Friday, October 23, 2015 at 8 pm and Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3 pm
Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
From trickery and disguises to serenading in the moonlight, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Barber of Seville) is filled with liveliness and comedy at every twist and turn. Rossini’s nineteenth century masterpiece features a slew of vivacious characters that go to great lengths in search of friendship and love, encountering hilarious situations along the way. The music has been featured in countless pop-culture outlets – Robin Williams singing the famous “Largo al factotum” at the beginning of Ms. Doubtfire, and the classic Seinfeld episode when he tries to change barbers and gets caught “cheating” on his first barber with his second.
Dr. Jon Truitt, ALO’s Artistic Advisor, will serve as the guest director, along with Maestro Dan Allcott, of Tennessee’s Bryan Symphony Orchestra, as our conductor. Asheville Lyric Opera is thrilled to bring this larger-than-life comedic work to the intimate Diana Wortham Theatre. As one of the most well-known and recognizable operas, Barber of Seville is a can’t-miss opportunity to laugh at ridiculous antics, listen to beautiful music, and experience opera at its finest, here in Western North Carolina.
Regina Davis van der Eijk, American Mezzo Soprano, is gathering impressive reviews for her work on international and American stages. Hailed by critics as, “a young lady who bears watching,” and a “show stealer,” mezzo soprano she has “struck audiences” with her “exquisite” performances. Most recently Ms. van der Eijk appeared in the spring of 2015 in De Wiericker Opera at Fort de Wiericker Schans in South Holland. Her performance was acclaimed by a local critic as “world class! ..during her two coloratura arias by Rossini, alongside Cecilia Bartoli in caliber, there are not many singers who have mastered this technique perfectly as she has.” Throughout the previous three years, Ms. van der Eijk has regionally toured throughout the Netherlands with the Bel Canto Opera. For her portrayal of Proserpina in the Duch National Opera’s Studio production of L’a tragedie de L’Orfeo by Montiverdi at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, La Place Opera stated: “the Proserpina sung by Regina Davis could have persuaded any god with her warm voice.” Her operatic performances include but are not limited to the roles of Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with Asheville Lyric Opera in 2012, Rosina in The Barber of Seville in 2011 and Third Lady in The Magic Flute in 2010 with Opera Theatre of the Rockies as well as Cherubino in The marriage of Figaro with Asheville Lyric Opera in October 2009. In August of 2009 she sang an “absolutely smashing” performance of Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila at The Vocal Arts Symposium at Colorado College. Her performance was labeled by local critics as “voluptuous – dramatically and vocally.”The summer of 2008 Regina attended the Young Artist training program at Central City Opera. She was an award recipient at the 2009 NC MET Audition. Regina’s studies have also taken her to Amsterdam, Netherlands where she has been a Guest Studio Member of the Dutch National Opera. Although born an American from Transylvania Country in Western North Carolina, Regina now resides in Waddinxveen, South Holland, The Netherlands.
Todd Barnhill is originally from Tabor City, NC. Todd was recently a Gerdine
Young Artist with the Opera Theater of St. Louis where he performed the Notary and covered Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, while also performing A Student in La Rondine. In 2016, Todd will join Nashville Opera to perform the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus. He was formerly a young artist with the Chautauqua Opera Company where he covered the role of Dr. Caius in Falstaff as well as singing Nadir from Les pêcheurs de perles in the Chautuaqua scenes program. Todd received his Bachelors in Music from East Carolina University where he performed the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Reverend Harrington in Lizzie Borden. He received his Master’s at the University of Tennessee. While at UT, Todd performed the roles of Count Almaviva in UTOT’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, The Messenger in Medea (World Premier), and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
Adrian Smith was most recently heard as an Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera in productions of La Fille du Régiment, Salome, and the world première of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. A recent alumnus of Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artist Program, his assignments included Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, and covering the title role in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. In recent seasons he performed Colline in La Bohème with Opera North, and Angelotti in a concert performance of Tosca with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, amidst a wealth of début performances including King Arthur in a performance of Camelot at Glimmerglass Opera and Dr. Grenvil in Atlanta Opera’s La Traviata. Additional credits include appearances as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, as Geronimo in Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, as Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, and in the title role of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. On concert stages, Adrian’s engagements include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Händel’s Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor at Boston Symphony Hall. A native of Hickory, NC, Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice Performance from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, and was a member of the Boston University Opera Institute where he earned a Certificate in Opera Performance.
Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself by performing at major and regional venues across the country. Equally comfortable in the concert hall as on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut was met with great acclaim. The Opera Insider proclaimed that the “…recital was nothing short of stellar.” describing the evening as “…an hour of intensely passionate singing and playing.” Mr. Rubio’s recent performances include the baritone soloist in a world premiere production of a fully staged Carmina Burana with Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, WA. On the operatic stage, he has been heralded by Opera News as “A major operatic find.”, singing principal roles with Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, Encompass Opera, Music Academy of the West, Opera Theater of Lucca, and Vespertine Opera. His leading operatic credits include; Figaro (Barbiere), Marcello, Guglielmo, Tarquinius, Le Mari, Gianni Schicchi, Dr. Rappaccini, Papageno, Figaro (Nozze), Sam, Schaunard, Mercurio, Fiorello, Marullo, and Barone Douphol. Mr. Rubio spent 2 years an a resident artist with the Portland Opera, holds an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and is a three time alumnus of the Music Academy of the West. He is a two time winner of the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a 2nd place winner in the Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Abroad, he has spent three summers in Italy with the Opera Festival of Lucca and a summer in China performing, studying mandarin, and touring with the ISING! International Festival.
Dan Allcott is Music Director for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association and Director of Orchestras and Conducting at Tennessee Tech University. In addition Maestro Allcott serves as Music Director and Conductor for the Bryan Symphony, the only professional orchestra of the Upper Cumberland’s. In 2010 Allcott concluded his 10th season with the Atlanta Ballet, where he conducted more than 300 performances as Music Director and Principal Conductor. According to John McFall, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Ballet, “Dan not only revitalized the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra but also led daring collaborations with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Indigo Girls, Michael O’Neal Singers, and many other non-traditional ballet partners.” Susan Elliott, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, remarked, “Dan Allcott deserves major credit for metamorphosing the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra.”
An active guest conductor, educator and clinician, Maestro Allcott has conducted the Indianapolis and Dallas symphony orchestras, as well as regional and educational orchestras. In the fall of 2009 he made his conducting debut with the Asheville Lyric Opera in its production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
Allcott studied conducting with Imre Pallo and Thomas Baldner at the prestigious Indiana University, and in 1996, was appointed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Schmitt Conducting Fellow, a position he held for three years. In 1998, Allcott was named the first Herbert von Karajan Fellow of the American Austrian Foundation at the Salzburg Festival and has been a participant in the Nicolai Malko and Grzegorz Fitelberg competitions in Europe. He has conducted in master classes with Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller with the League of American Orchestras and the Conductors’ Guild.
A well-known educator in Tennessee, he is the former president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and serves on faculty for Cellospeak and the Tennessee Cello Workshop.
Jon Truitt is the Director of Opera and Associate Professor of Music at Ball State University. His students have been featured in many choral and operatic performances, and some have gone on to professional performing and graduate programs. Recently, his work as an opera educator was recognized with a 2013 Evansville Mayor’s Arts Award for Ensemble of the Year. Jon Truitt is making his mark as an operatic stage director across the United States, having recently directed professional productions of South Pacific, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Hansel and Gretel, Pagliacci, Suor Angelica, the Merry Widow, Le nozze di Figaro, Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, Little Red Riding Hood, Don Giovanni, The Elixir of Love, and Die Zauberflöte. His recent professional production of Die Zauberflöte was featured in Opera America magazine. An active supporter of the development of young operatic artists, Jon Truitt also co-directs an opera young artist program each summer with his wife, soprano Elizabeth Truitt, for Asheville Lyric Opera in North Carolina. An actively performing baritone, Jon Truitt appears regularly with professional opera companies across the United States, including the New Orleans Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Muddy River Opera Company, Soo Opera Theatre, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera Illinois, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Jacksonville Opera, and the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He is a two-time apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera, a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist, and a NATSAA Indiana State Winner.