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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


at the

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, California



(highlights of the opera) with piano

Thursday,  Feb 8, 2018 - 8:00 p.m


at the


Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Rd.

Palo Alto, California 94303

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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.



stage director

set designer

costume designer

lighting designer

projection designer

properties designer

make-up designer

sound designer

chorus master


Florestan, an inmate at the prison

Fidelio (Leonore), Florestan's wife, disguised as a man

Rocco, the chief jailer,

Marzelline, Rocco's daughter

Jaquino, a gatekeeper

Pizarro, governor of the prison

Fernando, the Attorney General

First prisoner

Second prisoner




Mark Baushke, Jackson Beaman,  Joanne Bogart,  Stephen Boisvert, Geordie Burdick, JoAnn Close, Natalie Erskine*, Sophia Gever, Inna Gitman, Michael Good, Christopher Hawks, Barry Hayes,  Terry Hayes, Jeffrey Lampert*, Rachel Law*, Nina McBride, Mark Nelson, Joanne Newman, Erwin Oertli, Petra-Gerda Paul*, Clare Riley*, Philip Schwarz, Christian Voitenleitner, Paul Wendt

Orchestral reduction: Kozinski Music Archives


Violin 1

Violin 2












Personnel Manager



Kristina Anderson

Judy Kmetko, Virginia Smedberg, Andrew Lan

Rebecca McCormick, Lisa Zadek, Hazel Keelan

Rachel McGuire, Daria D'Andrea, Stephen Moore

Evan Kahn, Bridget Pasker, Jopseph Woodward

Christy Crews

Michelle Caimotto, Vivian Boudreaux

Peter Lemberg, Meave Cox

Art Austin, Sue Macy

Carolyn Lockhart, Susan Dias

Susan Vollmer, Diane Ryan

Richard Leder, Steven Anderson

Craig Whitwell, Michael Cushing

Don Baker

Christy Crews

Virgina Smedberg

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    Technical Director: David Gardner

    Arts Administrator: Christopher Cha

    Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor: Merna Black

    Orchestra Manager: Christy Crews

    Orchestra Librarian: Virginia Smedberg


    Stage Manager: Fernanda Carvalho

    Assistant Stage Manager: Judy Bogart

    Rehearsal Pianists: Tamami Honma, Bruce Olstad, Jonathan Erman, Paul Dab

    Italian Supertitles Translation: José Luis Moscovich

    Italian Diction Coach: Leopoldina Viggiano

    Supertitles Operator: Bruce Olstad

    Master Electrician: Sean Kramer, Selina Young

    Lighting Board Operator: Deborah Bennet

    Scenic Projections Operator: Judy Bogart

    Properties Manager: Franklin Harris

    Crew Chief: Rudy Schroeter

    Wardrobe Supervisor: Cynthia Preciado

    Scenic Artist: Serina Serjama

    Set Construction: David Gardner, Charlie Miller, Jereme Masic

    Costume Design Assistant: Cynthia Preciado

    Costume Construction: Cindy Preciado, Carrie Banda

    Dressers: Karen Sanders, David Cox

    Photographer: Otak Jump

    Sound Board Operator: Skyler Vickroy

    Sound Technician: Kevin Scholl

    Pit Manager: Kevin Scholl

    Video Engineer: Samuel Arnold

    Lighting Crew: Jonathan Wright, Brian Hornor, Harriet K. Arguello-Bank, Keith Davis II, Henry Whittaker, Lee Richard, Fernanda Carvalho, Salina, Nick.

    Stage Crew: Grady Sanders, Karen Sanders, Franklin Harris, Joshua Cha

    Make-up Artists: Lisa Cross, Marisa Bonahoom, Amy Worden,

    Stephen Boisvert, Liz Curry

    Load-in volunteers: Mark Baushke, Stephen Boisvert


    House Manager Coordinator: Barbara Evangelista

    Volunteer Coordinator: Pat Markevitch

    Opera Preview Coordinator: Balbina Heitner

    Champagne Masters: Melisa Orozco, Balbina Heitner, José Luis Bonilla, Susanna


    Champagne Reception Coordinator: Andrea Smith


    Program Director: Michael Taylor

    Program Coordinator: Balbina Heitner




  • Please visit after February 19

Photos: Otak Jump

  • 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

    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.



  • 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.



  • Callie Floor

    Callie Floor

    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.



  • Frédéric O. Boulay

    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.


  • Giselle Lee

    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.



  • Lisa Cross

    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.


  • Shurley Benson

    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.



  • Bruce Olstad

    is chorus master for Fidelio. He is the chorus master for Sacramento Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and West Bay Opera (Palo Alto), and regularly serves as Assistant Conductor with Livermore Valley Opera.  Most recently, he served as chorus director for Andrea Bocelli’s concert in Sacramento, and conducted the world premier of composer Lisa Scola Prosek’s new chamber opera, The Lariat, in San Francisco, to great critical acclaim. Mr. Olstad  has conducted full productions for Opera San José, Open Opera and Opera Bravura, and has served as assistant conductor for West Edge Opera and West Bay Opera. Mr. Olstad is a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild. He has served as music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto since 2011. He is currently writing the libretto to a new opera based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter with his friend, composer Mark Carlson. Mr. Olstad is also the founder and artistic director of Bodhi Tree Concerts North (, a concert series dedicated to presenting high quality performances to the public and donating 100% of the profits to charity.  As a pianist, Mr. Olstad has partnered with such acclaimed artists as Marie Plette and Kelley O’Connor, and has played for the master classes of baritone Thomas Hampson and dramatic soprano Luana DeVol. Mr. Olstad holds a master’s degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Music from UCLA.



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