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ROLE OF MARCELO IN LA BOHEME COMPOSER : GIANCOMO PUCCINI by JOHN THOMAS CONLON B.Mus., University of British Columbia, 2005 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE D E G R E E OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Opera) THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA March 2007 © John Thomas Conlon, 2007 ABSTRACT 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 Marcelo performed in La Boheme on February 9 t h, 2007. RICHARD S T R A U S S T auf naxos Glorious tragedy and delectable comedy... performed simultaneously! March 3, 6, 8, 10, 2007 Queen Elizabeth Theatre All performances 7:30pm In German with English Sureties'" V A N C O U V E R VO Ticket Centre UUfiflSM vancouveropera.ca » 604.683.0222 fOA.7 MISSION H I L L „..„>,«. More for you on our LBC stages February 14 @ 8 U B C University Singers Valentine's Day Concert The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and other songs of the heart Friday March 2, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall (Music Building) Borealis String Quartet with guest pianist Rena Sharon The Borealis, quartet-in-resi-dence at UBC, has just received, on a one year loan, four rare instruments by 18th Century Italian makers, from the Chi Mei Museum in Tainan, Taiwan. The Borealis will give these instruments their Vancouver and Canadian debut on March 2nd Ravel String Quartet Schafer String Quartet No. 3 Shostakovich Piano Quartet Sunday March 4, 4:00 pm Pacific Spirit Concerts - Faculty Artists Series Roelof Oostwoud, tenor and Sara Davis Buechner, piano Schubert Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911 Saturday March 17, 8:00 pm School of Music Celebrates 10 Years at the Chan Centre Almost 10 years to the day of the Chan Centre's inaugural concert we present an all Beethoven event to mark the anniversary Egmont Overture, "Choral Fantasy", and Symphony No. 9 Jane Coop, piano soloist; student and alumni vocal soloists; UBC Choirs; UBC Symphony Orchestra °SW>P 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 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 will be their annual Masked Ball, held on the stage of The Chan Centre March 1, 2007. 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. A tundraising event tor the UBC Opera Cnsemble March \, 8 pm, cn stage at the Chan Centre Memorable cuisine, dancing to the Dal Richards Orchestra and entertainment by the UBC Opera Cnsemble. Tickets: $150, includes a tax receipt tor $100. Call 604-822- 5574 About the UBC Opera Ensemble 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 70-member company, performing two productions at UBC 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 Fe 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 CBC 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 C2ech 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 of The Crucible, and was accompanied by select students, past and present, who appeared in the production. The UBC Opera Ensemble has also performed in the Czech Republic for dignitaries at the Canadian Embassy. UBC 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 BC, commissioned for touring to schools. Following a sold out set of performances of "A Merry Old Evening of Opera" at Bard on the Beach last Summer, members of the Ensemble, reunited with Christopher Gaze for a concert with the Vancouver Symphony. This past summer the Ensemble performed in productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Le Nosfge di Figaro in the Czech Acknowledgements and Special Thanks The David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund The Chan Family Dr. Irving Guttman Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation Vancouver Opera Association The UBC School of Music Faculty and Staff Theatre at UBC Arts Club Theatre Company Vancouver Playhouse Waterfront Theatre Valerie Moffat Vancouver Opera Guild Friends of the UBC Opera Ensemble Staff of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Parvin Mirhady Jesse Read Raffle Prize and Silent Auction donors: Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa Bard on the Beach Chapters Bookstore Chloe Hurst David Boothroyd Diane Farris Gallery Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Harbour Cruises Ltd. Miss Coquette Clothing Boutique Nancy Hermiston Pan Asian Grill Probus Women's Club Red Door Richard Epp The Barefoot Contessa UBC Botanical Garden Vancouver Opera Association Vancouver Symphony Orchestra UPCOMING: Johannes-Passion (St. John Passion) ByJ. 