2016-17 Theatre Season

La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Commissioned to write an opera to celebrate the 1791 coronation of the Holy Roman emperor Leopold II, Mozart looked to ancient Rome for inspiration. This opera seria’s magnificent score portrays a generous ruler caught in a web of jealousy and revenge. As Emperor Tito emerges from an assassination attempt and its subsequent legal proceedings, his subjects praise his wisdom and mercy.

Tickets

La Clemenza di Tito

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Wednesday February 22 8:00 p.m. Preview
Friday February 24 8:00 p.m. Opening Night
Sunday February 26 2:00 p.m. Matinee
Tuesday February 28 8:00 p.m.  
Thursday March 2 8:00 p.m.  
Saturday March 4 8:00 p.m.  

 

Cast Biographies

La Clemenza di Tito

February 24th, 28th, March 2nd

Tito……………………Jacob Kerzner

Vitellia………………  Andrea Bickford

Sesto…………………Nicholas Kelliher

Servilia……………… Natalia Bratkovski

Annio………………..  Bergen Price

Publio……………….   Michael Galvin 

February 22nd, 26th, March 4th 

Tito…………………… Patrick Starke

Vitellia………………   Emma McDermitt-Wise

Sesto………………… Rachel Silverstein

Servilia………………  Julia Gershkof

Annio………………..   Bergen Price

Publio……………….   Michael Galvin 

All Performances:

Sopranos…………......Sherley-Anne Belleus, Magdalyn Chauby, Megan Jones, Nicolette Nordmark, Abby Rogers

Altos…………………...Catherine Barr, Jenna Capriglione, McKinney Danger-James, Deanna Payne, Nicole Rivera-Díaz

Tenors………………....Drew Carr, Matthew Coveney, Paul Fasy, Adam Tarpey

Basses…………………Nick Duffin, Kevin Harris, Christoper Hauser, Marshall Pkrentowski, Andrew Sprague, Holden Turner

Covers

Tito………………………Paul Fasy

Publio……………………Holden Turner

Annio…………………… Catherine Barr

Servilia…………………..Nicolette Nordmark

Catherine Barr (Annio cover/Ensemble) is a junior music education and vocal performance major from Drexel Hill, PA.

Sherley-Ann Belleus (Ensemble) is a junior music education major from Cape Cod, MA. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Annie in Porgy and Bess in Ford Hall, ensemble in Semele, and ensemble for Wolf by the Ears in Ford Hall.

Andrea Bickford (Vitellia) is a senior vocal performance major from Dracut, MA. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Iris in Semele. Other credits include Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica with Capitol Opera Company in Albany, NY.

Natasha Bratkovski (Servilia) is a second year vocal performance graduate student from Mountain View, CA. Previous Ithaca College credits include Semele cover in Semele.

Jenna Capriglione (Chorus) is a junior vocal performance major from Armonk, NY.

Andrew Carr (Chorus) is a senior music education and vocal performance major from Royersford, PA. His previous Ithaca College credits include Chorus in Semele, Caronte in Eumelio with Cornell Early Music Lab, Young Soldier in Parade with Grad Conducting, and Man in Edges with IC Light Opera.

Magdalyn Chauby (Chorus) is a junior vocal performance and music education major from Grand Island, NY. Credits include ensemble in Shot! and ensemble in Le Nozze di Fiagro with Nickle City Opera in Buffalo, NY.

Matthew Coveney (Chorus) is a junior music education major from Braintree, MA. Credits include Prosecutor/Slave Merchant in Kismet, Purser in Anything Goes, ensemble in The Mikado and ensemble in The Phantom of the Opera with Grabosky Auditorium in Braintree, MA.

McKinny Danger-James (Chorus) is a sophomore vocal performance major from New York, NY. Other credits include Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Dodo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow with Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA.

Nicholas Duffin (Chorus) is a sophomore vocal performance major from Great Barrington MA.

Paul Robert Arthur Fasy (Tito Cover/Chorus) is a sophomore vocal performance and music education major from Rochester, NY. Other credits include Bobby Mills in A Chorus Line with Rochester Association of Performing Arts in Rochester, NY, Ensemble (Jet) in West Side Story with Roberts Wesleyan College Theatre in Gates, NY, Colin Craven in The Secret Garden with Eastman School of Music Opera Theatre in Rochester, NY, Ryan Evans in High School Musical 2 with Greece Arcadia Middle School Theatre in Greece, NY, and Ensemble in Aida with Rochester Association of Performing Arts in Rochester, NY.

Michael Galvin (Publio) is a senior vocal performance major from Albany, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Cadmus and Somnus in Semele, and cover for Gideon March and Mr. Dashwood in Little Women. Other credits include Plutone in Eumelio with Cornell Early Music Lab in Ithaca, NY and opera scenes program with Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy.

Julia Gershkoff (Servilia) is a junior vocal performance major from North Kingstown, RI. Credits include performing in a Liederabend and scenes from Ariadne auf Naxos and Cosi fan Tutte at the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany.

