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 and Pianist, Susan Morton||Susan Morton, conductor, coach, pianist, linguist, long associated with Italian language and culture, she is Director/Founder of Sing Through Central at the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Festa Lirica Italiana in Italy, a role study and language seminar. She has spent ten summers with the award-winning Opera Festival di Roma. Her US credits include: New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera. Posts at Hofstra University, Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Augusta Opera. She maintains a busy studio in New York City.|
|Director of Productions, Steve Witting||Steve Witting - Stage Director, A New Yorker from Queens. Mr. Witting began his career in opera as a supernumerary at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was discovered by John Dexter in the crowded masked ball scene in Verdi’s opera and went on to create the lead mime roles in Parade (a french triple bill) and the Stravinsky triple bill. For the next four years he was mentored by Dexter in the craft of directing opera and theater; studying the productions of Billy Budd, Lulu, The Rise and Fall of The City of Mahagonny and The Dialogue of The Carmelites. He directs plays at The Weathervane Repertory Theater and opera with Trill Vocal Productions, New York Lyric Opera and The Opera Company of Brooklyn.|
|Lighting Designer, Keithlyn Parkman|
|Assistant to the Director of Productions, Renée Rogers|
|Tito Vespasian, Ivan Rivera||Tenor Ivan Rivera performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Kasper (Amahal and the Night Visitors), Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore), Jewen 3 (Salome), Don Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Alicina (Handel), and Oronte and Monostatos (Magic Flute). He was recently seen in Capitol Heights Lyric Opera’s Amahal & The Night Visitors as Kasper, Don Ramiro in Cenerentola and Don Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Tamino (German) in Magic Flute with OperaOggiNY, Ferrando in Opera Manhatttan’s Cosi fan tutte, and Ferrando in the Underworld Productions' mounting of Cosi fan tutte at Symphony Space.
|Vitellia, Claire Stadtmueller||Claire Stadtmueller sang the role of Tosca in Central Park with New York Grand Opera under Maestro Vincent La Selva. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and returned to sing seven other works of Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn and Haydn. She has sung the roles of Fiordiligi, Countess, Pamina; Rosario in Granados' Goyescas; the Mother in Amahl. She has performed concerts with the Richard Tucker Foundation, the American Wagner Society in Chicago, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and WGBH Boston's Classics in the Morning.
|Sesto, Hayden DeWitt ||Hayden DeWitt has been heard with Opera Company of Brooklyn in the roles of Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Der Komponist in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Her repertoire includes many of the favorite roles for lyric mezzo-soprano, including a few which are "off the beaten path," such as Cherubino in Saverio Mercadante's I Due Figaro and Der Trommler in Viktor Uhlmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis. In addition, she has produced a one-woman show of rare bel canto arias entitled Stella, nemica infausta. Hayden is a founding member of Opera Feroce, an early music ensemble whose affectionate send-ups of eighteenth-century operatic conventions have won critical acclaim.|
|Annio, Jennifer Marshall||Jennifer Marshall is a multi-faceted soprano with a varied musical career. Her experience has encompassed the worlds of opera, sacred music and even pop. Opera highlights include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. As a concert artist, she has been the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Rutter Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Gloria. Jennifer has appeared twice on WNYC’s Soundcheck and was mentioned in a New York Times review for her work with composer and singer, Julie Feeney. Originally from Huntington, NY, Jennifer received her Bachelor and Master of Music at Purchase College and Manhattan School of Music respectively and holds a second Bachelor’s in Italian from Stony Brook University.|
|Servilia, Marisa Karchin||Marisa Karchin, soprano, completed her Master's degree at Mannes School of Music in 2016, after earning a B.A. from Yale University. During the 2015-2016 season, Marisa sang with Utopia Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Marisa is an avid performer of new music and has appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. Marisa will portray Shirley Temple in a new production of Robert Ashley's DUST in 2017. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea).|
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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.