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. Collins Rich Hamakawa Joyce Hinton Sid Katz Beng Khoo Flora Lew Rachel Lowry Cameron McGill Scott Miller Jay O'Keeffe Andrew Riter Nadia Roberts Owen Schellenberger Laura Lee Shalevich Francis Sykora Dayna Szyndrowski Kristen Wong Jowen Yeo Events & Concessions Coordinator Programming Manager Ticket Office Manager Development Coordinator Producdon Clerk Associate Managing Director Programming & Administration Managing Director Operations Clerk Financial Coordinator Marketing & Programming Coordinator Associate Managing Director, Facilities and Operations Head Stage Technician Head Audio Technician Head Lighting Technician Events & Front of House Coordinator Assistant Technical Director Financial & Programming Clerk Ticket Office Supervisor Programming & Communications Assistant Coordinator Reception/Clerk (Mat Replacement) System Administrator Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1 www.chancentre.com T H E D A N C E S H O P Wide selection of Shoes, Bodywear, and Gift items avilable for all levels and Budgets 1089 WEST BROADWAY, VANCOUVER BC 604-733-6116 1061 MARINE DR. 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This production was made possible by the generous assistance of: Daniel York Karen Davidson (Bass Tuba Grace Harvey Clarinet) Ayi Jacobus Double Bass Bassoons Harp * Alexandre Ritter *Marc de Gues Joy Yeh Conrad Good Salina Kuo Percussion Sandy Chen Horns *Queenie Wong Amy Chang *Nick Anderson Nicholas Jacques Lutes Julie Wilhelm Annabelle Ip *Laura McCallum Grahame Dixon Jennifer Sator Chris Hutchinson Heather Graves Michael McDiarmid Terry Lim (Piccolo) Trumpets Assistant Conductor Oboes *Vince Vohradsky John van Deursen *Katrina Bligh Maria Alfaro Teaching Assistant Dan Shook Bryan AUsopp Alexandre Ritter Erica Scheurkogel Trombones Librarian Abraham Wong Stage Manager Clarinets *Michelle Goddard *Carey McCaffery Eric North Nonna Aroutiounian Aaron Hawn Michelle Hillier The Production Team Director Nancy Hermiston Conductor Neil Varon Musical Director Richard Epp Set Design Julie Martens Lighting Design Jeremy Baxter Stage Manager Melania Radelicki Assistant Stage Managers Melissa Eyes Dan Emde Assistant Conductor John van Deursen Choral Director John Arsenault Opera Coaches Richard Epp, David Boothroyd, Michael Onwood Production Manager Jeremy Baxter Technical Director Keith Smith Lighting Operator Marijka Brusse Properties Supervisor Lynn Burton Properties Assistants Basha Ladovsky, Lauchlin Johnston, Yang-Sup Surtitles John Arsenault Makeup Carmen Garcia, Nel Volrich, DJ Calhoun Hairdressing and Wigs Elke Englicht Heads of Wardrobe Gina McLellan, Rose-Ellen Nichols *Principal Wardrobe Assistant Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Stage Crew Adrianne Searcy Set Carpenters Harry Vanderschee, Larry Walski, Rob Lewis Liz Baca, Elia Kirby Set Painters Skai Fowler UBC scenic paint class Productions Assistants Lindsay Renner Wallace Ed Moran, Adam Fisher Michael MacKinnon Dana Sharp, Whitney Sloan, UBC Opera Ensemble Publicity Emma Lancaster The Chorus Soprano Leah Alfred Katie Dwernychuk Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Madeline Hannan-Leith Jessica Lacoursiere Gina McLellan Melanie McTaggart Merryn Myrde Diana Oros-Wilder Teresa Sedimair Ni Shi Rachel Stewart Jessica Turje Alto Linda Baird* Erin Fisher Margot LeVae Rose-Ellen Nichols Sonya Nyby Lindsay Renner- Wallace Madeline Lucy Smith Tenor Jason Cook Adam Fisher Paul Alexander Just Kevin Lee Mark Pepe Joseph Spitale Stephan van Eeden Baritone Connor Beaton DJ Calhoun Neil Craighead Adam Da Ros Seth Drabinsky Mike Nyby David Locke-Norton Michael MacKinnon Ed Moran Dana Sharp Iain Taylor Brendan Alan Thrasher Children's Chorus Kevin Asperin Shannon Chan-Kent* ** Katherine Dela Cruz Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga Joelle Dyck Robin Eder-Warren Rachel Fenlon** Chloe Hurst** Caroline Jang** Jason Andrew Kliem Olivia Kurth Ellis Mingie Stephanie Nakagawa** Teresa Sedimair** Tamar Simon Rachel Stephens Joelle Tarn Maya Tenzer Alexander Toope Alicia Woynarski** Amelia Zemtseff** * Appearing Courtesy of the Canadian Actors Equity Association **Member of UBC Opera Ensemble The UBC Symphony Orchestra Concert Mistress Fiona Haughton Violin I Hyunah Kim Janna Sailor Terri Surette Yun Jung Lucy Chang Ewa Sas Michelle Gao Llowyn Ball Sherry Chuang Janice Lin Evan Hesketh Violin II * Erin van Kooten Aida Boiesan Rebecca Lin Samuel Tsui Hyunah Cho Isabelle Mousseau Sufan Yiu Emily Terrell Abraham Wong Puya Firouzbakhsh Myles Shepherd Viola *Vanessa Hellinga Katya Woloshyn John Kastelic Steven Lin Kate Parnell Jennie Lin Jeffrey Chow Michelle Hillier Cello * Benjamin Goheen Jenny Kim Zachary Benjamin Mi-Kyung Kim The Cast M i m i Musetta Rodolf Marcel lo Schaunard Coll ine Parpignol Benoit Alcindoro Sergent Cast A Feb. 8 & 10 Jennifer Schinzel Teiya Kasahara (Feb 8 & 9) Ricarido Gimena Andrew Jameson David English Scott Brooks Mark Pepe Ed Moran Stephan van Eeden Michael Mackinnon Cast B Feb. 9 & 11 Whitney-Leigh Sloan Simone Osborne (Feb 10 & 11) Brian Kwangmin Lee John Conlon* (Feb 9) Andrew Greenwood (Feb 11) Brent Calis Jeremy Bowes Kevin Lee Dana Sharp Mark Pepe David Locke Norton • Spacious Residential Suites ' Affordable Rates • Convenient Downtown Location ' Short or Extended Stay Sunset te aicd in ].