May 1 & 2, 2015, Sitka Performing Arts Center- 7:30 PM
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In celebration of the Juneau Lyric Opera’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni, John Clough produced this special on KTOO. Listen Here.
Don Giovanni is often lauded as one of the greatest operas ever composed. Mozart’s exquisite music masterfully shadows the conniving but captivating Don, aided by his loyal servant, Leporello, in his quest to conquer all of the beautiful women he encounters, no matter what tragic consequences loom on the horizon. In this contemporary staging of Mozart’s tragi-comic masterpiece, JLO showcases the talents of Director Paul Shipper, Conductor William Todd Hunt, and an extraordinary cast of singers from New York City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Juneau, Sitka and the Pacific Northwest, for what is sure to be an unforgettable operatic experience. Performances are in Italian, with supertitles.
Paul Shipper is a singer, director instrumentalist, and actor. In his confusing career, over the years he has performed in all 50 states and 17 countries at music festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Spoletto, Rome, Tage Alter Music, Caramoor, Wolftrap and many others. An experienced dance and theater accompanist, he has toured extensively with The Mark Morris Dance Group,The New York Baroque Dance Company, created videos for Tampa Dance Project, and played live for dozens of Shakespeare and other Elizabethan and Jacobean plays and masques. In the opera world he has sung over 25 feature roles from Monteverdi to Berlioz to Stravinsky, and devised design and stage direction for The New York Continuo Collective, as well as regional opera, most notably Juneau Lyric Opera and Bronx Opera. This marks his fifth production in Juneau. His discography includes titles on Harmonia Mundi, RCA, Dorian, Sono Luminus, Ex Cathedra, Windham Hill, Avie, Koch and others. He can also be heard on the soundtracks of various bad horror films, in Showtime and PBS mini-series and educational programs. Paul was nominated for Grammy in 2012.
With over ninety roles to his credit, Roberto Perlas Gomez, baritone has performed extensively throughout the United States with a special emphasis on California. He has done multiple leading roles with most of the regional companies in the state. He has done numerous supporting roles with Michigan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has appeared regularly with the Verdi Chorus.
In December of 1995, Mr. Gomez performed at the Philippine Cultural Center in Manila, to create the title role of Jose Rizal in Rizal: Mga Huling Araw, an opera honoring the final days of the Philippine national hero during the centennial year of his death.
Mr. Gomez recently made his European debut for the Arena di Verona as the Chinese Prime Minister, Chou en-lai in the Italian premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, a role he reprised with Long Beach Opera to great press.
In the Spring of 2009, he debuted several leading roles with Long Beach Opera, to universally critical praise: the Koenig in Orff’s Die Kluge, as well as the title roles in Viktor Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis and Antonio Vivaldi’s Motezuma, the opera’s American premiere. He continues to perform multiple leading roles with Long Beach Opera, the latest being the roles of the Theater Director and the Gendarme in Poulenc’s The Breasts of Tiresias.
With San Diego Opera, Mr. Gomez performed mainstage roles in Rusalka, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Carmen, and Turandot. He was also their Artist-in-Residence for four seasons, performing a series of solo outreach recitals throughout the county.
As an Opera San Jose resident artist, Mr. Gomez performed the roles of Escamillo in Carmen, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and created the role of the Drosselmeier in the premiere of The Tale of the Nutcracker. Later that year he performed Germont with the Mendocino Music Festival. He has further performed what has become his signature role of Figaro with Nevada Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Accorde in Mexico, Sacramento Opera, Opera Idaho, Stockton Opera, and with Opera San Luis Obispo.
Among Mr. Gomez’s many appearances in Southern California are several at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater: the baritone leads of Germanno in La Scala di Seta, Allazim in Mozart’s Zaide, and Riolobo in a concert version of Florencia en las Amazonas.
Mr. Gomez has done a number of Verdi roles to great press, singing the baritone leads of Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, the previously mentioned Germont, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Cavalier Belfior in Il Finto Stanislao, and concerts of Verdi’s Requiem with the Juneau Symphony and Rodrigo in Don Carlo. Mr. Gomez has also performed the baritone leads of Figaro, Scarpia in Tosca, the Marquis d’Herigny in Auber’s Manon Lescaut, Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo, Enrico in Lucia, the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, Alfio and Tonio in Cavalleria/Pagliacci, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.
