in the Turn of the Screw after his triumph as Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Metropolitan Opera’s Vlad Iftinca and directed by Tom Diamond. Maness has performed with The Light Opera of New York in the Concert Operetta on the Silver Screen with Gerald Martin Moore. He also has performed with the Florida Grand Opera as a member of their Studio Young Artist Program where his roles included Gastone de Letorieres in La Traviata and Monostatos in Die Zauberflote as well as covering Rodolfo in La Boheme and Alfredo in La Traviata.

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W. Dwight Coleman, Baritone (The Bonze)
W. Dwight Coleman, lyric baritone, has performed leading and secondary baritone roles with major symphonies and opera companies in the USA and abroad. A champion of new music, Mr. Coleman’s premiered performance of Waltzing through the Endtime with the Atlanta Chamber Players was acclaimed as one of the top three classical performances in Atlanta, 2005. He premiered First Rain by Nick Demos with the Aris Piano Quartet at the Dimitria International Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece and Demos’ An Empty Blouse, which was released on compact disc in 2013 by Albany Records.
Mr. Coleman is currently Professor of Voice at Georgia State University, the executive/stage director of the nationally recognized Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and resident stage director/lead voice teacher at two summer festivals in Greece.

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Fernando González, Baritone (Prince Yamadori)
Baritone Fernando González has performed with various companies such as Cuba National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Naples, and Florida Opera Prima. Recently he sang Prince Yamadori from Madama Butterfly with Gulfshore Opera and Enrico from Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Atelier. His rich repertoire includes Zarzuela and Spanish song as well as many famous opera scenes. Future engagements include Bonze from Madama Butterfly with Opera Naples and Marullo from Rigoletto with Gulfshore Opera.


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Eleftherios Chasanidis, Bass-Baritone (L’imperial Commissario)
Bass-Baritone, Eleftherios Chasanidis, is from Thessaloniki, Greece, and is studying Voice Performance with W. Dwight Coleman at Georgia State University. He has performed “Il Commendatore” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, “Ottone” in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, “Pooh-Bah” in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, “Superintendent Budd” in Britten’s Albert Herring, and “Mr. Gobineau” in Menotti’s The Medium. Solo orchestral performances include Masses of Schubert and Mozart. He has collaborated and recorded with various prominent artists such as Andrea Bocelli and John Luther Adams. He holds conservatory degrees in Violin Performance, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, and Byzantine Music.


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Tiziana Lahey, Soprano (Kate)
Tiziana Lahey is from Sardinia, Italy, and has a Masters in Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Music Pierluigi da Palestrina, Cagliari. In Rome, she studied under Maestro Walter Cataldi Tassoni and performed many operatic roles as a lyric coloratura soprano. These include Manifestazione Musicale Giovani Cantanti at the Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory (Bellini and Puccini); Musetta in La Boheme for the Associazione Musicale da Camera Claudio Monteverdi; Ensemble Culturale Romana Concert (Bellini, Bizet, Mozart and Puccini); Associazione Musical Da Camera Claudio Monteverdi Concert (Verdi, Donizetti and Puccini); Concert (Vivaldi, Rossini and Bizet); Mefistofele Concert; and Musetta in La Boheme at the La Salette Theater.
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