Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center
Brevard Festival Orchestra
Michael Sakir, conductor
Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center
Dean Anthony, director
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons beginning one hour before the performance.
Sung in English with English supertitles
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A Festival Within a Festival Celebrating the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein
For its third Festival Within a Festival, Brevard Music Center joins arts organizations across the nation in saluting the centennial of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein. One of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, Joseph Horowitz returns to Brevard to participate in a season-long series of events and free lectures providing rich context around the influential composer's music. BMC's Leonard Bernstein Festival includes a series of classical and Broadway concerts featuring beloved works such as Chichester Psalms, Symphony No. 2 ("Age of Anxiety"), and the Mass (Season Finale), among others. Two fully staged performances of the opera Candide and the movie West Side Story (with live symphony) complete BMC's rich and varied festival programming.
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DEAN ANTHONY, stage director
Enjoying a 25+ year career as a stage performer, Dean Anthony - referred to as “The Tumbling Tenor” - created over 100 roles and was 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 2018-19 season, Mr. Anthony will serve as the Opera Director in Residence at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he will direct the world premiere of Mayo by Tom Cipullo.
In the summer of 2013 Mr. Anthony began his 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 Le nozze di Figaro, Street Scene, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 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, 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 Aida at Knoxville Opera, Man of La Mancha at Pensacola Opera and Amarillo Opera, Falstaff at Opera on the James; Dead Man Walking, Glory Denied, and Aida at Pensacola Opera; Semeramide at Opera Delaware; La Traviata and The Merry Widow for Pensacola Opera, HMS Pinafore and Dead Man Walking for Shreveport Opera, Glory Denied 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, as well as Carmen for Opera on the James, the Pacific Symphony, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera, and Pensacola Opera.
MICHAEL SAKIR, conductor
Michael Sakir took on the role of Music Director of Opera Memphis in the 2017-18 season. Recent guest conducting engagements include Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera, Eugene Opera, Opera Orlando, Opera Company of Middlebury, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Northwestern University, American Opera Projects, Opera in the Ozarks, and Opera North. Sakir has held music staff positions with Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and The Boston Conservatory. He was a participant in the 2017 Opera America Leadership Intensive. Sakir is a native of Northern California.
Candide - Glitter and be Gay