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Dialogues des Carmelites – 10/8 at 7PM

Dialogues des Carmelites – October 8 at 7PM

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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, Abdiel VazquezAbdielVazquezMexican Conductor and Pianist Abdiel Vásquez has had an extensive international career. Hailed by the press in Mexico as “a national treasure,” he has also worked with singers like Javier Camarena and Maria Katzarava in recitals, concerts, and opera companies. His new Wagner/Verdi album “Love & Death” has been praised by the international press for displaying “virtuoso hands, the mind of a conductor, the imagination of an orchestrator, the spirit of an improviser, and the heart of a singer.”
Pianist, Lucas BarkleyLucas Barkley is a New York based pianist. He has worked with Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera. He has curated and accompanied numerous art song recitals such as 1815: A Schubert Song Bicentennial.
Stage Director, Steve WittingstevewittingSteve 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.
Marquis de la Force, Brian MontgomeryBrian Montgomery has performed to critical acclaim with important opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Posa in Don Carlo, most notably), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Posa in Don Carlo, Germont in La Traviata, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, and Malatesta in Don Pasquale), Arena di Verona (Iago in Otello), Bavarian State Opera (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello in La Boheme, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Ottokar in Der Freischütz,and Leander in The Love for Three Oranges most notably), Hamburg State Opera and Stuttgart Opera (Marcello in La Boheme), Hungarian State Opera (di Luna in Il Trovatore), Basel Opera (Iago in Otello, Sharpless, Malatesta, and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia), Atlanta Opera (title role of Verdi's Macbeth), Dallas Opera (de Bretigny in Massenet’s Manon), Manitoba Opera (Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera), Palm Beach Opera (Enrico and Germont), Tulsa Opera (Zurga in Les Pecheurs des Perles), Opera Omaha (Sharpless), Utah Festival Opera (Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West), Arizona Opera (Renato), Glimmerglass Opera (Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana), New Orleans Opera (Sharpless), and Madison Opera (the four villains in Les Contes d'Hoffman and the title role in Rigoletto). He created the role of Sloan in the world premiere of Dreamkeepers by David Carlson for the Utah Opera, and has subseqently returned as Iago in Otello and as the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos.​ ​For the past few seasons, Mr. Montgomery has been appearing in leading baritone roles on the stages in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, where he currently resides and is a sought after teacher. He will return to The Metropolitan Opera this coming season for Carmen.
Chevalier de la Force/First commissioner, David BaileydavidbaileyEqually at home in opera, oratorio, and concert, David Bailey is an active soloist, recitalist, and performer in the New York area. Recently at Regina Opera, he has performed Camille in Merry Widow, and Alfredo in La Traviata. He also performed the songs of James Joyce at Bloomsday at Symphony Space. He has worked with Carlisle Floyd and Anton Coppola on scenes from their operas. As an apprentice with Florida Grand Opera, he performed Beppe in Pagliacci and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. His work in Europe includes Den Nye Opera Norway and the Lyrique en Mer Festival France in La Traviata, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Charlemagne Orchestra in Brugge, Belgium.
Chevalier de la Force/First commissioner, (cover, John Ramseyer)johnramseyerBorn and raised in Pontiac, Illinois, Mr. Ramseyer received his bachelor's degree at Illinois State University, where he sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Fenton (Falstaff) with the Midwest Institute of Opera. Following his undergraduate work, he moved to New York City to attend Mannes College at The New School where he recently received his master's degree in voice. With Mannes Opera, John performed the roles of Laurie in Adamo's Little Women and Bill in Dove's Flight, both under the baton of Glimmerglass' Joseph Colaneri. He most recently performed Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with the Christman Opera Company in their inaugural season's double bill of the Purcell master work and the world premiere of Theodore Christman's opera Adriana McMannes.
