2016 Festival: Violetta and her Sisters

August 13–28
The Rose Nagelberg Theater

155 East 25th Street

Our “Violetta & Her Sisters” theme encompassed numerous stories of the French demimonde, including grisettes and courtesans,  and the men who loved (and tried to control) them. The title of our festival came (with kind permission from publisher Faber & Faber) from a 1994 collection of poetry and essays edited by Nicholas John.  Verdi’s La Traviata was paired with Massenet’s Manon along with a season program that included the first act of Puccini’s La Rondine and the first and fourth acts of Leoncavallo’s La Boheme.  A total of 14 performances was rounded out with a recital including nearly a dozen different composer’s settings of poems from Baudelaire’s “Fleurs du mal.”

La Traviata

August 13, 14m, 20m, 21m, 25, 27

Kyle Pfortmiller, Stage Director
John Spencer IV, Conductor and Music Director

Show Cast List

August 13, 20m, 25August 14m, 21m, 27
Violetta ValéryBonnie FrauenthalMargaret Newcomb
Alfredo GermontJose HerediaJeremy Brauner
Giorgio GermontJeremiah JohnsonPaul Khoury
Flora BervoixHillary GrobeMagda Gartner
GastoneChristopher LilleyChristopher Lilley
Barone DoupholJay ChaconNobuki Momma
Marchese d'ObignyBoris TeodoroJason Barrameda
Dottor GrenvilKofi HayfordNick Webb
AnninaIleana SantamariaNatasha Nelson
GiuseppeChristopher AllisonChristopher Allison
CommissionarioJason BarramedaBoris Teodoro


August 20, 22, 24, 26, 28m

Victoria Crutchfield, Stage Director
Chris Fecteau, Conductor and Music Director

Show Cast List

August 20, 22, 24, 26, 28mCovers
Manon LescautRebecca Richardson
Le Chevalier des GrieuxSean Christensen
LescautStan Lacy
Guillot MorfontaineAndrew SurrenaNathan Peterman
De BretignyNobuki Momma
Le Comte des GrieuxNick Webb
PoussetteKristina MalinauskaiteTaylor Kirk
JavottePerri SussmanNatasha Nelson
RosetteMagda GartnerHillary Grobe
L'hotelierKofi Hayford
Deux GardesDouglas Sabo
La ServanteTaylor Kirk
Le Portier du SéminaireKofi Hayford
Un SergentBoris Teodoro
Un ArcherNathan Peterman

Scenes from the demi-monde (Leoncavallo)

August 19, 23

Bea Goodwin and Joule Voelz, Stage Director
David Štech, Conductor and Music Director

Staged presentation with piano of Puccini’s La Rondine, Act I and Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, Act I (excerpt) and IV (complete), featuring members of the ensemble and covers from our Manon and La traviata productions.

La Rondine — Show Cast List

August 19, 23Cover
MagdaRebecca RichardsonKristina Malinauskaite
RuggeroSean Christensen
PrunierDouglas Sabo
RambaldoNobuki Momma
LisetteEmily Hughes
PérichaudJay Chacon
GobinNathan Peterman
CrébillonBert Boone
IvetteZoe Marie HartZoe Marie Hart
BiancaTaylor Kirk
SuzyNicholle Bittlingmeyer

La bohème (Leoncavallo) — Show Cast List

August 19, 23
MarcelloJose Heredia
RodolfoJay Chacon
MusetteMagda Gartner
MimiIleana Santamaria
BarbemucheNick Webb
Gustavo CollineBert Boone
GaudenzioChristopher Allison
Un BeceroNathan Peterman
EufemiaNicholle Bittlingmeyer

Chansons de Baudelaire

August 27m

Song settings of the great 19th century French poet Baudelaire by Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Vierne, d’Indy, Charles Loeffler, Judith Lang Zaimont & Ellen Mandel, plus piano works of Hahn and Godard.

Creative Team & Production Staff

Mary Ellen Stebbins, Lighting Designer
Karen Rich, Production Coordinator
Kasey Burgess, Production Manager