Seattle—Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program comes to the University of Washington for the first time next month with a production of Don Pasquale at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.
The 2011/12 Young Artists open Donizetti’s bel canto comedy on Saturday, March 31, with additional performances on April 1, 6, and 7.
This fully staged production is directed by Young Artists Program Artistic Director Peter Kazaras and conducted by the program’s Music Director, Brian Garman.
“Don Pasquale is a perfect showcase for the talents of our extraordinary, versatile group of young singers this season,” says Kazaras. “The roles of young lovers, mastermind, and old curmudgeon offer opportunities to act with gusto and credibility, and the gorgeous melodies of Donizetti’s score demand beautiful singing. The story, which is as old as time, is one of the world’s great comedies. It will play wonderfully in Meany Hall—a delicious contrast to the grandeur of McCaw Hall.”
The matinee performance on Sunday, April 1, will be Seattle Opera’s Family Day this season, with $15 tickets for students 18 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Special activities for children of all ages will make it an April Fools’ Day to remember!
Starring in all performances as Don Pasquale is bass Michael Uloth, who will make his Seattle Opera mainstage debut in May as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly.
The March 31 and April 6 performances of Don Pasquale feature a trio of returning Young Artists: soprano Amanda Opuszysnki as Norina, tenor Andrew Stenson as Ernesto, and baritone David Krohn as Dr. Malatesta.
Audiences will recognize these talented singers from Seattle Opera’s recent production of Carmen, in which they sang the roles of Frasquita, Remendado, and Dancaïre, respectively.
Stenson made his mainstage debut as Arturo in last season’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and also, as cover, sang the demanding title role at the March 4, 2012, performance of Orphée et Eurydice.
On April 1 and 7, soprano Lindsay Russell sings Norina, tenor Jason Slayden is Ernesto, and baritone Joseph Lattanzi portrays Dr. Malatesta.
Slayden recently made his mainstage debut as Uldino in Attila, and Lattanzi sang the role of Moralès in Carmen.
Sets are designed by Donald Eastman, lights by Chris Reay, and costumes by Deborah Trout.
Seattle Opera’s 2011/12 Season is sponsored by Microsoft.
About the Young Artists Program
Launched in 1998, Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program offers promising singers musical and vocal coaching and instruction in language, acting, movement, stage combat, and the business side of being an opera singer.
The 2011/12 Young Artists were chosen from 584 applicants.
The Program has helped to launch the careers of many singers.
Former Young Artists have gone on to perform on Seattle Opera’s mainstage as well as at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and many others.
On the mainstage at Seattle Opera this season, former Young Artists include Mary Elizabeth Williams (in Porgy and Bess); Michael Todd Simpson and Caitlin Lynch (in Carmen); Russell Thomas (in Attila); and Julianne Gearhart (in Orphée et Eurydice).
Peter Kazaras became Artistic Director of the program in 2006 and Brian Garman became Music Director in 2008.
Aren Der Hacopian, appointed Seattle Opera’s Artistic Administrator in July 2010, is Director of the Young Artists Program.
Don Pasquale premieres Saturday, March 31, and runs through Saturday, April 7, at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall.
Single tickets are $55 for adults, $20 for students; student tickets for the Sunday, April 1, 2012 Family Day Matinee performance are $15 with the purchase of one adult ticket.
Tickets are available online at seattleopera.org, and by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619; they may also be purchased at the Box Office by visiting 1020 John Street (two blocks west of Fairview), Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Further information on the 2011/12 season and full biographies of the cast members can be found at seattleopera.org.
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini
In Italian with English Captions
Meany Hall, University of Washington
4 Performances: March 31, April 1, 6, and 7, 2012
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including two intermissions
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; matinee begins at 2:00 p.m.
Adult single tickets: $55
Student single tickets: $20
Family Day Matinee (April 1, 2012): $15 student tickets (with the purchase of one adult ticket)
Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676/800.426.1619
Online orders: www.seattleopera.org
Premiere: Théâtre Italien, Paris, January 3, 1843
Don Pasquale: Michael Uloth
Dr. Malatesta: David Krohn / Joseph Lattanzi*
Ernesto: Andrew Stenson / Jason Slayden*
Norina: Amanda Opuszynski / Lindsay Russell*
Carlotto: Kenny Enlow
Conductor: Brian Garman
Stage Director: Peter Kazaras
Set Designer: Donald Eastman
Costume Designer: Deborah Trout
Lighting Designer: Chris Reay
English Captions: Jonathan Dean
Sets and Costumes: Seattle Opera
* On April 1 and 7 only
Kenny Enlow is a guest artist with the Program.
About Seattle Opera
Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in the United States.
The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially the Opera’s interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner. Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring (three different productions), in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon.
Seattle Opera has achieved the highest per capita attendance of any major opera company in the United States, and draws operagoers from four continents and 50 states.
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