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Le nozze di Figaro
POM Presents: Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro
August 24th and 25th, 7:30pm
St. Bartholomew's Church
51st Street and Park Ave.
- Adults - $20
- Seniors - $15
- Students - $10
For advance tickets (recommended), please call 212-378-0222
Or order tickets online at St. Bart's bookstore!
Tickets are also available at the door.
Figaro - Baritone
Adam Cavagnaro attended Montclair State University
studying for a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in
Vocal Performance under Dr. Stephen Oosting. Roles he
participated in while at Montclair include David in Barber's
A Hand of Bridge; Joel Sorrel in Menotti's The
Consul; The Baker in Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Scenes include The Ballad of Baby Doe, La Finta Giardiniera,
Pirates of Penzance. Adam now lives in Manhattan and is
Susanna - Soprano
Soprano Meagan Brus is a second year Masters of Music candidate
studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell at the Manhattan School of
Music. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Ms. Brus received her B.M.
in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in May
2005, where she studied with professor of singing Daune Mahy.
Ms. Brus performed in Oberlin main stage productions portraying the
goddess Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld and Fanny in
Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio. Comfortable both on the
operatic stage and in concert, Ms. Brus has been the soprano soloist
in Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Bach's
Magnificat and Jesu, Meine Freude, and Handel's
Laudate Pueri Dominum and Dixit Dominus. Following
a performance in the Danenberg Honors Recital at the Oberlin
Conservatory, the April 22, 2005 edition of the Oberlin Review
(Alanna Dancis) writes of Ms. Brus, "Brus completely embodied the
spirit of Alte Weisen, changing her mannerisms almost every phrase
to match the spirit of that individual line of poetry."
In 2005 she was awarded Honorable Mention at the Irma M. Cooper
International Voice Competition and was the First Place Winner at the
Opera Guild of Dayton Vocal Competition. In the summer of 2006, Ms.
Brus participated in the New York Summer Opera Scenes program with
Carol Yahr and Joshua Greene portraying Gretel in a scene from
Hänsel und Gretel and gave recitals in Fukushima and
||Alexander J. Hajek
Conte Almaviva - Baritone
Canadian Baritone Alexander J. Hajek completed his studies this spring
from the Juilliard School of Music having earned both his Bachelor
and Master of Music degrees while under the tutelage of Daniel Ferro.
A native of Toronto, he studied at the Royal Conservatory and joined
prominent Toronto based choral organizations, such as the Mendelsohn Choir's,
the Glenn Gould Ensemble, Opera in Concert, The Palestrina Chamber Chorus
and The Ontario Youth Choir. He has performed at prestigious international
venues, most recently having performed at the World Youth Day celebrations
(Germany) and the Vatican for the new Pope.
Alexander has bowed in such roles as -- Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf
Naxos, Sylvano in La Calisto, Dimitri Petrovska in
The Music Shop, Gianni Schicchi and Pierre Lafitte in
Cabildo, The Emporer in Le Rossignol, Adonis in
Venus & Adonis, Apollo in Semeles, Elder McLean in
Susannah, Vicar in Albert Herring and Schaunard in
La Bohé. Recent Concert performances include Faure's
Requiem, E. Ziesl's Ebraico Requiem and Brahms'
German Requiem with the New York Youth Symphony.
In April 2006, he won First Place in The Oratorio Society of New York's
Solo Vocal Competition. In the spring of 2007, he will join the
Oratorio Society in the performance of the Stravinsky Mass
at Carnegie Hall.
Contessa Almaviva - Soprano
Cherubino - Mezzo-Soprano
Marcellina - Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo soprano Eve Orenstein received her BM from Mason Gross School
of the Arts at Rutgers University and an MM from Manhattan School of Music.
Eve has appeared in Opera Company of Brooklyn productions as Gertrude in
Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto, and has covered
the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Eve has been heard in the
Dicapo Opera Theatre's productions of Rigoletto as Giovanna and L'Amico
Fritz as Catarina, as Filipyevna in Liederkranz Opera Theatre's production
of Eugene Onegin, and as Annina in La Traviata with the Metropolitan Lyric
Opera Company. Dedicated to the furtherance of contemporary music, Eve
has appeared in the New York premieres of excerpts from A Death in the
Family as Aunt Hannah, and as Katja in The Singing Violin. This year, Eve
covered the roles of Azucena in Il Trovatore, Zia Principessa in Suor
Angelica, and performed as Emilia in Otello with the One World Symphony
and was heard as the Badessa in the New York Metro Vocal Ensemble's
production of Suor Angelica this spring. She also sang in readings with
the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin, Zulma in
L'Italiana in Algieri, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Marcellina in
Le Nozze di Figaro. In summer 2006, Eve participated in the Festa Lirica
Italiana in Ischia, Italy, and the New York Summer Opera Scenes workshop,
where she performed excerpts from Aida and Madama Butterfly. She will
appear this fall in the world premiere of An Angel in the Park with Garden
State Opera and as Marcellina in NYMVAE's production of Le Nozze di Figaro
in Spring 2007.
