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Role of Elvira in Gioachino Rossini’s "L’Italiana in Algeri" ; Role of Esmeralda in Bedr̆ich Smetaná's… Farrell, Jennifer Heather 2003

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ROLE OF ELVIRA IN GIOACHTNO ROSSINI'S L 'ITALLAN A IN ALGERI ROLE OF ESMERALDA IN BEDRICH SMET ANA'S PROD AN A NEVPSTA by JENNIFER HEATHER FARRELL B.Mus., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1999  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC  in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (School of Music)  We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April 2003 © Jennifer Heather Farrell 2003  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  AtJLcirl  ^  The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada  Date  DE-6 (2/88)  Ci^JULl)  X<rz>3  ~MAA^JUS  ABSTRACT The thesis for the Master of Music in Opera consists of the performance of a major role in one full opera production, or of two supporting roles in two full opera productions in the first or second year. 1 performed the role of Elvira in Gioachino Rossini's L 'Italiana in Algeri on November 2, 2002, and the role of Esmeralda in Bedfich Smetana's Prodand Nevesta on March 6 and March 8, 2003.  IScurtered 'Bride By Bedrich Smetana  UBCMUSIC  present PRODANA  NEVESTA  THE BARTERED BRIDE by BEDRICH SMETANA Libretto by KAREL SABINA DIRECTOR ~ JOSEF NOVAK CONDUCTOR ~ NORBERT BAXA MUSIC DIRECTOR ~ RICHARD EPP SET DESIGN ~ ALESSIACARPOCA LIGHTING DESIGN ~ JEREMY BAXTER COSTUMES DESIGN ~ OPERA HOUSE OPAVA DANA SVOBODOVA sung in Czech with English surtitles  CZECH COACH AND SURTITLES ~ MILENA JANDA There will be two twenty minute  intermissions.  T h e C h a n S h u n Concert Hall  The  March 6 - March 9, 2003  at UBC  A Message from the Director of the UBC School of Music Welcome to tonight's performance of The Bartered Bride, a highlight of our performance season offered by the School of Music at UBC. Each year the Opera Program reaches new highs as it finds innovative ways to integrate the young, dynamic and talented student performers into a memorable, engaging and professional production. Supported brilliantly by the Theatre Department's technical expertise and ever growing enthusiastic attention from the community, the Opera program at UBC is taking its rightful place in the panorama of opera in Canada. The UBC Opera program has had several seasons of residence during the early summer at the opera house in Usti nad Labem, in the Czech Republic, and has performed often in productions and concerts around the country, and in the old cultural city of Prague. We are delighted to welcome to this production Conductor Norbert Baxa and Director Josef Novak from the Czech Republic who have given this production an authenticity and direct link to its origins which you will certainly appreciate as the brilliant music begins and the drama, sets, costumes, direction and magnificent singing all perform their magic. A very warm greeting to you from each and every participant in tonight's production.  Jesse Read Director, School of Music  A Message from the Head of Theatre, Film & Creative Writing I am delighted to welcome you to this year's Spring Opera production at UBC. The Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing is very pleased to be able to collaborate with the School of Music Opera Program, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and our distinguished guests in producing this delightful version of The Bartered Bride. The School of Music and the Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing have been co-producing from time to time for over a decade now, and the shows keep on getting better each year. I know you'll enjoy this one.  Robert Gardiner Department Head Theatre, Film and Creative Writing  at U B C  UBCMUSIC  A Message from Head of Opera On behalf of the Opera Ensemble and myself I would like to welcome you to this very special evening of opera. As you are aware the Opera Ensemble has traveled to the Czech Republic each summer for the past five years. Tonight we are delighted that the production team which has hosted us in the Czech Republic, Director, Josef Novak, Conductor, Norbert Baxa and Set Designer, Alessia Carpoca can be with us to present Smetana's masterpiece, Prodana Nevesta (The Bartered Bride). We will be returning to Usti nad Labem in May and June to present a remount of our 2002 production