College Opera Theater Ensemble presents Don Pasquale

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Two college music students in a scene from the opera Don PasqualeMIAMI--- Gaetano Donizettit’s three-act comic opera masterpiece, Don Pasquale, featuring Tony Dillon, as special guest artist singing the role of Don Pasquale. Accompanied by a cast of college students from the New World School of the Arts College Opera Theater Ensemble – directed by Rodney Miller – Don Pasquale will be presented at the Miami Dade College North Campus’ William and Joan Lehman Theatre. The ensemble, mostly graduating college seniors majoring in voice, is being given the opportunity to appear in a professional-level production staged by Albert Sherman, resident director at New York City Opera, who has directed critically-acclaimed productions all over America. The fully staged opera includes magnificent period costumes, scenery and props, accompanied by the NWSA Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Alfred Gershfeld.
 
The opera production takes place at the William and Joan Lehman Theatre (Pawley Creative Arts Center), Miami-Dade College North Campus on April 12 @ 7:30 PM and on April 13 @ 3:00 PM - 11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami FL 33167. General admission is $10 / Students and seniors $5.Tickets can be purchased at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
 
“It’s rare to have professionals in the opera field working with and singing alongside undergraduate students. This is one of the many facets that make the opera program at New World School of the Arts so unique and challenging. This kind of professional interaction gives our students a head start as they look forward to graduate programs and auditions for professional companies. I can’t think of another program in which students finish a bachelor degree with one or two lead operatic roles under their belts,” explained Dr. Milton R. Laufer, dean of music at NWSA.
 
Don Pasquale is set in Rome during the early 19th Century. Ernesto is in love with the lovely Norina who does not have a dime to her name, and refuses to marry the woman chosen for him by his rich uncle Don Pasquale. Meanwhile, Don Pasquale plans to wed and produce his own heirs, cutting Ernesto off from his inheritance. Dr. Malatesta, a close friend of the old man, asks Don Pasquale to let him choose the bride for him in order to avoid disaster in the family. He explains that his sister Sofronia (who is actually a nun) would be the perfect choice for him and Don Pasquale happily accepts the proposal. Disguised as Sofronia, Norina is presented to Don Pasquale, who is quick to sign a marriage contract, which just happens to be fake. When the sweet new wife suddenly turns into a vicious woman, Don Pasquale attempts to get rid of her claiming her unfaithfulness. The scheming plot is eventually exposed and the old man, who is only too happy to get out of his miserable "fake" marriage, happily consents to Ernesto and Norina's wedding.
 
Albert Sherman’s stylistic versatility and his carefully crafted productions of opera, operetta, and musical theatre for companies across the United States have garnered him significant praise over the past two decades. As a resident stage director for New York City Opera, Mr. Sherman created a new staging of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, along with critically acclaimed revivals of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte; Verdi’s La Traviata; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Albert Sherman also assisted Harold Prince on the NYCO productions of Candide, Sweeney Todd, and Weill’s Silverlake. In addition to his work at City Opera, he has directed productions for other companies such as Wolf Trap, Cincinnati, Portland, Kentucky, Florentine (Milwaukee), Phoenix, Sarasota, Columbus, Dayton, Tulsa, and Anchorage, and has also guest directed at Manhattan School of Music, The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and Boston University.
 
Tony Dillon’s vocal and dramatic versatility has been commended throughout the United States, Russia and Central America. His repertoire of over seventy operatic roles ranges from the works of Peri and Cavalli to premiering the operas and song cycles of Earnest, Mlyn, Fink and others. He has had the pleasure of performing under the baton of Yves Abel, Scott Bergeson, Leonard Bernstein, Anton Coppola, Sir Colin Davis, and Kent Nagano. A former recipient of the Opera Renaissance Award, Mr. Dillon has appeared with the WashingtonNational Opera, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City National Company, Glimmerglass, Cleveland, Michigan Opera Theater, Austin Lyric, and various regional companies and Symphonies.
 
At New World School of the Arts, music students receive one-on-one instruction from accomplished musicians and grow throughdisciplined guidance and training as they develop their personal style and repertoire. Through its educational partnerships, NWSA’s audition-based programs, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater and Art and Design, offer the high school diploma as well as the BFA and BM college degrees. Areas of concentration in music include: composition, performance, instrumental, piano, strings and voice.
 
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools,Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
 
For tickets and information, visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.