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Jan. 31 Auditions, Idomeneo Feb. 7, Don Pasquale Mar. 7 BYOB OPERA

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February 7, 2014 Mozart’s Idomeneo

Ilia, Caitlin Mead (Kristen Charpentier, Rachel Hippert, Kristin Young)
ElectraRachel Hippert (Noelle Banks, Alexis Cregger)
Idamante, Margaret O’Connell (Melissa Serluco)
Idomeneo, Christopher Eaglin, (Jon Thomas Olson)
Arbace, Gerald Yarbray
Voice of Neptune, Scott Tomlinson
Pianist, Susan Morton
Conductor, Jay Meetze 

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March 7, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale, Jorge Ocasio (Ivan Amaro)
Norina, Kristin Renee Young (Nikoleta Rallis)
Ernesto, Luke Grooms (Jonathan Brinson)
Dr. Malatesta, Robert Garner
Notary, James Grandjean
Pianist, Susan Morton
Conductor, Jay Meetze

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Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) brings you our famous and casual Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) Opera Series. Artist biographies are below.

In living rooms, hear and mingle with top-flight artists, bring drinks and we’ll provide cups and snacks. After shows, receive a free drink at the Indian Road Café by showing your program. Shows begin at 7PM and are located in upper Manhattan at W. 218th Street & Indian Road, west of Seaman Avenue.  The exact address is given after tickets are purchased online, via USPS, or in person at Indian Road Café. Adults = $35, 2 for $50. Students with ID = $25 or 2 for $40. Include your name, email address and the date/s or operas you wish to attend. Mail checks to OCB, 33 Indian Road, 1G, NY, NY 10034.

Auditions:1/31, Auditions

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OCB was featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America with MythBustersCNNNational Public Radio, 1010 WINS, reviews and articles (some front-page and full-page) in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Post and NY Daily News, New York Magazine, American Record Guide, Opera News and Crain’s New York Business. The company’s Grammy-nominated CD, Divas, on Albany Records and featuring music by and with American composer, Thomas Pasatieri, was named “Critic’s Choice” and “Best of the year” by Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News magazine.
Quotes from the Press
“Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze!” – American Record Guide
“Jay Meetze attracts a new generation of music lovers.” – CNN 
“Undeniably impressive.” – Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News
“Jay Meetze achieved impressive results” – The New York Times 
“Meetze’s Flute was a game, witty and endearing.” – New York Post
“It was a reminder that opera is still a “pop” art.” – New York Daily News 
“It’s to bring in the newer, younger audiences” – New York Daily News
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Upcoming: BYOB Opera Series with operas, musicals and vocal works by Auber, Bellini, Berlioz, Bernstein, Bizet, Brahms, Britten, Cherubini, Cimarosa, Copland, Debussy, Donizetti, Dvořák, Flaherty, Gluck, Gounod, Handel, Halévy, Leoncavallo, Lully, Massenet, Menotti, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Offenbach, Pergolesi, Puccini, Purcell, Rameau, Ravel, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Spontini, R. Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Weber, Weill, Willson and more


