Cendrillon

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May 31, 2019

Massenet’s
Cendrillon
(Cinderella)

Tickets available:
Members : March 18
General Public: March 25

PERFORMANCES:
May 31 @ 7:30pm
June 2 @ 2:00pm
June 6 @ 7:30pm
June 8 @ 7:30pm

Events

Jules Massenet
Cendrillon
(Cinderella)

An Opera in Four Acts

Libretto by
Henri Cain

Based on‎ ‎Perrault’s 1698 version of the ‎Cinderella fairy tale

 Cendrillon is fully staged with orchestra conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Michael Sakir.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Length: approx. 3 hours

Tickets $55-80 (plus fees)

Tickets will go on sale on March 18 for OCM members.
Tickets on sale on March 25 for the general public.

 

MAY 19 – SUNDAY

5 pm – Meet the Singers Recital and Reception

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
2 Duane Court (off Water Street, just south of Cross Street)

Tickets $35 (plus fees),
includes performance and appetizers. Cash Bar.

May 29 – WEDNESDAY

7 pm – Special performance for local high school students
Town Hall Theater

May 31 – FRIDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – Cendrillon Opening Night and Post-Performance Reception
Town Hall Theater

JUNE 2 – SUNDAY

1 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

2 pm – Cendrillon
Town Hall Theater

 JUNE 4 – TUESDAY

Young Artists Recital
7:00 pm – Reception
7:30 pm – Concert

Stonecutter Spirits
1197 Exchange St., Middlebury

Tickets $15 (plus fees),
includes concert and appetizers. Cash Bar.

JUNE 6 – THURSDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – Cendrillon
Town Hall Theater

JUNE 8 – SATURDAY

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – Cendrillon
Town Hall Theater

The Cast

Jules Massenet
Cendrillon
(Cinderella)

An Opera in Four Acts

Please visit the STAFF page to see bios for the creative and production staff.

Cendrillon Lindsay Ohse
Prince Charmant John Riesen
La Fée Cree Carrico
Pandolfe Andy Papas
Madame de la Haltière Tara Curtis
Noémie Abigail Paschke
Dorothée Heather Jones
Le Roi Erik Kroncke
Le Doyen de la Faculté Kevin Harvey
YOUNG ARTISTS  
  Kelsey Debner
  Carina DiGianfilippo
  Eric Flyte
  Hannah Johnston
  Evan Julius Nelson
  Emily O’Connor
  Myah Rose Paden
  Maria Rabbia
  Rebecca Sacks
ENSEMBLE  
  Chloe Clark
  Victoria Drew
  Tevan Goldberg
  Molly McGuire
  Shannon Seymour-Michl
  David (DJ) Tetreault
  Neil Wacek
 

 

Soprano Lindsay Ohse (Cendrillon) continues to illuminate four centuries’ worth of repertoire with her “dazzling and crystal clear” voice. Highlights of Ms. Ohse’s 2017–18 season include her Anchorage Opera debut as Norina in Don Pasquale, debuted the title role of Bellini’s Norma with Opera Southwest, her Verdian role debut as Alice in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera, her return to Portland Opera as Gluck’s Eurydice and a company debut with Inner Northwest Opera for their annual gala. Her 2018–19 commitments include her debut on the Metropolitan Opera roster covering the role of Shadow 2 in the US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Naples Philharmonic, a company and role debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöteat El Paso Opera, rejoining Anchorage Opera as Musetta in La bohème, and rejoining Portland Opera as Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. During the 2019-20 season, Ms. Ohse will make her Metropolitan Opera stage debut. Ms. Ohse is also an alumnus of Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Portland Opera’s young artist programs.

Website: www.lindsayohse.com

 

 

Hailed as “impassioned…and vibrant” (Opera Today), award-winning American tenor John Riesen (Le Prince Charmant) is consistently impressing audiences with his “fantastic, powerful voice” (Texarkana Gazette). Recent roles include Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Intermountain Opera Bozeman), Younger Thompson in Glory Denied (Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Birmingham), Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore (Anchorage Opera), Candide in Candide (Chautauqua Opera), Tony in West Side Story Suite (New York City Ballet), Tony in West Side Story (Boulder Philharmonic/Central City Opera), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Shreveport Opera), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly  (Pensacola Opera), Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (Ithaca Opera, Shreveport Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Crested Butte Summer Festival), Rodolfo in La bohème (Shreveport Opera), and Alfredo in La Traviata (Tri-Cities Opera).

