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Glicker-Milstein Theatre 3009 Broadway, Diana Center, Lower Level 2, New York, NY, USA




PERFORMANCES - The Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) has a concert performance of The Barber of Seville by Rossini, on April 18 at 8:00PM at The Glicker-Milstein Theater, a beautiful, state-of-the-art black box theater located on Lower Level 2 of the elegant new Diana Center at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, at W119th Street, features the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir, under the direction of Choirmaster Gail Archer, with the Barnard String Quartet & piano, conducted by Jay Meetze, sung in Italian, single tickets are $5 – $35. For more information log on to: www.operabrooklyn.org or call 347-524-9962. The April 18th performance Is generously made possible by Barnard College and Columbia University. http://operabrooklyn.org/?p=630

Our run-out performance of The Barber of Seville is in Inwood, Manhattan at 7:00PM on April 15 at the Indian Road Cafe with food and drinks from Spain and Italy - no tickets required, 600 W218th Street, NY, NY 10034.

ABOUT THE BARBER OF SEVILLE - The Barber of Seville (1816), a comedy with well-known, fun and infectious tunes, is featured from Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “The Rabbit of Seville” to Seinfeld, Tom and Jerry and The Simpsons‘ “Homer of Seville.” Figaro, the barber, helps Count Almaviva win Rosina happily away from her guardian Dr. Bartolo.

The cast features Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir, Gail Archer - Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir Music Director, Ivan Amaro - Dr. Bartolo, Alexander Charles Boyd - Figaro, Andria Helm - Rosina, Ivan Rivera - Count Almaviva, Scott Tomlinson - Basilio, Kristin Renee Young - Berta, Alan Anibal - Fiorello, The Officer.

To present operas and broaden local cultural offerings through establishing collaborations within the community; to promote talent by providing them with a platform of opportunity. OCB, founded in 2000, creates exciting and accessible performances by drawing great artists from the rich resources of the New York Metro area, and allows them to share their enthusiasm and love for the art form with audiences.

2014-2015 GENERAL AUDITIONS - To audition for Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB), please email both your 100 word artist biography & resume to jmeetze@operabrooklyn.org, complete the OCB Audition Form and pay fee online. Bring your own pianist or Maestro Meetze will play free-of-charge. Artists are selected based on technique, musicality, diction, acting, and overall artistry.

OCB’S NEW VIRTUAL ONLINE COMMITTEES & BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Virtual Online Committee members receive and reply to an email once a week with at least one idea, over one month. To meet each other in person, members attend our The Barber of Seville on 4/18, 8PM. If unable to make the show, members donate tickets for students. After the four weeks, and if desired, participants are nominated for Full-Board Membership. OCB’s Board of Directors support the mission and fiscal/programmatic governance, purchase tickets to two OCB performances per year, serve on at least one Virtual Online Committee, attend or join conference call for quarterly meetings and pledge a minimum contribution of $50 a month which may be funded through grants, personal contributions and employer matched funds.

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Maestro Jay Meetze (pronounced Mets) is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Opera News). His innovative vision is featured on Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America, MythBusters, CNN, National Public Radio, American Public Media, 1010WINS, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Daily and NY Post newspapers, NY Magazine, Life, American Record Guide, Opera News, Crain’s New York Business, Classical Singer Magazine, Frommer’s and arts administration books. Metropolitan Opera’s “Opera News” magazine named his Grammy-nominated CD on Albany Records ”BEST OF THE YEAR” and “CRITIC’S CHOICE.”

Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir
Gail Archer - Barnard-Columbia Chamber Choir Music Director
Ivan Amaro - Dr. Bartolo
Alexander Charles Boyd - Figaro
Andria Helm - Rosina
Ivan Rivera - Count Almaviva
Scott Tomlinson - Basilio
Kristin Renee Young - Berta (Rosina Cover)
Alan Anibal - Fiorello, The Officer.

IVAN AMARO – DR. BARTOLO – BASS BARITONE from Peru, Mr. Amaro is acclaimed for his vibrant voice and his exceptional communication of the characters. He has many opera roles to his credit: Rigoletto, Germont, Don Carlo, Il Conte di Luna, Ferrando, Sulpice, Enrico, Dulcamara, Count Almaviva, Figaro and Bartolo (both from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro), Don Magnifico, Bruschino Padre, Don Pasquale, Slook, Tobia Mill, Marcello, Benoit/Alcidoro, Tonio, Leporello, Papageno, Don Alfonso, Crespel, Elviro, Salieri, Chorazy, Mr. Gobineau, Pizarro, and Sancho Panza, among many others, totaling more than 80 roles, including operetta, zarzuela and oratorio. Mr. Amaro is also an archaeologist and archaeomusicologist with published works.

