Mainstage Cast Lists



Angels in America
William Lumpkin, conductor
Jim Petosa, stage director

Cast List

The Angel: Arielle Basile/Helen Hassinger

Harper Pitt: Kaitlin Bertenshaw/Kelley Hollis
  Cover: Katy Polk

Hannah Pitt: Sara Beth Shelton/Kylee Slee

Joseph Pitt: Franklin Mosley/Darrick Speller
 

Prior Walter: John Allen Nelson/Ben Taylor
  Cover: Kartik Ayysola

Louis Ironson: Jesse Darden/John Nevergall
  Cover: Matt Corcoran

Belize: Patrick Dailey/Bryan Pollock

Roy Cohn: Jorgeandres Camargo/Erik Van Heyningen

Vocal Trio
  Soprano: Jennifer Klauder/Ruby White
  Mezzo: Emily Harmon/Francesca Shipsey 
  Bass-baritone: Kartik Ayysola/Peter Brown

The production calendar can be accessed at this link.
Scores will be distributed via dropbox.


Cendrillon
William Lumpkin, conductor
E. Loren Meeker, stage director

Cast List

Cendrillon: Samina Aslam/Bethany Hickman
  Cover: Ruby White

Prince: Jesse Darden/Alexandra Rodrick

Madame de la Haltière: Kaitlin Bertenshaw/Sara Beth Shelton
  Cover: Kylee Slee

Noémie: Sarah Lennertz/Katy Polk
  Cover: Arielle Basile

Dorothée: Emily Harmon/Stephanie Zuluaga

La Fée: Maya Kherani /Sara Womble
  Cover: Jennifer Klauder

Pandolfe: Ben Taylor/Jorgeandres Camargo

Le Roi: Eric Ritter

Le Doyen de la Faculté: Matthew Corcoran

Le Premier Ministre: Darrick Speller

Le Surintendant des plaisirs: John Allen Nelson

Spirits:
1. Jessica Nicolet            4. Helen Hassinger
2. Kelly Vigil                    5. Francesca Shipsey
3. Chelsea Seener          6. Kylee Slee
Ensemble

Soprano     
Erika Anderson

Emily Gaffney
Alexandra Selawsky-Group
Kristin Howard
Jennifer Jaroslavsky
Rose Lewis
Denise Ward
Becca White 

Mezzo
Carolyn Aguirre
Naomi Brigell
Nicole Copeland
Kathryn Lazar
Rachel Steinberg 

Tenor
Michael Aniolok
Morgan Chalue
Timothy Gorka
Thomas Petrino
Joshuah Rotz

Baritone
Kartik Ayysola
Peter Brown
Benjamin Low
Franklin Mosley

The production calendar can be accessed at this link.
The score can be downloaded at this link.                                    

Announcing the 2014/2015 season

David Kneuss Residency

Act 1 from Cosi fan tutte


Page numbers refer to Bärenreiter (1993)


Scene I (pp. 9-29)
                Ferrando-Jesse Darden
                Guglielmo-John Allen Nelson
                Don Alfonso- Jorgeandres Camargo

Scene II, III and IV(pp. 30-58, plus recitative on p. 62)
                Fiordiligi-Katy Polk
                Dorabella-Stephanie Zuluaga
                Don Alfonso-Darrick Speller
                Ferrando-Joshua Rotz
                Guglielmo-Franklin Mosley 

(Cut pp. 58-62)


Scene V, VI and VII (pp. 63-86)
                Fiordiligi-Helen Hassinger
                Dorabella-Francesca Shipsey
                Don Alfonso-Darrick Speller
                Ferrando-Tom Petrino
                Guglielmo-Kartek Ayysola
                Plus Coro 

Scene VIII and IX (pp. 87-106)
                Despina-Ruby White
                Fiordiligi-Katy Polk               
                Dorabella-Alex Rodrick

Scene X, XI, XII (pp. 107-163)
                Fiordiligi-Samina Aslam
                Dorabella-Emily Harmon
                Don Alfonso-Jorgeandres Camargo
                Despina-Chelsea Seener
                Ferrando-Matt Corcoran (pp. 107-133) Jesse Darden (pp. 133-163)
                Guglielmo-Ben Taylor (pp. 107-133) John Allen Nelson (pp. 133-163)

Scene XIV-XVI (Act 1 finale)
                Fiordiligi-Kelley Hollis
                Dorabella-Bethany Hickman
                Don Alfonso-Jorgenadres Camargo
                Despina-Maya Kherani
                Ferrando-John Nevergall
                Guglielmo-Ben Taylor

2014 FALL FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Fringe Festival, now in its 18th season, is a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theatre and the Opera Institute.  Its mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theater repertoire, bringing performers and audiences close together in unique theatrical settings. 

Later the Same Evening
Composer: John Musto
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Music Director: Allison Voth
Stage Director: Jason King Jones

Cast
Elaine O'Neill: Sarah Lennertz/Katy Polk
Gus O'Neill: Jorgeandres Camargo/Darrick Speller 
Estelle Ogelthorpe: Emily Harmon/Bethany Hickman
Ruth Baldwin: Sara Womble/Ruby White
Ronaldo Cabral: Peter Brown/Franklin Mosley 
Sheldon Segal: Matthew Corcoran/Christopher MacRae
Rose Segal: Arielle Basile/Kelly Vigil 
Thelma Yablonski: Kaitlin Bertenshaw/Sara Beth Shelton 
Jimmy O'Keefe: Thomas Petrino/Joshua Rotz 
Valentina Scarcella: Jennifer Klauder/Jessica Nicolet 
Joe Harland: Kartik Ayysola/Timothy Gorka

Covers: 
Ruth Baldwin: Chelsea Seener
Estelle Ogelthorpe: Francesca Shipsey
Thelma Yablonski: Kylee Slee
Jimmy O'Keefe: Michael Aniolek:

Saturday, October 18, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 19, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 19, 7:30pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

John Musto’s “Later the Same Evening” was inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings: "Room in New York," "Hotel Window," "Hotel Room," "Two on the Aisle" and "Automat." The opera explores the lives of the characters depicted in each painting while simultaneously interweaving them during the course of one evening in New York City.

