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Strawberry Fields/Trouble in Tahiti

West Coast Premiere

Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney’s "Strawberry Fields," paired with Leonard Bernstein’s "Trouble in Tahiti"

Location

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, College of Southern Nevada

3200 E Cheyenne Ave ∙ North Las Vegas ∙ 89030

Run Time

Trouble in Tahiti: 45 minutes, Strawberry Fields: 40 minutes, Total 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Intermission

One 15-minute Intermission

Language

English with English Surtitles

Premiered

Trouble in Tahiti Original Premiere: 12 June 1952 at Bernstein's Festival of the Creative Arts, Brandeis University; Strawberry Fields Original Premiere: 24 July 1999, Glimmerglass Festival

Refreshments

No refreshment service available

Dress Code

From Dressy Casual to Come as You Are

Celebrated composer Michael Torke was himself the inspiration to pair his and librettist A.R. Gurney’s tuneful one act opera Strawberry Fields in performance with Leonard Bernstein’s short opera, Trouble in Tahiti.

The Bernstein piece relates one day in the life of Sam and Dinah, trapped in an unfulfilling marriage, yet longing for love, and largely unable to communicate.  By opera’s end, the two show a willing, if melancholy maturity to honor their commitment to preserve the family.  The jazz-infused musical vocabulary hints at the composer’s Broadway scores, West Side Story and Wonderful Town.

Strawberry Fields, in its West Coast premiere, refers to a locale in New York’s Central Park, named after a song by late composer, Beatle John Lennon.  On a warm autumn afternoon, a respectable but confused Old Lady, has wandered into the park.  She sits down on a bench with great purpose, imagining that it is her seat at the opera, and that the events unfolding in the park constitute the show. A student becomes intrigued and plays along with her fantasy.  When the woman’s son and daughter arrive to unceremoniously spirit her away to assisted living, pretense and reality collide.

The double bill stars Soprano Marcie Ley, Mezzo-soprano Erin Gonzalez, tenor Albert Rudolph Lee, and baritone Kenneth Stavert.  Clinton Smith conducts.

Creators

  • Michael Torke

    Michael Torke

    Composer (Strawberry Fields)

  • Michael Torke

    Michael Torke

    Composer (Strawberry Fields)

    Michael Torke's music has been commissioned by such orchestras as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony; by such ballet companies as New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and the National Ballet of Canada; by such opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, and the English National Opera; by such large ensembles as the London Sinfonietta, Lontano, and De Volharding; and such small ensembles as the Smith, Ying, and Amstel Quartets.

    He has worked with such conductors as Simon Rattle, Kurt Mazur, Edo de Waart, and David Zinman; such choreographers as Christopher Wheeldon, James Kudelka, and Juri Kilian; and collaborated with such librettists as A. R. Gurney, Michael Korie, and Mark Campbell; and such directors as Des McAnuff, Bart Sher, and Michael Greif.

    He has been commissioned by entities such as the Walt Disney Company, and Absolute Vodka; worked with such soloists as Tessa Lark, Christopher O'Reilly, and Joyce Castle; and written incidental music to such companies as The Public Theater, The Old Globe Theater, and Classic Stage Company; and been composer in residence with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

    Beginning his career with exclusive contracts with Boosey and Hawkes, and Decca Records, he now controls his own copyrights and masters through his publishing company, Adjustable Music, and record company, Ecstatic Records.

    His music has been called "some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years" (Gramophone). Hailed as a "vitally inventive composer" (Financial Times) and "a master orchestrator whose shimmering timbral palette makes him the Ravel of his generation" (New York Times), Torke has created a substantial body of works in virtually every genre.

     

Cast

  • Albert Rudolph Lee Photo

    Albert Rudolph Lee

    Tenor

    The Student/Trio

  • Albert Rudolph Lee Photo

    Albert Rudolph Lee

    Tenor

    Tenor, Albert Rudolph Lee’s performances have been described as “vocally sumptuous,” “musically distinctive” and even “acrobatically agile.” Having appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Caramoor International Music Festival, Dr. Lee’s recent performances include the tenor solo in Bruckner Te Deum with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, a performance of George Walker’s Lilac’s for Tenor and Orchestra for the opening concert of the African American Art Song Alliance 20th Anniversary Conference, and performances with Cincinnati Opera. In his seventh year on the voice faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Lee’s upcoming activities include the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Jackson Symphony, an appearance with Opera Las Vegas in a tribute concert to African American Opera Legends, and a feature role in the world premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s opera Bessie and Ma.

  • Kenneth Stavert, Baritone

    Kenneth Stavert

    Baritone

    The Son/Sam

  • Kenneth Stavert, Baritone

    Kenneth Stavert

    Baritone


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    Praised for his strong “sense of theatricality,” Baritone Kenneth Stavert has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of his recent highlights include Silvio in Pagliacci, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Ping in Turandot (Dayton Opera), Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos (Palm Beach Opera), Yamadori in Madama (Santa Fe Opera), Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Scarpia in Tosca (Opera in the Heights) and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Pacific Opera Project). Kenneth’s orchestral credits include Berlioz’s Lélio, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. He has also been a featured recitalist throughout the United States specializing in less performed English art song. Upcoming performances include La Traviata, La boheme, Tosca and Into the Woods.

  • Erin Gonzalez, Headshot

    Erin Gonzalez

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Nurse/Dinah

  • Erin Gonzalez, Headshot

    Erin Gonzalez

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Erin Gonzalez has performed with UNLV Opera Theater, Pacific Symphony, Sin City Opera, Florentine Opera, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theatre, Eastman Opera Theatre, and Opera Chapman. Role highlights include Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Secretary (The Consul), Angelina (La Cenerentola), and Dorabella (Così fan tutte).

