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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

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One of the most beloved operas, set in Spain’s exotic countryside, Bizet’s masterpiece burns with passion in the epic love story of the gypsy girl Carmen, a love-struck soldier and a handsome bull fighter. Hear the iconic Toreador Song, Habanera and Seguidilla.
(sung in French with English supertitles)

Conductor – Ramón Tebar
Stage Director – Jeffrey Buchman
Choreographer – Rosa Mercedes
Scenic Designer – Stephan Moravski
Lighting Designer – Betsy Adams
Carmen – Gaëlle Arquez
Micaëla – Heather Phillips
Don Jose – Rafael Davila
Escamillio – Anatoli Sivko

RAMÓN TEBAR is considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. Recently appointed new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Valencia Symphony Orchestra in Spain for a first period of four years, he holds other positions in both America and Europe such as: Opera Naples (Artistic Director, 2014-…), Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (Principal Guest Conductor, 2015-…); Florida Grand Opera (Music Director and Principal Conductor, 2010-…, being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company); Palm Beach Symphony (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, 2007-…); Santo Domingo Music Festival (2009-2015).

Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas continues to expand. Among the orchestras and opera companies he has conducted and will conduct are: Philharmonia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Malasyan Philharmonic, Orchestre de Rouen, Het Gelders Orkest, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Munich Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Spanish National Orchestra (OCNE), Spanish Radio Television Orchestra (ORTVE), Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC), Galicia Symphony Orchestra (OSG), Valencia Orchestra,…Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Regio di Parma, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Kremlin Palace, Royal Festival Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Staatsoper,…

Ramón Tebar has been recognized with various honors and awards, including the Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award by Florida Grand Opera in 2010 and 2013, The Miami Herald as “Top 20 under 40” and “100 españoles by Marca España”. In 2014, he was bestowed the Cross of Officer of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments by His Majesty, the King of Spain Felipe VI.


