Bold. Brave. Brilliant.
Music by Gaetano Donizetti, Libretto Felice Romani

The Elixir of Love

Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (November 29, 1797 – April 8, 1848) was an Italian composer, best known for his almost 70 operas. Along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini, Donizetti was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century. Donizetti's close association with the bel canto style was undoubtedly an influence on other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi. Donizetti was born in Bergamo in Lombardy. Although he did not come from a musical background, at an early age he was taken under the wing of composer Simon Mayr who had enrolled him by means of a full scholarship in a school which he had set up. There he received detailed training in the arts of fugue and counterpoint. Mayr was also instrumental in obtaining a place for the young man at the Bologna Academy, where, at the age of 19, he wrote his first one-act opera, the comedy Il Pigmalione, which may never have been performed during his lifetime.

An offer in 1822 from Domenico Barbaja, the impresario of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, which followed the composer's ninth opera, led to his move to that city and his residency there which lasted until the production of Caterina Cornaro in January 1844. In all, Naples presented 51 of Donizetti's operas. Before 1830, success came primarily with his comic operas, the serious ones failing to attract significant audiences. However, his first notable success came with an opera seria, Zoraida di Granata, which was presented in 1822 in Rome. In 1830, when Anna Bolena was premiered, Donizetti made a major impact on the Italian and international opera scene and this shifted the balance of success away from primarily comedic operas, although even after that date, his best-known works included comedies such as The Elixir of Love (1832) and Don Pasquale (1843). Significant historical dramas did appear and succeed; they included Lucia di Lammermoor (the first to have a libretto written by Salvadore Cammarano) given in Naples in 1835, and one of the most successful Neapolitan operas, Roberto Devereux in 1837. Up to that point, all of his operas had been set to Italian libretti.

Donizetti found himself increasingly chafing against the censorship limitations which existed in Italy and especially in Naples. From about 1836, he became interested in working in Paris, where he saw much greater freedom to choose subject matter, in addition to receiving larger fees and greater prestige. Starting in 1838 with an offer from the Paris Opéra for two new works, he spent a considerable part of the following ten years in that city, and set several operas to French texts as well as overseeing staging of his Italian works. The first opera was a French version of the then-unperformed Poliuto which, in April 1840, was revised to become Les martyrs. Two new operas were also given in Paris at that time. As the 1840s progressed, Donizetti moved regularly between Naples, Rome, Paris, and Vienna, continuing to compose and stage his own operas as well as those of other composers. But from around 1843, severe illness began to take hold and to limit his activities. Eventually, by early 1846 he was obliged to be confined to an institution for the mentally ill and, by late 1847, friends had him moved back to Bergamo, where he died in April 1848.

Felice Romani

Librettist

Born Giuseppe Felice Romani to a bourgeois family in Genoa, he studied law and literature in Pisa and Genoa. At the University of Genoa he translated French literature and, with a colleague, prepared a six-volume dictionary of mythology and antiquities, including the history of the Celts in Italy. Romani's expertise in French and antiquity is reflected in the libretti he wrote; the majority are based on French literature and many, such as Norma, use mythological sources.

After refusing a post at the University of Genoa, he appears to have travelled to France, Spain, Greece, and Germany before returning to Milan in either 1812 or 1813. There he became friends with important figures in the literary and musical world. He turned down the post of court poet in Vienna, and began a career as opera librettist. He wrote two librettos for the composer Simon Mayr, which resulted in his appointment as the librettist for La Scala. Romani became the most highly regarded of all Italian librettists of his age, producing nearly one hundred. In spite of his interest in French literature, he refused to work in Paris.

Romani wrote the librettos for Bellini's Il pirata, La straniera, Zaira, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La sonnambula, Norma, and Beatrice di Tenda, for Rossini's Il turco in Italia and Bianca e Falliero, and Donizetti's Anna Bolena and The Elixir of Love (which he adapted from Eugène Scribe's Le philtre). He also wrote a libretto (originally for composer Adalbert Gyrowetz) that Verdi used for his early comedy Un giorno di regno.

