January 22, 2021
January 24, 2021
French with English supertitles
and Ludovic Halévy
Pensacola Opera favorite Elise Quagliata is Carmen— opera’s ultimate seductress whose charms cannot be tamed. Under the power of her spell, rival lovers force her to make a deadly decision. Bizet’s grand operatic masterpiece returns to Pensacola in an exciting spectacle, led by stage director Fenlon Lamb (Don Giovanni, 2020).
Cast and Creatives
Elise Quagliataas Carmen
ELISE QUAGLIATA recently sang the role of the Carmen with Kentucky Opera to great acclaim. This past season she was also seen as Carmen with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Hannah After in As One with Bay Chamber Concerts, the Minkswoman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with Des Moines Metro Opera, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello with Austin Opera, Zosia in the premiere of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain with The Atlanta Opera, Hannah After in Kaminsky’s As One with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Joan Clarke in Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with Chicago Opera Theater.
A frequent interpreter of contemporary, American music, Quagliata has sung the role of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in six productions. Opera News cited her “passionate interpretation” and “exceptional technical finesse”. She was also praised by The New York Times for her “rich, expressive voice and passionate delivery” of Heggie’s song cycle on Sister Helen’s poetry, The Deepest Desire, performed in Los Angeles and New York with the composer at the piano. She originated the role of Joan Clarke in Justine Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with Chicago Opera Theater, and sang the New York premiere of Wallace’s Hopper’s Wife as Hedda Hopper with New York City Opera.
A celebrated Carmen, Quagliata has been praised for her “fierce charisma with vocal finesse.” She has sung many productions, as well as the New York City Opera world tour of Carmen in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Other notable opera roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Maria in Maria de Buenos Aires, Jo in Little Women, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, to name a few.
Quagliata’s solo orchestral credits include Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Montsalvatge’s Cinco Canciones Negras, DeFalla’s El Amor Brujo, and DeFalla’s Sombrero Tres Picos.
Upcoming works include Pellegrina in the world premiere of Prestini’s Edward Tulane with Minnesota Opera, Elle in La Voix Humaine with Des Moines Metro Opera, and Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking with Opera Idaho.
Adam Diegelas Don José
This 2018-2019 season Adam Diegel returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Froh in Das Rheingold in addition to performing Rodolfo in Piedmont Opera’s La bohème. This past season, Diegel reprised his critically acclaimed role as Cavardossi in Tosca with Palm Beach Opera and returned to The Metropolitan Opera in Norma and Madama Butterfly. Additionally, Diegel performed two of his signature roles throughout the world as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Opera Hong Kong and Palm Beach Opera and Don José in Carmen at San Francisco Opera, PORTopera, and Opera San Antonio. Additionally, Diegel sang the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Lithuanian National Opera, Ruggerio in La Rondine with Opera Santa Barbara, Ismaele in Nabucco with The Metropolitan Opera, and the tenor solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Spokane Symphony.
Mr. Diegel made his Metropolitan Opera début as Froh in Robert Lepage’s landmark production of Das Rheingold conducted by Maestro James Levine, and later reprised the performance under Fabio Luisi. Further appearances at The Met include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly under Plácido Domingo and Ismaele in Nabucco under Paolo Carignani.
Luis Alejandro Orozcoas Escamillo
Mexican American baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco is known as the leading interpreter in the United States for the role of El Payador in Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires. Orozco is an El Paso Texas native. He has performed with such companies as: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Opera, The Aspen Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Washington National Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Opera Saratoga, Austin Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, El Paso Opera, Lexington Philharmonic, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Naples, Anchorage Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Urban Arias. In the 17-18 Season, he will make his San Diego Opera, Nashville Opera, and Ft. Worth Opera Festival debuts.
Orozco has performed the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Carmen, Don Giovanni, Giulio Cesare, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Harry Easter in Street Scene, Le Podestat in Le Docteur Miracle, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Marcello in La bohème, le Dancaïre in Carmen, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Riolobo in Florencia en el Amazonas, Hannah before in As One, and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.
Overseas, Orozco has performed the role of Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, with The Seoul International Opera Festival in South Korea, and the title role in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with the CCM Spoleto Festival. Orozco was a part of the Kennedy Center World Stages Festival in the premiere staged reading of Fallujah by composer Tobin Stokes in 2013.
Bizhou Changas Micaëla
Bizhou Chang, Soprano, was born and raised in Mainland China, and now is based in Boston, United States. Ms. Chang will join Pensacola Opera next season as part of their Artists in Residence Program. This season, Ms. Chang is scheduled to perform the role of Magda Sorel in The Consul with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she performed the role of Madama Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites most recently.
