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Jessica Tyler Wright sings an excerpt from Dear Erich with composer, Ted Rosenthal.
Jessica Tyler Wright
Soprano Jessica Tyler Wright (Herta) recently appeared at New York City Opera as Vera Donovan in the New York City Premier of Tobias Picker's opera Dolores Claiborne, based on the Stephen King bestseller. Previously, Jessica was seen in City Opera's critically acclaimed 2017 production of Candide, reprising the role of Paquette from the 2008 production (both directed by Hal Prince). Her Broadway credits include John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd and Company, MTC’s LoveMusik (Hal Prince), and Lincoln Center’s War Horse. Off-Broadway, Jessica earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Marjorie Taylor in Allegro (Classic Stage Company). She toured the US and Canada with Sweeney Todd and also had a turn as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Atlanta and Dallas. Her regional favorites include Marian in Music Man and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (MTWichita), KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse), Grace in Annie (North Shore MT), Irene in Crazy For You (MTWichita and CA Music Circus), Mary Jane in Big River (Papermill), and Kost in Cabaret (CA Music Circus). Her television appearances include Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and a national commercial for Nexium. www.jessicatylerwright.com
Brian James Myer
Baritone Brian James Myer (Young Erich) has been praised as a stage animal of "both voice and character to make him stand out in the crowd" by the Sarasota Observer. In 2018, Mr. Myer made debuts with Hawaii Symphony as baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Henderson Symphony as Maximilian in Candide, American Lyric Theater on their InsightALT: Opera in Eden concert at Merkin Hall, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice as Moralès and Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and the Grand Teton Music Festival as Snowboy and Big Deal in West Side Story under the baton of Donald Runnicles. He also returned to Opera Las Vegas as Dandini in La Cenerentola and Hawaii Opera Theater as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2019 Mr. Myer will return to Opera Orlando to sing Fiorello and Bert (formally known as Berta) in their new production of The Barber of Seville and will join Santa Fe Opera covering Foreman/The Man’s Voice in Jenůfa and the Gardner in the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child.
Peter Kendall Clark
Baritone Peter Kendall Clark (Old Erich) has created roles in numerous world premieres, notably Jehovah in Mark Blitzstein’s Cain, for which the New York Times referred to his singing as “stylish and properly stentorian.” Mr. Clark has appeared with Virginia Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater Caramoor Opera, Ashlawn Opera, Syracuse Opera, Belleayre Festival, St. Petersburg Opera, Chelsea Opera, Opera on the James, and Skylight Music Theatre. His recent engagements include Harold Hill in The Music Man at St. Petersburg Opera, Harry Easter in Street Scene at Virginia Opera, Sweeney Todd with Hawaii Opera Theater, A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady at Syracuse Opera, Glory Denied at Chelsea Opera, Candide (directed by Harold Prince), La fanciulla del West, Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America, and Brokeback Mountain at New York City Opera. His upcoming performances include MacHeath in Threepenny Opera at Syracuse Opera, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Helena Symphony.
Rachel Zatcoff (Lili) most recently appeared as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) Off-Broadway with The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, directed by Joel Grey, and will reprise her role in the upcoming cast album. Other select credits include Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway), Khanele in The Golden Bride (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (International Tour), Paquette in Candide with Anchorage Opera, Anne in A Little Night Music with Syracuse Opera, Claire Clairmont in Villa Diodati at The York Theater, and Alice in The Secret Garden at Theatre Under the Stars. Rachel made her New York City Opera debut in Candide directed by Hal Prince and is excited to continue her professional relationship with Ted Rosenthal, and Dear Erich.
Glenn Seven Allen
Tenor Glenn Seven Allen (Freddy) is garnering critical acclaim on theatre, opera, and concert stages throughout the United States as a consummate singing actor, lauded for his dynamic interpretations of heroes and leading men. Mr. Allen was hailed by Opera News as an “Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance.” Last season, Mr. Allen starred as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain with New York City Opera to universal critical acclaim. He also played Dan Goodman in Next to Normal with Syracuse Stage, the tenor soloist with Charlottesville Symphony in their Bicentennial Celebration of the Arts and The Americans concerts, the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Glacier Symphony, excerpts from La Bohème as Rodolfo with Reclamation Opera, and as a soloist and featured performer in Candide at Carnegie Hall starring John Lithgow. Last season, due to the wild popularity of its last run, he reprised his role as Jerome in the Drama Desk-nominated Di Goldene Kale Off-Broadway at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Il Fauno in La Campana Sommersa with New York City Opera and as Oppenheimer in Amerike The Golden Land at NYT Folksbiene. Mr. Allen appeared on Broadway in the original cast of The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theatre and has played leading roles at 10 Tony Award- winning regional theatres. He is also the proud author of The Singer Acts, The Actor Sings now available through Bloomsbury Press.
Sishel Claverie’s (Carmelita) recent engagements include the role of Charlotte Malcolm in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Alamo City Opera. She performed the title role in Heartbeat Opera’s production of Carmen, which was praised by the New York Times as “Riveting.” In previous seasons, Ms. Claverie was also seen as Carmen with El Paso Opera, with The New Rochelle Opera and with Opera in the Heights, where she will perform the role of Maria in Piazzolla’s tango operetta Maria de Buenos Aires this season. This spring she will make her debut with La Luna Quartet at Feinstein's/54 Below for a night of opera and Cabaret. She is currently producing her first solo show titled Soleful, to be premiered this fall at The Tank in NYC. Sishel holds a bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in Music from Rice University. Ms. Claverie currently resides in New York City.
Ted Rosenthal ( Composer and Co-Librettist )
Ted Rosenthal (Composer, Co-Librettist) is one of the leading jazz pianist/composers of his generation. He has performed worldwide as soloist, with his trio, and with many jazz greats. Rosenthal composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works (two jazz piano concertos) and ballet scores. The recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and more. Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has performed and recorded with legendary jazz figures including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, and James Moody. He has also been pianist and musical director for many top vocalists including Ann Hampton Callaway, Kurt Elling, Helen Merrill and Barbara Cook. Rosenthal has been a featured soloist with major American orchestras including the Detroit Symphony. He has released 15 critically acclaimed CDs as a leader. His latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin, reached #1 on iTunes and Amazon. Rosenthal is also an author and active in jazz education. He is currently on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, where he also served as trustee. Website: www.tedrosenthal.com
Lesley Rosenthal ( Librettist )
Lesley Rosenthal (Co-Librettist) is a fixture on the cultural scene (Chief Operating Officer, The Juilliard School; General Counsel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Co-founder and violinist, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony; Trustee, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts; Chair, Arts & Humanities Committee, Harvard University Board of Overseers). She loves language and believes in the power of the arts to bridge, to move, and to heal. She was inspired to write for Dear Erich by hearing Ted's score as it emerged and by reading Herta's letters. A noted author and public speaker, Lesley holds degrees in philosophy and law from Harvard University.
Adam Glaser ( Conductor )
Adam Glaser (Conductor) is currently Music Director of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras, Principal Conductor of the NYU Orchestras, and Director of Orchestras at Hofstra University. He has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joyce Yang, Conrad Tao, Vijay Gupta, Timo Andres and Areta Zhulla, and guest conducted the orchestras of Victoria, lllinois, Boca Raton and Wheeling, among others. His conducting honors include the American-Austrian Foundation’s Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, which sponsored his residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonic’s Attergau Orchestra Institute. An established composer, Mr. Glaser has enjoyed performances of his works by over 25 ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta and Toronto. Passionate about opera and vocal music, Mr. Glaser served as Music Director for Curtis Opera Theater’s La Tragédie de Carmen, earning critical praise in the Philadelphia City Paper for leading the orchestra in “a sinewy and carefully balanced sound.” Other engagements include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrige and Schubert’s Die Verschworenen with Hofstra Opera Theater, Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne with Ridotto Opera Theater, and concert performances with soprano Monica Yunus and baritone Jesse Blumberg. As a jazz pianist, Mr. Glaser is a founding member of Phil Orch Jazz, performing with this unique group of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians in such venues as Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse, the Vail Jazz Festival and Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live. He recently made his debut leading the Adam Glaser Quartet at the Usdan Center Festival Concert series, and appeared as a guest artist with the Hofstra Jazz Ensemble on Long Island. Mr. Glaser earned graduate degrees in orchestral conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a diploma in composition from the Juilliard Pre-College Division.
Mikhaela Mahony ( Director )
Mikhaela Mahony (Director) Mikhaela Mahony is a director of theatre, opera and film. Past credits include Abby Rosebrock’s Dido of Idaho at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Chautauqua Institution Voice Department, and Alanna Coby’s Tiny Errors at the End of the Millennium as part of the SYNDICATED Festival. Summer, Mikhaela’s debut as a film director, was an official selection at the Buffalo International Film Festival, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, and FilmColumbia in Chatham, NY. Most recently, she developed a multi-media exploration of the artist Tina Modotti, and a new adaptation of Sigmund Romberg’s operetta The Student Prince, with a book collaged from the silent film of the same name, the play Old Heidelberg by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, and her own writing. She is a frequent collaborator with the playwrights at EST/Youngblood, directing works by Brittany Allen, Kristin Slaney, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Christina Quintana, Will Arbery, and Abby Rosebrock. She is also a volunteer artist with the 52nd Street Project and WIN, and Member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Richard Stafford ( Choreographer )
Richard Stafford (Choreographer) made his New York City Opera debut in 2017 as director and choreographer of the American premiere of Antonio Literes's Los elementos. He was immediately re-engaged and directed and choreographed the company's critically acclaimed 2018 double bill of Rameau's Pigmalion and the American premiere of Donizetti's Pigmalione. His Broadway credits include choreographer for In My Life at the Music Box Theatre, associate choreographer for Aspects of Love at the Broadhurst Theatre, and dance supervisor for CATS at the Winter Garden Theatre. Off-Broadway, he was choreographer for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at St. Clements and director/choreographer for Castle Walk for the NYMF festival. Internationally he was director/choreographer for The Full Monty and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Mexico City; CATS in Copenhagen, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro; choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar in Mexico City; Evita in Sydney; and CATS in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. He has been choreographer for national tours of CATS, My Fair Lady, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mr. Stafford won the Barrymore Award for outstanding choreography for La Cage aux Folles at the Walnut Street Theatre and the NYMF “Outstanding Choreography” award for Castle Walk.
