San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 Main Stage Season Continues With Verdi’s Masterpiece Rigoletto

    febrero 2, 2019 a las 7:00 pm – febrero 10, 2019 a las 2:00 pm America/Los Angeles Zona Horaria
    San Diego Opera’s 2018-2019 Main Stage Season Continues With Verdi’s Masterpiece Rigoletto

    Baritone Stephen Powell makes triumphant return in title rol 

    Tenor Scott Quinn makes important Company debut as the Duke along with soprano Alisa Jordheim as Gilda

    New production to San Diego Opera audiences

    Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, the tragic opera Rigoletto, continues the 2018-2019 season when it opens on Saturday, February 2, 2019 for four performances at the Civic Theatre. Additional performances are February 5, 8, and 10 (matinee), 2019. Making a triumphant return in the titular role of the hunchbacked court jester, is baritone Stephen Powell, who dazzled audiences in his most recent appearance as Giorgio Germont in 2017’s La traviata, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike. He is joined by tenor Scott Quinn as The Duke of Mantua and soprano Alisa Jordheim as Gilda, both in exciting Company debuts. Stalwart bass-baritone Scott Sikon sings Count Monterone, and contralto Alissa Anderson, last heard as Tisbe in 2016’s Cinderella, returns to sing Maddalena. Bass-baritone Kyle Albertson makes his house debut as Sparafucile. Rounding out the cast is bass Colin Ramsey as Marullo, tenor Humberto Borboa as Borsa, bass Shelby Condray as Count Ceprano, mezzo-soprano Eden Tremayne as Countess Ceprano, mezzo-soprano Sarah-Nicole Carter as Giovanna, and contralto Tzytle Steinman as the Page. Maestro Steven White will lead the orchestra in his Company debut and Michael Cavanagh, also in his Company debut, will stage the action. This production is new to San Diego Opera audiences. The sets were originally designed for Seattle Opera and are now owned by San Diego Opera. The costumes come from Opéra de Montréal. The set designer is Robert Dahlstrom and Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe is the lighting designer.

    Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, Verdi’s melodrama Rigoletto begins in the court of the lecherous Duke of Mantua who spends his time seducing the wives of courtiers. Rigoletto, the Duke’s court jester, is a mean-spirited and unscrupulous man and adds insult to injury by mocking these courtiers. Rigoletto has a daughter, Gilda, whom he lives for and loves dearly. After mocking Count Monterone, whose daughter has been a victim of the Duke, Monterone places a curse on Rigoletto and matters become even more intriguing when Rigolettto discovers the Duke has seduced Gilda, and he hires an assassin to kill his own master. As the curse on Rigoletto begins to unfold, he becomes helpless to protect the one thing in the world he loves and learns too late that it was he himself who put into motion the acts that result in his daughter’s murder. With the instantly recognizable aria “La donna è mobile and “Caro nome”, Rigoletto is full of dramatic and familiar music.

    Rigoletto was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2009. This will be the seventh time the opera has been performed by the Company with past performances in 2002, 1994, 1987, 1978, and 1968.

    Rigoletto will have a radio broadcast on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8 PM on KPBS radio, 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico) and online at

    Pre-production photos can be found online at:

    The Cast

    Stephen Powell, Rigoletto

    American baritone Stephen Powell made his Company debut as Ping in Turandot in 1997 and was heard that same year as Felipe Núñez in the world premiere of The Conquistador and as Dancaire in Carmen. He returned as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio in Pagliacci, a soloist in the Company’s 50th Anniversary Concert in 2015, and was last heard as Giorgio Germont in La traviata in 2017. Recent engagements include the title role of Falstaff with Virginia Opera, Giorgio Germont with Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, and Minneapolis Opera, the title role in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Cincinnati Opera, Oliver Jordan in the World Premiere of Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Jochanaan in Salome for Minnesota Orchestra, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro for Michigan Opera Theatre, Rodrigo in Don Carlo with the Caramoor Festival and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Atlanta Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Other recent highlights include the title role ofSimon Boccanegra with Warsaw’s Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, Peer Gynt with Leipzig’s MDR Sinfonieorchester, Mozart’s Requiemfor St. Louis Symphony, and Iago in Otello with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Cleveland, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Portland Opera. An active concert recitalist he has been heard with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Ottawa, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Rochester, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Rochester, North Carolina, Montréal, Zurich, as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society, among others.

