Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM
In Mozart’s tuneful and infectious masterpiece, Figaro is planning to marry his bride-to-be, Susanna, but the wedding day goes off-script thanks to the Count’s lusty desires. Recruiting the aid of the Countess and a lovesick youth to thwart the Count’s schemes, Susanna outsmarts them all in a crazy day of disguise, duplicity, and merry mix ups that occur all the way to the altar.
The Marriage of Figaro is a new co-production with Opera Philadelphia, San Diego Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage.
ANTONIO FOGLIANI – CONDUCTOR
STEPHEN LAWLESS – STAGE DIRECTOR
DAVID ADAM MOORE – COUNT (2/23 & 2/25)
BRETT POLEGATO* – COUNT (2/24)
CAITLIN LYNCH – COUNTESS (2/23 & 2/25)
MARKO MIMICA* – FIGARO
JANAI BRUGGER – SUSANNA
IRENE ROBERTS+ – CHERUBINO (2/23 & 2/25)
DANIELLE MACMILLAN+ – CHERUBINO (2/24)
VALERIANO LANCHAS* – DR. BARTOLO
ELIZABETH BISHOP* – MARCELLINA
MATTHEW DIBATTISTA – DON BASILIO / DON CURZIO
Biographical information below.
ANTONIO FOGLIANI – CONDUCTOR
Antonino Fogliani studied composition at the Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” in Bologna with Francesco Carluccio and graduated with honors in orchestral conducting at the Milan Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi”, under Vittorio Parisi. He has a degree in musicology at Bolonia University with Lorenzo Bianconi, Roberto Leydi and Marco Beghelli. He then furthered his musical training at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena where he studied composition with Franco Donatoni and Ennio Morricone and conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti.
His debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 2001 with Il viaggio a Reims was the beginning of a remarkable international career. Since then he conducted productions at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and at the Teatro Calderón de Valladolid.
In 2011 he was appointed Musical Director of Rossini in Wildbad Festival. Fogliani made his American debut in 2011 conducting Lucia di Lammermoor at the Houston Grand Opera.
In the symphonic field he has conducted many orchestras such as the Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestra dell’Opera di Roma, the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Orchestra Sinfonica della Fondazione Toscanini di Parma, the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, and the Orchestra Filarmonica of Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania.
Fogliani has recorded for Arthaus Musik, Bongiovanni, Dynamic and Naxos.
From 2011 he has taught orchestral conducting at the Conservatory G. Tartini in Trieste. He lives in Bologna.
STEPHEN LAWLESS – STAGE DIRECTOR
Stephen Lawless was Director of Production for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1986 to 1991, where his work culminated in an immensely successful production of ‘Death in Venice’, which was subsequently recorded by the BBC for television and video release. He made his début with the Kirov Opera in Leningrad producing ‘Boris Godunov’ which was broadcast live on British television, the first ever live telecast of an opera from the Soviet Union to the UK. He has directed throughout the world including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival; the Vienna State Opera; La Fenice, Venice; the Berlin Staatsoper; The Metropolitan Opera, New York; Chicago; New York City Opera, Los Angeles; San Francisco; Washington, the Hong Kong and New Zealand Festivals and the complete ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ for the Nürnberg Opera.
DAVID ADAM MOORE – COUNT (2/23 & 2/25)
With over 60 principal roles to his credit, David Adam Moore is a highly sought-after leading baritone by major opera houses and orchestras worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Israeli Opera, New York City Opera, Bunkamura (Tokyo), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, LA Phil, Staatsoper Hannover, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He has recorded for Innova, GPR, and BMG records, with broadcast credits including BBC, Arte, NPR, Radio France, RAI, and Radio Netherlands.
A celebrated interpreter of contemporary music, he has created roles for some of today’s most important living composers, including Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, and David T. Little, while simultaneously garnering critical acclaim for his interpretations of classic works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, most notably Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Figaro (Barbiere), Billy Budd, Count Almaviva, and Carmina Burana.
Also known for his work as a stage director, composer, and video designer, Moore co-founded two NYC-based arts collectives – GLMMR and Choreo Teatro – with whom he has created music, video, and performance works in venues including the 92nd St. Y, .NO Gallery, and The Cell. Most recently, his multimedia production of Schubert’s Winterreise, with visuals by GLMMR, was enthusiastically received at venues throughout the U.S. including National Sawdust (NYC), Atlanta Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Anchorage Opera.
