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Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “Don Giovanni”

October 12, 15, 18, 20 2019

The Story:

Charming nobleman. Serial womanizer. Sexual predator. Don Giovanni is all these and more. As the list of people out to get him grows longer, eventually his misdeeds catch up with him.

Don Giovanni leaves a trail of broken hearts, and worse, wherever he goes. He has his servant, the reluctant doormat Leporello, keep a journal of Don Giovanni’s many conquests. Completely without morals or a conscience, Don Giovanni sexually assaults Donna Anna, then kills her father the Commendatore, who had tried to come to her defense. He seduces young Zerlina on her wedding day. But all actions have consequences, as Don Giovanni is soon to learn. An irresistible classic, Mozart’s Don Giovanni seamlessly combines comedy and tragedy with one of the great musical scores of all time to create one of the world’s favorite operas.

The Cast

Craig Verm: Don Giovanni
Rachelle Durkin: Donna Anna
Kang Wang: Don Ottavio
Brian Kontes: Commendatore

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Florencia En El Amazonas

Daniel Catán's  “FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS”

November 9, 12, 15, 17 2019

The Story:

Florencia Grimaldi is a famous opera singer traveling to perform at the opera house in Manaus, Brazil, in the early 1900s. She also hopes to find her long-lost lover Cristóbal, a butterfly hunter who has disappeared into the Amazon jungle.

The Cast

Alexandra Loutsion: Florencia
Natasha Wilson: Rosalba
Craig Verm: Riollobo
Andres Acosta: Arcadio

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Carmen

Georges Bizet's "Carmen"

March 28, 31; April 3, 5, 2020

The Story:

Set in 1830 Seville, Spain, Carmen is a roller-coaster of lust, deception and murder. Fiery gypsy Carmen, who lives her life to the fullest, can have any man she wants. But when she seduces naïve Corporal Don José, she gets more than she bargains for. 

The Cast

Zanda Švēde: Carmen
Scott Quinn: Don José
Michael Todd Simpson: Escamillo
Daniell Pastin: Micaela

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Norma

Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma"

April 25, 28; May 1, 3 2020

The Story:

Norma is the tragic tale of a conflict between love and duty. Norma is a Druid priestess in ancient Gaul, which is being occupied by Roman invaders. Norma falls in love with, and bears two children to, the Roman leader Pollione, thereby betraying her own people and breaking her sacred vows. When Norma finds out Pollione is having an affair with another priestess, it pushes her over the edge with deadly consequences.

The Cast

Leah Crocette: Norma
Jose Bros: Pollione
Jennifer Johnson Cano: Adalgisa
Oren Gradus: Oroveso

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Alcina

George Frideric Handel's "Alcina"

January 25, 28, 31; February 2, 2020

The Story:

Alcina is a baroque masterpiece by George Frederic Handel. The title character, Alcina, is a malicious sorceress who lives on an enchanted island with her sister Morgana. She uses her magic spells to trick men into falling in love with her. But once she tires of them, she turns them into animals or inanimate objects. Alcina’s current crush is Ruggiero, a chivalrous knight she has captured. Ruggiero’s fiancé Bradamante and her tutor Melisso arrive to bring Ruggiero home. But Alcina and Morgana have no intention of letting him leave, setting the stage for a climactic showdown. Will Ruggiero regain his senses in time? Will Alcina’s evil spell finally be broken?  

The Cast

Cairlin Gotimer: Alcina
Antonia Botti-Lodovico: Ruggiero
Laurel Semerdijan: Bradamante
Natasha Wilson: Morgana


 

The Last American Hammer

Peter Hilliard & Matt Boresi's "The Last American Hammer"

February 22, 25, 28; March 1, 2020

The Story:

Milcom Negley, a one-man militia, rages against the tyranny of federal overreach. He is hunkered down in a rural Toby jug museum in a rust belt Ohio town where Tink Enraught, a mannered curatrix, offers him tea and cookies. Milcom is a “Thirteenther” – a conspiracy theorist who believes an obscure, would-be Thirteenth amendment negates the authority of our government. He occupies the museum because it is the only place left in his failed town to receive federal funds – a grant for the upkeep of a rare 17th-century British pitcher known as “Sir Oswyn.”

The Cast

Caitlin Gotimer: Tink Enraught
Timothy Mix: Milcom Negley
Antonia Botti-Lodovico: Agent Dee Dee Reyes

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