of Massenet's Manor) as well as performances of Mozart's masterpiece Die Zauberflote. After our European performances, we will continue our summer schedule as Resident Ensemble at the Westbend Festival in Ontario where we will present performances of The Merry Widow. At this time I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Opera Ensemble. Your support does make a difference. Many of our graduates are now involved in professional operatic careers and you have helped to make their dreams of that career come true. Can there be anything more satisfying than knowing that you have been an influential part of maintaining UBC's and Canada's tradition of producing great opera performers? I hope that you enjoy this wonderful masterpiece of the Czech repertoire and will look forward to seeing you again in our 2003-2004 Season.  Nancy Hermiston Head of Opera and Voice  Director - Josef Novak Graduate of the Janacek Academy of Musical Arts, he worked as a director, dramaturg and director in various theatres throughout the Czech Republic and other countries. For a number of years he was also on the staff of the Academies (equivalent to university departments) in Brno and in Prague. Since 1988 he has been also a guest pedagogue at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He also made several television productions. He has directed over 100 opera and musical theatre productions in the Czech Republic, and over twenty abroad, particularly in Scandinavia, Slovakia, Germany and Bulgaria. Among the most notable were the first Czech production of Marschner's Hans Heiling (Opava, 1976), Verdi's / Masnadieri (Usti, Opava), Donizetti's Maria Stuarda and Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan (Opava, Brno, 1977, 1979). This was the only production ever given after World War II of this work, so popular in English speaking countries.  From the C z e c h repertoire were important stagings of the operas of Smetana and Janacek, namely Hubicka for the Prague National T h e a tre, Jenufa and Cunning Little Vixen in Usti and Lahti (Finland), and Bartered Bride in Russe (Bulgaria) and Mikkeli (Finland). In 1987 he was given the prestigious award of C e s k o s l o v e n s k a Operni zatva (Czechoslovak Opera Harvest) for his Wedding by Martinu and Infidelity Caught by M a c h a Re-staged Wedding in 1988 and 1995 in Helsinki, where he also had success with Mozart's Finta Giardiniera Puccini's Gianni Schicci and Suor Angelica, Orff's Die Kluge and in co-production with Opera Usti, S t r a u s s ' Die Fledermaus Verdi's Masked Ball C i m a r o s a ' s // Matrimonio Segreto and R o s s i n i ' s Barber of Seville among others. There was also much interest in the production of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro at the summer festival in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, which was also broadcast on the C z e c h television. During the time he was director of the Usti Opera, the company toured in Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, and Germany. For the last three years he collaborated with the U B C Opera Ensemble on the stage of the O p e r a in Usti, (Janaceks Cunning Little Vixen in C z e c h , S t r a u s s ' Die Fledermaus in German) and in O p a v a in Verdi's Ballo in Maschera.  Norbert B a x a - C o n d u c t o r  Nobert Baxa, the gifted young C z e c h conductor, is currently the General Music Director at the Usti nab Labem City Theatre in the C z e c h Republic. Mr. Baxa was appointed there in 1999, and at the age of 24, was the youngest music director ever appointed in a major C z e c h house. Mr. Baxa began his training at the prestigious Bratislava Conservatory as a singer and conductor, and continued his studies at the Music Academy in Prague. He worked as guest singer for the Prague Chamber Choir and as a vocal coach and accompanist for singers. He graduated in 1998 and was awarded the "Red Diploma", the Academy's top honour. In 1996, Mr. Baxa founded the progressive chamber music group C L U B 20, dedicating their performances to composers of the 20th Century. His extensive repertoire covers the operatic and ballet genres, with a special interest in the music of C z e c h and Slovak composers such as Smetana, Janacek and Martinu. In 2001, he conducted the European premiere of Robert Ward's The Crucible with a combined Canadian and C z e c h cast. Mr. Baxa is a frequent guest conductor throughout the C z e c h Republic and Germany, and has appeared in Hungary, Spain and Japan.  