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Mercury Opera Rochester presents (The Elixir of Love) A Comic Opera in Two Acts Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Felice Romani Gerard Floriano Conductor & Artistic Director Steven Daigle Stage Director Scenery designed by Ian Fallon Lighting designed by Nic Minetor and Dan O’Donnell There will be one intermission. ROCHESTER Scene An Italian village, in the mid-19th century Synopsis Act I: The lawn of Adina’s farmhouse on her estate near the village. Adina, Giannetta, and a group of peasants are resting beneath a shade tree. Nemorino laments that he has nothing to offer Adina but love. The peasants urge their mistress to read them a story — how Tristan won the heart of Isolde with a magic love potion. Sergeant Belcore swaggers in and asks for Adina’s hand in marriage. She responds that she will think it over. When Adina and Nemorino are left alone, he awkwardly declares his love. She tells him his time would be better spent looking after his ailing uncle than mooning over her, for she is fickle as a breeze. Villagers hail the traveling salesman Dr. Dulcamara, who proclaims the virtues of his patent “medicine.” The potion is inexpensive so the villagers buy eagerly. Nemorino asks Dulcamara if he sells the elixir of love described in Adina’s book. Pulling out a bottle of Bordeaux, the charlatan declares this is the very draught. Though it costs him his last cent, Nemorino buys the wine and hastily drinks it. Adina enters to find him tipsy; certain of winning her love, he pretends indifference. To punish him, Adina flirts with Belcore, who persuades her to marry him at once. Horrified, Nemorino begs Adina to wait one more day, but she ignores him and invites the entire village to her wedding feast. Nemorino rushes away, moaning that he has been ruined by Dulcamara’s elixir. 15 Minute Intermission Act II: The same. At the pre-wedding supper, Dulcamara and Adina entertain with a barcarole. Adina goes off with Belcore to sign the marriage contract and the guests disperse. Dulcamara is joined by Nemorino, who begs for another bottle of elixir, although he has no money. Belcore returns, annoyed that Adina has postponed the wedding until nightfall. Nemorino explains his financial plight to Belcore, who persuades him to join the army and receive a bonus awaiting all volunteers. Nemorino signs up, enabling him to buy more elixir. Peasant girls hear from Giannetta that Nemorino’s uncle has died and willed him a fortune. When he reels in, giddy from a second bottle of wine, they besiege him with attention. Adina and Dulcamara arrive and see him leave with a bevy of beauties, and she, angry that he has sold his freedom to Belcore, grows doubly furious. Dulcamara claims that Nemorino’s popularity is due to the magic potion. Adina replies she will win him back through her own charms. Reentering alone in a pensive mood, Nemorino acts disinterested. Adina finally confesses to Nemorino that she bought back his enlistment papers because she loves him. Belcore marches in to find Adina affianced to Nemorino. Declaring that thousands of women await him, Belcore accepts the situation philosophically. Attributing Nemorino’s happiness and inheritance to the elixir, Dulcamara quickly sells more bottles before making his escape. As a courtesy to the performers and audience, patrons arriving after the performance has started will be seated at intermission. Cast Adina, a wealthy and capricious farm-keeper ...............................Hallie Silverston Nemorino, a young peasant in love with Adina .............................................Min Jin Sergeant Belcore, Sergeant of the village garrison....................Ted Christopher Doctor Dulcamara, a perambulating Physician...........................Mario Martinez Giannetta, a peasant girl .....................................................................Holly Bewlay Peasants Becki Boyanski, Sheila Sullivan Buck, Bob Croog, Max Denler, Jennifer Groves, Stacie Henshaw, Bill Hearne, Bob Holmes, Lindsay Holmes, Denise Kless, Craig Larson, Mary Menzie, Madeline Miskie, Nathan Oakes, James Pike, Lori Romaniw, Lisa Rosenbauer, Dennis Rosenbaum, James Scott, Elizabeth Swarthout, Laura Szymanowicz, Lynn Zicari Soldiers Brian Burdick, Kyle Knapp, Josh Fein Production Staff Artistic Director & Conductor............................................................Gerard Floriano Stage Director ..........................................................................................Steven Daigle Assistant Stage Director..........................................................................Stephen Carr Stage Manager ........................................................................................Lindsay Baker Scenery Design................................................................................................Ian Fallon Lighting Design.........................................................Nic Minetor & Dan O’Donnell Chorusmaster ..............................................................................................Amy Foster Principal Coach/Accompanist ..............................................................Linda Boianova Chorus