Also with GLMMR and his artistic partner, the renowned stage/film designer Vita Tzykun, Moore directed and designed the world’s largest-scale production of Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat for Indianapolis Opera, and designed sets, costumes, and projections for a new production of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs at Atlanta Opera and San Diego Opera.
As a performance artist, David has collaborated with Holly Herndon in Blood Makes Noise at the Guggenheim Museum and Nick Hallett at NYC’s Town Hall.
BRETT POLEGATO* – COUNT (2/24)
Brett Polegato’s artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics. He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages including those of Lincoln Center, La Scala, the Concertgebouw, the Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Teatro Real, Roy Thomson Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He can be heard as soloist in the Grammy Awards’ Best Classical Recording of 2003 – Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony (Telarc) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Robert Spano.
Brett’s 2016/2017 season began when he created the role of Father Thomas Nangle in John Estacio’s new opera, Ours, for Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
One of today’s most sought-after lyric baritones on the operatic stage, Brett has made a name for himself in a number of dramatic roles, most notably the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, which his has sung at the Canadian Opera Company, the New Israeli Opera, Grange Park Opera and Vancouver Opera. In the fall of 2010, he journeyed to Moscow to sing the title role in Berg’s Wozzeck at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre. Another of his signature roles is Il Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, which his has sung to great acclaim for companies that include New York City Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal and Norwegian Opera in Oslo. He has appeared with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Genève, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opéra National de Toulouse, Teatro Real in Madrid, Saito Kinen Festival, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Vlaamse Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera and Calgary Opera in over 50 roles.
Equally at ease on the concert and recital stages, Mr. Polegato made his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in May 2003 and is a frequent guest artist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with most every major U.S. and Canadian orchestra. Mr. Polegato appears frequently throughout North America and Europe, and is particularly noted for his programming choices and wide range of repertoire.
He finished first among the men at the 1995 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Mr. Polegato is represented exclusively by Simon Goldstone at Intermusica Artists.
CAITLIN LYNCH – COUNTESS (2/23 & 2/25)
Declared “luminous” by the New York Times and “eloquent” by the Wall Street Journal, soprano Caitlin Lynch is captivating audiences with her portrayals of iconic leading ladies. With a repertoire that encompasses Mozart to Verdi and Handel to Heggie, Ms. Lynch brings her dynamic portrayals of both classic and contemporary operas to stages around the world.
The 2016-2017 season brings two major debuts with English National Opera for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and The Garsington Festival for the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as an appearance with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan as Micaela in Carmen. In concert she joins the St. Louis Symphony and music director David Robertson for Mozart’s Requiem. Future seasons include a debut with San Diego Opera.
Last season, Ms. Lynch appeared as The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera, returned to The Metropolitan Opera for Le nozze di Figaro and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and sang Violetta in La traviata with Chautauqua Opera. On the concert stage she sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Seattle Symphony, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Omaha Symphony, and Händel’s Messiah with Calvin Oratorio Society.
Additional recent engagements include: the role of Yadwiga in the world première of Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, Marguerite in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre, and Violetta in La traviata with Arizona Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.
In her signature role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, which she has performed with the Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Michigan Opera, and Opera Lyra Ottawa, critics touted “Time stands still when Caitlin Lynch sings. Her honeyed tone and sweetness of expression as Countess Almaviva goes straight to the heart.”
She was awarded first-place in the 2008 Houston Grand Opera Competition, and subsequently made her main-stage début as Hero in Beatrice et Benedict, Female Soloist in the American première of Chorus!, and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Additional awards include a Sara Tucker Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, First Place in the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Competition, the encouragement award from Opera Index and the Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, and 2nd place winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition.
Ms. Lynch completed the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, where she performed Micaëla in Carmen and Alice Ford in Falstaff. As part of Glimmerglass Opera’s Young Artist Program, she sang Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare for their Gala Concert at the Morgan Library. Other performances included Oasis in L’étoile with the Cincinnati Opera, and several roles at the University of Cincinnati CCM: Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Ginevra in Ariodante, and Philippa in Babette’s Feast.
MARKO MIMICA* – FIGARO
Croatian Bass-Baritone Marko Mimica participated in the Accademia Rossiniana in 2014 where he sang Lord Sidney Il viaggio a Reims. He returned to the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro in Summer 2015 as the Podesta La Gazza Ladra and in 2016 as Duglas La donna del lago in a new production directed by Damiano Michieletto conducted by Michele Mariotti, alongside Juan Diego Florez.
