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Heartbreak High

PERFORMANCES

April 30th, 2021
May 1st, 2021
May 2nd, 2021

LOCATION

The Opera Center

LANGUAGE

Italian with English dialogue

COMPOSER

Gaetano Donizetti

LIBRETTIST

Felice Romani

English dialogue & concept

Cody Martin & Corey McKern

details

Featuring our 2021 Artists in Residence—alongside guest artist Dennis Jesse—Heartbreak High is a brand new concept for a classic Donizetti opera. Since its debut in 1832, The Elixir of Love has been one of the most beloved comic bel canto masterpieces. Our new take on the piece, led by stage director Corey McKern, transports the characters and story into a 1950s-era high school—poodle skirts, leather jackets, and all.

 

Nemorino is a booksmart student crushing hard on Adina, the school’s head cheerleader. While he must figure out how to win Adina over from quarterback Belcore’s pursuits, a magical “elixir” peddled by chemistry teacher Mr. Dulcamara changes the game entirely. 

 

This 90-minute production will be sung in Italian with English dialogue. English supertitles will be displayed to follow along with the story. Limited capacity performances will be held at the Pensacola Opera Center, with audience members required to wear masks throughout the performance.

 

Cast and Creatives

Kameron Lopreore

as Nemorino
tenor

Alyssa Dessoye

as Adina
soprano

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.

Jack Chandler

as Belcore
baritone

Baritone Jack Chandler is from Arlington, Virginia. Jack’s recent credits include Claudio (Béatrice et
Bénédict) Sir Berkley (Der Vampyr), Mr. Lindquist (A Little Night Music), Slim (Of Mice and Men),
Schaunard (La bohème), Sciarrone (Tosca), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Stewpot (South
Pacific), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), and Jonas Fogg (Sweeney Todd). In the 2020-21 season, Jack is an
Artist in Residence at Pensacola Opera, where he will sing the roles of Le Dancaïre and Moralès in
Carmen, as well as cover Escamillo. He will also perform the role of Bill Bobstay and cover Captain
Corcoran in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

Jack is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Vinson Cole for three
summers. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied with Ariana Wyatt. Most recently,
Jack earned a master’s degree from Florida State University under the instruction of David Okerlund.

Dennis Jesse

as Mr. Dulcamara
Baritone

Erin Alford

as Giannetta
mezzo-soprano

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

* Pensacola Opera debut artist

Production Team

STAGE DIRECTOR | Corey McKern
REHEARSAL / PERFORMANCE PIANIST | Anthony Benz
COSTUME DESIGNER | Gavin Dietz*
HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER | TBD

* Pensacola Opera debut artist

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