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Role of The Grand Duchess in the Gondoliers : Composer: Arthur Sullivan Baird, Linda 2007

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R O L E OF T H E G R A N D D U C H E S S IN THE GONDOLIERS C O M P O S E R : A R T H U R SULLIVAN by LINDA BAIRD B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 1997 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT O F THE R E Q U I R E M E N T S FOR THE D E G R E E OF M A S T E R OF MUSIC in THE F A C U L T Y OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES \ (Opera) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA July 2007 © Linda Jean Baird, 2007 A B S T R A C T The thesis for the Master of Music degree in Opera consists of the performance of a major role in one full opera production in the first or second year. My major role in one full opera production was The Grand Duchess performed in The Gondoliers on December 15 t h and 17th. The Gondoliers Director: Nancy Hermiston Conductor: Robert Tweten D e c e m b e r 1 4 , 1 5 , 1 6 , 2 0 0 6 , 8 p m D e c e m b e r 1 7 , 2 0 0 6 , 3 p m Presented by the UBC Opera Ensemble in cooperation with C i A I I 1 R Y O R I O I N A I I I I H O C R A P H S . 1 ( " C H I N G S A N D W O O D C U I S B> E U R O P E A N M A S T E R S We invite you to visit our art exhibit in the foyer of the Chan Centre during the intermission. Situated on Vancouver's prestigious Gallery Row, Chal i -Rosso Art Gallery offers museum quality, original l ithographs, etchings and woodcuts created by Marc Chaga l l , Salvador Dal i , Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and others with each work accompanied by meticulous documentat ion. Professional advice and information about art investment and management is available as well. "If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing. " - Chagall XL "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. " - Picasso 2 2 5 0 G R A N V I I 1 V A N C O U V I - W V V W A ' I I A I I R O S S O . C O M D I D Y O U K N O W . . . UBC Opera Ensemble hires professional conductors, designers, and directors for its productions? UBC Opera graduates can be heard on stages all over the world, from the Met in New York to our own Vancouver Opera? You can help support the UBC Opera Ensemble by making a donation to the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund, a fund created to support the young artists of UBC? For more information or to make a gift, call 604.822.8246 UBC O p e r a Ensemble U B C M U S I C The Gondoliers o r T h e K i n g o f B a r a t a r i a Music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto by W S. Gilbert Director, Nancy Hermiston Conductor, Robert Tweten featuring UBC Opera Ensemble There will be one 20-minute intermission Chan Shun Concert Hall December 14,15,16,17, 2006 This production is made possible by generous assistance of the Chan Endowment Fund of the University o f British Columbia and the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund The Chan Synopsis A C T I T h e Piazetta, Venice The two Gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, are so handsome and have such winning ways that they have completely turned the heads of the pretty contadine. Marco and Giuseppe are nonplussed as to whom to choose as their brides. They decide to solve the problem by allowing themselves to be blindfolded, whilst the contadine and their superfluous gondolier admirers dance round Marco and Giuseppe. In the ensuing game Marco catches Gianetta, and Giuseppe, Tessa. The remaining contadine accept their fate and pair off with the previously ignored gondolier! They all run off merrily to get married. As they disappear a gondola stops before the steps of the Piazetta. F rom it emerge the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro, their daughter Casilda and their suite, consisting of "His Grace's private drum," Luiz. They are dressed as befits their noble station, but their clothes are a little the worse for wear. They have brought their daughter Casilda from Spain. The Duke demands an audience with D o n Alhambra, the Grand Inquisitor. While Luiz is on the errand the Duke reveals to Casilda that when she was a six-months-old babe she was married by proxy to the infant son of the wealthy K i n g of Barataria. The K i n g of Barataria subsequently became a Wesleyan Methodist o f a most