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Le Comte Ory – 12/3 at 7PM

Rossini’s Comic Opera, Le Comte Ory – Saturday, December 3 at 7PM

Free for kids, BYOB for adults, $20


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.
Assistant to the Director of Productions, Renée Rogers
Conductor and Pianist, Justin Pambianchijustin-pambianchiJustin Pambianchi is a young and versatile conductor from Montreal at the outset of his professional career. He has served as a répétiteur and assistant conductor for productions of Don Giovanni, La bohème, La gazza ladra, Sweeney Todd and other operas in North America and Europe. He has also played continuo in operas and instrumental works by Handel, Campra and others. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he has recently collaborated with Donald Crockett and James Mobberley. A former Glimmerglass young artist, Justin will be on Sarasota Opera’s music staff for their 2017 season.
Stage Director, Muriel Von VillasKnown for her cinematic and visceral style and tallying over 200 productions, Muriel Von Villas has staged opera, operetta and musical theatre throughout the United States including Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, II barbiere di Siviglia, and Tosca for Opera International, La boheme and Carmen for Natchez Opera, Company for the Seagle Colony, L'elisir d'amore for Boheme Opera, L’1taliani in Algieri for Berkshire Opera and opera performances for the Kennedy Center. With a passion for the development of young talent, Von Villas has been a stage director with Domingo Cafritz Young Artists Program, Minnesota Opera Institute, Goldovsky Institute, Prelude to Performance, and on the faculty of George Mason University and Georgetown University.
Count Ory, John Villemairejohn-villemaireHailed by Opera News for possessing “the most musical and stylistic sophistication onstage, taking everything...as Rossini would have expected, ” John Villemaire, tenor, the recipient of the Lynne Cushman Award has been featured at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera’s Gala as Roméo in from Roméo et Juliette. Credits include Idreno in Semiramide with Opera Project; Don Ramiro, (La Cenerentola) with Opera Columbus; Giannetto in La gazza ladra, with Bronx Opera; Faust with CSO Orchestra; Oronte in Handel’s Alcina with Dorian Baroque Orchestra, Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera Rutgers and the Tenor in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ and Orff's Carmina Burana with Hunterdon Symphony.
Tutor, Nathan Baernathan-baerNathan Baer is happy to be, once again, with OCB after having performed Zarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Blitch (Susannah), and Dr. Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) with them. Mr. Baer started singing in Aiken, SC under the tutelage of Antoine Cordahi and, recently, studied voice with the late Roman Borgman and Breathing Coordination with Steven Flam. Nathan has performed a wide variety of works from Opera to Spirituals, Oratorio, and Musical Theater, and has earned high marks from Giorgio Tozzi, Martina Arroyo, Nico Castel and Paul Plishka. Mr. Baer is a past winner of the New York City Region, Eastern District, of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Isolier, Hayden DeWitthayden-dewitt1Hayden 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.
Raimbaud, 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.
La Comtesse Adèle, Eunjin JungEunjin-JungSoprano Eunjin Jung, a native of Daegu, Korea, graduated from Mannes College with a Professional Study Diploma and Master’s degree. Recently, she sang Musetta in La Boheme, conducted by Mark Oswald. Previous roles include Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Novis in Suor Angelica with Mannes Opera, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica in Chicago Summer Opera, and Lucy in The Telephone in Korea. She has additional performances as the lead in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nannetta in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mathilde in Guillaume Tell, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Woglinde in Gotterdammerung, and Violetta in La Traviata.
Ragonde, Shawn PalmershawnpalmerMezzo Shawn Palmer holds a BA Magna Cum Laude in Theater and English and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Shawn made her post-graduate debut with the New York Opera Theater as Olga in their production of Eugene Onegin. Her most recent credits include Stephano (Roméo et Juliette,) Dido (Cover, Dido and Aeneas,) Siebel (Faust) and La Cenerentola (La Cenerentola). Credits with the Opera Company of Brooklyn include covers in Thaïs and Madama Butterfly, as well as scenes from La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia in a Rossini gala and Rossweisse in Die Walküre.
Ragonde Cover, Parris LewisparrislewisParris Mone't Lewis is a Brooklynite who began performing at an early age in various ensembles and programs through out New York City. She studied voice at Talent Unlimited High School for the Performing Arts and later received a Bachelors of Music Education from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Miss Lewis has had opportunities to work with organizations such as the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Carnegie Hall, Grady- Rayam Foundation, American Heart Association, National Endowment of the Arts, United Negro College Fund, the Mayors Office of the City of Orlando and audiences as far as Colombia, South America, the Bahamas and Cuba.
Alice, Julianne FröhlichjuliannefrohlichSoprano Julianne Fröhlich is thrilled to debut her performance with OCB as the role of Alice. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Montclair State. Recently, she performed the titular role in Viardot's Cendrillon and Wolf-Ferrari's Cenerentola with Y Arts Theatre Company. Previous Roles include Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Nella in Gianni Schicchi (MSU); Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera Theatre); Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). She performed opera including Birdie Hubbard from Regina, Clarice from Il mondo della luna, Nanetta in Flastaff and Muchacha 2 in a world premiere of Duarte-Lopez & Eremiášová's Bodas de Sangre.


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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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