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Simon Boccanegra, 9/10, 7PM

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, September 10, 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

Guest Conductor/Pianist, Abdiel Vazquez AbdielVazquezMexican 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.”
Assistant Conductor, Robert Whalen Portraits of Robert Whalen by Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013Robert Whalen was personally selected by Lorin Maazel to be his Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor at the 2014 Castleton Festival, and has worked as Assistant Conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne. Whalen is a passionate advocate for contemporary composers. Whalen recently conducted the Collide-o-Scope Ensemble in a Milton Babbitt Centennial concert at the Tenri Cultural Center in Manhattan. A native of New York, Whalen holds degrees from Cornell University, the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Minnesota.
Simon Boccanegra, Mark Cotton MarkCottonBaritone Mark Cotton possesses a strong, ringing voice and a stage presence that brings his characters to life with great dramatic range. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in more than 28 roles including Falstaff in Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Germont in La Traviata, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Schaunard in La Bohème, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. He has also performed extensive oratorio repertoire including Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Bach's St. John Passion, and Mozart's Requiem.
Jacopo Fiesco, 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 with the San Francisco Chamber Society and Opera San José, as well as Simone (Gianni Schicchi) with the Martha Cardona Theater; Rigoletto and Scarpia (Tosca) with Zwei-Groschen-Oper in Humbach, Germany.
Maria Boccanegra, Meredith Mecum MeredithMecumMeredith Mecum, praised for her “soaring soprano,” has performed Alice in Falstaff and Amelia in Amelia al ballo with OCB. Other recent performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, scenes from The Queen of Spades, Susannah, and Die Walküre at the Merola Opera Program, Tristana Straight in Impresario NOW! with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theatre, Clara Schumann (Clara by Victoria Bond) with Cutting Edge Concerts and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro (cover) with LOFTOpera. In October she will sing the roles of Una Coèfora/Una Voce/Una Vecchia while covering Clitennestra in Vittorio Gnecchi’s Cassandra with Teatro Grattacielo in NY.
Gabriele Adorno, Jungho Bae JunghoBae2Tenor 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.
Paolo Albiani, David Tapp David TappBaritone David Tapp’s repertoire includes everything from opera to musical theater. He returns to OCB after appearing in Salome and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has performed Captain Von Trapp, as well as the Wolf and the Prince in Into the Woods with New Jersey’s Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville. He has been seen as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Semplice and has sung in The Italian Girl in Aligers and Madame Butterfly with Ash Lawn Opera. He earned a Masters and Professional Studies degree from Mannes at the New School.
Pietro, Ivan Amaro IvanAmaro2Peruvian-born bass-baritone, Ivan Amaro, has been acclaimed by critics for his vibrant voice and his exceptional communication of the characters he performs in opera, operetta, and oratorio. 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. He is also a published archaeomusicologist.
Captain of the Crossbowmen, Ethan FranEthan FranEthan Fran performs opera, oratorio, sacred music, and recitals frequently in the New York area and beyond. 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. Among the numerous ensembles and organizations with whom he has recently sung are New York Virtuoso Singers, Bard Festival Chorale, and MasterVoices.
Amelia's maid, Emily Byrne EmilyByrneMezzo Soprano Emily K. Byrne is an “impressive vocalist” with a diverse range of performance credits. Recently, Ms. Byrne was featured as Dorabella in Delaware Valley Opera Company’s production of Cosi Fan Tutte as well as Lyubov in Tchaikovsky’s Mazepa as part of the Russian Opera Workshop. Other roles include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Mercédès in Carmen, Theresa in La Sonnamubla, Katchen in Werther, Annina in La Traviata, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Ms. Gobineau in The Medium, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Ocean in A Shipwrecked Opera.

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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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