    Scott Quinn, Duke of Mantua

    San Diego Opera debut. Notable appearances by tenor Scott Quinn include Rodolfo in La bohème for Utah Opera and Minnesota Opera, The Duke of Mantua for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Atlanta Opera, Alfredo in La traviata with Austin Opera, Boris in Kátya Kabanová with Seattle Opera, Lenski in Eugene Onegin with the Northern Lights Music Festival, Pinkerton inMadama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera, Don José in Carmen for Arizona Opera, and Alfredo in La traviata with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He maintains a close association with Houston Grand Opera and recently returned to create the role of Villiers, Duke of Buckingham in the world premiere of Floyd’s Prince of Players where he has also appeared as Pirelli inSweeney Todd and Tamino in The Magic Flute. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio where his performances included Rodolfo, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music, the Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Ruiz in Il trovatore, and the Royal Herald in Don Carlo. His other recent performances include Ferrando in Così fan tuttewith Fort Worth Opera and Pinkerton with Chautauqua Opera. He is also a former Artist in Residence of The Dallas Opera where his performances included Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette, Roderigo in Otello, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereaux, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. He joined Shreveport Opera for Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and The Living Opera (Richardson, Texas) for Martin in The Tender Land and Fredric in Pirates of Penzance. He has also sung performances of Rodolfo at the Northern Lights Music Festival. On the concert stage, he has sung Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Arts District Chorale in Dallas; Handel’s Messiah at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University, University Baptist Church (Clearlake, Texas), and Christ Episcopal Church (Tyler, Texas); Schubert’s Mass in G at Emmanuel Lutheran (Seguin, Texas); and Vaughn Williams’ Hodie in a return to University Baptist Church.

    Alisa Jordheim, Gilda

    San Diego Opera debut. Notable appearances for soprano Alisa Jordheim include Palm Beach Opera for Cunegonde in Candide, Paris Opera as 1st Knappe in Parsifal, Florentine Opera for Venus in Venus and Adonis, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Lola in Aldridge’s Sister Carrie, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera and Atlanta Opera, Yum Yum in The Mikado with DuPage Opera, Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera, Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, where she previously sang the Second Boy in The Magic Flute and the Page in Rigoletto. She returned to Florentine Opera as Lulu Baines in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry after participating in the company’s studio, where she sang numerous mainstage roles with the company including Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Barbarina, and Frasquita in Carmen. She is a former participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera program, where she sang both Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Barbarina. With Central City Opera, she sang Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Ellen in Oklahoma!, Fredrika in A Little Night Music, and Sirena in Rinaldo and received both the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists Training Program Award and the Young Artist Award. Her concert performances include the title role in Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull’s Letters from Ruth with the New York Opera Society at the National Gallery of Art, Mozart’s Requiem with Baltimore Symphony, Yum Yum with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, A Bernstein Banquet with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony, an all Rodgers & Hammerstein concert with the New Philharmonic, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Bach’s St. John Passion with Madison Bach Musicians.

    Scott Sikon, Count Monterone

    Since his San Diego Opera debut in 1991 as Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, American bass-baritone Scott Sikon has sung more than twenty roles here including Schaunard in La bohème, Dikoi in Katya Kabanova, Steve Hubble in A Streetcar Named Desire, Montano in Otello, Curio in Julius Caesar in Egypt, the Second Philistine in Samson and Delilah, the First Journeyman in Wozzeck, Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser, Sacristan in Tosca, Count Monterone in Rigoletto, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, a Mandarin in Turandot, Wagner in Faust, Morales in Carmen, Nazarene in Salome, Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, a Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment, Christian in A Masked Ball,Alcindro and Benoit in La bohème, a soloist in the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Sacristano in Tosca, Marquis D’Obigny in La traviatathe Mandarin in Turandot, and Antonio inThe Marriage of Figaro. He has performed throughout the United States with Utah Opera, Arizona Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, The Dallas Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and Cleveland Opera. His European debut was at the Vienna Volksoper in the premiere of The Number 11 Bus. An active concert artist, Sikon has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA, the San Antonio Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony.

