CARMEN

by Georges Bizet

A fiery gypsy, a dangerous love triangle

Friday, January 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 29 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 30 at 2:00 pm
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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Opening Palm Beach Opera’s historic 60th anniversary season is Bizet’s iconic Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas. Featuring captivating melodies, irresistible characters, and a smoldering drama that has stood the test of time, Carmen is a sizzling masterpiece.

Sung in French with English supertitles projected. Palm Beach Opera will continue to monitor and comply with recommended COVID-19 safety measures in conjunction with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Specific venue safety measures will be announced at a later date.

  • Antonello Allemandi
    Antonello Allemandi
    Conductor
  • Garnett Bruce
    Garnett Bruce
    Director
  • J’Nai Bridges*
    J’Nai Bridges*
    Carmen
  • Rihab Chaieb*
    Rihab Chaieb*
    Carmen (Jan. 29)
  • Migran Agadzhanyan*
    Migran Agadzhanyan*
    Don José
  • Jonathan Burton
    Jonathan Burton
    Don José (Jan. 29)
  • Anatoli Sivko*
    Anatoli Sivko*
    Escamillo
  • Amanda Woodbury*
    Amanda Woodbury*
    Micaëla
CAST
  • Antonello Allemandi
    Antonello Allemandi
    Conductor
  • Garnett Bruce
    Garnett Bruce
    Director
  • J’Nai Bridges*
    J’Nai Bridges*
    Carmen
  • Rihab Chaieb*
    Rihab Chaieb*
    Carmen (Jan. 29)
  • Migran Agadzhanyan*
    Migran Agadzhanyan*
    Don José
  • Jonathan Burton
    Jonathan Burton
    Don José (Jan. 29)
  • Anatoli Sivko*
    Anatoli Sivko*
    Escamillo
  • Amanda Woodbury*
    Amanda Woodbury*
    Micaëla
SYNOPSIS

*Palm Beach Opera debut

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.

Antonello Allemandi
Conductor
Antonello Allemandi

Antonello Allemandi was born in Milan in 1957 and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, where he studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting. He continued his training with Maestro Franco Ferrara. At the age of 21 he made his debut as a conductor on the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Since then he has performed at the most important theaters, such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opernhaus, the Paris Nactonal Opera, Washington Opera, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro alla Scala and the Verdi di Parma Festival, among others. He conducted important productions such as La Cenicienta in New York, El barber of Seville, The elixir of love, I puritani, La traviata and Il trovatore in Vienna, The Italian in Alger in Milan, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca in Paris, Rigoletto in Zurich, Aida, The Pirate, Tosca and Werther in Berlin, Don Carlo in Madrid (for Verdi’s centenary celebrations), Turandot in Tokyo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Barcelona, La gazzetta and The Turk in Italy in Pesaro. From 1992 to 1997 he was musical director of the Orchestre Colonne in Paris, the oldest symphony orchestra in France. Throughout his career, he has conducted prestigious European orchestras such as the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Ensemble Orchestre de Paris, the National Orchestra of Lille and Monte Carlo, the RSTI of Lugano and the RAI orchestras of Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples, among others. He received the gold medal on the 50th anniversary of the Bilbaina Association of Friends of the Opera (Spain).

Garnett Bruce
Director
Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce’s body of work includes directing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. From 2008 to 2011 he was the artistic adviser and principal stage director for Opera Omaha, where he led a cycle of the Mozart-Da Ponte operas. He began directing for the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2004, receiving a faculty appointment in 2006. He served on staff at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 to 2019, and on faculty from 1997 to 2019. Born in Washington, D.C., Bruce was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral and holds degrees in English and drama from Tufts University. After internships with Hal Prince and Leonard Bernstein in the early ’90s, he joined the staff of The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Opera Colorado. His award-winning production of La Cenerentola for Kansas City has traveled to Austin, Orlando, and Madison. Known especially for his large-scale work of the standard repertoire, he has created stagings of TurandotCarmenToscaAidaPagliacci, and La bohème that have been seen coast to coast. In 2019, he became Co-Artistic Advisor with Loren Meeker of Opera San Antonio.