><>wm:o\vri Yiwccuvc} s scenic Wett £»d\ Stinst walking distance <>i she beach, English B.iv: Stanley Pack and ajijxmucrti suites with ntiiy-crqnippt'd kitchens, sqntcifc bedec: b.iii:-;>r.:(.'s, fret: g,m.{ parking <UKI tri-fy exception*! service. Ce & Suit s v Suites. Cuit a? visit m online toddy! l l l l BURNABY STREET VANCOUVER, B C 1-800-786-1997 www.sunsetinn.com Neil Varon Neil Varon's conducting career spans almost 30 years and several continents. Born in New York in 1950, Varon studied piano, composition, and conduct-ing at the Juilliard School. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty in 2002, he held positions at Diisseldorf Opera, the Istanbul Opera, the Vienna Cham-ber Opera, the joint theaters of Krefeld and Monchengladbach (Germany), the Bremen Opera, and the Nurnberg Opera. Varon has been a frequent guest in Asia. He conducted the Korean Sym-phony in Seoul, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, and the Kyushu Philharmonic in Fukuoka. In 1991 and 1992 he led the Tokyo Philharmonic in a series of performances of The Magic Flute for the Mozart Festival in Japan. After completing his second term as general music director of Gelsenkirch-en in 1996, Varon concentrated on international guest performances for the next several years. In 1996, he performed in both Japan and Korea, with the Chamber Orchestra of Kanazawa, the orchestra of the Toho Gakuen Acad-emy (Toyama), and the Suwon Philharmonic, Korea. He also led perform-ances with the Frankfurter Chamber Orchestra in the Giuseppe Verdi Hall in Milan, Italy, and conducted a series of performances with the Norddeut-sche Philharmonie in Rostock, Germany. In 1997, he traveled to the U.S. to conduct a new production of Humperdinck's lesser-known opera Die Konigskinder at the Sarasota Opera. In 1999, Varon made his Swedish debut in Malmo, performing Puccini's Turandot to great critical acclaim. In addition, Varon has conducted in numerous theaters such as the Ham-burg State Opera, the Nurnberg Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stuttgart Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, and the New York City Opera, as well as performing with the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Italy, the Conservatory Orchestra at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, and the Philhar-monia Hungarica. He directed the German premiere of Un Re in Ascolta by Luciano Berio in Diisseldorf, and the world premiere of Erinys by Volker David Kirchner in Wuppertal. Varon continues to appear as guest conduc-tor for operas, symphonies, and music festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His concerts have been broadcast by the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, RIAS Berlin, RTL Luxembourg, and the Bayerische Rundfunk. ACT III. At the toll gate. Peddlers come to the city. Mimi, coughing violently, wishes to speak to Marcello, who resides in a litde tavern near the barrier where he paints signs for the innkeeper. She tells him of her hard life with Rodolfo, who has abandoned her that night. (Mimi: "O buon Marcello, aiuto! — Oh, good Marcello, help me!") Marcello tells her that Rodolfo is sleeping at the inn. He has just awakened and is seeking Marcello, and Mimi conceals herself. Rodolfo first claims he left Mimi because of her coquettishness, but finally lets on that he fears she is consumed with a deadly illness and should be comforted by a wealthier suitor. Marcello, out of charity for Mimi, endeavours to silence him, but she has already heard all; she is discovered by her coughing. Marcello joins Musetta, Rodolfo and Mimi are about to separate (Mimi: "Donde lieta usci — From here she happily left"), but are finally reconciled. Musetta approaches with Marcello, who is jealous. They depart after a fierce quarrel. (Quartet: Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello: "Addio dolce svegliare alia mattina! — Goodbye, sweet awakening in the morning!") Act IV. Back in the garret. Marcello and Rodolfo are seemingly at work, though they are primarily bemoaning the loss of their respective beloveds. (Duet: "O Mimi, tu piu non torni" — O Mimi, will you not return?) Schaunard