Jeffrey Buchman Director Opera News calls Director Jeffrey Buchman “a formidable talent.” Constantly pushing the limits of the performing arts, Mr. Buchman’s versatility leads him to a variety of venues to explore some of opera’s classics while also constantly premiering new works. His innovation puts him at the forefront of a new era in directing. This season, Mr. Buchman will direct Un ballo in Maschera at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and La bohème at Opera Naples and Toledo Opera. He will also be continuing in his post as Stage Director for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami directing L’enfant et les Sortileges and a double bill of L’amico fritz/Impresario. Last season, he directed La bohème at Florida Grand Opera, Roméo et Juliette for AVA, and Carmen for both Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera. In recent seasons, he directed La Traviata, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte for The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA); As One for Hawaii Opera Theater; Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 for Michigan Opera Theatre; Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly for Opera Naples; and the world premiere of TESLA for the SoBe Arts Festival. He has led three productions for Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Carmen, La bohème and La traviata; directed Die Zauberflöte for Opera Naples and Florida Grand Opera, where he also directed productions of Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin; Carmen at Atlanta Opera; a new production of Faust, Turandot, Don Pasquale, and Il trovatore for Opera Naples; Il barbiere di Siviglia for Baltimore Opera; and Tosca with Opera Tampa. Previous engagements also include La tragédie de Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Syracuse Opera; Turandot and Manon Lescaut for Mobile Opera; a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, Roméo et Juliette and La fille du régiment at Intermountain Opera Bozeman; Così fan tutte at Brevard Music Center; South Pacific for Anchorage Opera; Hänsel und Gretel for Sarasota Opera; Cold Sassy Tree for the Sugar Creek Music Festival; L’elisir d’amore for Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Orlando Philharmonic; and La Cenerentola at Green Mountain Opera Festival. Following his success directing the première of Madama Butterfly in his Nicaraguan début for the National Theater in Managua, Mr. Buchman returned to direct a critically acclaimed production of La bohème. An innovative director, Mr. Buchman spends time working on new and groundbreaking material for the contemporary opera world. Some of these endeavors include his title as Artistic Director of a dynamic multimedia project entitled “Live Arts” at Grand Rapids Symphony, Andy Vores’ chamber opera No Exit based on the 1944 existentialist play with the same title at Florida Grand Opera, and a contemporary multimedia theatre project entitled Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman at Little Stage Theater in Miami Beach. Buchman also directs at many universities throughout Florida and the U.S. Some of his university engagements include a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica at Miami University, Marva and Ainadamar at the University of Miami, The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts, Don Giovanni at UCLA, and L’elisir d’amore for the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music Mr. Buchman has a long history of fostering the artistic growth of young artists throughout the country. He was Resident Stage Director for Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program. His work with Tulsa Opera includes directing productions for their Young Artist Studio such as Pirates of Penzance and Luisa Fernanda. From 2005-2010, Mr. Buchman served as stage director and coach for the Opera Department of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he created new productions of Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Amelia Goes to the Ball, La Divina, Die Fledermaus, and Così fan Tutte. Mr. Buchman studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany and Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in his native city of Baltimore, Maryland. He trained in the Young Artist Program of the Florida Grand Opera, where he later was honored with the company’s Evelyn P. Gilbert Award. He also trained in the Studio and Apprentice Artist Programs of Central City Opera, where he was awarded their Studio Artist of the Year award.
Rosa Mercedes, choreographer Barcelona native Rosa Mercedes has been praised by the press as “showing such possession of self and spirit that one's emotions were her instrument”. She has enjoyed an enormously successful career choreographing for opera. Hailed by Dance Magazine as “a virtuoso”, her choreography has been featured with Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Atlanta Opera, Florentine Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Baltimore Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa among many others. At the Metropolitan Opera, she was featured as principal dancer in Carmen, in the Zeffirelli production of La Traviata, and also in the final Met Gala that featured Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras together. This season, in addition to her work at Opera Naples, she will choreograph the world-premiere of the opera Tesla by Carson Kievman at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Salome for Florida Grand Opera and will make her debut at Washington National Opera choreographing Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Stephan Moravski is a set, production and graphic designer based in downtown Manhattan, an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, graduating with a Master of Set Design for Stage and Film. He completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. His recent work includes ‘Figaro’ Opera Naples, ‘Tesla’ opera (Colony Theater, Miami), ‘Cendrillon’ (Frost School of Music, National Opera Association first prize winner), ‘Legend, Stories of a Nation’ (Lehenda Dance company), ‘Rabbit Hole’ (Theater with a view, PA), ‘Don Juan’ (Bard College), “I wasn’t going to tell anybody’ an Adam Bock play (NYU), ‘Eurydice’ (Jane Havoc Theater), and was associate on ‘The Treasurer’ (Playwrights Horizons). He and his team were last years finalist in Opera America’s Director-Designer grant for their work on ‘Glory Denied.’ Stephan has assisted Opera designer Paul Steinberg and freelances as a design consultant in creative visual merchandising at Tiffany & Co. He has a Ukrainian heritage, and a strong connection to Ukrainian culture. He grew up dancing and teaching Ukrainian Traditional Cossack dance; he is currently the resident designer at Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company.
Gaёlle Arquez Mezzo-Soprano French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez is one of the rising stars of the opera world. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the young mezzo-soprano made her debut at the Opéra Bastille in Michael Haneke’s 2013 version of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under the direction of Philippe Jordan. Ever since she has been invited to sing in many of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Nominated “Révélation Lyrique” at the “Victoires de la Musique 2011”, Gaëlle Arquez is now an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon with whom she released her highly anticipated debut recording “Ardente Flamme” in 2017. Gaëlle Arquez kicks off the 2018/19 season as Medea in Händel’s Teseo at the Theater an der Wien. Following this she will be heard as Juditha in Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans at the Dutch National Opera. Following this she goes to the Bayerische Staatsoper to perform one of her signature roles – Carmen, and to make her role debut as Iphigénie in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Théatre des Champs-Elysées. Highlights in the 2017/18 season include Carmen at Teatro Real in Madrid, her first appearance as Isolier in Le comte Ory at Opéra-Comique in Paris and as Adalgisa in Norma at the Frankfurt Opera. Besides that, in the role of Carmen she had her house debut at Royal Opera House in London. In 2016/17 season Gaëlle Arquez made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper under the direction of Marc Minkowski singing the title role in a new production of Gluck’s