T h o u g h t s o n The Bartered Bride Nationalism in western culture developed in the later part of the nineteenth century as part of the Romantic Movement. Smetana's devotion to his country of origin underwent a subtle metamorphosis when he turned to folk material and The Bartered Bride, based on a story that takes place in a Czech village, saw the light of day. Gone are the lords and ladies and lofty ideals. This is a simple story about village people. The music uses Czech folk dances and tunes for its model. Actually the title was badly translated from the Czech "Prodana Nevesta" which means" the sold bride". There is no bartering during the action of the opera. In 1866 when the original version of the opera was performed, it resembled more a "singspiele" or an opera comique, having spoken dialogue between a series of arias. By 1870 during several revisions, the dialogue disappeared to be replaced by orchestrated recitatives. Smetana followed The Bartered Bride with other operas in the same genre The Kiss, The Two Widows, The Secret. None ever reached the kind of devotion and popularity that his "Bride" did. But The Bartered Bride is much more than a national opera. The music has subtlety and consummate artistry, combining warmth with sparkle, vigour with refinement. Its high spirits never descend into farce and its characters are drawn in the most skilful musical terms. Each and every one of the characters has a fine musical personality. Marenka shows compassion, love, capacity for intrigue, grief and stubbornness, while Jenik's love and sense of humour, as well as his frustration in a complicated situation are all very clear. The simple minded but loveable Vasek and the boastful and resourceful marriage broker, Kecal, don't even need surtitles to be understood musically. It is no wonder that The Bartered Bride pointed the way for yet another generation of Czech composers like Janacek and Martinu. by Milenda Janda  THE BARTERED BRIDE By Bedfich  at UBC  Smetana  T h u r s d a y M Krusina arch 6 and Saturday March 8 . th  Ludmila Mafenka Hata Micha Vasek Jenlk Kecal Director Esmeralda Indian  th  Justin Welsh Amy LaFroy Neema Bickersteth Caroline Harder* Andrew Jameson Alex Good John Arsenault* Pierre Hungr Ian Paul Jennifer Farrell Stephen Bell  Friday March 7 and Sunday th  Krusina Ludmila Mafenka Hata Micha Vasek Jenlk Kecal Director Esmeralda Indian  March 9 . th  Todd Delaney Janet Vandertol Rhoslyn Jones Katherine Landry Timothy Dyck Ben Schnitzer Keith Klassen* Gerrit Theule Craig Johnson Katie Cross Cory Esaryk  Circus Players  Mia Harris, Michael Mori, Maya Tenzer, Karin McCaig, Kuei-Ming L Chorus  Supernumeraries  Alexandra Beck Stephen Bell John Conlon David English Cory Esaryk Erin Evdokimoff John Hales Brooke Harris Mia Harris Craig Johnson Paula MacNeil  Riley McMitchell Heidi Meundel Michael Mori Rose-Ellen Nichols Ian Paul Soula Parassidis Mieke Rickert Dionne Sellinger Lyndon Surjik Heidi Wood Lidka Pepik  Helina Patience Amy Belling Caroline Sniatynski Karin McCraig Kuei-Ming Lin Stage Banda  Rachel Lowry Sandi Chih  Maya Tenzer Valerie Chong  * Appearance courtesy of Canadian Actors' Equity Association  ft  "at U B C  UBCMUSIC  U B C S y m p h o n y Orchestra - The Bartered Bride Violin I **Gillian Mott Jason Ho Evet Kim Jenny Atkinson Amy Pei Angela Hodgson Regina Ho Drie Ignas Alisa van Dijk Ekaterina Sokolovskaya Alneliese Deacock Violin II *James Wei Ruth Huang Megan Wolfe Laura Weingarten Jack Tsai Theresa Choi Michelle Huang Trevor Pearce LilyCha Janice Fehlauer Jenny Hsu Viola *Brooke Day Anthony Cheung Josh Belvedere Celine Lee Aaron Butler Szabolcs Kabok James Hill Genevieve MacKay Cello *Alexandra Sia Katherine Thompson Stephan Hintersteininger Alex Cheung Tina Hsu Sabrina Tsou Richard St. Onge  Bass *Michelle Herrera Jennifer Chu Peggy Tong Enzo Figliuzzi Rosa Smedley Flutes Mack Chen Gloria Huh SandiChih Oboes * Emily Yu Tina Chang Clarinets *Eileen Walsh Emily Shapiro Bassoons *Emily Mclntyre Meghan Dahl  Horns *Micajah Sturgess Mindy Chia-Yuan Liang Cheryl Lane Patty Cheng-Pei Kou Trumpets *Nathan Sobieralski Chris Mitchell Rachel Lowry Trombones *Nick Francis James Tranquilla Michael Shafer Timpani Katie Rife Percussion Kimberly Ettinger Christy Fast Merbell Tonggoredjo  ** Concert Master * Section Leaders  at UBC  Production Stage Manager Assistant Stage Managers  Surtitles