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La Boheme – 12/17 at 7PM

La Boheme – Saturday, December 17 at 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

Jay Meetze, Artistic DirectorJayMaestro Jay Meetze is founder and artistic director of OCB. Meetze has conducted more than fifty operas across the globe including Austria, England, Germany, Israel, and Italy. Opera News lauded Meetze for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership.” Meetze has also conducted the CD Divas (2006), which Opera News named Critic’s Choice and Top-10 of the Year. The recording features music by American composer, Thomas Pasatieri that includes his most famous opera Signor Deluso and a reworking of La Divina, an opera supposedly based on Maria Callas.
Director of Productions, 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.
Assistant to the Artistic Director, Bin PengheadshotBaritone Bin Peng is OCB’s Director’s Assistant and earned a Masters in Music & Voice from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) in 2016 and a Bachelor’s in Musicology from Beijing’s Capital Normal University in 2014. He performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at MSM as part of Mignon Dunn’s Operatic Role Class as well as the lead in Le Nozze di Figaro in Beijing. Peng has performed songs including Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Liederkreis and Schubert’s Winterreise. Peng has sung nationwide with the Beijing Festival Chorus. From 2012-2015 he was a soloist in the Opera Festival in Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts.
Lighting Designer, Keithlyn Parkman
Assistant to the Director of Productions, Renée Rogers
Conductor, William HickswilliamhicksWilliam Hicks, Conductor, Voice Coach, and Pianist, has coached, appeared in recital, on radio and television, and in master classes with some of the world's leading singers, including Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, Anna Moffo, Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Teresa Stratas, Anna Moffo, and Franco Corelli. He worked as Conductor, Associate and Assistant Conductor, and solo pianist at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. In addition, he has served as Associate Conductor for Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John McGlinn. He worked as an actor and dancer, and gives classes in musical preparation and presentation for young singers.
Pianist, Jonthan Breit jonathan-breitJonathan Breit is an award-winning pianist and composer known for his witty sense of humor and daring blend of styles. As a pianist he has premiered pieces by Sting, pasek & paul, and Andrew Lippa, and has performed at 54 Below, (le) poisson rouge, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a fellowship pianist. As a composer, his pieces includes The Rivals (Lively Productions, NY) and Recette de Bouillabaisse (Vingt Lieux sur la Mer, Marseille). His song cycle Overheard Conversations is currently being workshopped at the BMI Lehmann Engel Musical Theater Workshop. He holds a B.A. from Yale College and a master of music degree from Mannes College.
Rodolfo, Jungho Bae JunghoBae2Lyric tenor, Jungho Bae, sings actively around New York’s Metropolitan area. He appeared with the Aspen Music Festival and made his debut in New York City as Rinuccio from Puccini’s "Gianni Schicchi," with New York Lyric Opera Theater. He sang Rinuccio at Opera Theater of Seoul Art Center. He graduated with a Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College with scholarship merit and has earned a Bachelor's & Master's Degree from Seoul, Korea. He also studied conducting in Rome, Italy. Recently, he joined Mark Oswald's summer program as Rodolfo from "La Bohème" by Puccini.
Mimì, Susan Wheelersusan-wheelerAmerican Soprano Susan Wheeler made her Carnegie Hall debut recently (Mozart Requiem, Dvořák Te Deum, Johnathan Griffith). Operatic repertoire, in concert, includes Cunegonde (Candide), Maria (West Side Story) with the Tucson Symphony (George Hanson). Other acclaimed operatic performances include Olympia, Antonia, and Giulietta (Augusta Opera); Norina (Opera Vivente); Valencienne (Annapolis Opera, as well as Maryland Lyric Opera), Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Gretel (Des Moines Metro Opera), a role that she has reprised with the Annapolis Opera and Maryland Lyric Opera. Co-Founder of the Third Millennium Ensemble, Ms. Wheeler has been featured on National Public Radio, as well as The Kennedy Center.
Mimì 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.
Mimì cover, Hannah SpiermanHannah-Spierman