Dr. David Miller, Alaska’s “Singing Surgeon,” has performed major operatic roles throughout his home State. His contributions to art and medicine were recently featured in Alaska Medicine, a publication highlighting the unique accomplishments of Alaskan physicians.
David has had the privilege of studying opera and voice with Gloria Marinacci Allen, Dr. John D’Armand, Dr. Byron McGilvray and Grammy-nominated singer and instrumentalist Paul Shipper. Notable roles include both Figaros (The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro), Scarpia in Tosca, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Papageno in The Arctic Magic Flute (performed in Juneau, Anchorage, Nome, and Kotzebue), Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Talpa in Il Tabarro, Dulcamara and Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, the title role in The Mikado, and the unforgettable Edna in Hairspray.
Dr. Miller has performed with Opera Fairbanks in the roles of Colline in La Bohème and Zuniga in Carmen under the baton of Maestro Gregory Buchalter of The Metropolitan Opera. He recently debuted the role of Finias Lynch in the world premiere of Composer Emerson Eads’ opera The Color of Gold.
David was the featured soloist in Juneau Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of Sawyer’s Alaskan Symphony, celebrating Alaska’s 50th Anniversary of Statehood. Last fall, he headlined Juneau Symphony Orchestra’s “Russian Romantics” concert, singing arias of Boris Godunov, Pimen, and Vaarlam. David has also performed a wide range of oratorios with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Concert Chorus and Alaska Chamber Singers, including The Messiah, Carmina Burana and The Damnation of Faust, to name a few.
Dr. Miller maintains an active surgical practice in Juneau, and serves as President of the Alaska State Medical Board.
Tess Altiveros – Donna Anna
Tess Altiveros most recently sang the role of Pamina with Tacoma Opera’s Die Zauberflote, as well as the title role in the United States premiere of Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Dean Williamson and David McDade at Vespertine Opera. The Sunbreak hailed her performance as “fabulous…she handled the non-linear and wide-ranging part with finesse”, while Classical King FM’s critic Melinda Bargreen of described her singing as “fearless and all out”. Miss Altiveros has sung extensively throughout the region as well as abroad, recently having returned from an engagement with Ad Alta Voce in Paris, France, with Matteo Carminati. She has sung with Tacoma Opera (Musetta in La Bohème, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Laurette in Dr. Miracle, Galatea in My Fair Galatea), Bellevue Opera (Mimí in La Bohème), Vashon Opera (Frasquita in Carmen), Vespertine Opera (the title role in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Elle in La Voix Humaine, Mimí in La Bohème), Puget Sound Concert Opera (Ilia in Idomeneo), Puget Sound Opera (Luisa in Luisa Miller), the Washington Idaho Symphony (Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni), and the Bremerton Symphony (Adele in Die Fledermaus). Equally at home on the concert stage, she has been featured with the Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Cascadian Chorale, the Bremerton Symphony and Chorale, Master Chorus Eastside, Anna’s Bay Chorale, and has enjoyed singing a number of premieres, including Robert Kyr’s Pacific Sanctus (ACDA National Convention 2010), and The Frozen Grail, a song cycle written for her by Eric Barnum in 2009, and Love Is, a cycle written by Emerson Eads and completed for Miss Altiveros in 2014. In the 2012-2013 season, Tess was the recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild Singer Grant, she reprised the of the role of Elle in La Voix Humaine for Seattle Opera Guild Previews, and made her company debut with Opera Fairbanks under the baton of Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera as Frasquita in Carmen. A native Seattleite, this marks her sixth season with the Mariners as a regular anthem singer. Upcoming engagements include the Vivaldi Gloria with the Magnolia Chorale, Handel’s Messiah and Tragédie de Carmen with the Washington Idaho Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Bremerton Symphony, The Creation with Bainbridge Chorale, the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Philharmonia Northwest, and in 2015 she will return to Alaska for Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) with Juneau Lyric Opera and to Opera Fairbanks for the role of the Queen in Rumplestiltskin. Miss Altiveros holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington where she trained with acclaimed soprano, Jane Eaglen.
