Director/Designer: Josh Shaw
Conductor: Nicholas Gilmore
Choreographer: Amy Lawrence
Costumer: Maggie Green
Assist. Costumer: Vanessa Stewart
Stage Manager: Kaitrin Kinnare
Feb. 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8pm
Ebell Club of Highland Park
131 S. Ave. 57 Los Angeles 90042
Presented with orchestra
Sung in Italian with 50s inspired English Supertitles
Nicholas Glimore (Guest Conductor):
Nicholas Gilmore is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of Heartland Opera Theatre in Joplin, Missouri, the Principal Conductor and Music Director of Loveland Opera Theatre in Loveland, Colorado and a Music Director and Conductor for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Nova Scotia. He has collaborated with some of the world’s leading performers and directors, including Rachel Barton Pine, Peter Stumpf, Michael Cavanagh, Andrew Palermo, Wayne Brian, and Sharon Harms.
From the pit, Gilmore has conducted numerous productions in the United States and Canada, most recently La Traviata, Carmen, Susannah, L’elisir d’amore, La fille du régiment, Kismet, Down in the Valley, Hin und Zurück, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. As a conductor of new Music, Gilmore has lead world and regional premieres in collaboration with composers Aaron Helgeson, Morris Knight, Nicole Buetti, Timothy Harenda, and Sean Friar. Gilmore has lead performances with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Opera Fort Collins, Ozark Family Opera, The Kansas Dance Festival Ballet, The Wichita Contemporary Music Festival, and the Open Space New Music Festival in Northern Colorado. He has conducted as a special guest artist at Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College, Wichita State University, and the University of Northern Colorado where he served for the 2014 spring semester as Director of Orchestras.
Gilmore has served on the faculty at Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College, teaching private horn, voice, vocal diction and literature, and introductory music history courses, in addition to conducting and coaching large and small ensembles. In 2009 Gilmore received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for “Excellence in Music Direction and Conducting” for his work on George Gershwin’s Lady be Good!.
He holds a BM in Horn Performance and an MM in Instrumental Conducting from Wichita State University, where he was named the Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Masters Student in 2009. He is currently finishing his Doctor of Arts in Orchestral Conducting and Operas Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.
Kyle Patterson (Nemorino):
Lauded as one of Southern California’s promising young artists, tenor Kyle Patterson’s “beautiful and easy‐sounding lyricism” is in growing demand. Last seen at POP as the impressively mustached Mr. Cassidy in The Merry Widder, Kyle is thrilled to be joining POP for his ninth production with the company. Audiences may also remember him as the moonwalking German Tenor in Viva la mamma. He is also a regular performer on the rosters of Repertory Opera Company (ROC) and Redlands Opera Theatre. Previous roles include: Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Nanki‐Poo (The Mikado); Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance); Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd); Henrik (A Little Night Music); Marius (Les Miserables); Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte); Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); and Ernesto (Don Pasquale). Kyle spent two consecutive summers as an Apprentice Artist with Opera in the Ozarks in 2012 and 2013, and was a member of the Opera Chapman Ensemble at Chapman University between 2010 and 2013. Kyle is also an alumnus of the prestigious OperaWorks Emerging Artist Program. In addition to expanding his opera repertoire, Kyle has performed several concert engagements in his young career, most recently appearing as Tobias Ragg in a concert of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in collaboration with the Golden State Pops Orchestra. In 2013, Kyle was a finalist in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Vocal Competition.
Amanda Kingston (Adina):
Praised for her “soaring soprano voice” and “impressive dramatic versatility,” Amanda made her professional debut as Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Nevada Opera. Other operatic roles include Mimì in La bohème, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gilda in Rigoletto, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta in La traviata, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosalba in Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas, Hannah in The Merry Widow, and Despina in Così fan tutte. She has performed roles with Opera Columbus, Opera in the Heights, The Lakes Area Music Festival, Candid Concert Opera, The Ohio Light Opera, and Lone Star Lyric TheaterFestival. Later this season, Amanda will make her debut with Madison Opera as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte.
On the concert stage, highlights include Handel's Messiah with Houston Ars Lyrica, Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Houston Camerata, and the role of the Countess in excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro with the Ann Arbor Symphony. Amanda performed the role of Katharina Cavalieri in Amadeus with the prestigious Alley Theatre in Houston. She also frequently travels the country to sing the work of composer Eric Genuis. Amanda’s awards include First Place in the Lois Alba Aria Competition, Lucy Morgan Award at the Shreveport Singer of the Year Competition, Finalist in the McCammon Competition and Dallas Opera Competition, and District Winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Andrew Potter (Belcore):
A bass vocalist of increasing demand who towers at an imposing and athletic 6’10”, Andrew Potter is a true Basso who has been welcomed by audiences and critics across the country for a larger-than-life stage presence with a voice to match. Andrew has successfully performed roles spanning from sonorous profundo roles like Osmin in Die Entführung, to much more lyrical Bass-Baritone roles such as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen; a vocal range granting incredibly rare versatility make him stand out among the growing community of low voices.
After having stood out in mainstage roles at several of the nation's most prestigious Young Artist programs, He has since performed across the country proficiently demonstrating the vocal power and sonority to sing such roles as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, the range and physicality to perform buffo roles like Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte; and the flexibility and agility to sing challenging Handelian roles including Zoroastro in Orlando, Ariodate in Serse, and Argante in Rinaldo.
The season ahead boasts even more excitement with multiple company debuts from coast to coast and role debuts including Don Magnifico in Cenerentola, and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca.
Rocky Sellers (Dulcamara):
Bass-Baritone Rocky Sellers has been described by the New York Observer as a "vibrant, booming bass" and "A Wagnerian Bass-Baritone..with an impressive wide range" by rafaelmusicnotes.com. For the 2017-18 season, Mr. Sellers is excited to make his Tokyo debut with The Japan Society of NYC and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan as Male Chorus III in the premiere of Four Nights of Dream. For the 2016-17 season, Mr. Sellers joins Opera on the James as a Tyler Young Artist as Pistola in Falstaff and Big Bully in Bye Bye Bully. He also looks forward to joining Ash Lawn Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and cover the role of Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma! and joining Utopia Opera as Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Other Season highlights include: A Showcase of New Artists Recital with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati where he will present the Wagnerian repertoire and a return to Philadelphia to present a Porgy and Bess concert with the Philadelphia Chorus.
Last season, he returned to Portland Opera to sing the role of Dr. Dulcamara in the Elixir of Love with Portland Opera To Go! He also returned to Manhattan Opera Studio, as a Guest Artist, to sing Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, returned to Natchez, MS with Natchez Festival of Music to sing Joe in Show Boat and Zuniga in Carmen, and joined the roster of Opera Ebony in their world premiere of Imoinda.
While in residence with Opera Naples he sang Wolfgang Big Bad in Three Little Pigs and covered Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has sung Sarastro and Die Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Manhattan Opera Studio and New York Lyric Opera. With Santa Fe Opera he covered Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Detective Kearly in the World Premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar. Mr. Sellers has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mendelssohn Club of Albany, Kennett Symphony Voice Competition, Dell'Arte Opera, Opera Birmingham Voice Competition, and the American Prize Competition in Vocal Performance. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jenna Friedman (Giannetta):
Jenna Friedman is a Los Angeles based singer. Recent credits include Opera A La Carte's Hail Poetry! (Jessie), Pacific Opera Project's The Merry Widow (Grisette) and Opera Pasadena's The Magic Flute (Papagena). Jenna is an alumna of OperaWorks 2014 Emerging Artist Summer Program and holds a BM in Vocal Performance from UC Santa Barbara.