bigoted and persecuting type. The Grand Inquisitor, determined that such an innovation should not be perpetuated in Barataria, stole the youthful heir to the throne and conveyed him to Venice. A fortnight later the Barataria K i n g and his Court were all killed in an insurrection. Casilda, therefore, is now Queen of Barataria. But the whereabouts of the new K i n g is not definitely known. Casilda, unfortunately, is in love with someone else—her father's "private drum," Luiz—and they are both despondent at the sad thought of what the future must bring. D o n Alhambra, the Grand Inquisitor, who now approaches and is introduced to Casilda, explains that when he stole the youthful Prince of Barataria, he brought him to Venice and placed him in the family of a highly respectable Gondolier, who had a son of the same age. The Gondolier, through a fondness for drinking, muddled up the two children, and when the Inquisitor went to fetch the Royal Child he found it impossible to tell which was which. This news is received rather philosophically The only person who can possibly tell is the foster mother o f the Prince, Inez (who is Luiz ' mother). Luiz is sent to fetch her. Giuseppe and Marco now return with their new-wed wives. D o n Alhambra (whom at first they mistake for an undertaker) informs them that either Giuseppe or Marco is the K i n g of Barataria, and that until the mystery is unravelled they must take up the reins of government as one individual. They may take all their friends with them—all, that is, except the ladies, who must stay behind. This is rather a blow, but they are assured that the separation wil l be only for a short period. A boat is then brought, and the Gondoliers clamber aboard with Giuseppe and Marco, whilst the contadine wave a tearful farewell. A C T II A Pav i l ion i n the Cour t o f Barataria (Three M o n t h s Later) In Barataria, the chorus of gondoliers are enjoying living under "a monarchy that's tempered with Republican equality". It turns out that Marco and Giuseppe have in fact been doing all the work around the palace for the past three months—it is the privilege of royalty! They are happy enough with this arrangement, except that they are worried about having to share a single portion of rations between the two of them, and they miss their wives. Soon, however, all the ladies arrive, having risked the long sea voyage from Venice—they could no longer stand the separation. In delight, the reunited couples have a magnificent banquet and a dance (a cachucha). The Grand Inquisitor arrives at the ball and inquires why he saw unimportant servants dancing. Realising that the Republican gondoliers have promoted everyone to the nobility, he explains that there must be some distinction between commoners and those of rank, because "when everyone is somebody, then no-one's anybody". H e then breaks the news that one of the gondoliers had married Casilda when a baby and therefore is an unintentional bigamist. The gondoliers attempt to console their wives, who are distraught to discover that neither one wil l be queen, and that one is married to someone who was already married. The Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro soon arrive with the beautiful Casilda, and the Duke, appalled at the lack of pomp and ceremony with which he is received, attempts to educate the two monarchs in proper royal behaviour. After a lesson in etiquette, the two Palmieri brothers are left alone with Casilda. She agrees to be an obedient wife, but warns them that she is "over head and ears in love with someone else." Seizing this opportunity, the two men introduce their wives. The three ladies and two men sing a quintet about their unprecedented predicament. D o n Alhambra brings in the nurse who had tended the infant prince of Barataria twenty years ago. She reveals that when the Grand Inquisitor came to steal the prince, she had loyally hidden him away, and given D o n Alhambra her own young son instead. Thus, the king is neither Marco nor Giuseppe, but her own son, Luiz. This resolves the romantic entanglements to everyone's satisfaction. Casilda finds that she is already married to the man she loves, Luiz . The two gondoliers surrender their crown to Luiz and, though a bit disappointed that neither will be a king, they can return happily to Venice with their wives. There is a final dance for the full