- CAST AND CREW
MUSIC COMPOSED BY
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
APPROXIMATE RUN TIME
2 hours with 1 intermission
Impresario sung in English and Angelica sung in Italian with supertitles projected above the stage.
Join us for a very special treat as we present a program from not one, but two of the greatest opera composers ever. Mozart and Puccini stand alone as two unique geniuses with gift of being able to make us laugh as easily as they can make us cry.
It is this wonderful contrast that will be put on full display as Center Stage Opera puts on one of each composer's most beloved single act operas. Mozart's Impresario deals with the hilarious consequences brought on when two battling divas drive a poor opera impresario to madness as they literally take center stage to be the one and only "prima donna". It's a sparkling, bubbling score that shows Mozart at his comic plateau. We then present Puccini's well-known masterpiece, Suor Angelica, which tells the tragic tale of a mother separated from her child as she enters a convent for the sake of preserving her family honor. It is a story of love, loss, and ultimate redemption that shines through one of Puccini's most soaring and lyrical scores.
Accompanied by renowned pianist Roger Cantrell and conducted by guest conductor Yohan Partan, this very special double-bill is something you don't want to miss. Buy your tickets today!
THE IMPRESARIO(click on each person's name to read bio)
|Julia Teal Kermott|
|Xavier Prado Caceres|
|Alexandra Borboa [cover]|
|PRINCIPESSA||Danielle Marcelle Bond|
|Jackie Hayes [cover]|
|MISTRESS OF THE|
|INFERMIERA||Katherine LaPorta Jesensky|
|1ST TAURIERE||Aumna Iqbal|
|2ND TAURIERE||Amanda Benjamin|
|DOLCINA||Jessica Gonzalez Rodriguez|
|1ST LAY SISTER||Kylee Slee|
|2ND LAY SISTER|
|A NOVICE||Francesca Sola|
|ADDITIONAL CHORUS||Ryan Seaton|
|DIRECTED BY||Dylan F. Thomas|
|CONDUCTED BY||Yohan Partan|
|ACCOMPANIED BY||Roger Cantrell|
|ASSISTANT DIRECTOR||Serena Johnson|
|STAGE MANAGER||Stephanie Gillissen|
|SET DESIGNER||Brian Cole|
Nedemore Monet is the Impresario of a small opera company. Money is tight and the company is struggling to even finish producing its next opera.
Just as Nedemore is at his wit’s end, an entrepreneurial vocal manager, Jimmy Silvertongue, enters. He has a deal for the despondent Impresario. Jimmy lets Mr. Monet know that he has investors willing to donate to the opera company, if only he’d hire an almost famous soprano for his new opera.
Ms. Hoidy, the confident soprano, enters the scene and sings on audition aria for the two men. She feels great about her audition and begins to leave when Ms. Toydie, a young soprano just out of college, eagerly enters, early for her own audition. Ms. Hoidy invites herself to hear the new soprano and Ms. Toydie sings her audition aria.
The two sopranos quickly find out that they are both on Mr. Silvertongue’s vocal roster and that they are up for the same part. Roles are scarce in today’s artistic climate and the two young singers begin to calmly try to convince the Impresario to cast them. But it quickly escalates into a vocal catfight.
The opera ends when the Impresario does what an Impresario is supposed to do and finds a workable solution for everyone’s challenge. Mr. Silvertongue gets to keep his commission, Mr. Monet gets to keep his investor, and the two women get to sing the role in question: he decides to double cast the part. (But just who gets top billing?)
Source: D.F. Thomas
The opera opens with scenes showing typical aspects of life in the convent — all the sisters sing hymns, the Monitor scolds two lay-sisters, everyone gathers for recreation in the courtyard. The sisters rejoice because, as the Mistress of Novices explains, this is the first of three evenings that occur each year when the setting sun strikes the fountain to turn its water golden. This event causes the sisters to remember a sister who has died, Bianca Rosa. Sister Genevieve suggests they pour some of the golden water onto her tomb.
The nuns then discuss their desires — while the Monitor believes that any desire at all is wrong, Sister Genevieve confesses that she wishes to see lambs again because she used to be a shepherdess when she was a girl, and Sister Dolcina wishes for something good to eat. Sister Angelica claims to have no desires, but as soon as she says so, the nuns begin gossiping — Sister Angelica has lied, because her true desire is to hear from her wealthy, noble family, whom she has not heard from in seven years. The rumors have it that she was sent to the convent in punishment.
The conversation is interrupted by the Infirmary Sister, who begs Sister Angelica to make a herbal remedy — Sister Angelica's specialty. Two tourières then arrive, bringing supplies to the convent, as well as news that a grand coach is waiting outside the convent. Sister Angelica immediately becomes nervous and upset, thinking rightly that someone in her family has come to visit her. The Abbess chastises Sister Angelica for her inappropriate excitement and then goes on to announce the visitor, the Princess, Sister Angelica's aunt.
The Princess explains that Angelica's sister is to be married and that Angelica must sign a document renouncing her claim to her inheritance. Angelica replies that she has repented for her sin, but there is one thing she cannot offer in sacrifice to the Virgin — she cannot forget the memory of her illegitimate son who was taken from her seven years ago. The Princess refuses to speak, but finally informs Sister Angelica that her son died of fever two years ago. Sister Angelica, devastated, signs the document and collapses in tears. The Princess leaves.
Sister Angelica is seized by a heavenly vision — she believes she hears her son calling for her to meet him in paradise. She makes herself a poison and drinks it, but realizes that in committing suicide, she has committed a mortal sin and has damned herself to eternal separation from her son. She begs the Virgin Mary for mercy and, as she dies, her son appears. He slowly lifts her up and he takes her away with him.
Soprano: Shira Renee Thomas
The Center Stage Opera Orchestra
Brian Onderdonk, conductor
Recorded by GJCSound
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Saturday, Oct 27, 2012
NORTHRIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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Dylan F. Thomas