PAGLIACCI
By Ruggero Leoncavallo
CIRCUS CULTURE September 23rd thru 30th 2017

THE SLIPPER ROOM NYC September 25 2017


Conducted by Thomas Bagwell

Directed and Designed by Zachary James

Assistant Director Ellen Jackson

Pianist Zeek Smith

Supertitles Christopher Hauser

Stage Manager Michelle Blau

Nedda:
Megan Nielson
Canio:
James Chamberlain
Tonio:
SeungHyeon Baek
Silvio:
Erik Angerhofer
Beppe: Mark A.B. Lawrence

Featuring Cirque de Soleil’s
Sean Blue and Circus Culture artists


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

New Year’s Eve Gala
By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
THE HANGAR THEATRE December 31st 2017


Ruth:
Melissa Parks
Major General Stanley:
Curt Olds
Fredric:
Johnathan Riesen
Mabel:
Virginia Hesse
Pirate King:
Zachary James
Edith:
Gillian Cotter
Samuel: Benno Ressa

Sergeant of Police: David Neal

Starring two of the most celebrated Gilbert and Sullivan performers of our time, Melissa Parks and Curt Olds, with rising stars, tenor Johnathan Riesen as Fredric, and Murray Competition winner, Virginia Hesse, as Mabel. Zachary James plays the Pirate King with Murray Competition winner, Jake Stamatis, as Samuel and local favorite, David Neal, as the Sergeant of Police. Ring in 2018 with this rollicking band of Pirates!

Critical Acclaim for Melissa Parks:
“A fine singing actress, whose every syllable throbbed with emotion.”

–OPERA NEWS
“A robust force of nature, abounding in mischievous and sonorous appeal.” –CLEVELAND.COM
“Parks was a comedic gale force with an equally powerful voice”

–THE DETROITER

Critical Acclaim for Curt Olds:
“A stylish performer bringing opera and Broadway together.”

–THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A showstopper in purest Broadway style!”

–THE DENVER POST
“A wonderful singing actor as adept in pointing dialogue as in phrasing a song” –OPERA NEWS

BULLY PULPIT

By Kristin Hevner & Royce Vavrek

January 11, 2018

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Directed and Produced by Ellen Jackson


​BULLY   Benno Ressa*
GEORGE W. BUSH/FIDEL CASTRO   Natasha Bratkovski
ELLEN DEGENERES/ADOLPH HITLER   Haley Evanoski*
SADDAM HUSSEIN   Kathleen Maloney*
RICHARD NIXON/MOTHER TERESA   Carli Mazich-Addice*
ANDREW JACKSON/OPRAH WINFREY   Rachel Silverstein*
ROSIE O'DONNELL/MARGARET THATCHER   Sarah Welden*

*Opera Ithaca Apprentice Artist



TOSCA
By Giacomo Puccini
February 2018

​Community School of Music & Arts

Floria Tosca: Megan Nielson
Mario Cavaradossi: Paolo Buffagni
Baron Scarpia: Zachary James
Angelotti: Jake Stamatis

Semi-staged concert version directed by Ellen Jackson

Critical Acclaim for Megan Nielson as Floria Tosca:
“The Tosca of the evening was Megan Nielson...seeing and hearing her in person was vital and indelible. Her singing was exceptional. Her combination of coyness and flare ups were adroitly handled and there were sudden vocal bursts of pure, almost Wagnerian gold...beautifully done...ravishing...” 

–BROOKLYN DISCOVERY

CARMEN
By Goerges Bizet
THE HANGAR THEATRE March 9th thru 11th 2018

Directed and Designed by Adrianna Desier Durantt and Andrew Boyce


Carmen:
Dawn Pierce
Don Jose:
José Heredia
Micaëla:
Christine Lyons
Escamillo:
Derrell Acon
Frasquita: Lynn Craver
Mercedes: Dana Kinney

Moralès: Jake Stamatis

The most famous opera score of all time, often referred to as a "gateway drug" for potential opera enthusiasts, comes to life with an all-star cast featuring Ithaca’s own Dawn Pierce in the title role with Murray Competition winner Derrell Acon as Escamillo and finalist Christine Lyons as Micaëla making their Opera Ithaca debuts alongside tenor, José Heredia, known for his “full lyric voice with a Pavarottian shimmer” (Brooklyn Discovery).


SONG FROM THE UPROAR: 
THE LIVES AND DEATHS 
OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT

By Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek
THE CHERRY ARTSPACE May 2018


Starring Kara Cornell as Isabelle Eberhardt

 
Critical acclaim for SONG FROM THE UPROAR:
“A masterpiece of modern opera” 
–I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
“Seductive, meditative, spiritually elusive and subversive” 
– LA TIMES
“In the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound”
-NEW YORK TIMES


2018/2018 Season
It’s our 4th Season and we’re not holding back!

We are thrilled to announce our smashing fourth season to include Leoncavallo’s PAGLIACCI, Puccini’s TOSCA, Bizet’s CARMEN, Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s SONG FROM THE UPROAR, an evening with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Anne-Carolyn Bird, and the 2nd Annual Edward M. Murray Competition of Voice. There’s something for everyone whether you fancy pirates, clowns or divas! Join us as we open our 4th season with PAGLIACCI at Ithaca’s own Circus Culture, September 23, 2017.

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