The 2012 Summer OperaFest was created as a fresh, new approach to our seasonal programming and it is the first opera festival of its kind in our region. It includes an unprecedented variety of accessible, low-cost, audience-friendly events designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests. If you haven’t tried opera in an relaxed, friendly atmosphere, then this is an excellent way to give it a try!
2012 DFO Summer OperaFest
Opera on the Lake OperaFest in Cabaret
August 9 at 4pm Nokomis Restaurant,5593 North Shore Drive
Features fine wine, light buffet and up-close performances from the festival artists.
OperaFest Gala Opening Night A Night at the Opera
August 16 at 7:30pm Marshall Fregeau Auditorium, 1215 Rice Lake Rd
Our Gala Opening Night presents leading operatic artists from around the country to create a night of unforgettable operatic scenes and highlights. Our wonderful singers will thrill you with the greatest arias, duets, and scenes ever written from Aida, Faust, Rigoletto, the Pearl Fishers, Die Meistersiger, Der Rosenkavalter, La Boheme, Carmen and many others. This will be a thrilling “Night at the Opera” that you will never forget! Guest artists will include Kirk Dougherty, Branch Fields, Nathan Herfindahl, Timothy James, Linh Kaufmann, Victoria Vargas, Amy Wolf, and others.
OperaFest at the Movies Opera Film Festival
August 17-19 Zinema2 Theater, 222 E. Superior Street
Opening Night Screening Party August 17 at 6pm
Pre-screening lecture, prizes, complimentary wine and buffet dinner, and film
Opera Film Festival Screenings include: visit www.zinema2.com for dates and times.
Amadeus by Milos Forman
A Night at the Opera featuring the Marx Bros.
The Magic Flute directed by Ingmar Bergman
La Traviata starring Placido Domingo and directed by Franco Zefferrelli
Maria Callas : Her Life and Times produced by Tony Palmer
OperaFest in Recital In Love With Song
August 18 1pm & 4pm DuluthCongregational Church, 3833 E. Superior Street
Due Vocal Recitals with guest artists:
Kirk Dougherty, tenor and Amy Wolf, soprano at 1pm
Branch Fields, bass-baritone and Linh Kaufmann, soprano at 4pm
OperaFest in Concert Opera’s Greatest Hits
August 18 at 5pm Bayfront Festival Park
Our main concert event for “Art in Bayfront Park”. The DFO soloists join withi SONOMENTO, the premier chorus from Macphail Center for Music in Minneapolis to regale you with the greatest choral moments in Opera.
OperaFest in Concert Serenade in the Park
August 19 at 3pm Bayfront Festival Park
Join six talented DFO soloists for an afternoon of inspiring music in song to close the “Art in Bayfront Park” Festival.
Summer Opera Festival
For more information call 218.728.8949 (please leave message
OPERAFEST Film Festival Zinema 2 Movie Theater August 17 – 19
Opening Night Party - Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 pm with pre-screening lecture, movie, prizes, wine and buffet dinner. Admission: $30 per person.
Opera Film Festival screenings will include:
Amadeus by Milos Forman
A Night at the Opera starring the Marx Bros.
The Magic Flute directed by Ingmar Bergman
La Traviata starring Placido Domingo and directed by Franco Zefirrelli
Maria Callas: Her life and times produced by Tony Palmer
General Admission to Films: $10 or $14 with wine or beer included.
Purchase tickets at Zinema 2 Box office at 218-722-7300 after July 1. Purchase an OperaFest Film Pass (good for all film screenings plus Opening Night Party): $65
SONGFEST VOCAL SERIES Duluth Congregational Church August 17 and 18, TBA
Vocal recitalswith your favorite DFO singers. Programs to be announced.
Tickets are suggested donation: $15 (at the door only)
OPERA’S GREATEST HITS Bayfront Festival Park August 19 at 3:00 pm
Grand Finale Concert for “Art in Bayfront Park.”
