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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Artists
mar
19, 20, 21, 22
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Profile appears on
page 25.
Gabriel Preisser
, Billy Bigelow
Gabriel Preisser
has appeared with
companies and
orchestras across
the U.S. He last
performed with
the Minnesota
Orchestra in 2014,
as Dr. Falke in
Die Fledermaus
, and in
2012 as Marullo in
Rigoletto
.
Recent, upcoming:
He created the
role of Lieutenant Gordon in the
Minnesota Opera’s world premiere
of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning
Silent
Night
, earning acclaim then and in
subsequent performances with Opera
Philadelphia and Cincinnati Opera. In
future engagements he plays Escamillo in
Carmen
with Lyric Opera of the North,
Figaro in
The Barber of Seville
with
St. Petersburg Opera, Farmer Bean in
Tobias Picker’s
Fantastic Mr. Fox
with
San Antonio Opera and Odyssey Opera
in Boston, Sciarrone in
Tosca
with the
Orlando Philharmonic, and Angelotti/
Jailor in
Tosca
with the Colorado Symphony.
More:
gabrielpreisser.com.
Sarah Lawrence
, Julie Jordan
Soprano Sarah
Lawrence, who
appeared as Adele
in the Minnesota
Orchestra’s 2014
production of
Die
Fledermaus
, has also
performed leading
roles in productions ranging from Handel’s
Semele
and Donizetti’s
Don Pasquale
with
Lyric Opera of the North to Bernstein’s
Wonderful Town
with Skylark Opera.
Recent, upcoming:
Lawrence has
portrayed a broad spectrum of roles
on the stages of the Duluth Playhouse,
Opera Omaha, Madison Opera and
Light Opera Oklahoma, and with the
symphony orchestras of Madison,
Omaha, Milwaukee and Boise, among
others. Her future engagements include
singing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
with the Duluth Superior Symphony
Orchestra and
The Music Man
at the
Guthrie Theater, and, with Andrew Litton
and the Colorado Symphony, taking
another turn as Adele in
Die Fledermaus
.
More:
sarahelawrence.com.
KerstenRodau
, Carrie Pipperidge
Kersten Rodau
returns to
Orchestra Hall
following her
appearances in
“Springtime in
Paris
,
” Bernstein’s
Mass
and Grieg’s
Peer Gynt
. Most recently she appeared in
the Ordway’s production of
A Christmas
one-minute note
Rodgers and Hammerstein:
Carousel
Carousel
, the second musical from the beloved theatrical tandem of Rodgers and Hammerstein, follows the story of
carnival barker Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, a young millworker, as they meet at a carnival, wed and navigate
the joys and sorrows of their new life together. Characters in their orbit include Julie’s friend Carrie Pipperidge and
Carrie’s love interest Enoch Snow, Julie’s kind cousin Nettie, the ne’er-do-well Jigger Craigin, a mysterious “Starkeeper”
and Louise, a young character critical to the closing scenes. The opening “Carousel Waltz” is among the memorable
passages, as are the poignant ballad “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the immortal romantic duet “If I Loved You” and the
show-stopping dance number “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over.” The denouement, both bittersweet and surprising, closes a
remarkable piece of American theater that
Time
magazine named “best musical of the 20th century.”
Story, the Musical
.
Locally:
Rodau has performed with
area companies including the Guthrie
Theater, Park Square Theater, Chanhassen
Dinner Theatres, Jungle Theater, Skylark
Opera and Bloomington Civic Theatre, in
productions such as
Pirates of Penzance
,
Sweeney Todd
,
Ragtime
,
Les Misérables
,
The
Sound of Music
,
Urinetown
,
Funny Girl
and
Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast
. She was
also in Nautilus Music Theater’s
Ordinary
Days
, which was recognized at the 2014
Ivey Awards for overall excellence.
Paul R. Coate
, Enoch Snow
Paul R. Coate has
appeared in two
previous Minnesota
Orchestra
productions: as
Dr. Blind in a
Sommerfest 2014
performance of
Die
Fledermaus
and in 2011 as Monostatos
in
The Magic Flute
. He recently played in
Children’s Theatre Company productions
of
Shrek the Musical
and
Dr. Seuss’ How
the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Local, regional:
Coate has performed
with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra,
Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Opera
Omaha and Skylark Opera, in works
ranging from
Wonderful Town
and
The Fantasticks
to
My Fair Lady
and
The Tender Land
. He has performed a
wide range of roles with Park Square
Theatre, History Theatre, Theatre Latté
Da, Nebraska Shakespeare, Nebraska
Repertory Theatre and other companies.
More:
paulrcoate.com.
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