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Synopsis

ACT I. Naples, late 1700s. Early morning. Don Alfonso, a cynical old bachelor, debates women's constancy with Ferrando and Guglielmo, young officers who insist their sweethearts -- the sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi -- are faithful. Alfonso bets that if they give him one day and do everything he asks, he will prove the sisters are like all other women -- fickle.  

Fiordiligi and Dorabella are comparing pictures of their boyfriends when Alfonso pays a visit, bringing news that Guglielmo and Ferrando have been ordered away with their regiment. The two men appear, and the sisters, overwhelmed with grief, bid them farewell. Alfonso is delighted with his plot and feels certain of winning his wager.  The chambermaid, Despina, consoles her mistresses and advises them to forget their old lovers with the help of new ones. The girls, scandalized by Despina's depiction of men as swaggering liars, depart. Alfonso convinces Despina to help him introduce new suitors into the sisters' favor, then brings in exotically attired "Albanians" -- Ferrando and Guglielmo in disguise. Fiordiligi and Dorabella don't warm to the newcomers at all, Fiordiligi likening her constancy to a rock in a storm, and they take their leave again. The men, confident of winning their bet, are thrilled, and Ferrando sings amorously of his steadfast sweetheart, but Alfonso reminds him the day is not yet over.  The sisters have retreated to a garden. Alfonso brings in the "Albanians," who claim to have taken poison. The women call Despina, who urges them to care for the men while she fetches a doctor. She returns disguised as the doctor, pretends to draw off the poison with a magnet, then watches with Alfonso as Fiordiligi and Dorabella waver under renewed protestations of love.

 

ACT II. In the afternoon, Despina urges Fiordiligi and Dorabella to choose their favorite, and each picks the other's suitor, according to Alfonso's plan. After the "Albanians" serenade the sisters, Despina and Alfonso give lessons in courting and leave the young people together. Guglielmo, courting Dorabella, succeeds in replacing her portrait of Ferrando with a new charm. Ferrando has no such luck with Fiordiligi, who still thinks guiltily of Guglielmo. Comparing notes later, Ferrando is furious over Dorabella's betrayal, Guglielmo smug about Fiordiligi's steadfastness. But Alfonso is not finished yet. Under Despina's supervision, Dorabella tries to persuade Fiordiligi to give in, but Fiordiligi decides that she and Dorabella must join their lovers at the front. Ferrando appears, however, and wins her over. Now Guglielmo is furious, but the officers still owe Alfonso time: as night falls he plans a double wedding.  The couples are married by a "notary" -- again Despina in disguise. As they sign the contracts, the women hear a military march that heralds the return of their original suitors. They force the "Albanians" into hiding and try to compose themselves for Ferrando and Guglielmo, who shed their disguises and enter, dressed as soldiers. Confessions are made by the sisters, and forgiveness is begged. Alfonso bids the lovers learn their lesson, and with a hymn to reason and enlightenment, the day comes to a close.

Biographies

Cosas magazine praises Maia Aramburú as Peru’s young promise of lyrical singing and is considered one of the seven new Peruvian voices. Maia’s roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Minskwoman in Flight, Dorothée in Cendrillon, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs. Hayes in Susannah, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Countess in Daughters of the Bloody Duke, and Novice in Suor Angelica. She also tours with EXIGENCE, performing at the Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, and more. 

Maia has recently been appointed one of the MPower Artists of the Sphinx Organization as well as a finalist in the inaugural Duncan Williams Voice competition with the NYC Opera and MSM. The soprano has also won Third Place in the George Shirley Voice Competition, First Place in the Medici International Music Competition, Second Place in the MAP International Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Concurso Internacional de Canto Lírico. 

The Peruvian soprano graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Performing Arts Management & Entrepreneurship from The University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Opera at the USC Thornton School of Music.

 

John Arlievsky is a baritone, conductor, composer and pianist currently studying voice performance under Randall Scarlata at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Recent engagements include the title role of Don Giovanni with Peabody Opera Theatre, recitals at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and  Heritage in Washington, DC and at the Russian Orthodox Synodal Cathedral in Manhattan,  an outreach lecture recital produced by the Denyce Graves Foundation, performances at the Castleton Vocal Immersion Program and, as their artistic director, the remaining 4 concerts of Osanna Chamber Ensemble’s 2023 season.  John began voice study with Sharon Sweet at Westminster Choir College, where he was a triple major in voice, piano, and composition. John is grateful to continue his studies at Peabody under a Premier Talent Scholarship.

 

Maklyn Baley is currently attending the New England Conservatory of Music for her M.M. in Vocal Performance, after completing her undergraduate work at the University of Oregon.  She has been one of the consistent winners of the regional NATS Artist Award and National Student Auditions for the past several years. She has performed as a chorus member in of The Magic Flute by Mozart as well as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck as a part of Luke Housner’s LAH-SOW summer program in 2022. She has also performed partial rolls as Meg in Falstaff by Verdi, Mrs. Quickly in Sir John in Love by Vaughan Williams and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia by Britten.