company, reprising the gondoliers' Ac t I duet and the cachucha. Robert Tweten Conductor Robert Tweten has conducted Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, The Pirates of Penzance and Ermione for the Santa Fe Opera where he serves as Head of Music Staff. A s a frequent Guest Conductor with the Santa Fe Symphony he has led them in orchestral concerts as well as in Handel's Messiah and the Mozart Requiem. Tweten was most recently seen conducting The Merry Widow at Opera Southwest, where he serves as Principal Conductor and has also led productions o f Fa/staff and La traviata. Other recent engagements include 11 barbiere di Siviglia for both Opera Pacific and Madison Opera and fenufa and Die Zauberflbte for Utah Opera. Upcoming, the Canadian native will return to Canada to conduct Mozart's Don Giovanni for Opera Ontario and Tosca for Vancouver Opera. Tweten has been associated with several opera companies including: The Canadian Opera Company, where in addition to conducting he also served as Chorus Master and Head Coach, The Banff Centre, where he was a conductor for the Musical Theater Studio Ensemble, and the Houston Grand Opera. He has led the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra as well as conducted performances of Die Zauberflbte for Lyric Opera of Chicago where he serves as Assistant Conductor. Robert Tweten began his career as a piano soloist after receiving his Associate of Arts Degree from the Victoria Conservatory o f Music and winning such competitions as the du Maurier Search for Stars and the Canadian National Piano Competition. N o w equally at home as a recitalist as a conductor, he has performed with many o f today's most prominent singers including Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Samuel Ramey, Gregory Turay, and Suzanne Mentzer in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center, Chicago's Orchestra Hall , and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. • Spacious Residential Suites • Affordable Rates • Convenient Downtown Location • Short or Extended Stay Downtown Vancouver's scenic West End. Sunset Inn A: Suites is walking distance of the beach, English Bay, Stanley Park and Robson Street. We j appointed suites with fully-equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms and living rot iSCT balconies, free gated parking and truly exceptional service. Come home to the Sunsei ' h i d A Suites V Suites. Call or visit us online today! private t Inn & 1111 BURNABY STREET V A N C O U V E R , B C 1-800-786-1997 www.sunsetinn.com The Cast Duke Luiz Don Alhambra Marco Giuseppe Antonio Francesco Giorgio Annibale Duchess Casilda Gianetta Tessa Fiametta Vittoria Giulia Inez The Chorus Soprano Leah Alfred Shannon Chan-Kent* Rena Chen Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga Katie Dwernychuck Rachel Fenlon Chloe Hurst Caroline Jang Teiya Kasahara Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Jessica Lacoursiere Gina McLellan Melanie McTaggart Stephanie Nakagawa Diana Oros-Wilder Simone Osborne Jennifer Schinzel Teresa Sedlmair N i Shi Rachel Stewart Dec. 14 & 16 Dana Sharp Paul Just N e i l Craighead A d a m Fisher D J Calhoun Connor Beaton Stephan van Eeden Scott Brooks Seth Drabinsky Rose-Ellen Nichols Lucy Smith Chloe Hurst Er in Fisher Stephanie Nakagawa Lindsay Renner-Wallace Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Alic ia Woynarski Jessica Turje Amelia Zemtseff Alto Linda Baixd* E r i n Fisher Margot LeVae Rose-Ellen Nichols Sonya Nyby Lindsay Renner-Wallace Er inn Roberts* Whitney-Leigh Sloan Madeline Lucy Smith Alicia Woynarski Tenor Jason Cook Adam Fisher Ricarido Gimena Adrian Glaubert Paul Alexander Just Brian Lee Kevin Lee Mark Pepe Dec. 15 & 17 E d Moran Kev in Lee Michael MacKinnon Adrian Glaubert Seth Drabinsky Brent Calis Jason Cook David Locke Nor ton D J Calhoun Linda Baird* Margot Levae Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga Er inn Roberts* Shannon Chan-Kent* Alic ia Woynarski Melanie McTaggart Lindsay Renner Wallace Joseph Spitale Iain Taylor Stephan van Eeden Baritone Connor Beaton Scott Brooks D J Calhoun Brent Calis Ne i l Craighead A d a m D a Ros Seth Drabinsky David English David Locke-Norton Michael MacKinnon E d Moran Dana Sharp Ian Taylor Brendan Alan Thrasher * Appearing Courtesy of the Canadian Actors Equity Association The Orchestra Concert Mistress Fiona Haughton Violin I