2018/2018 Season Announcement
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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PAGLIACCI
By Ruggero Leoncavallo
CIRCUS CULTURE September 23rd thru 30th 2017


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

SONG FROM THE UPROAR:

THE LIVES AND DEATHS

OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT
By
Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek
THE CHERRY ARTSPACE November 11th thru 17th 2017


Starring
Kara Cornell as Isabelle Eberhardt
Directed and choreographed by
Tucker Davis

 
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

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:
Jake Stamatis
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

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


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).

RECITAL: Anne-Carolyn Bird
TREMAN CENTER April 20th 2018

An evening with Metropolitan Opera soprano,
Anne-Carolyn Bird



TOSCA
By Giacomo Puccini
TREMAN CENTER April 21st 2018

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