The Marriage of Figaro Bios
Mathieu D'Ordine: Arranger/Reduction
Arranger Mathieu D'Ordine specializes in chamber reductions for opera, and uses his arrangements to show his great passion for the artform. He has worked for a variety of companies, from the Boston Opera Collaborative to the Eklund Opera Program at CU Boulder. A cellist by training, Mathieu is a devoted advocate of music ranging from the 16th century the 21st. He is on the faculty of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory in Alamosa, CO, teaching cello and music history. His current projects include an original libretto, orchestrating an opera by Cesar Cui, and launching his business website: IdealOpera.com.
Andy Nice: Scenic Designer
Andy Nice holds an M.F.A in Scenic Design from Boston University's School of Theatre, Boston, MA. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Notable designs: Cortland Repertory Theatre's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WEST END HORROR, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Astoria Performing Arts Center), the Boston University Opera Institute's DON GIOVANNI built by the Huntington Theatre Company, FAUSTE ET MARGUERITE (Boston Opera Collaborative) ROCK OF AGES (Des Moines Playhouse), Boston Center for American Performance's THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN IN THE MOON MARIGOLDS and THE IMAGINARY INVALID at the Virginia Wimberly Theater in Boston's South End. Andy is resident scenic designer at Boston Opera Collaborative.
Chris Bocchiaro: Lighting Designer
Chris Bocchiaro is excited to return to Boston Opera Collaborative, having previously designed Albert Herring, Rinaldo, Our Town, Idomeneo, Family Feuds, Faust et Marguerite, and As One Chris’ work can be seen throughout the greater Boston Area, most recently at: Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Hub Theatre of Boston, imaginary beasts, and Apollinaire Theatre. Chris was the recipient of the 2013 IRNE award for Hairy Tales. He holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College.
Bridgette Hayes: Costume Designer
Bridgette Hayes is a Boson-based actor, costume and properties designer, dramaturg, and teaching artist as well as an Artistic Associate at Bridge Repertory Theater. Recent design credits include Die Fledermaus (MassOpera), The Beautiful Bridegroom and Miss Havisham's Wedding Night (MetroWest Opera), Albert Herring (BU Opera Institute), Fidelio (NEMPAC), Stop Kiss (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), Los Meadows (Boston Public Works), Mrs. Packard (Bridge Repertory Theater), and The Real Thing (Bad Habit Productions). Recent acting credits include Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol (Greater Boston Stage Company), Men on Boats (SpeakEasy Stage), First Love is the Revolution (Apollinaire Theater), Dog Paddle, Julius Caesar (Bridge Rep), An Octoroon (Company One / Arts Emerson). Bridgette studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and received a BFA in Acting from Boston University. She is pursuing a Masters in Dramatic Arts at Harvard University.
Carmen Catherine Alfaro: Master Electrician
Carmen Catherine Alfaro (she/her/hers) is a Boston-based, disabled, Latina theatrical electrician and stage manager with a passion for new and contemporary work that is socially conscious and diverse, both onstage and at the tech table. Favorite recent credits include Vanity Fair (Master Electrician, Central Square Theatre), Aida (ASM 2, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra), Fellow Travelers (Production Assistant, Boston Lyric Opera), Pagliacci (PA, BLO), Miss You Like Hell (Stage Manager, Company One). Carmen holds a BFA in Lighting Design with an emphasis in Lighting Production, and Stage Management (double major) from Boston University. Learn more about her and upcoming projects at carmencalfaro.com.
Kenny Burt: Technical Director
Kenny is the Director of Technical Theater at Beaver Country Day School, where he teaches technical design & production as well as serving at their resident Scenic, Lighting & Sound designer. As a freelance designer he has worked with a variety of companies and schools including the Inly School, Fresh Inc, Boston Opera Hub, Bridgewater State University and Dean College. In production he has worked with several companies including Trinity Rep, Seattle Rep and Brown University. Kenny is a graduate of Bridgewater State University’s Theatre Arts program
Sebastian Espinosa: Production Manager
Sebastian Espinosa is a Boston based actor, lighting designer, and musician. His past theatrical credits include Silla (Cambridge Chamber Ensemble), Hot Mikado (Belmont Dramatic Club), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Arlington Friends of the Drama). He has toured England, Spain, France, and Germany with various choirs and was the only undergraduate soloist of WPI’s performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross. His future work includes Opera Bites as production manager and Dances Princesses: A Riot Grrrl Fairy Tale as music director and composer.
Kelsey Whipple: Stage Manager
Kelsey Whipple is thrilled to be working with BOC on this production! Other credits include: Mountain Language (PSM, Theatre on Fire), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Steel Magnolias, The Clearing, Peter and the Starcatcher (Hub Theatre Company, ASM), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Pride and Prejudice, Much Ado About Nothing (Actors’ Shakespeare Project, ASM). She is a graduate from Suffolk University with a BA in theater and an arts administration minor.
Celia Liu: Assistant Stage Manager
Pianist Chang Liu, originally from Dalian, China, is a named scholar by Sandra and David Bakalar at Longy. Chang is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance diploma in Collaborative Piano at Longy Scholar of Music of Bard College under Wayman Chin’s studio. In 2018, she finished her Master Degree in Piano Performance at Longy after she achieved her Undergraduate Diploma and studied with Rieko Aizawa.
David Mather: Assistant Stage Manager
David Thomas Mather is a baritone pursuing his Masters in Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music. He has coached roles with opera composers Bright Sheng, Christopher Theofanidis, and Mark Adamo, and performed in masterclass settings for Marla Mendele, Laura Bell Bundy, Alice Ripley, and Laura Osnes in musical theater. His most recent credits include singing in Verdi’s Aida with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Camerata’s tour of the Play of Daniel, and Carmina Burana under the baton of Donald Runnicles through the Grand Teton Festival Chorus and the Utah Symphony. This is his first stage management experience.