Ewa Sas Janna Sailor Violin II Haishi Zhang E r i n vanKooten Viola I Eric Edington-Hryb Viola II Vanessa Hellinga Cello Grace Harvey Bass Conrad G o o d Flute I Terry L i m Flute II Garrett Hudson Oboe I Katrina Bligh Oboe II Erica Scheurkogel Clarinet I Michelle Goddard Clarinet II Connor Learmouth The Production Team Director Nancy Hermiston Conductor Robert Tweten Musical Director Richard Epp Stage Manager Melania Radelicki Assistant Stage Managers Melissa Eyes Marshall McMahen Choreographer Nancy Hermiston Assistant Choreographer Michael M o r i Choral Director John Arsenault Opera Coaches Richard Epp, David Boothroyd, Michael Onwood Production Manager Jeremy Baxter Set Design Julie Martens Lighting Design Jeremy Baxter Technical Director Keith Smith Lighting Operator Marijka Brusse Properties Supervisor Melissa Eyes Makeup Carmen Garcia, N e l Volrich Hairdressing and Wigs Elke Englicht Costume Advisor Parvin Mirhady Costumes & Head of Wardrobe Gina McLellan Rose-Ellen Nichols Bassoon Marc D e Geus Sheba Thibideau Trumpet Maria Alfaro Horn I Mindy Liang Horn II Hsueh-Jen Huang Trombone Eric Nor th Aaron Hawn Mike Schafer Percussion Nicholas Jacques Wardrobe Assistant Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Stage Crew Mya Brown, Daniel Jang Kayla Park, Adrianne Searcy Set Carpenters Harry Vanderschee Larry Walski, Rob Lewis John Popkin Set Painters Skai Fowler U B C scenic paint class Productions Assistants Lindsay Renner Wallace E d Moran, Adam Fisher Michael MacKinnon Dana Sharp, Whitney Sloan, Seth Drabinsky Brian Lee, Scott Brooks Publicity Emma Lancaster n\\\ v s n w r m i l l . Buy-Sell -Consign -Repairs Appraisals • Accessories Lessons Acoustic and Electric • New and Used Cort • Epiphone • G&L • Gibson Hagstrom «Jay Turser • Larrivee Martin • Mike Kelly • National Raimundo • Ramirez - Seagull Simon & Patrick • Takamine • Yamaha Yorkville 604 222-1717 www.rufusguitarshop.com 2621 Alma Street, Vancouver V6R 3S1 About the UBC Opera Ensemble The University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble was founded in 1995, with the appointment o f 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 70-member company, performing two productions at U B C every season and touring the Czech Republic and Germany for the last seven summers. The Ensemble's mission is to educate young opera singers and to provide performance opportunities for them, thus preparing them for an international career. As well, it seeks to provide a platform for new operatic and music theatre works. Past main season productions have included Le No^e di Figaro, Manon, Eugene Onegin, Robert Ward's The Crucible, and many more. The Ensemble also performed with Ben Heppner in a special concert at the Chan Centre, broadcast on C B C Radio. The Ensemble's mainstage productions for the 2006/07 season are The Gondoliers (Dec. 14-17) and one of the favourite operas of all time—Puccini's La Boheme (Feb. 8-11). In the summer of 2005, the Ensemble traveled to the Czech Republic to a critically acclaimed production of Mozart's Cost fan Tutte, which was performed in the Prague Estates Theatre, location of the premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni. In addition, the Ensemble has mounted productions at the Usti nad Labem City Theatre as well as in neighboring cities. Ms. Hermiston was also invited to return to the Czech Republic in September 2001 to direct the European premier o f The Crucible, and was accompanied by select students, past and present, who appeared in the production. The U B C Opera Ensemble has also performed in the Czech Republic for dignitaries at the Canadian Embassy. U B C is also very involved with professional companies in Vancouver. Last year they started a cooperative effort with the Vancouver Opera on Naomi's Road, an opera about the Japanese internment in B C , commissioned for touring to schools. Following a sold out set of performances of " A Merry O l d Evening of Opera" at Bard on the Beach last Summer, members of the Ensemble, reunited with Christopher Gaze for a concert with the Vancouver SymphonyThis past summer the Ensemble performed in productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and L<e No^e di Figaro in the Czech Republic. After their European tour the Ensemble returned to the West Ben Festival in Ontario for their third production at the Festival performing Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Their main fundraising event of the year wil l be their annual Masked Ball, held on the stage of The Chan Centre M a r . l , 2006. The funds they raise from this event will assist in costs for their upcoming productions and for their students to study and perform in Europe in the summer. The monies raised wil l assist in the further development o f young artists who wil l go on to represent U B C in national and international careers. 