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Ariadne auf Naxos – 9/24 at 7PM

Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, September 24, 7PM


The Original BYOB Series
This is the best way to enjoy opera – bring your own bottle and have fun with good company and great music. Enjoy a classic opera or a rare piece with your favorite drink. Note: Kids under 18 are free!

Meet the Cast

Conductor, Richard BarrettrichardbarrettConductor Richard Barrett produced the American Premiere of Darius Milhaud’s opera Christopher Colomb. The New York Times praises, “Mr. Barrett’s conducting was precise and well paced-drawing a beautiful sound from his players." From 1993 to 2000, as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for Fort Worth Opera, Maestro Barrett christened Bass Performance Hall with Denyce Graves and conducted the hall's first opera: La Bohème. His film of Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland won a Telly award for Outstanding Production. After 32 years of service, he will retire from Brooklyn College.
Pianist, Eric MalsonericmalsonPianist & Coach, Eric Malson's first opera with OCB was Carmen. He has appeared with Deborah Voigt, Eva Urbanová, Thomas Studebaker, Lawrence Brownlee, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Wexford, Caramoor, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, The Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Cleveland Opera. Malson has served as a faculty member of the Juilliard School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Malson enjoys acting as official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. His CD released by Lyrichord features Brahms' Magelone songs with tenor Paul Mow.
Ariadne, Elizabeth Perryman elizabethperrymanSoprano Elizabeth Perryman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She completed a Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes. Ms. Perryman has sung with Bronx Opera, Opera Brooklyn, Chelsea Opera, Pensacola Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Altamura Summer Festival. Ms. Perryman has been a three time regional finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, AIMS Meistersinger finalist, semi-finalist in the Chicago Bel Canto competition, and Audience Choice Winner with the Altamura Opera Competition.
Bacchus, Walker J. JacksonwalkerjacksonTenor Walker J. Jackson performed and collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Princeton Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lincoln Center Festival, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Cleveland, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico, and on NPR’s From the Top. Mr. Jackson holds degrees in Performance and Music Theory from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He currently resides in NYC.
Zerbinetta, Zen Wu (cover, Shana Grossman)zenwuChorus Soprano Zen Wu, a San Francisco native, began her career with San Diego Opera in 2013. She quickly made her professional mainstage debut in 2014 as Lauretta in the Riverside Lyric Opera’s Gianni Schicchi and has since relocated to New York, where she established herself as an uncommonly deft interpreter of the bel canto dramatic coloratura repertoire with debuts of Mozart’s Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) on the East Coast in 2015. Wu sings Elle (La voix humaine), Amina (La sonnambula), Noémie (Cendrillon), Lakmé (Lakmé) & Alcina (Alcina) in 2016.
Harlequin, Alessio FarinaalessiofarinaBass-Baritone Alessio L. Farina is pursuing his BM at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College under the tutelage of Richard Barrett. This summer, Alessio attended the Miami Music Festival where he was Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as well as L'Horloge Comtoise, Le Chat, and L'Arbre in Ravel’s L'enfant Et Les Sortilèges. He also attended Classic Lyric Art's La Lingua della Lirica in Italy. Farina has sung as a soloist with the Alexiad Chorale at The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York. His previous vocal studies include Daniel Ihasz, Giuseppe Spoletini, and Lois Winter.
Scaramuccio, Alex LavoiealexlavoieAlex Lavoie is a baritone from Long Island, NY. He presently is a student at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music in the studio of Mark Schnaible. Alex studied at Hofstra University for his bachelor's degree in the studio of Tammy Hensrud. Recent opera credits include Bastian in Schubert's Die Vershworenen, Cléon in Gluck's L'Ivrogne Corrige and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, all with Hofstra Opera Theatre under the direction of Isabel Millenski.
A lackey/Truffaldino/A wigmaker, Ivan AmaroIvanAmaro2Peruvian-born bass-baritone, Ivan Amaro, has been acclaimed by critics for his vibrant voice and his exceptional communication of the characters he performs. He has many opera roles to his credit: Rigoletto, Germont , Don Carlo, Il Conte di Luna, Ferrando, Sulpice, Enrico, Dulcamara, Count Almaviva, Figaro and Bartolo (both from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro) , Don Magnifico, Bruschino Padre, Don Pasquale, Slook, Tobia Mill, Marcello, Benoit/Alcidoro, Tonio, Leporello, Papageno, Don Alfonso, Crespel , Elviro, Salieri, Chorazy, Mr. Gobineau, Pizarro, and Sancho Panza, among many others, totaling more than 80 roles, including also operetta, zarzuela, and oratorio ones. Mr. Amaro is also an archaeologist and archaeomusicologist with published works.
Dancing master/Brighella/An officer, Napat MingkwanyuennapatmingkwanyuenTenor Napat Mingkwanyuen has performed lead roles in operas and musicals including The Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), King Oberon (The Fairy Queen), Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Mr. Keen (The English Cat), Souchong (Das Land des Lächelns), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Tony (West Side Story), Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid) and Raul (The Phantom of the Opera). He has sung in major concerts as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Chulalongkorn University Symphony Orchestra and Mahidol University Pop Orchestra. Napat received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from the College of Music, Mahidol University and a Master's in Vocal Arts at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He is from Bangkok and now resides in New York City.
The composer, Hayden DeWitthaydendewittMezzo-soprano Hayden DeWitt performed many of the wonderful traditional opera roles and has appeared in some less well-known gems, spanning several centuries of music. Obscure favorites include the role of The Drummer in Viktor Ullmann’s WWII masterpiece, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Endimione in La Calisto by 17th-century master Francesco Cavalli, and Cherubino in I Due Figaro, a recently unearthed bel canto treasure by Saverio Mercadante. Hayden is a member of Opera Feroce, an Early Music ensemble whose clever and affectionate send-ups of baroque operatic conventions have won critical acclaim. She is pleased to debut with OCB in Hansel and Gretel.
Music master, Eric CoyneericcoyneBass Eric Coyne debuts as the Musiklehrer. His favorite roles include Wotan (Die Walküre) at Golden Gate Opera in San Francisco, Orgon in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe at West Bay Opera and Don Pasquale for Arosa Musiktheater in Switzerland. He appeared as Ramfis (Aïda) with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonie and Leporello (Don Giovanni) with the City Opera of Usti nad Labem, both in the Czech Republic, and Ferrando (Il Trovatore) with the Bourgas Opera in Bulgaria. Under the baton of Emerson Buckley in Miami, he created the role of the Secretary of State in Robert Ward’s Minutes Till Midnight.
The Major-Domo, TBATBA
Naiad, Elisabeth Papageorgiou elisabethpapageorgiouElisabeth Nefeli Papageorgiou has studied opera and piano and was member of the Opera studio of the National Opera of Athens (Young Artist Program) where she performed the role of Euridice in J. Offenbach’s comic opera Orphée aux Enfers and Dorina in B. Galuppi’s L’amante di tutte. She continues her opera post-diploma studies at the Brooklyn College Master’s in Voice Performance program. She has performed on multiple occasions in Greece and abroad. Other roles performed include Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata and Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet.
Dryad, Inbal Milligerinbal-milliger
Echo, ​Hannah Spierman​hannah-spierman

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Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Jay Meetze. The company enriches cultural life by offering affordable performances of a wide range of repertoire sung concert style in intimate spaces by talented local artists accompanied by piano. Showcasing opera in this fashion allows for direct engagement with the art form. In this way OCB helps to stimulate and educate audiences, allowing opera to flourish.

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