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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 ^ ~MAA^JUS The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada Date Ci^JULl) X<rz>3 DE-6 (2/88) 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 P R O D A N A N E V E S T A 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 sung in Czech with English surtitles CZECH COACH AND SURTITLES ~ MILENA JANDA There will be two twenty minute intermissions. DANA SVOBODOVA The The Chan Shun Concert Hall 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 en-thusiastic 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 coun-try, 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 Pro-gram, 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 Writ-ing 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 U B C M U S I C 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 re-turning 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 perform-ances, we will continue our summer schedule as Resident Ensemble at the Westbend Festival in Ontario where we will present perform-ances 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 Cana-da'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 direc-tor, 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 Gil-bert and Sullivan (Opava, Brno, 1977, 1979). This was the only produc-tion ever given after World War II of this work, so popular in English speaking countries. From the Czech repertoire were important stagings of the operas of Smetana and Janacek, namely Hubicka for the Prague National Thea-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 Ceskoslovenska Operni zatva (Czecho-slovak Opera Harvest) for his Wedding by Martinu and Infidelity Caught by Macha 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 Ust i , St rauss ' Die Fledermaus Verdi 's Masked Ball C imarosa 's // Matrimonio Segreto and Rossin 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 Czech 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 Opera in Usti, (Janaceks Cunning Little Vixen in C z e c h , Strauss ' Die Fledermaus in German) and in Opava in Verdi 's Ballo in Maschera. Norbert Baxa - Conductor Nobert Baxa, the gifted young Czech conductor, is currently the General Music Director at the Usti nab Labem City Thea-tre in the Czech Republic. Mr. Baxa was appointed there in 1999, and at the age of 24, was the youngest music direc-tor ever appointed in a major Czech 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 Czech 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 Czech cast. Mr. Baxa is a frequent guest conductor throughout the Czech Republic and Germany, and has appeared in Hungary, Spain and Japan. Thoughts on The Bartered Bride Nationalism in western culture developed in the later part of the nine-teenth 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 consum-mate 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 stub-bornness, while Jenik's love and sense of humour, as well as his frus-tration 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 genera-tion of Czech composers like Janacek and Martinu. by Milenda Janda at UBC THE BARTERED BRIDE B y B e d f i c h S m e t a n a T h u r s d a y M a r c h 6th a n d S a t u r d a y M a r c h 8th. Krusina Justin Welsh Ludmila Amy LaFroy Mafenka Neema Bickersteth Hata Caroline Harder* Micha Andrew Jameson Vasek Alex Good Jenlk John Arsenault* Kecal Pierre Hungr Director Ian Paul Esmeralda Jennifer Farrell Indian Stephen Bell F r i d a y M a r c h 7 t h Krusina Ludmila Mafenka Hata Micha Vasek Jenlk Kecal Director Esmeralda Indian a n d S u n d a y M a r c h 9th. 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 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 Supernumeraries Helina Patience Amy Belling Caroline Sniatynski Karin McCraig Kuei-Ming Lin Stage Banda Rachel Lowry Sandi Chih Lidka Maya Tenzer Pepik Valerie Chong * Appearance courtesy of Canadian Actors' Equity Association ft "at UBC UBCMUSIC UBC Symphony 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 UBC 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 be-cause 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 dis-tracts 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 fright-ened 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 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 March 21 Student Highlights 12:00 pm, Main Library, Rm 502 FREE UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble 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 UBCMUSIC 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 April 11 UBC Symphony Orchestra featuring Lucas Wong Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 8:00 pm, The Chan Centre 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 or phone 604.822.5574 at U B C U B C M U S I C THEATRE AT UBC S t i l l to come... THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO b y B e a u m a r c h a i s DIRTY HANDS T r a n s l a t e d b y D a v i d B . E d n e y A F E S T I V A L OF THE MARCH 1 3 - 2 2 , 2003 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 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 CREATIVE WRITING P(^|^ftfl 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 resi-dency at UBC. While on campus, the winning playwright will mentor Crea-tive Writing students, work with Theatre students and faculty on the devel-opment of the play for performance, and deliver the Stage Play Residency Lecture. The winning play will be published by PRISM international, Crea-tive Writing's literary magazine, with a public performance to be presented by Theatre at UBC. For information, including complete rules and regula-tions, please visit our website at SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ^THE THE EPJCLES GMEDYOF JVIERCHA^ PRINCE ERRORS OFVENICE QFTYRE June 11 to September 21, 2003 Under the tents, Vanier Park YOUR INFORMATIVE GUIDE TO THE LIVE ARTS v For Advertising or Subscription 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 Ticketmaster (604) 280-3311 "Season Sponsor straight frederic wood Canada's National Voice Intensive May 11 - June 13,2003 on the web: 4gH$6« U 5 C O p e r a ELnsemble ^JH$HJt Presents "["he David Spencer Memorial C-Oncert [ j j t a l i a n a i n A l g e r i ( T h e Italian (jirl in /\lgiers) By G- A- Rossini Director: Nancy r~]ermiston * M U S | C Director: Richard ELpp W'tri the assistance of E_manuela [viarcante and ]l Kuggiero ELnsem We CLhan (Centre for the f erforming/\rts November 2 , Z O O Z , 6 T M November 5, 2 0 0 2 , 5 P M /\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 i f 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 Mia 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 Nancy Hermiston Conductor Richard Epp (Pianist Donna Falconer Stage Manager Colleen Cotton Set (Design Nancy Hermiston Cameron McGill Lighting Cameron McGill (Properties Nancy Hermiston Valerie Moffat Costumes Robert Prince Alexandria Beck Parvin Mirhady Makeup Nell Volrich •Hair Elke Englicht (Production Assistants John Cordon Pierre Hungr Krzysztof Biernacki Craig Johnson Alex Good Surtitfes Neema Bickersteth Sandra Stringer Lucas Wong (Repetiteurs Donna Falconer Christopher Wong Lucas-Wong <Poster (Design Shauna Martin Justin Welsh (Program Sandra Stringer (Publicity Justin Welsh Opera (Ensem6te (Executive Janet Vandertol Christie Avril Paula McNeil Neema Bickersteth Justin Welsh 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/ebe, Nicolai's TJie Merry IV/ves of W/ndsor, Robert Ward's Tne Crua'6/e and 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 in 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 co-production 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 UBC 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 UBC Opera Ensemble, Emanuela Marcante and E Ruggiero, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Vancouver. (Please join lis for 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, or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office. TUis production was made possi6(e 6y the generous assistance from tfiefoCfowing: andShafique Shivji, andby: Istituto Italiano di Culture Vancouver Italfae Government Cultural Office 


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