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Juilliard Opera Presents a Double Bill of Two One-Act Operas - Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea

November 9, 2012 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
The Juilliard Opera season continues Sunday, December 9, Tuesday, December 11, and Thursday, December 13 with a double bill of two one-act operas featuring Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River (libretto by William Polmer) and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (libretto by J.M. Synge), directed by John Giampietro and conducted by Mark Shapiro. Scenic design is by Alexis Distler; costume design is by Sydney Maresca; and lighting design is by Derek Wright. Curlew River will be performed with a chamber orchestra, and Riders to the Sea will be performed with pianist Adam Nielsen. Performances take place on Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM; Tuesday, December 11 at 8 PM; and Thursday, December 13 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater.

Limited, FREE tickets will be available beginning December 3 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Performed with a chamber ensemble, Britten’s Curlew River tells the story of a woman who has gone mad after losing her son. The libretto was written by South African author William Plomer (1903-1973) after the play Sumidagawa by Juro Motomasa. Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, based on a short play about the despair of loss by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, features five singers, and a chorus of women (off-stage) with piano. The work, which was composed in 1927, didn’t have its first performance until ten years later at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London.

The cast of Curlew River features Kyle Bielfield (Madwoman); Tobias Greenhalgh (Ferryman); Emmett O’Hanlon (Traveller); Ying Fang (Spirit of the Boy); and Davone Tines (Leader of the Pilgrims).

The cast of Riders to the Sea features Lacey Jo Benter (Maurya); Emmett O’Hanlon (Bartley); Simone Easthope (Cathleen); Laura Mixter (Nora); and Kara Sainz (A Woman).

John Giampietro has been on Juilliard’s faculty since 2010, teaching acting for singers. Mr. Giampietro was former artistic director of the Accidental Theater Company in NYC and has worked on productions for Vermont Shakespeare Company, Phoenix Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, and Manhattan Opera, among others. He is an adjunct associate professor at Hofstra and a member of the faculty of the Chautauqua Institution School of Music.

Mark Shapiro is artistic director of both Cantori New York and the Monmouth Civic Chorus. In 2011, he was appointed music director of the Saint Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York City and led two Carnegie Hall concerts during the 2011-2012 season. Mr. Shapiro recently conducted Juilliard Opera’s production of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias; the staged premiere of Ben Yarmolinsky’s opera, Clarence and Anita, with Underworld Opera in New York; and Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles and Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia with the Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont. He has been a frequent cover conductor for opera and concert performances with the Bridgeport Symphony. Each summer, he directs the conducting program at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, where he also teaches. About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard

One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to advanced artist diploma programs in voice and opera studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City.

Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire. Juilliard graduates may be heard on recordings and in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Anthony Dean Griffey, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett, as well as more recent alumni including Paul Appleby, Julie Boulianne, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, Simon O’Neill, Susanna Phillips, Emalie Savoy, and Jennifer Zetlan. # # #

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Juilliard Opera Presents a Double Bill of Two One-Act Operas Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea Directed by John Giampietro and Conducted by Mark Shapiro

Performances take place on: Sunday, December 9, 2 PM Tuesday, December 11, 8 PM Thursday, December 13, 8 PM

Juilliard’s Willson Theater (155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor)

Curlew River Members of the Juilliard Orchestra, chorus of Juilliard singers

Cast: Madwoman: Kyle Bielfield Ferryman: Tobias Greenhalgh Traveller: Emmett O’Hanlon Spirit of the Boy: Ying Fang Leader of the Pilgrims: Davone Tines

Riders to the Sea Adam Nielsen (piano), chorus of Juilliard singers

Cast: Maurya: Lacey Jo Benter Bartley: Emmett O’Hanlon Cathleen: Simone Easthope Nora: Laura Mixter A Woman: Kara Sainz

Limited, FREE tickets will be available beginning December 3 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. # # #

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