    Winner of the 2015 and 2016 Nevada District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition and Bramledge Opera Award and Robert Kuntz Scholarship, Erin received a Bachelor in Music from Chapman University Conservatory of Music and Master in Music from Eastman School of Music.

    In July and August of 2017, Erin was a member of the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. While in attendance, she won first place in the elite Meistersinger Competition.

    In April 2019, Ms. Gonzalez was named the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year for the College of Fine Arts.

    She graduated with her Doctorate in Musical Arts; Voice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in May 2019.

  • Claudia Affan, Headshot

    Claudia Affan

    Soprano

    The Daughter

  • Claudia Affan, Headshot

    Claudia Affan

    Soprano

    Claudia Affan is a second-year master's student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is pursuing an MM in vocal performance. She holds her BM in vocal performance from Auburn University, where she studied with Dr. Matthew Hoch. Her operatic roles and scenes include Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Norina in Don Pasquale, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, L'Eternità in La Calisto, Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Lady Saphir in Patience, Ānanda in Sherry Woods's MĀRA: A Chamber Opera on Good and Evil, and Rosie in Frank Pesci's Royal Flush. Affan has received awards and recognition at Alabama NATS, Southeastern Regional NATS, Las Vegas NATS, Cal-Western Regional NATS, the Vann Vocal Institute, Alabama MTNA, Southern Division MTNA, Nevada MTNA, Southwest Division MTNA, National MTNA, and Alabama Federation of Music Clubs. She has performed in master classes with David Cangelosi, Dr. Loraine Sims, Dr. Melanie Williams, Dr. Feryal Qudourah, Jennifer Larmore, Michael Sturm, Oresta Cybriwsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Dolora Zajick, and Barbara Dever. She has also performed at the International Music Festival at the American University of Sharjah and the Music by Women Festival at Mississippi University for Women. She studies voice with Dr. Linda Lister.

  • Valentine Baron, Soprano

    Valentine Baron

    Soprano

    The Girl

  • Valentine Baron, Soprano

    Valentine Baron

    Soprano

    Valentine Baron, soprano, originally from France has been appearing on stages in both France and the United States. In 2014, she moved to New York to pursue a Master of Voice Performance and Pedagogy at New York University (NYU). While in New York, she made her operatic debuts as Second Lady (The Magic Flute) at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Opera America. Others performances include Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), La Fée (Cendrillon), Mlle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Stella (La Fille du Tambour Major), Blanche de la Force (The Dialogues of the Carmelites), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) and the Vixen (The Little Cunning Vixen).

    In July 2019, she gave a recital in France raising funds for research on Epilepsy. In 2022, she will sing to help the research on breast cancer. Ms. Baron is currently finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in the studio of the soprano Dr. Linda Lister.

  • Marcie Ley Headshot

    Marcie Ley

    Soprano

    Old Woman/Trio

  • Marcie Ley Headshot

    Marcie Ley

    Soprano

  • Francisco Corredor casually smiling in a light colored suit.

    Francisco Corredor

    Tenor

    The Boy

  • Francisco Corredor casually smiling in a light colored suit.

    Francisco Corredor

    Tenor

    Francisco Corredor is a Puerto Rican/Colombian tenor, composer, and director born and raised in New York City. His comedic and lively operatic interpretations have been praised by Opera News, The New York Times, El Diario, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and the Oklahoman. A former artist with Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts Foundation and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, he’s performed in some of New York’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall as well as abroad in France, Switzerland, Austria, and Israel. He’s also sung backup for Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, and Jennifer Hudson. As a singer songwriter, he’s performed throughout the New York piano bar scene and the famous Caveau de la Huchette in Paris, France. He is the composer and lyricist of “Happy Birthday David: The Musical!” which premiered at the People’s Improv Theater MainStage. His self produced EP, recorded in Paris as Frankie Amadeus, is currently available on music streaming platforms. Recently, he directed Vegas City Opera's The Ring Vegas! which won “Most Innovative Production” at the 360° of Opera 2020 Awards.

Creative Team

  • Clinton Smith, Conductor

    Clinton Smith

    Conductor

  • Clinton Smith, Conductor

    Clinton Smith

    Conductor


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    Clinton Smith spent his ninth summer on the music staff at Santa Fe Opera covering performances of the world premiere of John Corigiliano's Lord of Cries. His 2021/2022 season includes a return to Dayton Operato conduct L'elisir d'amore, a return to Opera Las Vegas to conduct Trouble In Tahiti Strawberry Fields, and he will join the music staff of Sarasota Opera as cover conductor for Attila and Tosca. 

    Recently, Clinton conducted Atlanta Opera's new productions of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, The Threepenny Opera, and performed a virtual recital for Opera Orlando's Summer Concert Series. His 2019/20 season included debuts at Florentine Opera conducting Le nozze di Figaro and Opera Birmingham conducting Cendrillon. He returned to Dayton Opera to conduct Cenerentola, and Tacoma Opera to conduct L'elisir d'amore.

    Mr. Smith’s other recent conducting credits include Charlie Parker's Yardbird at Atlanta and Arizona OperasPagliacci/Pulcinella at Opera Orlando, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dayton Opera and the University of MichiganLe nozze di Figaro at Tacoma OperaAlcina at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Turandot, Norma,

    and Hansel und Gretel with Pacific Northwest Opera, The Mikado for Kentucky Opera, and Noah's Flood with Opera Las Vegas. He has served on the music staff of Santa Fe OperaJuilliard OperaMinnesota OperaAtlanta OperaPortland OperaKentucky OperaAsh Lawn Opera, and Skylark Operas and has included the preparation of over fifty operas in German, Italian, French, English, Czech, Russian, Latin, and Mandarin.

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