Kevin Harris (Chorus) is a junior vocal performance major from Upton, MA. Previous Ithaca College credits include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Pandolfe in Cendrillon and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with the Ithaca College Opera Workshop. Other credits include The Judge/Lion/Don #3 in Candide with Savoyards Musical Theater, and Tonton Julian in Once on This Island with Nipmuc Drama Guild in Upton, MA. 

Christopher Hauser (Chorus) is a senior vocal performance and music education major from Simsbury, CT. Previous Ithaca College credits include Soldier in Sunday in the Park with George and Rosser/Ensemble in Parade with the School of Music Graduate Conducting Projects. Other credits include Fogg/Ensemble in Sweeney Todd with the Melodramatics Theatre Company and Bernardo in West Side Story and Pitkin W. Bridgework in On the Town at the Summer Arts Festival in West Hartford, CT.

Megan Jones (Chorus) is a sophomore vocal performance major from Pittsburgh, PA. Previous Ithaca College credits include performing in the student production, Sondheim on Sondheim. Other credits include Kate in Kiss me Kate and Natalie in All Shook Up in Upper St. Clair, PA.

Nicholas Kelliher (Sesto) is a senior vocal performance major from Baldwin, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Athamus in Semele. Other credits include Alto Soloist in Bach’s “Magnificat” and the French Baroque Celebration at Ithaca College.

Jacob Kerzner (Tito) is a junior music composition and vocal performance major from Sheffield, MA. His previous Ithaca College credits include music director for the senior directing project The Last Five Years and rehearsal pianist for Dogfight. Other credits include music apprentice with Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, and music assistant for Oklahoma! with Bard SummerScape in Hudson, NY.

Emma McDermitt-Wise (Vitellia) is a second year vocal performance graduate student from Syracuse, NY. Other credits include Chorus in Don Giovanni with Opera Ithaca, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Chorus in The Marriage of Figaro with Roberts Wesleyan College Opera Company in Rochester, NY.

Nicolette Nordmark (Chorus/Servilia cover) is a sophomore integrated marketing and communications major from Stroudsburg, PA. Credits include Belinda in Engaged and Jury Girl in Trial by Jury with the Savoyards Musical Theater in Ithaca, NY. She played Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, and played in the pit orchestra of Anything Goes with Stroudsburg Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. She is a member of IC Premium Blend.

Deanna Marie Payne (Chorus) is a senior vocal performance major and dance minor from Fairfax, VA. Her previous Ithaca College credits include assistant choreographer and dancer in Winter Bodies, dancer and choreographer for Wings of Spring, dancer in Flight of the Heart, and dancer in Wolf by the Ears. Other credits include alto soloist in Messiah and Countess in Marriage of Figaro (excerpts), in VA.

Bergen Price (Annio) is a junior vocal performance and music education major from Skytop, PA. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Chorus/Ino cover in Semele. She studies in the voice studio of Dr. Brad Hougham and is a member of the Ithaca College Choir.

Marshall Pokrentowski (Chorus) is a junior music education major from Syracuse, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Chorus in Semele.

Nicole Rivera-Díaz (Chorus) is a junior vocal performance major from San Juan, PR. Previous Ithaca College credits include Octavian and Lucretia with the Ithaca College Opera Workshop. Other credits include Cherubino in Le Nozze di FigaroI with the Conservatorio de Música: Escuela Preparatoria in San Juan, PR, Chorus in Misa Criolla with San Francisco de Asís Convent in Habana, Cuba, Frauenliebe unt Leben Cycle with CAA Music Mountain in Connecticut, and the Puerto Rico National Choir.

Abby Mae Rogers (Ensemble) is a senior vocal performance major from Pittsburgh, PA. Credits include the opera workshop, Tuesday’s @ 12 and Ithaca College Light Opera. She also has trained with the Si Parla, Si Canta program in Urbania, Italy. 

Rachel E. Silverstein (Sesto) is a senior vocal performance major from Ambridge, PA. Previous Ithaca College credits include Meg cover in Little Woman, Athamas cover in Semele, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia, Joe´s Mother in Dead Man Walking, and Stephano in Romeo and Juliette with Ithaca College Opera Workshop. Other credits include Alice in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zulma in L´italiana in Algeri and Bradamante in Alcina with Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy.

Andrew Sprague (Chorus) is a freshman vocal performance major from Apalachin, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Policeman and Coroner for Porgy and Bess with Whalen School of Music along with Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and Opera Noire of New York City.

Patrick Starke (Tito) is a senior vocal performance and music education major from Pine Bush, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Chorus in Semele.

Adam Tarpey (Ensemble) is a sophomore music education and vocal performance major from Wakefield, MA.

Holden James Turner (Chorus/Publio cover) is a sophomore vocal performance major from Rochester, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Undertaker/Chorus in Porgy & Bess with Opera Noire & Ithaca College School of Music, and Chorus in Semele. Other credits include Audrey II for Geva Stage Door Project: Little Shop of Horrors with Geva Theatre Company in Rochester, NY.

