March 21, 2014 8:00 p.m.
March 23, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Opera Insights pre-curtain talk: one hour prior
Shaftman Performance Hall - Jefferson Center
Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt is not only his grandest opera, it is one of the greatest character dramas in music. Reimagining Caesar's historical campaign in Egypt, Handel's ensemble drama features showstoppers for each of the principal characters. Cleopatra and her villainous brother, Ptolemy jockey for the favor of the Roman Emperor while the noble widow Cornelia and her hot-headed son, Sesto seek revenge.
Teresa Buccholz - Giulio Cesare
An accomplished artist, known for her colorful, clear voice and thoughtful interpretation in both oratorio and opera, Teresa Buchholz is emerging as a promising mezzo-soprano in the world of singing. Performances for the 2013 season have included the role of Mathurine in Little Opera Theatre of New York's run of Gluck's one-act opera The Reformed Drunkard, the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Boito's Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Elliot Carter's "Voyage" with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mozart's Requiem with the Helena Symphony (MT), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Stamford Symphony (CT), appearances on opera galas with Opera at Florham and Kyrenia Opera, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN), Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and a return to the Helena Symphony for C.P.E Bach's Magnificat. This past April she was the winner of the female division in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition at Carnegie Hall.
Upcoming engagements include a return to the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (Mendelssohn's Elijah), with The New Jersey Choral Society (Schubert's Mass In E flat), and a return to the Stamford Symphony for Mozart's Requiem.
Andrew Potter - Curio
Andrew is a bass vocalist of increasing demand living in Virginia. He got his start in the studio of Dr. Wayne Kompelien at Liberty University's School of Music, where he performed on numerous occasions in Liberty's renowned Tower Theatre as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Poo Bah in The Mikado, and Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow.
In 2012, Andrew was cast by Opera on the James in their performance of Die Fledermaus in the Chorus, and also a dancer. Opera on the James then re-cast him in their production of The Magic Flute as The Second Armored Man.
In January of 2013, Andrew was awarded a position with Opera Roanoke's Young Apprentice Artist Program, singing across Western Virginia in places like Roanoke's Elmwood Park, Smith Mountain Lake, and the Taubman Museum of art. Since that time, Opera Roanoke cast him as The Sergeant in their production of Pirates of Penzance, and awarded him the cover role of the Pirate King Opera Roanoke would continue to cast Mr. Potter in their Fall Performance of The Magic Flute having him cover the role of Sarastro, while reprising his role of the Second Armored Man. Luray Opera Theatre cast Andrew and hailed his comedic antics as Simone in Gianni Schicchi and Tidewater Opera Initiative cast Andrew in the buffo role of Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte. Upcoming roles for Mr. Potter in the 2014 season include performing the role of Curio in Julius Caesar, performing outreach with Opera on the James as a studio artist in the Tyler Young Artist Program and singing Ariodate in Handel's Serse with Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington DC.
Carla Dirlikov - Cornelia
Carla Dirlikov was recently described by Opera Magazine as having "the most compelling voice of the evening, one that grabbed the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality." Ms. Dirlikov's recent engagements of note include Maurice Duruflé's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral and Preziosilla La Forza del Destino Opera Royal de Wallonie, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni. She added another new role to her repertoire, the temptress Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Francesca Zambello's production at the National Center for the Arts, Beijing, conducted by Stephen Barlow, and remained in Beijing for the ROH production of Carmen in which she sang the title role. In the summer of 2013 she joined the artist roster at Glyndebourne Festival as Komponist (cover) Ariadne auf Naxos.
In the 2013-14 season Ms. Dirlikov will return to China for a series of solo recitals under the auspices of the American Cultural Center Tours. She will also participate as a soloist in performances of the Mozart Requiem with the Ankara President Symphony Orchestra, and will debut the role of Cornelia in Handel's Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke. Future seasons will see her return to the Opera Royal de Wallonie.
Toby Newman - Sesto
Opera Magazine (UK) recently praised "Toby Newman's moving, plaintive-voiced account of the name part" for her portrayal of the title role in Holst's Savitri. Other traditional opera credits include Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Anchorage Opera), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice), Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (St. Petersburg Opera), and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. Her recent concert credits include the alto solos in Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, and Dettigen Te Deum, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Cantata 80, and Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzes, and one of the two "divas" in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Dueling Divas concert. Equally known for her extensive new music work and longstanding association with Meredith Monk, Ms. Newman's recent world premieres include the lead female role in Robert Een's opera The Escape Artist at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and repeat performances in Maharashstra, India, the alto soloist in Thomas Pasatieri's choral cantata In the Light of Angels, and the title role in Hugo Kauder's Merlin, among many others. Upcoming performances include Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri with Opera Fairbanks and concerts at Carnegie Hall in honor of Meredith Monk.
