• OVERVIEW
  • CAST AND CREW
  • SYNOPSIS
  • AUDIO

MUSIC COMPOSED BY

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Giacomo Puccini

PERFORMED AT

Northridge United Methodist Church

APPROXIMATE RUN TIME

2 hours with 1 intermission

Impresario sung in English and Angelica sung in Italian with supertitles projected above the stage.

Join us for a very special treat as we present a program from not one, but two of the greatest opera composers ever. Mozart and Puccini stand alone as two unique geniuses with gift of being able to make us laugh as easily as they can make us cry.

It is this wonderful contrast that will be put on full display as Center Stage Opera puts on one of each composer's most beloved single act operas. Mozart's Impresario deals with the hilarious consequences brought on when two battling divas drive a poor opera impresario to madness as they literally take center stage to be the one and only "prima donna". It's a sparkling, bubbling score that shows Mozart at his comic plateau. We then present Puccini's well-known masterpiece, Suor Angelica, which tells the tragic tale of a mother separated from her child as she enters a convent for the sake of preserving her family honor. It is a story of love, loss, and ultimate redemption that shines through one of Puccini's most soaring and lyrical scores.

Accompanied by renowned pianist Roger Cantrell and conducted by guest conductor Yohan Partan, this very special double-bill is something you don't want to miss. Buy your tickets today!

CAST

THE IMPRESARIO

(click on each person's name to read bio)
MDM. HERZ
 (MS. HOIDY)
Julia Teal Kermott
MDM. SILBERKLANG
 (MS. TOIDEY)
Sashell Beck
M. VOGELFANGER
 (NEDEMORE MONET)
Xavier Prado Caceres
BUFF
 (JIMMY SILVERTOUNGUE)
Ulises Espinoza

SUOR ANGELICA

ANGELICAMarci Wagnon
Alexandra Borboa [cover]
PRINCIPESSADanielle Marcelle Bond
Jackie Hayes [cover]
GENOVIEFFABrooke DeRosa
MONITORMeagan Martin
MISTRESS OF THE
 NOVICES
Jessica Mamey
INFERMIERAKatherine LaPorta Jesensky
1ST TAURIEREAumna Iqbal
2ND TAURIEREAmanda Benjamin
DOLCINAJessica Gonzalez Rodriguez
ABBESSJamie McDonald
1ST LAY SISTERKylee Slee
2ND LAY SISTER
 OSMINA
Ronni Ashley
A NOVICEFrancesca Sola
ADDITIONAL CHORUSRyan Seaton

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTED BYDylan F. Thomas
CONDUCTED BYYohan Partan
ACCOMPANIED BYRoger Cantrell
ASSISTANT DIRECTORSerena Johnson
STAGE MANAGERStephanie Gillissen
COSTUMESDaniella Langford
SET DESIGNERBrian Cole

THE IMPRESARIO


Nedemore Monet is the Impresario of a small opera company. Money is tight and the company is struggling to even finish producing its next opera.

Just as Nedemore is at his wit’s end, an entrepreneurial vocal manager, Jimmy Silvertongue, enters. He has a deal for the despondent Impresario. Jimmy lets Mr. Monet know that he has investors willing to donate to the opera company, if only he’d hire an almost famous soprano for his new opera.

Ms. Hoidy, the confident soprano, enters the scene and sings on audition aria for the two men. She feels great about her audition and begins to leave when Ms. Toydie, a young soprano just out of college, eagerly enters, early for her own audition. Ms. Hoidy invites herself to hear the new soprano and Ms. Toydie sings her audition aria.

The two sopranos quickly find out that they are both on Mr. Silvertongue’s vocal roster and that they are up for the same part. Roles are scarce in today’s artistic climate and the two young singers begin to calmly try to convince the Impresario to cast them. But it quickly escalates into a vocal catfight.

The opera ends when the Impresario does what an Impresario is supposed to do and finds a workable solution for everyone’s challenge. Mr. Silvertongue gets to keep his commission, Mr. Monet gets to keep his investor, and the two women get to sing the role in question: he decides to double cast the part. (But just who gets top billing?)

Source: D.F. Thomas

SUOR ANGELICA


The opera opens with scenes showing typical aspects of life in the convent — all the sisters sing hymns, the Monitor scolds two lay-sisters, everyone gathers for recreation in the courtyard. The sisters rejoice because, as the Mistress of Novices explains, this is the first of three evenings that occur each year when the setting sun strikes the fountain to turn its water golden. This event causes the sisters to remember a sister who has died, Bianca Rosa. Sister Genevieve suggests they pour some of the golden water onto her tomb.

The nuns then discuss their desires — while the Monitor believes that any desire at all is wrong, Sister Genevieve confesses that she wishes to see lambs again because she used to be a shepherdess when she was a girl, and Sister Dolcina wishes for something good to eat. Sister Angelica claims to have no desires, but as soon as she says so, the nuns begin gossiping — Sister Angelica has lied, because her true desire is to hear from her wealthy, noble family, whom she has not heard from in seven years. The rumors have it that she was sent to the convent in punishment.

The conversation is interrupted by the Infirmary Sister, who begs Sister Angelica to make a herbal remedy — Sister Angelica's specialty. Two tourières then arrive, bringing supplies to the convent, as well as news that a grand coach is waiting outside the convent. Sister Angelica immediately becomes nervous and upset, thinking rightly that someone in her family has come to visit her. The Abbess chastises Sister Angelica for her inappropriate excitement and then goes on to announce the visitor, the Princess, Sister Angelica's aunt.

The Princess explains that Angelica's sister is to be married and that Angelica must sign a document renouncing her claim to her inheritance. Angelica replies that she has repented for her sin, but there is one thing she cannot offer in sacrifice to the Virgin — she cannot forget the memory of her illegitimate son who was taken from her seven years ago. The Princess refuses to speak, but finally informs Sister Angelica that her son died of fever two years ago. Sister Angelica, devastated, signs the document and collapses in tears. The Princess leaves.

Sister Angelica is seized by a heavenly vision — she believes she hears her son calling for her to meet him in paradise. She makes herself a poison and drinks it, but realizes that in committing suicide, she has committed a mortal sin and has damned herself to eternal separation from her son. She begs the Virgin Mary for mercy and, as she dies, her son appears. He slowly lifts her up and he takes her away with him.

Source: Wikipedia

GIACOMO PUCCINI


Suor Angelica

"Senza Mama"

Recording credits


Soprano: Shira Renee Thomas

The Center Stage Opera Orchestra

Brian Onderdonk, conductor


Recorded by GJCSound
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Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

3:00pm


NORTHRIDGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Northridge, CA

For tickets, call (818) 517-4102 or click below

DIRECTED BY

Dylan F. Thomas

CONDUCTED BY

Yohan Partan

ACCOMPANIED BY

Roger Cantrell

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Serena Johnson

STAGE MANAGER

Stephanie Gillissen