March 23rd, 25th, 28th
March 23rd, 25th, 28th
23rd 3/23/18 7:00 pm
25th 3/25/18 2:00 pm
28th 3/28/18 7:00 pm
324 Pine Street (Inside City Hall)
A Comic Opera in Four Acts
The plot of the opera turns on the intrigues of Count Almaviva with Susanna, the Countess’s maid. Figaro, who is about to be married to Susanna, discovers that she is the object of the Count’s affections and is determined to thwart him and his accomplice, the music teacher Basilio. Cherubino, Almaviva’s page, is in love with the Countess and having received his dismissal from the Count’s service, in an interview with Susanna, hides behind a chair, on the sudden entrance of the Count. The Count then tries to seduce Susanna, but not wishing to be found alone with her by Basilio, whom he sees coming into the apartment, goes to hide in the same place as Cherubino, who adroitly slips round and curls up in the seat of a chair, under a blanket. Basilio tries to draw from Susanna all she knows of Cherubino’s love for the Countess, when the Count, lifting the blanket from the chair, discovers Cherubino. The Page, having overheard the Count’s conversation with Susanna, obtains his master’s forgiveness, but only on the condition of his leaving directly on military service. The Count then begs Susanna to meet him at some appointed place; this she promises to do, but enters into a plan with her mistress to exchange clothes with her. The Countess, dressed as Susanna, meets the Count, whilst Susanna, as the Countess, accepts the advances of Figaro. The Count becomes indignant; but on discovery of the plot, he is obliged to ask the pardon of the Countess, which is readily granted. The is a sub-plot, in which Marcellina, Dr. Bartolo’s housekeeper, tries to supplant Susanna in the affections of Figaro; but the unexpected discovery that he is her son leads to a generally happy denouement. SUNG IN ENGLISH
Libretto by LORENZO DA PONTE
Based on the play of the same name by Pierre Beaumarchais
Music by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Directed by Constantine Grame
CAST OF CHARACTERS
THE COUNT ALMAVIVA…………………………………………Michael Pruitt
FIGARO, his servant………………………………………………Kevin Nickorick
DOCTOR BARTOLO………………………………………………Mark C. Payne
DON CURZIO, a lawyer…………………………………………………Rex Tabor
DON BASILIO, a teacher of music…………………………………Rex Tabor
ANTONIO, a gardener………………………………………………Mark C. Payne
THE COUNTESS ALMAVIVA……………………………………Linda L. Hines
SUSANNA, her maid……………………………………………Vanessa Tompkins
CHERUBINO, a young page………………………………………Azure Rae Bond
MARCELLINA, the old housekeeper of Dr. Bartolo………………Michelle Sund
BARBARINA, daughter of Antonio……………………………Marissa Jo Kraus
THE NEW CENTURY OPERA CHORUS:
Soprano: Alison Branch, Mickey Bronson, Amanda Cohen, Joy Pellegrino, Audrey Southard, Lauren Williams
Alto: Maribel Aliaga, Deanna Green, Kathleen Monahan, Kymberly Sangalang, Irma Wehle
Tenor: John Boaz, Dale Laird, Terry Sangalang
Bass: Milton Bronson, John Gall, Burton Sullivan, TJ Venieris
**MEET THE CAST**
Michael Pruitt (The Count Almiva) began his vocal studies with Deborah Sperlich in Gainesville, FL, and later continued with Manuel Cuadros Barr in Lima, Peru with whom he had the opportunity to sing the role of Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, co-produced by Prolirica del Peru and the New York Met. He spent ten years performing with the Opera Tampa chorus under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola and had the privilege of playing several comprimario roles such as Paris in Romeo and Juliet, the postman in La Fanciulla del West, and Parpignol in La Boheme. Michael is proud of his nearly fifteen years spent performing with the Spanish Lyric Theatre of Tampa, doing everything from Broadway to Cabaret to Zarzuela with the recently retired director Rene Gonzalez. Favorite roles include Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Count Danilo in The Merry Widow and Joaquin in La del Manojo de Rosas.
Kevin Nickorick (Figaro) is a versatile vocalist who began his operatic career with the Toronto Opera Repertoire. Locally, he has performed with the St. Petersburg Opera, and is a regular with the New Century Opera, Sunstate Opera, and Florida Lyric Opera. His portfolio of over 36 roles in 28 operas covers the gamut from the effervescent Goro (Madama Butterfly) to Tristan in the demanding Wagnerian opera, Tristan and Isolde. His many appearances with the Treasure Coast Opera in Ft. Pierce also include a children’s version of the Barber of Seville which he edited and staged and which was enthusiastically received by thousands of school children in St. Lucie County. He has most recently appeared in the New Century Opera production of Rienzi and is glad to be playing Figaro again, although this time in the Mozart rendition of the character.
Mark C. Payne (Doctor Bartolo/Antonio) appeared last season as Colonna in Rienzi. The season before it was Banquo in Macbeth. He has also been seen as Luther, Schlemil, and Crespel in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Captain Daland in The Flying Dutchman. Mark completed the bass villainous quartet in New Century Opera’s productions comprising the Wagner Ring Cycle. He was Fafner in Das Rhinegold, Hunding in The Valkyrie, Fafner (the dragon) inSiegfried, and finally Hagen in Twilight of the Gods. Also for New Century Opera, Mark has performed as Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio, King Mark in Tristan und Isolda, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore. He was selected as the Colline cover and was the production of La Boheme. On the lighter side he has been Mayor Shinn in The Music Man, Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, along with being mayor and bass of the quartet in Bye Bye Birdie. He has studied voice with Rosalina Maresca and Richard Torigi, both New York City opera singers. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University and Law degree from Florida State University. Mark has practiced law in downtown Tampa since 1982.
