Lucrezia March 8 @ 7:30pm March 9 @ 2:00pm March 10 @ 2:00pm Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall 1955 McLean Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 3J7 Performed by the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program Part of VOICES: Free Concert Series Supported by TD By turn outrageous, irreverent, snarky, and seductive, Lucrezia is an unusual opera. With an English libretto provided by Mark Campbell and with music by William Bolcom, this one act chamber opera is a re-imagining of Machiavelli’s Renaissance-era comedy La Mandragola (yes, THAT Machiavelli). When a would-be lover (with some help from the town charlatan) hatches an elaborate plot to trick his way into her heart and bed, the titular Lucrezia has plans of her own. She’s ready to turn the tables, with an ace or two (or five) up her sleeve. After all, the end justifies the means. With music heavily inspired by the popular Spanish-infused Zarzuela style, this romp is the perfect warm up for Vancouver Opera’s final mainstage show of the season, Carmen. Directors Music Director: Leslie Dala Stage Director: Sawyer Craig Performers *in order of vocal appearance Chucho: Luka Kawabata Lorenzo: Jeremy Scinocca Lucrezia: Simran Claire Ignacio: Danlie Rae Acebuque Annunciata: Heidi Duncan Piano I: Leslie Dala Piano II: Tina Chang Creative Team: Production Design: Stephen Field Elgar Lighting Design: Jamie Sweeney Stage Management: Stage Manager: Marijka Asbeek Brusse Apprentice Stage Manager: Rachel E. Ross ABOUT THE YULANDA M. FARIS YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM In 2012, VO launched the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program. Made possible through a gift from the family of Yulanda M. Faris, the program engages, enriches, mentors and trains rising young Canadian opera artists and offers a bridge between formal academic educational programs and the professional world in a supportive and encouraging environment. The Young Artists Program provides artists – singers, pianists and stage directors – with the opportunity to train with industry leaders through master classes, one-on-one coachings and performance opportunities as part of a residency program.
Danlie Rae Acebuque
Filipino-Canadian baritone Danlie Rae Acebuque is described to “possess a beautiful, warm baritone voice with enviable flexibility and an easy top” (Claudia Friedlander), and “his fresh, suave baritone” (Opera Canada). Danlie Rae holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Masters of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Frédérique Vézina. Danlie Rae was a recipient of several awards such as the prestigious Ivan Alexandor Chorney Opera Scholarship with UofT in 2021, the Stuart Hamilton Award with Voicebox: Opera in Concert in 2022 and recently, Danlie Rae was one of the Encouragement Award Recipients at The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition – Oregon District.
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, soprano Heidi Duncan is a recent graduate of The University of Toronto where she earned both her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance and Master’s of Music in Opera Performance. Recent opera credits include Annina (La Traviata), Laurie Moss (The Tender Land), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor). As an avid recitalist, Heidi has performed solo recitals and concert programs in Toronto and across Alberta, including a soloist with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble.
Northern BC-born pianist & vocal coach Indra Egan holds a M.Mus. (Collaborative Piano, U of T), where she won the Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying, and a B.Mus. (Piano Performance, U of M). Opera highlights: Béatrice et Bénédict (Opera Kelowna), Songbook XI (Tapestry Opera), La Bohème (Opera NUOVA), Colas et Colinette (Lyn Vernon Productions), and excerpts from l'Orfeo and Lohengrin (U of M Opera).
Jeremy Scinocca is an award-winning tenor from Toronto and a returning member of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Farris Young Artist Program. Last season Jeremy performed in Vancouver Opera’s Le Portrait de Manon as Tiberge and covered the roles of Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This year Jeremy will make his role debut as Tonio in La fille sans regiment with Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
Sawyer is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist with a passion for vibrant, collaborative storytelling. In demand as both singing actor and as stage director, she’s been praised as a “bit of a renaissance woman” (UM Today). Onstage highlights: Adina (Highlands Opera Studio) and Frasquita (Edmonton Opera). Directing highlights: Le Portrait de Manon (VO YAP Showcase) and Il Corsaro (Manitoba Underground Opera). Sawyer is over the moon to return to the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program as the stage director for the 2023-24 season.
Simran Claire is a mezzo-soprano from Surrey, BC. She is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s McPhee Artist development program, performing as Flora in La traviata and the Teacher in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. An alumnus of UBC, the Glimmerglass Festival, The Banff Centre, and Pacific Opera Victoria’s CEAR, Simran is also interested in creating original work. Her “utterly moving” (Opera Canada) narrative recital film Dadima was featured by CBC Music and Global TV.
Lucrezia Music Director Notes from Leslie Dala
Leslie Dala - Yulanda M Faris Young Artist Program Director
William Bolcom and Mark Campbell’s Lucrezia was commissioned by the New York Festival of Song and premiered in 2007. It is based on Niccolo Machiavelli’s La Mandragola (the mandrake) which was first published exactly 500 years ago in 1524! This seemed to me to be a great piece for a Young Artist presentation as Bolcom and Campbell are among the most recognized masters in their field and both of them have received a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award and many other accolades in their distinguished careers. The piece is for five singers and two pianists so we were able to invite Luka Kawabata, a recent alumnus of the Yolanda M Faris program to join us and since he will be performing the role of le Dancaïre in our upcoming production of Carmen, alongside our current young artists I thought this would also make for a great team building exercise. Sadly, Indra Egan, our Young Artist Pianist, injured her shoulder in late January and is still in recovery so she was not able to take part in this project. The music is a delightful homage to the zarzuela style of writing and incorporates a wide range of tangos,( Tango argentino, Tango seduttivo, Tango funebre……) habaneras, jotas as well as Bolcom’s signature musical language which incorporates elements of jazz, cabaret in a sophisticated structural framework. As a virtuoso pianist himself and someone who has been writing for voice all of his life (his wife, Joan Morris is a mezzo soprano for whom all of his cabaret songs were composed) this piece is an excellent showcase for all involved. It has been a pleasure working with Sawyer, Tina and the cast of singers to put this together and I sincerely hope you enjoy our presentation! Leslie Dala Yulanda M Faris Young Artist Program Director