Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” with “La serva padrona”:
Guest directed by Artistic Director of American Lyric Theatre
Santa Barbara, CA, March 23, 2011 – Opera Santa Barbara welcomes six emerging artists from the San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellowship Program, along with New York-based Director/Choreographer Lawrence Edelson (pictured at left) for a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s first opera, the bittersweet satire, Trouble in Tahiti, paired with a comic opera La serva padrona, to be performed Friday, April 8 (7:30) and Sunday, April 10 (2:30) at The Lobero Theatre. When asked why turn these two very different works into a double-bill, Director Edelson notes that although written almost two hundred years apart, both operas explore the dynamics of choosing one person with whom to spend the rest of your life: “Through both comedic and dramatic lenses, these short opera explore questions that remain relevant today: Is ‘till death do us part’ something to which everyone aspires? Might true joy be found in unexpected places? How hard do we have to work to find happiness? And how hard should we work to hold on to something that may no longer be there?”
Before focusing on directing, Lawrence Edelson enjoyed a successful performing career as both a classical singer and ballet dancer. He performed a diverse dance repertoire including world premieres by Merce Cunningham and founded the New Choreographer’s Workshop in 1991 at The Joffrey Ballet School. As a singer, he appeared in opera, oratorio and musical theatre, and as a director he has served as Staff Director for Glimmerglass Opera, guest director at New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Toledo Opera, among many others. In 2005 he founded American Lyric Theater in New York and serves as its Producing Artistic Director. Upcoming directing engagements include a new production of Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox for Fort Worth Opera and a new production of Florencia en el Amazonas.
Ryan Kuster (Sam) Maya Lahyani (Dinah), along with Sarah Gartland, Ao Li, and Daniel Montenegro, are seen in Trouble in Tahiti. Featured in La serva padrona are Susannah Biller (Serapina), and Ao Li (Uberto). They are six of the 2011 Resident Artists of San Francisco Opera’s Adler Fellowship Program. Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists that offer intensive individual training and roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage season. Each year a select group of exceptionally gifted singers from the Merola Opera Program is invited to continue their education as Adler Fellows. Former Adler Fellows have included Ruth Ann Swenson, Deborah Voigt and Patricia Racette. Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies for the San Francisco Opera Center will conduct the OSB orchestra.
Tickets are available from the Lobero Box Office: 805.963.0761 or online at Lobero.com.
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