Great Moments from the Grand Operas featuring your favorite DFO singing stars.
Admission: $25 for pre-sale online or $35 on day of performance
Purchase tickets through www.artinbayfrontpark.com (available now).
OPERA ON THE LAKE Nokomis Restaurant September TBA
Features fine wine, light buffet and performances from the cast of La tragedie de Carmen. Admission: $40. Includes wine, food and entertainment. Purchase tickets through Nokomis Restaurant at 218.525.2286 (after August 1)
February 21st 7:00pm
Puccini’s Il Trittico
from the Royal Opera House
222 E Superior Street, Duluth MN
The Zinema is proud to partner with Emerging Pictures to bring you Opera in Cinema.
Tickets are $20 a person and we will be offering season passes good for one show a month from January to June for only $100.
Puccini;s Il Trittico, a gem-box collection of three brief operas, runs the gamut from heartwrenching drama to madcap farce. The tragic Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica are followed by the charming Gianni Schicchi, best known for its resplendent soprano aria, “O bio babbino caro.” Lucio Gallo, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Anja Harteros, Anna Larsson and Ekaterina Siurina are featured throughout this very special evening from the Royal Opera House.
Conductor- Antonio Pappano
Duluth Festival Opera continues its long tradition of popular fundraisers with another festive evening of beautiful singing, classic dining, live auction and reverie. This year’s Cabaret will be a ‘Stylish-Irish’ theme – romantic, historic and green! Opera Cabaret VIII will highlight a salute to the “Great American Opera Singers of the Past”, as we honor the contributions of American operatic superstars, including Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill and others. And, our talented Cabaret Singers will pay tribute to the musical legacy of Ireland with a medley of your favorite songs from the Emerald Isle.
Our evening of entertainment will also include an Opera Trivia Quiz with prizes and an opportunity for spectacular ‘experiences’ from our live auction, including a week-long romantic vacation getaway to Maui! You won’t want to miss this great night of fun to help sustain the DFO’s outstanding programs.
Comprising our superb group of Cabaret singers will be last year’s leading soprano from Pocahontas, lyric soprano Linh Kauffman; UMD graduate and Met Opera baritone, Nathan Herfindahl; beautiful mezzo-soprano, Sidney Walker; and new tenor sensation and rising Twin Cities artist, Timothy James. They will raise the rafters with famous selections from Tosca, La traviata, Barber of Seville, Lakme, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, Giulio Cesare and more.
Come to the Cabaret to support the Duluth Festival Opera by attending this evening of beautiful music with fine food and live auction.
The DFO Board of Directors has re-scheduled our upcoming November 12, 2011 Opera Cabaret fundraiser for an early 2012 date to be announced.
The new date for Opera Cabaret VIII will be determined in the next few weeks. Please check back with us at 218-728-8949 or online to confirm the new date.
Thank you for your continued support of the DFO and our programs!
Tickets to Pocahontas are now available online by clicking HERE, and the DFO would like to invite you to all of our events this fall:
Opera on the Lake – September 14, 4:00 pm
Nokomis Restaurant and Bar
Meet the Composer Luncheon – September 16, 12:00 pm
Kitchi Gammi Club
Pocahontas: a Woman of Two Worlds – September 22, 7:30 pm
Marshall School Fregeau Auditorium
For more information on any of these events and tickets to Opera on the Lake and the Meet the Composer Luncheon, please call the Duluth Festival Opera office at 218-728-8949. Reserved tickets to Pocahontas can now be purchased through BrownPaperTickets by clicking HERE.
“a moving, poignant, and in every sense tasteful piece of musical theatre … beautiful, flawless … this is what theatre is all about.”
The Duluth Festival Opera presents Nautilus Music-Theater’s Ivey award-winning production of “I Am Anne Frank” at Duluth’s Teatro Zuccone for a four-night run in July.
