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Juilliard Opera Presents Massenet's "Cendrillon" on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 and Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8 PM; and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Featuring Juilliard Opera Singers and the Juilliard Orchestra; Directed by Peter Kazaras and Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Emmanuel Villaume (Photo by Akos Photography)
Emmanuel Villaume (Photo by Akos Photography)

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The Juilliard Opera season concludes with a production of Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon, directed by Peter Kazaras and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. Massenet’s librettist, Henri Cain, based his libretto of Cendrillon on the original version of her story written by Charles Perrault, a 17th-century French author who created versions of many folktales. Massenet’s operatic version, written between 1894 and 1896, premiered at the Opéra Comique in 1899. The four-act opera will be sung in French with supertitles.

Performances take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (8 PM); Friday, April 25, 2014 (8 PM); and Sunday, April 27, 2014 (2 PM) in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cendrillon are $30 and are available online at www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Senior/student tickets are $15 and available at the Juilliard Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon.

Julia Bullock sings the title role of Cendrillon. She recently made her New York recital debut as part of the Young Concert Artists series at Merkin Concert Hall, and also won the first prize of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s international vocal competition. The cast features: Avery Amereau (Mme. de la Haltière); Lacey Jo Benter (Le Prince Charmant); Joe Eletto (Le Surintendant des plaisirs); Marguerite Jones (Dorothée); Kurt Kanazawa (Le Premier Ministre); James Edgar Knight (Le Doyen de la Faculté); Szymon Komosa (Pandolfe); Önay Köse (Le Roi); Elizabeth Sutphen (La Fée); and Lilla Heinrich Szász (Noémie). Read The New York Times review of Julia Bullock's March 2014 recital. New York Times review of Julia Bullock's March 2014 Recital

The artistic team features Donald Eastman for scenic design; Gabriel Berry for costume design; James F. Ingalls for lighting design; and Kevin Williamson for choreography.  

Director Peter Kazaras writes in his note on the production: “Our performing version for Juilliard has trimmed some of the music that would normally be used for dance (although much remains!) and by focusing on Cendrillon, her father, her stepmother, and stepsisters on the one hand and on the Prince on the other, with the Fairy Godmother and her attendant spirits as intermediaries, we keep the storytelling fleet and elegant.”

Stage director Peter Kazaras currently serves as director of Opera Studies at UCLA. Previously, he was the Seattle Opera’s principal artistic director of the Young Artist Development Program. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an operatic tenor, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Vienna, among many others. Recently he re-appeared on stage to sing Abe Kaplan in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Street Scene, Emperor Altoum in Seattle Opera’s Turandot, and returned once again this season to Seattle as the Duchesse de Krakenthorp in La fille du régiment. In addition to his work at UCLA, this season he also directs The Consul for Seattle Opera, An American Tragedy at Glimmerglass Opera, and gives master classes for both Glimmerglass Opera and Washington National Opera. This past summer he returned to the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera to direct The Rape of Lucretia.

A frequent guest conductor at Juilliard, Emmanuel Villaume has led captivating performances with the most prominent opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Recently announced as the new music director of The Dallas Opera, Mr. Villaume opened their season with the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production of Carmen. Villaume’s 2013-14 season includes much-anticipated performances of Manon at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and L’Africaine at the Teatro La Fenice. He led a concert with Royal Opera House Muscat in March of 2014, and returns throughout the season to conduct performances for the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra in Bratislava and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Ljubljana. Mr. Villaume has performed with the Metropolitan Opera for Madama Butterfly, Samson et Dalila, and Carmen; Lyric Opera of Chicago for Manon and La bohéme; the San Francisco Opera for Madama Butterfly and Werther; and with the Los Angeles Opera for Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Rondine, and La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein.

The Singers

Avery Amereau (Mme. de la Haltière)

Mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau is a native of Jupiter, Florida. She is currently studying under Edith Wiens in the master of music program at The Juilliard School. Ms. Amereau has worked with many prominent artists, including conductors Helmut Rilling and Michael Hofstetter. She has performed in concert with the Pro Arte Chorale, the Monmouth Civic Chorus, and the Stuttgart Festival Orchestra. This season, Ms. Amereau appeared as Olga in the Juilliard Opera production of Eugene Onegin, and as a soloist in Stravinsky’s Cantata in the Juilliard Dance production of Pina Bausch’s Wind von West. She has participated in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany, where many of her concerts were broadcast by the Bavarian Radio. Ms.  Amereau received her bachelor of music degree from Mannes College the New School for Music, where she was director of development for New Light Opera. She is a recipient of the Anna Case MacKay Scholarship, the Philo Higley Scholarship, and the Salvatore Chiantia Scholarship.

