Using state-of-the art tricks of cinematic magic, OCM created a visually stunning landscape for our filmed production of Bernstein’s Candide. Doug Anderson directed a cast of OCM favorites, including Joshua Jeremiah (Macbeth, Gianni Schicchi), Cree Carrico (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cendrillon), and in the title role, Middlebury College graduate Quinn Bernegger (Les Misérables). Former Governor of Vermont Jim Douglas plays the comic and witty Narrator. The OCM orchestra was conducted by Music Director Michael Sakir (Il Trittico, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cendrillon). Visit the Cast page to see the full cast with bios, headshots and links to their websites.
OCM’s COVID safety plans to rehearse and film this production were reviewed and approved by Dr. Patsy Kelso, Vermont State Epidemiologist, and the Vermont RESTART team.
OCM is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundations, and the Vermont Arts Council.
Please visit the STAFF page to see bios for the creative and production staff.
Joshua Jeremiah (Pangloss) continues to bring his celebrated performances to theaters throughout the United States, making important house debuts with Minnesota Opera as Horstmayer in Silent Night, with Los Angeles Opera as the Man in Persona, and Houston Grand Opera singing the student matinee and covering Rigoletto. Additional recent highlights include a Carmina burana with the Westmoreland Symphony, Scarpia in Tosca with the Reading Symphony, Father in Chunky in Heat with Experiments in Opera, Dancaïro in Carmen with the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera, Lionel in The Maid of Orleans and Silvio in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera, Marcello in La bohème with the Pittsburgh Festival, and Amonasro in Aïda with Opera Tampa. No stranger to Middlebury audiences, Joshua is happy to return to sing Pangloss in Candide having previously been seen singing the title roles in Macbeth and Gianni Schicchi, as well as Athanaël in Thaïs.Website: www.joshuajeremiahbaritone.com
Tenor Quinn Bernegger (Candide) has been recognized at regional houses and concert venues around the country for his “great vocal agility” and “excellent characterization.” Equally at home in opera, musical theater, and early music, he has been seen at Chautauqua Opera (The Mikado), Tri-Cities Opera (Sweeney Todd; Trouble in Tahiti;Iolanta), and Opera Saratoga (The Merry Widow; Vinkensport, or the Finch Opera). He received high praise from Opera News for his portrayal of Henrik Egerman in Des Moines Metro Opera’s and Madison Opera’s productions of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Last year he performed excerpts from Sergio Cervetti’s Elegy for a Prince at Carnegie Hall and was noted by the New York Times for his role in Miranda, a virtual reality opera experience presented by Tri-Cities Opera. After this very trying year, he can’t imagine a better way to return to the stage than here at the company that started him out in the ensemble of 2014’s L’italiana in Algeri, and which has always been his first and favorite home.
Praised by Opera News for her “gleaming tone,” soprano Cree Carrico (Cunegonde) is an emerging singing actress gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21st century works. Cree performed Lauretta in Merola Opera Program’s Gianni Schicchi at San Francisco Opera, the title role in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe at Chautauqua Opera, and originated the roles of Rosemary Kennedy and Littler Zegner Daughter in the world premiers of JFK and Proving Up. A member of Actor’s Equity, Cree earned her union card as an ensemble member in the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, and was seen in Carnegie Hall’s one-night-only performance of Guys & Dolls. Cree can be heard on cast recordings of David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, andBlake Allen’s Shards of an honor code junkie. Cree received a BM from Oberlin Conservatory and a MM from the Manhattan School of Music. Cree is also the founder of ButtaBeeFitness: fitness made fun for everyone! Check it out at www.buttabeefitness.com. Website: www.creecarrico.com
Blake Jennings (Maximilian), bass-baritone, is a native of Longview, Texas. Mr. Jennings is a recent graduate of the Boston University Opera Institute. Recent Engagements include Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), The Badger/Pastor (Cunning Little Vixen), and Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata) with BU Opera, Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), The Prophet (Dark Sisters), and Falstaff (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor) with Boston Conservatory Opera, and Luther and cover for Crespel (Tales of Hoffmann) and cover for Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera North. Mr. Jennings has also worked with companies such as Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Opera Saratoga. Mr. Jennings earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Texas Christian University and a Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory. Mr. Jennings is a student of Penelope Bitzas.
