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 Bernstein's Candide
 Fully staged performances

The Knights
Bernstein's Candide
Fully staged performances


Seiji Ozawa Hall - Lenox, MA View Map

Leonard Bernstein's delightful 1956 comic operetta Candide is based on the 18th-century philosopher Voltaire's satirical novel, which follows the title character's traumatic adventures in imperial Europe and semi-civilized South America. All the while, his teacher's philosophy of "All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds" is put to the test. Candide's vain sweetheart Cunegonde undergoes even worse trials as they're separated and reunited. Lillian Hellman wrote the original play; the song lyrics were mostly by poet Richard Wilbur. The score includes such familiar numbers as "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow."

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The Knights
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The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery. The orchestra has toured and recorded with renowned soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Vienna Musikverein.

The Knights evolved from late-night chamber music reading parties with friends at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. The Jacobsen brothers, who are also founding members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, serve as artistic directors of The Knights, with Eric Jacobsen as conductor. The Knights are committed to creating unusual and adventurous partnerships across disciplines; they perform in traditional concert halls as well as parks, plazas, and bars, all in an effort to reach listeners of all backgrounds and invite them into their music-making. Since incorporating in 2007, the orchestra has toured consistently across the United States and Europe.

The Knights have had an exciting 2017-18 season, a highlight of which was a U.S. tour with genre-defying Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital and Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh. Tour repertoire came from around the world, with arrangements and transcriptions by the artists themselves, and featured the world premiere of Azmeh's Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Mandolin, Violin and Orchestra. The Knights will complete their second Home Season in Brooklyn, in partnership with the downtown venue BRIC, presenting family concerts, evening performances, and a characteristically wide-ranging roster of guest artists. Programs include a collaboration with Puerto-Rican composer Angelica Negrón on her drag opera, a night of German lieder with Katja Herbers, as well as an exploration of the pervasive influence of Eastern European folk music. The Knights' 2017 summer season encompassed a world premiere by composer Judd Greenstein and an East Coast premiere by Vijay Iyer; their tenth consecutive appearance in Central Park's Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series; their fourth year at Tanglewood, a performance at the Ravinia Festival with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham; and a collaboration with choreographer John Heginbotham at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. 

In 2015, The Knights launched a partnership with BRIC with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of that initiative, The Knights performed with master violinist Gil Shaham on a North American tour, and on Shaham's Grammy-nominated recording of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto. This partnership was continued when The Knights launched their first Brooklyn Home Season in 2016-17, in residence at BRIC. Each Home Season residency includes evening performances, family concerts, and engagement programs for local audiences, families, and public school students. The residencies allow The Knights to incubate their artistry and explorations at home, expanding connections within communities through music, before representing the best of Brooklyn around the globe. October saw the orchestra's Opening Weekend, with a musical program featuring Master Peter's Puppet Show, a multimedia concert with visual artist Kevork Mourad. December's concerts celebrated a Brooklyn Schubertiade, showcasing local artists in an intimate salon evening of art, poetry, and music, where Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon read the world premiere of a new poem, set to music by The Knights. February's program highlighted the world premiere of a new work by Andy Akiho, winner of the 2015 Rome Prize; and April showcased mainstays of classical canon alongside new Brooklyn composers, including works by Haydn, Mozart, and Gabriel Kahane.

The 2016-17 season saw the release of the celestial-themed album Azul on Warner Classics with longtime collaborator Yo-Yo Ma; an EP release with Gabriel Kahane of his song cycle Crane Palimpsest; a debut at Washington DC's Kennedy Center as part of the inaugural "SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras;" and the New York premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle Unremembered, which The Knights also performed at Tennessee's Big Ears Music Festival. They rounded out the season with a European tour, which took them to the Easter Festival at Aix-en-Provence for six performances with celebrated guest artists pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Bertrand Chamayou, and violinist Renaud Capuçon; along with three concerts across Germany, including one at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg where the ensemble's performance was lauded as one of the best in the new hall (Hamburg Abendetter).

Counted among the highlights from recent seasons are: a performance with Yo-Yo Ma at Caramoor; the recording of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto on master violinist Gil Shaham's Grammy-nominated 2016 release, 1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2, as well as a North American tour with Shaham; residencies at Dartmouth, Penn State and Washington DC's Dumbarton Oaks; and a performance in the NY PHIL BIENNIAL along with the San Francisco Girls Chorus (led by composer Lisa Bielawa) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which featured world premieres by Rome Prize-winner Bielawa, Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis, and Knights violinist and co-founder Colin Jacobsen. The ensemble made its Carnegie Hall debut in the New York premiere of the Steven Stucky/Jeremy Denk opera The Classical Style, and has toured the U.S. with banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, and Europe with soprano Dawn Upshaw. In recent years The Knights have also collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Joshua Redman, Silk Road virtuoso Siamak Aghaei, and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Recordings include 2015's "instinctive and appealing" (The Times, UKthe ground beneath our feet on Warner Classics, featuring the ensemble's first original group composition; an all-Beethoven disc on Sony Classical (their third project with the label); and 2012's "smartly programmed" (NPRA Second of Silence for Ancalagon. 

The Knights' roster boasts remarkably diverse talents, including composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers, who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock music. The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance.  

The Knights are proud to be known as "one of Brooklyn's sterling cultural products...known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory" (The New Yorker). The unique camaraderie within the group retains the intimacy and spontaneity of chamber music in performance. Through the palatable joy and friendship in their music-making, each musician strives to include new and familiar audiences to experience this important artform.


The Knights Eric Jacobsen, conductor
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Hailed by the New York Times as "an interpretive dynamo," conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative projects. As co-founder and Artistic Director of the adventurous orchestra The Knights and a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, Jacobsen, along with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in 2012. In the 2015-16 season, Jacobsen celebrates his inaugural season as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic and his second season both as Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta.

Jacobsen founded The Knights with his brother, Colin, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage; as the New Yorker reports, "few ensembles are as adept at mixing old music with new as the dynamic young Brooklyn orchestra." As Music Director, Jacobsen has led the "consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble" (New York Times) at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Ojai Music Festival, and international hot spots such as the Dresden Musikfestspiele and Cologne Philharmonie. Recent collaborators include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jan Vogler, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, and singers Dawn Upshaw, and Susan Graham.

Under Jacobsen's baton, The Knights have an extensive recording collection that includes the ground beneath our feet, the ensemble's first release for Warner Classics. Most recently a collaboration with Gil Shaham for Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 was released. The Knights previously issued three albums for Sony Classical- Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York, New Worlds, and all-Beethoven album partnering the Triple Concerto and Fifth Symphony- and the "smartly programmed" (NPR) A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011.

At the close of a successful debut season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Jacobsen has already started a new trend in programing and community engagement. A particularly well received Mozart Magic Flute led to programming two opera productions in the 16-17 season with inventive directors Alison Moritz and Mary Birnbaum. Emanuel Ax and Steven Copes will be guests in a season based around Russian Masterworks and the celebration of American composer John Adams' 70th birthday.

Also in demand as a guest conductor, Jacobsen has led and will lead the Camerata Bern, the symphonies Detroit and Alabama, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Philharmonie Merck, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Silk Road Ensemble, besides touring with The Knights in the U.S. and Europe. A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen is a member of Yo-Yo Ma's venerated Silk Road Project and as a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, he has taken part in a wealth of world premieres and toured extensively in North America and Europe.

Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Miles Mykkanen, tenor (Candide)
Miles Mykkanen, tenor (Candide) View biography in full page >

Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world's concert and operatic stages for his "focused, full-voiced tenor" (The New York Times).  Of his performances in Eugene Onegin at the Juilliard School, Opera News wrote, "Mykkanen was a knockout as Lensky. The lyric intensity of his singing made each moment count, and the duel- scene aria was a stretch of sheer vocal gold."

The 2017-18 season sees Mr. Mykkanen performing the title role of Bernstein's Candide with the Arizona Opera and Palm Beach Opera and Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw for Opera Columbus in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth.  The music of Stravinsky serves the tenor's debut at the Canadian Opera Company in Robert Lepage's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables.  On the concert stage he is heard in performances of Handel's Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, in concert performances of Verdi's Otello with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and in Bernstein's Songfest with his frequent collaborators, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and the New York Festival of Song.  The tenor makes his New York Philharmonic debut in a program of highlights from West Side Story conducted by Leonard Slatkin and joins the Bard Music Festival for performances of Moniuszko's Halka and Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra.

Last season Miles Mykkanen sang Belmonte in Opera Columbus' new production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tichon in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová in a new Stephen Wadsworth production at Juilliard conducted by Anne Manson, Candide in a fully staged production with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and joined the world premiere cast of Kept: A Ghost Story by Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad in a presentation at the Virginia Arts Festival conducted by JoAnn Falletta.  On the concert stage he bowed in Handel's Messiah with the St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue Choir of Men and Boys and Concert Royal, Mozart's Requiem with the Sarasota Orchestra, and in recital programs under the auspices of the New York Festival of Song.  The tenor spent the summer at the Marlboro Music Festival where his performances spanned from song of Brahms and Britten to chamber music of Brett Dean with distinguished guest artists Paul Lewis, Mitsuko Uchida, Roger Vignoles, and many others.

Mr. Mykkanen's opera credits include championing new work in addition to leading roles drawn from the classic repertoire.  He gave the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Crossing at the American Repertory Theatre directed by Diane Paulus and Opera News wrote, "Miles Mykkanen's work was especially distinctive: his burnished high tenor seemed like the organizing principle around which the other voices cohered."  He was involved in the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon's Twenty-Seven and Jack Perla's Shalimar the Clown.  Other operatic highlights include performances of Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ariadne auf Naxos, Les mamelles de Tirésias, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, La finta giardiniera, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, The Cunning Little Vixen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Le donne curiose, A Hand of Bridge, and Down in the Valley.  The tenor has sung with Wolf Trap Opera Company and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in recital at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall,  and in concert with Juilliard415, the National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Mostly Mozart Festival, and with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

PBS Great Performances produced a documentary of Renée Fleming's American Voices festival in 2015, featuring Miles Mykkanen in a master class with Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster.  He also was seen on in Juilliard's live-stream master classes with Renée Fleming, Fabio Luisi, and Emmanuel Villaume, respectively.  The tenor is a youngARTS Gold winner, alumnus of The Interlochen Arts Academy, and the recipient of prizes from the Sullivan Foundation, Toulmin Foundation, Novick Career Advancement Grant, and Juilliard's Joseph W. Polisi Award.  Recently graduated from The Juilliard School with an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Miles Mykkanen earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the school under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.  

Miles Mykkanen, tenor (Candide) Sharleen Joynt, soprano (Cunegonde)
Sharleen Joynt, soprano (Cunegonde) View biography in full page >

Coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt has been praised for her "silvery, sparkling, substantial and resonant soprano" [Die Deutsche Bühne], her "scintillating high range, reminiscent of the most beautiful moments of Mady Mesplé" [Opernwelt], and "an artistic command that leaves the listener breathless" [Deutschland Radio].

In the 2017/18 season, Sharleen returns to Pacific Opera Victoria, appearing as Musetta in La bohème  and also will be featured in a new opera by Beecher with Opera Philadelphia. She will be heard in Anchorage, Alaska as Cunegonde in Candide, and on the concert stage, sings the rarely heard Goodall Requiem for The Bach Society of St. Louis.