Romani was considered an ideal match for Bellini, who is quoted as having said: "Give me good verses and I will give you good music." Dramatic, even extravagant "situations" expressed in verses "designed to portray the passions in the liveliest manner" was what Bellini was looking for in a libretto, according to a letter to Francesco Florimo, of 4 August 1834, and he found them in Romani.

The two, however, had a falling out over missed deadlines for Beatrice di Tenda. After setting I puritani to a libretto by Carlo Pepoli, Bellini was determined not to compose any more Italian operas with anyone but Romani. I puritani was his last opera; he died less than a year after its première. Romani mourned him deeply and wrote an obituary in which he expressed his profound regrets over their disagreement.

In 1834, Romani became editor of the Gazzetta Ufficiale Piemontese to which he contributed literary criticism. He retained the post, with a break from 1849–1854, until his death, in Moneglia, (in the region of Liguria, Italy). A volume of his lyric poems was published in 1841.

José Luis Gomez

Conductor

The Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor José Luis Gomez began his musical career as a violinist but was catapulted to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010, securing a sensational and rare unanimous decision from the jury.

Gomez’s electrifying energy, talent and creativity earned him immediate acclaim from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor, a post created especially for him by Paavo Jarvi and the orchestra directly upon the conclusion of the competition.

In 2016, Gomez was named Music Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Since taking the helm, the orchestra has seen a marked increase in subscribers and donors to the orchestra and Gomez has worked tirelessly to introduce innovative and exciting new outreach activities whilst continuing to nurture and support existing education projects. For example the unique Young Composers’ Project which sees students new to composing working closely with orchestra representatives to create new compositions, culminating in a public performance and recording. Maestro Gomez is also a champion of many lesser-known composers from South America, programming their works sensitively with more recognised classical names, creating hugely interesting and unique concerts. He has also been responsible for commissioning new works, for example he and the orchestra were co-commissioners of a new concerto for orchestra and trumpet by Arturo Marquez which was given its US premier under Gomez’s baton in 2019.

The 2019/20 and 2020/21 Seasons in Tucson will see Gomez conduct the complete Beethoven’s Symphonies and selected Concertos in a celebration of the composers works in his anniversary year, and additionally in the 2019/20 season he will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, a selection of works by Rossini with rising star Federica Lombardi, the world premiere of Lopez-Hanshaw’s vokas animo for Orchestra and Chorus, and a gala evening with Renée Fleming. In past seasons Gomez has invited and enjoyed working with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Barry Douglas, Vadym Kholodenko and Gil Shaham.

In The Americas he enjoys a close relationship with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Vancouver, Colorado, Grand Rapids, Winnipeg, and Alabama Symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Rochester & Louisiana Philharmonics, Pasadena, Elgin, and he made his debut at Carnegie Hall with YPhil Youth International Philharmonic. Further south, he has worked with Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta Nacional de Peru.

He has worked extensively at home in Europe with such orchestras as RTVE National Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, Weimar Staatskapelle Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Hamburg Symphony, Karlsruhe Staatstheatre Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfonica do Porto, Castilla y Leon, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Sinfonia Varsovia, SWR Radio Sinfonie-orchester Stuttgart, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, and in 2019 he made a very successful debut with Komische Oper Berlin with Gabriela Montero as soloist.

In Australasia he has worked with the Macau Orchestra and Nemanja Radulovic, New Zealand Symphony, Australian National Academy of Music in a Celebration of Bernstein, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra, as well as conducting and curating the programme for the inaugural year of the Solasian Youth Orchestra at the Daegu Festival.

At the end of the 2019/20 Season he will make his debut with the Oslo Philharmonic. He will also embark on an extensive tour of the UK with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra with Milos Karadaglic as soloist. Another debut will take him to California to work with the Pacific Symphony and Joyce Yang, and he will also work with both the Malaga Filharmonica and the Phoenix Symphony for the first time.

Other memorable performances included debuts with the Moscow State Conservatory, the widely televised New Year’s Eve concert in Sofia, and with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concerts.