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Professional advice and information about art investment and management is available as well. "// / create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing. " - Chagall "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. " - Picasso 2250 C ' . R A N V i l I I S I . , VANCOUVl 3 .3594 WWW.C 11 A I 1 R O S S O . C O M DID YOU KNOW... UBC Opera Ensemble hires professional conductors, designers, and directors for its productions? UBC Opera graduates can be heard on stages all over the world, from the Met in New York to our own Vancouver Opera? You can help support the UBC Opera Ensemble by making a donation to P^^the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund, a fund created to support the young artists of UBC? For more information or to make a gift, call 604.822.8246 UBC Opera Ensemble U B C M U S I C The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria Music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto by W S. Gilbert Director, Nancy Hermiston Conductor, Robert Tweten featuring UBC Opera Ensemble There will be one 20-minute intermission Chan Shun Concert Hall December 14,15,16,17, 2006 This production is made possible by generous assistance of the Chan Endowment Fund of the University of British Columbia and the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund Synopsis A C T I The Piazetta, Venice The two Gondoliers, Marco and Giuseppe, are so handsome and have such winning ways that they have completely turned the heads of the pretty contadine. Marco and Giuseppe are nonplussed as to whom to choose as their brides. They decide to solve the problem by allowing themselves to be blindfolded, whilst the contadine and their superfluous gondolier admirers dance round Marco and Giuseppe. In the ensuing game Marco catches Gianetta, and Giuseppe, Tessa. The remaining contadine accept their fate and pair off with the previously ignored gondolieri. They all run off merrily to get married. As they disappear a gondola stops before the steps of the Piazetta. F rom it emerge the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro, their daughter Casilda and their suite, consisting of "His Grace's private drum," Luiz. They are dressed as befits their noble station, but their clothes are a litde the worse for wear. They have brought their daughter Casilda from Spain. The Duke demands an audience with D o n Alhambra, the Grand Inquisitor. While Luiz is on the errand the Duke reveals to Casilda that when she was a six-months-old babe she was married by proxy to the infant son of the wealthy K i n g of Barataria. The K i n g of Barataria subsequendy became a Wesleyan Methodist o f a most bigoted and persecuting type. The Grand Inquisitor, determined that such an innovation should not be perpetuated in Barataria, stole the youthful heir to the throne and conveyed him to Venice. A fortnight later the Barataria K i n g and his Court were all killed in an insurrection. Casilda, therefore, is now Queen of Barataria. But the whereabouts of the new K i n g is not definitely known. Casilda, unfortunately, is in love with someone else—her father's "private drum," Luiz—and they are both despondent at the sad thought of what the future must bring. D o n Alhambra, the Grand Inquisitor, who now approaches and is introduced to Casilda, explains that when he stole the youthful Prince of Barataria, he brought him to Venice and placed him in the family of a highly respectable Gondolier, who had a son of the same age. The Gondolier, through a fondness for drinking, muddled up the two children, and when the Inquisitor went to fetch the Royal Chi ld he found it impossible to tell which was which. This news is received rather philosophically The only person who can possibly tell is the foster mother o f the Prince, Inez (who is Lu iz ' mother). Luiz is sent to fetch her. Giuseppe and Marco now return