Lacey Jo Benter (Le Prince Charmant)

Mezzo-soprano Lacey Jo Benter, hailing from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at The Juilliard School, studying with Marlena Malas. At Juilliard, she has appeared as Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des carmélites, Zita in Gianni Schicchi and, most recently, as the Neighbor in Mavra under the baton of James Levine in A Concert of Comic Operas, a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and The Juilliard School. She has attended The Chautauqua Institution, been a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice Artist for Central City Opera, and attended the Castleton Festival where she worked with Lorin Maazel. This year, she earned an Encouragement Award in the Eastern Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is a recipient of the Regina Sarfaty Rickless and Miriam Sarfaty Babin Voice Scholarship, the Michael L. Brunetti Memorial Scholarship in Voice, the Alice Tully Scholarship, the Novick Career Advancement Grant; and an award from the Hardesty & Beverley Peck Johnson Fund.

Julia Bullock (Cendrillon)

Soprano Julia Bullock currently pursues an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, working with Edith Bers. She was presented in acclaimed recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center and Merkin Concert Hall. She sang the title role in Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Perm Opera House in Russia, and she is slated to sing the role at the English National Opera in 2015. She has toured South America as Pamina in Peter Brook’s A Magic Flute, and sang the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with Juilliard Opera. She made her sensational San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story in Concert, under Michael Tilson Thomas, and has appeared with the New York Festival of Song and at the Ojai, Marlboro, and Caramoor festivals. 

Joe Eletto (Le Surintendant des plaisirs)

Baritone Joseph Eletto is a master of music student at The Juilliard School studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr. A native of Manhasset, New York, Mr. Eletto earned his bachelor of music degree with distinction from Rice University. He has sung the roles of Sam (Our Town), Gregorio (Romèo et Juliette), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Police Captain/Judge 2 in the Texas premiere of John Musto’s Volpone. Mr. Eletto has performed in concert with Rice University's Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra and the Houston Masterworks Chorus and Youth Symphony. This season he performed at Alice Tully Hall with Juilliard415 (St. Matthew Passion) under Gary Thor Wedow and debuted with NYFOS, the FOCUS! festival, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He will attend SongFest at Colburn as a Stern Fellow in the Professional Program. He is the winner of the 2013 Classical Singer Magazine’s Auditions Plus Vocal Competition. Mr. Eletto is the recipient of the J.W. Drye, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Marguerite Jones (Dorothée)

A native of Long Island, New York, soprano Marguerite Jones is pursuing a master of music degree at The Juilliard School studying under Edith Wiens. Ms. Jones has worked with Lorraine Nubar and Cynthia Sanner at the Juilliard Pre-College program, as well as Marlene Rosen at Oberlin Conservatory. She also worked with Danielle Orlando and Enza Ferrari at the Oberlin in Italy program, and Dalton Baldwin and Sung-kil Kim at the Académie Internationale d'été de Nice. Her most recent opera performances include the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Concepción in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, and Tulip Brenner in Bolcom’s A Wedding. In addition to her performance as Dorothée in Cendrillon this season, she also reprised the role of Fiordiligi in scenes for the Juilliard Showcase Series.

Kurt Kanazawa (Le Premier Ministre)

Baritone Kurt Kanazawa, from Los Angeles, California, is a graduate diploma student at The Juilliard School, studying with Marlena Malas. Upcoming, Mr. Kanazawa will appear as Albert in Werther at The Chautauqua Institution, where he has previously appeared as Masetto in Don Giovanni and as Tybalt in The Romeo and Juliet Project. Mr. Kanazawa is the winner of the Premio Speciale Prize at the Riccardo Zandonai International Competition in Italy, and a semi-finalist at the Teatro Colón Concurso in Argentina. Mr. Kanazawa participated in the inaugural I SING BEIJING opera-training program with bass Hao Jiang Tian, and has studied in master classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Richard Bonynge, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Hampson, and Roberto Aronica. Before his musical studies, Mr. Kanazawa earned his B.A. Diploma in Visual Arts from Columbia University, studying film and photography. He is a recipient of the J.W. Drye, Jr. and Raymond Brick memorial scholarships.

James Edgar Knight (Le Doyen de la Faculté)

Tenor James Edgar Knight, from Sydney, Australia, is a master of music student at The Juilliard School studying with Edith Wiens. In 2013, he made his operatic debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Recently, he covered the role of Lensky in the Juilliard Opera production of Eugene Onegin and the roles of Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Vasilli (Mavra) in A Concert of Comic Operas, a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and The Juilliard School. Also active in theater and musical theater, Mr. Knight has appeared in leading roles in Candide, West Side Story, Into the Woods, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. For the last two years, he has participated in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie where he performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester and was broadcast over Bavarian Radio in multiple recitals and concerts. Mr. Knight is a recipient of the Alice Tully and Philo Higley scholarships.