Heather Jones(she/they) (Paquette) is an American mezzo-soprano based in Brooklyn, NY. Pre-quarantine, Heather sang the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Ars Musica Chorale, Ruggiero (Alcina) with Amadeus Opera, Dorothèe (Cendrillon) with Opera Company of Middlebury, and Cinderella in an all-queer production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella titled “Happily Never After.” In 2020, Heather was to perform the role of Ada Lovelace in Kamala Sankaram’s The Enchantress with New Camerata Opera, Mrs. Peachum in Threepenny Opera with City Lyric Opera, and both Bach’s B Minor Mass and Verdi’s Requiem. Despite those cancellations, Heather was fortunately able to perform and produce online projects, start a small business called Fulton Goods, and place as a quarterfinalist in the 2021 American Traditions Competition. In past seasons, Heather has performed with Opera Philadelphia, Opéra Louisiane, Opera Fayetteville, and Opera Saratoga and has appeared as a soloist with the Albany Symphony, Sequoia Symphony, and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. Website: www.heatherjonesmezzo.com
Mezzo-soprano Tara Curtis (Old Lady) has established 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.” Recent engagements include Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, a company and role debut with Syracuse opera as Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera and the role of Madame de la Haltière in Cendrillon with the Opera Company of Middlebury. She is delighted to return for this special production of Candide. Other credits: Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mrs. Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, Mother Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Inez in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Der Trommler in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis.Website: www.taracurtis.com
American lyric tenor, known for his “thrilling high range” and “compelling stage presence,” Joshua Collier has been called “a great Italian tenor on the make” by Boston’s Classical Scene. He is equally comfortable with opera, operetta, musical theater, oratorio, and new music. He has performed many romantic roles of the operatic repertoire in New England and beyond. Collier is well-known to the OCM audience from his appearances as Calaf (Turandot), Tinca/Gherardo (Il Trittico), and as Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore. Adjunct Professor of Voice at Castleton University, and highly-sought after masterclass technician, Collier also is artistic director of BARN OPERA (VT) where his leadership has garnered him acclaim in regional publications. COVID-19’s impact on the opera industry rendered him unable to perform his debut of Roberto Devereux in Bayern, Germany in Winter 2020, with expectations for rescheduling to be determined. For information and performance dates of BARN OPERA, please visit www.barnopera.com. *CoverWebsite: www.jrctenor.com
Bass-baritone Kian Freitas is thrilled to be returning to Opera Company of Middlebury, where he has been seen previously as Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Angelotti (Tosca) and Betto (Gianni Schicchi). Other career highlights include Escamillo (Carmen), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Il Trovatore),Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Fernando (Fidelio) and Monterone (Rigoletto) with such companies as Opera San Jose, Fingerlakes Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Opera North, Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony. Website: www.kianfreitasbassbaritone.com
Governor Jim Douglas (Narrator) served Vermont for 35 years as a legislator, Secretary of State, State Treasurer & Governor. He advanced groundbreaking health reforms. He chaired the National Governors’Association & President Obama appointed him co-chair of the Council of Governors. He teaches at Middlebury College, his alma mater. He serves on several corporate boards and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Governors’ Advisory Council.
