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Juilliard Opera Presents Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," Directed by James Robinson and Conducted by Stephen Lord, on Wednesday, February 13 and Friday, February 15 at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Start Date

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Conductor Stephen Lord (Photo by Christian Steiner)
Conductor Stephen Lord (Photo by Christian Steiner)

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The Juilliard Opera season continues with Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale, directed by James Robinson and conducted by Stephen Lord, with performances on Wednesday, February 13 and Friday, February 15 at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Scenic design is by Shoko Kambara; costume design is by Amanda Seymour; and lighting design is by Mimi Jordan Sherin. Don Pasquale (libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti) had its world premiere in Paris on January 3, 1843 at the Théâtre Italien.

Tickets at $30 are available through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online. Half-price tickets for students and seniors at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu. 

Director James Robinson has won wide acclaim for productions that range from the standard repertory to world premieres to seldom-performed works. Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mr. Robinson has staged productions for major opera companies, including New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Opera. At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he has mounted such productions as Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (American premiere), Ash’s The Golden Ticket (world premiere), Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (also presented at the Wexford Festival), and Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Nixon in China (a production seen throughout the United States and Canada). Forthcoming projects include the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne for San Francisco Opera, the America premiere of Juilliard faculty member and alumnus Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen for Santa Fe Opera, and the world premiere of Champion.

Stephen Lord has been chosen by Opera News as one of the “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera” (one of four conductors), and is continually praised for conducting both traditional and contemporary operatic works. He is currently music director for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and formerly was music director of Boston Lyric Opera. He was recently named artistic director of opera studies at New England Conservatory, overseeing all aspects of the opera training program and conducting one main stage production a year. In the 2012-13 season, he returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to conduct Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore, and debuts with Santa Fe Opera conducting Rossini’s La donna del lago. In 2011-12, he returned to English National Opera to conduct its production of Tosca. Recent seasons include a return to English National Opera to conduct La bohème as well as a return to Michigan Opera Theatre to conduct Die Zauberflöte; a return to Wolf Trap Opera to conduct its Opera Alumni Concert; two major debuts, the first with English National Opera to conduct Rigoletto, and the second with Lyric Opera of Chicago to conduct Tosca, which he also conducted for Opera Colorado; La traviata with Portland Opera; Madama Butterfly for Opera Colorado; Macbeth with Opéra de Montréal; L'elisir d'amore with Michigan Opera Theatre; Salome for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and a return to Wolf Trap Opera to conduct La bohème. For Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Boston Lyric Opera, he has conducted Roméo et Juliette, Cavalleria rusticana, Suor Angelica, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Kát’a Kabanová, Il barbiere di Siviglia, The Rape of Lucretia, Candide, The Beggar's Opera, Curlew River, The Prodigal Son, The Gondoliers, King Arthur, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Little Prince, Eugene Onegin, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, La rondine, Don Carlo, La Fille du régiment, Aida, La traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther, Falstaff, I puritani and Carmen, among many others.

The cast features bass-baritone Jeongcheol Cha as Don Pasquale; baritone Tobias Greenhalgh as Malatesta; Juilliard alumnus, tenor Javier Abreu as Ernesto; soprano Deanna Breiwick as Norina; and bass-baritone Leo Radosavljevic as Carlino.

About the Cast

Jeongcheol Cha (Don Pasquale)

Bass-baritone Jeongcheol Cha is a second-year student in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at Juilliard, studying with Marlena Malas. He is a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Boston District, 2011) and the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition (2012), and was awarded a full scholarship to the 2012 Chautauqua Institution Music Festival and the 2010 Villecroze Academy in France. In 2011, Mr. Cha performed in the Dawn Upshaw and Donnacha Dennehy Young Artists Concert at Carnegie Hall. At Juilliard, he performed the role of Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, the role of Wu Tianshi in the Juilliard/Royal Academy of Music co-production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! (U.S. premiere) and the role of Germano in La scala di seta. He also performed the roles of Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore at Fletcher Music Hall in Chautauqua, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Monk in Don Carlo with the Seoul Metropolitan Opera in his hometown of Seoul, South Korea.

Tobias Greenhalgh (Malatesta)

Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh, a native of Rochester, New York, is a student of Dr. Robert C. White and is a master of music candidate at Juilliard, where he also earned a bachelor of music degree. On stage, he has sung the roles of Ferryman (Curlew River), Pokayne/Gestapo Officer (Kommilitonen!), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Bob (The Old Maid and The Thief). This past summer, he attended the Music Academy of the West, where he sang the role of Pelléas in their opera scenes, won an encouragement award in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and sang in a cabaret coached by Carol Burnett. Last year, Mr. Greenhalgh won the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition, placed second in the New York Oratorio Society Competition, and received grants from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, Giuglio Gari Foundation, Opera Index Foundation, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Upcoming engagements include New York Festival of Song’s “Song of the Midnight Sun” and singing the baritone role in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the St. George Choral Society.

