HMS Pinafore, which opens the festival in celebration of the 15th season of the distinguished Bel Canto at Caramoor series led by Director of Opera Will Crutchfield, stars: soprano Georgia Jarman; tenor Robert McPherson; mezzo-sopranos Vanessa Cariddi and Robin Flynn; baritones Scott Bearden, Jorell Williams and Jason Plourde; and basses Nicholas Masters and Jeffrey Beruan. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Crutchfield. Steven Tharpand and Paul Carey provide stage direction and costume/set design for Pinafore, respectively.
Crutchfield said, “As a piece of theater, Pinafore is a cheerful satire on the arrival of modernity, bureaucracy and democratic ideals to the Royal Navy of Queen Victoria's era. As a piece of music, it is England's version of "bel canto" comic opera, plain and simple. That fact has been obscured by the long history of specialized Gilbert and Sullivan troupes, outside the operatic mainstream. With this production, I have the opportunity to realize my long-standing desire to present a version that does full justice to the brilliant music and the operatic vocal writing.”
SATURDAY, JUNE 25 AT 8:30PM – VENETIAN THEATER
HMS PINAFORE by William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
GEORGIA JARMAN, SOPRANO (Josephine)
VANESSA CARIDDI, MEZZO-SOPRANO (Little Buttercup)
ROBIN FLYNN, MEZZO-SOPRANO (Cousin Hebe)
ROBERT MCPHERSON, TENOR (Ralph Rackstraw)
JORELL WILLIAMS, BARITONE (Captain Corcoran)
SCOTT BEARDEN, BARITONE (Dick Deadeye)
JASON PLOURDE, BARITONE (Sir Joseph Porter)
NICHOLAS MASTERS, BASS (Bill Bobstay)
JEFFREY BERUAN, BASS (Bob Becket)
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Will Crutchfield, conductor
Steven Tharp, stage director
Paul Carey, costume and set designer
Pre-Opera Events: HMS Pinafore
During the afternoon prior to the performance, beginning at 4:30 PM, all ticket-holders can also enjoy a varied menu of lectures and recitals along with the chance to picnic in Caramoor's famous gardens:
4:30 PM: The Lass that Loves a Sailor: The Bel Canto Young Artists present a selection of humorous and sentimental songs from the era leading up to Gilbert and Sullivan – along with some naughty Sea Chanties that give historical meaning to the idea of “swearing like a sailor.”
5:30 PM: The English Musical Stage: “Opera in England” has not usually meant “English Opera” – from the time of Handel forwards, the imported Italian variety tended to strangle English efforts in their cradle. But that does not mean no worthy efforts were made. This mini-recital by the Bel Canto Young Artists explores operatic music for the English stage from Purcell to Sullivan.
ABOUT BEL CANTO AT CARAMOOR
Under the leadership of Director of Opera Will Crutchfield, Caramoor’s renowned Bel Canto at Caramoor – an operatic exploration that The New York Times calls “an essential contribution”
At its inception, diva Marilyn Horne predicted success: "These singers are very lucky to have Will Crutchfield,"
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music” where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.
GETTING TO CARAMOOR
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at www.caramoor.org)
By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
From Manhattan, take the Caramoor Caravan to Bel Canto at Caramoor opera performances, and ride comfortably in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach. The busses depart from Grand Central station at 4:00pm.
Tickets are $26.00 (round-trip)
Tickets for H.M.S. Pinafore are $81, $66, $51, $36 and $21. To purchase, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252, or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or email@example.com.
Opening Night Gala Tickets
Tickets to the entire Opening Night gala celebration on June 25 are $2,500, $1,250, and $600, and include pre-concert cocktails, dinner, priority seating at the performance of H.M.S. Pinafore, and an invitation to the After Dark party. After Dark-only tickets, which only include the concert and post-concert reception, are $250. For gala information and reservations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Special Events office at 914.232.1492.
For Press tickets, contact Whitney Holden at 917.339.7188 or email@example.com
Performances are made possible, in part,
by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible with public funds from
the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
The 2011 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT 149 GIRDLE RIDGE RD, KATONAH, NY
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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With its outstanding summer music festival & indoors concerts, arts-in-education programming and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County, NY.