Opera highlights have included La Bohème at Frankfurt Opera and a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Stuttgart Opera, of which he also conducted the revival in the following season, La Forza del Destino in Tokyo with the New National Theatre, Don Carlo and Norma at The State Opera in Tbilisi, Georgia, La Traviata in concert with Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni with Teatro Sociale di Como, with whom he also closed their season with a spectacular production of Cavalleria Rusticana.

Peggy Hickey

Stage Director

Opera: The Birds, Der Zerbrochene Krug/Der Zwerg, Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, Rigoletto, Otello, La Boheme (Los Angeles Opera); The Marriage of Figaro (Santa Fe Opera); La Rondine (New York City Opera); Die Fledermaus (Washington Opera); Faust, La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Carmen (Sacramento Opera, as Director and Choreographer); Don Giovanni (Savonlinna Opera Festival – Finland); Regina (Opera Pacific – Costa Mesa, CA); Un Ballo in Maschera (Hong Kong Arts Festival); The Cunning Little Vixen (Seattle Opera); Hansel and Gretel (Canadian Opera Company – Toronto). Broadway: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Astaire and Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Tony Award for Best Musical); National Tour: Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Directed & Choreographed); Lincoln Center: My Fair Lady (NY Philharmonic), The Most Happy Fella, Lucky to Be Me, The Music Of Leonard Bernstein (New York City Opera); International: Anastasia (Spain, Mexico), The King and I (France/Theatre du Châtelet), Fiddler on the Roof (Mexico). Selected Regional: Mame (Musical Theatre West), Kinky Boots (Gateway), Elf (Tuacahn, Director & Choreographer), Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (5th Avenue Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (Hartford), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Globe), Carnival (Goodspeed), Oklahoma! (Paper Mill); Film: Woodshock, The Brady Bunch Movie (MTV Nomination, Best Choreography); Television: Grease (Encore for Disney +), Hansel and Gretel (Live from Lincoln Center), Die Fledermaus (Live from The Kennedy Center), Beck’s “The New Pollution” (MTV Award, Best Choreography), Hot in Cleveland, General Hospital (ABC), 90210 (The CW), The Days of Our Lives, Passions (NBC).

Haley Stamats

Asst. Stage Director

Haley Stamats makes her directorial debut with Arizona Opera for their scenes program this April. She will serve as the resident stage director with the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio and assisting on all their 2020/21 Main Stage productions. This season, she was with Virginia Opera, assisting on their productions of Tosca, Il Postino, and Aida. Her season also included remounting Il Postino at Opera Southwest in Albuquerque.

Recently, she made her mainstage debut directing the world premiere of The Grant Wood Operas with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre exploring the life of the iconic American artist, Grant Wood, who painted the American Gothic. She also made her debut in London directing the world premiere of two new work pieces, Between Constellations and Rain, with The Grimeborn Opera Festival. Other recent directing credits include the Cosi fan tutte for young audiences at Mill City Summer Opera and the children’s opera, The Enchanted Forest, with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Her other assistant directing credits include Arabella with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Eugene Onegin with Opera Santa Barbara; La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera; and The Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana and Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Sarah Tucker - a stand-out young soprano

Sarah Tucker

Adina April 2, 4, & 10

Praised by Opera Today for “pure, clear tones” and lauded by the Arizona Republic for “purity and vivacious charm,” young soprano Sarah Tucker is demanding attention for her captivating vocal timbre and engaging stage presence. Tucker was a National Semifinalist in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and recently completed her second year as a member of the Arizona Opera Studio. She was recently heard as Nelly Nettleton in Arizona Opera’s innovative, multi-lingual production of Arizona Lady, in which she not only sang, but also “danced like a flapper” (Opera Today).

Last season for Tucker included debuts with The Dallas Opera as Frasquita in Carmen, San Diego Opera as Micaëla in Carmen, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. The 2019/20 Season sees several company debuts: as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Pensacola Opera, Mimi in La bohème with Gulf Shore Opera, and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Opera in the Heights.

In the 2017/18 Season, Tucker made her Opera Philadelphia debut where she reprised First Memory in Lembit Beecher’s War Stories, a role which she first premiered with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City. Additionally, she sang Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Connecticut and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. The 2016/17 Season brought her debut with Utah Opera as Micaëla in Carmen, her return to Texas State University as a guest soloist in Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and covering the title role in The Golden Cockerel at Santa Fe Opera. Her 2015/16 Season included several more role debuts with Arizona Opera including Micaëla in Carmen, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni as well as her San Francisco Opera debut as Jano in Jenufa.

Passionate about uncommon works as well as traditional operatic repertoire, Tucker collaborated with conductor Scott Terrell in Lexington Philharmonic’s 2015 Holiday Series, which included the rarely performed “Song of the Angel” by John Tavener. The piece’s haunting duet for soprano and solo violin requires great musical and vocal versatility, which was “stunningly realized by Tucker” (Tedrin Blair Lindsay, Contributing Music Critic, www.kentucky.com). She was also the star of a cutting-edge workshop of composer Clint Borzoni’s The Copper Queen in which she performed the role of Julia Lowell as part of Arizona Opera’s “Arizona Spark” initiative.

Cheyanne Coss

Adina April 3 & 11

Cheyanne Coss is a soprano recently hailed for her performances as Pamina in The Magic Flute with Toledo Opera and her work in the title role of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. Coss will make her debut with the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2020 singing Berta in The Barber of Seville, and afterward will be joining Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin young artist program for an exciting 2020/21 Season, singing such roles as Adina in The Elixir of Love and Stella DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. She spent the 2018/19 Season as the resident soprano of the Michigan Opera Theatre studio, making her mainstage debut there as the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, among other assignments. Cheyanne has participated in multiple summer young artist programs, notably the Merola Opera Program (performing the title role in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore) as well as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Chautauqua Opera. Coss recently made her concert debut with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, singing the soprano solo in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and in 2019 performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Flint Symphony. She is originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan and is a proud alumna of Oakland University and the New England Conservatory.

Santiago Ballerini

Nemorino April 2, 4, & 10

Argentinian tenor Santiago Ballerini is recognized as one of the leading tenors in the Bel Canto repertoire, having appeared at many of the major opera houses in North and South America. In the 2019/20 Season, he will make his debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, after which he will sing his first Duke in Rigoletto with Opera San Antonio and his first Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile. Ballerini will begin the season with his return to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and his return to the Atlanta Opera as Almaviva. On the concert platform, he will sing Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. under Gianandrea Noseda.

Last season, the tenor made his debut at the Teatro Regio di Torino as Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, a role which he later sang for his debut with Opéra de Toulon. Ballerini then returned to the United States for his debut with Opera Saratoga as Tonio in La fille du regiment and to sing concerts in New York, Savannah and Atlanta. He also appeared at the Teatro Colon, singing Mozart’s Requiem. In the 2017/18 Season, Ballerini made his European debut as Gualtiero in Il pirata at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, after which he appeared for the first time in Bilbao as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and debuted as Tonio at the Atlanta Opera. He also returned to the Teatro Colon as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, appeared at the Teatro Nuovo’s inaugural festival at SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center as Argiro in Tancredi, and sang a concert of arias at the Dallas Opera.

In the 2016/17 Season, Ballerini sang Il Tenor Italiano in Der Rosenkavalier at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Teatro Argentino, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Atlanta Opera. He also covered the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In July of 2017, Ballerini returned to the Caramoor Festival in New York to sing Gualtiero in Bellini’s Il pirata opposite Angela Meade. In the 2015/16 Season, he made his acclaimed United States debut at the Caramoor Festival as Fernand in La Favorite and sang the role of Tybalt in The Atlanta Opera’s production of Romeo and Juliet. After singing the role of Conte di Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the tenor returned to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires to sing Jünge Graf in Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten.

Highlights from previous seasons include Nemorino in The Elixir of Love at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo alongside baritone Erwin Schrott, and performances at the Teatro Colon as the title role in Luigi Nono’s Prometeo and Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo. Ballerini also sang Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Argentino; Belmonte in Die entführung aus dem Serail, Lord Perci in Anna Bolena, Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Teatro Avenida; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Romeo and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Jaquino in Fidelio at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tamino in The Magic Flute at the Teatro Libertador in Cordoba; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Colsubsidio Theatre’s re-opening in Bogota, Colombia.

