Event Calendar


March 24th, 26th, 29th


24th 7:00 pm

26th 2:00 pm

29th 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices:

General: $25.00

Groups (10+): $24.00

Members & Students: $22.00

Performing Arts Center:

324 Pine Street (Inside City Hall)

Wagner’s Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes


Presented by New Century Opera / Constantine Grame, Executive & Artistic Director
Sung in English

Richard Wagner. Grosse tragische Oper in five acts. 1840. /  Libretto by the composer, after the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The Pope has fled from Rome and open conflict has broken out between the two noble families, the Colonna and the Orsini. One of the latter seeks to abduct Rienzi’s sister Irene, who is rescued by Adriano Colonna. Order is restored in the city by Rienzi, supported by fellow-citizens. Cardinal Raimondo pledges Rienzi the support of the Church in curbing the powers of the feuding nobles and Adriano eventually agrees to act with him. In spite of the public support seemingly offered to Rienzi, the nobles scheme against him, as Adriano warns him. An attempt at assassination is foiled but the guilty members of the nobility are spared at the urging of Irene and Adriano. Further attempt at insurrection is made, and Orsini and Colonna are killed, but the loss of life has led the citizens now to plot against their tribune, while the Church, with the Holy Roman Emperor, joins in his condemnation. Adriano tries to persuade Irene to desert her brother, but she is resolute and she and Rienzi retreat to the Capitol, where they die as the building burns.

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Cast List:


Cola Rienzi – Russell Andrade

Irene – Michelle Sund

Stefano Colonna – Mark C. Payne

Adriano – Rachael Marino

Paolo Orsini – Kevin Nickorick

Raimondo – Franco Rios Castro

Baroncelli – Rex Tabor

Cecco del Vecchio – Jeffrey Schoonmaker

A Messenger of Peace – Marissa Jo Kraus


Mickey Bronson
Meghan Conrad
Lauren Grame
Marissa Jo Kraus
Sylvia Rockwell
Audrey Southard
Rebekah Stevenson
Joan Williams
Alison Branch
Barbara Burrows
Madison Kosloski
Kathleen Monahan
Kymberly Sangalang
Ellen Stevenson
Irma Wehle
John Boaz
Dale Laird
Terry Sangalang
Christopher Sund
Milton Bronson
David Cruz
Howard Kahen
Jeff LaCroix
Michael Santos
Bruce Taylor
TJ Venieris