Created by Michael Cohen and Enid Futterman, this innovative music drama is a musical adaption of Anne Frank’s famous diary, written by a young girl standing tip-toe on the edge of her future during a time of hatred and intolerance.
The play combines spoken excerpts from Anne’s diary with songs that reveal the power of her inner life. Fully faithful to its source material, Anne’s famous chronicle of two Jewish families secreted in a cramped garret in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation is still as suspenseful and moving as ever. Her writing is propelled by an undying faith in the goodness of people.
This heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story stirs our deepest emotions as it insists upon honoring the endurance of the human spirit. Vanessa Gamble portrays Anne Frank in a heartfelt, touching performance that has enthralled critics and audiences.
I am Anne Frank is a 90-minute musical drama, not recommended for young children under 10 years old.
Dates: July 21-23 at 7:30 PM & July 24 at 2:00 PM
Where: Teatro Zuccone -222 East Superior Street – DowntownDuluth
Tickets: $16 per adult and youth under 18 are free
Purchase: online at http://teatrozuccone.com/ or call the box office at 218-336-1414
Nautilus’ production premiered in 2006, earned rave reviews and won a coveted Ivey award, which noted that “the impressive artistic contributions of the talented cast, combined with the matchless vision of the directors, made I Am Anne Frank a stunning collaboration of fine acting, sharp stage direction, effective lighting, and gorgeous music—a wonderful blend of music and acting, and an innovative way of telling an important story.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: The company is actively seeking *Native American singers when possible for specific leading and supporting roles denoted below.
Production Timeline Production rehearsals will begin around September 8, 2011 with performances on September 22, 25, 29, 30 and Oct. 1.
Roles and Voice Types Open for Casting
*Pocahontas Lyric soprano (high C); age range 25-35
*Young Pocahontas Lyric-coloratura soprano (high C); age range 18-30
(must be petite and appear child-like)
John Smith Lyric tenor (high A); age range 30-40
John Rolfe Baritone (high G); age 30-40
*Powatan Bass-baritone (high F); age range 35-50
*Uttamatomakin Baritone (high F#); age range 30-50
*Pocahontas’ Mother Mezzo-soprano (high A); age range 35-50
Lady Sizemore Mezzo or Soprano (high F); age range 25-35
- Please be prepared to sing three contrasting arias, including at least one selection in English.
- Please prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue from any theatre piece.
- Please bring a copy of your resume and headshot with you.
Accompanist An experienced pianist will be available for a nominal fee or you may bring your own accompanist. The pianist’s fees are $25 inMinneapolisor $15 inDuluth.
Regional Audition Dates and Locations
IN DULUTH Friday, May 20 from 4-8 pm at the Duluth Congregational Church, 2833 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55812.
IN MINNEAPOLIS Friday, June 3 from 4-7 pm at First Unitarian Society ofMinneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Ave.,Minneapolis,MN55403.
How to Apply for an Audition
- Email your bio, resume, recent recording (mp3 or video files) and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10 for Duluth and May 15 for Minneapolis.
- Or mail hard copies of these materials to the DFO,222 E. Superior Street, Suite 320,Duluth,MN55802 by the dates shown above.
- Pay a $15.00 audition processing fee online at www.dfopera.org by clicking the DONATE button and using Pay Pal or a credit card, or send your check to Attention: Auditions at DFO, 222 E. Superior Street, Suite 320, Duluth, MN 55802.
- In your materials, please include:
- Your complete contact information, including phone and email.
- Which audition date/location you prefer.
- Which role(s) you are interested in.
- If you wish to use our staff pianists, we will provide their contact information to you.
- After reviewing your materials, you will be contacted by email for an audition time if you are selected for a live audition.
- Singers will be selected for a live audition based on the quality of their résumé and recordings.
- New York-based, managed singers may qualify for casting without a live audition inMinneapolis.
- For logistical questions, please email Tina at email@example.com or call her at 218-428-6845.