Rehearsal Pianists Technical Director Costume Coordinator Costume Assistant Wig Stylist Make-up Artists Props Supervisors Scenic Artist Scenery Construction Scenic Painters Props Builders Lighting Operator Follow Spot Operators Stage Crew  Production Manager Business Manager Publicity Poster Design Publicity Assistant  Alishia Harris Alexia Chen Judy Chow Daryl Ritchot Tien Yen Anna Whelan Lucas Wong Donna Falconer Lucas Wong Chris Wong Ken Hollands Parvin Mirhady Robert Prince Elke Englicht Nel Volrich Carmen Garcia Janet Bickford Lynn Burton Francesca Albertazzi Jim Fergusson Don Griffiths Melissa Novecosky Mark Eum Valerie Moffatt Melissa Parker Jennifer Meng Krista Sung Kate Butler, Kaname Kawamoto Noa Anatot, Zosia Cassie Tammy Chan, Gareth Convery Karen Eng, Hyeri Lee Mavis Lui, Annes Song Melissa Tsang, Claire Williams Jay Henrickson Marietta Kozak Joan Wellwood James A. Glen Jennifer Ramsay  Acknowledgements The Friends of UBC Opera, The Chan Family, UBC Opera Ensemble, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Playhouse, David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund, School of Music Office Staff, Theatre Program Staff, Val Pusey, Anne Chong and Family, Milena and Slavek Janda, Ian Pratt, Nik von Schulman. A special thank you to the Vancouver Opera Guild for their donation to this production.  at U B C  UBCMUSIC  Plot Synopsis for The Bartered Bride Act1 On the eve of the summer fair in a Czech village, the young people are rehearsing a song and looking forward to the celebration; all except Mafenka. She is upset, because tomorrow the wealthy farmer from a near-by village, Tobias Micha, will come to introduce her to her future husband, his son Vasek. Her sweetheart, Jenlk, who is a hired hand in the village, tells her how he ran away from home because of a mean stepmother. Pledging their love, the two young people declare they will be forever faithful. Marenka's parents, accompanied by the marriage broker, Kecal, tell their daughter that she has to marry Ivlfcha's son because of a debt. Micha has two sons. The older son who has not been seen for quite some time is reported to have become a soldier and might even be dead. Kecal tries to coerce Marenka into immediately accepting the younger son, but she will have nothing to do with him.  Act 2 The fair is now in full swing and all the young men are enjoying beer at the inn. They poke fun at JenTk who extols love above beer. Kecal points out the advantages of money. When Marenka happens to meet Vasek, she decides to take things into her own hands. She mystifies him about who she is and frightens him into swearing that he will give up "Marenka" who would only cause him great anguish and even his own death. Kecal seizes his opportunity and persuades Jenik to forswear Marenka with the promise of 300 golden coins if he will give her up to Micha's son. To his delight Jenik finally agrees signing a document in front of witnesses.  Act 3 Vasek is very worried about his future, but a travelling circus band distracts him. They give a brief performance in the village square to attract an audience. Vasek is charmed by the lovely Esmeralda. The Director of the troupe soon finds out that the bear act cannot go on because the actor who normally plays the bear is dead drunk. With Esmeralda's help the Director entices Vasek to agree to perform the bear act. By now the news of Jenik's perfidy has reached Marenka, who still secretly hopes that it is not true. Not allowing JenTk to explain, Jenik admits that he indeed signed the document. Broken-hearted, she decides to avenge herself by saying that she will marry Vasek. As everyone is called to witness Kecal's triumph, Jenik reveals himself to be Micha's elder son, and therefore is entitled to marry Marenka. At that moment, two frightened children warn the villagers that the circus bear is loose and is running this way. To everyone's amazement the bear turns out to be Vasek. Micha, happy to see his long-lost son and realizing Vasek is too immature for marriage, gives Jenik and Marenka his blessing.  