Sondheim on Sondheim
Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center
Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center
Dean Anthony, director
Ian Silverman, director
Neill Campbell, piano
Josh Quinn, piano
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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.
IAN SILVERMAN, director
Ian Silverman joins BMC's opera program as Assistant Director for the 2018 summer. Previous Assistant Directing credits include The Rake’s Progress (Frost Opera Theater), Sweeney Todd (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Der Freischütz (Bronx Opera), as well as the world premieres of Carson Kievman’s Tesla (Sobe Arts) and Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star (OnSite Opera). He has worked with the Prototype Festival on Greg Spears’ Fellow Travelers. Ian graduated from the University of Miami in 2017 and will begin his graduate studies in opera direction in the fall of 2018.
EILEEN DOWNEY, music director
Eileen Downey is currently Lecturer of Piano at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist, as well as a rehearsal pianist for Knoxville Opera. Ms. Downey is also the Music Director for the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, where she has been engaged as the chorus master and vocal coach for the summer seasons of 2013-14, and 2016-18. She has been an accompanist for the Middle/East Tennessee Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions since 2012, and was recently a pianist for the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and a guest artist of the Tennessee Cello Workshop. Eileen is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, and was one of the 2011 staff accompanists for AIMS in Graz. Other programs in which she has been involved include SongFest, Project Canción Española, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Opera North, and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Ms. Downey received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from Michigan State University.
NEILL CAMPBELL, piano
Pianist Neill Campbell returns this summer to the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center! Neill is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received both his MM in Collaborative Piano, and his BM in Performance. In addition to Brevard, he has been a pianist/coach for Pensacola Opera and Shreveport Opera, and will join the Seagle Music Colony for their fall season this year. At Shreveport, Neill was a Resident Artist, where he served for two years as chorus master, rehearsal pianist, and pianist for the Shreveport Opera Xpress outreach and touring program. Neill has performed across the United States, and internationally in Italy and in Havana, Cuba.
JOSH QUINN, piano
Josh Quinn has recently been seen in productions with the Opera Theatre of Saint
Louis, Merola Opera Program, the Prototype Festival in New York City, Beth Morrison Projects, West Edge Opera, PortOpera, the American Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Metamorphosis Orchestra, the Left Coast Ensemble, and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. He has also won awards from the Wigmore Hall Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition, George London Foundation, Francisco Viñas Competition, Opera Index Competition, and the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. Josh Quinn is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities.
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