MasterVoices | Orchestra of St. Luke's | Manhattan Girls Chorus | Ted Sperling, Conductor
MasterVoices brings you an English-language Carmen as you’ve never heard it before, using Bizet’s original opéra comique version and the acclaimed translation by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof). With dialogue replacing recitative, this boldly modern production is helmed by wunderkind Sammi Cannold – named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 – and features a cast of sublime operatic actors including Peabody Southwell as Carmen, Noah Stewart as Don José, Steven LaBrie as Escamillo, and Nicole Cabell as Micaela. With the full 150-member MasterVoices chorus, it’s the art of musical storytelling at its finest!
Conducted by TED SPERLING
Directed by SAMMI CANNOLD
Choreography by GUSTAVO ZAJAC
Featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the MasterVoices Chorus
Tickets for Carmen will be available starting on December 9th.
MasterVoices Members save 15% on tickets and have pre-sale access beginning December 3rd.
Tickets may be purchased online at Jazz.org, by calling Center Charge at 212.721.6500, or in person at the Rose Theater box office on Broadway at West 60th Street
This performance is funded in part by Ellen F. Marcus; Ellen B. Nenner; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Howard Gilman Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts, and The Roger Rees Fund for Musical Theater.
Peabody Southwell (Carmen)
Peabody Southwell has established herself as a multifaceted artist in a range of creative endeavors. As a Grammy Award winning mezzo soprano recognized for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” (Opera Magazine, UK), Peabody has performed principal roles for the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Carnegie Hall, Seattle Symphony, LA Philharmonic, New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony and has been conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, James Conlon, John Adams and Robert Spano. A native of Los Angeles, she frequently appears with LA Opera including the central role in 2016’s world premiere of David Lang’s anatomy theater helmed by Beth Morrison Projects, in an “electrifying” (Wall Street Journal) performance, leading Musical America to note, “Southwell gave another demonstration as to why she has become one of the most fearless, versatile young singing actresses on the stage today.”
A champion of new music, she has premiered many works for contemporary composers including Ted Hearne, Laura Kaminsky, Ellen Reid and Nico Muhly, whose US premiere of Marnie she performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 2018 and the international HD Broadcast. In 2020 she is slated to premiere Du Yun and Raven Chacon’s experimental opera Sweetland for Yuval Sharon at The Industry.
As a director, designer and dramaturg she prioritizes bold collaboration across the arts in productions, installations and experimental events described by the LA Times as “the future of classical music.” Recent credits include direction and production design of the upcoming premiere of Jodie Landau’s Performance of Self for Beth Morrison Projects, production design for the immersive multimedia installation Obsession & Creation at SoundBox with San Francisco Symphony, direction and production design of an experimental site specific performance titled MOTHER | SISTER, direction and production design for a modern distillation of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at Music Academy of the West, dramaturgy and costume design of Iris with Bard Summerscape, costume design and co-direction in new productions of La voix humaine and Il segreto di Susanna with Opera San Antonio, costumes for the US staged premiere of Jonathan Dove’s L’Altra Euridice, costumes for modern dance ensemble WIFE in an installation of Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, costume design for On the Town with San Francisco Symphony, and curation and co-production design for PULP, an immersive multimedia installation for wild Up. She maintains private clients in Los Angeles for interior, fashion and lifestyle aesthetics.
Noah Stewart (Don José)
Lauded for his distinctive timbre, magnetic stage presence and movie star good looks, Noah has become one of operas most sought after international performers. He is especially recognized for his portrayals in the romantic Italian & French repertory and is a frequent guest artist with major opera companies and concert halls around the world.
Noah Stewart’s musical development started in Harlem, where he studied classical music at The Harlem School of the Arts. At age 12, his choir teacher encouraged him to pursue a music career. He began doing voice-overs for Sesame Street and television school specials and won first place in the New England Music Competition in Boston.
A native of New York City, Noah was mentored by famed conductor, pianist and vocal coach Igor Chichagov, who was a protégé of the great soprano, Rosa Ponselle. Other notable artists he has worked with include Anton Guadagno, Lorin Maazel, Julius Rudel, Charles Dutoit, Lando Bartolini, Nicola Martinucci & Martina Arroyo. Since Training at The Juilliard School, Noah Stewart’s debut album for DECCA became a major success in the United Kingdom, topping the classical charts for 7 weeks.
Noah’s Future engagements include tenor soloist in Tippett’s ‘A Child Of Our Time’ at The Brighton Festival in England and role debut as Samson in Saints -Saëns’s ‘Samson et Dalila’ at Festival International Clásico de Mérida this summer in Spain.