with their new-wed wives. D o n Alhambra (whom at first they mistake for an undertaker) informs them that either Giuseppe or Marco is the K i n g of Barataria, and that until the mystery is unravelled they must take up the reins of government as one individual. They may take all their friends with them—all, that is, except the ladies, who must stay behind. This is rather a blow, but they are assured that the separation wil l be only for a short period. A boat is then brought, and the Gondoliers clamber aboard with Giuseppe and Marco, whilst the contadine wave a tearful farewell. A C T II A Pavilion in the Court of Barataria (Three Months Later) In Barataria, the chorus of gondoliers are enjoying living under "a monarchy that's tempered with Republican equality". It turns out that Marco and Giuseppe have in fact been doing all the work around the palace for the past three months—it is the privilege of royalty! They are happy enough with this arrangement, except that they are worried about having to share a single portion of rations between the two of them, and they miss their wives. Soon, however, all the ladies arrive, having risked the long sea voyage from Venice—they could no longer stand the separation. In delight, the reunited couples have a magnificent banquet and a dance (a cachucha). The Grand Inquisitor arrives at the ball and inquires why he saw unimportant servants dancing. Realising that the Republican gondoliers have promoted everyone to the nobility, he explains that there must be some distinction between commoners and those of rank, because "when everyone is somebody, then no-one's anybody". H e then breaks the news that one of the gondoliers had married Casilda when a baby and therefore is an unintentional bigamist. The gondoliers attempt to console their wives, who are distraught to discover that neither one wil l be queen, and that one is married to someone who was already married. The Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro soon arrive with the beautiful Casilda, and the Duke, appalled at the lack of pomp and ceremony with which he is received, attempts to educate the two monarchs in proper royal behaviour. After a lesson in etiquette, the two Palmieri brothers are left alone with Casilda. She agrees to be an obedient wife, but warns them that she is "over head and ears in love with someone else." Seizing this opportunity, the two men introduce their wives. The three ladies and two men sing a quintet about their unprecedented predicament. D o n Alhambra brings in the nurse who had tended the infant prince of Barataria twenty years ago. She reveals that when the Grand Inquisitor came to steal the prince, she had loyally hidden him away, and given D o n Alhambra her own young son instead: Thus, the king is neither Marco nor Giuseppe, but her own son, Luiz. This resolves the romantic entanglements to everyone's satisfaction. Casilda finds that she is already married to the man she loves, Luiz . The two gondoliers surrender their crown to Luiz and, though a bit disappointed that neither will be a king, they can return happily to Venice with their wives. There is a final dance for the full company, reprising the gondoliers' Ac t I duet and the cachucha. Robert Tweten Conductor Robert Tweten has conducted Don Giovanni, Katya Kabanova, The Pirates of Penzance and Ermione for the Santa Fe Opera where he serves as Head o f Music Staff. As a frequent Guest Conductor with the Santa Fe Symphony he has led them in orchestral concerts as well as in Handel's Messiah and the Mozart Requiem. Tweten was most recently seen conducting The Merry Widow at Opera Southwest, where he serves as Principal Conductor and has also led productions o f Fa/staff and La traviata. Other recent engagements include II barbiere di Siviglia for both Opera Pacific and Madison Opera and Jenufa and Die Zauberflote for Utah Opera. Upcoming, the Canadian native wil l return to Canada to conduct Mozart's Don Giovanni for Opera Ontario and Tosca for Vancouver Opera. Tweten has been associated with several opera companies including: The Canadian Opera Company, where in addition to conducting he also served as Chorus Master and Head Coach, The Banff Centre, where he was a conductor for the Musical Theater Studio Ensemble, and the Houston Grand Opera. He has led the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra as well as conducted