John Farrell ( Scenic Designer )
John Farrell (Scenic Designer) has been the exclusive Set and Illusion Designer for the Magician Criss Angel since 1993. This includes several television specials, six seasons of Mindfreak for A&E, and Believe on Spike TV. Currently he is the Director of Illusions for the production Criss Angel Mindfreak Live produced by Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. His regional credits include set designs in the US for various theatres as well as international productions in Hong Kong, Mexico City and Hungary. In New York, he is currently the Director of Production for New York City Opera and the resident scenic designer. Mr. Farrell was also the resident designer for Dicapo Opera Theatre for twenty years. At Radio City Music Hall, he was the scenic supervisor for the Spring Spectacular Easter Show and the Christmas Show. His television credits include Supervising Art Director for America's Got Talent seasons 7‐9, the final seasons of Gossip Girl, The Dream Team‐1996 Olympic Special for NBC, the 1994 and 1995 Tony Awards, HBO’s Earthly Possessions, and Get Late with Kennedy and Squirt TV for MTV.
Janet O'Neill ( Costume Designer )
Janet O'Neill (Costume Designer), New York City Opera (designer) L'amore dei tre re, Pygmalion, Los Elementos, Dolores Claiborne, (assistant) Candide. Chautauqua Theater Co. (designer) Taming of the Shrew, Mixedblood Theater (designer) Orange, Knife Play, ATC Theater (associate) Fulfillment. New York credits: Donna Summer Musical, Campo Maldito, Ex Machina, NINE, Smile. California credits: (designer) Mr. Burns, Burial at Thebes, Grapes of Wrath, Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Film (PA) Morningside Pictures, Barry. Television (designer) LIVE with Kelly, OSCAR Opener. Ten Stories: Qualcomm Focus, Snapdragon, Talent. Pilot (assistant) Wake UP America. 764 Union (dresser) Netflix, ABC, CBS productions. UCSD M.F.A. Theatre Costume Design.
Susan Roth ( Lighting Designer )
Susan Roth (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for theater, opera and dance. International opera credits include Emmeline and The Crucible, which were televised throughout Europe on the Mezzo network. For New York City Opera, Ms. Roth designed Tosca, Aleko/Pagliacci, La campana sommersa, Brokeback Mountain, and the New York premiers of Hopper’s Wife and Dolores Claiborne. US regional opera credits include Tampa Opera, Augusta Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Orlando Opera, Toledo Opera and Dicapo Opera in New York. Ms. Roth served as the lighting designer for the 75th-Anniversary tour of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. US national theater tour credits include Dreamgirls, Cabaret, Purlie, Little Shop of Horrors and One Mo’ Time. International tours included Ain’t Misbehavin', West Side Story and Crazy for You. Ms. Roth was resident designer for the Westport Playhouse for ten years. Other credits include the U.S. premier of Public Enemy by Kenneth Branagh, the New York premier of Three Mo’ Tenors, the world premiere of Feu Follet for the Elisa Monte Dance Company and the Peking Circus US tour.
Angelo Di Loreto ( Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Musical Director )
Angelo Di Loreto (Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Musical Director) is a multi-faceted pianist, composer and actor from Buffalo, NY, and is currently based in New York City. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where for 4 years he studied with Ted Rosenthal, the composer of Dear Erich. Mr. Di Loreto has been carving out a path for himself in both the improvised and non-improvised music worlds. He was most recently commissioned to arrange for Chaka Khan and the world-renowned Metropole Orchestra, and premiered his commissioned Jazz Mass in October 2017. Along with drummer Philippe Lemm and bassist Jeff Koch, the three perform as a trio, and tour frequently throughout the US and Europe, having performed recently at the Kennedy Center (DC), Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Finland, and Germany. Angelo is also a prolific voice actor and audiobook narrator for various publishers, and has narrated over 85 books to date.