Coaches/Accompanists ...............................Jason Holmes & Hyery Hwang Wardrobe Coordinator ..............................................................................Nellica Rave Assistants ..................Claudette Hercules, Betha Christopher, Damita Peace Costumes provided by ......................................................................Tri-Cities Opera Hair Stylist ................................................................................................Sue Harrison Scenery Construction .........................................................Matt Scheidt & Ian Fallon Projected English Language Translation.......................................Michael McConnell Supertitle Operation ...............................................................................Galina Fesyuk RPO Box Office Operations ..........................................................................Kate Wahl Orchestra Violin I Clarinet Lee Wilkins, concertmaster Margaret Quackenbush Jo Nardolillo Jun Qian Andrew Lisbin Lauren Chauvin Bassoon Anastasiya Filippochkina Lynn Hilemam Kirsta Rodean Violin II Sherry McCarthy Horn Peggy Bray Warren Mary Hunt Sarah Camesano Casey Springstead Matthew Zerweck Trumpet Viola Jonathan Kruger Joanne Lowe Shana Hobin Stewart Trombone Janeen Wilkins Neal Melley Jacinda Dudley Percussion Cello Jillian Pritchard Melissa Burton Anderson Bronwynn Wyatt Randy Calistri-Yeh Hyun Ji Choi Harp James Kim Jennifer Ruggieri Bass Harpsichord Timothy Blinkhorn Linda Boianova Stephen Bewlay Flute Glennda Dove Pellito Diane Peters Oboe Allison Franco Alyssa McKeithen Contributors Corporate Donors Comprimario Constellation Brands $250 to $499 EBS Benefit Solutions Anonymous RBC Dain Rauscher Mort & Maxine Bittker William & Marcia Casey Gold Tony & Gill Dechario $10,000 and above Harry & Marion Fulbright Suzanne & Gerard Gouvernet Jack Hicks The Guild of Mercury Opera Rochester Mary Ann Hrankowski The Rainbow Fund Martin & Phyllis Korn Paulina & Laurence Kovalsky Barbara McIver & Robert Wason Silver Tom & Esther Paul $5,000 to $9,999 Stephen & Elise Rosenfeld New York State Council on the Arts Vito & Marge D’Ambruso Ron & Jane Fondiller Coro The Rochester Fund for Opera $100 to $249 Rose-Marie B. 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Williams Special Thanks To: Lee & Leonore Wiltse Eastman School of Music – Use of the Eastman Bernard Winterman Theatre, meeting rooms, rehearsal space, Carolyn Sibley Wolfe equipment, & support in many ways Roger Zaenglein Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Rehearsal space Melvin & Ruth Zax Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford – Bill & Joan Zell Rehearsal space Leonard & Shelley Zwas This production is funded in part by a grant from * indicates deceased the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York State Legislature. Tributes Tribute gifts are a special way to remember loved ones or commemorate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, or graduations. In Memory of… Haskell Rosenberg Agneta D. Borgstedt, MD Cortland & Ella Brovitz Margaret J. Carnall Robert Cherry Sally Clapp Tax-deductible contributions are Sarah Collins gratefully accepted by Anne Gitlin Mercury Opera Rochester, William & Deven Hearne Janet Irwin 300 Winton Road South, Rose-Marie B. Klipstein Rochester, NY 14610 Program Notes Gaetano Donizetti’s opera L’Elisir d’Amore is by its own creation a true ‘elixir of love.’ It contains all the essential elements for a true evening of romance: the Italian countryside, whimsical courtship, sentimental tenderness, the shadows of nightfall, cheap Bordeaux! and music that truly lifts the heart. L’Elisir d’Amore premiered May 12, 1832 and is believed to have been composed in two weeks. It is the earliest of Gaetano Donizetti’s operas never to have left the standard operatic repertoire, and during his lifetime it was one of Donizetti’s most frequently performed works. Donizetti alternates sparkling tunes with emotional melodies. His gift for pungent characterization in his melodies and orchestration illuminates the score. The story first originated as an Italian play, Il filtro, by Silvio Malaperta, then became an opera by Daniel Auber called Le Philtre (1831) with a libretto by Eugene Scribe. Donizetti, on all accounts, was a true lyric theater dramatist. His musical inspiration was often associated with the potential emotional substance and development of the characters in a given plot. He often made and asked for additions and changes in the libretto to satisfy his dramatic tastes and what he thought the audience would want. It was suggested (demanded) by Donizetti that ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ be added to the libretto even after repeated objections by Romani. How grateful we are that Donizetti won that battle! He enjoyed high theatrical drama in his compositions. Identified as an ‘opera comica’ or ‘romantic opera buffa,’ L’Elisir d’Amore reflects a sentimental development of its characters not heard in opera of its type during the time. Nemorino, a village simpleton, learns to assert himself, as Adina comes to understand that a constant heart is preferable to the fickle one of a practiced womanizer (Belcore). Our production gives special consideration to the characters’ relationships to each other before the start of the opera. The line separating the social classes in the eighteenth century was becoming less defined by the early nineteenth century. Marriage was becoming less dependent on arrangements by exclusive bloodlines, and more on ‘wealth’ in general. The working class landowners were now getting all the cultural conveniences of the wealthy: education, art and musical instruction. Adina comes from a family who has made their wealth from cultivating and harvesting their land. Although she was given the best in education and instruction in deportment, she is essentially, at heart, part of the workers that serve her. As children, Adina and Nemorino were playmates unaware of the social class that would separate their future lives. But as they grew older, Adina, as a cultural formality, distanced herself from casual contact with Nemorino. At the start of the opera the audience is introduced immediately to the conflict. During this one twelve hour period in the lives of these two characters, two additional outside characters are introduced to heighten the conflict and resolve it: Belcore, an arrogant sergeant of a local military garrison and Dr. Dulcamara, a traveling salesman of bogus cures. Belcore’s interest in Adina has little to do with heartfelt love. Winning Adina is for Belcore a conquest, with their proposed marriage serving as a status symbol. Based on their casual contact in the second act, Dr. Dulcamara and Adina must have met before his arrival (possibly he was known by her parents). Adina allows his fraudulent transactions with her workers because his product (being mostly alcohol) truly gives them hope and lifts their spirits. Three of Donizetti’s most popular operas of today are comic in nature: L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Pasquale and Le Fille de Regiment; but it is important to remember that out of the over seventy operas he composed during his lifetime, only about twenty are comedies. Written by Steven Daigle, May 2006 Biographies Gerard Floriano – Artistic Director/Conductor Emerging American Conductor Gerard Floriano is equally accomplished in both the operatic and orchestral arenas. As Artistic Director of Rochester Opera Factory, he led the rise of this ambitious company, conducting full-scale critically acclaimed performances of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.The 2005/06 season has been an exciting one for Mr. Floriano who, after having been named co-Artistic Director of Mercury Opera Rochester, led Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz and Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. Writing about L’Amico Fritz, D&C music critic John Pitcher wrote “Floriano proved to be nothing les than a virtuoso conductor… He led his fine orchestra with color, precision and a welcome degree of sweep...” ushering in a “New age of Good Opera” in western New York. In December of 2005, Mr. Floriano led the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a series of five holiday concerts throughout the Rochester region, and in March 2006, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orhcestra. A regular guest conductor in Europe, Mr. Floriano has led performances in Krakow, Warsaw, Prague, Barcelona, Florence and Leipzig. Most recently, he conducted the Orchestra di Vicenza and opera chorus and soloists of the Venice Opera in a spectacular performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Mr. Floriano is acclaimed as an innovative programmer and dedicated educational conductor. Under his leadership, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra has become a premiere training orchestra for the most talented young musicians in western NY. Dr. Floriano serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the State University of New York at Geneseo and Resident Conductor at the Brevard Summer Music Festival. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Conducting. Steven Daigle – Stage Director Steven Daigle has served as part of the artistic staff for more than 300 lyric theater productions, along with calling over 400 professional operatic performances as a production stage manager. Daigle’s experience as a stage director encompasses a range of repertory for the lyric theater stage. Extensive directing credits include the complete spectrum of grand opera, light opera, and Broadway musical fare in companies as diverse as Ohio Light Opera Company, Eastman School of Music, Mercury Opera Rochester, The Lyric of Atlanta, Oberlin Conservatory, Louisiana State University, Florida State Opera, South Georgia Opera, Columbia Theater Players, and Kent State Opera Workshop. Articles and reviews of Daigle’s work have been published in Opera News, Opera London, American Record Guide, Gramophone, Fanfare, Classical Singer, and Opera Now. With the Ohio Light Opera Company in a variety of capacities since 1990, in 1999 he was appointed artistic director for the company. He has directed over 50 operettas and served on the artistic team in over 100 productions. As artistic director, he has produced and directed revivals of a number of traditional operettas