Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera
Forbidden love, a dark prophecy, and ultimate betrayal.
Riccardo, a king loved by his people, has two problems: there are conspirators plotting his assassination, and he is in love with his best friend’s wife. It’s about to get messy at the king’s masked ball. Verdi’s emotionally charged thriller represents the quintessential master of opera at the peak of his compositional powers.
PERFORMED IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Feb. 16 – 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinee & Post Performance 'Talk-Back' with Cast
Feb. 18 – 2:00 PM
Thursday Evening Performance & Post Performance YOLO Cocktail Hour
Feb. 22 – 7:30 PM
Feb. 24 – 7:30 PM
PRODUCTION IMAGES STAGE DIRECTOR
John de los Santos
Director/choreographer and librettist John de los Santos has been called a "brilliant combination of literary insight and choreographic creativity." His productions include the world premiere of The Astronaut Love Show at the Kraine Theater (NYC), The Rose and the Knife, Otello, and Le Comte Ory (called “a perfect fusion” by The New York Times) for LoftOpera (NYC), La Cage Aux Folles for Skylight Music Theatre, La Fille du Regiment for Arizona Opera, and most recently María de Buenos Aires for San Diego Opera. He choreographed the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott for the Dallas Opera. His choreography has also been seen at the Washington National, Florida Grand, Philadelphia, Des Moines Metro, Utah Festival, and Austin Lyric Opera Companies.
John's first opera libretto with composer Clint Borzoni, When Adonis Calls, was performed in concert by Opera Mission in NYC, and will premiere at Ashville Opera this spring. Their second opera, The Copper Queen, won the top prize Arizona Opera's commission program, Arizona SPARK. He was then commissioned by Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative to create a new original work with composer Christopher Weiss. The resulting piece, Service Provider, premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2015, and has since been performed by Urban Arias and Opera Memphis.
From 2003 to 2010, he served as resident choreographer for the Fort Worth Opera, creating dances for Rigoletto, Salome, La Traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the world premieres of Frau Margot and Before Night Falls. John then made his directing debut with the company with a 2009 production of Carmen, followed by The Mikado and The Pearl Fishers. In 2010 he made his choreographic debut for the Dallas Opera with Don Giovanni. John has served on the directing faculty of the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY, where his productions have included Anything Goes, Crazy for You, The Medium, The Fantasticks, The Mikado, La Boheme, Guys & Dolls, Brigadoon and L'Italiana in Algeri.
Other productions include Italienisches Liederbuch for Voces Intimae, The Golden Apple and the world premieres of Quanah and Pure Country for Lyric Stage, Spring Awakening and Dogfight for WaterTower Theatre, and Carousel for Ashlawn Opera. For the Dallas-based theatre company Uptown Players, choreographed the American premiere of the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven, the regional premiere of Altar Boyz (for which John was awarded the DFW Critics Forum Award for Best Choreography), and directed and choreographed the regional premiere of Hello Again and the American premiere of Soho Cinders. John is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he performed as a principal member of the Alamo City Dance Company. He then relocated to Fort Worth, Texas and received his BFA in Theatre/Film Performance & Direction from Texas Christian University.
Jonathan Dahm Robertson - Scenic Designer
Jonathan Dahm Robertson is a scenic and projections designer for theater, opera, and events. Select Opera credits include: Fidelio, Peter Grimes (Princeton Festival); The Consul (A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute). Selected Theatre credits include: Wait Until Dark (CFRT); The Christians (Theater J); Broadway Bound (1st Stage); Bloody Poetry (CUA); One Slight Hitch (Totem Pole Playhouse); Assassins, Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, All My Sons, (HMTCA); Coolatully (Solas Nua), and many more. Jonathan is a graduate from UNCSA, and was a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center. Upcoming: Jesus Christ Superstar (Totem Pole Playhouse); The Small Room at the Top of Stairs (Spooky Action Theater Company).
Macy Lyne - Costume Designer
Macy Lyne is a Houston based freelance costume designer and stylist. Theatre: Civil War Christmas, Close Up Space, Dog Act, The Light in the Piazza (Main Street Theater); Blackest Shore, Detroit (Catastrophic Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors (Utah State University Eastern); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stark Naked Theatre); Henry V, Cherry Orchard, Christmas Carol (Classical Theatre Company) Bad Jews, Great American Trailer Park Musical, Auntie Mame (Stages Theatre); The Addams Family, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Cats (Miller Outdoor Theatre); From My Hometown, Cinderella (The Ensemble Theatre); Tartuffe, Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera (Rice University); Boom, Our House, (Black Lab Theatre); Greater Tuna (Unity Theatre); The Fantasticks (Okoboji Summer Theatre); Two by Two, Dames at Sea(Utah Musical Theatre); The Hollow (Utah State University). Opera: The Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel (Shepherd School of Music, Rice University); Strega Nona, From My Mother’s Mother, Court-side (HGOco); Film/Television: Feature Film Be Not Afraid, Web Series Penny Power, ZomBFF (promo shoot.)
Jim Elliott - Lighting
Jim Elliott, Opera in the Height’s Lighting Designer was the resident lighting designer, technical director, and artistic administrator for Amarillo Opera for 18 seasons before moving to Houston and Opera in the Heights 10 years ago. Since then, his designs have been seen in most of the productions at Opera in the Heights, and with Bronx Opera in NYC, Lone Star Lyric, A.D. Players, Abilene Christian University, Sugar Land Baptist Church, and others. Current and upcoming projects include “CATS”, “Masked Ball”, “God’s Favorite”, “Lilies of the Field”, “Sugar Land Christmas Celebration”, “Candide”, and the Lone Star Lyric Cabaret season. In his spare time, Jim serves as President of his Homeowner’s Association and is on the Board of Directors for Lone Star Lyric. “Lighting design for Opera and Theatre should be musical. It should not only illuminate the singer and scenery, but pull its inspiration from the composer’s work and bring light to the whole musical experience.”
DINNER WITH THE CAST
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 5:30pm
Hosts: Marcia and Michael Feldman
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to wine and dine with talented Un Ballo in Maschera cast members in the home of Marcia and Michael Feldman. 100% of the proceeds benefit Opera in the Heights.
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