Blanche de la Force/Sister Blanche of the Agony of Christ, Caroline MillercarolinemillerCaroline Miller is so grateful to make her debut with OCB singing Blanche. She can currently be seen in the short film Così, produced by The Pleiades Project as Despina. Coming up next month, Caroline will be performing excerpts from Rigoletto and La Boheme Gilda and Musetta with orchestra as part of the Sounds of Arts Festival in Long Island City. Other NYC companies she has appeared with include Encompass New Opera, Utopia Opera and the American Symphony Orchestra. With the Ohio Light Opera she has appeared as Phyllis in Iolanthe, Mascha in The Chocolate Soldier and Bellabruna in Blossom Time. Caroline holds a Masters degree from the Eastman School of Music and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Thierry/Second commissioner/Officer/Jailer, M. Javelinot, Miguel Vasquezmiguel-vasquezMiguel Angel Vasquez- crossover lyric baritone thrilled for his OCB debut! Most recently seen in the off-broadway production of Speakeasy Dollhouse; the Bloody Beginning and Showboat Boston! Favorite Operatic roles; Alfonso in La Favorita, Enrico in Lucia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Morales/El Dancairo/Escamillo in Carmen, Masetto/Don Giovanni, Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus, Der Lautsprecher in Der Keiser von Atlantis and Peter in Hansel and Gretel. A fan of new works he has premiered many new operas and theater. Residencies include Connecticut Lyric Opera and Redhouse Arts Center. Summer programs- Bay View Music Festival, Martina Arroyo, and the Phonecia International Festival of the Voice.
Madame de Croissy, Heidi SkokheidiskokFormer Soprano turned Mezzo-soprano Heidi Skok has enjoyed an operatic and concert career spanning 26 years, twenty of them spent as a soprano. Skok has sung all over the world in concert halls and operatic stages, most notably over a period of twelve years with the Metropolitan Opera, under the baton of James Levine. Skok is highly renowned for interpreting new music. Future engagements bring several concert appearances. Skok is the Founder and Artistic Director of Resonanz. For more information please visit www.heidiskok.com.
Sister Constance of St. Denis, Kristin Young
Kristin Renee Young, soprano, has been lauded for her “effervescent” and “terrific” performances (Boston Arts Fuse). A resident of Brooklyn and a Philadelphia native, Kristin’s love for music began with the violin at age five and gradually evolved into a passion for the vocal arts. Kristin received a Master’s degree in music from Boston University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. Kristin has performed with Opera Company of Brooklyn (Adina, Zerlina, Norina), International Brazilian Opera Company, Center for Contemporary Opera, and Gotham Chamber Opera.
Mother Marie of the Incarnation, 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.
Madame Lidoine/Mother Marie of St. Augustine, Erin CarrerincarrSoprano Erin Carr received acclaim for her large, warm voice that has the ability to perform in an intimate setting. She is happy to sing again with OCB where she first sang Die Schleppträgerin in Elektra. Ms. Carr has sung Isolde in Tristan und Isolde and Agathe in Der Freischütz with Utopia Opera. Suor Angelica in the title role, Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in Die Walküre with New York Lyric Opera, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Resonanz Summer Festival. Also at the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, she premiered the role of Deborah, in The Veil of Forgetfulness. Other roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Ms. Grose in Turn of the Screw, and almost every Valkyrie in Walküre.
Mother Jeanne of the Holy Child Jesus, Laura SmithlaurasmithLaura Smith is honored to return to OCB tonight in the role of Fricka after having performed the role in “Das Rheingold” with OCB in February. Other recent performances included Baba the Turk in "The Rake's Progress" with OCB last November, originating the role of "Diana" in Thomas Z. Shepherd's version of "Thespis" with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company of Long Island, Azucena (cover) in "Il Trovatore" with MORE Opera; Katisha in “The Mikado” with with Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company of Long Island and Regina Opera. Ms. Smith lives in Patchogue, NY with her husband Charlie.
Sister Mathilde, 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.
Chaplain of the monastery, John RamseyerjohnramseyerBorn and raised in Pontiac, Illinois, Mr. Ramseyer received his bachelor's degree at Illinois State University, where he sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Fenton (Falstaff) with the Midwest Institute of Opera. Following his undergraduate work, he moved to New York City to attend Mannes College at The New School where he recently received his master's degree in voice. With Mannes Opera, John performed the roles of Laurie in Adamo's Little Women and Bill in Dove's Flight, both under the baton of Glimmerglass' Joseph Colaneri. He most recently performed Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with the Christman Opera Company in their inaugural season's double bill of the Purcell master work and the world premiere of Theodore Christman's opera Adriana McMannes.

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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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