    Alissa Anderson, Maddalena

    American contralto Alissa Anderson made her Company debut as Thisbe in 2016’s Cinderella.  Recent engagements include Maddalena with Opera in the Heights, Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen with Opera Birmingham, Frugola and La Principessa in Il Tabarro/Suor Angelica with Opera Delaware, Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera, holiday concerts with Arizona Opera in conjunction with the Phoenix Theatre, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Concordia University Symphony Orchestra, Princess/Zita in Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi with Opera Santa Barbara, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Opera in the Heights, Emilia in Otello with Opera Southwest,  Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Santa Barbara, and Lampito in Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera. She has worked extensively with the Sarasota Opera performing the roles of Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, and Flora in La traviata. She has enjoyed a long relationship with Fort Worth Opera as both a resident and principal artist where she has performed the roles of Thisbe, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Angel Trio in Angels in America.

    Kyle Albertson, Sparafucile

    San Diego Opera debut. Notable appearances by bass-baritone Kyle Albertson include Donner in Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold, Porthos in Les Trois Mousquetaires with Phoenicia Festival, JP Morgan in the world premiere of Tesla with SoBe Arts, DeGuiche in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Sam inTrouble in Tahiti with Opera Parallel at SFJazz, Lieutenant Horstmayer in Silent Night with Opera San José, Magnifico in Cinderella with El Paso Opera, DeGuiche with Michigan Opera Theatre, Sharpless at Northern Lights Music Festival, Bartolo in The Barber of Seville at Fort Worth Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Atlanta Opera, Zuniga in Carmen with The Dallas Opera, Lyndon B. Johnson in the workshop of David T. Little’s opera JFK with Fort Worth Opera, the title role of Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Opera Festival, and the roles of the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking, Hobson in Peter Grimes, and the Duke in Roméo and Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other notable appearances include Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Opera Grand Rapids, Count Monterone in Rigoletto with Austin Lyric Opera, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China for Chicago Opera Theatre. As an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera for two seasons, he appeared in productions of The Tales of HoffmannLa traviataThe Marriage of Figaro, Gluck’s Alceste, and the world première of Paul Moravec’s The Letter. Mr. Albertson is a graduate of the Resident Artist Program at Minnesota Opera. During his time there, he performed in A Masked Ball, L’italiana in AlgeriRoméo and JulietteThe Tales of HoffmannThe Marriage of FigaroLa donna del lago, and Lakmé. He won Second Place in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, was a Finalist in the George London Foundation Competition, a Finalist in the Marcello Giordani Competition, a Finalist in the Liederkranz Competition, and a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

    Colin Ramsey, Marullo

    San Diego Opera debut. Notable engagements for bass Colin Ramsey include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte  and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata for Opera San Jose, Le Comte des Griuex inManon for Opera Santa Barbara, The Speaker in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony, and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro with Norwalk Symphony. He has performed with many distinguished companies in the United States including the Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Austin Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His repertoire also includes Alidoro in La CenerentolaCollatinus in The Rape of LucretiaSeneca in L’incoronazione di PoppeaMr. Kofner in The Consul,Il Frate in  Don Carlo, Angelotti in ToscaGiorgio in NinaCadmus and Somnus in SemeleRaimondo in Lucia di LammermoorColline in La bohème, Basilio in The Barber of Seville, and Father Palmer in Silent Night. He has trained at numerous young artist programs including those of Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and the Crested Butte Music Festival performing and understudying a number of roles and working with leading professionals in the classical field. He is a winner of the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, 3rd Prize winner in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and an Encouragement Award winner in the George London Foundation Competition.