performances o f Die Zauberflote for Lyric Opera o f Chicago where he serves as Assistant Conductor. Robert Tweten began his career as a piano soloist after receiving his Associate o f Arts Degree from the Victoria Conservatory o f Music and winning such competitions as the du Maurier Search for Stars and the Canadian National Piano Competition. N o w equally at home as a recitalist as a conductor, he has performed with many o f today's most prominent singers including Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Samuel Ramey, Gregory Turay, and Suzanne Mentzer in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center, Chicago's Orchestra Hal l , and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. • Spacious Residential Suites • Affordable Rates • Convenient Downtown Location ' Short or Extended Stay ncatcd in Downtown Vancouver's scenic West End, Sunset Inn & Suites is w.tl alking distance of the beach. English Bay, Stanley Park and Rohson Street. 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Call or visit us online today! , private t Inn & 1111 BURNABY STREE1 VANCOUVER, BC 1-800-786-1997 www.sunsetinn.com The Cast Dec . 14 & 16 Dec . 15 & 17 Duke Dana Sharp E d Moran Luiz Paul Just Kev in Lee Don Alhambra Nei l Craighead Michael MacKinnon Marco Adam Fisher Adrian Glaubert Giuseppe D J Calhoun Seth Drabinsky Antonio Connor Beaton Brent Calis Francesco Stephan van Eeden Jason Cook Giorgio Scott Brooks David Locke Nor ton Annibale Seth Drabinsky D J Calhoun Duchess Rose-Ellen Nichols Linda Baird* Casilda Lucy Smith Margot Levae Gianetta Chloe Hurst Mather Damel-Kadonaga Tessa E r i n Fisher Er inn Roberts* Fiametta Stephanie Nakagawa Shannon Chan-Kent* Vittoria Lindsay Renner-Wallace Alicia Woynarski Giulia Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Melanitj McTaggart Inez Alicia Woynarski Lindsay Renner Wallace The Chorus Soprano Jessica Turje Joseph Spitale Leah Alfred Amelia Zemtseff Iain Taylor Shannon Chan-Kent* Alto Stephan van Eeden Rena Chen Linda Baird* Baritone Hiather Darnel- Er in Fisher Connor Beaton Kadonaga Margot LeVae Scott Brooks Katie Dwernychuck Rose-Ellen Nichols D J Calhoun Rachel Fenlon Sonya Nyby Brent Calis Chloe Hurst Lindsay Renner-Wallace Ne i l Craighead Caroline Jang Er inn Roberts* Adam D a Ros Teiya Kasahara Whitney-Leigh Sloan Seth Drabinsky Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Madeline Lucy Smith David English Jessica Lacoursiere Alicia Woynarski David Locke-Norton Gina McLellan Tenor Michael MacKinnon Melanie McTaggart Jason Cook E d Moran Stephanie Nakagawa Adam Fisher Dana Sharp Diana Oros-Wilder Ricarido Gimena Ian Taylor Simone Osborne Adrian Glaubert Brendan Alan Thrasher Jennifer Schinzel Paul Alexander Just Teresa Sedlmair Brian Lee * Appearing Courtesy N i S h i Kevin Lee of the Canadian Actors Rachel Stewart Mark Pepe Equity Association The Orchestra Concert Mistress Fiona Haughton Violin I Ewa Sas Janna Sailor Violin II Haishi Zhang E r i n vanKooten Viola I Eric Edington-Hryb Viola II Vanessa Hellinga Cello Grace Harvey Bass Conrad G o o d Flute I Terry L i m Flute II Garrett Hudson Oboe I Katrina Bligh Oboe II Erica Scheurkogel Clarinet I Michelle Goddard Clarinet II Connor Learmouth The Production Team Director Nancy Hermiston Conductor Robert Tweten Musical Director Richard Epp Stage Manager Melania Radelicki Assistant Stage Managers Melissa Eyes Marshall McMahen Choreographer Nancy Hermiston Assistant Choreographer Michael M o r i Choral Director John Arsenault Opera Coaches Richard Epp, David Boothroyd, Michael Onwood Production Manager Jeremy Baxter Set Design Julie Martens Lighting Design Jeremy Baxter Technical Director Keith Smith Lighting Operator Marijka Brusse Properties Supervisor Melissa Eyes Makeup Carmen Garcia, N e l Volrich Hairdressing and Wigs Elke Englicht Costume Advisor Parvin Mirhady Costumes & Head of Wardrobe Gina McLellan Rose-Ellen Nichols Bassoon Marc D e Geus Sheba Thibideau Trumpet Maria Alfaro Horn I Mindy Liang Horn II Hsueh-Jen Huang Trombone Eric Nor th Aaron Hawn Mike Schafer Percussion Nicholas Jacques Wardrobe Assistant Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Stage Crew Mya Brown, Daniel Jang Kayla Park, Adrianne Searcy Set Carpenters Harry Vanderschee Larry Walski, Rob Lewis John Popkin Set Painters Skai Fowler U B C scenic paint class Productions Assistants Lindsay Renner Wallace E d