This season Marko’s engagements include Frère Laurent in Sasha Waltz’s production of Roméo et Juliette and Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; and he will debut at Bilbao ABAO as Alfonso d’Este Lucrezia Borgia; at the Teatro Massimo, Palermo as Escamillo Carmen, returning for Banquo Macbeth in a new production; at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman as Mustafa L’italiana in Algeri; at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia as Alfonso d’Este, in a new production of Lucrezia Borgia alongside Mariella Devia in the title role; at the Teatro FIlarmonico di Verona as Oroveso Norma and Lord Sidney Il viaggio a Reims and at the Teatro Regio, Torino as Banquo Macbeth.
In the 2015/16 season Marko’s guest engagements included his debuts for the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen as Banquo Macbeth; the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona as Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor; the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Alidoro in a new production of La Cenerentola; and for Opera di Firenze as Mustafà L’Italiana in Algeri.
As a member of the Ensemble at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin (2011-2016) his roles included the title role in Le nozze di Figaro; Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor; Don Basilio Il barbiere di Sivigilia; Talbot Maria Stuarda; Escamillo Carmen; Pater Lorenzo I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Tschelio The Love for Three Oranges; Colline La bohème; Pistola Falstaff; Banquo Macbeth; Oroveso Norma and Ferrando Il Trovatore.
Marko made his Italian operatic debut at Teatro Mario del Monaco, Treviso performing the title role in Il turco in Italia, a role he later reprised for the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. He also made his South American debut as Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor at the Festival International de Opera Alejandro Granda in Lima, Peru in April 2015.
In 2008 Marko made his professional debut at the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb as Papageno Die Zauberflöte. He continued to perform regularly in Zagreb until 2011, and his engagements included Leporello Don Giovanni; Dandini La Cenerentola; Kochubey Mazeppa (Tchaikovsky) and Padre Guardiano La forza del destino.
On the concert platform, Marko made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2014 in a performance of Salome. Further appearances have included the Verdi Requiem with the Rundfunk Choir, Berlin and for the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Creon Oedipus Rex with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Torino, Modena, Ferrara and in Napoli with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro San Carlo; Dvořák Stabat Mater with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Donald Runnicles and BBC National Orchestra of Scotland and with the RTV Croatian Symphony Orchestra and Choir he has performed the Mozart Requiem and Berlioz Roméo et Juliette.
In future seasons, Marko’s engagements include his return to the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and the Rossini Opera Festival; he also looks forward to debuts at the Opéra national de Paris, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Las Palmas and the Teatro Real, Madrid.
Marko is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a participant in the 2011 Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, and reached the final of Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013.
JANAI BRUGGER – SUSANNA
A former winner in 2012 of Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition and of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American soprano, Janai Brugger, is identified by Opera News as one of their top 25 “brilliant young artists” (October 2015 issue). Janai joins the Metropolitan Opera for their Rising Stars concert series and makes several US concert appearances during the season, along with various recital performances.
Recent highlights include the role of Pamina Die Zauberflote in which she made her UK debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to great acclaim, and formely sang at Los Angeles Opera in a new production by Barrie Kosky; Liu in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera of New York where she also sang the role of Helena in The Enchanted Island.
In previous seasons, the artist made her debut as Michaela in Carmen with Opera Colorado; she sang High Priestess in Aida at the Hollywood Bowl with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Palm Beach Opera, and, as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, her Los Angeles Opera appearances include Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Placido Domingo, Page in Rigoletto, and Musetta in La Bohème.
Miss Brugger appears frequently in concert and in recital; she sang at the Peter Dvorsky Festival in the Czech Republic; with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during the May Festival under the baton of James Conlon; at Ravinia Festival with Chicago Symphony Orchestra as First Lady Die Zauberflöte under the baton of James Conlon; at Grant Park Festival’s Fourth of July open air concert before 10,000 people, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in their 2013 gala concert performance.
Additionally, she appeared in New York’s Festival of Song, and with David Daniels for performances of The Messiah in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A native of Chicago, the artist obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Shirley Verrett. She won her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University where she studied with Elsa Charlston. In 2010, Miss Brugger participated in The Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and went onto become a young artist at Los Angeles Opera for two seasons.