w  -at UBC  Upcoming Events UBCMUSIC March 12 Wednesday Noon Hours Eugene Skovorodnikov Works by Brahms & Haydn 12:00 pm, Recital Hall $4.00 at the door March 14 Contemporary Players Improvisations 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE March 16 Robert Silverman, piano Bach, Copland, Liszt & Beethoven 3:00 pm, Chan Centre $30/$23 Subscriptions available* March 17 UBC Student Composers 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE March 19 4 Gallon Drum 12:00 pm, Recital Hall $4.00 at the door March 20 UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble 12:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE  April 2 UBC Chinese Ensemble 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE April 3 University Singers 12:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE April 4 UBC Jazz Ensemble 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE University Singers 8:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE April 7 UBC Student Composers 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE April 9 UBC Gamelan Ensemble 12:00 pm, Recital Hall or on plaza if sunny FREE April 10 UBC Symphony Orchestra featuring Lucas Wong Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 12:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE  March 21 April 11 Student Highlights UBC Symphony Orchestra 12:00 pm, Main Library, Rm 502 FREE featuring Lucas Wong UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 8:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE 8:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE March 24 UBC Percussion Ensemble 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE March 27 UBC Choral Union 12:00 pm, Chan Centre FREE March 28 UBC Contemporary Players 12:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE UBC Choral Union 8:00 pm, The Chan Centre FREE March 30 UBC Collegium Musicum 8:00 pm, Recital Hall FREE  May 11 Robert Silverman, piano Schubert, Brahms & Scriabin 3:00 pm, Chan Centre $30/$23 Subscriptions available* May 21 Baccalaureate Concert Features graduating music students 8:00 Chan Centre FREE  For more concert information visit The School of Music website at www.music.ubc.ca or phone 604.822.5574  at U B C  UBCMUSIC  THEATRE AT UBC S t i l l to come...  THE  MARRIAGE  OF  FIGARO  by Beaumarchais DIRTY HANDS T r a n s l a t e d b y D a v i d B.Edney A F E S T I V A L OF T H E MARCH 1 3 - 2 2 , 2 0 0 3 PERFORMING ARTS F r e d e r i c Wood T h e a t r e MARCH 3 1 - A P R I L 1 1 , 2 0 0 3 V a r i o u s Campus V e n u e s  Box Office: 604.822-2678 www.theatre.ubc.ca  at UBC  For the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts  Acting Managing Director Director of Facilities and Operations Assistant Technical Director Director of Programming & Administration Programming Coordinator Events Manager Director of Marketing & Customer Services Head Lighting Technician Head Audio Technician Systems Administrator Front of House Coordinators Concessions Coordinator Ticket Office Manager Financial Officer Financial Clerk Reception Clerk Production Clerk Tour Guide  Sid Katz Cameron McGill Owen Schellenberger Joyce Hinton Wendy Atkinson Lindsay Jameson Marie Edwards Andrew Riter Jay O'Keeffe Ted Clark Carl Armstrong Andrew Elliot Nathan Lee Donna Caedo Flora Lew Laura Lee Samuels Kim Claybo Sherri Fetterly Rachel Lowry  P(^|^ftfl  CREATIVE WRITING RESIDENCY PRIZE IN STAGE PLAY INTERNATIONAL Submission Deadline: March 31. 2003 Winner announced: October 1, 2003 The Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia announces its upcoming Residency Prize in Stage Play Competition, awarding a prize of $10,000 to a playwright for an unproduced, unpublished full length stage play. The prize includes a one-month residency at UBC. While on campus, the winning playwright will mentor Creative Writing students, work with Theatre students and faculty on the development of the play for performance, and deliver the Stage Play Residency Lecture. The winning play will be published by PRISM international, Creative Writing's literary magazine, with a public performance to be presented by Theatre at UBC. For information, including complete rules and regulations, please visit our website at www.creativewriting.ubc.ca/events/resprize  SHAKESPEARE  ^THE GMEDYOF ERRORS  FESTIVAL  THE JVIERCHA^ OFVENICE  EPJCLES PRINCE QFTYRE  June 11 to September 21, 2003 Under the tents, Vanier Park  YOUR INFORMATIVE GUIDE TO THE LIVE ARTS For Advertising or Subscription  v  Information Call 604* 278 • 5881  Touchstone Theatre presents Winner of the 2002 Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play  Apple by Vern Thiessen co-produced with The Apple Core  Directed by Rachel Ditor  Studio 16  1545 West 7th Ave.  March 5th ~ 15th  Benefit Performance for Breast Cancer Research March 8th "Apple is a lyrical love poem."  