DER ZWERG Opera - from Alexander von Zemlinsky

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Doors at 1pm

Zemlinsky adapted this powerful opera from the short story "The Birthday of the Infanta" by Oscar Wilde. The story depicts a nightmarish fairy tale wherein the protagonist is rejected by his love interest, only to discover for the first time that he has bears a gruesome appearance. The story is loosely autobiographical, and through allegory, explores themes of discrimination, rejection, and romantic infatuation. After fleeing Nazi Germany and finding a home in America, Zemlinsky’s career ended and he and his work remained unknown in his new country. Der Zwerg has been performed only a handful of times since its debut in Cologne, Germany in 1922.

Tenor Rodell Rosel is a guest of the major opera companies in the U.S. Following his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Remendado in Carmen, he has appeared on their stage as the Prince and Man Servant in Lulu, Spoletta in Tosca, the First Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Borsa in Rigoletto and as Faninal’s Major-domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Altoum in Turandot and the Second Jew in Salome, Bardolph in Falstaff, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Benvoglio in Roméo et Juliette, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, the Four Servants in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte and Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier. For the Metropolitan Opera, he has  appeared as Valzacchi conducted by James Levine and as Nathaniel and Franz in their new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman.  

Soprano Shana Blake Hill is known for creating and premiering new roles, operas, and contemporary works. Critics such as Opera News and The Philadelphia Enquirer have described her as a “fearless actress…” “floods of glorious sound…”and as “…visually and vocally voluptuous.” Hill sung principal roles with: The Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, and Opera Southwest. She has been a soloist with: The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, and The Colorado Symphony. Hill is a Naxos recording artist, and is featured on Sony’s Favorite Film Score Compilation. Her latest world premiere as Dona Angela in the first Flamenco Opera Llantos 1492 with the Tucson Desert Festival of Song made opera history, and her upcoming performance of the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Festival Opera is widely anticipated. 

Soprano Oriana Falla -- Colombian-American Oriana Falla made her professional concert stage debut as the soprano soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Long Beach Camerata Singers.Oriana attended UCLA where she studied with renowned baritone, Vladimir Chernov. There she was the featured soprano soloist for Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in Royce Hall as well as Orff's Carmina Burana with the UCLA Philharmonia. She frequently sings with the Palm Springs Opera Guild and made her Zipper Hall debut in 2016 with The Opera Buffs. Most recently, Oriana sang the role of La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen.

Roberto Perlas Gomez has performed his extensive repertoire of over one hundred roles with many of the international and regional opera companies throughout the United States. He sings many of the standard leading baritones roles in Italian and French opera especially his signature role of Figaro in Barber of Seville. Mr. Gomez made his international debut as Marcello in La Boheme in Shanghai and created Rizal in Manila during the centennial year of the Philippine National hero. He recently made his Kennedy Center debut as Elias in the Philippine national opera, Noli me tangere. He made his European debut at the Arena di Verona as Chou en-lai in the Italian premiere of Nixon in China. He has been a frequent leading artist at Long Beach Opera where among his many roles are the American premiere of Vivaldi’s long lost Motezuma and Emperor of Atlantis. He has made a specialty of modern operas.

Gail Gordon, Founder, Executive Director, and Artistic Director of Numi Opera Theater Company, began producing operas in 2000 with Opera Nova, a company she founded to give  young singers an opportunity to perform. She went on to head the Santa Monica College Opera Theater in 2008. Ms. Gordon has produced many traditional operas from the master works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet.  In addition she was responsible for the highly lauded West Coast Premier of Tobias Picker’s “An American Tragedy.”  In producing “An American Tragedy,” Ms. Gordon discovered that there was a desire from the public to experience new works. In its debut season, Numi Opera Theater’s first productions will highlight works of composers that were forced out of their homes by the rise of the Nazi regime in Europe, and the company will continue on to highlight composers whose works have not had wide distribution due to political and social challenges. The inspiration of Numi Opera Theater is “to never forget,” by bringing freshness and modern relevance to exiled works that have a particular significance in today’s world.