Marcello, Brian MontgomeryBrian-MontgomeryBrian Montgomery has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Posa in Don Carlo, most notably), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Posa, Germont, Guglielmo, Mercutio, Marcello, Schaunard, Malatesta Arena di Verona, Bavarian State Opera (Sharpless, Marcello, Silvio, Ottokar, Leander, Hamburg State Opera and Stuttgart Opera (Marcello), Hungarian State Opera (di Luna), Basel Opera (Iago, Sharpless, Malatesta, and Junius), Atlanta Opera (title role of Verdi's Macbeth), Dallas Opera (de Bretigny), Manitoba Opera (Renato), Palm Beach Opera (Enrico and Germont), Tulsa Opera (Zurga), Opera Omaha (Sharpless), Utah Festival Opera (Jack Rance), Arizona Opera (Renato), Glimmerglass Opera (Alfio), 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.
Musetta, Nina Rileynina-rileySoprano Nina Riley has performed numerous roles with numerous companies in and around NYC. She has received rave reviews such as when she was considered the “musical highlight” of Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel. The Times Argus described Nina's performance as “heart wrenching” and that “it alone was worth the price of admission.” Nina was the guest soloist for the Manhattan Symphonie Orchestra's Winter China Tour and sang in the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, and more. Other renowned venues/festivals she has performed in: The NYC International FRINGE Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Kupferberg Center, et al.
Musetta cover, Evelyn Thatcherevelyn-thatcherBorn in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in New York, soprano Evelyn Thatcher graduated from Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship award recipient with a Bachelor’s Degree in Opera Performance. She has performed leading roles in La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Rigoletto, The Impresario, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, The Merry Widow, Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, I Pagliacci, Il Tabarro, La Cenerentola, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and covered Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.
Schaunard, Adam UngerAdam-UngerBaritone Adam Unger is from Great Neck, New York. He has studied with Bill Schuman, Bill Neill and William Hicks. Adam has played professional baseball for the New York Yankees and is currently an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York.
Colline, Virdell WilliamsVirdell-WilliamsAmerican Bass-Baritone Virdell Williams has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. He recently appeared as Colline in La Bohème, and Commendatore in (Don Giovanni) with Amore Opera . Also as Wotan (Die Walküre) with New York Lyric Opera, and as Zuniga (Carmen) and Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera. Other engagements include Simone (Gianni Schicchi) with the Martha Cardona Theater; Rigoletto and Scarpia (Tosca) with Zwei-Groschen-Oper in Humbach, Germany; St. Ignatius (Four Saints in Three Acts) with the San Francisco Chamber Society; and Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and Wagner (Faust) with Opera San José.
Benoît/Alcindoro/A Customs Sargeant, Eric CoyneericcoyneEric Coyne, bass, plays Benoit, Alcindoro & the Sergeant, three of his fourteen Puccini roles. He debuted with Opera Company of Brooklyn as the Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos). A singing actor, he has played Orgon in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe at West Bay Opera and Don Pasquale for Arosa Musiktheater in Switzerland, as well as Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte) and Sarastro (The Magic Flute) for Mission City Opera in Santa Clara. He appeared as Leporello (Don Giovanni) with the City Opera of Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic, and Simone in Mozart’s La finta semplice with Opera Piccola Bremen.
Parpignol, Christopher SanfilippochristophersanfilippoActor and Singer Christopher Sanfilippo has performed in concert at venues across NYC, such as Lincoln Center, The Plaza Hotel, and Don't Tell Mama! Recent credits include Rotation: a multimedia opera (NYU Black Box Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Sundog Theatre), The Brothers Karamazov: Pt I (Treehouse Theater), Phantasm (Times Square Art Center), Billy Witch (Producer's Club), Virgins and Werewolves (Theatre Row), Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Valley), and Les Misérables (Gateway Playhouse). Other notable credits include Marat/Sade, Side Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, Julius Caesar, and Drop Dead! He is a graduate of LIU Post!ChristopherSanfilippo.com

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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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