Le nozze di Figaro

Le nozze di Figaro

Le nozze di Figaro

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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.

Ticket prices:

  • 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.


Adam Cavagnaro
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 studying privately.
Meagan Brus
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 Nihonmatsu, Japan.
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.
Miriam Browning-Nance
Contessa Almaviva - Soprano

Laura Virella
Cherubino - Mezzo-Soprano

Eve Orenstein
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.
Patrick Ireland
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.
Clay Smith
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.
Christine Bischoff
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!
Carlos Feliciano
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
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
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.

Nicolas Fortin
Benjamin Hellman
Heather Frank
Heather Sommerlad
Dave Keen
Kirsten Hans

Elise Frawley
Ting-Yang Chang-Chien

Setomi Nishizawa

William Morris
Crystal Medina
Joseph D'Auguste

Dirk Wels
Samantha Brenner

Roberta Michel
Katharine Gibson

Tessa Gross
Da Ping Luo
Christopher Coletti
Josh Frank

Matt Marks
Ben Brody

John Austin Clark

POM is sponsored by:

New York
Accompanists Association
Baltimore Sinfonietta St. Bartholomew's

Mu Beta Psi