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Opera & Arias
AUGUST 26 & SEP­TEM­BER 2, 2013
Viva Verdi!
featuring UBC OPERA ENSEMBLE
& members of the VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA
Directed by Nancy Hermiston
Conducted by Leslie Dala
Hosted by Christopher Gaze
SPONSORED BY:
Viva Verdi!
AUGUST 26, 1 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 7 P.M.
AUGUST 26, 7 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 1 P.M.
LA TRAVIATA
Libiamo (tutti)
Violetta
Flora
Baron
Alfredo
Gaston
Doctor
Marquis
Valse-Duetto
Violetta
Alfredo
Violetta
Natascia Dell’erba
Rachel Stewart
Alireza Mojibian
Tony Luca Caruso
Spencer Britten
Geoff Schellenberg
Simon Lee
Eden Tremayne
Harout Markarian
Natascia Dell’erba
Tony Caruso
Eden Tremayne
De miei bollenti spiriti
Alfredo
Harout Markarian
Tacea la notte placida
Leonora
Inez
Ah si, ben mio
Di quella pira
Manrico
Rhoslyn Jones
Christina Kent
Rhoslyn Jones
Christina Kent
Weilong Tao
Weilong Tao
Weilong Tao and chorus
Anvil Chorus
———————————Intermission———————————
NABUCCO
Va Pensiero Chorus
RIGOLETTO
Tony Luca Caruso
Caro nome
Gilda
Bahareh Poureslami
La donna e mobile
Cameron Killick
Sheldon Baxter
Noi siamo zingarelle and Di Madride noi Siam matadors
(Gypsy and Matador Choruses)
Programme and performers subject to change.
AUGUST 26, 7 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 1 P.M.
IL TROVATORE
Nicole Brooks
Di Provenza
Giorgio
Germont
AUGUST 26, 1 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 7 P.M.
Manrico
Nicole Brooks
Christina Kent
Micah Schroeder
Jonny Michel
William Grossman
Peer Monaghan
Geoff Schellenberg
E strano – Sempre libera
Duke
Tony Caruso
Rigoletto Quartet
Gilda
Duke
Maddalena
Rigoletto
Bahareh Poureslami
Tony Caruso
Courtney Bridge
Peter Monaghan
Taylor Pardell
Tony Caruso
Taylor Pardell
Tony Caruso
Francesca Corrado
Jose Ramirez Solano
Programme and performers subject to change.
AUGUST 26, 1 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 7 P.M.
AUGUST 26, 7 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 2, 1 P.M.
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Volta la terra
Oscar
Saper Voresti
Oscar
Hillary Young
Eva Tavares
Eva Tavares
Simone McIntosh
Eden Tremayne
Rachel Stewart
Courtney Bridge
Yichan Shu
Micah Schroeder
Jonny Michel
Peter Monaghan
Eric Schwarzhoff
William Grossman
Cameron Killick
Chelsea Rus
Christina Kent
Joseryl Beckley
Katie McCullough
Sheldon Baxter
Spencer Britten
Duncan Watts-Grant
Eric Schwarzhoff
William Grossman
Jose Ramirez
FALSTAFF
Final Scene
Alice
Meg Page
Quickly
Nanetta
Ford
Fenton
Pistol
Bardolfo
Dr. Cajus
Falstaff
Full chorus
Programme and performers subject to change.
VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA
Mark Ferris, 1st violin, Concertmaster
Dom Ivanovic, 2nd Violin
Isabelle Roland, Viola
Susan Round, Cello
Les Kasprzak, Bass
Brenda Fedoruk, Flute
David Owen, Oboe
Mary Backun, Clarinet
Ingrid Chiang, Bassoon
Laurel Spencer, Horn
Tom Shorthouse, Trumpet
Ken Surges, Trombone
Philip Crewe, Timpani/Percussion
David Boothroyd, Keyboard
Please turn off all cell phones and electronic devices.
The use of cameras or recording devices in the theatre
during the performance is strictly prohibited.
NANCY HERMISTON, Director and Soprano
Canadian-born lyric coloratura Nancy Hermiston has
performed throughout Europe and North America. Parallel
to her extensive singing career, Miss Hermiston worked as
voice teacher, stage director, and Co-coordinator with the
University of Toronto’s Opera and Performance Divisions. In
1995 she joined the University of British Columbia’s School of
Music as the Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions, where she
established the UBC Opera Ensemble. In 2004 Professor Hermiston was named
the UBC University Marshal. In 2008 UBC awarded her the Dorothy Somerset
Award for Performance and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts. She
was also honoured with a Killam Teaching prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded
the prestigious Rubie Award by Opera Canada. Miss Hermiston is also a favourite
guest for master classes throughout Canada, China and Germany. Her UBC
Opera Ensemble tours regularly to the Czech Republic, Germany, Ontario and
throughout British Columbia. The Opera Ensemble gave their first performances
in Beijing and Chengdu in May of 2009, and returned to Shanghai in May 2010
for concerts at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Shanghai Normal University.
In the summer of 2012 she joined the University of Toronto’s COSI program in
Sulmona, Italy, where she worked with young singers from all regions of Canada.
