Opera Trio: Aida, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus

Eugene Opera celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala production featuring three outstanding acts that epitomize the grandeur, the drama, and the fun of opera: Aida (Act 1), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Act 3), and Die Fledermaus (Act 2).
Performed in the Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, December 31, 2016 and January 2, 2017.

Here are some excerpts from the New Year’s Eve performance:

Conductor and Music Director — Andrew Bisantz
General Director and Stage Director — Mark Beudert
Chorus Master — Gustavo Castro
Chorus Manager — Colleen Gaskill
Rehearsal Accompanist — Jeremy Reger
Stage Manager — Agnieszka Laska
Assistant Stage Manager — Russell Wustenberg
Stage Designer and Technical Director — Alex Fontain
Costume Designer and Coordinator — Amelia Beiderwell
Lighting Designer — Michael Peterson
Production Director and Orchestra Manager — Scott King

Aida, Act 1

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
First performance at the Khedivial Opera House, Cairo, December 24, 1871

The King of Egypt — Zachary Lenox
Amneris, his daughter — Emily Pulley
Aida, an Ethiopian slave — Deborah Meyer
Radamès, Captain of the Guard — David Gustafson
Ramfis, High Priest — Marco Nisticò
A messenger — Lawrence Barasa
The High Priestess — Tess Altiveros

Dialogues of the Carmelites, Act 3

Text of the drama by George Bernanos
Music by Francis Poulenc
First performance at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, January 26, 1957

Blanche de la Force (Sr. Blanche of the Agony of Christ) — Cecilia Violetta López
The Aumonier of Carmel — David Gustafson
Mme. Lidoine (Mère Marie of St. Augustine), Prioress of Carmel — Deborah Meyer
Mère Marie of the Incarnation, sub-Prioress — Emily Pulley
The Jailor — Marco Nisticò
Sr. Constance of St. Denis — Jocelyn Claire Thomas
Mère Jeanne of the Infant Jesus — Hannah Penn
Sr. Mathilde — Tess Altiveros
Mère Gerald — Colleen Gaskill
Sr. Claire — Margaret Alexander
Sr. Antoine — Victoria McCoy
Sr. Catherine — Theresa M. Hoy

Die Fledermaus, Act 2

Libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Music by Johann Strauss II
First performed at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, April 5, 1874

Gabriel von Eisenstein — Marco Nisticò
Rosalinde, his wife — Cecilia Violetta López
Adele, Rosalinde’s maid — Emily Evelyn Way
Ida, Adele’s sister — Jocelyn Claire Thomas
Dr. Falke — Bill Hulings
Frank, the prison Governor — Zachary Lenox
Count Orlovsky — Hannah Penn