IRENE ROBERTS+ – CHERUBINO
A former Young Artist at Palm Beach Opera, American Mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts continues to enjoy international acclaim as a singer of exceptional versatility and vocal suppleness. Following her “stunning and dramatically compelling” (SF Classical Voice) performances as Carmen at the San Francisco Opera in June, Roberts begins the 2016/2017 season in San Francisco as Bao Chai in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber. Currently in her second season with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, her upcoming assignments include four role debuts, beginning in November with her debut as Urbain in David Alden’s new production of Les Huguenots led by Michele Mariotti. She performs in her first Ring cycle in 2017 singing Waltraute in Die Walküre and the Second Norn in Götterdämmerung under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles, who also conducts her role debut as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. Additional roles for Roberts this season include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fenena in Nabucco, Siebel in Faust, and the title role of Carmen at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
On the concert stage, Roberts embarks on a five-city tour of France in May of 2017 with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France as soloist for Rossini’s Stabat Mater under the Baton of Enrique Mazzola. Roberts made her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2016 in recital with tenor Bryan Hymel and pianist Julius Drake. Previous concert engagements include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Miami’s New World Symphony led by Joshua Gersen, and at the US Naval Academy for its annual holiday presentation of Handel’s Messiah.
Recent seasons for Roberts have included several career milestones. She made her debut with the San Francisco Opera in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2013, and returned in 2016 as the title role in Calixto Bieto’s US debut production of Carmen. She has performed in Le nozze di Figaro and Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Ariadne auf Naxos at Palm Beach Opera, L’Italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marschner’s Der Vampyr at New Orleans Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Atlanta Opera, and Gounod’s Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore. Roberts enjoyed numerous successes in her first season with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, including the title role of Carmen, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Fenena in Nabucco.
Roberts studied at the University of the Pacific and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is a graduate of the young artist program at Palm Beach Opera. She won 2nd prize in the Advanced Division at the 41st Annual Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and was a finalist for the 2014 Richard Tucker Career Grant.
DANIELLE MACMILLAN+ – CHERUBINO
Former Benenson Young Artist Danielle MacMillan is known for her “deep plumy sound” Paula Citron, Classical 96.3fm and “a good foil” Opera in Review, Opera Canada. Toronto native Danielle MacMillan was a member of the COCs Ensemble Studio. Ms. MacMillan made her COC debut as the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes. She holds a BFA honors in classical vocal performance from York University with additional training at IVAI Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto, and The Glenn Gould School (GGS). Her credits include Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Véronique in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle (GGS). During the 2014 season at the COC Ms. MacMillan also appeared as Dorabella in the Ensemble Studio performance of Cosí fan Tutte: “Act 2’s Danielle MacMillan has a bright sound and beautiful legato phrasing with spinto qualities that speak to heavier roles in the future. It is a surprisingly big voice at this early stage of a career” Paula Citron. Ms. MacMillan recently completed her second year as a Young Artist at Palm Beach Opera.
VALERIANO LANCHAS* – DR. BARTOLO
Valeriano Lanchas was born in Bogota. He’s the winner of four prestigious international contests of singing: Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1995, Operalia in 2001, Licia Albanese-Puccini Fundation, of New York 2001, and the Toto Dal Monte in Treviso, Italy 2004.
He studied in the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Thanks to Plácido Domingo’s invitation, Valeriano was member of the program of young singers of Washington Opera. During his time in the program he sung Un Ballo in Maschera, Idomeneo, La Cenerentola as Don Magnifico, and Don Giovanni as Leporello conducted by Plácido Domingo.
He made his début in 1994 as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Bogota with the Opera of Colombia, and his international début in Tosca (role of “Carceriere”) together with Luciano Pavarotti in Philadelphia in 1996. He also sung in Philadelphia Mozart’s Die Zauberflote.
He has sung at Caramoor’s festival in New York, in New Jersey’s Opera Festival, and in the Teresa Carreño Opera House in Caracas. He made his European debut in the Opera of Treviso singing the role of “Don Bartolo” in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Future commitments include:; Le Nozze di Figaro (“Bartolo”, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Washington Opera), Don Giovanni (“Masetto” in Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu), and Le Nozze di Figaro (“Dr. Bartolo”, Metropolitan Opera).
ELIZABETH BISHOP* – MARCELLINA
American mezzo Elizabeth Bishop begins the 2016-17 season in an appearance with her home company, Washington National Opera, in a role she sings there often, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro. She returns to the Metropolitan Opera of New York for the role of Kostelnicka (cover)/Mayor’s Wife Jenufa alongside Karita Mattila in her role debut as the stepmother, then joins Portland Symphony for the role of Judith Bluebeard’s Castle. Further appearances during the season include Cantaloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with Memphis Symphony, and Berlioz’s Te Deum with Winston Salem Symphony.