Javier Abreu (Ernesto)

Tenor Javier Abreu is a recent alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center. At Juilliard, he sang the role of Pilade in the U.S. premiere of Handel’s Oreste, and the title role in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, led by Daniel Beckwith, and Yves Abel, respectively. During the 2012-13 season, he performed with Nashville Opera as Ramiro in La cenerentola, will debut with Opera Santa Barbara as Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and will return to Central City Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  He will also make his Phoenix Symphony debut in their rendition of Carmina Burana, as well as with The Jacksonville Symphony in Handel's The Messiah. Mr. Abreu has garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rossini’s leading men over the past few seasons. He has portrayed Ramiro in La cenerentola for Wolf Trap Opera and New Jersey Opera, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri for Theater Basel, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Opera de Oviedo, and Austin Lyric Opera, Count Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims for New York City Opera and The New Israeli Opera, the title role in Le comte Ory for Wolf Trap Opera and Tacoma Opera, and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia for The New Israeli Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera on the James, Lismore Music Festival in Ireland, and the Stuttgart Staatsoper. Additionally, he debuted with Minnesota Opera as The Cat in the North American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Pepe in the world premiere of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera, Padre Ruffiano in the world premiere of John Musto's The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera, and as El Enano de Salnés in the world premiere of Enric Palomar’s La cabeza del bautista at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.

Deanna Breiwick (Norina)

Soprano Deanna Breiwick is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist and also holds awards from the Sullivan Foundation, George London Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Ms. Breiwick was recently featured as Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she will return as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance in 2013. She sang the role of Clizia in Handel’s Teseo with Chicago Opera Theatre, as well as Sophie Scholl in the Juilliard/Royal Academy of Music co-production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! (U.S. premiere). With the Metropolitan Opera, she covered the role of Ariel in the premiere of The Enchanted Island. A native of Seattle, Ms. Breiwick is currently in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at Juilliard where she studies with Edith Bers. She holds degrees from Juilliard and Mannes College of Music.

Leo Radosavljevic (Carlino)

Bass-baritone Leo Radosavljevic is already establishing himself as a uniquely versatile performer.  In November of 2011, he performed the role of Willi Graf in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Kommilitonen! at Juilliard, which brought him critical acclaim from The New York Times. Mr. Radosavljevic has also performed the roles of Tobias Mill in Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Simone in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at Juilliard. Last spring, he was a finalist in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. Mr. Radosavljevic is also making a name for himself as a performer of art song. At the age of 19, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut performing Lieder of Franz Schubert and, more recently, he was heard in performance at Weill Hall singing Lieder of Franz Liszt and on stage at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater performing Brahms, Berlin, and Gershwin with the New York Festival of Song. In 2011, Mr. Radosavljevic participated in the Toronto Summer Music Festival, where he studied with pianist Roger Vignoles and baritone Sir Thomas Allen. Last summer, he participated in Ravinia Festival's prestigious Steans Young Artist Program, where he performed Schubert, Liszt, Beethoven, Ives, and even a few songs that he composed himself. Mr. Radosavljevic received his undergraduate degree from Juilliard with scholastic distinction. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Radosavljevic is currently a second year master of music student at The Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Robert C. White.

About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard

One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to the advanced Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City.

Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire. Juilliard graduates may be heard on recordings and in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett, as well as more recent alumni including Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Simon O’Neill, Susanna Phillips, Emalie Savoy, and Jennifer Zetlan.

Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.

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DON PASQUALE by Gaetano Donizetti

 

Librettist: Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti

Director: James Robinson

Conductor: Stephen Lord

Scenic Design: Shoko Kambara

Costume Design: Amanda Seymour

Lighting Design: Mimi Jordan Sherin

 

Wednesday, February 13 at 8 PM; Friday, February 15 at 8 PM; and Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

CAST:

Don Pasquale: Jeongcheol Cha, bass-baritone

Malatesta: Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone

Ernesto: Javier Abreu, tenor

Norina: Deanna Breiwick, soprano

Carlino: Leo Radosavljevic, bass-baritone

Tickets at $30 are available through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online. Half-price tickets for students and seniors at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to events.juilliard.edu.