    Humberto Borboa, Borsa

    San Diego Opera debut. Tenor Humberto Borboa is originally from Mexicali, Mexico. He earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in May 2014 and a B.M. from Escuela Superior de Canto de Mazatlan in 2012. He is an Arizona District winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition and made his professional debut in 2009 with Sociedad Artística Sinaloense in Mexico, singing the solo tenor role in Carmina Burana. He has actively performed throughout Mexico, as well as appearances in Antigua, Guatemala, Austria, Chicago, Italy, and the Czech Republic. He recently appeared as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera Theatre of the Rockies and with the Arapahoe Philharmonic as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Other notable roles include The Messenger in Aida with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Arapahoe Philharmonic/Avanti Opera, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Lake County Orchestra, Misaeil in The Burning Fiery Furnace with Central City Opera, Spoletta in Tosca at Tulsa Opera, Remendado inCarmen with  Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, and Alfredo in La traviata for U of A Opera Theatre, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at La Musica Lirica.

    Shelby Condray, Count Ceprano

    Bass Shelby Condray will make his Company debut earlier this season as a member of the Ensemble for All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He has performed with Central City Opera, Music Academy of the West, and Yale School of Music. After a hiatus to pursue a master’s degree in theology, Shelby made his return to opera last season in Turandot with San Diego Opera, and as Angelotti in the Pacific Lyric Opera Association’s production of Tosca. He appeared in the chorus of The Marriage of Figaro in the season opener, and will sing in Carmen this season.

    Eden Tremayne, Countess Ceprano

    San Diego Opera debut. Canadian soprano Eden Tremayne has appeared with the San Diego Opera chorus in Turandot and The Marriage of Figaro and will appear later this season in the chorus of Carmen. She made her Bodhi Tree Concerts debut as Rowan in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. Prior to relocating to the US, she toured Eastern Canada over a six month period as part of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s Emerging Artists, performing the role of Violetta in La traviata. As a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Countess Ceprano and the Page in Rigoletto, and as Lucinda in the Canadian premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. She additionally performed the role of Soprano in Tom Johnson’s The Four Note Opera. Other notable appearances include her Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut singing the role of Lisa in a concert version of The Land of Smiles, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera NUOVA,  and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mére Gerald in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Mary Warren in The Crucible with University of British Columbia Opera. She was twice the recipient of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Vancouver.

    Steven White, Conductor

    San Diego Opera debut. American conductor Steven White has conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010, conducting performances of La traviata starring Angela Gheorghiu. Since then he has conducted a number of Metropolitan Opera performances of La traviata, with such stars as Natalie Dessay, Hei-Kyung Hong, Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovksy and Matthew Polenzani. In recent seasons he has returned to the Met to participate in The Rake’s ProgressElektraThe Merry Widow, and The Marriage of Figaro. Notable recent engagements include Tosca,Rusalka, Eugene Onegin, AidaLucia di LammermoorThe Merry WidowDon Pasquale, and Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, Romeo and Juliette and La bohème with Opera Birmingham, Così fan tutteThe Barber of Seville, and Rigoletto for Opera Omaha, The Marriage of Figaro and Street Scene for the Peabody Conservatory, Susannah for Opera Roanoke, Omaha Symphony Orchestra for Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and the Liszt E-flat Piano Concerto, featuring internationally hailed pianist Markus Groh, Madama Butterfly for Lyric Opera Baltimore, and La voix humaine and Pagliacci with Opera Columbus. His extensive operatic engagements have included La traviataDon GiovanniCarmen and La bohème at New York City Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at L’Opéra de Montréal, Lucia di LammermoorThe Daughter of the Regiment, and I puritani with Vancouver Opera, La traviata at Opera Colorado, The Elixir of Love with Pittsburgh Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Michigan Opera Theater, La traviataRoméo and JulietteI puritaniLa sonnambula and L’assedio di Corinto with Baltimore Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera, and La bohèmeCarmenRigolettoTosca, and The Marriage of Figaro with the Naples Philharmonic. Other performances include Hänsel and Gretel at Kentucky Opera, Pagliacci and Tosca at Nashville Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Fort Worth Opera, Don GiovanniThe Tales of HoffmannMacbeth, andLucia di Lammermoor at Syracuse Opera, Werther at Sarasota Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Wichita Grand Opera, Madama Butterfly with North Carolina Opera, The Elixir of Love at Wolf Trap Opera, and La traviata at Indiana University Opera Theater. As former Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Maestro White conducted nearly all of that company’s productions from 1999 through 2010, including performances of Das Lied von der ErdeThe Flying DutchmanFidelioFalstaffOtelloMacbethAidaHänsel and Gretel, and many others. He has also served as Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham and as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Florida Grand Opera.

