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2019 Guest Artists and Directors

Daniel Belcher (Figaro, Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Beaumarchais, The Ghosts of Versailles)

uploaded file 26663GRAMMY® Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Seoul, and Houston. With a repertoire of more than 70 roles, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. He came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for which he was hailed by London’s The Guardian as “possessing the kind of powerhouse stuff that indicates a star in the making.” Belcher most recently created the roles of James "Dad" Addison Mills III in Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's The House Without a Christmas Tree at Houston Grand Opera, Inspector Kildare in Kevin Puts and Mark Campell's Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia, Lord Bellingham in Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter at Opera Colorado (recorded for an August 2017 release by Naxos), Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck's The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga and Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival. Other world premiere roles include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (released on the Ondine label and recorded by PBS’ Great Performances), Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O (released by Decca on the Argo label) and multiple roles in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (released on the Ondine label), all with Houston Grand Opera. Belcher’s past credits with Chautauqua Opera Company include the roles of Pooh-Bah in The Mikado (2016) and Orfeo in L’Orfeo (2017). DanielBelcherBaritone.com.

 

Kathleen Smith Belcher (Stage Director, Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

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Stage director Kathleen Smith Belcher is currently engaged in her 17th year as a member of the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera. Among others, she has worked extensively with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the San Diego Opera. Ms. Smith Belcher assisted Peter Sellars on the world premiere of John Adams’ Dr. Atomic in San Francisco and helped to remount the production for The Netherlands Opera (Amsterdam), and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Woody Allen, Michael Mayer, Bartlett Sher, Susan Stroman and Julie Taymor are just a few of the directors with whom she has collaborated. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera directing staff, she has collaborated on numerous “Live in HD” broadcasts, including the Emmy-winning production of Don Pasquale.

Engagements for the 2017-2018 season for Ms. Belcher include her company debut directing Trouble in Tahiti for Carnegie Mellon University and her return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Thaïs, La bohème, and L’elisir d’amore. Upcoming seasons include her directing debut with Kentucky Opera. Ms. Smith Belcher was a Guest Instructor with the Chautauqua Opera Company in 2016 and directed the 2016 Opera Highlights Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

 

Eric Einhorn (Stage Director, ¡Figaro! (90210))

einhornEric Einhorn has been praised by The Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight.” He is the co-founder of On Site Opera, a company dedicated to immersive, site- specific productions. Mr. Einhorn has directed productions for Chicago Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, the Pacific Symphony, and Gotham Chamber Opera. He has been a member of the stage directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named Mr. Einhorn’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites for Pittsburgh Opera one of the top ten classical music performances of 2011. He originally created the production for Austin Lyric Opera in 2009 and was awarded “Best Opera” at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in addition to garnering him a nomination for “Best Director.” During summer of 2014, he directed Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussauds New York and the Lifestyle-Trimco mannequin showroom. This production featured the world’s first implementation of supertitles for Google Glass.

 

Peter Kazaras (Stage Director, The Ghosts of Versailles)

kazaras Stage Director Peter Kazaras currently serves as Director of Opera at UCLA. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an operatic tenor, performing at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Weiner Staatsoper, among many others. Last season, Mr. Kazaras directed Der Ring des Polykrates with Dallas Opera, and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Washington National Opera, and returned to Seattle Opera for An American Dream. He also serves as Artist in Residence for Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Last season, Mr. Kazaras directed the southern California première of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park with Opera UCLA, and a triple bill of La serva padrona/Sāvitri/The Bear with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera. Mr. Kazaras was a Chautauqua Opera Young Artist in 1981, and returned as a Guest Artist in 2008, performing the role of Abe Kaplan in Street Scene. In the past 15 years, he has also directed several productions for the Chautauqua School of Music’s Voice Department.

 

Caitlin Lynch (Marie Antoinette, The Ghosts of Versailles)

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Declared “luminous” by the New York Times and “eloquent” by the Wall Street Journal, soprano Caitlin Lynch is captivating audiences with her portrayals of iconic leading ladies. With a repertoire that encompasses Mozart to Verdi and Handel to Heggie, Ms. Lynch brings her dynamic portrayals of both classic and contemporary operas to stages around the world. This season, the soprano returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, a role she will also perform with Palm Beach Opera. Other assignments during the season at the Metropolitan Opera include covers of the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She also appears with the Mostly Modern Festival as the soprano soloist in Robert Paterson’s Walt’s America. Future seasons include a debut with San Diego Opera and a return to the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy.