Victoria Drew (Lyric Soprano) holds a B.A. in Voice from UVM and an M.M. in Opera from Longy School of Music. She has been teaching voice privately for nearly 20 years, plays accordion and trumpet professionally and is enjoying this, her 5th performance with OCM! When not immersed in music, Victoria can be found at the helm of BNI Vermont as its Executive Director. She lives in Shelburne with husband Neil Wacek and their throng of pets. Website: www.facebook.com/VictoriaDrewSinger
Described as “feisty, funny, brilliant, nuanced, and lyrically expressive” (Times Argus), soprano Allison Steinmetz has performed opera and musical theater roles across the US and Canada, including several premiers. As concert soloist, she sings both classical and contemporary works with prominent ensembles in Vermont and beyond. Allison trained at University of Montreal and Crane School of Music. Offstage, she serves the perinatal community as a childbirth educator, yoga teacher, and life coach and is a proud wife and mama. Website: https://www.allisonsteinmetz.com/
A founding member of Counterpoint, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman (Mezzo-Soprano) recorded and toured for fifteen years with Robert De Cormier. She has often been on the director’s side of the podium since her retirement from Long Trail School where she taught music for eleven years. She is the alto in Ah! Capella, the quartet for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools program. Melissa is thrilled to join the OCM’s Candide chorus.
Mezzo Linda Radtke, a principal soloist for the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Oriana Singers, many Gilbert and Sullivan productions, and the VSO SymphonyKids program, is most proud of her work with Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble, Counterpoint. Recent projects include a program of women’s suffrage songs for the Vermont Humanities Council and an upcoming premiere of a suite of medieval book curses by Vermont composer Carol Wood with the Arioso Chamber Ensemble. She sang in OCM’s Tosca tour Chorus at Spruce Peak Arts (2019).
Tenor Adam Hall returned to Vermont after studying voice at George Washington University and opera at University of Maryland College Park. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and St. Petersburg Opera. As recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Mr. Hall studied and worked with Marilyn Horne and Warren Jones at Music Academy of the West. Mr. Hall resides in Burlington where he sings locally and abroad, runs the music program at First UMC Burlington, and teaches voice at UVM, St. Michael’s College and Harwood Union High School. Website: http://tenoradamhall.com/
Cameron Steinmetz (Tenor) is a native of Norwood, Massachusetts and an alumnus of Green Mountain College. Currently in his 11th season with the Opera Company of Middlebury, he first performed in the chorus of Massenet’s Thaïs and was seen most recently as Spoletta in Verdi’s Tosca. Williston resident Steinmetz is the tenor of the VSO’s educational quartet, Ah! Cappella, a tenor of Counterpoint Chorus and is proprietor and piano technician at Steinmetz Pianos. Website: www.steinmetzpianos.com
Mason Jarboe is a Baritone from Fort Worth, Texas. He was most recently seen as Sweeney Todd with Music Theatre Denton, and before that as Signor Naccarelli with Middlebury College’s J-Term production of The Light in the Piazza. Other recent engagements include Count di Luna with Regina Opera, Figaro with BARN Opera, and Enrico with Hudson Opera Theatre. He is also the chef and co-owner of Rose Valley Farm in Pittsford, VT.
Neil Wacek (Bass-Baritone). Past OCM productions: ensemble in La Bohème, Thaïs, L’Italiana in Algeri, Turandot, Macbeth and Cendrillon. Neil is a frequent vocal 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 the Director of the University of Vermont Pep Band and resides in Shelburne, VT.
Special Offer for Friends of OCM read the book upon which Bernstein’s CANDIDE is based!
Becky Dayton at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury, Vermont has ordered a few copies of the Penguin Classics paperback edition of Voltaire’s Candide. You may purchase it at the store at a 15% discount, or order online at the link below. Use the coupon code CANDIDE15. Becky has made the code applicable to the most popular and available editions of the title, but here is the link to the hard copy they have in stock: Click here.
You may also order it as an e-book through Kobo (be sure to list your local book store as the Vermont Book Shop): Click here.
A Comic Operetta In Two Acts
Scottish Opera Edition of the Opera-House Version (1989)
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the Satire by Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
With Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman and Leonard Bernstein
Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay
Musical Continuity and Additional Orchestrations by John Mauceri
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.Sole Agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC,publisher and copyright owner
Suggested recordings by J. Scott Morrison
This 1989 recording with Bernstein conducting the London Symphony, with Jerry Hadley, June Anderson, Christa Ludwig, and Adolph Green, is available on CD, DVD and YouTube.
It most closely corresponds to the Scottish Opera Edition that we are presenting. Detailed information on this version is available HERE.