Edmonton Sun  "Season Sponsor  straight  Ticketmaster (604) 280-3311 www.tkketmaster.ca  frederic wood  Canada's National Voice Intensive May 11 - June 13,2003 on the web: www.theatre.ubc.ca/vi  4gH$6«  ^JH$HJt  U 5 C O p e r a ELnsemble Presents  "["he David Spencer Memorial C-Oncert  [jjtaliana in A l g e r i ( T h e Italian (jirl in /\lgiers) By  G- A - Rossini Director: Nancy r~]ermiston * M Director: Richard ELpp U S | C  W'tri the assistance of E_manuela [viarcante and ]l Kuggiero ELnsem We  CLhan  (Centre f o r the f erforming/\rts November  2, Z O O Z , 6  November 5,  2002,  TM  5 PM  /\dmission btj donation—all proceeds to ~|~he [)avid S p e n c e r Endowment Encouragement pund  •^MjHjfc  "^ftMjHj^  ^SMJMB^  L 'ItaCiana in Afyeri music by Gioachino Rossini libretto by Angelo Anelli  Synopsis The action takes place in Algiers. Act I Elvira, the wife of Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers, laments that her husband no longer loves her. Zulma (her confidante) and a chorus of Eunuchs advise her to accept her lot. Mustafa enters in a temper; he wants an Italian woman, and gives Haly, his captain, six days to find one. Lindoro, an Italian enslaved by Mustafa, languishes for his distant love. Mustafa then informs Lindoro that he must marry Elvira so that Mustafa can be rid of her. Offshore a ship has been wrecked and its passengers taken prisoner. Among them, Haly and his men discover an Italian woman, Isabella, and her companion and would-be-suitor, Taddeo. Isabella has been seeking her lover, Lindoro, and laments her cruel destiny, but determines to conquer the Algerians through her womanly wiles. Isabella and Taddeo argue about their relationship, but end by agreeing to pose as uncle and niece. Back at the palace Mustafa offers to allow Lindoro to leave immediately for Italy if he takes Elvira with him. Realizing this is his chance to escape, Lindoro agrees. Haly brings news of the Italian woman, and Mustafa orders his court to assemble, anticipating this new pleasure. As the first finale begins, Isabella is brought in and Mustafa and the chorus marvel at her beauty; she flirts with the Bey to entrap him. When Taddeo forces his way into the hall, Mustafa threatens to impale him, but then accepts Isabella's 'uncle'. Elvira, Zulma, and Lindoro come to say farewell; Isabella and Lindoro  recognize each other and all express stupefaction in a grand ensemble of onomatopoeic nonsense during which Isabella acquires Lindoro as  Act II Mustafa has fallen in love with Isabella. Haly counsels Elvira to be patient while Isabella's wiles make a fool of the Bey. Isabella and Lindoro plan their escape. In order to impress Isabella, Mustafa makes Taddeo his 'Kaimakan' and has him dressed in Turkish costume. Isabella prepares to receive the Bey, ordering Lindoro to bring coffee for at least three and tells Elvira to observe how to handle a man. Mustafa, Taddeo, and Lindoro watch from within while Isabella completes her dressing. Mustafa arranges to signal by sneezing the moment that the others should leave him alone with Isabella; the quintet that follows is punctuated by several 'atchoos', which are ignored. Isabella invites Elvira to take coffee with them and Mustafa understands that he has been tricked. Haly declares that Italian women excel at making men love them and warns men to take care. Lindoro tells Mustafa that Isabella loves the Bey and wants to make him her 'Pappataci', an honourable title given to men who sleep and eat while allowing their women to do just as they please. In the second finale, Isabella has arranged a ceremony to transform the Bey into a 'Pappataci' and has given the Eunuchs and guards much wine. Once Mustafa has been clothed as 'Pappataci' Isabella confers the oath in which he swears to be deaf and blind to all her enterprises. Mustafa eats and drinks as the Italians slip away to the waiting ship. Taddeo, realizing that Isabella loves Lindoro, tries to alert the Bey but the latter fulfills his duty as 'Pappataci'; rather than face Mustafa's wrath, Taddeo joins the Italians. Elvira, Zulma, and Haly reveal the deceit to Mustafa; he begs Elvira's forgiveness and renounces Italian women. The entire ensemble proclaims that a woman cannot be kept from having her way.  