Join the Duluth Festival Opera for
Vino With Verdi
An evening to remember at
Valentini’s Vicino Lago
1400 London Road, Duluth
Sunday, May 1, 2011
4:30 – 7:00pm
A glorious evening of Italian Cuisine with Italian Opera!
Featuring a full-course Italian dinner to satisfy your culinary tastes along with world-class operatic voices performing Verdi’s most memorable music.
Kirsten Hoiseth & Amy Wolf, sopranos
Jonathan Burton, tenor & Nathan Herfindahl, baritone
Barbara Brooks, pianist
Dinner, Wine and Performance: $70 per person
Cash bar is available. Seating is limited.
RSVP by Friday, April 22nd
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Vino with Verdi tab for information about the April 30 event in Chisholm, MN at Valentini’s Supper club. New this year!
Heartfelt thanks to all who attended and supported the DFO’s 2011 Opera Cabaret on February 11 at Greysolon Plaza. Our sold-out Moorish Room turned out to be a wonderful venue for our talented group of Cabaret Singers, all of whom thrilled the crowd.
It was great fun to begin the performances from “within” the crowd of attendees. They provided some shocked looks of surprise, but this was all great fun for singers and listeners alike!
I also want to congratulate our Cabaret Committee for their splendid work this year. Total proceeds from ticket sales and auctions exceeded our $20,000 goal and everyone went home with happy smiles on their faces.
Many thanks to this year’s sponsors, patrons, artists and business partners for their support.
We can’t wait until next year to relive the magic of Opera Cabaret …
A special thank you to the people and business below. Without their generosity, the Cabaret wouldn’t have been such a success. Thank you!
Angela Bella Flora
Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Center
Bellisio’s / Grandma’s Corporation
Blue Lake Gallery
Canal Park Lodge
Continental Ski & Bike
Duluth 10—Marcus Theaters
Duluth Superior Symphony
Edgewater / ZMC Hotel
Fitger’s Wine Cellar
Robert & Angie Fryberger
Walt & Kay Gower
Tom Haas and Jeannie Thoren
Robert & Ann LaCosse
Lake Superior Garden Center
Lakewood Berry Farm
Lakescapes LLC of Bayfield
Lake Superior Dental Associates
Lake Superior Magazine
Language of Hair
Mainstream Fashion for Men
Master Lawn Care
Mix 108, FM
Northern Trend Builders & Design
Dolly & William Schnell
Northern Waters Smokehaus
Old Towne Gallery
Old Vermilion Trail Hunting Preserve
Sacred Heart Music Center
Shawn’s Salon Associates
William & Dolly Schnell
Snowflake Nordic Ski Center
Sterling String Quartet
The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar, Madeline Island
Touch of Plasch
Wild Birds Unlimited
Our live auction will feature some spectacular experiences for the taking, including a vacation condo on the island of Maui and a spring Weekend-for-Two in New York City that includes plane fare, hotel and two tickets to the Metropolitan Opera.
MET opera tickets to Rigoletto, Airfare & Two nights at Muse Hotel
Two prime orchestra tickets to Rigoletto on Saturday, April 30 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Met is known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices and one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses. This packages includes two nights in the Executive King Suite at the Muse Hotel, a New York boutique hotel near Times Square in the heart of the theater district, a hosted wine reception and airfare for two on Delta Airlines.
Donor: Dolly & William Schnell
One Week Stay in Maui Condo
On Kamaole One Beach in Kehel, Maui, this newly remodeled luxury condo sleeps six. A large and private back yard sits above this
pristine beach. Excellent snorkeling awaits on the reef adjacent to the beach’s north end.
Donor: Katie Dwan
Pool Cocktail Party for 12
Dolly & William Schnell and Robert & Angelica Fryberger will host a summer cocktail party around the pool for you and ten of your friends in the Shnell’s beautifully landscaped garden.