Additional recent engagements include: the role of Yadwiga in the world première of Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, Marguerite in Faust at Michigan Opera Theatre, Violetta in La Traviata with Arizona Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; and a return to the Spoleto Festival USA as the Soprano Soloist in John Adams’ El Niño. Concert engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Seattle Symphony, Orff’s dramatic cantata Carmina Burana with Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Alabama Symphony, Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Grant Park Music Festival, and Händel’s Messiah at Pacific Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony. Ms. Lynch was last seen at Chautauqua as a Guest Artist, performing the role of Violetta in La Traviata (2016). CaitlinLynchSoprano.com

 

Marco Nisticò (Bartolo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Louis XVI/Pasha, The Ghosts of Versailles)

Marco NisticoItalian born baritone Marco Nisticò’s impressive combination of beautiful tone, exquisite artistry, and superior stagecraft has delighted audiences throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Recent engagements include Germont in La Traviata with both Sarasota Opera and the Savannah VOICE Festival, Ping in Turandot with San Diego Opera, Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Memphis, the title character in Don Pasquale and Manfredo in L’amore di tre re with Sarasota Opera, and El Tiempo in Los Elementos with New York City Opera, and Ford in Falstaff with Opera Colorado. Other recent highlights include returning to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as Dancaïre in Carmen and for productions of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys and La Traviata, the title role of Rigoletto and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Sarasota Opera, and Montfort in Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes with the Caramoor Festival. On the international stage he has been seen Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Teatro Regio Torino, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Landestheater Bregenz and Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and both Duroseaux and Renaud in Auber's Manon Lescaut with Wexford Festival Opera, Taddeo in L'italiana in Algeri at the ASLICO festival in Italy, and Sir John Gotch and Curato Mendham in Rota's La visita meravigliosa in Fermo, Italy. Projects for the 2018-2019 season include directing Tosca for Opera Southwest and return to Opera Sarasota as Gaspar in Donizetti’s Rita and Count Gil in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna. Marconistico.com

 

Jorge Parodi (Music Director/Conductor, ¡Figaro! (90210))

parodiInternationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Recent credits include Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina; Britten's The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and The Banff Centre in Canada; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for The Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School at Lincoln Center and the World Premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, the latest opera by John Musto –a coproduction of On Site Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago Lyric’s Unlimited and Pittsburg Opera. Upcoming engagements include his debut at Opera Tampa with Il barbiere di Siviglia, and La traviata at the Savannah Voice Festival. Reviewed as having "the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski" by the New York Daily News, Argentinean born Jorge Parodi has worked with such companies as the Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Volgograd Opera in Russia, the Encuentros Internacionales de Opera in Mexico, the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy in Japan, and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel. He has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Eglise Gutierrez, Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Aprile Millo and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel, among others. Mr. Parodi was the Assistant Conductor for Chautauqua Opera’s 2018 season.

 

Aleks Romano (Rosina, Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Samira, The Ghosts of Versailles)

romanoMezzo-soprano Aleks Romano has been hailed as representing “the best of the new operatic training and integrated performance.” Consistently praised for her integrity of character and lush vocal presence, Ms. Romano was awarded First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition. She was a 2015 Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award winner and second place winner in the Southeast Region of the 2015-2016 Metropolitan National Council Auditions. After making her return during the summer to the Glimmerglass Festival as Aurelio in The Siege of Calais, Ms. Romano’s 2017-2018 season begins with a debut with Madison Opera essaying the title role in Carmen, which she also sings later in the season with The Washington Chorus. She also makes her debut with Austin Opera singing the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. During the summer of 2018, she joins Teatro Nuovo, the new artistic home of conductor and scholar Will Crutchfield, performing the role of Tancredi in Rossini’s Tancredi rifatto. AleksRomano.com

 

Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts
Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts
Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts