La Bohème (2019)
Director: Ethan DePuy
Conductor: Joe Turbessi
Produced by Eileen Christiansen
Mimi - Sarah Joyce Cooper
Rodolfo - Fran Rogers
Musetta - Hannah Carlson
Marcello - Scott Ballantine
Schaunard - Matthew O’Donnell
Colline - Fred Funari
Alcindoro/Benoit - TBA
This program will be supported in part by grants from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Tragedy of Carmen (2018)
Director: Ethan DePuy
Conductor: Joe Turbessi
Stage Manager: Hans Schroder
Carmen - Eileen Christiansen
Don José - Fran Rogers
Michaela - Kathryn McKellar
Escamillo - Andrew Miller
Zuniga/An Old Gypsy - Carley DeFranco
Lillas Pastia/Garcia - Richard Wingert
With a voice described as "richly resonant," mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen (Carmen) is a Boston-based singer of oratorio, opera, and art song. She’s had the honor of performing with the Falmouth Chorale and Orchestra, Wellesley Choral Society, Polymnia Choral Society, The Boston Cecilia, Candlelight Chorale, MetroWest Choral Artists, and Salisbury Singers. Solo performances include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Durufle's Requiem, Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass. Opera roles include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Jaffett in Britten's Noye's Fludde, and the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Eileen performs regularly with Triad: Boston's Choral Collective, a professional ensemble of singers, conductors, and composers who are devoted to performing choral works composed in the last 25 years. She leads a thriving voice studio in Melrose, MA.
Award winning tenor Fran Rogers (Don José) has been critically acclaimed for his "open, free, and effortless high notes," his "athleticism," and "raw strength and natural timbre." Recent opera credits include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Danceny in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola. Fran recently made his Boston Symphony Hall debut with the Terezin Music Foundation singing a collection of songs by Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein. He is a regular national anthem soloist for Boston sports teams, having performed on multiple occasions for live audiences of up to 70,000 and international television audiences of up to fourteen million.
For more information and details on upcoming performances, please visit franrogersmusic.com.
Commended by The Boston Globe for her "elegant singing" and "polish," Kathryn McKellar (Micaëla) has distinguished herself as a "visually and vocally stunning performer" in Opera, Musical Theater, and Concert alike.
She performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Odyssey Opera, and is founder/co-director of Opera on Tap Boston. Last season she returned to Boston Lyric Opera for their 40th season in Carmen, The Rake's Progress, and Le nozze di Figaro. This season she makes debuts with Opera Theater of Cape Cod as Micaela in The Tragedy of Carmen and with Cambridge Chamber Opera in the title role of Pauline Viardot-Garcia’s Cendrillon. Most recently she created the role of Lina Cavalieri in Divas, a new work by Laura Neil, and was given special praise by the Boston Globe for her "sweet and slightly sapphic 'Si, mi chiamano Mimi.'"
Kathryn sits on the board of the Boston Opera Alliance and holds a Masters of Music from the Boston Conservatory where she received 1st place in the Conservatory’s chamber music competition. www.KathrynMcKellar.com
American baritone Andrew Miller (Escamillo) is known for his "warm, robust baritone" and "fine comic sensibilities." Andrew makes his OTCC debut this season. Previous credits include: Fiorello with Boston Midsummer Opera; Hannah before, Marcello, and Vicomte de Valmont with Boston Opera Collaborative; The Inquisitor with Odyssey Opera; Ogre, and Dr. Rappaccini with OperaHub; Don Pizarro, Don Magnifico and Alcindoro/Benoit with NEMPAC Boston; The Steward, The Marquis, Antonio, Schaunard, and Papageno with The Boston Conservatory; The Marquis at Teatro Magnani in Fidenza, Italy; Beethoven 9 soloist with New Hampshire Philharmonic; Mozart and Brahms Requiem soloist; the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors and multiple engagements with the Janiec Opera Company and Fort Worth Opera. A native of Arlington, TX, Andrew is a roster artist with Boston Opera Collaborative, trained as a young artist at the Brevard Music Festival, and completed his B.M. at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Soprano Carley DeFranco (Zuniga/An Old Gypsy) has been commended for her “sunny” and “stunningly exquisite, silvery smooth voice.” Recent opera experience includes the title role in Alcina (Opera del West), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Greater Worcester Opera), Yvette in La Rondine: Remix (Boston Opera Collaborative) and three consecutive years of world premieres in BOC’s Opera Bites.
A skilled and nuanced performer of oratorio and song, Carley’s recent principal soloist appearances include Alexander’s Feast with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Bach’s Missa Brevis in A Major and BWV 79 at her alma mater the American University, A Night at the Opera with the Providence Singers, the weekly Bach Cantata Series with Emmanuel Music, and Frauenliebe und Leben in an immersive staging with Boston Opera Collaborative. Carley has been a soloist here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, Arlington Philharmonic, BACH Orchestra (Yekaterinburg), Vladimir Symphony Orchestra and the Madrigirls (Glasgow).
Carley is the founder and director of the Side by Side Chorus at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Emmanuel Music’s 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow.
Born Richard Alwyn Wingert (Lillas Pastia/Garcia); Richie learned at an early age the importance of hard work, dedication and perseverance. His parents Debra Mercer and Richard I. Wingert constantly instilled in him the idea that he could become anything he set his mind to. From the time he was a young child he has always gravitated toward creative arts.
He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he received a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Now a full-time actor in Films, Television, Commercials and Theater; Richie is currently living in New York City and proving to be one of the most sought after talents.
Besides acting, Richie has also done print catalogs for Apple, Lego, IBM and Summer Infant. More information about Richie can be found here: RichWingert.com