Moran, Adam Fisher Michael MacKinnon Dana Sharp, Whitney Sloan, Seth Drabinsky Brian Lee, Scott Brooks Publicity Emma Lancaster Buy-Sell -Consign -Repairs Appraisals • Accessories Lessons Acoustic and Electric • New and Used Cort • Epiphone • G&L • Gibson Hagstrom - Jay Turser • Larrivee Martin • Mike Kelly • National Raimundo • Ramirez - Seagull Simon & Patrick • Takamine • Yamaha Yorkville 604 222-1717 www.rufusguitarshop.com 2621 Alma Street, Vancouver V6R 3S1 About the UBC Opera Ensemble The University of British Columbia Opera Ensemble was founded in 1995, with the appointment o f 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 70-member company, performing two productions at U B C every season and touring the Czech Republic and Germany for the last seven summers. The Ensemble's mission is to educate young opera singers and to provide performance opportunities for them, thus preparing them for an international career. A s well, it seeks to provide a platform for new operatic and music theatre works. Past main season productions have included Ee No%%e di Figaro, Manon, Eugene Onegin, Robert Ward's The Crucible, and many more. The Ensemble also performed with Ben Heppner in a special concert at the Chan Centre, broadcast on C B C Radio. The Ensemble's mainstage productions for the 2006/07 season are The Gondoliers (Dec. 14-17) and one o f die favourite operas o f all time—Puccini's Ea Boheme (Feb. 8-11). In the summer of 2005, the Ensemble traveled to the Czech Republic to a critically acclaimed production of Mozart's Cosifan Tutte, which was performed in the Prague Estates Theatre, location of the premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni. In addition, the Ensemble has mounted productions at the Usti nad Labem City Theatre as well as in neighboring cities. Ms. Hermiston was also invited to return to the Czech Republic in September 2001 to direct the European premier o f The Crucible, and was accompanied by select students, past and present, who appeared in the production. The U B C Opera Ensemble has also performed in the Czech Republic for dignitaries at the Canadian Embassy. U B C is also very involved with professional companies in Vancouver. Last year they started a cooperative effort with the Vancouver Opera on Naomi's Road, an opera about the Japanese internment in B C , commissioned for touring to schools. Following a sold out set of performances of " A Merry O l d Evening of Opera" at Bard on the Beach last Summer, members of the Ensemble, reunited with Christopher Gaze for a concert with the Vancouver SymphonyThis past summer the Ensemble performed in productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Ee No^pv di Figaro in the Czech Republic. After their European tour the Ensemble returned to the West Ben Festival in Ontario for their third production at the Festival performing Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Their main fundraising event of the year wil l be their annual Masked Ball , held on the stage of The Chan Centre M a r . l , 2006. The funds they raise from this event will assist in costs for their upcoming productions and for their students to study and perform in Europe in the summer. The monies raised will assist in the further development of young artists who will go on to represent U B C in national and international careers. Acknowledgements and Special Thanks The David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund The Chan Family Dr. Irving Guttman Parvin Mirhady of the Vancouver Opera Costume Department Jesse Read David Boothroyd The U B C School o f Music Faculty and Staff Theatre at U B C Vancouver Opera Association Vancouver Opera Gui ld Waterfront Theatre Martha L o u Henley Charitable Foundation Friends of the U B C Opera Ensemble Staff o f the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Raffle Prize and Silent Auc-tion donors: Vancouver Opera Association Probus Women's Club Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa U P C O M I N G : La Boheme By G. Puccini Libretto by G. Giacosa and L. Illica February 8,9,10,8pm and 11 at 3pm Chan Centre Johannes-Passion (St. John Passion) By J. S. Bach April 7 and 9 at 7:30pm Old Auditorium More information: 604.822.5574 For the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC Carl Armstrong Wendy Atkinson Donna Caedo David S. 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