and Colline arrive with a very frugal dinner. They parody a plentiful banquet, dance and sing. Musetta appears and says that Mimi is back, but she's very weakened by her illness, and ail assist the dying girl. Musetta and Marcello depart to sell Musetta's earrings to get money for medicine; while Colline and Schaunard leave to pawn Colline's coat (Colline: "Vecchia zimarra — Old coat") Mimi and Rodolfo, left alone, recall their past happiness. (Duet, Mimi and Rodolfo: "Sono andati? — Have they gone?") The others return, and while Musetta prays aloud, Mimi dies. Schaunard checks on Mimi and sadly says that she's dead, Rodolfo is horrified, cries out Mimi's name and starts sobbing. Synopsis Act I. In the four bohemians' garret. Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. As they have no fire, they use the manuscript of Rodolfo's drama for fuel. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgrunded at not having been able to pawn some books. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, wood, wine, and money, and he explains the source of his riches — a job with an English gendeman. Nobody listens, but they fall ravenously upon the food, which is removed by Schaunard, leaving only the wine. While they drink, Benoit, the landlord, arrives to collect the rent. They natter him and give him wine. In his drunkenness, he recites his amorous adventures, but when he also declares he is married, they thrust him from the room in comic moral indignation. The rent money is divided for a carousal in the Quartier Latin. The other Bohemians go out, but Rodolfo remains alone in order to work. Some one knocks, and Mimi , whose candle has been snuffed out, asks Rodolfo to light it. She departs, but returns in a few minutes, saying she has forgotten her key. Both candles are extinguished; they stumble in the dark, and Rodolfo finds the key, which he pockets. They relate the story of their varied experiences in the two arias. ("Che gelida manina — What a cold little hand"; and "Si , mi chiamano M i m i — Yes, they call me Mimi.") The waiting friends call Rodolfo impatiently. He wishes to remain at home with Mimi , but she decides to accompany him. Departing they sing of their love. (Duet, Rodolfo and Mimi : " O soave fanciulla — O h gentle maiden") Act II. Quartier Latin. A great crowd on the street, sellers praise their wares. (Chorus: "Aranci, datteri! Caldi i marroni — Oranges, dates! Hot chestnuts."). The friends repair to Cafe Momus. While they eat, Musetta, formerly beloved of Marcello, arrives with her rich government minister admirer Alcindoro. She tries to attract Marcello's attention with a risque song (Song, Musetta: "Quando me'n vo — When I go along"), and succeeds after many efforts. To get rid of Alcindoro, she feigns suffering from a tight shoe and sends him to the shoemaker. During the ensemble, Musetta and Marcello fall into each other's arms and reconcile. The friends wish to pay the bill, but to their consternation find Schaunard's riches gone; the sly Musetta has the entire bill charged to Alcindoro. Marcello and Colline carry Musetta out on their arms amid the applause of the spectators. When all have gone, Alcindoro arrives with the shoe seeking Musetta. The waiter hands him the bill, and horror-stricken at the amount he sinks upon a chair. UBC Opera Ensemble UBCMUSIC La Boheme Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the novel by Henry Murger Director, Nancy Hermiston Conductor, Neil Varon featuring UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra There will be one 20-minute intermission This production is made possible by generous assistance of the Chan Endowment Fund of the University of British Columbia and the David Spencer Endowment Chan Shun Concert Hall February 8, 9,10,11, 2007 Encouragement Fund The C h a n G A L I E R Y ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS, E T C H I N G S AND WOODCUTS BY EUROPEAN MASTERS We invite you to visit our art exhibit in the foyer of the Chan Centre during the intermission. S i t u a t e d o n V a n c o u v e r ' s p r e s t i g i o u s G a l l e r y Row, C h a l i - R o s s o A r t G a l l e r y o f fe r s m u s e u m qua l i t y , o r i g i n a l l i t h o g r a p h s , e t c h i n g s a n d w o o d c u t s c r e a t e d by M a r c C h a g a l l , S a l v a d o r D a l i , J o a n M i r o , P ab l o P i c a s so a n d o t he r s w i t h e a c h wo rk a c c o m p a n i e d by m e t i c u l o u s d o c u m e n t a t i o n . P r o f e s s i o n a l a d v i c e a n d i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t ar t i n v e s t m e n t a n d m a n a g e m e n t is a v a i l a b l e as w e l l . "If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head almost nothing. " - Chagall L6fefi£j/s*>em&z get*, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. " - Picasso 2250 GRANVILLE ST., VANCOUVER - 6 0 4 . 