José Luis Moscovich
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner and Friedrich Treitschke
based on a play by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly
Sung in German with English titles
World Premiere: November 20, 1805 - Theater an der Wien - Vienna
West Bay Opera Premiere: February 13, 1970
Friday, Feb 16, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 - 2:00 p.m
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 - 2:00 p.m
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California
(highlights of the opera) with piano
Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94303
Florestan has been chained to a rock in a high-security prison, for his attempt to bring to light Pizarro's corruption and wrongdoing. Florestan's intrepid wife, Leonore, disguised as a young man who calls himself Fidelio, gets herself hired into the prison and works tirelessly to free Florestan and other political prisoners. Beethoven's only opera is an ode to freedom and the power of the human spirit, and a reminder that a single person can make a difference.
Florestan, an inmate at the prison
Fidelio (Leonore), Florestan's wife, disguised as a man
Rocco, the chief jailer,
Marzelline, Rocco's daughter
Jaquino, the doorman and Marzelline's boyfriend
Pizarro, governor of the prison
Fernando, the prime minister
Orchestral reduction: Pocket Publications
Josepha Fath, Virginia Smedberg
Rebecca McCormick, Frida Pukhachevsky, Judy Kmetko
makes her West Bay Opera debut singing Leonore in Fidelio. Ms. Mecum recently made her Amore Opera debut in New York singing the title role in Tosca. As a participant in the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Mecum performed excerpts from Susannah (Susannah), Die Walküre (Brünnhilde) and The Queen of Spades (Lisa). Other recent performances include Una Coèfora and cover of Clitennestra (Cassandra by Vittorio Gnecchi) with Teatro Grattacielo, Clara Schumann (Clara by Victoria Bond) with Cutting Edge Concerts, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with The Banff Centre Opera, Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera New Jersey, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with Prelude to Performance. In concert, Ms. Mecum has appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Sympnoy No. 9, Rutter’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer with such organizations as the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Medomak Conductor’s Retreat and MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Mecum is the recipient of awards from Manhattan School of Music, New York Lyric Opera Competition, The Solti Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation and The American Prize for Opera.
makes his debut singing the role of Rocco in Fidelio. He has been living and performing in the Bay Area for over three years. Recent roles include the Police Agent (The Consul) with Just Opera; Malatesta (Don Pasquale) at the Mendocino Music Festival; Polifemo (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo) with Black Box Baroque, and the Mikado in The New Mikado with Lamplighters. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he received his BM in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan. Mr. Brady teaches regularly at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre and is a prominent member in the Oakland-based rock band Suits of Steel.
Kate Fruchterman, soprano
makes her West Bay Opera debut singing the role of Marzelline in Fidelio. Ms Fruchterman spent the 2015-16 season in Turin, Italy, as a Resident Artist at the Teatro Regio. During her time there, she sang the roles of Sacerdotessa (Aida), Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Chocholka (Pfihody lisky Bystrousky), and Madre (Pollicino), among others. During her time with the Teatro Regio, Ms. Fruchterman also sang the role of Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in the openin of the Torino Classical Music Festival. Other recent roles include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with the Hawaii Perforing Arts Festiva, as well as Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with Mannes Opera. Ms. Fruchterman received the Amber Capital Scholarship from the Opera Foundation, whih led to her residency at the Teatro Regio. Ms. Fruchterman is a native of Palo Alto, and currently resides in New York..
Carmello Tringali, tenor
returns to West Bay Opera to sing the role of Jaquino in Fidelio. He has been recently seen at West Bay Opera as Flavio in Norma, Second Jew in Salome, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, the Song Seller and Lover in Il tabarro, also as Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro. He made his West Bay Opera debut singing Borsa in Rigoletto. He has also sung Triquet in Yevgeny Onegin. Carmello is a versatile performer and Bay Area native, taking on a wide variety of roles in terms of voice type, musical style and character. Other favorite roles include, Rodolfo (La bohème), the title roles in Candide and Faust, Ko-ko (The Mikado), Grosvenor (Patience) and Camille (The Merry Widow).
Krassen Karagiozov, baritone
returns to West Bay Opera to sing Pizarro in Fidelio. He made his West Bay Opera debut singing Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) in 2013, and has since sung Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), the title role in Rigoletto, and Michele (Il tabarro). He was born in Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. During the 2008 - 2009 season, he made his debut as a member of Opera San Jose‘s resident principal artists, singing the title role in Eugene Onegin, Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Escamillo (Carmen). Among the roles that he has performed are Papageno, Conte di Luna, Enrico, Germont, Marcello, Valentin, Figaro, Sharpless, Vronsky, Count Almaviva, Dandini, Don Giovanni, Tarquinius, Silvio, Schaunard, Lescaut, Masetto, Gianni Schicchi, Harlequin, Peter, Daniello, Angelotti, Rambaldo, and Raoul de Gardefeu. Mr. Karagiozov has also appeared at New York City Opera, Caramoor Festival, Opera Carolina, Opera Santa Barbara, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, and a number of other companies in the US. He has appeared as a soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, an other ensembles. Mr. Karagiozov is a North Carolina district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and First Prize winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition as well as a finalist of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition and Heinz Rehfuss Vocal Competition. .