Rex Tabor (Don Curzio/Don Basilio) At home on both the operatic and musical comedy stage; Rex Tabor brings a wealth of experience to any role. Creating classical roles in such operas as La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Barber of Seville, to lighter fare in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron and The Merry Widow, each new role is realized with stunning realism and great good musicianship. Relying on a great sense of humor and a flair for comedic timing, Mr. Tabor brings new styling to musical comedy roles requiring not only good singing but great acting as well. Audiences were treated to Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Melvin P. Thorpe inBest Little Whorehouse in Texas in recent productions. In addition such roles as Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Lazar Wolfe in Fiddler, and many more abound in this character actors repertory. In addition to stage appearances, Mr. Tabor is at home on the concert stage with a busy career around the Tampa Bay Area and all of Florida. Appearances with local orchestras as well as Florida based orchestras keep him busy traveling the state. With his wife Cynthia Broadwater he has written, produced and directed a review based on Broadway musicals from the turn of the century to today. Mr. Tabor has been doing double duty lately as both performer and director in musical theatre. He recently made his directional debut with the Treasure Coast Opera and a new realization of The Student Prince and later in Barber of Seville and Die Fledermaus for the Florida Lyric Opera. This coming season promises to be a very busy and rewarding one for this busy performer.
Linda L. Hines (The Countess Almaviva) Coloratura soprano Linda Hines is an artist embarking on an exciting career. She has appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Constanze inThe Abduction from the Seraglio and Vitellia in Titus. She has also played such roles as Mme. Goldentrill in The Impresario, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Cio-Cio San’s Aunt in Madama Butterfly and Frou-Frou in The Merry Widow. Additionally, Ms. Hines has just finished her third consecutive season with Opera Tampa as a member of the outreach group, the ‘Opera Tampa Singers’. Internationally, she has traveled for performance and training in Vienna, Austria, and performed Stabat Mater and other oratorio works in Rome.
Vanessa Tompkins (Susanna) From the time Vanessa Tompkins was talking, she was singing. With a strong focus in operatic performance, Ms. Tompkins’ repertoire ranges from W. A. Mozart to Francesco Cilea. Early in 2013, opera diva Carol Vaness hailed Vanessa Tompkins as an “accomplished actress” with a “beautiful voice”. Vanessa has appeared as the soprano soloist with the Ave Maria Chamber Chorale and members of the Naples Philharmonic. Also in Florida, Ms. Tompkins has performed with Franc D’Ambrosio, the Hernando County Orchestra, as well as served as soprano soloist for the premiere of Patrick Cassidy’s Ave Maria and Laudamus Te. Vanessa has won awards in the Classical Singer Competition, Hernando County Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Artist Series of Sarasota Competition, and most recently, first place in the National Association of Teachers Competition, Advanced Women Regional Division. Vanessa’s chorale education includes the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs (1996-2007), in which she often appeared as a soloist, as well as the Ave Maria University Choir (2009-2011) and Chamber Chorale (2011-2013). She attained her Bachelors of Arts at Ave Maria University and was the recipient of the Ave Maria School of Music and Leadership Academic Scholarship during her four years of study. There, Vanessa appeared as Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She enjoys her current vocal studies with Stella Zambalis, with past coaching sessions under Sherrill Milnes, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Marijo Newman in New York City. Vanessa recently made her debut in Tarpon Springs with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players in their production of Kiss Me, Kate as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine, where she won the 2017 STAR Award for Favorite Actress in a Musical for her outstanding performace.
Azure Rae Bond (Cherubino) Although she has considered Florida her home for the past 20 years, Azure reigns from Canada where she first started studying music. As she continued her studies, she was given many opportunities to perform in a variety of settings and venues. These include being the vocalist in a jazz duo, a college chorus participant & soloist, a madrigal ensemble member, as well as a cast member in a number of musical theater performances & operas. She has been performing opera through the New Century Opera Company since 2004. Azure graduated from Saint Petersburg College, completed a degree in Elementary Education through Saint Leo University and achieved a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through the University of West Florida. Azure currently teaches music to approximately 700 Kindergarten through 5th grade students weekly at Crystal River Primary School in Citrus County.
Michelle Sund (Marcellina) is a dramatic soprano that has been studying opera locally with the incomparable Stella Zamabalis and in New York City with Lorraine Nubar of the Julliard School and Pierre Valet of the Metropolitan Opera. Her operatic credits include: Musetta in Puccini’sLa Boheme, Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Gertrude in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Margherita/Elena-Helen of Troy in Boito’s Mephistopheles, Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Antonia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, and most recently as Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi. Michelle has also participated in numerous opera festivals and master classes in New York City, Central Florida as well as the Tampa Bay area.
Sarah Hageman(Barbarina) was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area, soprano Sarah Hageman is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Music Studies at the University of South Florida. While at USF, she has performed the role of Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Sarah reprised the role of Mother with Florida Lyric Opera in Tarpon Springs.
Sarah has performed in eight productions with St. Petersburg Opera since 2009, including the company’s “Music in Motion” workshop for emerging artists. She will return to sing in the chorus of La Traviata in June of 2018.
Other operatic credits include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Marietta in Die Tote Stadt. Concert soloist work includes Medelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the latter of which she performed in Rome, Italy. Sarah has held the position of Artist-In-Residence at Faith United Church of Christ in Dunedin since 2009, and Soprano Section Leader at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor since 2016. Sarah is excited to be making her New Century Opera debut as Barbarina.