Outdoor Activities & Living Room Opera Unite!
Bring your own maps or bread crumbs as Opera Company of Brooklyn presents ‘A Day of Hansel and Gretel,’ this Saturday, July 9th.Explore Manhattan’s last natural forest, Inwood Hill Park, located at the island’s farthest northwest scenic tip where the Hudson and Harlem Rivers meet.
At 7PM, hear hot artists singing up-close and personal in an apartment located on Inwood Hill Park, above Indian Road Cafe at 600 218th Street, 1G – 33 Indian Road, 1G, NY, NY 10034. Suggested $20 donation for adults – $0 for minors with an adult.
Hansel and Gretel Cast
Conductor/Pianist: Susan Morton
Peter: Hyung Joo Eom
Gertrude: Sonya Rice (cover, Lisa Bryce)
Hansel: Hayden Dewitt
Gretel: Elyse Kakacek
Witch: Laura Smith
Sandman/Dewman: Megan Brunning
Upcoming: Carmen, 8/27; Simon Boccanegra, 9/10; Ariadne auf Naxos, 9/24
Links for your self-guided tour of Inwood Hill Park
Bird-Watching, Wildlife, Habitat
Coloratura soprano Megan Brunning has performed The Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Olympia, Mabel and Gianetta. Companies include: the Atlanta Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera for the Young, Sugar Creek Opera, Chattanooga’s Scenic City Opera, Capitol City Opera. In 2013, Megan competed as a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received an encouragement award from the 2014 MONC Georgia District Auditions. Other awards include the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition Semifinalist, Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Competition Second Place Encouragement Award, Opera Birmingham Competition Semifinalist, and University of Georgia Concerto Competition Winner. Upcoming:Norina at Opera del West in Boston and Adina at Opera for the Young.
Lisa Bryce, native of Brooklyn New York, performs Operatic roles, Oratorio and Concert internationally. Lisa Bryce 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 First Prize Winner of the Five Towns Voice Competition. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Danny Kaye Playhouse, National Opera Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Berlin Dome.
In addition to performing many of the wonderful traditional opera roles for lyric mezzo-soprano, Hayden DeWitt has appeared in some less well-known gems, spanning several centuries of music. Obscure favorites include the role of The Drummer in Viktor Ullmann’s WWII masterpiece, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Endimione in La Calisto by 17th-century master Francesco Cavalli, and Cherubino in I Due Figaro, a recently unearthed bel canto treasure by Saverio Mercadante. Hayden is a member of Opera Feroce, an Early Music ensemble whose clever and affectionate send-ups of baroque operatic conventions have won critical acclaim. She is pleased to debut with OCB in this production of Hansel and Gretel.
Hyung Joo Eom (Baritone) – Presently living in Fort Lee, NJ. He holds a Master’s from Manhattan school of Music. He is student of Mark Oswald. He received the New Student Excellence of Admission Performance, and won an award at the 11th International Vocal Competition of Rome, also won 2016 Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, New Jersey region. He performed ‘Count’ from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, Renato, Germont, Belcore. He will join in Miami Music Festival as Schaunard from ‘La Boheme’ and perform with Manhattan Opera Studio as Peter from ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in this summer.
Elyse Kakacek has performed Norina, Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Micaela, Nedda, Susanna, Pamina, Barbarina, Frasquita, Clorinda, Adele, Despina, Gretel, Zerlina, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Yumyum and Peep-Bo. Companies include: International Beethoven Festival in Chicago, Chicago Summer Opera, Opera Works, The Amalfi Coast Music Festival and the Opera Training Institute of Chicago, Windy City Opera, KOR productions, Chicago Opera Playhouse, Music by the Lake, American Chamber Opera Company, Chicago Fringe Opera, The Floating Opera Project. Other works: Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Schubert’s Mass in G. Awards: The Lynne Harvey Foundation Scholarship, finalist for the Harold Haugh Vocal Competition, Finalist in the Opera Professional division for The American Prize: Virginia Schorr Memorial Award.
Susan Morton, pianist, linguist, conductor, maintains a busy coaching studio in New York City. She has long been associated with Italian opera, language and culture, and is Director/Founder as well of two programs which foster greater professionalism through performances and language training: SingThrough Central, an ongoing full-score reading program and Festa Lirica Italiana, a full-immersion, intensive role-study and language program during the month of June on the island of Ischia (Italy). Past credits include: New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, posts at Florida State University, Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, and the SUNY New Paltz Language Institute, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, staff coach and recitative seminars for the Martina Arroyo Foundation, IVAI in Chiari, Italy and in Tel Aviv; other regional operas and universities. She maintains a private studio in New York and is an active recitalist, recently appearing at Trinity Church (Wall Street), in Williamsburg, VA and Hudson, NY. Other credits include the Naumburg Competition at Carnegie Hall,a Community Concerts tour of the Southwest and concerts in Italy.
Sonya Rice has lived and performed on three continents and is currently based in New York. Recent engagements include: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and the leading role Anat in Thomas Lawrence Toscano’s Made in America: The Interview, a role which was written specifically for her. Ms. Rice’s previous engagements included coloratura repertoire such as: Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucy in The Telephone, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. She looks forward to singing with Opera Company of Brooklyn this season.
Laura 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 Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera company of Long Island and Regina Opera. Ms. Smith lives in Patchogue, NY with her husband Charlie.