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Bizet’s Carmen – 8/27

Carmen, August 27, 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, Noam AvielNoam Aviel
Noam Aviel is OCB’s Assistant Conductor. She was appointed as Assistant Conductor at OPERA San Antonio. She also works with the performance program Angels Vocal Art. Aviel holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Illinois State University, as well as two Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Tel- Aviv University. She has conducted in the ISU opera productions in 2016, and served as Music Director in the 2015 Illinois Festival Opera. Aviel has also sung as a choir member in various programs with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta.
Pianist, Eric MalsonEric Malson has appeared frequently at the Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Wexford, Caramoor, North Carolina Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony Mr. Malson appeared in concert with Deborah Voigt, Eva Urbanová, Thomas Studebaker, Lawrence Brownlee, and his critically-acclaimed CD of the Brahms Magelone songs with tenor Paul Mow, recently released on the Lyrichord label. He has served on the musical staff of Bühnen der Stadt Köln, Teatro Nacional São Carlos (Lisbon), Seattle Opera (Ring cycle), Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, Opera Zuid (Netherlands), Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, The Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Cleveland Opera. He has served on the opera faculties of the Juilliard School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, as well as the accompanying staff of the Curtis Institute of Music, and the accompanying and chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Malson has served as official accompanist for various competitions, including the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. He holds degrees from Indiana University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his teachers included Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, and John Wustman.
Carmen, Laura FlaxmanLaura Flaxman
Laura Flaxman has previously appeared with OCB as Fenena (Nabucco). Other recent roles include Frugola (Il Tabarro) with Garden State Opera, La Principessa (Suor Angelica) and she understudied Carmen for Golden Rose Opera Works in Queens, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) at the North Shore Music Festival, Meg Page (Falstaff) with Utopia Opera, Flora (La Traviata) with Bronx Opera and Zita (Gianni Schicchi) with Ralynmor Opera in New Hampshire.
Don José, Jungho BaeJungho BaeTenor Jungho Bae has won many competitions and had numerous concerts in Seoul and New York as a singer and conductor. He graduated from Mannes College with a Professional Studies Diploma and has his Masters and Bachelors from Seoul, Korea. He was a part of Mark Oswald's summer program as La Bohème’s Rodolfo. He has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Seoul Art Center, which is the biggest opera house in South Korea.
Escamillo, Joseph FlaxmanJoseph Flaxman
Joseph Flaxman possesses a “devilish manner and burly baritone” that is “robust and vocally powerful.” He has performed the title role of Don Giovanni with OCB. He has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, La Palacio del Opera in Spain, Lyrique-en-mer in France, Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bard SummerScape, Opera Saratoga, Opera Naples, and St. Petersburg Opera among others.
Micaëla, Angela Pinti Angela Pinti
Soprano Angela Pinti sang the role of Marguerite in Gounod's Faust with OCB and has been featured in the Brooklyn-based series, Concerts on the Slope. She has also recently performed in chamber choral works (adapted for quartet) by composer Beth Anderson in New York City‘s Spectrum. Angela received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College and currently studies with soprano Judith Coen. She is a soloist and section leader at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Micaëla cover, Lisa BryceLisa Bryce
Lisa Bryce, native of Brooklyn, performs internationally. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and Binghamton University. She has performed Mimì (La Bohème), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutti), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Micaela (Carmen), Giuliette (Tales of Hoffmann), Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She is a First Prize Winner of the Five Towns Voice Competition in Long Island. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Danny Kaye Playhouse, National Opera Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Berlin Cathedral.
Zuniga, Alonzo JohnsonAlonzo Murphy-Johnson
Moralès/Dancaïro, Ivan AmaroIvan Amaro
Peruvian-born bass-baritone, Ivan Amaro, is acclaimed by critics for his performances in opera, operetta, and oratorio. He has performed works ranging from Mozart to Menotti. In the past, he has sung Le Nozze di Figaro’s Count Almaviva, Lucia di Lammermoor’s Enrico, and La Boheme’s Marcello, among others. He is also a published archaeomusicologist.
Frasquita, Sonya RiceSonya Rice
Sonya Rice has lived and performed on three continents and is currently based in New York. Recent engagements include: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and the leading role Anat in Thomas Lawrence Toscano's Made in America: The Interview, a role which was written specifically for her. Ms. Rice's previous engagements include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucy in The Telephone, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. She looks forward to singing with Opera Company of Brooklyn this season.
Mercédès, Andrea HowlandAndrea Howland
Praised for her "shimmery, bell­like" soprano and "flexible, plangent sound," Andrea Howland recently took first place at the Heafner­Williams Vocal Competition in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Roles performed include Beth in Little Women with Opera Breve, Serafina in Il Campanello with Capitol Opera Raleigh, Gretel and Papagena at Appalachian State University, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Oklahoma City University. She sang in the ensemble of North Carolina Opera, as well as participated in the company’s “Opera 101” school outreach tour.
Le Remendado, Ethan FranEthan Fran
Ethan Fran performs opera, oratorio, sacred music, and recitals frequently in the New York area and beyond. He has recently sung with New York Virtuoso Singers, Bard Festival Chorale, and MasterVoices formerly The Collegiate Chorale. As soloist, recent highlights include Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" with Apotheosis Opera, Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" with The Downtown Symphony, Schubert's Mass in E-flat with Sound Shore Chorale, and Bach's "Mass in B Minor" with Canterbury Choral Society.

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About OCB
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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