Company Bios
Peruvian-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.
Soprano Kristen Charpentier has performed with Opera Providence in Pirates of Penzance and as a soloist for their holiday concert.  She has studied roles from Idomeneo, Daughter of the Regiment, Cendrillon, Don Pasquale, and Little Women, among others.  Ms. Charpentier has participated in the Crittenden Opera Workshop twice, the Coaching Diva’s Audition Workshop, the RI College Opera Workshop, and the New England Conservatory Summer Opera Studio.  She was the soprano soloist for Masterwork Chorale’s Summer Sing of Brahm’s Requiem and she sings with the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra.  She is looking forward to reprising her role with Opera Providence this fall.
Alexis Cregger, Soprano -Ms. Cregger hails from Winchester, MA and currently resides in New York City.  She has performed with OperaDelaware, Chelsea Opera, Regina Opera, Opera Manhattan, the Helena Symphony, the Blue Hill Troupe, the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in Buxton, England.  Her roles include the Queen of the Night, Pamina, Baby Doe, Lucia di Lammermoor, Mimi & Musetta in La Bohème, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  In October 2013 she was featured in the New York Times Arts section in relation to her performance as Queen of the Night in Amore Opera’s Das Labyrinth (Magic Flute II), an American Premiere.
Christopher Eaglin most recently sang Vaudemont in Opera Slavica production of Iolanta in NYC praised for his “emotional vocalism”. He previously was part of the International Vocal Arts Festival performing Brahms Liebeslieder and scenes from Don Giovanni and Most Happy Fella. He has also sung Don Ottavio with CoOPERAtive Opera in NJ, Tamino with New York Opera Forum, and Steva from Jenufa by Janacek performed by Opera Slavica. He is the winner of the Metropolitan International Music Festival and a finalist for Joy in Singing. Prior to focusing on sining, Mr. Eaglin worked on economic development and climate change in Southern Africa.
James Grandjean hails from Prescott Arizona, and recenly earned his BM in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Some of his recent roles include Laurie in Little Women (Opera Breve), The Stage Manager in Ned Rorem’s new operatic adaptation of Our Town (Oklahoma Opera Music Theatre Company),  Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene(OOMTC), and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte(Hawaii Performing Arts Festival). He is also a tenor solist and chorister at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New York City.
Newport, Tennessee born Luke Grooms played Piangi in the third national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall and Speakeasy Stage Company performances of Jerry Springer: The Opera, playing the Dual roles of Dwight/God, Beadle in Sweeney Todd with Fulton Theatre, and recently as Valjean in Les Miserables at Skylight Music Theatre. Opera roles include Roderigo in Otello(Rossini), Tonio, Elvino, Lindoro, Count Almaviva, and Nemorino , with The Metropolitan Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, OONY, New York City Opera, and others.  This season he can be seen again as Valjean at Red Mountain Theatre Company, at Skylight as Don Ramiro in La Cenrentola and as Beadle in Sweeney Todd at Hawaii Opera Theatre. www.lukegrooms.com.
Japanese Soprano Aine Hakamatsuka is the winner of the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition. She has performed roles including Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gretel and Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Kate (Pirates of Penzance). Equally gifted as a concert performer, she has been seen as guest soloist performing Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Salina Symphony. Ms. Hakamatsuka received her Master of Music degree from Manhattan school of music in 2014 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas Wesleyan University. While at Kansas Wesleyan University, she also performed with Wichita Grand Opera.
Young dramatic coloratura soprano Rachel Anne Hippert has recently performed with such local companies as the New York Opera Exchange (“Fiordiligi” in Così fan tutte) and the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus (soprano solo in Carmina Burana). Her upcoming engagements include “Isabelle” (Robert le diable) in Clef Note Productions’ November bel canto opera scenes concert, directed by Evelyn La Quaif, and she will be returning to the Brooklyn Philharmonia as the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria this December. Ms. Hippert earned her B.M. in voice performance from Boston University, is an alumna of Ann Baltz’s Operaworks Advanced Artist Program, Sherril Milnes’ V.O.I.C.Experience!, and Simon Estes’ Young Artist Performance Program. She currently studies with Metropolitan Opera veteran Atarah Hazzan.
Soprano Caitlin Mead made her operatic debut at the age of 15 when she sang in Madison Opera’s Die Zauberflöte (3rdSpirit) alongside world-renowned artists Nicole Cabell, Sumi Jo, and Richard Troxell.  She has since pursued her studies and has appeared in the Montefeltro Festival, the Madison Opera chorus, and as a chorus member under Maestro Lorin Maazel’s baton at the Castleton Festival. Ms. Mead has also appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Baroque Music Ensemble, and Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church.  A native of Madison, Wisconsin, she holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Mannes College The New School For Music.
Susan Morton, pianist, linguist, conductor, is based in New York City. Long associated with Italian opera, language and culture, she is Director/Founder of SingThrough Central, a full-score reading program and Festa Lirica Italiana, for full-immersion role-study and language in Forio,Ischia (Italy). Credits include: New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida State University, Hofstra University, Westminster Choir College, Manhattan School of Music, New Jersey City University, and the SUNY New Paltz Language Institute, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Martina Arroyo Foundation, IVAI in Italy and Tel Aviv. She is an active recitalist: Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Trinity Wall Street Church, in Williamsburg, VA and Hudson, NY. She toured with CAMI Community Concerts and Cunard Lines.