Website: www.johnriesen.com

 

 

Praised by Opera News for her “gleaming tone,” soprano Cree Carrico (La Fée) is quickly gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21stcentury works. This season, Carrico reprised the role of Zegner Daughter, Littler in Proving Up with Opera Omaha at The Miller Theater in New York, performed Beatrice in Three Decembers with Nashville Opera, Adele in Die Fledermaus with Opera Tampa, covers Eliza and sings in the ensemble of My Fair Lady: In Concert with the Utah Symphony, performed as a soloist in a concert celebrating The Muny’s 100th season with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, performed a recital celebrating Manhattan School of Music’s centennial, sang with the New Chamber Ballet as a soloist in Stray Bird, and will perform in a recital at the Boonville Missouri River Festival. She returns to OCM for the second time, following her role as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire last season. 

Website: www.creecarrico.com

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Native Bostonian Andy Papas(Pandolfe) has been highly praised for performances across the country, including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel for being “delightfully ridiculous,” and the Albany Times-Union for his “irresistible hijinks.” He was most recently seen onstage as Alberich in The Ring of the Nibelungen with Pacific Northwest Opera. As Haly in OCM’s 2014  L’Italiana in Algieri, the Rutland Herald dubbed him “a riot.” Last summer, Andy was Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow for Opera Saratoga, and was also in Saratoga in 2017 as cover for the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff. Recent hometown credits include his Jordan Hall debut with The Shakespeare Concerts, The Threepenny Opera (Walt Dreary) for Boston Lyric Opera, My Fair Lady with The Lyric Stage of Boston, and La bohème (Benoit) with the Boston Youth Symphony. Andy is featured as “Bugs” in the first commercial recording of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock, released last summer on Bridge Records.

Website: www.andypapas.com

 

 

Mezzo-soprano Tara Curtis is quickly establishing herself as an “impressively full-voiced, dramatic” singer of operatic and concert repertoire. Her “keen, bright mezzo, darkened with raw edges” with its “arresting power and radiant tone” has been hailed as “a natural fit for Verdi.” Her 2018-19 season held many company and role debuts. It began at Opera in the Heights, singing the Old Lady in Candide.She then made her international debut in Canada with Opera on the Avalon in As Oneas Hannah After. She sang Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujofor the first time with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in March. She made her company and role debut of Mrs. Peachum in TheThreepenny Operawith Syracuse Opera in April. Tara has also sung with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Tulsa Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Wichita Grand Opera. She has been a Merola Opera Career Grant winner and a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.  

Website: www.taracurtis.com

 

 

Lauded by The Washington Times as “sprightly and charming” with a “voice as clear and acrobatic as one could wish,” Abigail Paschke (Noémie) has established herself as a standout artist with “uncommon spark.” Favorite credits include Rosalia in West Side Story (National Symphony Orchestra), Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Madison Lyric Stage), Sally in Die Fledermaus (Des Moines Metro Opera), Abigail Williams in The Crucible (Hartford Opera Theater), Maria in West Side Story (The Carnegie), Leïla (cover) in Les pêcheurs des perles (Virginia Opera), Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Kentucky Opera), and Maria in The Sound of Music (The Carnegie). Ms. Paschke held Resident Young Artist positions with Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Saratoga, Kentucky Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Cincinnati Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. She makes her Glimmerglass Festival debut this season as Ellie in Show Boat. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Mellon University.

Website: www.abigailpaschke.com

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Heather Jones (Dorothée) is an American mezzo who blends seamless technique with “mischievous freshness and enthusiasm” to deliver compelling performances in both classical and contemporary lyric mezzo repertoire.  She has performed such beloved mezzo roles as Hansel, Dido, Rosina, Cherubino, Dorabella, and Orlofsky; and recently brought new life to lesser known works with Opera Saratoga in The Cradle Will Rock (Sister Mister) and with Light Opera of New York in The Island of Tulipatan (Theodorine). She is featured on the cast recordings of both productions, which are available on Spotify. Heather has collaborated with Opera Philadelphia, NYC’s American Lyric Theatre, Opera Fayetteville, Opera Louisiane, the Albany Symphony, Seagle Music Colony, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the American University of Beirut, and with Opera Company of Middlebury in Macbeth and L’elisir d’amore. Heather holds degrees in music from Westminster Choir College and Mannes School of Music and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: www.heatherjonesmezzo.com