that have been given an American premiere in their original form, and produced six historical reconstructions all of which have resulted in complete recordings. In September 2003, The Ohio Light Opera was given an Award of Achievement by Northern Ohio Live for its role in preserving operetta during the past 25 years. Mr. Daigle presently is Associate Professor and Head of the Opera Department at the Eastman School of Music, where he has served on the faculty since 1997. Holly Bewlay – Giannetta Holly Bewlay, born in Pusan, South Korea, received her vocal training at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass where she received the Bachelor of Music degree. Ms. Bewlay then completed her Master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music where she also received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in 2000. She has performed numerous roles with Opera Rochester and Eastman Opera Theatre, including Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette,Venere and Amor in Orfeo, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Sophie in Werther, and as Bianca in the world premiere performance of Ray Picken’s opera An Affair of State. Ms. Bewlay has also appeared in benefit concerts for the Friends of Autistic People in Connecticut and the victims of September 11th. She has been a soloist in the New Haven Choral’s performance of Bach Magnificat, the Yale Recital Chorus performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Eastman Summer Sings performance of Brahms’ Requiem, and four times in Handel’s Messiah with Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Bewlay will be completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music this spring, and she joined the faculty at the Buffalo State College (SUNY) in the fall of 2005. Ted Christopher – S e r g e a n t B e l c o r e Baritone Ted Christopher has appeared throughout the US, Canada, and Europe in opera and concert. Trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, he supplemented his studies as a member of the Juilliard Opera Center and the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera. In opera,Ted has appeared as Figaro (both Mozart’s and Rossini’s), Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Marcello in La Bohème, Ford in Falstaff, and Morales in Carmen with companies such as Cleveland Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Skylight Opera Theater. Ted’s most recent appearance was as The Bonz in Mercury Opera Rochester’s recent production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In concert, he has appeared with ensembles such as the Seattle Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Berlin Rundfunksinfonie Orchester, and the BBC Singers in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Rudolfinum (Prague), the Schauspielhaus (Berlin), and Carnegie Hall. Over the past nine summers, Ted has been a featured member of the Ohio Light Opera, appearing in over 45 productions of both standard and obscure operetta, including the complete Gilbert and Sullivan canon. Currently, Ted is Assistant Professor of Opera and Associate Director of Eastman Opera Theatre at the Eastman School of Music. Min Jin – Nemorino As a native of South Korea, tenor Min Jin has delighted audiences with his concert and opera performances throughout Korea and the United States. He studied at Chong Shin University and Yon sei University before coming to the United States, where he received his Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music. Min has appeared in many of the major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a recitalist, opera performer, and oratorio soloist. Min has performed Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Dubois’s The Seven Last Word of Christ, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and his Symphony No. 9, and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, among others. His opera performances include La Rondine (Ruggero), LaBohème (Rodolfo), Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo), Romeo et Juliette (Romeo), Carmen (Don Jose), Otello (Otello), Manon (Des Grieux), Werther (Werther), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), La Vera Costanza (Masino) and several roles with New Jersey State Opera, Aspen Opera, Dicapo Opera, Academic Opera, Mannes Opera, Eastman Opera and Kwangju City Opera. In the summer of 2004, he appeared with Aspen Opera where he sang the role of the Duke in Rigoletto under the baton of Julius Rudel. Min has toured in Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Florida, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C, as a recitalist, and was a First Prize winner of the Artist International Music Competition and Korean Music Association Competition and a winner of the Heida Hermann International Voice Competition and Vocal Artist Competition. Currently, he is working on the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. Mario Mar tinez – D o c t o r D u l c a m a ra Baritone Mario Martínez made his United States operatic debut in 1998 with the Rochester Philharmonic production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, in the role of Don Pizarro. During his