Margaret O’Connell (www.mezzomargaret.com) made her Carnegie Hall debut this fall in The Oracle at Delphi: The Music of Dinos Constantinides. She made her international debut as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Berlin, preparing the role with two days’ notice. Margaret was also invited to perform recitals in Berlin and Munich. Premieres: Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight (excerpts), Sweet Dreams (Empire Opera), Judgment of Midas (American Opera Projects), Agamemnon (La Mama), Best Friends (w/Lauren Flanigan), Emily Dickinson in I Dwell in Possibility. Other roles: Carmen, Dulcinée (Don Quichotte), Olga (Eugene Onegin w/William Hobbs), Nicklausse (Hoffmann), Maddalena, Adalgisa, Dido, Florence (Albert Herring), Maman (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Berta (Barbiere).  Theater: Young Jennie (Portrait of Jennie w/Brent Barrett), Fiddler Jones (Spoon River).  MM Voice, McGill University; BM Violin, Oberlin Conservatory.
Jon Thomas Olson (tenor) was last seen as Michael (Emperor Norton/ Chelsea Opera). Previous engagments include Giuseppe (La Traviata/NY Opera Exchange), Kaglar (Lisa[Sissy]/ enCANTA Collective), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte/NY Opera Exchange), Troubador (The Perfect Fool/enCANTA Collective), Abdallo (Nabucco/ Minnesota Opera), and Don Jose (Carmen/Minnesota Opera Education Dept). Previously he has worked with the Minnesota Opera in over 20 productions as well as some smaller companies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. He earned his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University in Minnesota.
Ms. Rallis made her Carnegie Hall debut this year at Stern Auditorium as the soprano soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem.  As part of the 2013-14 Season she was a Resident Artist at Dicapo Opera Theatre performing the roles of Musetta in La Bohème and Adina in L’elisir d’amore.   She also joined the Annapolis Opera as a featured artist on their Celebrate Opera concert, performing arias and duets from Bellini’s I Capuletti and i Montecchi and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. She will begin the 2014-15 Season singing the role of Laurie in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Ms. Rallis holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music.  She is currently a Master of Music candidate at the Brooklyn College-Conservatory.
Melissa Serluco, mezzo-soprano, received a Master’s of Music from Northwestern University in 2014, studying with W. Stephen Smith. She is scheduled to have her debut with The Secret Opera as Mrs. Norris in Menotti’sThe Medium in November of 2014. Serluco starred in Northwestern’s production of Adamo’s Little Women as Jo. She was also featured in Sounds and Sweet Airs as Gertrude, Anita and Meg. Past credits include La Perichole in La Perichole and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Franco-American Vocal Academy; Marcellina inLe Nozze di Figaro, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Stetson University; Monitor in Suor Angelica at Northwestern University; Rinaldo in Rinaldo and Die Hexe in Hänsel und Gretel at the New York Opera Forum.
Scott Tomlinson is a bass from Woodstock, Illinois.  He received his B.M. in vocal performance, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  There he completed his M.M. in opera performance.  During his studies, he was selected as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera, where he performed the roles of the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Jose Tripaldi in Ainadamar.  Scott Tomlinson has studied under the exceptional tutelage of Prof. Ronald Hedlund, Prof. Nikita Storojev, Dr. John Van Cura, and Mark Oswald. Since his initial training, Mr. Tomlinson has been seen on the stages of Dayton Opera, Edmonton Opera (Canada), Austin Lyric Opera, and others.  Scott Tomlinson is currently singing with the Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, for his seventh season.
Gerald Yarbray, Baritone, hails from the land of Jessye Norman, Augusta, GA and holds a BM from Columbus State University and an MM from Georgia State University.  His roles include Danilo in The Merry Widow, Escamillo in Carmen, title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, John Brooke in Little Women, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Amonasro in Aida,  Pandofe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mr. Gobineau in The Medium, Martin Luther King in the Premier of  King the Opera based on the studies and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr, the Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk and the Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood for community outreach. Concert performances includes Beethoven’s 5th, Schubert’s Mass in C, Bach’s Cantata 54, and Faure’s Requiem. He has served as Phi Mu Alpha, Xi Gamma Chapter President and Board Member of the Classical Singer National Forum, as well Feeding the Homeless Organization Fonder, which is on it’s 7th year of operation.
Kristin Renee Young, soprano, received her Master’s degree from Boston University and studies with Sharon Daniels.  Hailing from Philadelphia, Kristin graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she studied with Harolyn Blackwell. Recent performances include a new opera workshop with Ardea Arts and Center for Contemporary Opera, and Carol in Tamandua with International Brazilian Opera Company. Other roles: First Flower in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La Hija de Rappaccini, Despina (Così fan tutte), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Pamina (The Magic Flute).
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