It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2007-08 season of Opera Vivente.

This season marks our 10th year of bringing innovative, high-quality chamber opera to Baltimore. To celebrate, we’ve created a season that provides the unique experience of Opera Vivente with some exciting new innovations. The 2007-2008 season brings the company debut of several fantastic singers, including world-renowned countertenor David Walker, as well as the return of some of Opera Vivente’s favorite artists, including Kenneth Gayle, Fenlon Lamb and Zachary Stains.

This season we continue our highly successful series of updated Handel operas. We’ll also introduce our audiences to the comedic genius of Jacques Offenbach and offer the North American premier of Jonathan Dove’s stunningly beautiful church opera, Tobias and the Angel, as the second installment in our “Sacred Stories, Sacred Spaces” series. To further highlight this benchmark season, we will be offering several supplemental events, including a party, exhibits of Opera Vivente memorabilia and recitals by featured artists.

Join us for our celebratory 10th season while we continue to bring you the highest quality performances in an intimate space, and in a language you can understand. Opera Vivente will be a truly remarkable, memorable experience.

 --John Bowen, Director  

Friday, October 26, 2007 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 3pm
Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 7:30pm

A languorous world of pleasure hiding a violent core or a duty-bound world filled with harsh realities? Which would you choose? The soldier Ruggiero is torn by this dilemma in Handel’s decadent masterpiece of magic, sex and alternate realities. Updated to the hallucinogenic 1960s and filled with intoxicatingly voluptuous music, this production promises to be one “groovy trip.”

Alcina – Colleen Daly
Ruggiero – Elspeth Franks
Bradamante – Monica Reinagel
Morgana – Ah Hong
Oberto – Matthew Spears-Heinel
Oronte – Zachary Stains
Melisso – Christopher Austin

Conductor – Joseph Gascho
Director – John Bowen

Set designer – Milagros Ponce de León
Lighting Designer – A. J. Guban
Costume designer – Debra Kim Sivigny

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 8pm
Friday, February 29, 2008 at 8pm
Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8pm
Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 3pm

Listen for the silence in the song. Keep still and still keep dancing. Shallows run deep. The angel Raphael speaks of these mysteries in Jonathan Dove’s sacred opera based on the Book of Tobit from the Apocrypha. Follow Tobias on his journey to enlightenment and recognition of the divine in all things. Our production is the North American premier of this incandescently beautiful opera and features internationally renowned countertenor David Walker as the angel Raphael. Truly a show not to be missed.

Tobit – Robert Cantrell
Anna – Michelle Rice
Tobias – Kenneth Gayle
Raphael – David Walker
Raguel – Gran Wilson
Edna – Lori Hultgren
Sara – Jessica Medina
Ashmodeus – John Dooley

Conductor – Jed Gaylin
Director – John Bowen

Set designer – Thom Bumblauskas
Lighting designer – A. J. Guban
Costume designer – Debra Kim Sivigny

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 3pm
Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:30pm

Image. Is there anything more important in today’s media driven world? Over a hundred years ago, Jacques Offenbach asked the same question in an uproarious and satirical take on the ancient legend of Orpheus. Elements of soap opera, celeb-reality, and televangelism jostle for supremacy in our production, all under the imperious eye of Public Opinion. Offenbach’s score is chock-full of energetic and hilarious music including the only duet ever written for a soprano and a fly and culminating in the famous cancan. A delightfully guilty pleasure.

Aristée/Pluto – Christopher Herbert
Jupiter – Ryan de Ryke
Orpheus – Luke Grooms
John Styx – Kerry Jennings
Mercury – Frédéric Rey
Bacchus – TBD
Mars – Brian Pettey
Eurydice – Erica Cochran
Diana – Jessica Renfro
Public Opinion – Jennifer Blades
Venus – Siobhan Kolker
Cupid – Maria Kate Fleming
Juno – Joy Greene
Minvera – Lisa Eden

Conductor – JoAnn Kulesza
Director - John Bowen

Costume Designer - Debra Kim Sivigny
Set Designer – Thom Bumblauskas
Lighting Designer – A. J. Guban


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