José Luis Moscovich
by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
based on the homonymous novella by Prosper Mérimée
Sung in French with English titles
World Premiere: March 3, 1875 - Opéra Comique, Paris
West Bay Opera Premiere: February 16, 1962
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 2:00 p.m
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 2:00 p.m
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California
(highlights of the opera) with piano
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94303
During the Spanish Civil War, Carmen, a Gypsy woman working in a cigarette factory is arrested for fighting with a co-worker. Don Jose, the army officer who arrests her, soon falls under her irresistible spell and winds up deserting, in order to follow her, and joining a band of smugglers in the mountains. But Carmen is a free soul, and she tires of him and takes up with another lover, despite Don Jose’s pleading and threats. To her, freedom is paramount. Eventually, she pays for it with her life.
Morales, a Corporal of Dragoons
Micaela, a country girl, in love with José,
Don José, a Corporal of Dragoons
Carmen, a Gypsy woman
Zuñiga, a Lieutenant of Dragoons
Frasquita, a friend of Carmen's
Mercedes, a friend of Carmen's
Escamillo, a bullfighter
Dancaïro, a Gypsy partisan
Remendado, a Gypsy partisan
Hiroki Amada, Mark Baushke, James Beattie, Joanne Bogart, Geordie Burdick, Yvonne Casillas, JoAnn Close, Will Corvino, Sophia Gever, Inna Gitman, Erika Goeriz*, Michael Good,Terry Hayes, Michelle Holt*, Malaina Kapoor*, John Paul Kilecdi-Li*, Jeffrey Lampert, Rachel Law, Nina McBride, Joanne Newman, Maria Polyakova, Philip Schwarz, David Simon, Michelle Skylar, Miles Spielberg, Jennisara Sumiri, Christian Voitenleitner, Kumiko Yoshinari*
Zuñiga's female interest at the bullring - Maria Polyakova
Binocular-seller at the bullring - David Simon
RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS
May 25 and June 3: Simon Braun, Ryan Cheung,
Carter May, Adrian Panezic, Paul Sapilewski, Declan Twomey
May 27 and June 2: Simon Braun, Sam Dickey, Keaton Farrell, Matteo Navarro, Declan Twowmey, Adrian Vahamaki
Kent Jue - Boys Chorus Master, Associate Artistic Director Ragazzi
Thomas Wade, Boys Vocal Coach - Ragazzi
Joyce Keil Artistic Director - Ragazzi
* First appearance with West Bay Opera
Josepha Fath, Virginia Smedberg, Andrew Lan
Rebecca McCormick, Frida Pukhachevski,
Rachel McGuire, Daria D'Andrea
Lucinda Lenicheck, Thomas Shoebotham,
Michelle Caimotto, Vivian Boudreaux-Mikasa
Dane Carlson/Meave Cox
Art Austin, Sue Macy
Cathleen Torres, Diane Ryan
Richard Leder, Steven Anderson
Orchestral reduction: Jun Nakabayashi
Photos: Otak Jump
José Luis Moscovich
returns to West Bay Opera as Stage Director for Carmen. He has previously directed La traviata and Tosca for the company. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Orfeo Foundation, based in Amsterdam, which promotes the careers of young opera artists through career counseling, advanced training, and audition opportunities. He is also Director of Heroes’ Voices, a service organization that brings the healing power of music to veterans. Rick is also a professor of voice at the City College of San Francisco. Previously, he was the Director of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, Artistic Advisor and Head of Faculty for the Training Program of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Artistic Consultant and Principal Stage Director for the Bangkok Opera, Director of the Opera Program for the San Francisco Conservatory and faculty for the Opera Studio of the Netherlands. He has been stage director for more than 60 productions for companies including the Bangkok Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Juilliard School, Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Festival di Roma, Opera San Jose, Sacramento Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Conservatory, the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program. A frequent judge for vocal competitions, he annually adjudicates for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has been a voice teacher, and guest Master Class instructor at universities and training programs including Yale, Indiana University, Polish National Opera Studio, Chautauqua Institution, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Works, Loyola University, Mannes School of Music, and the University of Florida. Mr. Harrell performed as a soloist with such companies as the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre Company, Opera Omaha, New Jersey Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Richmond Symphony and National Symphony. He recordings include the role of Bernardo on the album of West Side Story conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
is the set designer and projections co-designer for Carmen. 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 Fidelio, 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 Carmen. She has been designing costumes for over twenty-five years. She was designer for West Bay Opera's productions of Dido and Aeneas, La vida breve, Samson et Dalila, Aida, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome and Norma. Other collaborations includes SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, among others. Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design.
is the Lighting Designer for Carmen. He has designed the lighting for West Bay Opera’s productions of Fidelio, 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 Carmen. 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, Norma and Fidelio. 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 Carmen. 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, Norma and Fidelio.
is Makeup and Wig Designer for Carmen. 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, Norma and Fidelio. 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 Carmen. 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 Fidelio, 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.
flamenco dancer and choreographer, makes her WBO debut creating choreography for the tavern scene in Carmen. Ms. DeMars has performed internationally at venues including the Royal Festival Hall of London, the Tivoli Theater in Barcelona, the Qatar International Arts Festival and the Teatro Calderón of Madrid. She has presented major works both in the US and abroad. Her latest work 5xLorca will premiere at the 2018 San Francisco International Arts Festival. Ms. DeMars trained intensively in Spain over eight years with some of Spain’s foremost flamenco artists. She has served on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee and has received two consecutive commissions (2016, 2018) for major works from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Ms. DeMars is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company (SFFDC). The SFFDC presents professional flamenco performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, hosts visiting artists from Spain and supports the development of local flamenco artists through workshops and performance opportunities.
is chorus master for Carmen. He holds the position of Chorusmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and West Bay Opera, and regularly serves as Assistant Conductor with Livermore Valley Opera. Upcoming engagements include serving as Assistant Conductor for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera’s production of Tosca, under acclaimed meastro Christoph Campestrini; and conducting a new production of Johan Strauss, Jr.’s “A Night in Venice” for Lyric Theatre of San Jose. Last season, he conducted a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury for the same company. Other highlights from recent seasons include having served as chorus director for Andrea Bocelli’s 2015 concert appearance in Sacramento, and conducting the world premiere of composer Lisa Scola Prosek’s chamber opera, The Lariat, in San Francisco. 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, West Bay Opera and Festival Opera. Mr. Olstad is a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild. He serves as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, a position he has held since 2011. In addition, he maintains a busy, private vocal coaching studio. 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 (www.btcnorth.org), 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.
WEST BAY OPERA STAFF
Technical Director: David Gardner
Arts Administrator: Christopher Cha
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor: Merna Black
Orchestra Manager: Christy Crews
Orchestra Librarian: Virginia Smedberg
NORMA PRODUCTION STAFF
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
OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM (OITS)
Program Director: Michael Taylor
Program Coordinator: Balbina Heitner