Kiril Havezocv, baritone
returns to West Bay Opera to sing the role of Fernando in Fidelio. Most recently, WBO audiences have seen him in the title role in Gianni Schicchi as well in the roles of Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monterone (Rigoletto), Bonzo (Madama Butterfly), Second Soldier (Salome) and Talpa (Il tabarro). A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Mr. Havezov has performed regularly with the largest opera theatres in Bulgaria, including Sofia National Opera, Bulgarian National Music Theatre, Ruse State Opera and many more. In 2013 he sang the role of Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in China for Opera Art Lirica. Since his debut on the American opera stage in 2014, he has performed with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, New Opera NYC, Island City Opera and other Bay Area-based companies. Significant roles performed by Mr. Havezov over the last few years include Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Zupan (The Gypsy Baron), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Schaunard (La bohème) among others.
Jackson Beaman, tenor
returns to West Bay Opera to sing First Prisoner in Fidelio. He is also understudy for the role of Jaquino. He was previously seen at West Bay Opera as the Third Jew (Salome), Tinca (Il tabarro), and Ruiz (Il trovatore). He has also sung with Island City Opera, covering the role of Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor). Mr. Beaman sang the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor) in scenes at the Druid City Opera Workshop. He also sang Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in scenes directed by Jose Maria Condemi. Mr. Beaman attended U.C. Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he sang the role of Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief). He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from UCSB in 2008.
Stephen Boisvert, baritone
returns to West Bay Opera to sing second prisoner in Fidelio. He was most recently seen at West Bay Opera as a Cappadocian in Salome. before that he sang Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and Captain Petrovich and Guillot in Yevgeny Onegin. Notable roles at Opera San Jose include Alcindoro/Benoit, Antonio and Dancairo. While a guest artist, he also covered several roles including Angelotti, Prince Yashvin (Anna Karenina), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), The Speaker, Count Ceprano and Lord Capulet. He sang the title role in Death Takes A Holiday at Tabard Theatre, Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore) at the Lyric Theatre, and Luther Billis (South Pacific). He was nominated for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical,” by the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle for his work in South Pacific.
José Luis Moscovich
returns to West Bay Opera as Stage Director for Fidelio. A native of México, he has produced and directed over 70 Performing Arts projects in México, United States, France, Switzerland, Italy and Columbia. Mr. Conde has served as teacher, coach and stage director in several institutions and companies that include SIVAM, ARGOS, Artepost Productions, San Benito Abad Theater, Universidad del Valle de México, Alas y Raíces para los niños, Nickelodeon, Artescenica, ITESM-CEM, National Fine Arts Opera Company, Zacatecas Opera Company, the Madrigalistas Choir, Solists Ensemble, Pro Opera, FIGAROSY, the Centro Histórico Children's Choir, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, West Bay Opera, Golden Ceiba Productions, Mobile Productions, Morela Opera Company, Xcaret Park, Skylight Music Theatre, Pro-Musica and Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra. In film, he is the co-writer of Sin Retorno, an international feature film (Mexico-Colombia), where he worked also as Acting Coach and Second Assistant. He also worked as Acting Coach in Balls, a Colombian feature film. Mr. Conde also adapted the script for the film Siete Años de Matrimonio, featured in Mexico in 2012, and wrote the script for the film Enamorándome de Abril. Mr. Conde has taught classes in acting, dance, corporal expression and arts. He has extensive experience working with children in professional staging for theatre, opera and concerts, and in coaching acting with opera singers. He has also worked in design, production management and stage management in several national and international projects. Mr. Conde was the Appretince Stage Director selected for the Merola Opera Program for 2011 at San Francisco Opera Center. He worked as stage director in the world premier of Viva Verdi in 2012, the 200 years celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, in the Hallenstadion, Zürich, under the artistic advice of Mr. Lofti Mansouri. He is the General Director of Escenia Ensamble, A. C., a performing arts company in Mexico City supported by the Mexican Government through México en Escena grants, since 2015.
