Falling Angel - World Premiere
Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center
Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center
Jerome Shannon, conductor
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.
SCEARCE Falling Angel
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Young Soldier – Adam Wells
Margaret Krusemark – Melanie Burbules
Johnny Favorite – Myles Garver
Harry Angel – Matthew Queen
Louis Cyphre – Steele Fitzwater
Dr. Fowler – Orin Strunk
Toots Sweet – Brandon Bell
Epiphany Proudfoot – Evelyn Saavedra
Detective Deimos – August Bair
Ethan Krusemark – Frederick Schlick
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J. Mark Scearce
J. Mark Scearce is one of North Carolina's most recognized and performed composers. Recipient of the 2010 Raleigh Medal of Arts and the 2009 International Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition, Scearce has sixty active titles in his catalogue, including musical settings of more than two hundred texts by forty poets. Scearce's many works for orchestra, band, chorus, opera, chamber, and ballet have been performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. The recipient of five advanced degrees in music, philosophy and religion, including the doctorate in composition from Indiana University, Scearce has won six international music competitions and his music is available on seven commercial recordings. Having taught on the music faculties of the Universities of Hawaii, North Texas, and Southern Maine, he is formerly Director of the Music Department at North Carolina State University and a tenured professor in the College of Design.
Enjoying a 25-plus year career as a stage performer, Dean Anthony - often referred to as "The Tumbling Tenor" - created over 100 roles and was highly praised as a character artist for his vocal, dramatic, physical and acrobatic abilities. Mr. Anthony has quickly established himself as a dynamic Stage Director and teacher on the operatic scene with his energetic, gritty and physical style of work.
In the summer of 2013 Mr. Anthony began his new appointment as Director of Opera with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. A member of the faculty at Brevard since 2008, his productions include The Ballad of Baby Doe, Rigoletto, the Merry Widow, Falstaff, Albert Herring, Sweeney Todd, The Threepenny Opera, Elixir of Love, Suor Angelica, Tintypes, HMS Pinafore, a workshop of Robert Aldridge's new opera Sister Carrie, a workshop of J. Mark Scearce's Falling Angel in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera to premiere in full this season, and the world premiere of the new opera, Speed Dating Tonight! conceived by Mr. Anthony, with words and music by Michael Ching.
Mr. Anthony recently directed La Traviata and The Merry Widow for Pensacola Opera, HMS Pinafore and Dead Man Walking for Shreveport Opera, Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo with Ft. Worth Opera Festival, Elixir of Love with Opera Delaware, Barber of Seville with Opera Naples, Falstaff with Winter Opera of St. Louis, Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, I Pagliacci with Shreveport Opera, The Magic Flute with Opera on the James, Trouble in Tahiti & Arias and Barcarolles at the University of Kansas, Pirates of Penzance with Nashville Opera, La Bohéme at Pensacola Opera, The Marriage of Figaro and Speed Dating Tonight! at the University of Memphis, as well as Carmen for Opera on the James, the Pacific Symphony, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera, and Pensacola Opera.
Mr. Anthony's unique Master Class series based on Movement and Acting for Singers has lead him to opera companies and universities across the country. In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Anthony will direct Dead Man Walking, Glory Denied and Aida with Pensacola Opera, Falstaff with Opera on the James, The Merry Widow with Winter Opera Saint Louis, and The Marriage of Figaro with Amarillo Opera.