Recent successes include Mere Marie Dialogues of the Carmelites and Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Washington National Opera; concert performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Jersey Symphony and at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Verdi’s Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and her debut as Herodias Salome at Cincinnati Conservatoire.
Other highlights include her journey to Scotland for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles, and her Brangäne to Jay Hunter Morris and Heidi Melton’s Tristan und Isolde in concert at North Carolina Opera.
Miss Bishop continues to enjoy a long relationship with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, which began with her win at the National Council Auditions in 1993; since then, she has returned many times, most recently last season as Teresa La sonnambula and Enrichetta I Puritani, and prior to that in such roles as Fenena Nabucco, Venus Tannhäuser, Mère Marie, Second Norn Götterdämmerung, in the title role of Iphigenie in Iphigenie en Tauride and for its productions of War and Peace. She also appeared as Didon Les Troyens and Fricka Das Rheingold.
At home in Washington DC, Miss Bishop has many appearances to her credit, both with Washington Concert Opera, where she sang Principessa Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana and Sara Roberto Devereux, and at Washington National Opera where she has a regular presence and appeared as Mère Marie, Sieglinde Die Walküre, Brangäne Tristan und Isolde, Second Norn Götterdämmerung, Meg Page Falstaff, Gertrude Hamlet, Fricka Das Rheingold, Eboli Don Carlo, the leading role of the Marquise de Merteuil in Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, and Emilia Otello, among other appearances.
MATTHEW DIBATTISTA – DON BASILIO / DON CURZIO
Described as “brilliant” by Opera News, tenor Matthew DiBattista has performed on both the operatic and concert stage with such conductors as James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, and Robert Shaw in the United States, Italy, France, and Portugal. He sings the title role in Kamran Ince’s Judgment of Midas, newly released on Albany Records. Mr. DiBattista’s engagements in the 2016-17 season include Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera, and soloist in Handel’s Ode for St. Cecelia’s Day with Masterworks Chorale. In the 2015-16 season, he returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Faninal’s Major-Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as The Dancing Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, and he was soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew DiBattista’s 2014-15 season engagements included singing Camille Raquin in Picker’s Thérèse Raquin with Long Beach Opera, and for his Chicago Opera Theater debut. Other season engagements included Curley in Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Tulsa Opera, Evans in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera of Boston, Britten’s War Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravec’s Blizzard Voices with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (recorded by BMOP/sound), and joining Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Capriccio. His 2013-14 season included his debuts with Tulsa Opera in the role of Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry, Palm Beach Opera as the four tenors in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. He also joined the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for Madama Butterfly, made his debut with that company as Third Esquire in Parsifal, and was soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Roméo et Juliette, singing the Valet Tenors in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Florida Grand Opera, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera, Molqi in The Death of Klinghoffer with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and appearing as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Providence Singers. In summer 2011 he sang as Flavio in a concert performance of Norma with Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood Festival under Charles Dutoit.
His successes on the operatic stage include his return to Opera Boston to sing Jack O’Brien in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,after singing as Louis in the North American premiere of Eötvös’ Angels in America; Martin in The Tender Land with both Opera Omaha and Skylight Opera Theater and broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances”; and the role of Wesley in Central Park at Glimmerglass Opera, also broadcast on PBS’ “Great Performances”. He has performed Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore at Skylight Opera; Eisslinger in highlights from Die Meistersinger with Cincinnati May Festival; Nanki-Poo in The Mikado with both Mississippi Opera and Lyric Opera San Antonio; and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Curley in Of Mice and Men, Dr. Caius in Falstaff, and Andrew Johnson in The Mother of Us All with Glimmerglass Opera.
Equally in demand for concert engagements, Mr. DiBattista has appeared as soloist in Messiah with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Concord Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Masterworks Chorale. He has performed Mozart’s Requiem and Samuel’s Hyacinth from Apollo with the 100 Days Festival in Lisbon, Portugal; Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with Cincinnati May Festival; Bach’s St. John Passion with Boston University Symphony; Schumann’s Mass and Requiem and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with Masterworks Chorale; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Orff’s Catulli Carmina with Bel Canto Chorus; and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s The Creation, and Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ with Knox Music Series. He has also appeared at Tanglewood Music Festival as soloist in Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry and Kurtag’s What is the word?,and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for its holiday concert series.
*Palm Beach Opera Debut
^Benenson Young Artist
+Former Young Artist
Additional cast information will be listed as it becomes available.
Cast subject to change.
