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La Rondine: Remix

Puccini's

Puccini’s Opera — Reimagined

May 13 - 21, 2017
The Central Square Theater in Cambridge
People Rave 

"Intimate and compelling"

"Stage Director Patricia Weinmann had the characters moving about beautifully."

"a gripping cast of  performers"

The Theatre Times

La Rondine Distilled to Its Core

Puccini's poignantly romantic opera explores the ephemeral quality of love and the illusion and reality of desire. Set in the elegant and lively 1950's of Paris, this 90-minute production allows for nuanced portrayals of the characters, performed in a space where you are never more than a few rows from the performers.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles and accompanied by:

Brendon Shapiro, piano, &

The Glenside Quartet

 

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The Experience

La Rondine: Remix

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Adami

Concept by Patricia-Maria Weinmann

Arranged by Mathieu D'Ordine

Cast

MAGDA: Jessica Jacobs

LISETTE: Jennifer Caraluzzi

BIANCA: Rhaea D'Aliesio
YVETTE: Carley DeFranco

SUZY: Susannah Thornton

PRUNIER: Joshua Rotz

RUGGERO: Fran Rogers

RAMBALDO: Samuel Bowen

Accompanied by:

Brendon Shapiro, piano

& the Glenside Quartet

Creative Team

Music Director
Brendon Shapiro

Stage Director

Patricia-Maria Weinmann

Scenic Designer

Andrea Nice

Costume Designer
Amelia Fitch

Lighting Designer

Brandi Pick

Cast & Creative Team

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Cast

Sam is a guest artist. Bio below.
Sam is a guest artist. Bio below.
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Jennifer Caraluzzi
Jennifer Caraluzzi

A native of Bethel, Connecticut, Jennifer Caraluzzi is a performer, educator and administrator. Jennifer completed her masters at New England Conservatory and serves as the Chair of the Preparatory School Voice Department at New England Conservatory as well as voice faculty for the School of Continuing Education. Festivals include Opera Theater of St. Louis; competitions include 2010 winner of the Jenny Lind Vocal Competition. Jennifer is also currently pursuing her MBA in Music Business.

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Rhaea DAliesio
Rhaea DAliesio

Rhaea is a Boston-based soprano who received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music. She is equally at home in opera, art song, lieder, and oratorio. She is also a lover of musical theatre and has most recently appeared as Maria (West Side Story) in Durban, South Africa, as well as a tribute to the beloved music of Stephen Sondheim in Mission Viejo, California.

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Carley DeFranco
Carley DeFranco

A native of Rush, New York, Carley completed her MM at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and her BM from the American University. She has appeared here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, the Polymnia Choral Society, the BACH Orchestra in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the Vladimir Symphony Orchestra, the American University Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Singers, the Madrigirls of Glasgow, Scotland, and Emmanual Music.

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Jessica Jacobs
Jessica Jacobs

Jess is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music and Artist Diploma). She has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Bel Canto Award in the 2016 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and was a semi-finalist in Opera Theater Pittsburgh’s 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Festivals include CCM Spoleto, Italy and Sugar Creek Opera.

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Fran Rogers
Fran Rogers

Fran combines genres and instrumental ability with technical skill, excelling in a variety of languages and styles. Fran is a recent semifinalist at the Concorso Internazionale diMusica Sacra in Rome, Italy. He also frequently performs as a national anthem soloist for Boston’s major sports franchises. In addition to solo performances across the country and the globe, Fran regularly sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

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Susannah Thornton
Susannah Thornton

Susannah received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire and received her Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music of Bard College. While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Thornton performed the role of L’Enfant/ L’Enfant et les Sortileges) as well as studying Hermia/Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte), and Cherubino/The Marriage of Figaro. Companies include Opera by the Bay in Hingham, MA.

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Josh is a guest artist. Bio below.
Josh is a guest artist. Bio below.
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Creative Team

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Andy Nice - Scenic Designer
Andy Nice - Scenic Designer

Andy Nice is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.

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Brendon Shapiro - Music Director
Brendon Shapiro - Music Director

Brendon Shapiro is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.

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Patricia Weinmann - Stage Director
Patricia Weinmann - Stage Director

Weinmann has worked with Opera on the James, Utah Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, and American Opera Project. Weinmann has served on the faculties of both the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory and is guest director for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program. She is currently on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.

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Amelia Fitch
Amelia Fitch

Amelia is a guest artist. Bio below.

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Ingrid Oslund
Ingrid Oslund

Ingrid is a guest artist. Bio below.