Basilio - Tenor
Patrick Ireland is a recent graduate from the Lawrence Conservatory
of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. While there he was a part of many
opera and musical productions including The Breasts of
Teiresias (le Mari/Director), Hansel and Gretel
(the Witch), The Consul (the Magician), The Last
Five Years (Jamie), and The Secret Garden (Archibald).
Most recently he was a part of Julie Taymor's Lincoln Center Festival
production of the new opera Grendel at the New York City
Opera. Patrick is very excited to be a part of this exciting
endeavour and would like to thank everyone involved with POM for
all of the knowledge and guidance through this process.
Bartolo / Antonio - Baritone
Clay Smith just completed coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts
degree in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University. He is an
active performer in operatic and musical theater works, where some
of his favorite roles have included Leporello, Figaro, Gideon March,
Edward Rutledge and Curly. He has performeed roles with LSU Opera,
Compbellsville University Opera, and Pensacola Opera. Teaching is
another passion that Smith pursues. He has been an instructor of
music at both Campbellsville University and LSU.
Barbarina - Soprano
Christine began studying voice at 14 in her hometown of Stamford, CT,
where she sanf the roles of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz
and Maria in the Sound of Music. She currently holds a
Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. While studying in North Carolina Christine participated in the
school's various opera workshops, Long Leaf Opera's productions of the
Devil and Daniel Webster and Lee Hoiby's The Tempest,
and directed the Company Carolina production of Le Nozze di
Figaro. Christine is currently a graduate student at the Manhattan
School of Music studying with Mark Oswald. She is excited to be a part
of POM's first season!
Don Curzio - Tenor
Native of San Juan, Puerto Rico currently persuing his graduate
studies on full scholarship at the Juilliard School. He received his
BM from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2002 Carlos made his debut
in Italy when he performed the lead role of San Francesco in the
world premier of Il Poverello, a new opera by Francesco
Santelli. He has also performed the role of Monostatos in Die
Zauberflöte for the music department at Queens College. He has
performed as a special guest of the San Juan Children's Choir,
singing the tenor solo of Camille Saint-Saëns Oratorio de
Noël. Mr. Feliciano is also a regular gues for a concert
series in Ohio in the Toledo Museum of Arts. He was seen in the role of
Satirino in a production of La Calisto by the Juilliard
Opera Theater. He was also a cover for Pedrillo in Die
Entf&uunl;hrung aus dem Serail for a special project with
students of the Juilliard School. Mr. Feliciano is the recent winner
of the 5 Towns Music and Arts Foundation and Competition.
Future engagements include Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro
with the Project Opera of Manhattan, Don Ottavio in Don
Giovanni with the New York Opera Society in France, and roles in
Iphigenie en Aulide, Orphee aux enfers and La finta
giardiniera with the Juilliard School.
Randall Stewart is founder and artistic director of the Baltimore Sinfonietta. Maestro
Stewart began his conducting studies as a Music Education major at Alderson-Broaddus
College, where he earned his B.A. in 1996. He went on to study conducting at Ohio
University, where he earned the M. Mus in 1998. Maestro Stewart has done additional
conducting studies in workshops with Marin Alsop, Harold Farberman, Daniel Lewis,
Apo Hsu, Mariusz Smolij, and Kirk Trevor. In addition to his activities with the Baltimore
Sinfonietta, Maestro Stewart teaches in the Baltimore County Public School System and
is a freelance trombonist and bass-baritione in the Baltimore-Washington region. Outside
of musical activities, Maestro Stewart holds a broad range of interests, from the outdoors
and conservation issues, to art history, to theology, to numerous sports. He resides in
Baltimore with his wife, soprano Sara Stewart, and their feisty cat, Giulietta.
Chris Leyva is ecstatic about directing his first opera and is thankful for the opportunity.
Chris received an M.F.A. at the Playwrights Workshop at The University of Iowa, a B.A. in
Directing from Coe College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. As a
director, Chris has focused on directing productions of new work, including the premieres
of Billie the Kid, or The Legend of Billy the Kid by Stephen Ptacek and Flying Lessons by Lisa Day, both
presented at The University of Iowa. As an undergraduate student at Coe College, Chris
mounted a production of Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, and was given the rare opportunity
to direct a mainstage production of Eric Overmyer's On the Verge, for which he received the
Kennedy Center actf Meritorious Achievement Award. As a playwright, Chris received the
Richard Maibaum Award in Playwriting for his play, All Grace, which was produced during
the 2006 Iowa New Play Festival. His play, Solamente una vez, was named a finalist in the
Alliance Theatre's 2007 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition and will be presented
in a staged reading at the Alliance in February.
Da Ping Luo
John Austin Clark
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