ALAN ANIBAL – ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR – FIORELLO – THE OFFICER from Brazil, is a young, promising conductor of a refined and passionate music. Assistant Conductor to Maestro Jay Meetze at The Opera Company of Brooklyn, he is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Conducting at Bard College, under the firm guidance of Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. Mr. Aníbal was Assistant Conductor of Bard College Orchestra for the 2012 Season, have also served as Conducting Fellow at the Sao Paulo Municipal School in 2008. As a guest conductor, he has lead orchestras in Brazil, such as the Orchestra Experimental de Repertorio at the Sao Paulo Municipal Theater, as well as the Londrina State University Orchestra. He has also studied singing with Benito Maresca and Rufus Miller, having performed numerous roles in his native Brazil.

GAIL ARCHER – CHORUS MASTER - is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series in New York City: An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen.In spring, 2013, the five-concert series is, “The Muses Voice: A Celebration of International Women Composers.” Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time-Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008 ” in Classical music and opera. Her recordings include Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody, Bach, the Transcendent Genius, An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making on Meyer-Media LLC and The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils on CALA Records, London. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

ALEXANDER CHARLES BOYD – FIGARO – BARITONE is from Purcellville, Virginia. He has been an Emerging Artist at Opera New Jersey, and an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera. He took second place in the New York Lyric Opera Theater’s 2012 Vocal Competition, and was invited to sing at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as a finalist in the 2012 Concert Festival Concerto Competition. He has participated in study programs such as Oberlin in Italy, Lied Austria, Interlochen Summer Arts Academy, and the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. Based in New York, Alex studies with Mark Oswald. Upcoming: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Amore Opera, and Ford in Falstaff with Utopia Opera.

ANDRIA HELM – ROSINA – MEZZO-SOPRANO has performed numerous operatic roles including, most notably, Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, and Fay Doyle in the Midwest premier of Lowell Lieberman’s Miss Lonelyhearts, in which she “tore up the stage” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She has also performed as a soloist with the Omaha Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale, and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Rocky Mount, NC, she holds degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and Lawrence University. Ms. Helm performs next as Mary in Vocal Productions NYC’s Der Fliegende Holländer.

MING KWONG – PIANIST Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong made his Opera Company Brooklyn debut in 2009. He is very active in the world of opera. He just came back from Portland Opera, Oregon, having musically prepared their production of “Postcard from Morocco” by Dominic Argento. His past credits include an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine), and an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season. Ming Kwong holds a Masters degree in Piano Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory.

IVAN RIVERA – COUNT ALMAVIVA – TENOR has sung with Opera Company of Brooklyn in Cosi fan tutte as Ferrando, Alcina (Handel) as Oronte, Monostatos in Magic Flute and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love. He was recently seen in Capitol Heights Lyric Opera’s Amahl & The Night Visitors as Kasper, Don Ramiro in Cenerentola and Don Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Ferrando in Opera Manhatttan’s Cosi fan tutte, Don Almaviva in Atlantic Opera’s production of Barber of Seville and Ferrando in the Underworld Productions’ mounting of Cosi fan tutte at Symphony Space. He will be appearing as Tamino (German) in Magic Flute with OperaOggiNY in March 2014.

SCOTT TOMLINSON – BASILIO – BASS has sung with the Santa Fe Opera, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Dupage Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera in the Heights, Union Avenue Opera, Edmonton Opera, and Dayton Opera. He has worked with director Peter Sellars and conductors: Richard Buckley, Alan Gilbert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, William Weibel, Timothy Vernon, Steven Crawford and Kostis Protopapas, among others. Roles performed: Sparafucile, the Commendatore, Elder Ott, the Priest in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and der Pfleger, Jose Tripaldi in Ainadamar, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Basilio, Superintendent Budd, Mozart’s Dr. Bartolo, Carl Olson in Street Scene, Sarastro, Dr. Dulcamara, Sammy May in the world premiere of The Old Majestic and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Tomlinson received his M.M. at the University of Texas at Austin.

KRISTIN RENEE YOUNG - BERTA - ROSINA COVER - SOPRANO received her Master’s degree from Boston University and studies with Sharon Daniels. Hailing from Philadelphia, Kristin graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she studied with Harolyn Blackwell. Recent and upcoming performancesI include a new opera by Errollyn Wallen with Center for Contemporary Opera; Carol in Tamandua with International Brazilian Opera Company; and Zerbinetta with the Ariadne Project. Other roles include First Flower in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production of La Hija de Rappaccini, Despina from Così fan tutte, Tytania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Julian from Owen Wingrave, Cleopatra from Giulio Cesare, Constance from Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Pamina from The Magic Flute.
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