7 3 3 . 3 5 0 4 - WWW.CHALIROSSO.COM 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 the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund, a fund created to support the young artists of UBC? For more information or to make a call 604 .822 .8246 La Boheme Director: Nancy Hermiston Conductor: Neil Varon February 8, 9,10, 2007, 8 pm February 11, 2007, 3 pm Presented by the UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with RICHARD STRAUSS r ~ auf naxos Glorious tragedy and delectable comedy... performed simultaneously! March 3, 6, 8, 10, 2007 Queen Elizabeth Theatre All performances 7;30pm In German with English Surtitles'" V A N C O U V E R V O T i c k e t Centre [jftfiSSw v a n c o u v e r o p e r a . c a MriwMoiittfMFMeiirtoii 604.683.0222 M I S S I O N HILL c*3L, TBEftsoocYnSDW Family Biw More for you on our UBC stages . . . February 14 @ 8 U B C University Singers Valentine's Day Concert The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes and other songs of the heart Friday March 2, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall (Music Building) Borealis String Quartet with guest pianist Rena Sharon The Borealis, quartet-in-resi-dence at UBC, has just received, on a one year loan, four rare instruments by 18th Century Italian makers, from the Chi Mei Museum in Tainan, Taiwan. The Borealis will give these instruments their Vancouver and Canadian debut on March 2nd Ravel String Quartet Schafer String Quartet No. 3 Shostakovich Piano Quartet Sunday March 4,4:00 pm Pacific Spirit Concerts - Faculty Artists Series Roelof Oostwoud, tenor and Sara Davis Buechner, piano Schubert Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911 Saturday March 17, 8:00 pm School of Music Celebrates 10 Years at the Chan Centre Almost 10 years to the day of the Chan Centre's inaugural concert we present an all Beethoven event to mark the anniversary Egmont Overture, "Choral Fantasy", and Symphony No. 9 Jane Coop, piano soloist; student and alumni vocal soloists; UBC Choirs; UBC Symphony Orchestra 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 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 will be their annual Masked Ball, held on the stage of The Chan Centre March 1,2007. 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 UBC in national and international careers. A tundraiiing event tor the UBC Opera Cnsemble March \, 8 pm, on 6tage at the Chan Centre Memorable cuisine, dancing to the Dal Richards Orchestra and entertainment by the UBC Opera Cnsemble. Tickets: $150. includes a tax receipt for $100. Call 604-822- 5574 About the UBC Opera Ensemble 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 70-member company, performing two productions at UBC 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 CBC 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 Cos/fan Ttitte, 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 of The Crucible, and was accompanied by select students, past and present, who appeared in the production. The UBC Opera Ensemble has also performed in the Czech Republic for dignitaries at the Canadian Embassy. UBC 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 BC, commissioned for touring to schools. Following a sold out set of performances of "A Merry Old Evening of Opera" at Bard on the Beach last Summer, members of the Ensemble, reunited with Christopher Gaze for a concert with the Vancouver Symphony. This past summer the Ensemble performed in productions of Mozart's Don Giovanni and Le No%<y di Figaro in the Czech Acknowledgements and Special Thanks The David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund The Chan Family Dr. Irving Guttman Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation Vancouver Opera Association The UBC School of Music Faculty and Staff Theatre at UBC Arts Club Theatre Company Vancouver Playhouse Waterfront Theatre Valerie Moffat Vancouver Opera Guild Friends of the UBC Opera Ensemble Staff of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts Parvin Mirhady Jesse Read Raffle Prize and Silent Auction donors: Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa Bard on the Beach Chapters Bookstore Chloe Hurst David Boothroyd Diane Farris Gallery Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Harbour Cruises Ltd. Miss Coquette Clothing Boutique Nancy Hermiston Pan Asian Grill Probus Women's Club Red Door Richard F.pp The Barefoot Contessa UBC Botanical Garden Vancouver Opera Association Vancouver Symphony Orchestra UPCOMING: Johannes-Passion (St. John Passion) ByJ. 