 

 

Erik Kroncke (Le Roi) has been described as “engaging… a bass of astounding depth and warm timbre… an important voice and artist…” Erik has performed Philip II (Don Carlo), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Ramphis(Aida), Mephistopheles (Faust), and Gremin (Eugene Onegin) with Sarasota Opera, Opera San José, Chautauqua Opera, New Jersey Verismo Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera. He has awards from the Gerda Lissner competition (2010), the Liederkranz competition (2008), and the Friedrich Schorr Vocal Competition (2002, 2003). Symphonic and oratorio performances include Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Korean Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra, as well as appearances in “The Three Basses” concerts. Recently, Erik sang the bass solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center, and the role of Tackleton in the North American premier of Zandonai’s Il Grillo del Focolare with Teatro Grattacielo. He also sang the roles of the King in Aida with Opera Theater of the Rockies and Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Opera St. Petersburg. He premiered Michael Close’s Songs about Animals with the Longmont Symphony.

Website: www.erikkroncke.com

 

 

Kevin Thomas Harvey is a singing actor from Pittsburgh, PA who performs opera, art song, musical theatre, and pop music. Recently, Mr. Harvey performed with Asheville Lyric Opera, Opéra Louisiane, and in Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program. In concert, he has performed as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Oratorio de Noël. Mr. Harvey completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan, where he received the Margaret Mildred McIntosh scholarship for voice and studied with Bass-Baritone Stephen West. At Michigan, he performed as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, including their tour through China, as well as roles with University of Michigan Opera. He is currently residing in Baton Rouge, LA and studies with Robert Grayson, Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick Professor of Voice, at Louisiana State University where he recently completed a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

Website: www.kevinharveymusic.com

 

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Kelsey Debner (soprano) recently performed the role of Héro from Berlioz’Béatrice et Bénédict with the Asheville Lyric Opera. Past accomplishments include placing first in the Southwestern University Concerto Competition and receiving The American Prize’s career encouragement award. She holds degrees in vocal performance from Southwestern University and Boston University. 

 

 

Soprano Carina DiGianfilippo is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Syracuse University. She has appeared as a young artist with Opera Maine, the Natchez Festival of Music, Boston Opera Collaborative, and the iSing! International Young Artist Festival in China.

Website: www.carinadigianfilippo.com

 

 

Eric Flyte (tenor) is a current Doctoral Student of Voice Performance at Arizona State University. Recent stage credits include Sir Joseph Porter (HMS Pinafore),Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte),Damon (Acis and Galatea),Vasek (The Bartered Bride),Le Mari (Mamelle de Tiresias),Alfred (Die Fledermaus). He is a student of Carole FitzPatrick.

 

Boston-based soprano Hannah Johnston, a 2015.5 graduate of Middlebury College, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in vocal performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Past Opera Company of Middlebury appearances include Dido and Aeneas (Chorus), La Traviata (Chorus), and Eugene Onegin (Ensemble).  

 

 

Hailing from Albany, Georgia, Evan Julius Nelson (baritone) is completing his master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Binghamton University where he studies with Thomas Goodheart. During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Nelson sang Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Binghamton University as well as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly with Tri-Cities Opera. 

 

 

Emily O’Connor (mezzo-soprano) is entering her senior year at Ithaca College, where she studies Vocal Performance with a minor in German Studies. Emily also performed in her college’s mainstage production of Cendrillonin 2018. This summer, Emily will also be attending the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany. 

 

Myah Rose Paden is a mezzo-soprano from Athens, Georgia. Myah Rose was a member of the 2018 Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center and was the recipient of the Encouragement Award at the 2018 Opera Guild of Atlanta Scholarship Competition. Most recently she was invited to perform the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses annual conference in Washington D.C.

 

 

Maria Rabbia (collaborative pianist), originally from New Hartford, NY, received her Masters in Collaborative Piano from Ithaca College and received her Bachelors degree in Piano from the College of Saint Rose. She spent the last two summers at the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, and wants to continue coaching and accompanying singers.

 

 

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Sacks has appeared as a soloist with Portland Opera to Go, Miami Music Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival among others. Recent roles include Armelinde (Cendrillon), Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Cherubino (Figaro). Currently based in Philadelphia, Ms. Sacks performs and teaches out of her private studio.