This past season, Sharleen joined the Orlando Philharmonic as Cunegonde for a concert staging of Candide,  reprised Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute  with Pacific Opera Victoria, performed Mahler's Symphony No. 4  for the Thunder Bay Symphony, and was heard in a New Year's gala devoted to operetta with the Victoria Symphony. She appeared in the role of Zamira in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant  presented by the American Lyric Theater at Merkin Concert Hall, and was featured in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream  with the Mostly Mozart Festival in San Diego. During the 2015/16 season, Sharleen starred as Christine in the CanStage and Soundstreams co-production and North American Premiere of Belgian composer Philippe Boesman's Julie,  based on the 1888 Strindberg play, "Miss Julie", and as Galatea in Acis & Galatea,  marking her Opera Piccolo San Antonio debut.

Throughout the 2014/15 season, Sharleen made her Chinese debut as Zerbinetta in Oper Leipzig's production - and the Chinese premiere - of Ariadne auf Naxos.  She sang Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail  in Augsburg, Germany in their summer concert series and also performed her first Zerlina with Against the Grain Theatre in #UncleJohn,  a modern adaptation of Don Giovanni,  both in Toronto and at Ottawa's Chamberfest. Sharleen's 2013/14 season included rejoining the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover Fiakermilli in R. Strauss' Arabella. She appeared with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Marie, La Fille du Regiment,  Adele, Die Fledermaus), Theater und Orchester Heidelberg (Oscar, Un ballo in maschera), and made her Swiss debut with Theater St. Gallen (Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos). She was also nominated for the prestigious "Der Faust" prize, awarded by the German Stage Association, for her performance in Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos.

For the 2012/13 season, Sharleen spent her second year as an ensemble member of Theater und Orchester Heidelberg, performing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail  and receiving critical acclaim for her "stratospheric" Soprano 1/Ariadne in the Rihm opera Her uncommonly honest embodiment of characters and fearless onstage presence in German Regietheater led to a 3-page article in the May 2013 issue of Deutsche Bühne magazine.

In 2011/12, she was in Heidelberg for Frasquita in Carmen  and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the role for which she was nominated for Nachwunschsängerin (Young Singer of the Year) by Opernwelt. She also debuted with the Schwetzingen Baroque Festival as Fausta in the German premiere of Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo.

The Metropolitan Opera engaged Ms. Joynt to cover Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, and further engagements for 2010/11 included Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus  and Despina in Cosi fan tutte  for the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau ensemble. She also returned to the Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv to perform her first Zerbinetta under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor, Paul Nadler.

Further credits include her Carnegie Hall debut in Schubert's Mass in G  and Zerbinetta for the Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. A former Calgary Opera Emerging Artist, Ms. Joynt graduated from Mannes College of Music, NY, with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance. She is a prizewinner of the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, the George London Foundation Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition, the Licia-Albanese Foundation Competition, the Canadian Music Competition's International Stepping Stone and the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Ms. Joynt is a U.S. resident. She is a respected pop culture and fashion blogger and frequent guest columnist with Flare Magazine.

Sharleen Joynt, soprano (Cunegonde)
Alex Mansoori, tenor (Baron/Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski)
Alex Mansoori, tenor (Baron/Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski) View biography in full page >

Called "Oustanding" and "Hilarious" by critics, tenor Alex Mansoori has been hailed as "solid and convincing" and "smartly characterized" by The New York Times. Specializing in character tenor roles, Mr. Mansoori's varied repertoire runs the gamut from Handel and Mozart to Bernstein and Sondheim.

Most recently, he appeared as Monostatos in the Orlando Philharmonic's staged concert of Die Zauberflöte and was also part of the rebirth of Opera Orlando, singing Monsieur Vogelsang in The Impresario and Lacouf, le Fils, and le Journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias. In the coming season, he returns to the Orland Philharmonic for their staged performances of Bernstein's Candide and will be heard as Pang in Turandot and Monostatos with Opera Naples under the baton of Artistic Director Ramón Tebar.

