La Rondine: Remix
Puccini’s Opera — Reimagined
May 13 - 21, 2017
The Central Square Theater in Cambridge
"Intimate and compelling"
"Stage Director Patricia Weinmann had the characters moving about beautifully."
"a gripping cast of performers"
The Theatre Times
La Rondine Distilled to Its Core
Puccini's poignantly romantic opera explores the ephemeral quality of love and the illusion and reality of desire. Set in the elegant and lively 1950's of Paris, this 90-minute production allows for nuanced portrayals of the characters, performed in a space where you are never more than a few rows from the performers.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles and accompanied by:
Brendon Shapiro, piano, &
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La Rondine: Remix
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami
Concept by Patricia-Maria Weinmann
Arranged by Mathieu D'Ordine
MAGDA: Jessica Jacobs
LISETTE: Jennifer Caraluzzi
BIANCA: Rhaea D'Aliesio
YVETTE: Carley DeFranco
SUZY: Susannah Thornton
PRUNIER: Joshua Rotz
RUGGERO: Fran Rogers
RAMBALDO: Samuel Bowen
Brendon Shapiro, piano
& the Glenside Quartet
Cast & Creative Team
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A native of Bethel, Connecticut, Jennifer Caraluzzi is a performer, educator and administrator. Jennifer completed her masters at New England Conservatory and serves as the Chair of the Preparatory School Voice Department at New England Conservatory as well as voice faculty for the School of Continuing Education. Festivals include Opera Theater of St. Louis; competitions include 2010 winner of the Jenny Lind Vocal Competition. Jennifer is also currently pursuing her MBA in Music Business.
Rhaea is a Boston-based soprano who received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music. She is equally at home in opera, art song, lieder, and oratorio. She is also a lover of musical theatre and has most recently appeared as Maria (West Side Story) in Durban, South Africa, as well as a tribute to the beloved music of Stephen Sondheim in Mission Viejo, California.
A native of Rush, New York, Carley completed her MM at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and her BM from the American University. She has appeared here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, the Polymnia Choral Society, the BACH Orchestra in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the Vladimir Symphony Orchestra, the American University Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Singers, the Madrigirls of Glasgow, Scotland, and Emmanual Music.
Jess is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music and Artist Diploma). She has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Bel Canto Award in the 2016 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and was a semi-finalist in Opera Theater Pittsburgh’s 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Festivals include CCM Spoleto, Italy and Sugar Creek Opera.
Fran combines genres and instrumental ability with technical skill, excelling in a variety of languages and styles. Fran is a recent semifinalist at the Concorso Internazionale diMusica Sacra in Rome, Italy. He also frequently performs as a national anthem soloist for Boston’s major sports franchises. In addition to solo performances across the country and the globe, Fran regularly sings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
Susannah received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire and received her Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music of Bard College. While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Thornton performed the role of L’Enfant/ L’Enfant et les Sortileges) as well as studying Hermia/Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte), and Cherubino/The Marriage of Figaro. Companies include Opera by the Bay in Hingham, MA.
Andy Nice is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Brendon Shapiro is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
Weinmann has worked with Opera on the James, Utah Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, and American Opera Project. Weinmann has served on the faculties of both the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory and is guest director for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program. She is currently on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.
Amelia is a guest artist. Bio below.
Ingrid is a guest artist. Bio below.