Website: www.rebeccasacksmezzo.com

 

Chloe Clark (mezzo-soprano) is a rising junior at Middlebury Union High School. Past experience includes playing Dolly in Hello Dolly!, a witch in Macbeth, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; as well as participating in District, All State, and New England music festivals. She is thrilled to be performing in her first ever opera.

 

 

Victoria Drew (lyric soprano) completed her B.A. in Voice from UVM and her M.M. in Opera from Longy School of Music. Other musical endeavors include teaching voice privately and at St. Michael’s College, and playing accordion and trumpet professionally. When not immersed in music, Victoria can be found at BNI Vermont as Executive Director. She lives in Shelburne with husband Neil Wacek and their throng of pets.

 

 

Tevan Goldberg (baritone) is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied environmental policy, philosophy, and music. He is an alum of multiple THT productions, including Cabaretin January 2018 (synthesizer), and with OCM in The Magic Flute(Speaker of the Temple, 2016), and in the choruses of L’Elisir D’Amore(2017) and Dido and Aeneas(2015). He currently lives in Boston. 

 

Molly McGuire (mezzo-soprano). Bio to come.

 

 

 

 

Shannon Seymour-Michl (soprano) is making her debut with OCM. Most recently, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the title role of Unadilla Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College, The National Conservatory of Greece, and The Boston Conservatory.  A Vermont resident, Shannon enjoys skiing with her husband and young son. 

 

 

After completing his MFA in Composition this past year, Vermont-local David (DJ) Tetreault (tenor) is happy to be back for his third year with OCM. Previous roles include The Song Seller in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Chorus in Verdi’s Macbeth. He studied voice at Saint Michael’s College.

 

 

Neil Wacek (bass-baritone).With OCM: ensemble in La Bohème, ThaïsL’italiana in AlgeriTurandotand Macbeth. Neil is a frequent soloist with many professional and community ensembles around Vermont and is a member of Counterpoint. Also an accomplished trumpet player, Neil performs regularly with numerous other instrumental ensembles. He is Director of the UVM Pep Band and resides in Shelburne, VT.

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The Story

Jules Massenet
Cendrillon
(Cinderella)

An Opera in Four Acts

Roles:

Cendrillon (Cinderella) soprano
Madame de la Haltière, stepmother of Cendrillon contralto
Le Prince Charmant (Prince Charming)  tenor
La Fée (the Fairy Godmother)  soprano
Noémie, stepsister of Cendrillon   soprano
Dorothée, stepsister of Cendrillon  mezzo-soprano
Pandolfe, Cendrillon’s father  bass/baritone
Le Roi (the King) baritone
Le Doyen de la Faculté tenor
Le Surintendant des plaisirs baritone
Le Premier Ministre baritone
Spirits sopranos & mezzo-sopranos

 

Act I: Scene I. Mme. de la Haltière and her two daughters are getting ready for the royal ball. Her husband, Pandolfe, groaning at his unhappy lot, is sorry to be leaving his daughter, Cendrillon (Cinderella), behind. Cendrillon falls asleep. A fairy appears, provides her with a magnificent dress and gives her a glass slipper to make her unrecognizable. She must promise to leave the ball at midnight.

Scene II: Prince Charming is unhappy, not even livened up by the ball’s festivities. When Cendrillon arrives, everyone is captivated by her. She and Prince Charming fall in love. Then midnight strikes.

Act II: Scene I: In her flight Cendrillon has lost her slipper. Madame de la Haltière and her two daughters upbraid Pandolfe for his bad behavior at the ball and they tell Cendrillon that the Prince took only passing interest in the unknown stranger.

Scene II: Cendrillon takes refuge in the domain of the fairies where the spirits conjure up a meeting with Prince Charming. They embrace.

Scene III: The Prince is said to be searching for the owner of the mysterious slipper. Before the whole court Cendrillon claims it as hers and (in Pandolfe’s words) ‘all ends happily’.

The Music

Jules Massenet
Cendrillon
(Cinderella)

An Opera in Four Acts

Recommended CD:

With Frederica von Stade and Nicolai Gedda

Recommended DVD:

With Joyce diDonato (and much lower price than at Amazon.com)

YouTube clips:

Frederica von Stade; “Que mes soeurs sont heureuses”

The Fairy Godmother (Kathleen Kim), as she is ready to transform Lucette (Joyce DiDonato) into Cinderella