Figaro and Susanna, servants of Count Almaviva, are preparing to celebrate their wedding which is to be held later that day. Susanna, however, is concerned that the Count has been making advances toward her. She believes their bedroom is too close to the Count’s, allowing the Count to visit Susanna easily when Figaro is attending to their master’s needs. This shakes Figaro’s confidence, but he leaves determined to confront the Count.
As Figaro leaves, Marcellina, a housekeeper, arrives with Dr. Bartolo, her legal counselor. Marcellina is furious with Figaro, as he had promised to marry her if he could not repay his loan. Bartolo, meanwhile, has his own score to settle, as Figaro thwarted his plan to marry the Countess. Susanna scolds Marcellina and she leaves shamed.
Cherubino, a young pageboy, enters and confesses that he is in love with the Countess. At that very moment Susanna hears the Count coming and hides Cherubino. The Count enters and confesses his love for Susanna, requesting they be alone. Before Susanna can answer, footsteps are heard outside the door, forcing the Count to hide. Don Basilio enters Susanna’s room to speak with her about Cherubino’s desire for both Susanna and the Countess. Hearing this, the Count becomes enraged and reveals himself and Cherubino in the process.
The Countess and Susanna are in the Countess’ chambers. The Countess is distraught over the Count’s suspected infidelity and prays for his affections to be restored. Susanna tells her of the scheme to catch the Count – Cherubino will dress as a girl and attempt to seduce him. As Susanna is dressing Cherubino, he tells the Countess he loves her, and eventually wears her down. Just as he is about to win her over, the Count knocks on the chamber door, claiming an anonymous letter informed him of his wife’s affair with Cherubino.
The Countess hastily shoves Cherubino into the closet to hide him from the Count. The Count begins questioning the Countess about who may be in her room. As he interrogates her, a voice calls out from the closet. The Countess tells him it is Susanna. Susanna, meanwhile, has secretly entered the room and is eavesdropping on the conversation. The Count leaves with the Countess to find tools to open the closet door. Susanna opens the door, removes Cherubino, sends him out the window and takes his place in the closet.
The Count and Countess return to the chamber. The Countess, sure she will be caught, confesses that it is actually Cherubino in the closet. The Count vows to kill Cherubino, but is shocked to discover that it is in fact Susanna in the closet. Thinking quickly, the Countess tells the Count it is a practical joke designed to test his trust in her. Feeling ashamed, he begs for forgiveness but wonders about the anonymous letter. Susanna and the Countess claim it was written by Figaro, who enters at that moment. The Count interrogates him about the letter, but Figaro satisfactorily answers all of his questions. Just as the Count’s suspicions begin to dissipate, the gardener, Antonio, enters. He is angry about his flower beds, which were destroyed by Cherubino when he climbed out the window. Figaro claims he jumped out the window, but Antonio shows a piece of paper that the man dropped. Figaro is unaware that the paper is actually the Count’s appointment of Cherubino to the army. The Count, suspicious, asks Figaro about the document. With help from Susanna and the Countess, he correctly answers the Count’s questions. At that moment Marcellina, Bartolo, and Basilio enter and accuse Figaro of not honoring the marriage contract. The Count, eager to dispatch Figaro, happily obliges their plea for a trial.
At his hearing, Figaro is ordered to honor the marriage contract. Figaro claims he needs his parent’s permission to marry, but he does not know who they are. They eventually determine that Figaro is the long-lost son of Marcellina and Bartolo. In celebration, Figaro embraces Marcellina. Susanna, seeing this embrace, believes that Figaro has chosen Marcellina over her and slaps him. Marcellina explains that she is Figaro’s mother. Susanna joins them in celebration before agreeing to a double wedding with Marcellina and Bartolo.
Before the wedding, Susanna tells the Countess of her plan to catch the Count. The Countess dictates a letter to Susanna to confirm their meeting. She tells her to seal it with a pin and take it to the Count, so that the Count will bring it with him to their meeting under the pines.
The Count gives Barbarina the pin to return to Susanna. Barbarina, however, loses the pin. Figaro finds Barbarina searching and asks what she is looking for. She tells him, and, feeling betrayed, Figaro vows revenge.
Figaro hides as Susanna and the Countess arrive, dressed as each other in order to deceive the Count. In the dark, Cherubino enters and flirts with the Countess, who is dressed as Susanna. The Count arrives and dispatches Cherubino. The darkness leads to confusion as the Count seduces the Countess, believing she is Susanna. The real Countess enters and reveals herself. The Count, realizing his error, begs for forgiveness. The Countess, being kinder and gentler than her husband, forgives him and all assembled celebrate.
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