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. Collins Rich Hamakawa Joyce Hinton Sid Katz Beng Khoo Flora Lew Rachel Lowry Cameron McGill Scott Miller Jay O'Keeffe Andrew Riter Nadia Roberts Owen Schellenberger Laura Lee Shalevich Francis Sykora Dayna Szyndrowski Kristen Wong Jowen Yeo Events & Concessions Coordinator Programming Manager Ticket Office Manager Development Coordinator Production Clerk Associate Managing Director Programming & Administration Managing Director Operations Clerk Financial Coordinator Marketing & Programming Coordinator Associate Managing Director, Facilities and Operations Head Stage Technician Head Audio Technician Head Lighting Technician Events & Front of House Coordinator Assistant Technical Director Financial & Programming Clerk Ticket Office Supervisor Programming & Communications Assistant Coordinator Reception/Clerk (Mat Replacement) System Administrator Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1 www.chancentre.com T H E D A N C E S H O P Wide selection of Shoes, Bodywear, and Gift items avilable for all levels and Budgets 1089 WEST BROADWAY, VANCOUVER BC 604-733-6116 1061 MARINE DR. 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This production was made possible by the generous assistance of: Daniel York Grace Harvey Double Bass * Alexandre Ritter Conrad Good Sandy Chen Amy Chang Lutes *Laura McCallum Chris Hutchinson Terry Lim (Piccolo) Oboes *Katrina Bligh Dan Shook Erica Scheurkogel Clarinets *Michelle Goddard Nonna Aroutiounian Karen Davidson (Bass Clarinet) Bassoons *Marc de Gues Salina Kuo Horns *Nick Anderson Julie Wilhelm Grahame Dixon Heather Graves Trumpets *Vince Vohradsky Maria Alfaro Bryan Allsopp Trombones *Carey McCaffery Eric North Aaron Hawn The Production Team Director Nancy Hermiston Conductor Neil Varon Musical Director Richard Epp Set Design Julie Martens Lighting Design Jeremy Baxter Stage Manager Melania Radelicki Assistant Stage Managers Melissa Eyes Dan Emde Assistant Conductor John van Deursen Choral Director John Arsenault Opera Coaches Richard Epp, David Boothroyd, Michael Onwood Production Manager Jeremy Baxter Technical Director Keith Smith Lighting Operator Marijka Brusse Properties Supervisor Lynn Burton Properties Assistants Basha Ladovsky, Lauchlin Johnston, Yang-Sup Surtitles John Arsenault Makeup Carmen Garcia, Nel Volrich, DJ Calhoun Hairdressing and Wigs Elke Englicht Heads of Wardrobe Gina McLellan, Rose-Ellen Nichols Tuba Avi Jacobus Harp Joy Yeh Percussion *Queenie Wong Nicholas Jacques Annabelle Ip Jennifer Sator Michael McDiarmid Assistant Conductor John van Deursen Teaching Assistant Alexandre Ritter Librarian Abraham Wong Stage Manager Michelle Hillier *Principal Wardrobe Assistant Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Stage Crew Adrianne Searcy Set Carpenters Harry Vanderschee, Larry Walski, Rob Lewis Liz Baca, Elia Kirby Set Painters Skai Fowler UBC scenic paint class Productions Assistants Lindsay Renner Wallace Ed Moran, Adam Fisher Michael MacKinnon Dana Sharp, Whitney Sloan, UBC Opera Ensemble Publicity Emma Lancaster The Chorus Soprano Leah Alfred Katie Dwernychuk Lisa-Dawn Kilthau Madeline Hannan-Leith Jessica Lacoursiere Gina McLellan Melanie McTaggart Merryn Myrde Diana Oros-Wilder Teresa Sedlmair Ni Shi Rachel Stewart Jessica Turje Alto Linda Baird* Erin Fisher Margot LeVae Rose-Ellen Nichols Sonya Nyby Lindsay Renner-Wallace Madeline Lucy Smith Tenor Jason Cook Adam Fisher Paul Alexander Just Kevin Lee Mark Pepe Joseph Spitale Stephan van Eeden Baritone Connor Beaton DJ Calhoun Neil Craighead Adam Da Ros Seth Drabinsky Mike Nyby David Locke-Norton Michael MacKinnon Ed Moran Dana Sharp Iain Taylor Brendan Alan Thrasher Children's Chorus Kevin Asperin Shannon Chan-Kent* *" Katherine Dela Cruz Fliather Darnel-Kadonaga Joelle Dyck Robin Eder-Warren Rachel Fenlon** Chloe Hurst** Caroline Jang** Jason Andrew Kliem Olivia Kurth Ellis Mingie Stephanie Nakagawa** Teresa Sedlmair** Tamar Simon Rachel Stephens Joelle Tarn Maya Tenzer Alexander Toope Alicia Woynarski** Amelia Zemtseff** * Appearing Courtesy of the Canadian Actors Equity Association **Member of UBC Opera Ensemble The UBC Symphony Orchestra Concert Mistress Fiona Haughton Violin I Hyunah Kim Janna Sailor Terri Surette Yun Jung Lucy Chang Ewa Sas Michelle Gao Llowyn Ball Sherry Chuang Janice Lin Evan Hesketh Violin II * Erin van Kooten Aida Boiesan Rebecca Lin Samuel Tsui Hyunah Cho Isabelle Mousseau Sufan Yiu Emily Terrell Abraham Wong Puya Firouzbakhsh Myles Shepherd Viola *Vanessa Hellinga Katya Woloshyn John Kastelic Steven Lin Kate Parnell Jennie Lin Jeffrey Chow Michelle Hillier Cello * Benjamin Goheen Jenny Kim Zachary Benjamin Mi-Kyung Kim The Cast Mimi Musetta Rodolf Marcello Schaunard Colline Parpignol Benoit Alcindoro Sergent Cast A Feb. 8 & 10 Jennifer Schinzel Teiya Kasahara (Feb 8 & 9) Ricarido Gimena Andrew Jameson David English Scott Brooks Mark Pepe Ed Moran Stephan van Eeden Michael Mackinnon Cast B Feb. 9 & 11 Whitney-Leigh Sloan Simone Osborne (Feb 10 & 11) Brian Kwangmin Lee John Conlon* (Feb 9) Andrew Greenwood (Feb 11) Brent Calis Jeremy Bowes Kevin Lee Dana Sharp Mark Pepe David Locke Norton 1 Spacious Residential Suites ' Affordable Rates ' ConvenietM Downtown Location 1 Short or Extended Stay MS LJ$M / " N C V , ",t 7,"> IT'Y S C " " C  m '  End- W l ta & >> within cm k " ' g f " " < C f t .', B..V, Sanfcy Park and &*«rm Street. We offer wfl-UI1SPT IT *t h ' " y - C ' l " i » - d k i ^ " s . W « » and living room,, private Zfy^y . I h<k"*>"- "•• pa*i„g .„,<! truly ««-,,tkmal Inn & Suites V Suites. CM « Wt« <wfl* «ui>w . Come horn.- to the Sunset Inn & BURNABY STREET VANCOUVER, B C 1-800-786-1997 www.sunsetinn.com Neil Varon Neil Varon's conducting career spans almost 30 years and several continents. Bom in New York in 1950, Varon studied piano, composition, and conduct-ing at the Juilliard School. Prior to joining the Eastman faculty in 2002, he held positions at Diisseldorf Opera, the Istanbul Opera, the Vienna Cham-ber Opera, the joint theaters of Krefeld and Monchengladbach (Germany), the Bremen Opera, and the Nurnberg Opera. Varon has been a frequent guest in Asia. He conducted the Korean Sym-phony in Seoul, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, and the Kyushu Philharmonic in Fukuoka. In 1991 and 1992 he led the Tokyo Philharmonic in a series of performances of The Magic Flute for the Mozart Festival in Japan. After completing his second term as general music director of Gelsenkirch-en in 1996, Varon concentrated on international guest performances for the next several years. In 1996, he performed in both Japan and Korea, with the Chamber Orchestra of Kanazawa, the orchestra of the Toho Gakuen Acad-emy (Toyama), and the Suwon Philharmonic, Korea. He also led perform-ances with the Frankfurter Chamber Orchestra in the Giuseppe Verdi Hall in Milan, Italy, and conducted a series of performances with the Norddeut-sche Philharmonie in Rostock, Germany. In 1997, he traveled to the U.S. to conduct a new production of Humperdinck's lesser-known opera Die Konigskinder at the Sarasota Opera. In 1999, Varon made his Swedish debut in Malmo, performing Puccini's Turandot to great critical acclaim. In addition, Varon has conducted in numerous theaters such as the Ham-burg State Opera, the Nurnberg Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stuttgart Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, and the New York City Opera, as well as performing with the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Italy, the Conservatory Orchestra at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, and the Philhar-monia Hungarica. He directed the German premiere of Un Re in Ascolta by Luciano Berio in Diisseldorf, and the world premiere of Erinys by Volker David Kirchner in Wuppertal. Varon continues to appear as guest conduc-tor for operas, symphonies, and music festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His concerts have been broadcast by the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, RIAS Berlin, RTL Luxembourg, and the Bayerische Rundfunk. ACT III. At the toll gate. Peddlers come to the city. Mimi, coughing violendy, wishes to speak to Marcello, who resides in a litde tavern near the barrier where he paints signs for the innkeeper. She tells him of her hard life with Rodolfo, who has abandoned her that night. (Mimi: "O buon Marcello, aiuto! — Oh, good Marcello, help me!") Marcello tells her that Rodolfo is sleeping at the inn. He has just awakened and is seeking Marcello, and Mimi conceals herself. Rodolfo first claims he left Mimi because of her coquettishness, but finally lets on that he fears she is consumed with a deadly illness and should be comforted by a wealthier suitor. Marcello, out of charity for Mimi, endeavours to silence him, but she has already heard all; she is discovered by her coughing. Marcello joins Musetta, Rodolfo and Mimi are about to separate (Mimi: "Donde lieta usci — From here she happily left"), but are finally reconciled. Musetta approaches with Marcello, who is jealous. They depart after a fierce quarrel. (Quartet: Mimi, Rodolfo, Musetta, Marcello: "Addio dolce svegliare alia mattina! — Goodbye, sweet awakening in the morning!") Act IV. Back in the garret. Marcello and Rodolfo are seemingly at work, though they are primarily bemoaning the loss of their respective