Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Gulfshore Opera Touring Don Pasquale  

Gulfshore Opera is midway through its fifth year of serving the three coastal counties of Southwest Florida.

A touring production of “Don Pasquale” runs January 31 – February 10 in Marco Island, Naples, Sanibel, and Port Charlotte. It is a comic opera about a stuffy old rich guy who’s only heir is his rather deadbeat nephew. He threatens to disinherit his nephew for trying to marry an “unsuitable.” Pasquale then decides to find a proper wife for himself and produce his own heirs! It’s a full production with sets, and costumes. The servants chorus will be performed by music majors at Ave Maria University. Projected translations will be displayed.

Don Pasquale will be performed January 31, 2019 at the Rose History Auditorium. Tickets start at $45.

Veteran bass Tony Dillon joins Gulfshore Opera in the title role of Don Pasquale. A versatile artist, his repertoire ranges from the most dramatic to the highest comedy roles. Mr. Dillon has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times as, “Delightful…stentorian and richly textured.” Well known for his interpretation of Benoit and Alcindoro in La Boheme, Mr. Dillon has played these roles for Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Kentucky Opera. Portraying the title role of Don Pasquale some 30 times, Mr. Dillon says, “I find Don Pasquale a fun role to perform. As a singing actor, he runs the full emotional gambit: Joy, steadfastness, shyness, anticipation, love, heartbreak, anger, vengeance, and resolve. I do many buffo bass roles; Dr. Bartolo/ Il Barbier, Don Magnifico/ La Cenerentola, Uberto/La Serva Padrona, Don Alfonso/Cosi fan tutte, and Falstaff/Merry Wives of Windsor. They are all fun, but Pasquale has sharper and more emotional turns.”

Upcoming engagements include Benoit and Alcindoro La Boheme with Florida Grand Opera and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Opera.

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Other leading roles will be performed by Go Professional Artists in Residence;

Soprano Camille Ortiz (Norina, Don Pasquale) is an accomplished international solo artist in both opera and concert. She appeared as Gilda in Rigoletto and Christine in The Phantom Gala with Gulfshore Opera last season. This summer she performed Schubert’s Mass in G-Major in Leipzig and Vivaldi’s Gloria in Syros, Greece with the Festival of the Aegean. The 2018-2019 season sees a return to San Francisco for the Mozart Magnified series with Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra and a Houston debut as Poppaea in Handel’s Agrippina with Ars Lyrica Houston. Ms. Ortiz made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and recently completed her doctoral degree in voice performance and pedagogy from University of North Texas.

Zackery Morris, (Ernesto, Don Pasquale) is equally at home on operatic and musical theatre stages with credits including Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marius in Les Misérables, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Njegus in The Merry Widow, Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and The Four Servants in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Mr. Morris has performed with regional opera companies across America including Opera Saratoga, Opera Maine, Ohio Light Opera, Bayview Music Festival, Kentucky Opera and Opera Carolina. Zackery is currently a visiting professor of voice at Centre College. This summer Zackery will be a festival artist with Opera Saratoga, and just recently was awarded the title of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky.

Paul La Rosa, (Dr. Malatesta, Don Pasquale), La Traviata and various concerts continues to gain recognition on the strengths of his vocal appeal and charismatic stage presence. He performs with many of America’s top opera companies, including Lyric Opera of Chicago (Cascada in The Merry Widow, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!), Chicago Opera Theater (Boris in Shostakovitch’s Moscow, Cheryomushki), Los Angeles Opera (First Mate in Billy Budd), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Falke in Die Fledermaus), and Central City Opera (Jud Fry in Oklahoma!). As Enrique in the world premiere production of El Pasado Nunca se Termina by Martinez, he appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago and made his company debuts with both San Diego Opera and Houston Grand Opera.

Mr. La Rosa enjoyed a long association with the late Lorin Maazel, and was a frequent guest artist at Maestro Maazel’s Castleton Festival. Concert appearances with Maestro Maazel include baritone soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Mr. La Rosa earned both his Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School. He participated in apprentice programs with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program.

These leading artists will be joined by a number of regional artists in supporting roles.

For tickets, visit www.gulfshoreopera.org or call 239-529-3925.



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