Past seasons have seen him as Nika Magadoff in The Consul with Seattle Opera, as Bastianello and Lorenzo in the double bill of Bastianello/Lucrezia with UrbanArias in Washington DC, and a return to the Ravinia Festival as Monostatos in a concert production with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. He also appeared in the same role in Peter Brook's Une flûte enchantée which toured Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Morocco, and Russia. It also was in residence at Mr. Brook's home theatre Theatres des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

Appearances also include Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with the Santa Fe Opera, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera, Monostatos with Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Aspen Music Festival where he was also heard as Lenia in the North American Premiere of Cavalli's Eliogabalo. Other roles include Flute in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seattle Opera), Remendado in Carmen (Aspen Music Festival), and the Stage Manager in the New York premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town (The Juilliard School). He has also appeared on the Musical Theatre stage as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Igor in Young Frankenstein.

Mr. Mansoori has a long relationship with the Steven Blier and New York Festival of Song, most recently appearing in "A Modern Person's Guide to Hooking Up and Breaking Up". He has also appeared with NYFOS for tributes to Harold Prince, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer and is a favorite at their annual seasonal concert "A Goyische Christmas to you!"

Mr. Mansoori has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York's famed Rainbow Room and appeared in Candide in Concert with The New York Philharmonic which was also broadcast on PBS and later released on DVD.

A native of Seattle, Washington, he received his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the William Schuman Prize and was a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital, singing a collection of spirituals by Harry T. Burleigh and Moses Hogan.

Alex Mansoori, tenor (Baron/Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski) Alexander Elliott, baritone (Maximilian/Grand Inquisitor) Alexander Elliott, baritone (Maximilian/Grand Inquisitor)
Courtney Lopes, dancer
Courtney Lopes, dancer View biography in full page >

COURTNEY LOPES received her early dance training at In Motion School of Dance studying ballet, jazz, tap and modern. She performed with the school's company, In Motion Dance Company and in The Premier's Concert. Lopes attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her high school education focusing on Contemporary Dance, and earned a Bachelor's in Fine Art (BFA) in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. Lopes had the opportunity to study dance in Taiwan at the Taipei National University of the Arts for 5 months in Fall 2011. She has studied with the American Dance Festival, Limon Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. She has performed works by renowned choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Jessica Lang, B.J. Sullivan and Huang Yi of Cloud Gate Dance Company. Since Summer 2013, Lopes has performed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Baryshnikov Arts Center. Lopes is a company member of Dance Heginbotham, Kathryn Alter & Dancers and Brittany Bailey Dance Company.

Courtney Lopes, dancer Alison Moritz, stage director
Alison Moritz, stage director View biography in full page >

Stage Director Alison Moritz's recent productions have been lauded as "about as gorgeous and accessible as any opera anywhere" (The Commercial Appeal), and her work has been praised for its "incredible economy of resources, lean production design, and eye for jest and banter" by The Orlando Examiner.

A "rising young star on the contemporary American opera scene" (89.5 Tulsa), Alison's diverse projects for 2017-2018 include the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's newest opera Proving Up (Washington National Opera, AOI), as well as new productions of Orpheus in the Underworld (New Orleans Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Madison Opera), Trouble in Tahiti (Opera Santa Barbara), and a genre-bending triple bill of rarities for Bard Conservatory (PulcinellaFull Moon in March, and Svadba). This season, Alison also directs a new staging of Madama Butterfly (Syracuse Opera), and continues ongoing collaborations with the Resonant Bodies Festival and The Knights.

Alison's exciting 2016-2017 season included several innovative productions of American operas: The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera), Candide (Orlando Philharmonic), The Tender Land (Crane School of Music), Our Town (Townsend Opera, Fresno Grand Opera), Hydrogen Jukebox (Tri-Cities Opera), Cabildo, and Gallantry (Central City Opera). Recently, the Austin Chronicle named Alison's production of The Manchurian Candidate the #1 Classical Music/Dance event of 2016, and the production received seven Austin Critic's Award Nominations and four wins (including "Best Opera Production").