Amy Cofield Williamson - Cleopatra
Praised by the New York Times for her "lovely, rich tone," soprano, Amy Cofield Williamson has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Taiwan and Guam. Highly regarded for her "technical facility," her "beauty of interpretation" and an "arresting presence," her operatic roles have included Lucia di Lammermoor and Micaela with Opera Roanoke, Violetta with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, a role that marked her debut at Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming's Traviata, a return to HGO for the role of Berta to Joyce DiDonato's Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mimi, with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Cunegonde and Susannah with Fort Worth Opera, Musetta and Pamina with Knoxville Opera, Gilda with Wildwood Opera, Gilda, Norina and Violetta with Lyric Opera San Antonio, Konstanze and Violetta with Teatro Lirico D'Europa, Musetta with American Opera Theater, Mimi with Opera Lenawee (MI)and Frasquita with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Amy's busy concert schedule has included performances of Orff's Carmina Burana with Virginia Symphony, Einhorn's Voices of Light, Haydn's Creation and Handel's Messiah with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Ravel's Sheherazade with Norfolk Chamber Consort, Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio, Haydn's The Seasons, Bach's St. John Passion, Handel's Judas Maccabaeus and Beethoven's Mass in C with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and in works from Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor, to Handel's Messiah and Brahms' Requiem with Garden State Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In addition Amy has appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) in Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
Recent engagements included the role of Elcia (cover) in Rossini's Moses in Egypt at New York City Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, a return to Goshen, IN for Brahms' Requiem, and to Southern Nevada for Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. In 2014, Amy returns to Opera Roanoke as Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare.
Eric Brenner - Tolomeo
Eric S. Brenner, countertenor has been hailed for his "penetrating eloquence," "astonishing solo singing" (NY Times), & "auto-tuned Mr. Roboto majesty" (Stage Mage). A fervent proponent of very old & very new music, Eric's current engagements include: Didymus (cover for David Daniels) in Handel's Theodora with English Concert; Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke; Volpino in Haydn's Lo Speziale with Rochester Lyric Opera; Countertenor soloist in Du Yun's & Royce Vavrek's Angel's Bone with the Prototype Festival; Doodle in Stefan Weisman's & David Cote's Scarlet Ibis with American Opera Projects; Riccardo in Scarlatti's Il Trionfo dell'Onore at Symphony Space; Giuliano (cover) in Cavalli's Eliogabalo with Gotham Chamber Opera; The Poet in Virko Baley's Holodomor (NYC & Ukraine); Beast in Hannah Lash's Blood Rose, with New York City Opera's VOX program; D.A.V.E. in Kamala Sankaram's Miranda; Countertenor soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana & Bernstein's The Lark at Avery Fisher Hall; soprano & alto soloist in Handel's Messiah at Alice Tully Hall, Trinity Wall Street Church, St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, & the Cathedral of St. John's in Albuquerque, NM; soprano soloist with Alarm Will Sound; soloist/ensemble with Ekmeles; soloist/ensemble on EURYDICE & Chrysalid Requiem (Cantaloupe Music) by Guggenheim & Pew Fellow Toby Twining, & area appearances with Toby Twining Music.
Eric is represented domestically by Wade Artist Management. Find out more at www.ericsbrenner.com
Wes Mason - Achilla
Praised by Opera News as a "gifted and fiercely committed young baritone," this season sees several company and role debuts for Wes, including Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Syracuse Opera, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with both Baltimore Concert Opera and Delaware Opera, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, and Curly in Oklahoma! with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he holds a BM from the University of Michigan and recently graduated from the esteemed Academy of Vocal Arts.
Angela Theis - Achilla
Soprano Angela Theis is a young artist on the rise, garnering the attention of audiences and critics alike, described by the Boston Globe as "bright, bold, and beguiling". She debuted with Opera Roanoke as Frasquita in Carmen, and recently performed in the company's "Carmen and Cleopatra" concert. Ms. Theis frequently appears with her hometown Michigan Opera Theatre in addition to professional engagements around the country. She completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Notre Dame.
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Opera Insights Pre-Curtain Talk
March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
March 23 at 1:30 p.m.