Last season, Ms. Chang performed the title role in Madama Butterfly with Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Ms. Chang’s 2016-2017 season stage credits include performing the role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Miami Music Festival, the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, the title role in Alcina with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the role of Micaëla in Carmen with Berlin Opera Academy. She also covered the role of Mimì in MassOpera’s La Femme Bohème–an all female cast production of Puccini’s La bohème. Ms. Chang also performed with Martina Arroyo Foundation in the spring of 2017 and was selected to participate in OperaWorks Winter Intensive Program in 2016. Ms. Chang was also a finalist of the prestigious Teatro all Scala Academy of Lyric Opera Competition.
Alyssa Dessoye*as Frasquita
Alyssa Dessoye, American soprano from Tampa Fl, has recently earned her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Dessoye was most recently seen on the IU Opera Theater stage as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. She was also featured as a soprano soloist in Honegger’s King David as well as in Handel’s Messiah. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University where she also performed as Zerlina and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. In the summer of 2018, Dessoye joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as Erste Dame in their fully staged production of Die Zauberflöte and made her role debut with the Aspen Music Festival as Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Dessoye then joined Sarasota Opera as an Apprentice Artist in their 2020 winter season.
Erin Alford*as Mercédès
Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford was born and raised in Los Angeles. In the 2020-2021 season, Erin will join Pensacola Opera as an Artist in Residence. In the 2019-20 season, Erin performed the role of Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus in an education tour with LA Opera Connects, and sang as Chorus Soloist in the world-premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice with LA Opera. Named the 2019 “Young Artist of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing after winning their annual competition, Erin presented a solo recital featuring art song primarily of women composers. In November, Erin was given an Encouragement Award and the Audience Choice Award by the San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Recent roles performed include Angela in the world-premiere of The Wreck of the Miranda (LA Opera Connects), SATB Quartet in the world-premiere of Moses (LA Opera Connects), Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Teatro Nuovo), Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (South Florida premiere, Miami Music Festival), the title role in Chérubin (CSULB Opera), Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (CSULB Opera), Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible (MMF 2016), and Laura in Iolanta (Russian Opera Workshop). Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Erin has sung Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the CSULB Symphony as winner of the 2017 Vocal Concerto Competition, as well as performed as Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Bach’s B Minor Mass. Erin received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2017, where she studied with Shigemi Matsumoto, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Berkeley. www.ErinAlford.com
Brian Skoog*as Le Remendado
Brian Skoog is known for his “strong voice” and “fine lyric tenor.” Highlights of his 2020-2021 season include Roderick in Phillip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher with Opera Maine and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with The Cleveland Opera. In 2018, Skoog performed with Central City Opera, singing the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for the Nina Odescalchi Kelly Family Matinee and the dual role of Larry/Matt in The Face on the Barroom Floor. Other recent operatic highlights include Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Tito (La clemenza di Tito), the Chevalier (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Witch (Hänsel und Gretel). Recent seasons include leading and supporting roles with Central City Opera, The Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Opera Theater, Dayton Opera, Nashville Opera, Toledo Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. An active concert performer and recitalist, he has recently performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, as well as in a series of performances of Schumann’s Dichterliebe in partnership with The Cleveland Opera. In 2017, Skoog was the tenor soloist for the world premiere of Margaret Brouwer’s environmental oratorio Voice of the Lake. For more information, visit www.brianskoog.com.
Evan Hammond*as Le Dancaïre
Baritone Evan Hammond is quickly gaining attention at the national level and has established himself as a versatile performer in both opera and musical theatre. The Alabama native recently made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as The Captain in Candide and returns to the mainstage in 2020 singing le satire in Rameau’s Platée and Tommy McIntyre in Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers. In 2020 he makes his role and company debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Shreveport Opera. Other notable performance credits include Le Mari (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), title role in Eugene Onegin, The Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), Marcello (La bohème), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). In 2017, he performed the role of Tampico in the North American premier of Charles Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca with Opera Creole of New Orleans. In the summer of 2017, he placed second in the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions in Boulder, Colorado. He has also been a semifinalist in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Mobile Opera Madame Rose Scholarship Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. He has completed young artist training programs with Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera, and will join Pensacola Opera as an artist in residence for the 2020-2021 season. In addition to his training, he holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Alabama.
CONDUCTOR | TBD
STAGE DIRECTOR | TBD
REHEARSAL PIANIST | TBD
COSTUME DESIGNER | TBD
SET DESIGNER | TBD
STAGE MANAGER | TBD
* Pensacola Opera debut artist
Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, March 22 after the show
Cost: $50, $40 for Season Subscribers
Director’s Champagne Brunch
Sunday, January 24 at 11:45am
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