professional career, Mario has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras of Santo Domingo, New Eastman Symphony, Eastman Philharmonia, Opera Rochester, Orchard Park Chorale and Symphony, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Opera de Las Américas and Compañia Lírica Dominicana. Besides singing professionally, Martínez serves as Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Nazareth College, where he teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and song literature. Mario is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was a participant in the NATS Intern Program in 2003. In August 2005, he was invited as guess conductor for the National Choir’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in his native country, the Dominican Republic. Hallie Silverston – Adina Soprano Hallie Silverston has just completed her first year as a Masters student at the Eastman School of Music, studying voice with Karen Holvik. A native of Los Angeles, Hallie graduated from the University of Oregon in June 2005, where she studied with Milagro Vargas. Roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Silverston was also the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s C Minor Mass conducted by Helmuth Rilling. She has been a finalist in several competitions in the Los Angeles and Rochester areas, including the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, and she recently placed third in the 2006 Lotte Lenya Competition. She has performed in master classes with Ruth Ann Swenson, Mira Zakai, Martin Katz, John Harbison, and Jake Heggie. Hallie is thrilled to be making her professional debut with Mercury Opera. Lindsay W. Baker – S t a g e M a n a g e r Lindsay Baker is pleased to join Mercury Opera Rochester for this production of L’Elisir d’Amore. In addition to her work as the production stage manager of Eastman Opera Theatre, Lindsay has stage managed for the Ohio Light Opera and the Rochester Opera Factory. Lindsay is also a director, playwright/composer, music director, performer and teacher. Local professional associations include Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theatre, Rochester Shakespeare Players, Irondequoit Theater Guild’s Summer Performing Arts Camp, Downstairs Cabaret Theater and the BOCES #1 EMCC School of Performing Arts. She received her B.A. in theater and music from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and trained at the O’Neill National Theater Institute (Waterford, CT) and Moscow Art Theater (Russia). Linda Boianova – Coach/Accompanist Bulgarian-American pianist Linda Boianova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance, Theory, and Vocal Coaching. Currently on the faculty of Nazareth College and the School of Performing Arts, she has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Austria, and Japan, as well as the United States. Ms. Boianova has premiered works by American, Chinese, and Bulgarian composers and has won scholarships to the Mozarteum Azademy, the International Piano Workshop and the Rome Festival; fellowships to the Quartet Program at Bucknell University, the International Piano Academy in Hamamatsu, Japan, and the Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute of Music; and a grant from the Landow Doctoral Fund. Stephen Carr – Assistant Stage Director Having spent the majority of his life as a performer, Stephen Carr has recently shifted the focus of his career onto stage directing. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Stage Directing at the Eastman School of Music where he teaches the Lyric Theater class. Stephen was last involved with Mercury Opera as the assistant director of Madama Butterfly. Performance credits include New York, regional, and international productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Ragtime, as well as engagements with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society,Annapolis Opera Company, Baltimore Opera Company, and Ohio Light Opera. A winner of the Rosa Ponselle Vocal Competition’s Silver Rose Award (laureates concert Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall,) he has participated in master classes with Ralph Fiennes, Denyce Graves, Jeremy Sams, Philip Quast, and Julia McKenzie. His recordings include Naughty Marietta and Utopia Limited for Newport Classics. Stephen is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Upcoming engagements include Stage Director of Mercury’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in October 2006, serving as Assistant Director for Opera North’s summer 2006 season, and Stage Director of Sondheim’s Assassins at Eastman in spring 2007. Ian Fallon – Scenery Design Ian Fallon earned degrees in Design and Technical Theatre from SUNY Brockport and has designed sets for productions of Mattel Toys and Sonnenberg Gardens. He works extensively in set construction and design for Eastman Opera Theatre. Amy Foster – Chorusmaster A DMA candidate in collaborative piano and chamber music at Eastman, Amy Foster joins Mercury Opera after serving as Coach/Accompanist with Rochester Opera Factory for two seasons. She earned degrees from Louisiana State and Georgia State Universities in piano performance. Her