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  • 2PM–Sunday, June 02
  • Doors at 1pm
  • $35-$75

Doors at 1pm

Zemlinsky adapted this powerful opera from the short story "The Birthday of the Infanta" by Oscar Wilde. The story depicts a nightmarish fairy tale wherein the protagonist is rejected by his love interest, only to discover for the first time that he has bears a gruesome appearance. The story is loosely autobiographical, and through allegory, explores themes of discrimination, rejection, and romantic infatuation. After fleeing Nazi Germany and finding a home in America, Zemlinsky’s career ended and he and his work remained unknown in his new country. Der Zwerg has been performed only a handful of times since its debut in Cologne, Germany in 1922.

Tenor Rodell Rosel is a guest of the major opera companies in the U.S. Following his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Remendado in Carmen, he has appeared on their stage as the Prince and Man Servant in Lulu, Spoletta in Tosca, the First Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Borsa in Rigoletto and as Faninal’s Major-domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Altoum in Turandot and the Second Jew in Salome, Bardolph in Falstaff, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, Benvoglio in Roméo et Juliette, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, the Four Servants in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte and Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier. For the Metropolitan Opera, he has  appeared as Valzacchi conducted by James Levine and as Nathaniel and Franz in their new production of Les Contes d’Hoffman.  

Soprano Shana Blake Hill is known for creating and premiering new roles, operas, and contemporary works. Critics such as Opera News and The Philadelphia Enquirer have described her as a “fearless actress…” “floods of glorious sound…”and as “…visually and vocally voluptuous.” Hill sung principal roles with: The Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, and Opera Southwest. She has been a soloist with: The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, and The Colorado Symphony. Hill is a Naxos recording artist, and is featured on Sony’s Favorite Film Score Compilation. Her latest world premiere as Dona Angela in the first Flamenco Opera Llantos 1492 with the Tucson Desert Festival of Song made opera history, and her upcoming performance of the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Festival Opera is widely anticipated. 

Soprano Oriana Falla -- Colombian-American Oriana Falla made her professional concert stage debut as the soprano soloist for Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Long Beach Camerata Singers.Oriana attended UCLA where she studied with renowned baritone, Vladimir Chernov. There she was the featured soprano soloist for Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in Royce Hall as well as Orff's Carmina Burana with the UCLA Philharmonia. She frequently sings with the Palm Springs Opera Guild and made her Zipper Hall debut in 2016 with The Opera Buffs. Most recently, Oriana sang the role of La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen.

Roberto Perlas Gomez has performed his extensive repertoire of over one hundred roles with many of the international and regional opera companies throughout the United States. He sings many of the standard leading baritones roles in Italian and French opera especially his signature role of Figaro in Barber of Seville. Mr. Gomez made his international debut as Marcello in La Boheme in Shanghai and created Rizal in Manila during the centennial year of the Philippine National hero. He recently made his Kennedy Center debut as Elias in the Philippine national opera, Noli me tangere. He made his European debut at the Arena di Verona as Chou en-lai in the Italian premiere of Nixon in China. He has been a frequent leading artist at Long Beach Opera where among his many roles are the American premiere of Vivaldi’s long lost Motezuma and Emperor of Atlantis. He has made a specialty of modern operas.

Gail Gordon, Founder, Executive Director, and Artistic Director of Numi Opera Theater Company, began producing operas in 2000 with Opera Nova, a company she founded to give  young singers an opportunity to perform. She went on to head the Santa Monica College Opera Theater in 2008. Ms. Gordon has produced many traditional operas from the master works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet.  In addition she was responsible for the highly lauded West Coast Premier of Tobias Picker’s “An American Tragedy.”  In producing “An American Tragedy,” Ms. Gordon discovered that there was a desire from the public to experience new works. In its debut season, Numi Opera Theater’s first productions will highlight works of composers that were forced out of their homes by the rise of the Nazi regime in Europe, and the company will continue on to highlight composers whose works have not had wide distribution due to political and social challenges. The inspiration of Numi Opera Theater is “to never forget,” by bringing freshness and modern relevance to exiled works that have a particular significance in today’s world.

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