MasterVoices | Orchestra of St. Luke's | Ted Sperling, Conductor
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
English translation by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Sammi Cannold
Choreography by Gustavo Zajac
Costume design by Nicole Slaven
Scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer
Lighting design by Brian Tovar
Our intimate and lyrical English-language staged performance of CARMEN is back! Originally scheduled for April 2020, director Sammi Cannold (Encores’ Evita, Forbes’ 30 Under 30) helms a new cast including Ginger Costa-Jackson as Carmen, Terrence Chin-Loy as Don José, Mikaela Bennett as Micaëla, and John Brancy as Escamillo. Sung in its original Opéra Comique version, with dialogue rather than recitative, our production marks the NY Premiere of this fiery and dramatic translation – written by Broadway legend Sheldon Harnick, originally commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera.
Featuring Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the MasterVoices Chorus conducted by MV Artistic Director Ted Sperling, along with flamenco-infused choreography by Argentinian-born choreographer Gustavo Zajac, get ready for a gorgeous Carmen in all its musical and theatrical glory!
Tickets: Priced from $30 to $175, may be purchased beginning on August 11 online at jazz.org, at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office, Broadway at 60th Street, or by calling 212-721-6500.
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Ginger Costa-Jackson, Carmen
Ginger’s upcoming and most recent performances include a return to the A Coruña Opera Festival as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, the title role of Carmen for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the English National Opera, Charlotte in Werther for Grange Park Opera, Musetta in La Boheme for Seattle Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, Donna Elvira for Teatro Petruzzelli, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro for La Monnaie De Munt, Angelina in La Cenerentola for Seattle Opera, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Opéra National de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan.
She has performed the title role in Carmen for Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Tokyo New National Theater, Nashville Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Vancouver Opera to name but a few. For the Metropolitan Opera Ginger has performed over 75 performances including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lola in Cavelleria Rusticana, Smaridgi in Francesca da Rimini, Mercedes in Carmen, Nancy T’sang/First Secretary in Nixon in China, Pousette in Manon, Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, Eine Theatergarderobiere/Der Gymnasiast/Ein Groom in Berg’s Lulu, and Myrtale in Thaïs.
Other notable performances include Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with Seattle Opera (alongside her sister Marina Costa Jackson as Fiordiligi), Maddalena in Rigoletto with LA Opera, Donna Elvira at the Coruna Festival, her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in L’Enfant et la Sortileges, Helène in La Belle Helène with Odyssey Opera, and Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia in Toulon.
Terrence Chin-Loy, Don José
Terrence is an artist who strives to infuse his work with honesty and simplicity. With his “richly colored voice” (Seen and Heard International), he pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. Terrence opens the 2021-2022 season in his solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Thereafter, he returns to Arizona Opera for his second season as a Marion Roose Pullin Resident Artist where he will sing Henrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
Terrence is a graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Performer Diploma. He also holds degrees from Yale University and Mannes College. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.
Mikaela Bennett, MICAËLA
Mikaela Bennett is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is celebrated as a singer and actress for her work on stage and in the concert hall. She most recently appeared as a featured soloist in Daniel Fish’s concert conception of “The Most Happy Fella” at Bard SummerScape and made her Festival Napa Valley debut as Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi” under the baton of Kent Nagano. In 2020, Ms. Bennett had the distinct honor to appear as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel performing ‘Aurora’ written by Wayne Shorter. In 2019, Mikaela was honored by Lincoln Center with a ‘Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists’ and in May she made her critically acclaimed debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago playing ‘Maria’ in “West Side Story”. Following a sold-out run in Chicago, Ms. Bennett starred in the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the MUNY and later returned to the BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra performing music from the Warner Bros film studio. To cap off an eventful year, Mikaela sang the role of Mary Wintergreen in MasterVoices’ concert production of Gershwin’s “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” at Carnegie Hall, music directed and conducted by Ted Sperling.
