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Music from the Opera Theater of CT

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rigolettoThe Library music series closes its season with The Opera Theater of CT performing a range of classical to contemporary arias, duets and ensembles from La Boheme, West Side Story, La Traviata and more. Performers include musical director and pianist Kyle Swann, soprano Jamilyn Manning-White, mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill, tenor Christopher Lucier and bass Daniel Hague. Kate Ford is the general director and co-founder of the company. Alan Mann is the artistic director.

Kate Ford (General Director) co-founded Opera Theater of Connecticut in 1986 and has served as the company’s producer and administrator and has coordinated the costumes for every show since its founding. She has been involved in fund-raising and administration for various companies. 

alan mannAlan Mann is Artistic Director of Opera Theater of Connecticut and recently finished seven years as Artistic Director of Mississippi Opera and three and a half years as Executive Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society. His work in professional theater and opera has taken him from New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s West End to the Edinburgh Festival to the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival to The Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy to New York’s Broadway. His directing assignments span traditional opera, contemporary opera, comic opera, musical theater and classic and modern theater. Mr. Mann is also a renowned guest speaker, known for his Opera Talks—a series of informal, informative talks on specific operas or composers and opera in general. He frequently serves as a judge for various competitions.

kyle swannKyle Swann (Music Director) has conducted orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire throughout the eastern United States and abroad. He has conducted for Connecticut Opera, Opera Boston, the Boston Academy of Music, and many other venues. With a repertory of nearly one hundred staged works, he is one of few American conductors to have led Boito’s Mephistofele as well as the Donizetti “Tudor Queen” operas. He is currently a vocal coach for Yale Opera at the Yale School of Music, and Choirmaster and Organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford. 

jamilyn manning-whiteAmerican soprano Jamilyn Manning-White, praised for her delightful and winning stage personality as well as her superb singing, is becoming recognized as a definitive young soprano of her generation. In 2014-15 she sings “Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, also Gilda in Rigoletto with MidAtlantic Opera, is guest soloist with Heartbeat Opera for a gala performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She also sings Musetta in La bohème with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and is soloist in Carmina Burana (Craig Jessop conducting) with the American Festival Chorus in summer of 2015. She has been a recipient of numerous competitions and awards. Ms. Manning-White is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.

kelly hillKelly Hill, mezzo-soprano, recently graduated with a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. She has sung the role of La Zelatrice in the Yale Opera and New Haven Symphony Orchestra's collaboration of Puccini's Suor Angelica, as well as many others. Recent concert work includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, singing as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Yale Philharmonia, as well as Magna Opera, a concert of opera scenes with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

christopher lucierPraised as a stand-out by the New York Times, tenor Christopher Lucier is in increasing demand as an operatic and concert artist. He sang the world premiere of The Secret Garden with the Weston Opera House and then played Count Almaviva with Connecticut lyric opera's The Barber of Seville. He also performed the American premiere of Nancy Van de Vate's All Quiet on the Western Front with Metro Chamber Orchestra, Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo) with Salt Marsh Opera and Turandot (Pong) with Metro Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Lucier earned a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011, and bachelors degree from Boston University.

daniel hagueDaniel Hague (bass) made his Arizona Opera debut as Douglas D'Agnus in Rossini's La Donna del Lago and returned as Colline in La Bohème. He appeared nine times with The Shubert Opera in New Haven; most notably as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. For Opera Theater of Connecticut, he has been heard as Don Basilio, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Colline; a role he also sang for Opera North as well as the Sanibel Festival. The Sanibel Festival has also heard him as Mozart's Figaro, Raimondo in Lucia, Colline and as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. In Oratorio he has been heard in Verdi's Requiem with the Harrisburg Symphony, Haydn's Creation with the Bronx Orchestra as well as numerous Bach works with the Fairfield Orchestra and the Bronx Chamber Orchestra. He has been heard as soloist with the National Chorale in three concerts at Avery Fisher Hall. His musical theater credits include Edward Rutledge in 1776, Lancelot in Camelot and King Maximillian in A Spinning Tale off-Broadway. He has received prizes as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera and Amici Vocal Competitions.



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Opera, Music

The Writer as Researcher

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Michael WhiteAuthor Michael C. White, Program Director of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing and author of six novels, including Beautiful Assassin, discusses the challenges and rewards of using historical detail in fiction.

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Authors, Opera

CANCELED: From Novel to Opera, The Great Gatsby at the Met

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Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos directed the opera versionMark Lamos of The Great Gatsby for the Metropolitan Opera. He will discuss the opera’s libretto, written by John Harbison, and present musical selections from the score, followed by an audience Q&A.

Photo: Bruce Plotkin Photography

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WestportREADS, Talks & Readings, Music

Restaurant Week

Posted by MargieF on Friday, Oct 5, 2012 - 3:57 PM

Do you know what's happening this week in Westport and next week in Fairfield?  If you guessed Restaurant Week, you are correct.  As a way of enticing new customers, selected eateries offer a special fixed price for lunch and dinner specials. read more


Honoring Jenny Lind

Posted by MargieF on Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 - 4:57 PM

Were you wondering who won the 64th annual Jenny Lind vocal competition? The winners of that contest, soprano Julie-Anne Hamula of New Jersey and mezzo-soprano Josefine Andersson of Sweden, will be peforming together at Bridgeport's Bijou Theatre on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 more


Happy Friday!

Posted by MargieF on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 - 11:42 AM

Do you have young children?  If so, you probably have heard of or been to the Please Touch Museum, a favorite Philadelphia destination for children of all ages. read more

Kids, Opera

Jenny Who?

Posted by MargieF on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 - 6:06 PM

Have you ever heard of Jenny Lind, aka the Swedish nightingale?read more


Funny Friday

Posted by MargieF on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 - 12:03 PM

On this day after Thanksgiving, I want to share a cute  spoof by the inimicable comedian Adam more


Hey Rabbit!

Posted by MargieF on Friday, Sep 23, 2011 - 1:54 PM

To brighten this gloomy Friday, I thought you would get a chuckle from seeing this clever Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon called The Rabbit of Seville.  My daughter always said that she developed her love of opera from more


Kids & Pirates

Posted by MargieF on Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 - 12:46 PM

Were you one of the lucky ones to see Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance at Central Park's Delacourt Theater years ago?  Perhaps you have seen the DVD version of this madcap operetta. read more

Kids, Opera