This performance will be sung in German following the Pfitzner edition, 1924 Score.
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/Hammond Portable B3/Leslie 3300, Henco Espag||Henco Espag, originally from South Africa, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, having studied film scoring/composition. He is an active composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, accompanist, music director and vocal coach. Henco was part of the faculty for the Musical Theatre Department at Westminster College of the Arts and is now the newly appointed Music Director for Judson Memorial Church and Music Director for the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band. Henco was the resident MD for Surflight Theatre's 2013/14 seasons, and is currently working with Librettist, John Olin as composer for a new American opera.|
|Director of Productions/The Vampire Master/John Perth, Steve Witting||Steve 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.|
|Lighting Designer, Keithlyn Parkman|
|Assistant to the Director of Productions, Rene Rogers|
|Pianist, Eric Malson||Pianist & Coach, Eric Malson's has performed Carmen and Ariadne auf Naxos with OCB. He has appeared with Deborah Voigt, Eva Urbanová, Thomas Studebaker, Lawrence Brownlee, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Wexford, Caramoor, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera at Kennedy Center, The Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Cleveland Opera. Malson has served as a faculty member at Juilliard, the Mannes College, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Malson enjoys acting as official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition and the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. His CD released by Lyrichord features Brahms' Magelone songs.|
|Lord Ruthven, Scott Thomas||Scott B. Thomas, lyric baritone, has performed to critical acclaim in several Washington metro area productions, appearing as Morales in Carmen, Publio in La Clemenza de Tito, Achilles in A Fire in Water, and as Dortch in Norton, A Civil War Operaamong others. With “a smooth baritone that’s very powerful”, Scott enjoys performing throughout the metro area, including frequent appearances with the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Washington National Opera. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Arizona and his Master of Music in Voice at the University of Kentucky.|
|Sir Humphrey Davenaut, Carl DuPont||Bass-baritone Carl DuPont has been celebrated on stage for his “dramatic, dark tones” in a wide range of roles including Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title character in Dennis Rodman in North Korea, and Jim in Porgy and Bess at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Southwest Florida Symphony and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. An alumnus of Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Dr. DuPont currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.|
|Malwina, Natalie Eccleston||Soprano Natalie Eccleston recently made her company debut with Sugar Creek Opera singing the role of First Spirit and covering the role of Papagena. Recent performances include Dalinda in Dramma per Musica’s Ariodante as well as Le Feu in New York Lyric Opera’s L’enfant et les sortiléges. Other roles performed include Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspeildirektor and Psyche in the world premier performance of Anthony Green’s Alex in Transition. While attending University of Cincinnati’s CCM she performed Young Vixen in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Miles in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Gasparina in Haydn’s La Canterina.|
|Edgar Aubry, Douglas McDonnell||Douglas McDonnell, Equally at home within Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. Recent leads include: Herodes (Salome), Nicholas Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby), Giovanni (Rappaccini's Daughter), Tom Jones (Tom Jones), Azor (Zemire und Azor), Don Juan (The Death of Don Juan), Macheath (The Beggar's Opera), Adam (In Questionable Taste: Garden of Eden), Lohengrin (excerpts, Berlin concert), The Perfect Man (The Perfect Man), Howard (The Vine of the Soul), Sailor (Dido and Aeneas), Strephon (Iolanthe). Performed with the Metropolitan Opera for 18 years in a wide range of solo, chorus, and acting roles. Upcoming roles include Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and the Leading Man in Grand Theft Musical.|
|Sir John Berkley/Toms Blunt, Nathan Baer||Nathan Baer, bass, is happy to return 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 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.|
|Sir John Berkley cover, Cody Quattlebaum||Bass-barihunk Cody Quattlebaum won the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition in Oakland, California. The New York singer sang "Se vuol ballare" from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and "O du, mein holder Abendstern" from Wagner's Tannhäuser. Quattlebaum is earning is Master's Degree in Voice Performance at The Juilliard School of Music, where he has performed Der Lautsprecher in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Sylvano in Cavalli's La Callisto. He is currently at the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, where he will perform Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.|
|Janthe, Melanie Shank||Melanie Shank, soprano, moved to NYC after graduating in May 2016 with her MM in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music. A fan of both opera and musical theater, favorite performances include Sister Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Daughter #3 (Quilters the Musical), and Marguerite (Faust). No stranger to oratorio, she has served as soprano soloist with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, Octavo Singers, and the University at Albany Chorale. Known for her sense of humor, “agile technique and ringing tones,” and strong emotional connection, Melanie is excited to be making her Opera Company of Brooklyn debut!|
