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THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY
LITTLE BUTTERCUP / MARCH, 2023
The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and the University of Chicago Department of Music will return to Mandel Hall with a production of H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass that Loved a Sailor. One of the most popular of the G&S operettas, Pinafore offers unforgettable characters in a romantic satire of the British social class system. It pokes fun at patriotism, party politics, the royal navy, and the rise of unqualified persons to positions of authority.
The Turn of the Screw
MRS. GROSE (COVER) / NOVEMBER, 2022
A governess arrives at an English country house to care for two children, but quickly learns everything is not as it seems. Can she keep the children safe from whatever lurks in the dark corners of the grounds? Based on the mid-19th century horror novella by Henry James, Benjamin Britten’s opera adaptation will have you gripping the edge of your seat.
A Little Night Music
COUNTESS CHARLOTTE / JUNE - AUGUST 2022
Set at the turn of the last century, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden. This production is the annual opera offering at Quisisana Resort in Lovell, Maine.
ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL, CHICAGO
ALTO SOLOIST / JUNE, 2022
Kimberly performs the stunning Pie Jesu from Maurice Durufle's Requiem with the St. James Cathedral Choir as part of Chicago's Rush Hour Concert Series. Conducted by Stephen Buzard with Meg Cutting on organ.
La Hija de Rappaccini
CHICAGO OPERA THEATER
ISABELA (COVER) / APRIL, 2021
Dr. Rappaccini isolates is daughter Beatriz in an exotic garden overflowing with remarkable, but deadly, flowers. After glimpsing her beauty from his apartment window a young medical student falls in love - but a dark secret threatens their romance. Rappaccini has been testing his exotic botanicals on Beatriz, and she has become poisonous to touch.
CHICAGO OPERA THEATER
*Cancelled due to COVID-19
DONNA ROSA / APRIL, 2021
Based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, Il Postino follows Mario, personal postman to exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Through his daily deliveries, Mario discovers his voice in poetry. Using this newfound passion, he finds love and ignites the imagination of the tiny Italian village he calls home. Starring David Lomelí as Pablo Neruda and conducted by Iván López Reynoso.
Excerpts from Razumov
CHRISTMAN OPERA COMPANY
NATALIA / OCTOBER, 2020
Voices Raising Voices is an initiative to highlight the work of musicians who are people of color, women, and/or LGBTQIA+ presented by The Christman Opera Company. This virtual series will showcase the works of contemporary composers and up-and-coming artists. Kimberly will perform two duets with soprano Vanessa Naghidi from Greg Bartholomew's new opera Razumov. The chamber opera is based on the novel Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad and takes place in St. Petersburg in 1900 under the Czarist regime. Kimberly will perform the role of Natalia, the sister of an executed revolutionary. The performances will be released online in Fall 2020.
Dialogues of the Carmelites
THE OLD PRIORESS / MARCH, 2020
Opera MODO will bring to life this tragic and humbling story of the Carmelite nuns who bravely resisted the suppression of the monasteries and were executed for their “crimes” just days before the end of the Reign of Terror. This production will begin these churches’ Lenten season, serving as a meditative way to understand the gravitas of self-sacrifice and continue the fight these courageous women, and others like them, started so long ago.
BERLIN OPERA ACADEMY
ELIZABETH PROCTOR / AUGUST, 2019
Salem, Massachusetts 1692. Based on Arthur Miller’s play centered on the Salem witch trials, Robert Ward’s eerily topical opera is sure to make your pulse race. When the witch trials begin under the administration of the terrifying zealot, Judge Danforth, Abigail accuses Elizabeth, the wife of John Proctor, of witchcraft. Abigail hopes thereby to get Elizabeth out of the way and regain John's affection. Presented at the historic Theater im Delphi in Berlin, Germany.
HAWAII PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
CARMEN / JULY, 2020
Everyone is drawn to Carmen, an irresistible Spanish gypsy—except Corporal Don José. But even he soon succumbs to her seduction, fleeing a life in the military to join the gypsy world, all in Carmen’s name. When the famous bullfighter Escamillo begins to win her affection, however, a dangerous love triangle grows. With its twisting tale of romance, deceit, and disaster set to magnetic melodies, Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen, has become one of the world’s most popular operas.
in the Underworld
PUBLIC OPINION / MAY, 2019
Opera MODO will close its 2018-19 season with a fiery production of Orpheus and the Underworld, an English translation and wild interpretation of Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta, Orphée aux enfers. In this version, Orpheus is not the son of Apollo but a rustic violin teacher. He is glad to be rid of his wife, Eurydice, when she is abducted by the god of the underworld. Orpheus has to be bullied by Public Opinion into trying to rescue Eurydice.
SECRETARY / FEBRUARY, 2019
The Consul tells the visceral, heartbreaking, and infuriating story of a political dissident, John Sorel, whose family falls victim to threats and surveillance by secret police agents from the totalitarian national government. While John flees his home to escape capture, his wife, Magda, tries to obtain the necessary documentation for her family to settle in another country. Despite repeated visits to the consulate, she is unable to procure these papers and is frustrated by the bureaucratic barriers repeatedly set before her by the consulate’s secretary.
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