***For Immediate Release***
June 4, 2014
The Stars of Asolo Rep’s Baritones UnBound to Sing
the National Anthem at Tampa Bay Rays Home Game
Asolo Rep’s dashing baritone trio will move from center stage to center field to sing the national anthem at the Tampa Bay Rays home game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, June 16 at 7:10pm.
Directed by David Dower, Baritones UnBound: Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Man opens Saturday, June 7 at Asolo Rep and runs through Sunday, June 29. In this brand new musical event conceived by Broadway leading man and three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch and created by Merwin Foard, Marc Kudisch, Jeff Mattsey, and Timothy Splain, three dynamite baritones take the stage to give us a captivating musical tour of the baritone voice throughout history. Veteran singers Jeff Mattsey and Mark Delavan join Kudisch in an illuminating performance studded with classics from Broadway, opera and beyond.
MARK DELAVAN GUEST ARTIST, FIRST SEASON (Baritone) regularly appears in the title roles of The Flying Dutchman, Falstaff and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, and Amonasro in Aida. This season he was seen as Don Carlo in La forza del destino at Washington National Opera, as well as the Dutchman with Arizona Opera and the Four Villains in the Tales of Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera. Next season, he returns to San Francisco Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Scarpia. He will also create the role of Giovanni in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara) at San Francisco Opera. Highlights of last season include performances in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, both at the Metropolitan Opera, and Scarpia in Toscafor San Francisco Opera among others. Music Theatre credits include the title roles on Gilbert & Sullivan’s the Mikado, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Toddopposite Elaine Paige.
MARC KUDISCH GUEST ARTIST, FIRST SEASON (Co-creator and Baritone) is a three-time Tony Award nominee, four-time Drama Desk nominee and two-time Outer Critics Circle Award nominee. Broadway credits include 9 to 5 (Franklin Hart), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baron Bomburst), The Apple Tree (Roundabout Theatre), Assassins (The Proprietor, Roundabout Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Bells Are Ringing (Jeff Moss), LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Jackie, The Public Theater), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), and High Society (George Kittredge). Off-Broadway: Hand to God (MCC), The Holiday Guys (co-creator) at The York Theatre, The Blue Flower at Second Stage, A Minister’s Wife and The Glorious Ones at Lincoln Center, The Pirates of Penzance and A Little Night Music at New York City Opera. Film/TV: 27 East, Power (Starz), Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods, Smash, and Sex and the City.
JEFF MATTSEY GUEST ARTIST, FIRST SEASON (Co-creator and Baritone) is known worldwide for the baritone roles that have defined his career. He made his operatic debut as Marcello in La bohéme opposite Luciano Pavarotti with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in 1997, made his house debut in 1998 in their production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and has since returned in Così fan Tutte, Gianni Schicchi, Roméo et Juliette, Un Ballo in Maschera, La bohéme, La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, Dr. Atomic, The Magic Flute, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, L’Elisir d’Amore and Francesca da Rimini, among others. He has appeared with opera companies including the San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Vancouver Opera, and Edmonton Opera. He can be seen on Kultur International Films DVD of Pavorotti’s La Bohéme in China and The Met’s releases of La Fanciulla del West and Michael Mayer’s Vegas Rigoletto.
Monday, June 16 at 7:10pm
1 Tropicana Dr.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Tune into WDAE 620 AM to hear the stars of Baritones UnBound sing the National Anthem at 7:10pm.
Click here for tickets to the Monday, June 16 Tampa Bay Rays game.
Tickets for Baritones: UnBound are available by visiting or calling Asolo Rep’s Box Office (5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota; 941.351.8000 or 800.361.8388) or online at www.asolorep.org.