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Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week!

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Central City Opera’s Turn of the Screw!

Final performance:  August 4

Mystery and apparitions come to the stage with Central City Opera’s new production of The Turn of The Screw. Based on the novella by Henry James, the chamber opera set in an English country house during the mid-nineteenth century tells the story of a Governess who keeps watch over two children, Miles and Flora. The story quickly unfolds as the Governess’s seemingly simple job becomes a fight to protect the troubled children from the ghosts of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the former servant and governess. Performed in English with English supertitles. Running time approximately 2 hours with one intermission.

Music Benjamin Britten
Libretto Myfanwy Piper
Based upon a novella by Henry James
Conductor Steuart Bedford
Director Alessandro Talevi
Scenic and Costume Designer; Projection Co-Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer David Martin Jacques
Wig/Makeup Designer Dave Bova*
Projection Co-Designer Ronan Kilkelly*


Prologue/Peter Quint Vale Rideout
Governess Sinéad Mulhern*
Miles John Healy**
Flora Alisa Jordheim
Mrs. Grose Maria Zifchak
Miss Jessel Rebecca Nash*

* Indicates Central City Opera Mainstage Debut
** Member of Colorado Children’s Chorale

Artist Profiles

Read the 2012 Casting Press Release

Steuart Bedford Steuart Bedford
Conductor: The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Paul Bunyan, 2005
Entführung, Opera de Rennes; Albert Herring, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme; Salome, San Diego Opera
Dave Bova Dave Bova*
Wig and Makeup Designer/Supervisor: 2012 Festival
Recently: Hair and Makeup Designer, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Hair And Makeup Designer, The Fallow, People’s Light and Theatre; Hair Design, Red, George Street Playhouse
Madeleine Boyd Madeleine Boyd
Scenic and Costume Designer:
The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Amadigi di Gaula, 2011
Recently: La Traviata, Cape Town Opera; Djamileh and Le Docteur Miracle, Royal College of Music; Cautionary Tales the Tour, Opera North Education
John Healy John Healy
Miles, The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Chorus, Carmen, 2011
Recently: Tour Choir, Colorado Children’s Chorale; 7th grade – Denver School of the Arts
David Martin Jacques David Martin Jacques
Lighting Designer: Resident Lighting Designer, 2012 Festival
Central City Opera: Resident Lighting Designer, 2007 to 2010, 2000 to 2005
Recently: The Tsar’s Bride, The Royal Opera House; Tosca, English National Opera; Otello, Welsh National Opera
Alisa Suzanne Jordheim Alisa Suzanne Jordheim
Flora, The Turn of the Screw; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist
Central City Opera: Past Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Studio Artist
Recently: Zerlina, Don Giovanni, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; 2nd Knabe, Die Zauberflöte, Cincinnati Opera; 1st Fairy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Columbus Symphony
Sinead Mulhern Sinéad Mulhern*
Soprano: Governess, The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Past Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist
Recently: Leonore, Fidelio, Staatstheater Wiesbaden; Maquise de Merteuil, Francesconi’s Quartett (world premiere), Teatro alla Scala; Jenufa, Jenufa; Contessa, Le nozze di Figaro; Mimì, La bohème, Wiener Staatsoper
[Website] [Agent Website]
Rebecca Nash Rebecca Nash*
Soprano: Miss Jessel, The Turn of the Screw
Recently: Kaiserin, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Festival del Centro Histórico de México (Ópera de Bellas Artes); Miss Jessel, Turn of the Screw, Boston Lyric Opera; Káta Kabanová, Káta Kabanová, Oper Köln
Vale Rideout Vale Rideout
Tenor: Prologue/Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Edgardo, Lucia di Lammermoor, 2009; Sam, Susannah, 2008; Male Chorus, The Rape of Lucretia, 2008; The Prince, Cendrillon, 2007; Past Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist
Recently: War Requiem, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic; Faust, Faust, Opera Coeur d’Alene; Nadir, Les Pêcheurs des Perles, Opera Columbus
[Website] [Agent Website]
Alessandro Talevi Alessandro Talevi
Director: The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Amadigi di Gaula, 2011
Recently: Katya Kabanova, Landestheater Coburg; Djamileh/Le Docteur Miracle, Royal College of Music; La Traviata, Cape Town Opera
Maria Zifchak Maria Zifchak
Mezzo-soprano: Mrs. Grose, The Turn of the Screw
Central City Opera: Bianca, The Rape of Lucretia, 2008; Mrs. McLean, Susannah, 2008; Madame de la Haltière, Cendrillon, 2007
Recently: Kasturbai, Satyahgraha; Suzuki, Madame Butterfly; and Annina, La Traviata, Metropolitan Opera; Suzuki, Madame Butterfly, Arizona Opera


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