OPEN OPERA presents
An Opera Concert in the Park
Dimond Park, Oakland, CA
May 7, 2011 3PM
Shawnette Sulker: “Ah! Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod
Carolyne Anne Jordan: “Chi’l bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rodine by Puccini
Leland Morine: “Kogda by zhizn domashnim krugom” (Onegin’s Aria) from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky
Rebecca Krouner: “Non più mesta” from La Cenerentola by Rossini
Buffy Baggott and Shawnette Sulker: “Presentation of the Rose” from Der Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss
Pedro Rodelas: “Ch’ella mi creda” from Fanciulla Del West by Puccini
Carolyne Anne Jordan, Alexandra Jerinic, and Leland Morine: “Soave sia il vento” from Cosi fan tutte by Mozart
Eileen Meredith: “Sempre libera” from La Traviata by Verdi
Shawnette Sulker and Rebecca Krouner: “Viens, Mallika” or the Flower Duet from Lakmé by Delibes
Alexandra Jerinic: “Non so piu” The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Wayne Wong: “Toreador Song” from Carmen by Bizet
Carolyne Anne Jordan: “Un bel di, vedremo” from Madama Butterfly by Puccini
Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Au font du temple saint” from Les Pecheurs de perles by Bizet
Buffy Baggott: “Seguidilla” from Carmen by Bizet
Shawnette Sulker, Rebecca Krouner, Pedro Rodelas and Leland Morine: “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto by Verdi
Open Opera’s Upcoming Events:
May 21, 3PM Concert in the Park, Live Oak Park, Berkeley
July 31, 4PM Concert in the Park, Orinda (Sponsored by Orinda Rotary)
Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and uses public space to build community through the arts. Openopera.net
This concert is sponsored by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The East Bay Community Foundation and people like you!
Mezzo Soprano Buffy Baggott is a California Native who has performed leading and featured roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Canadian Opera Company (among others). Locally, she was last heard as Carmen in Berkeley West Edge Opera’s production of “The Carmen Fixation.” Upcoming performances include concerts at The Bay View Music Festival and dreite dame cover in “Die Zauberflöte” for Lyric Opera Chicago.
Elizabeth Baker, Creative Director Elizabeth J. D. Baker is a San Francisco native and graduate of Williams College. Ms. Baker’s music and performing career spans composition, improvisation, comedy, acting, and opera. Co-founder and creative director of Open Opera, Ms. Baker has performed the roles of Dido and Cherubino and sung at Grace Cathedral with new music composer Earl Howard. Ms. Baker recently appeared at the New Museum in New York with Dogr. Her choral composition, One, Two, Three was commissioned and performed by the International Orange Chorale. Ms. Baker studied composition and North Indian raga with W. A. Mathieu for seven years and is a voice student of Soprano Olivia Stapp.
Alexandra Jerinic has been an active performer in the Bay Area for the past three years. She recently created the role of Mrs. Hale in the world premiere of John Bilotta’s opera Trifles. She also placed in the East Bay Opera League’s 2010 Young Artist Scholarship Competition. Other recent credits include Katisha in The Mikado, Albine in Thais, and Yeomen of the Guard with Lamplighters Music Theater. This summer she will perform the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the California Opera Association’s summer institute.
Carolyne Anne Jordan, Soprano, has been performing professionally in the San Francisco Bay area for four years. Most recently, she sang the role of “Lola” (Frasquita) in Berkeley West Edge Opera’s The Carmen Fixation, and will sing in the Extra Chorus of the San Francisco Opera later this year. Past engagements include recitals with The Santa Cruz Chamber Players, a world premiere role at Mission City Opera, Livermore Valley Opera (cover), Goat Hall Productions, and in the summer programs West Coast Opera Workshop and BASOTI. Carolyne Anne studies in San Francisco with Sheri Greenawald.
Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Krouner is an active performer in the Bay Area. Recent performances include Meg Page (Falstaff) with North Bay Opera, Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Golden Gate Opera, and Lady Ella (Patience) with Lamplighters Theater. Upcoming performances include the premiere of a contemporary piece with San Francisco-based Earplay and Cherubino with Pocket Opera.
Washington, D.C. native Eileen Meredith has been singing professionally for the last 15 years. She is currently performing the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Virago Theatre Company (viragotheatre.org) In 2010, Eileen performed as Mimi in La Boheme for Virago Theater and one critic exclaimed “her duets…came as near to heartbreak as the [audience] can bear.” A co-founder of Virago, she also played the role of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera and Cunegonde in Candide. She has performed with San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Opera, Goat Hall Productions, Pocket Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, and Sonoma City Opera.
Leland Morine, baritone, came from a musical family. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Fresno Pacific College and a Master of Arts at California State University, Fresno. He won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions five times, received top prize in the Fresno District Merola Auditions, and was awarded prizes twice from the Henry Holt Memorial Scholarship. Roles performed include Maletesta Don Pasquale, Dandini Cenerentola, Silvio & Tonio Pagliacci, Renato Ballo, Schaunard Boheme, Scarpia Tosca, Falstaff Falstaff, Elder Germont Traviata, Silva Ernani, Ezio Attila, Michele & Gianni Schicchi Trittico, Count Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi, Sparadrop Princess of Trebizonde, Emperor Rossignol, Jupiter Orpheus, and many Gilbert and Sullivan characters. He regularly performs with the Uptown Singers. Sings Opera, Broadway, and Standards at Bella Restaurant in Redwood Shores, presents Neapolitan Standards at Nicolino’s Garden Restaurant in Sunnyvale, and on radio and in recital. He is widely known for his performances of 17th century through 20th century oratorio and concert literature.
Pedro Rodelas’ stage credits include principal roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, La Fanciulla del West, and Faust. Pedro recently appeared as The Lover in “Amelia goes to the Ball” with Mendocino Chamber Opera and as Don Jose in Berkeley West Edge Opera’s production of “The Carmen Fixation”. Upcoming engagements include appearing as a featured soloist at the Mendocino Music Festival and returning as Chef Pierre as part of The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park. Pedro is currently a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus and also appears frequently with the internationally acclaimed performing group, The Three Waiters.
One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-rounded musicians, James Meredith conducts the country’s acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He is a musical partner with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and dramatic soprano Olivia Stapp. Concerts with Ms. Von Stade included an appearance on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” reaching a National Public Radio audience of over two million listeners. He has been teaching, accompanying and coaching students for the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley for 14 years. His voice students are winners of many competitions and have gone for advanced degrees at top-ranked universities and conservatories, many on scholarships.
Ellen St. Thomas enjoys performing, teaching, conducting and directing. Her opera performances with local opera companies such as West Bay Opera, Livermore Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission Opera and The Marin Summer Music Festival include: The Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Mimi La Boheme, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Jenufa and Mayor’s Wife Jenufa, Micaela Carmen, Pretzel Girl in Shostakovich’s, The Nose. Opera directing credits include La Boheme and Rachmaninoff’s, Aleko for the Russian Center. Ms. St. Thomas has a private voice studio and teaches voice at the Alameda School of Music. She is co-founder and executive director of Open Opera.
Shawnette Sulker has been a soloist with San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, Hawaii Opera Theatre and Internationale Opera Producties (The Netherlands). Roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La Bohème), Despina (Così fan tutte). Upcoming, she appears in West Bay Opera’s Dido and Aeneas and Festival Opera’s The Most Happy Fella.
Wayne Wong has sung roles in over 50 Bay Area opera productions. Upcoming engagements include Antonio in Pocket Opera’s production of Figaro in July. He also performs as an actor, with assorted public readings and commercial voiceovers to his credit.