Donor: Dolly & William Schnell and Robert & Angelica Fryberger
Flight to Madeline Island with Gift Certificate to The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar
Enjoy a scenic flight from Duluth to Madeline Island, Wisconsin, and see the South Shore of Lake Superior from a new perspective! Savor a
delicious meal at The Pub Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Inn on
Madeline before flying back to Duluth in the Cessna Caravan Amphibian. Arrange mutually agreeable date with pilot. Maximum 6 people.
Donor: Thunderhook Camps and Inn on Madeline Island
One night stay and 4 passes to EdgeWater Park
Want to go to the beach but the ice is in your way? This Minnesota indoor water park is your island oasis. Escape, kick back, let the kids be kids. Allow the waves to wash away your worries. You’ll be glad you did!
Donor: Edgewater Hotel / ZMC Hotels
One Night Stay at Canal Park Lodge and Gift Certificate to Bellisio’s
Everyone needs a vacation, but some just can’t leave town. Or perhaps your family came to visit and you don’t have room at home. Either way enjoy a room at Canal Park Lodge and treat yourself to an outstanding meal at Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant in Canal Park.
Donor: Canal Park Lodge and Bellisio’s
Bluefin Bay -Two Night Stay
The premier Lake Superior Resort offering the ultimate North Shore vacation. From here you can hike, bike, ski, or just relax and listen to the exhilarating sounds of Lake Superior.
Donor: Bluefin Bay
Sacred Heart Music Center 2011 – 2012 Season Tickets for 2
Sacred Heart Music Center offers an eclectic mix of live music performances in a dramatic, historic setting. A unique venue for regional,
national and international artists, and gives the audience a musical
experience that’s both intimate and awe-inspiring.
Donor: Sacred Heart Music Center
One-year Fitness Membership at Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Center
Now there is no excuse to postpone your New Year’s Resolution! Begin a regular fitness program. New Members Only.
Donor: Arrowhead Tennis & Athletic Center
Aostle Island Zodiac Boat Tour and Gift Certificate to Maggie’s
Departing from Bayfield, Wisconsin, experience the magic of Lake
Superior and the Apostle Islands by boat with Lakescapes Zodiac Tours. See rocky ledges, sandy beaches, lighthouses, and the extensive labyrinth of sea caves. Maximum 6 people. Arrange a mutually agreeable date with the tour company.
Donor: Lakescapes LLC of Bayfield
Boat Ride on Upper St. Louis and Gourmet Meal
Explore the back bays of the Upper St. Louis River, where the Vista fleet doesn’t travel. Enjoy beverages and a gourmet meal, with eagles, deer, and fox for company. Maximum six people. Schedule a mutually agreed upon time.
Donor: Tom Haas and Jeannie Thoren
Duluth Superior Symphony 2011-2012 Season Tickets for Two
The DSSO has consistently provided professional level performances of symphonic music, both traditional and new, since its inception in 1932. Hear the stirring sounds of your favorites, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, as the DSSO creates moving and engaging experiences.
Donor: Duluth Superior Symphony
One Night Stay at St. Paul Hotel and Dinner at the St. Paul Grill and Two Tickets to La Traviata at the Minnesota Opera
Would you like to hear live Opera but New York is too far away? Escape to St. Paul on March 11 to hear Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. Enjoy fine dining in the St. Paul Hotel Grill before the performance and then walk across the plaza to the Ordway for the performance. Afterwards, return to the hotel to your luxury suite.
Donor: Robert and Ann LaCosse
The Greatest Opera Cabaret of them All!
“Come to the Cabaret, ol’ Chum!” Duluth Festival Opera continues its six-year tradition of popular Opera Cabarets with the greatest and grandest Cabaret of them all! Opera Cabaret VI moves to Friday night, February 11, 2011 Valentine’s Day weekend, to be enjoyed in the beautiful Moorish Room at the Greysolon Ballroom Hotel. This year’s emphasis is on elegant full-course dining, romance and grandeur.
