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October 12, 2017

L’Elisir d’Amore
(The Elixir of Love)
7:30 pm October 12 & 13
2:00pm October 14

Tickets available:
Members: August 14
General Public: August 21

Call the Town Hall Theater box office at 802-382-9222 or click “Buy Tickets” above.

L’Elisir d’Amore
(The Elixir of Love)

7:30 pm October 12 & 13
2:00pm October 14

October 12 – Thursday

6:30 pm – Pre-performance talk by J. Scott Morrison
Memorial Baptist Church

7:30 pm – L’Elisir d’Amore: Opening Night
Town Hall Theater

Post-perfomance talk-back and reception

October 13 – Friday

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

7:30 pm – L’Elisir d’Amore
Town Hall Theater

October 14 – Saturday

1:00 pm – Pre-performance talk by Jeffrey Rink
Memorial Baptist Church

2:00 pm – L’Elisir d’Amore: Matinee
Town Hall Theater


Leonard Bernstein’s

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

Pangloss Joshua Jeremiah
Candide Quinn Bernegger
Cunegonde Cree Carrico
Maximilian Blake Jennings
Paquette Heather Jones
Old Lady Tara Curtis
Tenor Joshua Collier
Baritone Kian Freitas
NARRATOR  Jim Douglas, former Governor of Vermont
Soprano Victoria Drew
Soprano Allison Steinmetz
Mezzo  Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman
Mezzo Linda Radtke
Tenor Adam Hall
Tenor  Cameron Steinmetz
Baritone Mason Jarboe
Baritone Neil Wacek


Joshua Jeremiah

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.



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 ToddTrouble 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.



Cree Carrico

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, and Blake 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



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.

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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.



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



Kian Freitas

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.


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.

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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.



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.



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.



Cameron Steinmetz

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.



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 Boheme, 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.


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L’Elisir d’Amore
(The Elixir of Love)

7:30 pm October 12 & 13
2:00pm October 14


L’Elisir d’Amore (1832) is the earliest of Gaetano Donizetti’s operas never to have left the active repertory of companies around the world. Its libretto is an almost exact Italian translation by Felice Romani of an 1831 opera in French by Daniel Auber, Le philtre, with libretto by Eugéne Scribe. There were at least 30 productions of the opera in the US in 2016. Why, then, are we doing it? Because it is an engaging story set to luscious music, and we have the perfect singers for it.


Adina, a wealthy and capricious landowner, soprano
Nemorino, a young peasant, in love with Adina, tenor
Belcore, Sergeant of the village-garrison, baritone
Doctor Dulcamara, an itinerant medicine man, bass
Gianetta, Adina’s friend, soprano

The action takes place in a southern Italian village.


Act I: The unsophisticated Nemorino falls hopelessly in love with a young farm owner, Adina, who amuses her harvesters (among them Nemorino) with the story of Tristan and Isolde and the love potion. Sergeant Belcore and his troops enter, and he presents Adina with a bouquet. Nemorino is upset by Adina’s seeming susceptibility to Belcore’s blandishments. The quack Dr. Dulcamara arrives to peddle his fake cures for various conditions. Nemorino buys a bottle of Dulcamara’s love potion, believing that if he drinks it, it will make Adina fall in love with him. He is assured that it will work within 24 hours. He drinks the potion, which is actually wine, but then he hears Adina agree to marry Belcore.

Act II: Adina’s and Belcore’s wedding announcement feast is underway. Adina stalls the officiating notary because she had asked Nemorino to be their witness. Nemorino is desperate to buy more love potion but can’t afford it. So he enlists in Belcore’s army unit, since an enlistee gets a bonus for signing up. The local girls believe that Nemorino’s rich uncle has died and made him heir and begin fawning over him. Adina learns from Dulcamara about Nemorino’s purchase of the love potion. Nemorino confesses he would rather die than lose her (‘Una furtiva lagrima’ [A Furtive Tear]). Adina then buys back his enlistment and confesses that she loves him. A celebration ensues.

The Music


The Music


An Opera in Three Acts

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 


Suggested recordings by J. Scott Morrison



YouTube performance of complete opera:

YouTube performance of Joan’s first act aria ‘Farewell, you native
fields and forests’ – Elena Obraztsova, mezzo: