José Luis Moscovich
62nd Season 2017-18
Leonora, a noblewoman, in love with Manrico
Manrico, a troubadour, officer in the army of Urgel
Azucena, a Gypsy woman, Manrico's mother
Conte di Luna, a nobleman of Aragón
Ferrando, an officer serving di Luna
Ines, Leonora's confidante
Ruiz, Manrico's henchman
An Old Gypsy Man
Mark Baushke, Jackson Beaman, Joanne Bogart, Jim Cowing, Bruce Cozzini, Tom Ellison, Emily Frank, Kiril Havezov*, Chris Hawks, Jay Iness, Claire Virginia Karoly, Yoen Hee Kim*, Peter Lawthers, Giulietta Ludwig*, Kristen Genis-Lund, Ella Mack, Leigh Madeline Nelson, Joanne Newman, Erwin Oertli, Lindarae Polaha, Philip Schwarz, David Simon, Preston Sturtevant*, Jenissara Sumiri, Keiko Tsutsui*, Amy Worden, Christian Voitenleitner.
Austin Pleban, Michael Pleban, Jack Carter, Alyssa Levin, Audrey Turcotte, Justin Turcotte,
Lina Bouze, Virginia Smedberg
Judy Kmetko, Frida Pukhachevsky,
Janet Lynch, Kathy Juneau
Janet Witharm, Hans Dieter Hoffer
Art Austin, Sue Macy
Alicia Telford, Bruce Dorcy
Orchestral reduction by Bryan Higgins - motetmusic.com
sings Leonora in Il trovatore. She made her debut with West Bay Opera as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello during the 2012-13 Season. She is an audience favorite for her critically acclaimed performances of leading soprano roles including Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, Musetta, Liù, Cio Cio San, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Countess Almaviva, and Fiordiligi; and numerous others, such as Nedda, Violetta, Micaela, Marguerite, Jenůfa, Susannah, and Florencia (in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas). She has performed leading roles at New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, and Cleveland Opera, among many others. She began her career at Opera San José, where she was a Principal Artist in Residence for four seasons. Ms. Clayton is also in demand as a performer of concert, oratorio, recital and chamber music. She is Associate Professor of Voice at Moores School of Music (University of Houston). Upcoming engagements include the Beggar Woman in Houston Grand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd.
makes his West Bay Opera debut as Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore. A native of southern California, Mr. Callon made his operatic debut as Giuseppe (La traviata) & Tenor Vassal (Götterdämmerung) with LA Opera. Shortly thereafer, he joined Tulsa Opera's Resident Artist Program appearing as Gastone (La traviata), followed by Howard Bucher (Dead Man Walking), and Mr. Owen (Postcard from Morocco). Between productions in Tulsa, Mr. Callon performed with Rogue Opera, singing Alfredo (La traviata) and Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore). In 2014, Mr. Callon concluded a two-year residency with Opera San Jose, where he performed a wide range of lead roles including Nadir (Les pècheurs de perles), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), The Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Most recently, Mr. Callon made his West Edge Opera debut as Rodolfo (La bohème). As a concert artist, Mr. Callon has performed a variety of major works, including Handel's Messiah with LA Master Chorale, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Cypress College, and Mozart's Requiem with the LA Philharmonic.
sings Azucena in Il trovatore. She was born and educated in San Jose, California. Ms. Houston earned a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University under the tutelage of Irene Dalis, Joseph Frank and Jeanne Garson. Having performed such roles as Dido, Ulrica, Frugola and La zia principessa, Ms. Houston is currently developing Amneris, Fricka, and Dalila. Ms. Houston has performed with Opera San Jose and Walnut Creek Festival Opera. Internationally, she has performed in Holland, Italy and Germany, and was most recently heard as the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra of Den Haag, Holland. She performed Frugola (Il tabarro) with Berkeley Opera, Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) for West Bay Opera, and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) for both San Francisco Lyric and Walnut Creek Festival Opera.
sings Conte di Luna in Il trovatore. He made his West Bay Opera debut singing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and sung Belcore in last season's production of L'elisir d'amore. He was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia. In addition to concert work as a collaborative pianist in Bulgaria, Turkey, and USA he appeared as baritone soloist for a recital and recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. During the 2008/09 season, he made his debut as a resident principal artist at Opera San Jose, appearing in the title role in Eugene Onegin, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Escamillo in Carmen. Roles performed recently by Mr. Karagiozov include Marquis D'Obigny in La traviata - his debut with NYCO, Valentin in Faust for OSJ, Danielle in Ciro in Babilonia - Caramoor Festival debut, Henry in The Gift of the Magi for Hidden Valley, Silvio in Paggliacci for OSJ and the title role in Gianni Schicchi for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Among the roles that he has performed are Marcello, Figaro, Angelotti, Vrosnky, Count Almaviva, Dandini, Lescaut, Masetto, Germont, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Tarquinius, Silvio, Schaunard, Harlequin, Peter, Raoul de Gardefeu and Prometheus. Mr. Karagiozov has appeared with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera San José, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, The Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Roanoke, Piedmont Opera Theater and Capital Opera Raleigh. He has also appeared as a soloist for the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the world-renowned soprano Leona Mitchell. 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. Future engagements include Schaunard for Livermore Valley Opera and Sharpless for Opera Santa Barbara.
Christopher Filipowicz, bass
makes his West Bay Opera debut singing Ferrando in Il trovatore. He was most recently seen as The Man with the Cornet Case in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s production of Dominic Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, a co-production with Portland Opera directed by Kevin Newbury. He also has performed Colline in La bohème, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Il re di Scozia in Ariodante, and Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women all at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, followed by his debut with Opera Parallele as Orazio in Gesualdo, Prince of Madness. He spent the summer of 2014 as a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera, where he took part in the productions of Oklahoma!, Vanessa, and Les Misérables. Mr. Filipowicz spent the summer of 2013 at the Seagle Music Colony where he sang the role of Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and was understudy for Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, where he understudied Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 2011 Mr. Filipowicz was a member of the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program at the Nashville Opera, where he made his mainstage debut as Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and Zuñiga in Carmen. As a member of the apprentice artist program of Sarasota Opera, he performed the Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, a French Official in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco, and the Commissionario in La traviata. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Filipowicz was a member of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. He is a student of César Ulloa's.
makes her West Bay Opera debut singing Ines in Il trovatore. She is also understudy for Leonora. Ms. King has sung for Opera San Jose, Livermore Valley Opera, West Edge Opera, and Lowell House Opera. She has performed the roles of Leonora (Il trovatore), Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly),Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Yvette (La rondine), Duenna (Der Rosenkavalier), Nora (Riders to the Sea), and Lillian Russell (The Mother of Us All). Other roles covered include Angelica (Suor Angelica), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Juliette (Romeo et Juliette). Ms. King is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music. She was selected as a semi-finalist in 2007 for NATS Boston Chapter song and aria competition.
sings Ruiz in Il trovatore. He has sung in the West Bay Opera Chorus for the past two seasons, singing in every production, as well as with the chorus of Santa Barbara Opera. Mr. Beaman recently completed the Complete Package Performer (CPP) Summer Boot Camp in San Francisco. With CPP, he sang the roles of 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.
makes his West Bay Opera debut singing the role of an Old gipsy. A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Mr. Havezov recently sang the role of Monterone (Rigoletto) with Opera San Jose, which was his debut on the American stage. Since 2007, Mr. Havezov has performed regularly with the Sofia National Opera, the Bulgarian National Music Theatre, as well as some of the largest opera theatres in Bulgaria. Roles performed recently include the Count (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera Art Lirica (touring in China), Zupan (The Gypsy Baron), and Cascada (The Merry Widow). He appeared as Gasparo in Donizetti’s Rita with the National Music Theater and performed the roles of Hermann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Sonora (La fanciulla del West) with the National Opera and Ballet, both in Sofia, Bulgaria. For the State Opera of Stara Zagora, he appeared as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), and performed the roles of Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and the Pasha Selim (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with State Opera of Ruse. On the concert stage, Mr. Havezov has appeared as soloist in numerous concerts with ensembles including the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Music Academy. He has made several recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio. As a stage actor, he has appeared in many theater productions and in several films. He has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including the International Duo Competition for Piano and Voice, the International Competition “The Crown of Turnovgrad” and the national competition for young instrumentalists and singers “Svetoslav Obretenov.” In 2009 he was selected to participate with a full scholarship in the Summer Music Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Mr. Havezov has a Bachelor’s degree in classical singing from the Bulgarian National Academy of Music, a Master’s degree in Literature and Linguistics from Sofia University and has a degree of professional theatrical school in Sofia. He is currently an associate professor of editing at the University of Library and Information Technology in Sofia and he is writing for Capital – the most prestigious economics newspaper in Bulgaria.
Peter Lawthers sings the messenger in Il trovatore. He studied Baroque performance practice in both organ and voice before striking a Faustian bargain and pursuing a career in computer science. He has sung in the West Bay Opera chorus for several recent productions.
is the conductor for Il trovatore. He has been General Director of West Bay Opera since 2006. For the preceding nine years he was music director and conductor of the San Francisco Camerata, the only professional orchestra in the US devoted exclusively to the music of Latin American composers. Prior to that, he was principal guest conductor of the Bay Area Concerto Ensemble. He has also appeared with the Concerto Orchestra, the ARTEA orchestra, the Marin Chamber Orchestra, the UCSF Orchestra, the Nova Vista Orchestra, and a number of other ensembles. In 2005 he was invited to open West Bay Opera’s 50th season with Die Zauberflöte. During 2012 he conducted to critical acclaim Opera Santa Barbara's production of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice. He has also conducted West Bay Opera’s productions of Die Zauberflöte, L'elisir d'amore, Tosca, Otello, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Samson et Dalila, Dido and Aeneas, La vida breve, Turandot, Der Freischütz, Orfeo ed Euridice, Der fliegende Holländer, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, and Opera Idaho’s production of L’elisir d’amore. He has also conducted at the Teatro El Círculo Opera House in Rosario, Argentina. He has taught master classes in opera performance in Beijing, China and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and lectured for the Wagner Society of Northern California. Maestro Moscovich has considerable experience as a choral conductor. He was music director of the San Francisco Women’s Chorus, conductor of the San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus, and assistant conductor of the San Francisco Choral Society. He wrote the libretto and conducted the fully-staged premiere of Corpus Evita, an opera by composer Carlos Franzetti. He also conducted the San Francisco Camerata in the recording of that work for Amapola Records, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2005. His other recording with the Camerata is a CD of Latin American orchestral music, for Klavier Records, which has been featured in radio broadcasts on both coasts, including KKHI and KDFC in San Francisco, and WNYC in New York, as well as in Brazil, Argentina, and Australia. Maestro Moscovich was trained as a clarinetist and conductor in his native Argentina, where he studied at the National Conservatory in Rosario. Selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League, he also trained under Lorin Maazel, Lawrence Leighton-Smith, and the late Maurice Abravanel. He has resided in the United States since 1981.
makes his West Bay Opera stage-directing debut with Il trovatore. He made his debut with the company singing Papageno in Die Zauberflöte during the 2005-06 Season. He most recently appeared with West Bay Opera as Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) and Lescaut (Manon Lescaut). Other professional roles have included Figaro in Rossini´s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pelleas in Debussy´s Pelleas et Melisande and the title role in Don Giovanni as well as Tonio in Pagliacci and most recently Ford in Falstaff. Mr. Vieira has professionally performed 73 different operatic roles in South America, Europe and the U.S, having made his San Francisco Opera debut in Puccini´s La fanciulla del West in 2010; returning to the company in 2011 to perform in Donizetti´s Lucrezia Borgia alongside Renee Fleming. This production has recently been commercially released on video by the Eurochannel label. Among his directorial credits are a Madama Butterfly for Rogue Opera and Tacoma Opera, as well as productions in the Bay Area and in South America.
is the set designer and projection co-designer for Il trovatore. He has designed for West Bay Opera since 1995. From 1993 to 2013, he was West Bay Opera’s Technical Director. Mr. Revon has designed over 350 sets since 1989, including the world première of The Tale of the Nutcracker for Opera San José, Machine for The Crucible production, Tawawa House for Townsend Opera. For Opera Santa Barbara, he designed Tosca, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Così fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Orpheus and Eurydice. Other designs include La bohème for the Music Academy of the West, The Girl of the Golden West and The Elixir of Love for Rimrock Opera in Montana. For West Bay Opera, he designed La bohème, Don Giovanni as well as forty other operas. Mr. Revon teaches at the Oakland School for the Arts. He started his design career in Paris, where he received a degree in scenic design from the École Supérieur des Arts et Techniques.
is the costume designer for Il trovatore. She has been designing theatrical costumes since 2005 for companies throughout the Bay Area, including Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Stanford Savoyards, Berkeley Playhouse, Dragon Theatre, Pear Ave, Playground, Boxcar Theatre, Stage 1, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Word for Word. Ms. Lowe is Costume Curator and Rentals Coordinator for West Bay Opera and resident designer for Stanford Classics in Theatre at Stanford University. Previous residencies include Lyric Theatre, Imagination Players, Kehillah Theatre, and Stanford Savoyards, where Ms. Lowe continues as a design consultant.
