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Conductor of Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Mozart’s La finta… Riccio, Andrew del 1998

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CONDUCTOR OF STRAVINSKY'S HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT, HUMPERDINCK'S HANSEL AND GKETEL, AND MOZART'S LA FINTA GIARDINIERA by ANDREW DEL RICCIO B.Mus., U n i v e r s i t y o f Sydney, 1990 Diploma i n Music (Performance), U n i v e r s i t y o f Sydney, 1993 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC (OPERA CONDUCTING) i n THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (School of Music) We accept t h i s t h e s i s as conforming t o the r e q u i r e d standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA A p r i l 1998 © Andrew d e l R i c c i o In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Department of M . Q 5 l £ ^ -The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date A p , i i %Pl W E DE-6 (2/88) II Abstract This thesis is a compilation of performances from seasons of three different works; Histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky, Hansel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck and La Finta Giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Each work is presented twice with different camera views. The first is 'reverse angle' (or near reverse) which gives the viewer an impression of the conductor as seen by the performers. The second is 'house view', the stage as seen from the audience: in places the conductor is also visible. Additionally, these two perspectives give the viewer different audio impressions, that of both the performer and the audience. In each case, there is a marked difference in balance of singers, speakers and instrumental ensemble. Tape one is of Histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky, performed at the Frederick Wood Theatre at the University of British Colombia. The performing ensemble was a collaboration between the author, acting as Musical Director and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student Sabine Sengmueller (Stage Director), with members of cast and instrumental ensemble other students. The reverse angle view is of performances on November 15 and 17, as indicated in the table of contents. The house view is taken from the performance on November 20. Tapes two and three are of Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. These were performed at the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops, with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble performing on December 13. Again, tape two is reverse angle and tape three, house view. For this performance, the author is acting as Assistant Conductor to Mr Bruce Dunn, Music Director of the Kamloops Symphony. The final tapes, number 4 and 5, are of a collaborative project by the University of British Colombia School of Music Symphony Orchestra and Opera Ensemble. Professor Jesse Read, head of the School or Music, was the conductor for this season. The author acted as Assistant Conductor, performing on April 2, 1998. The work performed, La Finta Giardiniera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is important to note that the reverse angle (tape 4) was compromised by the presence of the stage set, and a lack of technical equipment at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, where the performances occurred. The angle shown is from the choir stalls, opposite prompt side. I l l TABLE OF CONTENTS Tape 1 Histoire du soldat Igor Stravinsky 0:00:00 -0:44:12 Reverse angle 0:00:00 -0:02:30 Marche du soldat November 15, 1997 0:02:30 -0:05:51 Petits airs au bord du ruisseau November 15, 1997 0:05:30 -0:07:40 Marche (reprise) November 15, 1997 0:07:50 -0:13:48 Pastorale November 15, 1997 0:13:50 -0:14:51 Petits airs du bord du ruisseau (reprise) November 15, 1997 0:14:52 -0:15:40 Petits airs du bord du ruisseau (reprise) November 15, 1997 0:15:50 -0:17:47 Marche du soldat (reprise) November 15, 1997 0:17:52 -0:20:58 Marche royale November 17, 1997 0:21:00 -0:24:20 Petit concert November 17, 1997 0:24:30 -0:26:49 (trois dances) Tango November 15, 1997 0:26:49 -0:28:55 (trois dances) Valse November 15, 1997 0:28:55 -0:31:04 (trois dances) Ragtime November 15, 1997 0:31:20 -0:32:45 Danse du diable November 15, 1997 0:32:52 -0:33:35 Petit chorale November 15, 1997 0:33:43 -0:34:30 Couplets du diable November 15, 1997 0:34:35 -0:38:52 Grand chorale November 15, 1997 0:39:00 -0:42:12 Marche triomphale du diable November 15, 1997 0:42:25 - 1:53:10 House view Tape 2 Hansel und Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck Reverse angle Tape 3 Hansel und Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck House view Tape 4 La Finta Giardiniera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Reverse angle Tape 5 La Finta Giardiniera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart House view Appendix A Programme Histoire du soldat Igor Stravinsky Appendix B Programme Hansel und Gretel Engelbert Humperdinck Appendix C Programme La Finta Giardiniera Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Appendix A Igor stravim^ky frederi© wood theatre ai ma varsity of foritish coBorotibia novcinber 12th (2.00pm), 15th (2.30pm), 17th (7.30pm), 20th (6.00pm) Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master of music degree, with a major in opera conducting. Stage Director.......Sabine Sengmueller Musical Director Andrew Del Riccio The Cast (in order of appearance) The Narrator .........Matt Olver The Soldier Andrew Smith The Devil .....Adia Kapoor The Princess Rebecca Dadson The Orchestra Clarinet .liana Demers Bassoon Matthew Howatt Cornet-a-pistons T-Jay MacKenzie Trombone ....David Spence Percussion Kim Holland Violin Jeanette Bernal Double Bass Leanne Wong The Crew Assistant Stage Director ...S. Siobhan McCarthy Stage Manager. Ibata Hexamer Assistant Stage Manager Vivian Fong Properties...... Jillian Thomas Key Make-up Artist..S. Siobhan McCarthy Crew Ken Lin Part 1 1. The Soldier's March 2. Airs by a Stream 3. Reprise The Soldier's March 4. Pastorale 5a/b. Reprise....Airs by a Stream Part 2 6. The Soldier's March 7. The Royal March 8. The Little Concert 9. Tango, Valse, Ragtime 10. The Devil's Dance 11. Little Chorale 12. The Devil's Song 13. Great Chorale 14. Triumphal March of the Devil HANSEL and GRETEL • Dec. 12 & 13,1997 featuring UBC Opera Ensemble JIM KEITH & BILL MclNTOSH ^F^k o j i 4Wa R B C Jvm. SpOnSOred Oy gg f f i DOMINION Weyerhaeuser S E C U R I T I E S Canada H A N S E L <& G R E T E L Director Conductor Assistant Conductor Nancy Hermiston Bruce Dunn Andrew Del Riccio Hansel Gretel Mother/Echo Father Witch Sandman/Echo Dew Fairy/Echo Market Vendors C A S T Dec. 1 2 & 13, Evening Dec. 13, Matinee Barb Tarry ' Tami Gazzola (understudy: Suzanne Abbott) Phoebe MacRae* Barb Vogt (understudy: Alexandra Tail) Heidi Davis Karyn Way* Jonathan Liebich Mireille Rijavec Lee Froelich Jennifer Skidmore Kimberly Webb Alexandra Tait Hussein Janmohamed •Alan Corbishley Grace Chan Kimberly Webb Alexandra Tait Kimberly Webb Alexandra Tait Hussein Janmohamed Gingerbread Chorus Sophie Anza, Tasha Baziuk, Myles Beane, Jeffrey Hendricks, Travis Huyghebaert, Elizabeth loannidis, Andrew Lord, Michelle Lowey, Meghan McCi l l , Kirsly Merkosky, Shay Monnhan, Ashley Nordick, Jonalhon Skalaski, Jailene Smith, Kirsten Smith, Matia Zivkusic Angels A.J. Carpenter, Angelina Cecchini, Christina Cecchini, Bonnie Cleland, Randi Linton, Darla Masterton, Melissa Morris Victoria Morris, Kathleen Newmarch, Brianne Poissant, Miranda Powell, Brodie Reedman, Amie Sharun, Briana Takeshita *vvith permission from Canad ian Actor's Equity Association THERE WILL BE O N E INTERMISSION 12 H A N S E L & G R E T E L A P L O T S Y N O P S I S Act I Peter's house. His children, Hansel & Gretel, are hungry. To distract her little brother, Gretel teaches him to sing and dance. Their mother scolds them for playing instead of working. Now the children must go into the woods to pick strawberries for the evening meal. While they are gone, their father returns from work with a bundle of food under , his arm. Learning that the children have gone into the woods, he grows apprehensive and joins his wife in searching for them. Act II In the forest. While Hansel is looking for strawberries, Gretel sits under a tree singing a folk song. Hansel returns with the berries, and since the children are hungry, they yield to the temptation of eating them. Night begins to fall. The darkness brings terror, for the children are now unable to find their way home. The Sandman comes to put the children to sleep with a lullaby. After they fall asleep, angels descend to provide the children with a protective ring. INTERMISSION Act III The Witch's house. The Dew Fairy sprinkles dewdrops on the children. Waking, they find themselves in front of a gingerbread house decorated with gingerbread cookie figures of children. Hansel and Gretel begin to eat morsels of the house. Suddenly the Witch emerges. Her magic keeps the children rooted to the ground. She locks Hansel in a cage and forces Gretel to do housework. The Witch sings a gleeful song about her strange activities. Gretel, meanwhile, steals her wand and with it frees her brother. When the Witch orders Gretel to look into the flaming oven, Gretel feigns stupidity and asks the Witch to show her how this is done. When the Witch stands before the open door, Hansel and Gretel push her inside and slam the door. The Witch's oven explodes. This is the signal for all the Witch's previous victims to change from gingerbread back into little children. The parents of Hansel and Gretel appear, find their children are free, and all join in a celebration. 14 The Vancouver Premier of W.A. Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera The Gardening Girl's Secret (Performed in English) ft The U B C Opera Ensemble & The U B C Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Jesse Read Stage Director: Nancy Hermiston Apri l 1,3,4 1998 8:00 pm Apri l 2 1998 3:30'pm Apr i l 5 1998 2:00 pm The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at The University of British Columbia Opera in three acts Mus ic by W. A . Mozart Libretto by de Calzabigi and Colte l l ini La Finta Giardiniera The Gardening Gir l ' s Secret (Performed in English) Performance dates: A p r i l 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 1998 Director: Nancy Hermiston Conductor: Jesse Read The Cast: Character Sandrina Artist * Phoebe MacRae M a r i Halm Lambroula Pappas Performance Date A p r i l 1,3 A p r i l 2, 4 A p r i l 5 Count Belfiore Michae l Walker Harout Markarian A p r i l 1,3,5 . A p r i l 2, 4 Arminda Megan Latham Kimber ly Webb Gina Oh A p r i l 1, 3 A p r i l 2, 4 A p r i l 5 Ramiro Barb Tarry *Grace Chan Lee Froelich A p r i l 1, 3 A p r i l 2, 4. A p r i l 5 Serpetta Leanne K o c h Jenny Skidmore A p r i l 1, 3, 5 A p r i l 2, 4 Nardo A l a n Corbishley Jonathan Liebich A p r i l 1,3,5' A p r i l 2, 4 Podesta James McLennan Jesse White A p r i l 1, 3, 5 A p r i l 2, 4 * This artist appears courtesy o f the Canadian Actors ' Equity Association Performed in the stunning Chan Centre for the Performing Arts University o f British Columbia 

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