    Michael Cavanagh, Director

    San Diego Opera debut. Canadian stage director Michael Cavanagh notable credits include Lucia de Lammermoor, Svadba-Wedding, Susannah, and Nixon in China for San Francisco Opera, a production he also directed at Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and, most recently, in Dublin, Ireland. Recent career highlights include a return to Minnesota Opera to directManon Lescaut, and Tosca at Austin Lyric Opera, and L’Italiana in Algeri with Calgary Opera. As the former artistic director of Edmonton Opera, he directed productions throughout his native Canada, including at Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Montreal Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, and Opera Hamilton. He has also directed many productions in the United States, including new productions and return engagements at Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, and many others. Cavanagh made his Covent Garden debut in 2006, directing a new chamber opera, The Midnight Court. He has developed and staged many new pieces, and he is in high demand as a dramaturg. As a librettist, Cavanagh has enjoyed critical and popular success with seven of his own operas. Additional highlights include a return to Lyric Opera of Kansas City for L’Italiana in Algeri, a new production of Carmen at Minnesota Opera, and a debut at the Royal Swedish Opera with Nixon in China.

    Robert Dahlstrom, Set Designer

    American set designer Robert A. Dahlstrom made his Company debut in 2007 with Boris Godunov, which he originally designed for Seattle Opera. He has enjoyed a long relationship with Seattle Opera including Don GiovanniBallad of Baby Doe, two productions of Così fan tutteSalomeFidelioAriadne auf Naxos, two productions of RigolettoTales of Hoffmann andDialogues des Carmélites, for which he designed both the sets and the costumes, and were seen in a revival at Grand Théâtre de Genève and at Royal Danish Opera. He has designed numerous productions for the major theater companies in Seattle, including Intiman Theatre’s Betrayal and ACT’s productions of Omnium Gatherum and Enchanted April. Other work includes Arizona Theatre Company, A.C.T. San Francisco, Alliance Theatre Atlanta, ART Cambridge, Asolo Theatre Sarasota, Long Wharf Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, and San Jose Repertory. Designs for musical theatre include productions for the opera companies of Calgary, Cincinnati, Dallas, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Winnipeg. In Europe he has designed productions for Den Nationale Scene, Bergen; The Royal Opera, Copenhagen; The Grand Theatre, Geneva; Opera Decentralise, Neuchatel; and International Theatre Center, Moscow. He taught for many years in the MFA Design Program at the University of Washington’s School of Drama.

    Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe, Lighting Designer

    San Diego Opera debut. Lighting Designer Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe has designed the lighting for several productions at Opéra de Montréal including Il tabarro/Suor AngelicaThe Barber of SevilleLucia di LammermoorToscaThe Magic Flute, RusalkaWertherManonDie Fledermaus, and Lakmé, and Macbeth for Opera Australia. She was the assistant lighting designer for Thaïs at Palm Beach Opera and Kentucky Opera. She also teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.

    Performance Schedule

    Saturday           February 2, 2019           7 PM

    Tuesday            February 5, 2019           7 PM

    Friday               February 8, 2019           7 PM

    Sunday             February 10, 2019         2 PM

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    The 2018-2019 Season

    The Marriage of Figaro                                      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  October 20, 23, 26, and 28 (mat), 2018

    All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914          Peter Rothstein                      December 7, 8, and 9 (mat), 2018

    Rigoletto                                                             Giuseppe Verdi                     February 2, 5, 8, and 10 (mat), 2019

    Three Decembers                                                Jake Heggie                          March 8, 9, 10 (mat), 2019

    Carmen                                                               Georges Bizet                       March 30, April 2, 5, and 7 (mat) 2019

    One Amazing Night –Stephen Powell and Stephen Costello                            May 15, 2019

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