Nick Kumamoto, Lighting Designer
is the lighting designer for Il trovatore. This is his first production with West Bay Opera. He attends Santa Clara University as an undergraduate studying mathematics. This fall marks the beginning of Nick’s third season as resident lighting designer for City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. Nick also provides lighting and projection design for companies including Renegade Theatre Experiment, Palo Alto Players, and Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose. Presently, he is serving as production manager for Renegade’s production of Perishable: Keep Refrigerated. Recent design credits include lighting design for Art at City Lights and Oklahoma with Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, and projection design for Palo Alto Players’ production of Big Fish.
is Projections Designer for Il trovatore. He made his debut with West Bay Opera as Projections Designer for Les contes d'Hoffmann and since then has designed projections for Tosca, L'elisir d'amore and Die Zauberflöte. Over the past 25 years, he has held various positions such as Projections Designer, Director of Production, and Technical Director for over 350 productions, lending his ability to design, lead and manage time-sensitive projects and multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate many cutting-edge multi-media projects and world premières. Frédéric has recently collaborated with Livermore Valley Opera, Litquake, MFDP|SF, Liss Fain Dance, Opera Parallèle, UC Santa Cruz, Digital Garage 717, Rork Music, Z Space, TEDxBerkeley, Chitresh Das Dance Company and the Oakland School for the Arts. A native of France, Frédéric holds both a Masters in Theatre Design & Production and an Executive MBA and is a member of United Scenic Artist 829 in Projection Design.
is the make-up & wig designer for Il trovatore. She is excited to be embarking on her eighth production with West Bay Opera’s make-up and wig department and is very happy to have had her wig/make-up design debut with the company during the 58th season. Aviva works with groups such as Lamplighters and Word for Word doing costume design, management, wardrobe, and make-up artistry. Her credits with Lamplighters include their 60th and 61st Anniversary Galas, The Mikado and Iolanthe. Die Zauberflöte, L'elisir d’amore, Otello and Tosca are among her West Bay Opera credits. Her Word for Word credits include In Friendship. Aviva would like to thank Rande Harris, her mentor, for her patience, love and guidance.
is the sound designer for Il trovatore. Tod has been the company's Resident Sound Designer since 2007. He created the sound design for San Francisco Opera's recent production of Show Boat, and 2011's world premiere production of Heart of a Solider. His association with West Bay Opera began in 2002 when we implemented our first computer-controlled supertitles system using TitleDriver, an application Tod developed. Mr. Nixon has been a member of San Francisco Opera’s sound and media department since 2000. He was the sound designer for Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon for six years during the 1990s, where he implemented that show's first automated digital audio mixing system. His time at BBB included taking the show for a historic run at London's Covent Garden Music Theater Festival in 1997. Previous sound design work for West Bay Opera includes two productions of Die Zauberflöte, as well as productions of Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Cosi fan tutte, Der fliegende Holländer, Carmen, Orfeo ed Euridice, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Der Freischütz, La traviata, La forza del destino, Turandot, Dido & Aeneas, La vida breve, Samson et Dalila, Don Giovanni, Aida, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Lucia di Lammermoor, Otello, Tosca and L'elisir d'amore.
is the properties designer for Il trovatore. Other credits with West Bay Opera include 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. Ms. Benson 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 has also designed properties for many of Lyric Theatre of San Jose’s productions, sometimes also singing in the chorus, including Camelot, Carousel, Kismet, Brigadoon, and a Bollywood-style Sorcerer. Both she and her props were last seen in Lyric's production of The Grand Duke in June of 2013. She will be working on Utopia Limited with Lyric Theatre in the Fall. Ms. Benson has been singing and designing and building props for various community theaters and Bahá'í choirs since the age of 12.
José Luis Moscovich
Lisa Lutkenhouse Lowe
Frederic O. Boulay
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