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About Our Guest Artists

 

Brandi Pick

Brandi Pick is a Boston based lighting designer. She is a current MFA Lighting Design student at Boston University and received her BFA in Theatre Design and Production at East Carolina University. She is the founder and artistic director of Furnace Fringe Festival, located in Boston. Recent Credits include Tiger at The Gates (Boston University), Of Blood and Dirt (Boston University), Hydrogen Jukebox (Boston University), Fatihless (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Have You Been There? (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Machinal (Messick Theatre Arts Center). 

Samuel Bowen

Baritone, Samuel Bowen recognized for his dramatic interpretations and intelligent musicianship, has performed with such companies as Odyssey Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Lowell House Opera, and Connecticut Lyric Opera. Exciting roles include Don Giovanni, Dandini, Editor Webb, and Herr Von Faninal. Samuel holds degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts and New England Conservatory. 

Ingrid Oslund

Ingrid Oslund, is a playwright, director, choreographer and teaching artist in the Boston area. She served as Assistant Director for Boston Opera's Collaborative's Faust et Marguerite.

 

Her work has also been featured by a number of Boston Area companies such as Newburyport Actors Studio (Postpartum Nativity), Emstage (Richard the III), Suffolk University (Mountain Air, Hum's Girls, 4:48 Psychosis), Hampshire Shakespeare Company (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Boston Community Collaborative (The Olympus Complex, East High Tales, A Night of Classical Anarchy).

 

Ms. Oslund strives to create theater that is innovative, immersive and cerebral. She holds a BA in Theater with a focus in Directing and Playwriting from Suffolk University and an MA in Applied Theater from Emerson College. Her upcoming productions include Women Writer's Suicide Club and Alice in Wonderland at Boston Community Collaborative.

Amelia Fitch: Costume Designer

Amelia Fitch is a Boston based costumer. When she is not acting as wardrobe manager for the Reagle Music Theatre she is designing costumes for theatre and film. Her most recent credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream at Endicott College and Time Stands Still at New Century Theatre. Amelia worked with the Boston Opera Collaborative on Letters of Werther and she is very excited to be designing for them once again! 

Joshuah Rotz: Prunier

Tenor Joshuah Rotz is a native of New Hampshire. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of New Hampshire with a focus in voice and piano. He attended Boston University in the fall of 2014 to received his graduate degree in vocal performance where he studied under professor Sharon Daniels.

 

Josh has performed roles in several productions with the Boston University Opera Institute including Han’s Sachs Trainer in David T. Little’s contemporary opera Vinkensport, Jimmy in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening, and Flute in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also with the Boston University Opera Institute he has been seen in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Massenet’s Cendrillon, and several other projects and productions. Josh also enjoys performing as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

 

This past summer he performed as a vocal apprentice with the Nahant Music Festival where he sang as part of the vocal trio in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, as well as Bach Cantatas with members of the Emmanuel Music orchestra. He is thrilled to be making his debut with Boston Opera Collaborative as Prunier in the “remix” version of Puccini’s La Rondine! 

Brendon Shapiro: Music Director

Brendon Shapiro is a versatile pianist, vocal coach and conductor with a specialty in opera and a passion for contemporary music. He has worked for numerous companies including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera NEO, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Opera Fayetteville, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Opera on Tap and Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Brendon is currently serving as a staff pianist at Boston University, the organist for First Parish in Arlington, MA and the assistant music director for the Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus. He has also been on faculty as a vocal coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As a freelance pianist, Brendon is frequently sought out for recitals, competitions, concerts, auditions, recording sessions and coachings.

Brendon has enjoyed working outside of the classical music scene as well. He served as musical director for the first four seasons of the newly renovated Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY. In a performance praised by the Boston Globe, he appeared in a production of Master Class with the New Repertory Theatre portraying Manny, the onstage pianist. In addition, he has performed as a featured soloist with Video Games Live with whom he also recorded a solo piano album, Through Time and Space, which became a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com.  

Brendon holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ithaca College School of Music where he won the Mary Hayes North Piano Competition Award.

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, the Algonquin Arts Theatre's summer production of GODSPELL, 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.

While Andy loves designing for all forms of performing arts, she is particularly interested in opera and has worked with the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Saratoga, as well as assisted  scenic designers Alexander Dodge, Julian Crouch, Louisa Pregerson Thompson, and Beowulf Boritt. Andy also has a background in drawing and painting and is an avid equestrian. She grew up overseas in a diplomatic family and has lived in Turkey, Uruguay, Croatia, El Salvador, Italy and Austria.

Andy is currently a creative designer at Adirondack Studios, a scenic and themed entertainment design and production company based in upstate New York and previously worked as an adjunct professor of theatre at CUNY -York College.

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