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The Barber of Seville

PERFORMANCES

March 11, 2022 – 7:30 PM
March 13, 2022 – 2:00 PM

LOCATION

Saenger Theatre

LANGUAGE

Italian with English supertitles

COMPOSER

Gioachino Rossini

LIBRETTIST

Cesare Sterbini

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Everyone will be yelling “Figaro!” as opera’s peripatetic jack of all trades returns to the Saenger Stage. Popularized by Bugs Bunny as the Rabbit of Seville, Rossini’s ebullient score is filled with one bel canto masterpiece after another. Enjoy the hilarity as Figaro rescues the lovelorn Rosina from Dr. Bartolo, uniting her with her true love, Count Almaviva.

Cast and Creatives

Sidney Outlaw*

as Figaro
baritone

Baritone Sidney Outlaw recently added a GRAMMY nomination to his list of accomplishments for the Naxos Records recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 opera trilogy, L’Orestie d’Eschyle in which he sang the role of Apollo. Recent highlights include his San Francisco Opera debut as the First Mate in Billy Budd, Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with both Atlanta Opera and Arizona Opera, a return to Minnesota Opera as Lefty Williams in the world premiere of The Fix, his debut with Mill City Summer Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Tommy McIntyre in Fellow Travelers with Madison Opera.  In concert he has been seen recently for for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Colorado Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem at Augustana College, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem at Cornell University, and Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra.  The 2021 – 2022 season brings Salieri in Mozart and Salieri with Opera San Jose, the title role in Il barber diSiviglia with Pensacola Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Florentine Opera, Jake in Porgy and Bess with Greensboro Opera, and concert appearances with the Bozeman Symphony for Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Western Piedmont Symphony for Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer.

Camille Sherman

as Rosina
Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman hails from the California North Bay Area. In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Sherman returned to the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, where she was seen on their mainstage as Kate Pinkerton as well as covering Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Sally in A Hand of Bridge, Announcer in Gallantry, and Asteria in the American professional premiere of Vivaldi’s Bajazet. Previous credits with Portland Opera include Flora Bervoix in La Traviata and Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, as well as covering roles Hannah After in As One and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Ms. Sherman also returned to Pensacola Opera in 2019 to make her role debut as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette.

During the 2017-18 season, Ms. Sherman joined Pensacola Opera as an Artist in Residence, performing the role of María in María de Buenos Aires and the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha, in addition to covering roles Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Ms. Sherman’s recent seasons include role debuts as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (Berlin Opera Academy, 2017) and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Janiec Opera Company, 2016). In addition to her stage career, Ms. Sherman has also appeared in concert with Nashville Opera and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and will debut with Naples Philharmonic as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah this winter.

Over the last few years, Ms. Sherman has garnered acclaim in several competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where she was recently named a National Semi-Finalist after having won the Northwest Region, and where she won an Encouragement Award in the competition’s Middle/East Tennessee District the previous year. She was a finalist in the Tier 1 of the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition (2019) and the Brava! Opera Theater Competition (2016). She is a two-time winner of the Kalvelage Memorial Award in the Henry and Maria Holt Competition (2016-17) and secured the Jorge Estebanez Scholarship from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2016).

During her vocal training, Ms. Sherman was in residence at the Janiec Opera Company and at OperaWorks. Ms. Sherman holds degrees in vocal performance from some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including a master’s degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catherine Cook, and a bachelor’s degree from The Boston Conservatory. In addition to her work as a singer, Ms. Sherman is an experienced pianist, flautist, and musical arranger.

Jonah Hoskins*

as the Count Almaviva
tenor

Rising tenor Jonah Hoskins has most recently been chosen as a grand finalist in the Met’s National Council Auditions and is now in his first year in the Lindemann Young Artist Program. Other recent accolades include being a finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, where he received the Extraordinary Artistic Promise Award, and first place in the National Opera Association Competition. His past roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Septimius in Handel’s Theodora, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Brigham Young University’s Opera Theater. He has also recently performed with Utah Opera as Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette. The last few summers, he has been a young artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, participated in Ohio Light Opera’s young artist program, and attended Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2020.

Ron Dukes

as Basilio
bass

Ron Dukes completed his Master’s Degree in Opera from IU Jacobs School of Music with a full ride and under the tutelage of Professor Peter Volpe. During his time at IU, Ron has performed many roles with IU Opera Theatre and with local start-up opera companies, including Sarastro, Basilio, Bartolo, Simone, and Oroveso. 