Steven LaBrie (Escamillo)
STEVEN LABRIE, a native of Dallas, Texas, is beginning to attract attention for his beautiful timbre, expressive singing and dramatic presence. Mr. LaBrie was named among the five leading lyric baritones to watch by Opera News.
Engagements for the 2018-2019 season include his return to Opera Omaha in his role debut as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore; his company debut with Tulsa Opera in the title role of Rossini’s Il barbiere di siviglia; and his company and role debuts with San Diego Opera in Heggie’s Three Decembers and Teatro Nuovo as Valdeburgo in Bellini’s La Straniera. Additionally, Mr. LaBrie will make his debut in concert with the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series in Miami, Florida and in Mexico with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Estado de Chihuahua.
During the 2017-2018 season, Mr. LaBrie made his debut as Escamillo in the Sarasota Opera production of Bizet’sCarmen as well as his debut with the Florida Grand Opera as Ríolobo in their production of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Mr. LaBrie also made his debut as Alfonso in Donizetti’s La Favorita with the New Amsterdam Opera and performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat. Additionally, he returned to sing with the San Antonio Symphony in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah and was featured in a recital of French music for the Brooklyn Art Song Society and a Night at the Opera concert with the Sacramento Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrie also made his return to Carnegie Hall in the Three Baritones Sing American Songs concert, on the occasion of his CD release.
Nicole Cabell (Micaela)
Previous MV Performances: Te Deum, A Child of Our Time (2012), Night Songs & Love Waltzes (2019)
Soprano Nicole Cabell, the 2005 winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today. Her solo debut album Soprano was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and has received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards, including the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique. Ms. Cabell opens the new season with her first stage performances of Bess in Porgy and Bess with the English National Opera. She will also make her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Mimi in La bohème before returning to the Minnesota Opera for Violetta in La traviata and to the Cincinnati Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. In concert, Ms. Cabell performed a set of songs on texts by Langston Hughes at the Metropolitan Museum, sang the Mozart Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and David Robertson before she joined MasterVoices and Ted Sperling at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Future engagements include returns to Atlanta, Japan, Montreal, and Detroit.
Maria Brea (FRASQUITA)
Maria Brea, soprano, is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and she just won 6th prize in the Vinas competition and a Special Zarzuela prize for the best Zarzuela singer and was one of only six winners who sang in the orchestra concert for the winners at Teatro Liceu de Barcelona. In 2020 Maria Brea makes her debut as Frasquita in Carmen at Rose Theater at Lincoln Center with MasterVoices. This fall, 2019, Ms. Brea made her debut with the New Camerata Opera singing the role of Elena in the Zarzuela El Barbero de Sevilla. This past summer, Maria was an Eva and Stern Fellow at Songfest and made her debut with the Queens Symphony Orchestra in their Night at the Opera concert series.
César Delgado (REMENDADO)
Mexican-born César Delgado, whom Opera News has praised for his “generous, lustrous tenor” and “committed, energetic acting” has been steadily building an active career that finds him regularly on the US and Mexican musical scenes.
Michael Kelly (DANCAIRO & MORALES)
Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire.
Recently, Mr. Kelly made debuts at Carnegie Hall, with the New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony and the Cincinnati May Festival. He performed Bernstein’s Mass with the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Louis Langré, and gave a world premier of a new chamber piece by David Del Treidici at NY’s Symphony Space. In recent seasons he has been heard in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with celebrated guitarist David Leisner, the role of Figaro in Barber of Seville, Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the title role in the NY premier of Carlyle Floyd’s newest opera Prince of Players.
Adam Lau (ZUNIGA)
Previous MV Performance: St. John's Passion (2017)
American bass Adam Lau, praised as a “bass of real quality, with sonorous low notes,” continues a busy and active career with a wide range of operatic and concert dates in the 2019-2020.
Returning back to Seattle Opera, Mr Lau makes a new role debut as Alidoro in La Cenerentola. Later in the season, he makes his role debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Following these performances, he will make his role debut as Zuniga in Carmen with MasterVoices at Lincoln Center. Concluding the operatic season, Mr. Lau returns to Dallas Opera to sing Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Kimberly Sogioka (MERCEDES)
Praised by Opera (UK) as “…the most opulent female sound on the stage…” young mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is drawing much attention as an exciting artist on opera and concert stages. Last season, she performed Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Orlando, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera in the Heights and Pacific Opera Project, and as a soloist in Heart Mountain Suite with the Whatcom Chorale, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall. She also performed in Symphony Silicon Valley’s Misa Tango concert, which explored the style of the Argentine tango in the form of large scale orchestral compositions as opposed to its origins as dance music.