Armide. She made a significant role debut in Barrie Kosky’s critically acclaimed production of Carmen in Frankfurt – a role that led her to the Bregenzer Festspiele 2017. The production was so successful, that she was invited to Bregenzer Festspiele next year as well, and the televised broadcast of the performance was viewed by over 1.5 million people. She also made her role debut in Pelléas et Mélisande and Xerses for the Frankfurt Opera. In concert, Gaëlle Arquez sang the title role of La Cenerentola at the Beaune Festival and the Poème de l’Amour de la Mer de Chausson under the direction of Louis Langrée at Theatre des Champs-Élysées and the Concepción in L'Heure espagnole with the Bayerische Rundfunk. Gaëlle Arquez’s other recent performances include Idomeneo under the direction of René Jacobs at the Theater an der Wien, a production which was also taken to the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York in 2016, Falstaff and L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Opéra de Paris, Teseo at the Frankfurt Opera, Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Castor et Pollux at Komische Opera Berlin, Cenerentola at the Beaune Festival, Cendrillon at Opera de Lille. G A Ë L L E A R Q U E Z Season 2018-2019 PLEASE DESTROY ANY PREVIOUS BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS Personal Direction: CENTRE STAGE ARTIST MANAGEMENT For more information about Gaëlle Arquez please visit her website at www.centrestagemanagement.com
Soprano Heather Phillips, whose recent performances of Nannetta in Falstaff with Arizona Opera were described by Opera News as “beautiful” and “shimmering”, is continuing to garner critical acclaim with reputable performances on the opera and concert stage. In the 2018-2019 season, she will debut with Opera Naples as Micaela in Carmen, and with New Orleans Opera as Konstanze in Abduction from Seraglio, as well as performances with Austin Symphony Orchestra for Brahms’ German Requiem, Canton Symphony Orchestra and a return to the Boise Philharmonic as a soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah. In the fall of 2018, she joins the roster of the San Francisco Opera for their production of Arabella, covering the title role. Last season, Miss Phillips debuted with Austin Lyric Opera as Micaëla in Carmen and on the concert stage appears as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic, soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with both the Boise Philharmonic and the Valley Symphony Orchestra in Texas, and made her New York Philharmonic debut as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. During the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Phillips made her Arizona Opera debut as Nannetta in Falstaff and debuted with Opera Philadelphia reprising the role of Katie in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, a role she created at The Santa Fe Opera and on the Grammy nominated original cast recording. She returned to Opera Philadelphia later that same season for performances of the composer workshop series, Double Exposure. On the concert stage she appeared as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Grammy nominated ensemble True Concord and returned to the Ravinia Festival and the Tucson Desert Song Festival as a recitalist in collaboration with pianist Kevin Murphy. Other recent previous performances include Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Micaëla in Carmen with Kentucky Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Opera Southwest, Musetta in La bohème at the Crested Butte Music Festival and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro at Cincinnati Opera. An alumna of the Santa Fe Opera apprentice program, she joined the company for their 2014 and 2015 seasons, covering Micaela in Carmen and then Gilda in Rigoletto. She also performed as a soloist in a lieder recital with Harry Bickett at the piano for the chamber music series, Performance Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Opera apprentice scenes showcase saw her as Luisa (Verdi’s Luisa Miller) and as La Contessa (Rossini’s Il Viaggio A Reims). While as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, she sang the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Jane Glover. Ms. Phillips has received many awards including top honors in the 2015 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition. She is also the recipient of one of the Santa Fe Opera’s outstanding apprentice singer awards. Also in 2014, Ms. Phillips advanced in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winning the Connecticut district and advancing to the New England Regional Finals where she was awarded the 3rd place prize. In previous years, she has also received recognition and awards from the George London Foundation, Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition, Marcello Giordani Foundation, Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition, Schuyler Foundation Competition for Career Bridges, National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Violetta Dupont Vocal Competition, and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. In 2013 she made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut as a finalist in the Nico Castel Master Singer Competition and in the same year was selected to represent the United States as a finalist in the Queen Sonja International Vocal Competition in Oslo, Norway. Ms. Phillips received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College- Conservatory of Music. Before her collegiate operatic studies began, Ms. Phillips trained and performed as a pianist and flautist for 10 years, performing as an adolescent with the Canton Youth Symphony Orchestra as a flautist and throughout the community as a volunteer outreach performer on piano, flute and voice with the McDowell Music Club of her hometown of Canton, Ohio. She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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ANATOLI SIVKO Baritone Born in Belarus, Anatoli Sivko studied at the Belarusian State Music Academy and was a member of the Dutch National Opera Studio from 2010–11. Anatoli is the recipient of highly acclaimed awards at the prestigious International Francisco Viñas singing competition (2015, first prize) the Neue Stimmen Competition (2016, first prize). This coming season, Anatoli makes his house debuts at Wiener Staatsoper in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni and Naples Opera, Florida, as Escamillo in Carmen. He will also return to Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, for Un ballo in maschera. On the concert platform, Anatoli performs under Vasily Petrenko with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. During the 2017/18 season, Anatoli performed extensively throughout the UK with Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) before returning to Bayerische Staatsoper for performances of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (Samuel). Anatoli also performed The Nightingale with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and concluded the season with performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Masetto (Don Giovanni). Other previous highlights include Anatoli’s role debut as Leporello at Gran Teatre del Liceu, his North American debut at L’Opéra de Montréal singing Il Re in Aida, performances with Bayerische Staatsoper in Un ballo in maschera, Turandot and Andrea Chénier, his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in Un ballo in maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor with the Israeli Opera, Zuniga in Carmen at Opernhaus Zürich, performing the title role of Attila with Estonian National Opera, Pique Dame at Netherlands Opera, Chamberlain in Le Rossignol at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Opéra de Rennes. Anatoli has collaborated with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Daniel Oren, Zubin Metha, Daniele Calligari, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, and has given concert performances in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Concert House and the Graz Musikverein. Anatoli has participated in workshops with the likes of Evgeny Nesterenko and Theresa Zilis-Gara. For the most up-to-date biography, please contact us. This biography should not be edited without permission from Askonas Holt.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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