SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA OPERA CASTING 2014
Performances: May 24, 29, 31, June 2, and 6 at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street
KÁT’A: Betsy Horne
VARVARA: Megan Marino
DIKOI: Jan Opalach
TICHON: Dennis Petersen
VANYA: Alex Richardson
KABANICHA: Jennifer Roderer
BORIS: Rolando Sanz
FEKLUSHA: Jane Shaulis
Betsy Horne made her acclaimed role debut as Kát’a in 2012 for the Landestheater Coburg, Bavaria where she is engaged as a resident singer. The same year she was awarded the prestigious Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, a prize for promising young artists working in Bavaria. Originally from Imperial Valley in California, Ms. Wolfe relocated to Europe to study at the Hochschule in Mainz. She made her soprano debut at the end of a four-year engagement at Staatstheater Wiesbaden in 2009 as Agathe in Der Freischütz.
American/Italian mezzo-soprano Megan Marino has been hailed by the Washington Times for her “considerable range and confidence,” Ms. Marino made her Metropolitan Opera debut this season as ‘a Voice of an Unborn Child’ in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten. She also performed in the Met’s 2013-14 productions of Rusalka, Werther, and Rigoletto.
American bass-baritone Jan Opalach combines serious musicianship with excellent acting skills and has performed over 50 roles during his distinguished career during which he was a principal artist of the New York City Opera for 30 years. He is a member of the voice faculty of the Eastman School of Music.
American tenor Dennis Petersen has spent more than three decades on opera stages throughout the world with regular performances at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and with Seattle Opera in their Ring Cycle, most recently singing Mime in 2013.
American tenor Alex Richardson’s recent roles have included Romeo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (St. Petersburg Opera), Cavaradossi in Tosca (Winter Opera Saint Louis), the Steuermann in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (Princeton Festival), Fenton in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Boston Midsummer Opera), and Tom Buchanan in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (Emmanuel Music), a role he reprised at the Tanglewood Festival.
Since her 1999 debut at New York City Opera, Jennifer Roderer has performed a diverse array of roles for that company, including the Witch in Hansel and Gretel which became a signature role that she has performed with Utah Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Phoenix Symphony, Tulsa Opera and Opera Roanoke, among others.
Rolando Sanz has been praised by Opera News for his “warm, strong, highly promising tenor.” Debuts in his 2013-2014 season included the Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto with Seattle Opera, Arminio in I masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera, and Alfredo in La traviata with Florentine Opera and the Pacific Symphony.
Jane Shaulis has been a staple of the Metropolitan Opera’s roster for 23 years appearing in 551 performances. Prior to joining the Met she performed with New York City Opera for 15 years, appearing in over 60 roles. She has also sung with the major opera companies in this country, including, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego and has performed with many major orchestras, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Performances: May 23, 26, and 30 at the Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street
MEZZO: Erica Brookhyser
SOPRANO: Caitlin Lynch
COUNTERTENOR: Daniel Bubeck
COUNTERTENOR: Brian Cummings
COUNTERTENOR: Steven Rickards
BARITONE: Mark Walters
The 2013-14 season was Erica Brookhyser’s third as principal mezzo in the permanent company at Staatstheatre Darmstadt in Germany, a position she won following the end of her tenure in LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton young artist program. In 2012 she won the role of Carmen as part of the German reality television show produced by the ARTE-TV channel called Who Will Become Carmen? Her performances in this role took place at the newly-established Berlin Seefestspiele in August 2012.
Caitlin Lynch recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in the role of Cynthia. She previously created the role of Eliza in Muhly’s chamber opera, Dark Sisters which premiered at the Gotham Chamber Opera in New York with subsequent performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. This past May she sung the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s new song cycle, Another Sunrise. She has performed her signature role of Countesss Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Michigan Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Ms. Brookhyser and Ms. Lynch will be joined by countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings, and Steven Rickards, who performed these roles in the world premiere of El Niño in Paris in 2000, the US premiere in San Francisco in 2001, and at Carnegie Hall in 2009. Baritone Mark Walters completes the cast.
Facing Goya (US Premiere)
Performances: May 25, 27, 31, June 4, and 7 at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street
SOPRANO #1: Anne-Carolyn Bird
SOPRANO #2: Aundi Marie Moore
CONTRALTO (ART BANKER): Suzanna Guzmán
TENOR: Thomas Michael Allen
BARITONE: Museop Kim
Anne Carolyn-Bird most recently performed at the Spoleto Festival USA in 2012 in Philip Glass’s Kepler and previously sang at the festival in the role of Camille in Louise in 2009. She has been widely lauded for her signature role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro that she has performed for Virginia Opera, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, Opera Columbus, and Opera Grand Rapids.
Career highlights for Aundi Marie Moore to date have included her international debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with L’Opéra de Monte Carlo, Nedda in Pagliacci with Sarasota Opera, Serena in Porgy and Bess with Atlanta Opera and Virginia Opera, the role of Young African American Soprano in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Rappahannock County with Virginia Opera, and Odessa Clay in the world premiere of Approaching Ali with Washington National Opera.
Suzanna Guzmán is an Associate Artist of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and performs as a principal artist with many of the world’s finest companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and at the Edinburgh Festival. She is the host of KCET’s Open Call television program.
American tenor Thomas Michael Allen has established a reputation for his exceptional vocalism and his vivid portrayals of a wide range of lyric tenor roles. His repertoire includes operas by Monteverdi and haute contre roles of the French baroque, as well as leading roles in the operas of Mozart and recent works by composers such as Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass.
Korean baritone Museop Kim recently concluded his second year of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program where he sang Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette and Schaunard in La Boheme and understudied Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte.