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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week

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 agothat 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 Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Production of Dialogues of the Carmelites!


CarmelitesPoulenc’s achingly beautiful score perfectly captures the chaos of the French Revolution, when even the humble sisters in a Carmelite convent were threatened by the Reign of Terror. The unforgettable all-star cast is headlined by the returns of Christine Brewer (one of the BBC’s “top twenty sopranos of the 20th century”) and Kelly Kaduce (hailed as “dazzling…fearless…superb” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her 2013 performance in Pagliacci).

ConductorWard Stare
DirectorRobin Guarino*
Set DesignerAndrew Lieberman
Costume DesignerKaye Voyce*
Lighting DesignerJames F. Ingalls*
Wig & Makeup DesignerTom Watson
Chorus MasterRobert Ainsley
English Diction SpecialistErie Mills
GYA Teacher/CoachErie Mills
RepetiteurAndrea Grant
Assistant Stage DirectorAlison Moritz*
Stage ManagerJohnny Motoc
Assistant Stage ManagerTrevor Regars
Intern Assistant Stage ManagerAlyssa Meyers*
TranslationJoseph Machlis

Blanche de la ForceKelly Kaduce
Mme. de CroissyMeredith Arwady
Mme. LidoineChristine Brewerº
Mother Marie of IncarnationDaveda Karanas*
The Marquis de la ForceTroy Cook
The Chevalier de la ForceMichael Porter‡
Sister Constance of St. DenisAshley Emerson°
Father ConfessorKyle Erdos Knappº
Sister MathildeStephanie Sanchez†*
JailerEric Van Heyningen†*
Mother JeanneSofia Selowsky†*
M. JavelinotZachary Owen†
1st CommissionerChristopher Hutchinson†
2nd CommissionerJosh Quinn†*
1st OfficerElliott Hines†*
ThierryTheo Hoffman†*
Offstage Old Woman’s VoiceJessica Harika†*

* = Debut; ° = former Gerdine Young Artist; † = current Gerdine Young Artist; ‡ Gerdine Young Artist—Festival Artist

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