Green Mountain Opera Announces 2011 Season
Waitsfield, Vermont. The Green Mountain Opera Festival, now in its sixth year, has announced its plans for the 2011 season. The festival will again offer two operas—a production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Barre Opera house on June 17 and 19 and an Emerging Artist production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte on June 16 and 18 at the Skinner Barn in Waitsfield. An opening concert is scheduled for May 28 and master classes and several rehearsals in Waitsfield will be open to the public at no charge. More details are announced on the festival website.
“We are happy to have two of our favorite singers, Julie Nesrallah and Mariateresa Magisano, returning from previous years to take part in our main stage opera production of Carmen,” says Artistic Director Taras Kulish.
Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, who sang Suzuki in the Opera Festival’s 2007 production of Madama Butterfly, will sing the title role in Carmen. She has performed the role recently in several different venues including Tri-City Opera in Binghamton, New York, where the reviewer said that her singing had “all the sass and brass you would expect from a femme fatale.” She is well-known to audiences in Canada and Northern New England as the host of Tempo, on CBC Radio 2.
Canadian soprano Mariateresa Magisano, who sang Rosina in the festival’s 2006 production of Barber of Seville, is also returning to sing the role of Micaela. She is a winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and has sung in many venues in Canada and the United States, most recently in the role of Liù in Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa.
Called one of the country’s most exciting young tenors, American Dinyar Vania will sing the role of Don Jose, a role he just recently sang at Lyric Opera of Kansas City this season. He has sung many of the major tenor roles in venues around the country, including that of Rodolfo in the 2007-8 production of La Bohème at New York City Opera. Rounding out the cast are American baritone, Troy Cook, who will sing the role of the matador Escamillo, and Vermont’s own Erik Kroncke, who will sing the bass role of Zuniga.
Maestro Daniel Beckwith, who served as assistant to James Levine for six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, will conduct the Green Mountain Opera Festival Orchestra. His repertoire spans the 17th through 20th century opera, and he has conducted at major opera houses throughout North America and Europe, including New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and the Lake George Opera, where he served as artistic director from 1999 to 2001.
Vermont stage director, Helena Binder will direct the festival’s production of Carmen. Her recent engagements include New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera and Dallas Opera. She is a Lecturer in Acting in the Opera Institute of Boston University’s School of Fine Arts.
Dr. Dawn Willis will serve as chorus master. She is well-known to Vermont audiences as the director and founder of the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus and as assistant director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Warren resident Gary Eckhart will again design the sets. He has designed more than 200 sets for a variety of plays and operas and taught stage design at the State University of New York at Fredonia for 28 years.
The Green Mountain Opera Festival is funded in part from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is co-sponsored by The Joslyn Round Barn and Sugarbush Resort. For a full schedule of festival events, go to www.greenmountainoperafestival.com.