John Brancy, ESCAMILLO
Grammy Award-winning baritone John Brancy is known for his intense musicality and communicative power. Hailed by the New York Times as “a vibrant, resonant presence,” Mr. Brancy is equally at home in staged opera, concert performance, and recital, with a wide-ranging repertoire that includes classical, contemporary world premieres, and musical theater.
Mr. Brancy is a native of New Jersey. He has a B.A. and Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School in New York.
Nicole Fernandez-Coffaro, Frasquita
Nicole Fernandez-Coffaro is a multi-faceted artist, celebrated for her rich, warm soprano, her versatility, and her powerful, connected performances. Nicole has made her Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and NY City Center debuts as a soprano soloist under the direction of Ted Sperling. She sings frequently throughout NYC, during which time she’s worked with some of the country’s finest new music composers and creatives including Adam Guettel, Ricky Ian Gordon, Marisa Michelson, David Bloom, and Zak Winokur.
Nicole is a 2021 Lotte Lenya Competition finalist, and has performed in theatres throughout the country, enjoying favorite roles such as Martha Jefferson in 1776, and covering Eva Perón in the first U.S. all-Spanish production of Evita. Most recently, Nicole joined the cast of this summer’s 92Y Lyrics and Lyricists series and performed in the workshop of Tom Jones and Joseph Thalken’s Harold and Maude the musical, directed by Victoria Clark.
Bilingual in English/Spanish, she is passionate about her Cuban culture, and cultivating diversity en el teatro. Nicole is a native of Orange County, California, and graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in theatre performance, and a minor in classical music.
Thank you to Ted, Vicki, Adam, and Julie. @nicolecoffaro
Kimberly Sogioka, mercedes
Bio coming soon.
Zhengyi Bai, Remendado
Chinese tenor Zhengyi Bai has been recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle for his “charming verve and dramatic intensity.” In the 2022/23 season, Bai will join the Metropolitan Opera, covering Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier and as a Resident Artist with Opera San José, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Dr. Caius in Falstaff and finally covers of Goro in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera.
In opera, Bai’s recent roles include Fong See in On Golden Mountain (Los Angeles Opera), the First Prisoner in Fidelio (San Francisco Opera), Dancing Master/Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut (San Francisco Opera), Remendado in Carmen (San Francisco Opera), and Alessandro in Il Re Pastore (Merola Opera). In recitals and concerts, Bai has performed in “The Schwabacher Recital Series” in San Francisco and “The Future is Now” Concert with San Francisco Opera Orchestra. In the spring of 2021, Bai performed in San Francisco Opera’s Adlers at the Drive-In, which heralded SFO’s return to live performance.
Born and raised in Shandong province of China, Bai began his studies as a piano performance student and a collaborative pianist. It was in his junior year in college he discovered his true instrument: his voice. With a solid musical foundation of piano study, Bai flourished in his vocal studies, completing his initial vocal training in Shandong, China, and continued his opera training in the United States. Bai was a participant of the Merola Opera Program, and then invited to join the renowned Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera.
Michael Kelly, Morales/Dancaïro
Baritone and Librettist Michael Kelly has been praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid,” having recently performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, with New York City Opera, the New World Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the Cincinnati May Festival. He also performed Bernstein’s Mass with the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Louis Langrée, and gave the world premier of a new chamber work by David Del Treidici at NYC’s Symphony Space. In recent seasons he has been heard in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with celebrated guitarist David Leisner, The role of Hannah Before in Kaminsky’s As One, the role of Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and the title role in the NY premiere of Carlyle Floyd’s newest opera Prince of Players. As a librettist, Michael’s poetry has been set by composers John Glover and Ben Moore, and he has upcoming projects that include creating adaptations and original libretti for Laura Kaminsky, Tobias Picker and Kamala Sankaram.
He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zürich.