beloveds. (Duet: "O Mimi, tu piu non torni" — O Mimi, will you not return?) Schaunard and Colline arrive with a very frugal dinner. They parody a plentiful banquet, dance and sing. Musetta appears and says that Mimi is back, but she's very weakened by her illness, and all assist the dying girl. Musetta and Marcello depart to sell Musetta's earrings to get money for medicine; while Colline and Schaunard leave to pawn Colline's coat (Colline: "Vecchia zimarra — Old coat") Mimi and Rodolfo, left alone, recall their past happiness. (Duet, Mimi and Rodolfo: "Sono andati? — Have they gone?") The others return, and while Musetta prays aloud, Mimi dies. Schaunard checks on Mimi and sadly says that she's dead, Rodolfo is horrified, cries out Mimi's name and starts sobbing. Synopsis Act I. In the four bohemians' garret. Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. As they have no fire, they use the manuscript of Rodolfo's drama for fuel. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgrunded at not having been able to pawn some books. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, wood, wine, and money, and he explains the source of his riches — a job with an English gentierhan. Nobody listens, but they fall ravenously upon the food, which is removed by Schaunard, leaving only the wine. While they drink, Benoit, the landlord, arrives to collect the rent. They flatter him and give him wine. In his drunkenness, he recites his amorous adventures, but when he also declares he is married, they thrust him from the room in comic moral indignation. The rent money is divided for a carousal in the Quartier Latin. The other Bohemians go out, but Rodolfo remains alone in order to work. Some one knocks, and Mimi, whose candle has been snuffed out, asks Rodolfo to light it. She departs, but returns in a few minutes, saying she has forgotten her key. Both candles are extinguished; they stumble in the dark, and Rodolfo finds the key, which he pockets. They relate the story of their varied experiences in the two arias. ("Che gelida manina — What a cold little hand"; and "Si, mi chiamano Mimi — Yes, they call me Mimi.") The waiting friends call Rodolfo impatiently. He wishes to remain at home with Mimi, but she decides to accompany him. Departing they sing of their love. (Duet, Rodolfo and Mimi: "O soave fanciulla — Oh gentle maiden") Act II. Quartier Latin. A great crowd on the street, sellers praise their wares. (Chorus: "Aranci, datteri! Caldi i marroni — Oranges, dates! Hot chestnuts."). The friends repair to Cafe Momus. While they eat, Musetta, formerly beloved of Marcello, arrives with her rich government minister admirer Alcindoro. She tries to attract Marcello's attention with a risque song (Song, Musetta: "Quando me'n vo — When I go along"), and succeeds after many efforts. To get rid of Alcindoro, she feigns suffering from a tight shoe and sends him to the shoemaker. During the ensemble, Musetta and Marcello fall into each other's arms and reconcile. The friends wish to pay the bill, but to their consternation find Schaunard's riches gone; the sly Musetta has the entire bill charged to Alcindoro. Marcello and Colline carry Musetta out on their arms amid the applause of the spectators. When all have gone, Alcindoro arrives with the shoe seeking Musetta. The waiter hands him the bill, and horror-stricken at the amount he sinks upon a chair. UBC Opera Ensemble JB( MUSIC La Boheme Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the novel by Henry Murger Director, Nancy Hermiston Conductor, Neil Varon featuring UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra There will be one 20-minute intermission Chan Shun Concert Hall February 8, 9,10,11, 2007 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 f /j^i//— /f^i* tjh ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS, ^^vww%s& r^._oc*»€>' E T C H I N G S A N D W O O D C U T S B Y C J A L ! . I R Y EUROPEAN MASTERS We invite you to visit our art exhibit in the foyer of the C h a n Cent re dur ing the in termiss ion. 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UBC Opera graduates can be heard on stages all over the world, from the Met in New York to our own Vancouver Opera? r ^ Y o u can help support the UBC Opera Ensemble by making a donation to the David Spencer Endowment r Encouragement Fund, a fund created to support the young artists of UBC? For more information or to make a gift, call 604 .822 .8246 La Boheme Director: Nancy Hermiston Conductor: Nei l Varon February 8, 9,10, 2007, 8 p m February 11, 2007, 3 p m Presented by the UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with 7^ Chan UBCMUSIC 

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