2015 Festival: A Beaumarchais Trilogy

August 1–31
The Rose Nagelberg Theater

155 East 25th Street

Our August, 2015 Festival: A Beaumarchais Trilogy explored the famous “Figaro” trilogy through an adventurous lens.  The festival began with the Paisiello version of Il barbiere di Siviglia, which for many years even eclipsed the later Rossini version in popularity.  Mozart’s beloved Le nozze di Figaro joined the repertory performances a few days later with two full casts. The trilogy was completed with the New York premiere of Hiram Titus’ opera Rosina (1980), an affectionate ‘fan fiction’ completion with a libretto by Barbara Field. Additional programming included a pastiche of Beaumarchais scenes, including settings by Rossini, Massenet, Mozart, Milhaud, Corigliano and others.

Il barbiere di Siviglia

August 15, 19, 22m, 26, 29m

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Emilie Rault, Stage Director
Daniela Candillari, Conductor and Music Director

Paisiello’s 1792 setting of the famous story predates Rossini’s by more than two decades, and was the more famous even for a while after the debut of the latter opera.

Show Cast List

August 15, 19, 22m, 29mAugust 26
RosinaAlessandra AltieriNa Young Ban
Il Conte d'AlmavivaJonathan MoralesKenneth Harmon
FigaroSean KrollJay Chacon
BartoloNick WebbJeff Caldwell
BasilioColin WhitemanRodolfo Nieto
Giovinetto, Un AlcadeWilliam MulliganWilliam Mulligan
Lo Svegliato, Un NotaroJay ChaconColin Whiteman

Le nozze di Figaro

August 14, 16m, 20, 22, 27, 29

Eve Summer, Stage Director
John Spencer IV, Conductor and Music Director

Read Broadway World’s Interview with Cole Grissom

Show Cast List

August 14, 16m, 29August 20, 22, 27
FigaroRodolfo NietoCole Grissom
SusannaOlivia BetzenAlexa Smith
CountessJennifer TownshendElizabeth Tredent
CountJohn CallisonSeung-Hyeon Baek
CherubinoHeather JonesNatasha Nelson
MarcellinaAlison Taylor CheesemanKerry Gotschall
BartoloMichael SpazianiJonathan Dauermann
BasilioKorland Simmons
AntonioMichael Spaziani
BarbarinaAshley AldenJoy Tamayo
CurzioMilan RakićKorland Simmons


August 17, 21, 23, 28, 30

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Erin Cressy, Stage Director
Chris Fecteau, Conductor and Music Director

Show Cast List

August 17, 21, 30August 23, 28
RosinaKathryn PapaMarie Masters
CherubinoChristopher Lilley
Count AlmavivaStan LacyMin Gu Yeo
AmparoLiz Bouk
MendozaMarques HollieKorland Simmons
PilarMilica NikcevicKerry Gotschall
A pageMarianne Farrell

Beaumarchais Concert

August 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Emilie Rault, Erin Cressy, and Eve Summer, Stage Director
John Spencer IV, Conductor and Music Director

The concert will feature excerpts of other settings of the Rosina/Figaro trilogy, including music of Rossini, Massenet, Milhaud, Corigliano, plus arias from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro not heard in the mainstage production.

For More Information

Watch our Montage VIDEO!
Read a Season Summary Essay by Advisory Board Member Greg Moomjy
See our Season BROCHURE

Our Collaborators

MCO logoMetamorphosis Chamber Orchestra
Pierre Lidar, Artistic Director
MackenzieCareyLogoGraphic Design by Mackenzie Carey

Our Supporters

This programming is funded, in part by the New York City Department of cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts. We thank them for their kind support!

DCA logo COMP NYOA_Blue CroppedWe are proud members of the New York Opera Alliance! 

Creative Team & Production Staff

Meganne George, Scenic Designer
Scott Schneider, Lighting Designer
Carly Bradt, Costume Designer
Karen Rich, Production Manager