Leo Radosavljevic, Zuniga
Poised for a breakthrough career on the international operatic stage, bass-baritone Leo Radosavljevic is sought after around the world for his “excellent musicianship” and “expansive delivery”. A native of Chicago, Leo spent his childhood singing in the Lyric Opera Children’s Chorus and studying piano with his father. He then attended The Juilliard School where he received a bachelors degree with scholastic distinction and a masters degree. During his studies he performed many operatic roles such as Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tobia Mill in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and gave the U.S. premiere performances of Willi Graf in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!. Since his studies, he has been heard with Opera Colorado as Bonze in Madama Butterfly, The New Philharmonic as Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte, Opera Theater of Saint Louis as Manders in Regina, Teatro Nuovo as Orbazzano in Tancredi, and covered the role of the King in Aida with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is the 3rd Prize winner of the 8th Klaudia Taev Competition in Estonia, Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Bel Canto Competition, and was a Regional Finalist in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. On the concert stage, he has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Metropolis Symphony, The Orchestra Now, New Juilliard Ensemble, and Juilliard415, with whom he performed Telemann’s rarely heard Die Tageszeiten to high acclaim from The New York Times, as well as made a studio recording in Vancouver with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. He has also appeared regularly as an art song recitalist at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and Carnegie Hall in New York. Leo is a proud recipient of the 2020 Marcella Kochańska Sembrich Award from the American Council for Polish Culture. In the summer of 2021, Leo will returned to Teatro Nuovo to cover Bartolo in their highly anticipated production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well as perform the roles of Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme with the Savannah Voice Festival, and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera in Williamsburg. This year he also heard in a workshop of Proximity (premieres 2023) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Leo began 2022 with a company debut with Opera San Jose, as Zuniga in Carmen.
CAMILA CARDONA: a Buenos Aires native, based in New York City is thrilled to be performing Carmen with such a wonderful cast.
Her latest performances include the musicals On Your Feet, en Español (World Premiere) at GALA Washington DC and On your Feet at John W. Engeman Theater in EEUU, “En el 2000”, and fosse revival Cabaretissimo in Mexico City. She has also made on screen appearances in Netflix’s”Who Killed Sarah” and Telemundo’s soap opera “The Queen is Me”, both filmed in Mexico City. In Argentina she performed for UNICEF in Dance for Peace, Romeo & Juliet, and 360º experience La Previa. Camila has trained in countries all over the world such as Mexico, Brazil, and others located in Europe. She is an ARTE XXI and ISD at Point Park University alumn and is grateful to LOLO and LALA (grandparents) for giving her everything in life. She is also proud for being part of Latine community. IG: @cardonacami
LAURA PERALTA began her musical studies at the age of 8, attending the Manhattan School of Music and later the Johns Hopkins University.. She began her dance studies with Omayra Amaya in New York City at the age of 23. Laura has danced for companies including Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Soledad Barrio y Noche Flamenca, A Palo Seco Flamenco, Nelida Tirado Flamenco, Pasión y Arte, and Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre. She was a scholarship recipient at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, has taught masterclasses for university dance programs, and has had original work selected for festivals including the Queensborough Dance Festival and MNE’s Emerging Choreographer Series (in 2021 and 2022 as returning choreographer). She has performed in the NYC area and toured throughout the US, sharing the stage with renowned artists at venues including the National Museum of Dance, Wolftrap, the Delacorte Theater, the Rockefeller Estate, Kaatsbaan Cultural Center, BAM Fisher Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Outside Festival and the Joyce Theater. Laura currently teaches, performs and continues her studies in New York City and Seville, Spain.
ISAAC TOVAR is a former soloist of the Ballet Nacional de España, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Compañía Andaluza de Danza, Compañía Antonio “El Pipa”, and Compañía Aída Gómez, among many other premier national and international companies including Flamenco en route (Switzerland) and Flamenco Vivo (NYC). He is currently soloist for the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía and resides between Seville, Spain and New York City. Isaac received his higher education degree in Choreography and Interpretation from the Conservatorio Superior de Danza “Maria de Ávila” in Madrid and has decades of experience teaching both flamenco and spanish dance throughout Europe, Canada and the United States.
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MasterVoices 2022-23 season visual created by Asia Pietrzyk.