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Ennis del Mar
Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar) is a leading interpreter of Mozart roles, most notably Don Giovanni, Almaviva, and Figaro, which he has performed at New York City Opera, Teatro Colón, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Warsaw, Vancouver Opera, and Dallas Opera. Okulitch also excels in creating leading roles in contemporary opera, including Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real; Seth Brundle in The Fly at Théâtre du Châtelet and Los Angeles Opera; Willy Wonka in The Golden Ticket at Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Atlanta Opera; LBJ in David T. Little’s JFK at Fort Worth Opera; and Herman Broder in Enemies, A Love Story at Palm Beach Opera. Okulitch first garnered national attention as Schaunard in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann's Tony-winning Broadway production of La bohème. His first solo recording, The New American Art Song, was released on GPR Records in 2011. Engagements this season include the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie in the lead role of Mark Rutland at English National Opera, reprising the role of LBJ at Opéra de Montréal, and performances as General Groves in a new production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera. Next season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Marnie, performs the role of Mozart’s Figaro with Hawaii Opera Theatre, the title role in Handel's Saul with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Maestro Nicholas McGegan, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the San Diego Symphony, and the title role in Don Giovanni in Manitoba.
Glenn Seven Allen
Tenor Glenn Seven Allen (Jack Twist) is garnering critical acclaim as a consummate singing actor for his work on theater, opera, and concert stages throughout the United States. Often lauded for his dynamic interpretations of heroes and leading men, Mr. Allen was recently hailed by Opera News as an “Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance.” Last season he reprised his role as Jerome in the Drama Desk-nominated, Off-Broadway production of Di Goldene Kale at the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene, and will return this season as Oppenheimer in Amerike The Golden Land. He also played the role of Pontius Pilate in Casa Mañana's production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Lt. Cable in South Pacific with Annapolis Opera, and Will in Middlemarch in Spring with Ash Lawn Opera. Mr. Allen has appeared at New York City Opera in the 2016 production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and as Il Fauno in Ottorino Respighi’s La campana sommersa.
Soprano Heather Buck’s (Alma Beers) diverse operatic adventures range from creating the roles of Alma Beers in Charles Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain at Madrid’s Teatro Real, the title role in his Haroun and the Sea of Stories at New York City Opera, and Ku in Prestini’s Gilgamesh; to singing US stage premiers of Lachenmann’s Little Matchgirl, the title role in Rihm’s Proserpina, the Angel in Dusapin’s Faustus, the Last Night, Joan of Arc in Dello Joio’s Trial at Rouen, and the Maid in Adès’s Powder Her Face; to standard repertoire roles such as Leïla in The Pearl Fishers, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, La Princesse in Glass’s Orphée, Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pat Nixon and Madame Mao in Adams’ Nixon in China, and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. Her concert performances have brought her to such illustrious stages as the Mariinsky Theater, Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, the Concertgebouw, and Carnegie Hall, in repertoire ranging from Handel’s Messiah, to Orff’s Carmina Burana, to Glass’s Symphony No. 5.
Mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther (Lureen) enjoys a career which embraces three centuries' worth of operatic repertoire, from baroque to contemporary works. During the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Ginther makes her Los Angeles Opera debut as part of a co-production with New York's Center for Contemporary Opera. Recent seasons have witnessed Ms. Ginther's debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as a featured soloist in Bernstein's MASS under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Florida Grand Opera, as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Also with Florida Grand Opera, she performed Vlasta and covered Liese in Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger, and covered Adalgisa in Norma. Her additional roles include Hansel in Hansel und Gretel with Houston's Opera in the Heights, and three role debuts with Opera Mississippi: Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Maddalena in Rigoletto, and the title role in Carmen.
Kazem Abdullah ( Conductor )
A vibrant, versatile and compelling presence on the podium, American conductor Kazem Abdullah is one of the most-watched up-and-coming talents on the international stage today. Was Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany from 2012 to 2017. His predecessors in this tradition-rich post include Fritz Busch, Herbert von Karajan and Wolfgang Sawallisch. In the 2017-18 season Mr. Abdullah will make appearances with the New World Symphony, the Colours for Music Festival in Charleston South Carolina, the Brandenburgsiches Staatsorchester, Orchester Südwestfallen, and the Jacksonville Symphony. In addition to his symphony engagements, he will conduct an opera Gala in the Robecco Festival in the Concertgebouw, and will also conduct the American premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera Brokeback Mountain with the New York City Opera.
Jacopo Spirei ( Director )
Winner of Salzburger Landestheater's audience prize for the best production of the 2012-13 season, director Jacopo Spirei studied drama in Bologna and filmmaking in New York. His recent operatic engagements include Falstaff at the Festival Verdi in Parma; Don Giovanni at San Francisco Opera; L'elisir d’amore and Falstaff at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Brokeback Mountain, and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at Salzburger Landestheater, Cambiale di matrimonio at Theater an der Wien, Gli equivoci nel sembiante at the Purtimiro festival in Lugo; The Bear, Maderna's Satyricon and Matrimonio Segreto at the Danish Royal Opera, La Cenerentola at Festival Internacional de Música in Cartagena, Colombia; Pagliacci at Wexford Festival Opera; and Bastiano e Bastiana and Paisiello’s Serva Padrona at Lugo Opera Festival and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He is associate professor of opera at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts KhiO, Norway. From 2006-11 he was artistic director and founder of www.spurio.com, an experimental project involving opera, filmmaking, video art and live performance. His future engagements include productions of Rinaldo in Cremona, Aïda in Dortmund, and a cycle of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas in Salzburg.
Eva Musil ( Scenery and Costumes )
Eva Musil was born in Salzburg. She began studying drama and German literature in Vienna, but then returned to Salzburg and studied stage design with Prof. Herbert Kapplmüller at the Mozarteum University. When she was still a student she assisted Christian Schmidt and Hans Neuenfels at the Residenztheater in Munich and the Volksoper in Vienna. At the Salzburg Festival she worked as an assistant to Anna Viebrock and Jossi Wieler, as well as Marlene Poley and Christian Stückl. She was subsequently employed by the Salzburg Festival as a set design assistant for several seasons. At the same time she was also working as a stage designer for various choreographers and performers, including Zoe Knights, Rotraut Kern, Georg Hobmeier and Hubert Lepka for projects in Kortrijk (Belgium), Vienna, Bytom (Poland), Salzburg and Sölden and free-lancing as a visual artist. Since 2011 she has been regularly employed as a stage and costume designer at the Salzburg State Theatre, where she headed the costume/design department in the 2015/2016 season.