Alexa Jarvis– Donna Elvira
Alexa Jarvis “lives up to her name…while both acting and singing are of the high quality expected” (Seattle City Arts Magazine). A Pacific Northwest native, Alexa studied opera in Chicago and has since performed in Germany as a Young Artist with Theater Lüneburg, and throughout the U.S. Alexa enjoys performing with Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony, recently as their soloist in the 2014-15 season opening concert, An Evening in Paris. She also sang with Seattle Symphony on the Grammy-nominated recording of Samuel Jones’ composition The Shoebird. Additionally, Alexa sings in recording sessions for Hollywood’s top video-game soundtracks.
Alexa’s 2014/15 season opera highlights include the roles of Alitsa (Our Earth, Seattle Opera), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, Juneau Lyric Opera), Micaëla (Carmen, Washington Idaho Opera), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica, Opera Mariposa), Yum Yum (The Mikado, Seattle G&S Society), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Northwest Opera/NOISE), and Donna Elvira in Lucca, Italy.
Alexa is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist, Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition Runner-Up, and Semi-Finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Competition.
Before returning to Juneau in 2010, tenor Mark Calvert performed to critical acclaim throughout Europe and America. His performances included productions with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner Festival Wels, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Omaha, and Austria’s Landestheater Linz, in leading and supporting roles. Mark’s repertoire ranged from Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte and Damon in Acis and Gallatea, to Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Beppe in I Pagliacci, and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos. On the concert stage he performed Händel’s Messiah (recorded also for Spektral Records) with L’Arpa Festante Baroque Orchestra Munich, as well as performances with Aargauer Symphonie Orchester, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra Wien, and Santa Fe Symphony, among others.
Rhiannon Guevin graduated summa cum laude from University of Puget Sound’s School of Music, where she received a BM in Vocal Performance with Honors in Music. During her time at Puget Sound she performed in opera scenes and full-scale productions, including the roles of Sophie in DerRosenkavalier, Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos!, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She was the fall 2011 winner of the University of Puget Sound’s Concerto/Aria Competition. In summer 2011, she traveled to Kunming, China, where she played The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the China Yunnan Opera Festival. Other roles include Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Celia in Iolanthe, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Rhiannon has studied voice with Dr. Dawn Padula and Joseph Evans.
Praised as “a singer with stunning liquidity” (DC Theater Scene), American baritone Brody Del Beccaro is quickly distinguishing himself as a powerful and dynamic lyric baritone. Most recently in his role debut in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Mr. Del Beccaro “excelled as Captain Rodolfo, his wide vocal range serving the drama well” (Washington Post).
In the 2014-15 season, Brody Del Beccaro returns to Alaska in his debut with Juneau Lyric Opera as Masetto in Don Giovanni. He will also debut as a Young Artist with Caramoor Opera in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Donizetti’s La Favorite. On the concert stage, Brody makes his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with Choirs of America.
During the 2013-14 season, Mr. Del Beccaro was awarded 3rd Place at the 2014 NATS National Student Audition Finals in Boston. He made his company debut with The In Series as Baron Duphol in La Traviata, and returned, shortly thereafter, as the Count in Fatal Song: The Great Opera Murders.
Operatic highlights of previous seasons include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, John Sorel in The Consul, Ariodate in Handel’s Serse, Escamillo in Carmen, Peter Quince in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Sivilgia. Brody Del Beccaro is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of Maryland Opera Studio. He has performed with numerous young artist programs including Chautauqua Opera, Opera on the James, New Jersey Opera, and Opera North. Brody is a native of Houston, Texas and currently resides in Washington, DC.
William Todd Hunt – Conductor
Sarah Schaefer Calvert – Stage Manager
Shawn Stendevad – Supertitles
Kristen Miller – Producer
Kari Lundgren – Sitka Liaison
Sarah Lawrie – Sitka Greater Arts Council Executive Director
Sandra Rudd – Sitka Marketing Director
Dr. Bob Hunter – Sitka Community Coordinator