In January of 2016, Ballerini was awarded the Grand Prize at the Laguna Magica International Vocal Competition in Chile, receiving invitations to sing Cassio in Otello with the Teatro Argentino and to sing with the Tenerife Opera. He was a semifinalist in the Fancisco Vinas Competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Argentine Finalist at the Neue Stimmen Competition in Dresden, Germany. He also won First Prize at the Festivals Musicales Competition, American Society Competition and San Juan Opera Competition. In 2014, Ballerini was named Argentina’s “Upcoming Opera Singer” by the Congress of Argentina and the Argentine Association of Critics. He was also a featured soloist for the “50th MET Anniversary Gala”, receiving a scholarship to study with Sherrill Milnes. Before starting his professional singing career, Ballerini was a pianist for nine years and studied Music Therapy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, specializing in addiction treatment.

Terrence Chin-Loy

Nemorino April 3 & 11

With his "richly colored voice" (Seen and Heard International), Jamaican-American tenor Terrence Chin-Loy pairs passionate performance with a full, sweet sound. The 2019/20 sees Terrence in his first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera as Mingo (Cover) in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, reprising Younger Thompson in Cipullo's Glory Denied, and making debuts with the New York Festival of Song as a part of the Vocal Rising Stars series. During the holiday season, he will sing Messiah with the U.S. Navy Orchestra, and in the summer of 2020, he will premiere a new piece by Daniel Bernard Roumain at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. This season also marks Terrence's debut as the eponymous Elijah in Mendelssohn's oratorio with the Hilton Head Symphony.

As a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera in the 2018/19 Season, Terrence was seen as Idomeneo in Idomeneo: afterWARds, director David Paul's retelling of Mozart's masterpiece with the composer's original music, and as Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied. In addition to these engagements, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah. Other favorite roles have included George Bailey in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, both at Indiana University, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Count Alberto in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, the latter operas with Opera Theatre of Yale College. While at Yale, Terrence was also a frequent performer with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, with which he performed major roles in La Calisto (Cavalli), Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) and Scipione affricano (Cavalli).

Terrence is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where he received a Performer Diploma. He also holds degrees from Mannes College and Yale University. At Mannes, he performed the roles of Laurie in Mark Adamo's Little Women and Bill in the New York premiere of Jonathan Dove's Flight with Mannes Opera while a Master of Music candidate, and received the Michael Sisca Opera Award, the school's top prize for an opera singer. Terrence holds a BA in Music from Yale University, where he concentrated his studies on Music Theory and Musicology. He is a 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semifinalist.

Rob McGinness

Sergeant Belcore

Recognized for his “impressive singing … well-supported tone and supple phrasing,” (Baltimore Sun) baritone Rob McGinness‘ recent venue debuts include Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. This season Rob joins Arizona Opera as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, performing multiple roles including Schaunard in La Bohème, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and the lead role in Shining Brow, Darren Hagen’s opera about Frank Lloyd Wright. Other highlights this season include Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La Bohème. Rob has made a specialty in Russian repertoire, performing leading roles in Rimski-Krosakov’s Tsar’s Bride, Mozart and SalieriSnow Maiden, Sadko as well as Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Other famous roles include Enrico in Lucia, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

As a featured soloist, Rob performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Duruflé Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare and Brahms’s Requiem with The Washington Chorus, where Rob’s performance was lauded by the Washington Post for his “warm baritone.”

Committed to promoting and performing new works, Rob regularly premieres new roles, including Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. Rob’s own compositions include vocal, theatrical and orchestral pieces premiered at IngenuityFest, Andy’s Summer Playhouse, and by the Windham Orchestra in Vermont.

Rob holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, and was a young artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Teatro Nuovo, and Bel Canto at Caramoor. His awards include first place in the Sylvia Greene Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, and the Patricia A. Edwards Award in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. 

