Palm Beach Opera’s Outdoor Opera Festival Presents Star-Studded Cast

Palm Beach Opera’s first-ever outdoor festival features a star-studded cast in live performances of La bohème, Pagliacci, and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at the South Florida Fairgrounds’ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre from February 19-27. For more information on festival details, including COVID-19 safety protocols, read our Festival Guide.

Headlining the star-studded casts are Latonia Moore, Janai Brugger, Kathryn Lewek, Ana María Martínez, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Michael Fabiano, Robert Watson, Quinn Kelsey, Joshua Hopkins, Michael Chioldi, Ryan Speedo Green, Morris Robinson, and Samuel Ramey.

Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.com.

LA BOHÈME

  • David Stern
    David Stern
    Conductor
  • James Robinson*
    James Robinson*
    Director
  • Latonia Moore
    Latonia Moore
    Mimì
  • Isabel Leonard*
    Isabel Leonard*
    Musetta
  • Michael Fabiano*
    Michael Fabiano*
    Rodolfo
  • Quinn Kelsey*
    Quinn Kelsey*
    Marcello
  • Ryan Speedo Green*
    Ryan Speedo Green*
    Colline
  • Samuel Ramey*
    Samuel Ramey*
    Benoît/Alcindoro

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)

  • David Stern
    David Stern
    Conductor
  • James Robinson*
    James Robinson*
    Director
  • Janai Brugger
    Janai Brugger
    Pamina
  • Kathryn Lewek*
    Kathryn Lewek*
    Queen of the Night
  • Matthew Polenzani*
    Matthew Polenzani*
    Tamino
  • Joshua Hopkins*
    Joshua Hopkins*
    Papageno
  • Morris Robinson
    Morris Robinson
    Sarastro
  • Ryan Speedo Green*
    Ryan Speedo Green*
    Speaker
  • Matthew DiBattista
    Matthew DiBattista
    Monostatos
  • Patricia Westley+
    Patricia Westley+
    Papagena
  • Shannon Jennings+
    Shannon Jennings+
    First Lady
  • Jenny Anne Flory+
    Jenny Anne Flory+
    Second Lady
  • Jennifer Johnson Cano*
    Jennifer Johnson Cano*
    Third Lady
  • Moisés Salazar+
    Moisés Salazar+
    First Priest/Armored Man
  • Emily Helenbrook^
    Emily Helenbrook^
    First Spirit
  • SarahAnn Duffy^
    SarahAnn Duffy^
    Second Spirit
  • Megan Callahan^
    Megan Callahan^
    Third Spirit

PAGLIACCI

  • Patrick Summers*
    Patrick Summers*
    Conductor
  • James Robinson*
    James Robinson*
    Director
  • Ana María Martínez
    Ana María Martínez
    Nedda
  • Robert Watson
    Robert Watson
    Canio
  • Michael Chioldi
    Michael Chioldi
    Tonio
  • Joshua Hopkins*
    Joshua Hopkins*
    Silvio
  • Matthew DiBattista
    Matthew DiBattista
    Beppe

*Palm Beach Opera Debut
+Benenson Young Artist
^Bailey Apprentice Artist

2021 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

LA BOHÈME

7:30PM, Friday, February 19, 2021
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)

2:00PM, Sunday, February 21, 2021
PAGLIACCI

7:30PM, Tuesday, February 23, 2021
LA BOHÈME

7:30PM, Wednesday, February 24, 2021
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)

7:30PM, Friday, February 26, 2021
PAGLIACCI

7:30PM, Saturday, February 27, 2021
David Stern
Conductor
James Robinson*
Director
Latonia Moore
Mimì
Isabel Leonard*
Musetta
Michael Fabiano*
Rodolfo
Quinn Kelsey*
Marcello
Ryan Speedo Green*
Colline
Samuel Ramey*
Benoît/Alcindoro
David Stern
Conductor
James Robinson*
Director
Janai Brugger
Pamina
Kathryn Lewek*
Queen of the Night

 

 

Matthew Polenzani*
Tamino
Joshua Hopkins*
Papageno
Morris Robinson
Sarastro
Ryan Speedo Green*
Speaker
Matthew DiBattista
Monostatos
Patricia Westley+
Papagena
Shannon Jennings+
First Lady
Jenny Anne Flory+
Second Lady
Jennifer Johnson Cano*
Third Lady

A naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry, Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for committed performances of both new and standard repertoire. For her performance as Offred in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale she was lauded as a “consummate actress,” by The Wall Street Journal; a “tour de force” by The Boston Globe; and “towering…restless, powerful, profound, she is as formidable as this astonishingly demanding role deserves,” by The New York Times.  In recital with Anna Netrebko at Carnegie Hall, Bachtrack called her performance “self-effacing and full of musicality.” With more than 100 performances on the stage at The Metropolitan Opera, her most recent roles have included Nicklausse, Emilia, Hansel and Meg Page.

Following engagements at Bravo! Vail with the New York Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival with Matthew Polenzani, and Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Music Festival, Ms. Cano ended summer 2019 with the LA Phil for performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl.  She began her 2019-2020 season with Michael Tilson Thomas at San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala. In recital she appeared at Da Camera of Houston for a performance of Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and joined pianist Benjamin Hochman and friends for Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at New York’s 92nd Street Y. She received rave reviews for her Opera Philadelphia debut, singing Verdi Requiem with just 24 hours’ notice before the first performance. After widespread acclaim last season for her portrayal of Offred in Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale with the Boston Lyric Opera, Ms. Cano bowed as the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with New Orleans Opera.

Cano is a native of St. Louis and earned degrees from Webster University and Rice University and was honored as a distinguished alumna and commencement speaker at Webster University in May 2017.  Her debut recital recording with pianist Christopher Cano, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival, was recorded completely live and unedited. Recent recordings include a live performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1: Jeremiah with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featuring conductor George Manahan, tenor Paul Groves and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.  Ms. Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. Among her honors are a First Prize winner of the Young concert Artist International Auditions, a Sara Tucker Study Grant, a Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Award.

Moisés Salazar+
First Priest/Armored Man
Emily Helenbrook^
First Spirit
SarahAnn Duffy^
Second Spirit
Megan Callahan^
Third Spirit
Patrick Summers*
Conductor
James Robinson*
Director
Ana María Martínez
Nedda
Robert Watson
Canio
Michael Chioldi
Tonio
Joshua Hopkins*
Silvio
Matthew DiBattista
Beppe