Creative Team Biographies

Ashley Brenon (Assistant Director) is a junior theater studies major from Sherrill, NY. Previous Ithaca College credits include assistant director for Almost Maine in the Earl McCarroll Studio, Lion in Winter with Bricks Players, and director of Love, Loss, and What I Wore with No Bucks and Rapture, Blister, Burn with IC Players.

Jennifer Hiyama (Costume Designer) is a senior theatrical production arts major with a design concentration from Los Angeles, CA. Her previous Ithaca College credits include scenic charge for Good Person of Setzuan, scenic designer for A Chorus Line, and scenic designer for Company. Other credits include paint charge for the summer season with Summer Stage in Upper Darby, PA, and scenic art intern for the summer season with Cal Shakes Theatre in Berkeley, CA.

Megan Parker (Scenic Designer) is a junior theatrical production arts major from Forest Hills, NY. Previous Ithaca College credits include co-production designer of The Lover in the Earl McCarroll Studio, and wardrobe supervisor for Arcadia. Other credits include assistant scenic designer of Billy Blythe with The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY.

Jackie Romeo (Stage Manager) is a junior theatre studies major. Her previous Ithaca College credits include assistant stage manager for A Chorus Line, and assistant stage manager for Execution of Justice, The Lover and Almost, Maine all in the Earl McCarroll Studio.

Kathryn Sheaffer (Technical Director) is a senior theatrical production arts major from Scotia, NY. Her previous Ithaca College credits include technical director for Blood Wedding, master carpenter for Semele, and master carpenter for You Can’t Take It With You. Other credits include carpenter at Williamstown Theater Festival, assistant technical director at the Hangar Theatre, and intern at Hope Summer Rep.

Emily Weisbecker (Lighting Designer) is a senior theatrical production arts major from Tivoli, NY. Other Ithaca College credentials include scenic designer for Blood Wedding, lighting designer for Anon(ymous), and charge scenic artist for Arcadia.   

Jennifer Williams (Stage Director) is the Director of Opera and an assistant professor at Ithaca College. Upcoming credits as directing credits include Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera and Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Miami Music Festival. Previous directing credits include La boheme with Miami Music Festival, 27 and Sumeida’s Song with the Pittsburgh Opera, Merola Grand Finale with San Francisco Opera Center, Three Decembers with Opera Fayetteville in Fayetteville, AK, and Turn of the Screw and Don Giovanni with DC Public Opera. Other credits include directing staff for Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, The Glimmerglass Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, and Wolf Trap Opera. She is represented by Quarterline Design Management.

Christopher Zemliauskas (Conductor) is the assistant professor of musical direction for opera and musical theatre at Ithaca College. Previous credits include conductor for Cendrillon, Die Schauspieldirektor, and The Medium at NYU, conductor for Our Town, Little Women, Albert Herring, and Orfeo ed Euridice at CU Boulder, conductor for Oklahoma!, Carmen, Amadigi di Gaula, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Susannah, Curlew River, The Prodigal Son, The Ballad of Baby Doe, and La Traviata with Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado, conductor for La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and Lakme with Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and conductor for Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, and Carmen with The Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other performing and conducting credits include San Francisco Opera, Musical Theatre Berlin am Potsdamer Platz, The Colorado Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianapolis Opera, The Hangar Theatre, The Merola Opera Program, and Music Academy of the West.

Press & Photos

La Clemenza di Tito
Ithaca College Presents Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”

Ithaca, NY- Ithaca College Theatre and School of Music offer the unique opportunity to see a full staging of Mozart’s final opera, “La Clemenza di Tito.”

 

The opera will be performed on Feb. 22, 24, 28, Mar. 2 and 4 at 8 p.m., as well as Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Dillingham Center Box Office or online at Ithaca.ticketforce.com. The box office is open Monday–Thursday, noon–5 p.m.; and Friday noon–4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (607) 274-3224. Ticket prices range from $8 to $16.

“La Clemenza di Tito” takes its inspiration from the story of Roman Emperor Titus and his ascent to power. The opera’s action centers on Vitellia’s struggle to choose between her love, Tito, or loyalty to her father, Vitellio, who was murdered by Tito. Ithaca College’s innovative updating of the piece by director Jennifer Williams sets it in the present day. Williams and conductor Christopher Zemliauskas ’97 seek to have the audience consider whether it is possible for an absolute ruler be kind and forgiving. Says Williams, “Titus is torn between his desire to keep a firm grasp on his tumultuous nation and his hope to pave the way toward an enlightened system guided by compassion rather than violence.”

The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Mozart was commissioned to write this opera to celebrate the 1791 coronation of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and legitimize his rule during a time of worldwide unrest and revolution. This opera seria was his first to reach London and remained popular for many years following his death. Williams says she invites the audience, “to compare and contrast Titus’ Rome with our contemporary world and with global politics.”

Ithaca College’s production team includes scenic designer Megan Parker ’18, costume designer Jennifer Hiyama ’17, lighting designer Emily Weisbecker ’17, and technical director Kathryn Sheaffer ’17. The stage manager is Jacqueline Romeo ’18 and the dramaturg is Fernando Vargas ’20.

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