Patrick Carfizzi

Dulcamara

American bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season. His roles with the company this season include the Speaker in The Magic Flute, Brander in La Damnation de Faust conducted by Edward Gardner and the Sacristan in Tosca in the New Year’s Eve gala featuring Anna Netrebko and conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and later in the season in full performances. Elsewhere, he repeats his celebrated Bartolo in The Barber of Seville in a return to Minnesota Opera and reprises the same role at San Diego Opera. He concludes the season as Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden.

Patrick Carfizzi’s 2018/19 Season featured a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca, the Jailer in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Betto di Signa in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and a role debut as Quinault in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. Carfizzi also returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City to reprise Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte under the baton of Jane Glover. On the concert stage, Carfizzi performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Notable past engagements include Cecil in Sir David McVicar’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera), his role debut as Zeta in Lehár’s The Merry Widow opposite Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson, directed by Susan Stroman and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China (San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera and Houston Grand Opera), Music Master and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera, Paolo in Simon Boccanegra (San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Houston Grand Opera), Belcore in The Elixir of Love (Santa Fe Opera), Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola (Seattle Opera and Houston Grand Opera), Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville (Austin Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, and Canadian Opera Company), Taddeo and Mustafa in L’italiana in Algeri (Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Canadian Opera Company), Papageno in The Magic Flute (Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera), and Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love (Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City). Carfizzi made his company debut at Opera Philadelphia as Bartolo in a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Corrado Rovaris, and at Central City Opera as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Carfizzi made his European debut with Oper Köln as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and reappeared with the company as Fra Melitone in La forza del destino. He made his role and company debut as the title role of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with the Hessisches Staatstheater, and later returned as the title character in gala performances of The Marriage of Figaro.

Orchestral highlights of Carfizzi’s recent seasons include performances with the St. Louis Symphony under the baton of Markus Stenz in Brahms Deutsches Requiem and Vier ernste Gesänge, and Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony under the baton of David Robertson, performed both in St. Louis’ Powell Hall and New York City’s Carnegie Hall in commemoration of the composer’s 100th birthday.

Carfizzi made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1999 and has performed over 300 times with the company in a variety of roles, including Schaunard in La Bohème, which was broadcast on the Live in HD series to movie theaters around the world, the Jailer in John Dexter’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri, Brander in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Peter Quince in Tim Albery’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Frank in Jeremy Sams’ new production of Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Other Met productions include The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, and Gianni Schicchi.

Carfizzi’s concert work includes performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with the Washington Concert Opera, and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Seattle Symphony. He has performed with The Opera Orchestra of New York, Washington Concert Opera, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Notable conductors with whom Carfizzi has worked include James Levine, Louis Langrée, Marco Armiliato, Vladimir Jurowski, Plácido Domingo, and Philippe Jordan.

Carfizzi is a graduate of the Yale University School of Music and the winner of several prestigious awards including the Richard Tucker Career Grant Award, the George London Award, the Sullivan Foundation Award, The Richard F. Gold Career Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the Sergio Franchi Memorial Scholarship from the National Italian American Foundation. He also participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where he was the Connecticut District Winner.

Caitlin Gotimer

Gianetta

Soprano Caitlin Gotimer, from Malverne, NY, is a second year Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera. For the 2019/20 Season, Caitlin performed Alcina/ Alcina, Tink Enraught/ The Last American Hammer, and covered Micaëla/ Carmen. Caitlin will make her debut at the Glimmerglass Festival this summer singing Armida/ Rinaldo, and covering Donna Elvira/ Don Giovanni. In the 2018/19 Season at Pittsburgh Opera, she performed the roles of the Sandman and Dew Fairy/ Hansel and Gretel, Elettra/ AfterWARds (Mozart's Idomeneo Reimagined,) and Older Alyce/ Glory Denied, and covered Mimì/ La Bohème.

Caitlin was a part of the Artist Diploma in Opera program at CCM from 2017-18, where she received a Masters of Music in Voice in 2017. At CCM, Caitlin sang Suor Angelica/ Suor Angelica, Dalinda/ Ariodante, and Anne Sexton/ Transformations. Caitlin spent two summers at the Crested Butte Opera Studio, where she sang Lauretta/ Gianni Schicchi and Musetta/ La Bohème. Caitlin received her Bachelors of Music from Binghamton University.