performing venues include Carnegie Hall and Spivey Hall, and she has performed throughout Holland, France, Switzerland, Germany & Austria. Prior to attending Eastman, Amy was director of choral activities at Morrow High School and on the faculty of Clayton College and State University in Atlanta. Nic Minetor – Lighting Design Lighting designer/director for theatre, film and TV, Nic Minetor has been resident designer for more than 40 productions of Eastman Opera Theatre, including Candide, La Boheme, The Medium, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Sweeney Todd, and many Opera Theatre of Rochester and Geva Theatre productions, including A Christmas Carol. His work is also seen at NITD, SUNY Brockport, Elmira and Nazareth Colleges. Dan R. O’Donnell – Lighting Design Daniel O’Donnell has been doing theater and lighting in Rochester, and around the country for a quarter century. He’s lit everything from lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) to college presidents. His work has been seen around Rochester, and as far away as Wichita, Kansas. He’s very pleased to be continuing his association with Mercury Opera. Nellica Rave – Wardrobe Coordinator Nellica Rave is new to the Rochester area, having moved here in August. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Washington State. She has her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Her favorite projects include designing West Side Stories for New World Theater, Blithe Spirit for Pioneer Valley Summer Theater, and shop managing the Paralympics Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake 2002. She has worked locally for the JCC, Eastman Opera, RIT, Irondequoit Theatre Guild and TYKES. ROCHESTER Just finishing its first season, Mercury Opera Rochester is a new artistic endeavor which is the merger of Rochester Opera Factory, Opera Rochester, and the Opera Theatre Guild of Rochester, with the support of the Rochester Fund for Opera, the Eastman School of Music, Eastman Opera Theatre, and Friends of Eastman Opera. All of these groups consist of people who love opera and are willing to do what it takes to get more opera and better opera in Rochester. This consolidation of missions and organizations is unique among American opera companies. The primary mission of Mercury Opera Rochester is to produce professional opera for a growing, appreciative audience, utilizing the following principles: Uphold high artistic standards in all endeavors. Maintain fiscal responsibility. Educate present and future audiences. We want people to enjoy and appreciate opera. This includes adult education and fun events as well as structured programs in schools and colleges. Provide performance opportunities for local singers, both professional and amateur. Collaborate with other like-minded organizations in the area. For more information about Mercury Opera Rochester and any of our upcoming performances, call 585-473-6567 or check our website at www.mercuryoperarochester.org. We keep patrons informed of our projects via mail and email. If you would like to be added to our private mailing list or would like to receive our newsletter, please let us know. Co-Artistic Directors: Benton Hess & Gerard Floriano Executive Director: Kristen Kessler Board of Directors Sarah Collins, President C. Gavin Strakosh, Vice President William Hearne, Treasurer Agneta Borgstedt, Secretary Arthur Axelrod Craig Larson Sunny Rosenberg Robert Croog Mary McNamara Justin Runke Peter Durant Mary Menzie Helga Strasser Ron Fondiller Rosalba Pisaturo James Undercofler David Friedman Barbara Reifler Margaret Webber Jack Langerak Judith Ricker Casey Molino Dunn and Kristin Goodkin, Interns The Future of Mercury Opera Rochester We need your help to continue to make the vision of Mercury Opera Rochester a reality. We are asking for financial support to help us into our second season and beyond and keep great opera coming your way. With your support, professional opera can flourish and grow in Rochester. If you like our performance and our philosophy, please support our future. Consider a donation to continue professional opera performances in Rochester and to help more people understand and enjoy opera. Tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted by Mercury Opera Rochester, 300 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY, 14610. Future Events The Guild of Mercury Opera Rochester presents: First Annual Recital & Reception for Mercury Opera Donors Sunday, May 21, 2 PM, Rochester Academy of Medicine, 334-2323 for information Bus Tour to Glimmerglass Opera – Janácek’s Jenûfa Monday, July 31, 586-2274 for information Announcing Mercury Opera Rochester’s 2006-2007 Season! October 6 & 8, 2006: Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio Roberts Wesleyan Hale Auditorium November 3 & 5, 2006: Beloved Opera Choruses in Concert January 26 & 28, 2007: Bellini’s Norma Eastman Theatre with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra June 1-3, 2007: Kern’s Showboat Eastman Theatre Look for our season brochure in your mailbox in June! 300 Winton Rd. South Rochester, NY 14610 (585) 473-6567 ROCHESTER www.mercuryoperarochester.org
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