Kobe Burton is currently a student at Biola University seeking degrees in both Voice Performance and Music Composition with an emphasis in New Media Composition. His resume spans musical theatre and opera repertoire, including productions such as the Baker in Into the Woods (Biola Opera), Mars in Orpheus in the Underworld (Hawaii Performing Arts Festival), Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (Biola Opera), and Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors (Newbury Park Theatre). Under the tutelage of Joel Balzun, he has consistently placed in the Cal-West NATS Student Auditions and the NATS LA Collegiate Auditions, qualifying for the national round on more than one occasion in the former. In 2022 he was the recipient of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award at Biola University. After graduation he hopes to pursue vocal performance and/or composition as a career. Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Michelle Cipollone, soprano, originally hails from Oregon, and has resided in San Francisco for around 5 years now and has decided to call it her home. Michelle’s solo work includes having performed the role of Countess in La nozze di Figaro, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and Mutter (Hänsel und Gretel) with LAH-SOW Opera, and is looking forward to debuting her first Fiordiligi with them this summer.  Previous roles include: La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Ino (Semele), Kathie (The Student Prince), Maestra della Novizie (Suor Angelica), and Giunone (La Calisto).   In addition to operatic roles, Michelle has also toured internationally as a featured soloist with choral ensembles to Spain and Ireland, as well as singing solos in choral pieces and oratorio works with various professional-level choirs.   Michelle also serves as cantor and Soprano section leader at St. Agnes Church in the Haight-Ashbury.  Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012 and graduated with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2020.

In addition to performing Michelle also has her own studio, teaching voice and piano students through Inspire Music.  She also is the Program Manager for the Bridges to Arts and Music program, a thriving after school program through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is grateful for the opportunity to support and encourage the next generation of musicians.

Baritone Steve Kahn (Don Alfonso) is delighted to be working with LAHSOW in person this year after last summer's online appearance as Vater in Hänsel und Gretel. His recent credits include the roles of Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Méphistophélès (Faust [Gounod]), Frank (Die Fledermaus), and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro). A composition graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he is also a longtime player of stringed instruments, and has recently had an instructional book and song arrangements for a technical development for clawhammer banjo which he invented--"pawhammer banjo"--accepted for publication by the music publisher Mel Bay. More information about his classical singing and composition is available at stevekmusic.net, and his ‘banjoing’ at pawhammerbanjo.com.

 

Thereza Lituma has been hailed for singing with “beautiful colors” (CS Music, Frederica von Stade) “sweeping emotive power”, and an “appealing conviction” (News-Gazette). As a classical singer, she has performed with professional music companies such as the: Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, New Earth Ensemble, Ad Astra Music Festival, and Spoleto Festival USA. Thereza is a proud alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Music where she earned multiple degrees in Voice Performance under the tutelage of Professor Sylvia Stone.

Soprano Shin Yeong Noh, a native of Seoul, South Korea has been praised for her impressive coloratura singing and dramatic gestures in operas and concerts. Noh performed various operatic roles including Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Madame Herz (Impresario), Lisette (La Rondine), Nannetta (Falstaff), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Ginevra (Ariodante), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), among others.

Noh has been named as one of the US regional winners of Belvedere International Singing Competition and also won First Place at New Hampshire Opera Idol, Second Place at Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, Third Place at NATS audition, and Tribute Award from National Society of Arts and Letters Competition.

Noh earned Doctor of Music under the tutelage of Patricia Stiles at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University Bloomington where she also received MM and BM.

"Praised for the clarity and warmth of her “fine voice” (Ithaca Times) as well as her compelling stage presence, Rachel Silverstein's performances are always memorable. She is especially excited to be making her debut as Despina in her favorite Mozart opera here at the LAH Summer Opera Workshop. Silverstein also appeared in last summer’s Workshop as the First Woodsprite in RUSALKA.  Other previous roles include "Helena" in Britten's mythical opera A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (Mason Gross School of the Arts), "Lady Billows"(ALBERT HERRING, Miami Classical Musical Festival), "La Musica" (L'ORPHEO, Mason Gross School of the Arts), "Pitti-Sing" (THE MIKADO, the Pittsburgh Savoyards), and "La Gloire" (ARMIDE, Miami Classical Music Festival).  Silverstein graduated May 2022 with her Masters in Opera Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts with the reception of the Michael Fardink Memorial Award for Outstanding Vocalist.”

Soprano Sophie Urquhart is excited to join LAHSOW’s production of Così Fan Tutte. Having recently undergone a change in Fach from Mezzo-Soprano, Sophie performed Pamina, her first Soprano role, this June with the Harrower Opera Studio. Sophie’s previous roles include Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, and Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring. In addition to singing, Sophie is active in the field of arts administration, and has held positions for Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative and Boston Early Music Festival. She received her master’s degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Kerry Deal, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Brown University.

 

Tenor Charles Vega is a master’s student in voice at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His most recent performance was in the world premiere of Anne Frank where he played Peter. Other IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater appearances include the role of Patacha in Chabrier’s L’Étoile and in the ensembles of H.M.S. Pinafore, Falstaff, The Coronation of Poppea, and Highway 1, USA. For the past two summers, Vega has performed in Germany at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, featured as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Basilio/Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro. A native of Miami, Florida, he completed his undergraduate studies in voice performance at Florida State University with Jeffrey Springer. Vega began his studies at Jacobs with Carlos Montane and currently studies with Deanne Meek.

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