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"Opera Ithaca has outdone itself again and promises even more for its next season." -Ithaca Times

"Ithaca now has its own prolific and qualified opera company. Exploring the edges of the genre’s boundaries, they are building a new audience of opera goers that might just be the opposite of the urban relics of classical opera aficionados. Whatever Opera Ithaca’s upcoming projects are, they might not be what one expects from the time honored tradition, but you can be sure they will be downright innovative, fresh and exciting to watch." ​ -Cornell Daily Sun 

"Entering their third season Opera Ithaca mixes world-class singers from across the U.S. with adroit direction and minimalist design. This year saw a charming Billy Blythe (Bill Clinton as a kid in Arkansas) with a blue-grass accented score, and a rousing, troubling and heroic Thumbprint, about the first woman to successfully bring her rapists to justice in Pakistan. Both were new works by women composers." -Ithaca Times

By Goerges Bizet

March 9th thru 11th 2018

Conducted by Richard Montgomery

Production by Adrianna Desier Durantt and Andrew Boyce
featuring Lighting by Seth Reiser

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

   Moralès: Jake Stamatis

Dancaire: Benno Ressa

Remandado: Andrew Hudson-Sabens

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).


Tompkins County Public Library Readathon 9/23

Pagliacci 9/23-9/30

The Savage Club’s Little Apple Follies 10/7

Kendall at Ithaca: Octoberfest Concert 10/11

The Mystery of the Magic Flute 10/21 10/28

Civic Morning Musicals Syracuse 10/25

The Pirates of Penzance 12/30 & 12/31

Bully Pulpit 1/11

Tosca February 2/16

Carmen 3/9-3/11

Murray Competition 3/18

Song from the Uproar 5/5-5/10


By Giacomo Puccini
February 16th 2018
​Community School
of Music & Arts
Directed by Ellen Jackson
Floria Tosca: Megan Nielson
Mario Cavaradossi: Paolo Buffagni
Baron Scarpia: Zachary James
Angelotti: Jake Stamatis

Sacristan: Benno Ressa

Spoletta: Andrew Hudson-Sabens

Shepard Boy: Rachel Silverstein

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...”