Her 2012–2013 Season began with the Vancouver Opera, where she directed the
company’s opening production, Puccini’s La Bohème. This year the UBC Opera
Ensemble will present Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann with guest conductor
Leslie Dala, Nino Rota’s The Florentine Straw Hat with conductor David Agler,
and Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with conductor Norbert Baxa.
LESLIE DALA, Conductor
Leslie Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach
Choir, Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of
Vancouver Opera and Music Director of the Vancouver
Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. He has worked at
the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Opera Company,
the Santa Fe Opera and l’Opera National du Rhin and is a
frequent guest conductor with the UBC Opera Ensemble
and Soundstreams Canada. Recent conducting highlights include Haydn’s The
Creation, the Canadian premiere of John Adams’ Oratorio El Niño and a Verdi
& Wagner Gala with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra; La Bohème, The Magic Flute and West Side Story with Vancouver
Opera, Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria, The Nutcracker with the Goh
Ballet, Carmen with the UBC Opera in Vancouver, the Westben Festival and
in Teplice, Czech Republic and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the VAMSO.
Leslie also recently conducted concerts in Beijing and Taipei as part of a tour
of contemporary music presented by Soundstreams Canada. This season he
will lead The Tales of Hoffmann with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Albert Herring
with both Vancouver Opera and the University of Toronto Opera Program and
Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir.
CHRISTOPHER GAZE, Host
Best known as Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on
the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Gaze has
performed in England, the USA and across Canada. Born
in England, he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
before coming to Canada in 1975 where he spent three
seasons at the Shaw Festival. He moved to Vancouver
in 1983 and in 1990 founded Bard on the Beach which
he has since nurtured to become one of the most successful not-for-profit
arts organizations in North America, with average attendance exceeding
85,000. In addition to performing and directing for Bard, Christopher’s
voice is heard regularly in cartoon series, commercials and on the radio. He
also hosts Vancouver Symphony’s popular Tea & Trumpets series and their
annual Christmas concerts. His many honours include induction into the
BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (2004),
Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the BC Community Achievement
Award (2007), the Gold Medallion from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of
America (2007), the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre (2011) and the Order of
British Columbia (2012). In December 2012, Christopher starred in and directed
Vancouver Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
OPERA ENSEMBLE
was founded by Canadian lyric Coloratura Nancy
Hermiston in 1995. Beginning with a core of seven
performers, Ms. Hermiston has built the program to a
70-member company, now performing three mainstage productions at UBC
every season, six Opera Tea Concerts, and several engagements with local
community partners. The Ensemble’s mission is to educate gifted opera
singers, preparing them for international careers.
Past main-stage productions have included Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte,
Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe, Così fan tutte, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Gianni
Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Cendrillon, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Dido and Aeneas,
The Merry Widow, The Bartered Bride, Manon, Eugene Onegin, Florence Lady
with the Lamp, Dreamhealer, Falstaff, the Western Canadian Premiere of Harry
Somers’ Louis Riel, Robert Ward’s opera The Crucible and Dvořák’s Rusalka,
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Bizet’s Carmen. The Ensemble tours
regularly throughout Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and China. In the
2013–2014 Season, the Ensemble presents Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann,
Nino Rota’s The Florentine Straw Hat and Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
We hope you will join us for this exciting new season of opera.
BARD ON THE BEACH
is one of Canada’s
largest not-for profit, professional Shakespeare
festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the
waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, the Festival
offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and
several special events in two performance tents
from June through September.
A custom-built Mainstage was erected in 2011, offering expanded seating
(742 seats), a redesigned stage and more comfortable seating for patrons.
The Mainstage tent is open-ended so that the actors perform against a
spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky - a highlight of the unique
Bard experience. Two productions are performed in repertory in the tent from
early June through mid-September.
The Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent seats 240 and its two repertory
productions run from the end of June through September. This intimate
performance space features Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays or his great
classics presented with less traditional staging.
THE VANCOUVER OPERA ORCHESTRA
is one of only two professional opera orchestras in Canada
and has been recognized as a formidable musical force.
Formed in 1977, the Orchestra’s first performance was
for the production of Massenet’s Le Roi de Lahore, starring Joan Sutherland
and conducted by Richard Bonynge. Several players who were in the pit for
Le Roi de Lahore are still members of the VO Orchestra today. Since it was
formed, the VO Orchestra has played more than a hundred opera productions,
numerous stage productions, and many concerts. This season, members of
the orchestra will play for Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The Orchestra has
strong ties to the community: many of its players are professional educators
and active freelance musicians in the Lower Mainland. Collectively, they make
an important contribution to the cultural life of our city.
PRODUCTION TEAM
Technician:
Set Design:
Hair/Wigs:
Make-up:
Costumes:
Alia Stephen
Pam Johnson
Elke Englicht
Carmen Garcia
Francesca Corrado, Rachel Stewart
VO-13-14-Bard Arias ad.indd 1
UBCOPERA
13-07-31 1:40 PM
2013/2014 SEASON
THE TALES
THE FLORENTINE
OF HOFFMANN
STRAW HAT
(LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN)
(IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE)
JACQUES OFFENBACH
NINO OTA
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SPECIAL THANKS
THE CUNNING
LITTLE VIXEN
(PŘÍHODY LIŠKY BYSTROUŠKY)
JANÁČEK
UBC School of Music
6361 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
www.music.ubc.ca
The David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Fund
Dr. Irving Guttman / Vancouver Opera