Ron was featured as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera in 2019, where he played the role of Truffaldino in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and covered the role of Don Inigo Gomez in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole. In the summer of 2021, Ron will be joining the Glimmerglass Festival to play the role of Armored Man in their adaptation of Die Zauberflöte and cover the role of Sarastro.  

Ron is thrilled to joining Pensacola Opera as a resident artist to sing the role of Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Sarastro in their production of Die Zauberflöte.

Imara Miles

as Berta
mezzo-soprano

Imara Miles is a mezzo-soprano from the DC/Maryland area. Originally a musical theatre performer, she performed in shows such as Guys and Dolls (Gen. Cartwright), The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Cinderella (Stepmother), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Title Character) before making her operatic debut in Gianni Schicchi (Zita). Since then she has performed in Dialogues des Carmélites (Mere Jeanne), Bernstein’s Mass (Street Singer), and Blue (Girlfriend #3 cover) with companies like IU Opera Theatre and The Glimmerglass Festival. A recent graduate of Indiana University, Imara received her bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and has been involved with choirs such as NOTUS and the Grant Park Chorus in Chicago as a fellowship artist. Imara was recently awarded an encouragement award in the district round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and this past summer she was a Tomita Young Artist with Finger Lakes Opera.

Jack Chandler

as Fiorello
baritone

Baritone Jack Chandler is from Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Chandler’s recent credits include Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Le Dancaïre and Morales (Carmen), Bill Bobstay (H.M.S. Pinafore), Schaunard (La bohème), Slim (Of Mice and Men), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict), Sir Berkley (Der Vampyr), Mr. Lindquist (A Little Night Music), Sciarrone (Tosca), Stewpot (South Pacific), and Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata). In the 2020-21 season, Jack was an Artist in Residence at Pensacola Opera, where he covered the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. He also covered the role of Captain Corcoran in the company’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Upcoming performances include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at Florida State Opera in October, and a return to Pensacola to sing Fiorello and the Official in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in March 2022.

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

Robert Hartfield

as Ambrogio

Robert Hartfield is an American tenor coming from the farmlands of Kansas and Missouri. He possesses a highly personal singing style, carefully developed under the mentorship of his father, former opera singer Paul Hartfield Sr., and the teachings of legendary baritone, professor Kim Josephson. Robert earned numerous prestigious awards early on in his singing career, including winning six National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS) competitions. Soon after, he was performing leading roles with opera companies such as Opera in the Ozarks, Cimarron Opera, and the University of Oklahoma Theater. A firm believer in music versatility, Robert’s performances range from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio to Adamo’s Little Women. In addition, he pursued an undergraduate in organ performance. Robert recently completed his master’s degree in opera performance from the University of Oklahoma. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Central City Opera, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pensacola Opera.

* Pensacola Opera debut artist

Production Team

CONDUCTOR | TBD
STAGE DIRECTOR | Frances Rabalais
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Barry Steele
COSTUME DESIGNER | Glenn Avery Breed
HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER | Brittany Rappise  
STAGE MANAGER | TBD
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER | TBD

* Pensacola Opera debut artist

Production Team

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Extras

Director’s Champagne Brunch

Sunday, March 13 at 11:45am
Cost: $50

Safety Measures

Pensacola Opera and the Saenger Theatre are working together to do everything we can to ensure audience members are safe coming back to live performances. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we prepare to re-enter the theatre: 

Wear a Mask

Audience members will be asked to wear a mask as you move about the Saenger Theatre. 

Health Screenings

Guests entering the theatre may be subject to a health screening questionnaire or temperature check. 

Social Distance

Seating in the theatre has been arranged to ensure social distancing between guests within different parties. 

Digital Programs

To eliminate the added transfer of germs, we've moved to a digital program book which you'll be able to access from your mobile device.

Hand Sanitizer

We encourage all of our guests to take advantage of the hand sanitizer which will be available throughout the theatre.

Unwell? Stay Home

If you're feeling unwell, we encourage you to stay home and take advantage of our livestream experience!

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Returning Subscribers

April 28, 2021

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June 7, 2021

Single Ticket Sales Open

August 7, 2021

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