J’Nai Bridges*
Carmen
J’Nai Bridges*

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Ms. Bridges’s engagements in the title role of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera and Canadian Opera Company, she has emerged at this unique moment as a leading figure in classical music’s shift toward conversations of inclusion and racial justice in the performing arts. Bridges led a highly successful panel on race and inequality in opera with the Los Angeles Opera that drew international acclaim for being a “conversation of striking scope and candor” (The New York Times). Bridges also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel for two episodes of the digital SOUND/STAGE series. Other upcoming highlights of Bridges’s 20-21 season include her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena at Dutch National Opera.

Highlights from her 2019 – 2020 season included her highly-acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Nefertiti in a sold-out run of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, as well as a house and role debut with Washington National Opera as Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges was also originally scheduled to sing the title role of Carmen at Dutch National Opera and was scheduled to make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic.

Other recent career highlights include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Recital debut, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, her Los Angeles Master Chorale debut, and her debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In addition, Ms. Bridges made her Carmen role debut at the San Franciso Opera, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Rihab Chaieb*
Carmen (Jan. 29)
Rihab Chaieb*

Tunisian-born Rihab Chaieb is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program where she appeared in numerous productions, including L’italiana in Algeri (Zulma), Luisa Miller (Laura), Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandmännchen). Returning since as a guest in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under Cornelius Meister, she appears there this season as Nefertiti in Phelim McDermott’s unforgettable production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

In the 2021/22 season, Rihab Chaieb debuts at Washington National Opera in Così fan tutte (Dorabella), sings Penelope on a European concert tour and recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Ensemble I Gemelli and Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, returns to Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier as Maddalena in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s new staging of Rigoletto, and joins Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Carmen. In concert, Chaieb joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Les Violons du Roy for Mozart’s Requiem. 

Demonstrating strong repertoire versatility in recent seasons, Rihab Chaieb debuted as Charlotte in Werther at Opera Vlaanderen under Giedrė Šlekytė, at Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at Cincinnati Opera and as Offenbach’s Fantasio at Opéra de Montpellier. For Dutch National Opera, Chaieb sang Lola in Robert Carsen’s new staging under Lorenzo Viotti, Dorabella at Teatro Santiago de Chile, Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at Opera Vlaanderen, and received unanimous acclaim for her first Carmen in Lydia Steier’s intense new production for Oper Köln.

Migran Agadzhanyan*
Don José
Migran Agadzhanyan*

Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata. The coming seasons see a debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and returns to Royal Swedish Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Jonathan Burton
Don José (Jan. 29)
Jonathan Burton

Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”

In the current season, Burton sings Calaf for Austin Opera, Pollione in Norma for Boston Lyric Opera, and Hermann in Pique Dame for Des Moines Metro Opera. Additionally, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of Luisa Miller and Maryland Lyric Opera as Luigi in Il tabarro. Recent performances include his return to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci, Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and Utah Opera where he made his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He was also heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Additionally he has been heard as Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; and in his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.

Performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Teatro La Fenice. (90)

Anatoli Sivko*
Escamillo
Anatoli Sivko*

Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). Recent highlights include house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni), Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen, Bayerische Staatsoper for Un ballo in maschera plus concert performances under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara.

Amanda Woodbury*
Micaëla
Amanda Woodbury*

A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2018 – 2019 season sees Ms. Woodbury return to the Metropolitan Opera for a 5th season, with roles including Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, conducted by Emanuel Villaume, and Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Ms. Woodbury also makes house debuts as Violetta in La traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera San Antonio, and as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Hawaii Opera Theater.

The 2017 – 2018 season saw Ms. Woodbury return to LA Opera to sing Micaëla in Carmen, conducted by James Conlon, and her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. Additional operatic appearances included the role of Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, and a reprise of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera. Concert work included the title role in Bellini’s La straniera with Washington Concert Opera, conducted by Antony Walker, the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La bohème, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Additional operatic highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Dayton Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.

Concert work includes her LA Phil debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.

Ms. Woodbury received a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.