is the set designer and projections co-designer for Fidelio. He saw his first opera at the age of ten, but had to wait until 1990 before he was allowed to design and paint one. His previous designs for West Bay Opera include Salome, Il trittico, Yevgeny Onegin, Faust, L’elisir d’amore, Otello, Aida, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, The Threepenny Opera, Don Giovanni, La traviata, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Pagliacci. Mr. Crompton has designed for Festival Opera, Opera San José, Diablo Light Opera Company, Lamplighters, Bay Area Revels, Marin Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Birmingham Opera, Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, Western Ballet, NVC, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Berkeley Opera, and West Bay Opera, among others. He has won San Francisco Bay Area Critic’s Choice, Shellies, and Goodman Choice awards. Recent productions include Carmen for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mary Poppins for Santa Rosa Junior College. Mr. Crompton resides in Santa Rosa, where he teaches set design at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, and tends an increasingly bizarre sculpture garden with his wife Robyn. The garden is open every October for ARTrails. His sculpture can be seen at Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg.
is the costume designer for Fidelio. Previous designs for West Bay Opera include Il trittico, Yevgeny Onegin, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, L’elisir d’amore, Otello, Don Giovanni, Turandot, La traviata, Madama Butterfly, Der fliegende Holländer, Pique Dame, Manon Lescaut, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Un ballo in maschera, The Marriage of Figaro, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Recent projects include The Monster-Builder for Aurora Theatre Co. and Artctic Requiem for Bootstrap Theatre. Ms. Floor earned her BFA from the University of Utah and her Higher Diploma in Theatre Design from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1987, she has designed for many theaters, including American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Zaccho Dance Theatre.
Steven B. Mannshardt
is the lighting designer for Fidelio.He has designed the lighting for West Bay Opera’s productions of Salome, Die Zauberflöte, Otello, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, The Consul, and Carmen. He is currently the resident lighting designer and operations manager for TheatreWorks, where he has designed over seventy-five productions and won numerous awards for his work. His regional design credits include the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, ACT Theatre in Seattle, American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, the Magic Theater in San Francisco, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Weston Playhouse, The Vancouver Playhouse, the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, the du Maurier Theater in Toronto, and the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Mannshardt taught lighting design at Santa Rosa Junior College for fourteen years and currently runs an adventure travel company specializing in the exploration of India.
is Projection Designer for Fidelio. He made his debut with West Bay Opera as Projection Designer for Les contes d’Hoffmann, and since then has designed projections for Tosca, L’elixir d'amore, Die Zauberflöte, Il trovatore, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Faust, Rigoletto, Yevgeny Onegin, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome and Norma. Frederic's design work is at the intersection of art and technology, and he loves pushing the boundaries of what can be done on stage using new technology. His upcoming engagements as Projection Designer include A Golden Celebration of Dance at the Chicago Auditorium; a new production of Alice in Wonderland with Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF in San Francisco and the Youth America Grand Prix at the David Koch Theatre in New York City. A native of France, he is a member of United Scenic Artists and holds both a Masters of Arts in Theatre Design & Production and an Executive MBA. Frédéric is of the Owner and Founder of Oaktown Productions and the Managing Director for Rooster Productions. None of this would be possible without the love and support of his amazing wife Magda and his two young boys Étienne & Théodore.
is Sound Designer for Fidelio. Giselle grew up in Mountain View and earned a BA in Technical Theatre from Cal State Long Beach. Following a string of SoCal gigs at various convention centers, theatres, and clubs on the Sunset Strip, Giselle returned to the SF Bay. After doing work with Western Ballet she spent time at West Bay Opera under the mentorship of Tod Nixon and JF Revon and went on to secure a position at Beach Blanket Babylon. She stepped in as Sound Designer last season and has designed West Bay Opera's productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome and Norma.
is Makeup and Wig Designer for Fidelio. She made her debut as makeup and wig designer with the company in Madama Butterfly, and has since designed Yevgeny Onegin, Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome and Norma. She has also designed recently for Festival Opera. Ms. Cross is an accomplished actress, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and teacher. Her professional performing arts career spans over three decades and includes film, video, commercials, stage, dance, voice, and magic. She designs costumes, make up, and hair for stage, film and opera. She recently directed, designed and choreographed Zombeo and Juliet, The Musical, which was produced at Burlingame High School. She has successfully blended her performance experience with a 30-year career in teaching drama, dance, movement and art at Odyssey Middle School.
is Properties Designer for Fidelio. Both she and her props were last seen in Lyrics production of Trial by Jury in June, 2017. She will also be working on Oklahoma with Lyric theatre this fall. Other credits with West Bay Opera include Norma, Salome, Il trittico, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Yevgeny Onegin, Rigoletto, Faust, Il trovatore, Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Aida, Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila, Dido and Aeneas, La Vida Breve and Turandot. She has sung in the chorus with Mission City Opera, where she has also been properties manager for seven shows, including The Marriage of Figaro in 2009 and La bohème in 2010. She designed properties for many of Lyric Theatre of San Jose’s productions, including Camelot, Carousel, Kismet, Brigadoon, a Bollywood-style Sorcerer, and The Grand Duke. She also designed Utopia Limited for Lyric Theatre. Ms. Benson has been singing and designing and building props for various community theaters and Bahá'í choirs since the age of 12.
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