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    Season 2016-2017

    Cendrillon

    Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin

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    Marie : Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu : Eric Gramatges; Armelinde : Amanda Staub; Maguelonne: Evelyn Tsen; La Fée : Joanna Jones; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule: Brandon Lockhart.

    Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
    Choreographer: Runqiao Du
    Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
    Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
    Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

    Zanetto

    Le Villi

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    Anna: Jennifer Lynn Waters; Roberto: James Chamberlaine; Guglielmo: Taesung Kim;
    Silvia: Emma McDermott; Zanetto: Victoria Koreneva.

    Stage Director: David Carl Toulson
    Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
    Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
    Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

    Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

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    Hoffmann: Lindell Carter; Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Mizuho Takeshita; Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto: Cody Muller; Nicklausse, Muse, Chost: Claire Galloway; Andres, Nathanael, Spalanzani, Franz, Pitichinaccio: Michael Dodge; Luther, Crespel: John Scherch; Hermann, Schlemil: Eric Gramatges.

    Mozart and Salieri

    La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)

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    Elle: Rachel Elise Sigman; Mozart: Michael Dodge; Salieri: Rob McGinness, Blind Violinist: Eric Gramatges; Servant: Kathleen Alvania.

    Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
    Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

    Tribute to G. Puccini

    Suor Angelica

    Puccini's Heroines from Le Villi to Turandot

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    Angelica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Lea Stewart - Hill; Principessa: Megan Heavner
    Sisters: Cheryl Kerrick, Cindy Harris Elkins, Katharina Acosta, Rachel Sitomer, Maureen Brabec, Shaina Kuhn, Emily Crockett, Laura Snyderman, Joanna Jones, Mia Rojas, Katy Leon, Shoshana Haag.
    Children's chorus: Merideth Abramson, Hana Looney, Skylar Smith, Rubi Garritano, Gaury Dandi, Eloise Dawney, Maria Klosovsky, Sofia Colon, Lucy Mencimer, Isabella Artino

    Concert: Rosa d'Imperio, Sarah Heisler, Emma McDermott, Jillian Finnamore.

    Pianists: David Hill, Katerina Souvorova

    Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

    Medium

    The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore

    An Evening with G. C. Menotti. Menotti's one-act opera Medium and a "madrigal fable" for chorus and dancers The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore (The Three Sundays of a Poet) . In collaboration with The Olney Ballet Theatre. Director: Patricia Berrend. Choreographers: Erin and Runjiao Du. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra.

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    Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Katie Manukyan; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges. Stage Director: Corinne Hayes.
    Unicorn Ensemble: Cheryll Kerrick, Evelyn Tsen, Jennifer Lynn Waters, Melissa Chavez, Erika Rodden, Louisa Waycott, Anamer Castello, Michael Dodge, Mark Bublitz, Ted Kerrick, Eric Gramatges, Chris Edwards,Ethan Lee Greene.
    Unicorn Dancers: Max Maisey, Daniel Cooke, Therese Gahl, Leo Hishikawa, Mackenzie Rawls, Quaba Ernest, Gianna Bartolini, Maya Illanes, Katish Sussman, Rachel Switzer.