|George Dibdin, David Bailey||Equally at home in opera, oratorio, and concert, David Bailey is a soloist, recitalist, and performer in the New York area. Recently at Regina Opera, he has performed Camille in Merry Widow, Alfredo in La Traviata, and the songs of James Joyce at Bloomsday at Symphony Space. He has worked with composer Carlisle Floyd and conductor Anton Coppola on scenes from Floyd’s and Coppola's operas. As an apprentice with Florida Grand Opera, he performed Beppe in Pagliacci and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. His work in Europe includes Den Nye Opera Norway and the Lyrique en Mer Festival France in productions of La Traviata, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Charlemagne Orchestra in Brugge, Belgium.|
|Emmy Perth, Marisa Karchin||Marisa Karchin, soprano, completed her Master's degree at Mannes School of Music in 2016, after earning a B.A. from Yale University. During the 2015-2016 season, Marisa sang with Utopia Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, and debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Marisa is an avid performer of new music and has appeared with the Kronos Quartet, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, and C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective. Marisa will portray Shirley Temple in a new production of Robert Ashley's DUST in 2017. Favorite roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea).|
|Richard Scrop, Eric Oliver||Bass-Baritone Eric Oliver studied musicology and tuba at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Eric currently works as a sales professional for cookware and cutlery at ZWILLING J.A. Henckels. His notable roles include Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth and Pietro in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra.|
|James Gadshill, John Ramseyer||Tenor John Ramseyer received his bachelor's degree at Illinois State University, where he sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Fenton (Falstaff) with the Midwest Institute of Opera. He moved to New York City to attend Mannes College at The New School where he received his master's degree in voice. With Mannes Opera, John performed the roles of Laurie in Adamo's Little Women and Bill in Dove's Flight, both under the baton of Glimmerglass' Joseph Colaneri. He most recently performed Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with the Christman Opera Company in their inaugural season's double bill of the Purcell master work and the world premiere of Theodore Christman's opera Adriana McMannes.|
|Robert Green, Ivan Amaro||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.|
|Suse, Melanie Ashkar||Mezzo-soprano Melanie Ashkar appears this season with OperaRox Productions as Bradamante in Alcina and with International Brazilian Opera Company as Jons in a world premiere opera The Seventh Seal. While pursuing her Master’s degree at Mannes College, she was featured as Jo in Little Women, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Older Woman in Flight. Other credits include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) with Utopia Opera, Amastre (Serse) with Bel Cantanti Opera,Witch (Hansel and Gretel) with Loudoun Lyric Opera and Cendrillon (Cendrillon) with Music Academy International. Please visit her website at www.melanieashkar.com.|
|Soprano Kristina Brost is a second-year Master’s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Marlena Malas. This past summer, Ms. Brost attended the Chautauqua Institute where she sang Third Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She has also sung internationally at festivals in both Italy and Vienna. Previous credits include The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton) with Butler Opera Theatre and Suor Angelica (A Novice) with Montefeltro Music Festival. Scene work includes La Bohème (Musetta and Mimì) and Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) with Butler Opera Theatre.|
|Zoe Marie Hart||Soprano Zoe Marie Hart has enjoyed performing in NYC since graduation from University of Michigan in 2015. She has appeared as Philadel in King Arthur and as Spirit 1 in Cendrillion with Utopia Opera, in Opera Scenes and Recital with Dell’Arte, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Yum Yum in The Mikado and Emily in the play Our Town. She has premiered Little Red in Shattering the Mirror by Zac Lavender and sang Zwei Knabe in Die Zauberflöte with University of Michigan Opera Studio. She looks forward to covering Oberto in Alcina and appearing as Lady 1 in Sweets by Kate with OperaRox in the upcoming year.|
|Rachel Stewart||Soprano Rachel Stewart is a second-year Master’s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music studying with Mignon Dunn. She was last seen as La Chatte in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Manhattan School of Music this April. Previous credits with the University of British Columbia include Angelina (La Cenerentola) with the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, as well as Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Forrester’s Wife/Innkeeper’s Wife (Příhody lišky Bystroušky), Mercédès (Carmen), Seour Mathilde (Dialogues des Carmelites) and Sylviane (Die lustige Witwe). In 2015, Rachel created the role of Amy in Stephen Chatman’s Choir Practice, streamed live to Opera America. Rachel hails from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.|
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