Production calendar can be found at this link.

Scores can be purchased at this link.
Scores can also be purchased at this link.

La tragédie de Carmen
Adapted from George Bizet's opera by Marius Constant, 
Jean Claude Carriere and Peter Brook
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Cast
Carmen: Alexandra Roddrick/Stephanie Zuluaga
Don José: Jesse Darden/John Nevergall
Micaela: Samina Aslam/Kelley Hollis
Escamillo: John Allen Nelson/Benjamin Taylor
Zuniga/Garcia: Eric Ritter
Lillas Pastia:Morgan Chalue
Micaela cover: Helen Hasslinger

Sung in French with English supertitles

Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 26, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 26, 7:30pm

Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen (based on Georges Bizet’s Carmen) is the story of a doomed romance between a sensuous gypsy and Don Jose, a Spanish soldier whom she lures into her world.  The opera will be accompanied by a 14-piece on-stage chamber orchestra.

Production calendar can be found at this link.
Scores can be purchased at this link.

FEBRUARY MAINSTAGE

Angels in America
Composer: Peter Eötvös
Librettist: Mari Mezei
 Based on the play by Tony Kushner
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Sung in English

February 19, Thursday at 7:30
February 20, Friday at 7:30
February 21, Saturday at 7:30
February 22, Sunday at 2:00
Boston University Theater, Mainstage

“Angels in America”, Peter Eötvös’s opera based on the award winning Tony Kushner play, tells the story of every day human experience: relationships, love, loss, cowardice and courage set during the early stages of the AIDS pandemic in 1980’s New York City.


APRIL MAINSTAGE

Cendrillon
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Caïn
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: E. Loren Meeker

Sung in French with English supertitles

April 16, Thursday at 7:30
April 17, Friday at 7:30
April 18, Saturday at 7:30
April 19, Sunday at 2:00
Boston University Theater, Mainstage

Cendrillon is the well-known fairy tale about a young girl wronged and her ultimate redemption through her discovery of true love. Massenet's ethereal score carries the audience into a dreamlike world of enchantment. 

2014/2015 ROSTER

OPERA INSTITUTE 
Soprano:
Samina Aslam
Kelley Hollis
Maya Kherani
Ruby White

Mezzo:
Kaitlin Bertenshaw
Bethany Hickman
Alexandra Rodrick

Tenor:
Jesse Darden
John Nevergall

Baritone/Bass:
Jorgeandres Camargo
John Allen Nelson
Benjamin Taylor

OPERA THEATRE 
Soprano:
Arielle Basile
Helen Hassinger
Jennifer Klauder
Sarah Lennertz
Jessica Nicolet
Katy Polk
Chelsea Seener
Sara Womble
Kelly Grace Vigil 

Mezzo:
Emily Harmon
Sara Beth Shelton
Stephanie Zuluaga
Francesca Shipsey
Kylee Slee 

Counter-tenor:
Bryan Pollock 

Tenor:
Matthew Corcoran
Chris MacRae
Thomas Petrino
Joshuah Rotz 

Baritone/Bass:
Kartik Ayysola
Franklin Mosley
Darrick Speller 

OPERA WORKSHOP 
Soprano:
Erika Anderson
Emily Gaffney
Alexandra Selawsky-Group
Kristin Howard
Jennifer Jaroslavsky
Rose Lewis
Denise Ward
Becca White 

Mezzo:
Carolyn Aguirre
Naomi Brigell
Nicole Copeland
Kathryn Lazar
Rachel Steinberg 

Tenor:
Michael Aniolek
Morgan Chalue 

Baritone/Bass:
Peter Brown
Timothy Gorka
Eric Ritter 

OPERA PROJECT 
Soprano:
Maddie Bueter
Joyner Horn
Ivy Sanderfoot
Raquelle Viteri 

Mezzo:
Lily Balshan
Megan Phillips
Marissa Plati 

Baritone:
Benjamin Low

Other Performance Opportunities

Classes are taught with performance in mind. Musical coaching, staging and performance are crucial for experiencing and learning a variety of styles (musical, acting, movement, stage direction and musical direction) and for integrating singing with the acting and movement skills taught in our performance based classes.

Satellite Projects

From time to time our musical and directing staff find unusual opera, operetta, and/or musical theater projects to enrich the opera experience of talented people who are not cast in other venues. In the past we have done famous one acts (like Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica) and have work-shopped new works by students and faculty. TBA dates


Outreach Performances
Opportunities arise for members of the Opera Programs and Opera Institute to perform in venues that encourage new audiences or take opera to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to hear it. Some of these performances are paid, some are not. TBA dates

Scenes Programs 
 December Scenes Semester I: December 6 and Semester II: February 28.

Ensemble participation
Ensemble participation is viewed as an important opportunity and is an integral part of our practical performance training.