Be a Hero this Valentine’s Day! Our musical theme, “Heroes and Heroines” will give our singers an opportunity to present some of the greatest opera and musical theatre selections of all time. This year’s Cabaret will also feature new games, fun events and chances for great prizes, not to mention some spectacular experiences for auction.
Comprising our super group of singers will be our saucy Musetta from our recent La Boheme, Amy Wolf; UMD graduate and Met Opera baritone, Nathan Herfindahl; tenor sensation and Puccini specialist, Jon Burton; musical theatre beauty, Sally Clayburn; and Texas dramatic soprano, Kirsten Hoiseth. They will raise the rafters with selections from Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Tannhauser, Les Mis, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, and many more.
If you have enjoyed our DFO productions and want to continue to support our company, then its time to Come to the Cabaret! If you love a good party and want to hear great singers up close and personal, then its time to Come to the Cabaret!
Call 218-728-8949 for reservations.
Price for full-course dinner and show is $100 per person.
Acis and Galatea opera dazzles in park setting
from the Duluth News Tribune on Monday, August 23, 2010 by Sam Black
Without counting, several hundred people of all ages gathered at Leif Erikson Park on Sunday evening to watch a retelling of the tragic love story of “Acis and Galatea” by the Duluth Festival Opera company.
If you weren’t there, you missed it! The music came from 1718 and the pen of George Frederic Handel, but stage director Craig Fields decided to set the story in a Midwestern barnyard.
Certainly, the cast of singers and dancers delighted each generation seated on the hillside.
In brief, Galatea comes from a watery world, but the young man Acis loves her and captures her fancy as well. The bumpkin, a.k.a. Polyphemus in another setting, is jealous, and ultimately removes Acis with a very large boulder. As Galatea mourns, a fountain (or stream) begins to flow, announcing the ongoing presence of Acis, and her mourning turns to rejoicing. Ovid’s ancient story can fit just about anywhere, even Duluth, USA.
In the atmosphere of Leif Erikson Park, celebration certainly prevailed. One must remember that the concert hall is a relatively recent invention. For Handel, his audience would have food and drink in hand, and be as interested in their friends as in the stage show. For us, attention was primarily directed to the amphitheater, with conductor Markand Thakar leading a chamber ensemble from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra with a spectacular backdrop known as Lake Superior.
I suppose the amplification was necessary in the outdoors, but it was disappointing to have all the sound of orchestra and singers coming through large boxes (speakers) placed all around the stage.
Even so, the production was dazzling! On 10 occasions, dancers came out to subtly interpret the unfolding drama on stage. Their wistful movements matched the breeze and the lake murmurings in this story of unrequited love. The orchestra was nicely balanced with the chorus, as they summarized and commented on the behavior of the main characters.
Marc Schapman as Acis was crystal clear and filled with love right up to the moment he was stoned by the jealous farmhand, Branch Fields. Fields added a southwestern drawl to his singing to paraphrase images from “Oklahoma!” perhaps, even as he wasn’t going to get the girl he set his eyes on.
Colyn Tvete, as the barkeep Damon, consoled both Galatea and Acis while supplying tall beverages to order. As Galatea, Penelope Shumate attracted a lot of attention at center stage, but she was left alone with the lonesome awareness of her beauty.
Shumate’s voice, while full and wonderful, seemed a bit heavy for the lines of Galatea, but in the outdoor setting, that was a distinct advantage. Tvete’s light tenor was uplifting to both of his barroom clients. Fields was extremely humorous with his drawling Handel, right up to the moment he pounded the amorous life out of the naive Acis.
Choreographer Juliana Bertelsen was airy and delicate in directing her seven dancers in and around the tensions on stage. Throughout, Handel’s music always is direct, whether grieving or rejoicing, and ultimately, the sense of “Happy, happy, we!” prevailed throughout the park.
Samuel Black is music director at Duluth Congregational Church and a regular presence in the musical delights of Duluth.