I Pagliacci

435x613_SadClown-redI Pagliacci, (The Clowns)

Music by Ruggiero Leoncavallo

Friday, February 21, 2014, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

The Ritz-Carlton Tiburon

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Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

Join Opera Naples and the Opera Naples Chorus and Orchestra in the big event tent. This unique version of the story about life as a circus performer incorporates real circus acts in collaboration with Circus Sarasota.

You will laugh and cry with Canio, one of the most iconic figures in all of opera.

CAST

Headshot---Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton
Tenor

Canio

Headshot---Joseph-MechavichJonathan Burton, tenor (Canio)
has been praised for having “thrilling power and beauty” (Baltimore Sun) and for being “…an engaging all-around singer with a powerful, full-bodied sound.” (Opera News) During the 2012-2013 season Mr. Burton can be heard as Cavaradossi in Tosca with Kentucky Opera, Calaf in Turandot with Sarasota Opera and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. Recent engagements for this Ohio native include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera on the James and with Shreveport Opera, and Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opera New Jersey, the Utah Festival Opera, Annapolis Opera and Opera on the James, Don José in Carmen with Central City Opera and Opera Omaha, Rodolfo in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera, Canio in Pagliacci with Annapolis Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Phoenix Opera.

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Guido LeBrón
Baritone

Tonio

Headshot---Guido LeBrónGuido LeBrón, baritone (Tonio)
is a highly sought after and internationally acclaimed artist. He has appeared in leading baritone roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’Elisir d’Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, Faust, Le Nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Tabarro, Aida, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen and Tannhäuser. His engagements in the United States have included Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Atlanta Opera, Florentine Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Tampa and Connecticut Opera. Internationally he has sung at the Wexford Festival in Ireland, the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, L’Opera de Montreal, the National Theatres of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Santo Domingo, Teatro de la Opera and Opera de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

Katie Dixon

Katie Dixon
Soprano
Nedda

Katie DixonKatie Dixon, Soprano Lyric coloratura soprano Katie Dixon, hailed by Opera News as “a natural with a sparkling personality and top notes to match,” debuts with Fresno Grand Opera as Lisette in La Rondine this January. She was recently seen as Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Nevada Opera, and will be singing at Avery Fisher Hall in Babes in Toyland with the Little Orchestra Society this December. She was a 2010-2012 Young Artist with the Mannes Opera under Metropolitan Opera Conductor Joseph Colaneri. Last summer she was a young artist of Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, playing Lisette in La Rondine. Katie was also a young artist with the International Vocal Arts Institute under Metropolitan Opera Conductor Paul Nadler and Assistant Conductor Joan Dornemann, where she sang scenes of Christine (Phantom of the Opera) and also Anne Boleyn in Libby Larsen’s Try Me Good King.

Gabriel Preisser

Gabriel Preisser
Baritone
Silvio

Headshot---Gabriel PreisserGabriel Preisser, lyric baritone, is critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Opera News, and several others. He has been praised for having a “matinee idol’s charm and charisma,” “a beautiful, luscious baritone,” and “a compelling, commanding stage presence.” In the current season, Preisser sings Mercutio in “Romeo et Juliette” with St. Petersburg Opera; Belcore in” L’Elisir d’Amore” with Shreveport Opera; Le Mari in “Les mamelles de Tirésias” and Bobby in Weill’s “Mahagonny Songspiel” with Opera Parallèle; Baron Douphol in “La Traviata” with the Orlando Philharmonic; Handel’s “Messiah” with the Messiah Society in Orlando; “Carmina Burana” with the Gulf Coast Symphony; and again will reprise Lt. Gordon in “Silent Night” with Cincinnati Opera.

Justin Berkowitz

Justin Berkowitz
Tenor
Beppe

Headshot---Justin BerkowitzJustin Berkowitz, tenor, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota is a young tenor who has been praised for his “exacting and animated” performances. Having recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Stanford Olsen. During the 2012-2013 season, Justin was seen as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and also sang the role of Male Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Justin also had the opportunity to perform solos in the Bach B-Minor Mass with the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Justin appeared in Falstaff as Dr. Caius, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, and Lucano as well as the First Soldier in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea during the 2011-2012 season at U of M. Justin was also selected to perform the tenor solo in Carmina Burana with the USO under maestro Kenneth Kiesler. Equally at home in the genres of Operetta and Musical Theater, Justin spent the summer of 2012 as a young artist with the Ohio Light Opera company, where he performed the role of Franz Schubert in Romberg’s “Blossom Time.


Headshot---J. Ernest Green

J. Ernest Green
Conductor

Headshot---J. Ernest GreenJ. Ernest Green, Conductor
is the principal conductor at the McClean Symphony and a Cover Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway and Pinchas Zuckerman. Mr. Green’s opera credits include the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Boston Aria Guild, Indiana Opera North, Associacão Opera de Brasilia, Boston Academy of Music and the Young Victorian Theatre Company. Maestro Green also recently conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, he has received acclaim for his concert productions of operas and other stage works, among them Verdi’s “La Traviata,” “Sweeney Todd,” and, most recently, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”

Garnett Bruce

Garnett Bruce
Stage Director

Headshot---Garnett BruceGarnett Bruce, Stage Director
Mr. Bruce’s rich body of work includes companies across the country such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Cincinnati Opera and Utah Symphony & Opera and his European opera debut staging Turandot for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He staged Turandot for the opening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2011/2012 season as well as for the inaugural production for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s Kaufmann Performing Arts Center. He will return to the Dallas Opera to stage Lucia di Lammermoor, followed by The Rake’s Progress for Peabody Opera Theater, Don Pasquale for Opera Memphis, and his production of La Cenerentola for Madison Opera. Last season he directed La Traviata for Austin Lyric Opera and Madison Opera, and continued his Da Ponte Cycle with Don Giovanni for Opera Omaha as well as his work as teacher and director at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He was the Artistic Adviser and Principal Stage Director for Opera Omaha from 2008-2011.