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

    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