Hie Cast Saturday  Sunday  Mustafa  Justin Welsh  Pierre Hungr  Elvira  Jennifer Farrell  Paula McNeil  Zulma  M i a Harris  Dionne Sellinger  Maty  Andrew Jameson  Michael Mori  Lindoro  Ian Paul  John Arsenault*  Isabella  Erinn Evdokimoff  Heidi Mundel  Taddeo  Todd Delaney  John Conlon  Eunuchs/<Birates David English, John Hales, Riley McMitchell, Lyndon Surjik, John Weng (guards Craig Johnson, Cory Esaryk Mustafa's Harem Katie Cross, Sandra Stringer Isabella's Maids Amy Lafroy, Janet Vandertol *appearing courtesy of the Canadian Actor's Equity  (Production 'Team (Director  Costumes  (Repetiteurs  Nancy Hermiston  Robert Prince  Donna Falconer  Alexandria Beck  Christopher Wong  Parvin Mirhady  Lucas-Wong  Makeup  <Poster (Design  Nell Volrich  Shauna Martin  Conductor Richard Epp  (Pianist  Justin Welsh  Donna Falconer  •Hair Stage Manager  Elke Englicht  (Program Sandra Stringer  Colleen Cotton  Set (Design  (Production Assistants (Publicity John Cordon  Nancy Hermiston  Pierre Hungr  Cameron McGill  Krzysztof Biernacki  Lighting  Justin Welsh  Craig Johnson  Opera Ensem6te (Executive  Alex Good  Janet Vandertol  Surtitfes  Paula McNeil  (  Christie Avril  Cameron McGill  (Properties  Neema Bickersteth  Neema Bickersteth  Nancy Hermiston  Sandra Stringer  Justin Welsh  Valerie Moffat  Lucas Wong  Sandra Stringer  1)®C Opera <Ensem6Ce The University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble was founded in 1995, with the appointment of Canadian lyric coloratura Nancy Hermiston as Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions. Beginning with a core of seven performers, Ms. Hermiston has built the program to a 50-member company, performing two main productions at UBC every season, and touring the Czech Republic and Germany for the last 3 summer seasons. Past main season productions  have included Mozart's Ze Nozze d/ Figaro and IP/e C7a~r/neria a us Z/eb  Nicolai's TJie Merry IV/ves of W/ndsor, Robert Ward's Tne Crua'6/e Humperdinck's enchanting tale of childhood, Ukase/ and Grete/. The Ensemble has also performed Figaro, TJie Magic F/ute, Janacek's Tne  Cunn/hg Z/tf/e Vixen, Gounod's Faust and Strauss' Z?/e F/edermaus  Europe. Last year, the Ensemble performed an exciting double bill of Puccini's Gianni Sca/ccAi and Purcell's Z>ido and Aeneas, in addition to a new Christmas production of Lehar's delightful operetta, TneMerry Widow The Ensemble also performed in 2001 with Canadian Heldentenor Ben Heppner, in a special concert at the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts, broadcast on CBC Radio. Since the March 2001 production of Tne C/ua'6/e was a coproduction with the City Theatre in Usti, Ms. Hermiston was invited to direct its Czech premiere in October 2001 and was accompanied by select students, past and present, who appeared in the production. In the summer of 2002, the Ensemble returned to the Czech Republic and Germany to repeat last summer's successful production of Tne CunningZi'ff/e Vixen. In addition, a new production of Massenet's Manon, sung in French, was mounted at the Usti nad Labem City Theatre. Recent performances in Canada include an appearance in 2000 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vaughn William's Serenade to Music, and a co-production of Monteverdi's Z/Fitomo di Cffisses iii patna with the Ensemble Ruggiero, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC. The Ensemble also toured the Lower Mainland and interior of BC with their children's show, Opera Nignt in Canada'vci 2001/2002.  The U B C School of Music, the Chan Centre Staff and Crew, the Frederic Wood Theatre: Janet Bickford, Ian Pratt, Lynn Burton, the Vancouver Opera Association, the Vancouver Opera Guild, the David Spencer Encouragement Fund, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, Sophie Reynolds, the Friends of the U B C Opera Ensemble, Emanuela Marcante and E Ruggiero, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Vancouver.  (Please join lisfor our upcoming performances:  Opera Tea November 24, 2002 2pm Robson Square Information: 604-822-3113  The Merry Widow  Franz Lehar  Chan Centre for the Performing Arts December 12,13, 14 8pm December 15 3pm Tickets available through Ticketmaster at 604-280-3311, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca, or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office.  TUis production was made possi6(e 6y the generou assistancefrom tfiefoCfowing:  andShafique Shivji, andby:  Istituto Italiano di Culture Vancouver Italfae Government Cultural Office  

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