Arizona Opera Collaborates with Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona with production of
DECEMBER 19, 1997
The production of La Gioconda marks the first collaborative effort
between three major Arizona performing arts organizations.
Arizona Opera's January opera will feature the talents of outstanding
world class operatic stars, the excellent musicianship of The Phoenix
Symphony, and showcase the accomplished Ballet Arizona dancers.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
During the seventeenth century, life could be difficult.
But in Venice at the height of the Inquisition,
life could be downright dangerous. Through the
watery streets, slips the evil spy Barnaba, who
watches and observes everything including the beautiful
Gioconda. Through the love and sacrifice of this woman,
the reunited lovers, Laura and Enzo, escape the bonds of
the city, Laura's husband and the manipulations of Barnaba.
January 16 & 17, 1998 at 7:30 PM;
January 18, 1998 at 2:00 PM
January 22, 23 & 24, 1998 at 7:30 PM;
January 25, 1998 at 2:00 PM
La Gioconda is made possible through a generous grant from the
Flinn Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Arizona Community
Foundation and American Express. Surtitles are made possible
through the generous contribution of Angela and Leonard Singer.
Pamela Kucenic (January 16, 18, 23, 25)
Pamela Kucenic most recently appeared with Arizona Opera as Leonora
in Il Trovatore. Last season included debuts in both Hong Kong and
with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as Turandot and at the Hawaii
Opera as Aida. She returned to the Baltimore Opera as Tosca and to
the Palm Beach Opera where she reprised the role of Turandot. Ms.
Kucenic was also invited to Madrid, Spain to record the Immolation
Scene from Götterdämmerung and Strauss' Four Last Songs with Maestro
Janine Bogardus (January 17, 22, 24)
American dramatic soprano Janine Bogardus has been performing internationally
to great acclaim in such roles as Aida, Tosca, Santuzza, Elizabeth, Venus,
Turandot and the three Leonoras. She is much sought after for her brilliant
portrayal of Abigaille in Nabucco, known to be one of the most demanding and
treacherous of all the Verdi roles. She has performed with the opera houses
of the Städtische Bühnen Munster, Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Stadtebundt
Theater HOF; Kaiserslautern Stadttheater and the Royal Opera House Covent
Garden. Her North American credits include West End Opera, Ontario, Redlands
Bowl, Seattle Opera and New York Grand Opera.
Ann Plagianos (January 16, 18, 23, 25)
Mezzo-soprano Ann Plagianos has debuted with Monserrat Caballe,
Juan Pons, and Jose Carreras in the title role of the Teatro
Dell'Opera production of Massenet's opera Herodiade in Rome,
Italy. A graduate of Brooklyn College's School of Performing
Arts, Ms. Plagianos has toured with New York City Opera in
their production of Carmen. Gifted with both vocal beauty
and versatility, Ms. Plagianos has performed throughout the
United States and Europe in the roles that include Amneris
in Aida, Laura in La Gioconda, Eboli in Don Carlo, Azucena
in Il Trovatore, Frugola in Il Tabarro, Adalgisa in Norma,
Maddalena in Rigoletto, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.
Korby Myrick (January 17, 22, 24)
After appearing in Arizona Opera's 1996-97 as The Third Lady
in The Magic Flute and as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Korby
Myrick returns for the 1997-98 Season for the productions of
Roméo et Juliette, Otello and La Gioconda. Ms. Myrick
performed with Arizona Opera in the 1996 production of Das
Rheingold as Flosshilde. This past summer, she returned to
the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where she received rave reviews,
to sing the role of Meg Page (Falstaff). Her European engagements
included the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Italy in The Magic Flute,
and Clarion in Strauss' Capriccio, and at L'Opera di Nice as
Cherubino and several roles with the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Robin Reed (January 16, 18, 23, 25)
American spinto tenor Robin Reed began his 1996 season by performing
Don Alvaro with the Sarasota Opera, appearing in both the standard
as well as the original St. Petersburg version of Verdi's La Forza
del Destino. During 1997, he returned to the Virginia Opera to
perform Canio in I Pagliacci in addition to preparing the title
role of Wagner's Tannhäuser and Walter in Die Meistersinger for
future seasons. Mr. Reed's European successes include Florestan
(Fidelio), Otello (Otello), Erik (Der Fliegende Hollander), Don Jose
(Carmen), and Calaf (Turandot).
Gary Bachlund (January 17, 22, 24)
Since a Carnegie Hall debut in 1986, Gary Bachlund has appeared
with leading opera companies throughout the world, including the
Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera de
Paris (Bastille), Frankfurt Opera and Scottish National Opera.
His extensive operatic roles include the title roles in Tannhäuser,
Parsifal, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Loge and Froh in Das Rheingold,
Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos and
Don Jose in Carmen.
Theodore Lambrinos (January 16, 18, 23, 25)
Theodore Lambrinos, leading American baritone, has performed with
the Metropolitan Opera and other companies throughout the United
States and internationally. His repertoire of fifty major operatic roles
includes Macbeth, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Scarpia in Tosca, Alfio in
Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci, Iago in Otello, and the four
villains in The Tales of Hoffman. Mr. Lambrinos' last performance
with Arizona Opera occurred during the 1996-97 season in La Traviata
where his portrayal of Germont was met with praise and enthusiasm.
Adib Fazah (January 17, 22, 24)
The distinguished Lebanese-American baritone, Adib Fazah returns
to Arizona Opera following his appearance as Iago in the November
production of Otello. He has emerged as one of America's finest
singing-actors and has received particular critical acclaimed for
his portrayals of Rigoletto, Macbeth, Il Conte di Luna, Germont,
Iago and Scarpia. He has also had outstanding success with the
treacherously difficult title role in Wozzeck. Mr. Fazah was the
leading baritone of the New York City Opera from 1973 to 1989.
In addition to his appearances with the NYCO, Mr. Fazah has
appeared and continues to appear with virtually every opera
company in the United States. Internationally, he has sung with
opera houses in Germany, France, Canada, Mexico, and South and
Mezzo-soprano Roberta Wain-Becker's first professional engagement
was with the Israel National Opera Company where she appeared in
Carmen, Rigoletto, Tales of Hoffman, Madama Butterfly, and many more.
She subsequently performed with San Francisco Opera, Portland Opera,
Mississippi Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Oakland Opera. Arizona
Opera's production of La Gioconda marks her Arizona debut.
Appearing as Alvise is Stefan Szkafarowsky. Benjamin Sorenson will
appear as Zuane and Reynaldo Romo will sing the role of Isepo.
Conducting The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona Opera's Maestro Byron
Dean Ryan with stage direction by James Lucas.
Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S. Church
Symphony Hall, Civic Plaza, 225 E. Adams
Arizona Opera Offices:
3501 N. Mountain Avenue,
Tucson AZ 85719;
4600 N. 12th Street,
Phoenix AZ 85014;
(602) 266-SING (7464)
La Gioconda Tickets
Call Arizona Opera (520) 293-4336 in Tucson or (602) 266-SING (7464) in Phoenix.
Ticket prices for the Opening Night/Sunday Matinee: $53, $40, $26, $14. Saturday:$56, $42, $28, $15
Ticket prices for Opening Night/Sunday Matinee: $53, $40, $26, $14. Saturday/Friday: $56, $42, $28, $15
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