Previously, Alison served as the Resident Assistant Director at both the Minnesota Opera and The Atlanta Opera. Her professional credits include engagements with Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Memphis, and Chautauqua Opera. As a teacher and guest director, Alison has taught at Eastman School of Music, Maryland Opera Studio, Crane School of Music, and for Steven Blier and Caramoor's Vocal Rising Stars program.

Alison continues both her acting training and administrative interests and has worked and trained with companies such as the SITI Company of New York City, OPERA America, Geva Theatre Center, Third Rail Projects, Nautilus Music Theater, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She holds a B.A. in Music and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.M. from Eastman School of Music. Alison is based in New York City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Alison Moritz, stage director
John Heginbotham, choreographer
John Heginbotham, choreographer View biography in full page >

Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer, and teacher.  

John graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993 with a BFA in Dance, and was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for Sustained Achievement in Dance.  John was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) from 1998 - 2012, performing lead roles in L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato; The Hard Nut; Four Saints in Three Acts; and Romeo and Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare. During his time with MMDG, he toured across the United States and abroad alongside artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, The Bad Plus, and Zakir Hussain, and performed with opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the English National Opera. 

In June 2014, John was awarded the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Award in recognition of his unique choreographic vision and promise.  John was a 2016 Fellow at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, and is a two-time recipient of the Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Fellowship (2010, 2012).  John and Dance Heginbotham have been invited to participate in creative residencies at The Banff Centre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn College, CUNY Kingsborough, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, LMCC's Extended Life program on Governor's Island, and the Watermill Center.

Live music is an integral part of John's creative vision, leading to collaborations with the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, art/pop duo Fischerspooner; composers Tyondai Braxton, Ethan Iverson, and Colin Jacobsen; pianist George Shevtsov; multi-instrumentalist Nathan Koci; and vocalists Jesse Blumberg, Gabriel Kahane, Shara Nova (also known as My Brightest Diamond). 

In addition to his work with Dance Heginbotham, John is active as a freelance choreographer, most recently creating First for Juilliard Dance: New Dances 2016.  In 2015, John choreographed Daniel Fish's highly-acclaimed Bard SummerScape production of Oklahoma! and was invited back in 2016 to create the evening-length work Fantasque in collaboration with renowned puppeteer Amy Trompetter.  In July 2014, John created his first ballet, Angels' Share, for Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi Project. In December 2013, he choreographed Isaac Mizrahi's Peter and the Wolf for the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process Series, which has become an annual holiday event.  John's work has been featured in the music videos of Fischerspooner and NICKCASEY, and in the live performances of cabaret artists Lady Rizo and Our Lady J. 

John Heginbotham, choreographer Aaron Copp, lighting designer
Aaron Copp, lighting designer View biography in full page >

Aaron's most recent projects include designs for Natalie Merchant's 2014 US tour, Sinead O'Connor's Gospel Sessions at Lincoln Center, Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Off-Bway, tour, and DVD release), a new concert DVD by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood, Where We Live by SO Percussion at BAM, and The Goat Rodeo Sessions US tour with Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile.

He has designed plays for The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Dallas Theater Center, and other major theaters around the country. Mr. Copp has worked extensively in the dance world, and in 2008, received his second Bessie Award for Jonah Bokaer's The Invention Of Minus One. He had a long association with Merce Cunningham, designing such pieces as Ground Level Overlay, Windows, and Biped, the lighting for which also won a Bessie. Mr. Copp received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama where he studied with Jennifer Tipton, Steve Strawbridge, and Ming Cho Lee, and a BA from SUNY-Binghamton where he studied with John Vestal, John Bielenberg, and Sharon Perlmutter.

He has been a freelance designer in New York for over 25 years and an incorporated business owner for the past three.


Aaron Copp, lighting designer
Amanda Seymour
Amanda Seymour View biography in full page >

Amanda Seymour is a New York based costume designer for theatre, opera and dance. She has been lucky enough to continue in this career providing clothes appropriate for the character to tell their story, and comfortable for the artist to have confidence in their performance. 

Amanda Seymour
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Fully staged performances (115 min, plus one 20-minute intermission)