Szymon Komasa (Pandolfe)

Baritone Szymon Komasa, from Warsaw, Poland, is a first-year Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Edith Wiens. Mr. Komasa recently graduated from the Opera Studies program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He performed the role of Schaunard in La bohème at the Arena di Verona Teatro Filarmonico (2009) and at the Semperoper in Dresden (2012). Mr. Komasa has also performed as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in Łódź, Poland. He has won several international competitions in Poland, Germany, and Italy, and made it to the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finals, representing Poland. He also sang at Valery Giergiev’s 60th Birthday Gala Concert in Barbican Hall (London), conducted by the honoree. Mr. Komasa is a recipient of support from the Juilliard Scholarship Fund.

Önay Köse (Le Roi)

Bass Önay Köse, a native of Ankara, Turkey, is a master of music student at The Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr. While studying metallurgical and materials engineering at Middle East Technical University, Mr. Köse began studying voice with Eralp Kiyici, Nicola Giuselev, and Bonaldo Giaiotti, and coached with Fugen Yigitgil. In 2011 and 2012, he attended the Mozarteum International Summer Academy and participated in master classes with Edda Moser, Gerd Uecker, Sigfried Jerusalem, Herman Keckeis, Tom Krause, and Ruggero Raimondi. In 2013, he attended Georg Solti Accademia where he participated in master classes given by Dennis O'Neill, Daniela Dessì, Luciana Serra, and Richard Bonynge. At Juilliard he has appeared as Pantalone in Le donne curiose, Priest/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Köse is a recipient of the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Scholarship, the Risë Stevens Scholarship, and the Dora L. Foster Scholarship.

Elizabeth Sutphen (La Fée)

Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen, from Syracuse, New York, is a master of music student at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Bers. Ms. Sutphen recently made her Alice Tully Hall and Harris Hall debuts, appeared as Tigrane (Radamisto) and Suor Genevieve (Suor Angelica), and covered the role of Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) under the baton of James Levine as part of A Concert of Comic Operas, a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and The Juilliard School. Recent honors include an Encouragement Award from the George London Foundation for Singers, first place in the Shirley Rabb Winston National Scholarship Competition, The National Society of Arts and Letters Vocal Award, and The American Prize in both Opera and Art Song. Upcoming engagements include Frasquita (Carmen) with The Aspen Opera Theatre Center and the cover of Alice B. Toklas in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Twenty-Seven with Opera Theatre St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist.

Lilla Heinrich Szász (Noémie)

Hailing from Princeton, New Jersey, Hungarian-American soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász has won critical acclaim for her “appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit” (The New York Times). Her operatic highlights include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Lucinde (Armide, a co-production between the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and The Juilliard School), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief). She has covered the roles of Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Zhou (Kommilitonen!), and Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea). Previous highlights include an internationally reviewed performance in Rameau’s Les fêtes d’Hébé with William Christie and Juilliard415, scenes from Don Giovanni led by Alan Gilbert, Israeli Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Nadler in Israel, and Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. She recently graduated from The Juilliard School (M.M. '13, B.M. '11) aided by the Soros Fellowship and was a winner of the 2013 Vocal Arts Honors Recital.

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 advanced Artist Diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City.

Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Leontyne Price, Renée Fleming, Simon Estes, Tatiana Troyanos, Shirley Verrett, and Risë Stevens. Recent alumni include Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Paul Appleby, and Sasha Cooke, among others.  

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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PROGRAM LISTING:

JUILLIARD OPERA PRESENTS MASSENET’S CENDRILLON

Featuring Juilliard Opera Singers and the Juilliard Orchestra

Directed by Peter Kazaras and Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume

The cast features: Avery Amereau (Mme. de la Haltière); Lacey Jo Benter (Le Prince Charmant); Julia Bullock (Cendrillon); Joe Eletto (Le Surintendant des plaisirs); Marguerite Jones (Dorothée); Kurt Kanazawa (Le Premier Ministre); James Edgar Knight (Le Doyen de la Faculté); Szymon Komosa (Pandolfe); Önay Köse (Le Roi); Elizabeth Sutphen (La Fée); and Lilla Heinrich Szász (Noémie).

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8 PM

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8 PM

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2 PM

Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater (155 West 65th Street, NYC)

 

Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Cendrillon are $30 and available online at www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon or at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Senior/student tickets at $15 are available at the Juilliard Box Office only. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu/cendrillon.