UofT Opera | UofT Opera Alum Russell Braun makes conducting debut
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UofT Opera Alum Russell Braun makes conducting debut

We all know and love Russell Braun the baritone; what an honour it is to witness the emergence of Russell Braun the conductor. UofT Opera is delighted to present Russell’s first engagement with orchestra. Russell brings to the podium over a quarter century of performance experience on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies. His passion for the music he’s preparing is as deep as it is infectious – he immerses himself completely and expects the cast and orchestra to do the same. Come to a performance of Orphée aux enfers to hear and see Russell Braun make Canadian musical history as he conducts Offenbach’s lively score. This production features witty new english dialogue by Michael Patrick Albano and beautiful playing by the UTSO. Every UofT Opera singer is featured in a principal role and our fabulous chorus is comprised of UofT Voice Studies students. This is a great show for the whole family, with hummable tunes and lots of dancing. Performances are November 24, 25, 26, 27 with casting as follows:
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLDJacques Offenbach
November 24, 25, 26, 27 / 2016
Conductor: Russell Braun
Director: Michael Albano
Choreographer: Anna Theodosakis
Set Designer: James Bolton
Lighting Designer: Wesley McKenzie
Costume Designer: Lisa Magill

CAST

November 24, 26 / 2016 November 25, 27/ 2016
Orpheus Matthew Dalen Daevyd Pepper
Eurydice Brittany Cann Rebecca Apps
Jupiter Joel Allison Brenden Friesen
Juno Simona Genga Georgia Burashko
Diana Alyssa Durnie Rebecca Gray
Venus Camille Rogers Leanne Kaufman
Pluto Adam Harris Micah Schroeder
Bacchus Andrew Adridge Daniel Thielmann
Public Opinion Caitlin McCaughey Caitlin McCaughey
Cupid Sarah Amelard Sarah Amelard
Chorus

Minerva: Cassandra Karvonen
Hebe: Sydney Baedke
Ceres: Emma Bergin
Iris: Cristina Lanz
Vesta: Charlotte Siegal
Terpsichore: Sarah Forestieri

The 3 Graces:

Alexandra Brennan
Saige Carlson
Chelsea Pringle-Duchemin

Pan: Joey Jang
Morpheus: Quinn Mitchell
Hercules: Ryan McDonald
Janus: James Sandau
Apollo: Michael Johnston
Neptune: Jacob Abrahamse
Vulcan: Matthew Cairns
Mars: Jacob Feldman
Mercury: Korin Thomas-Smith
Chronos: Lutzen Riedstra
Helios: Matthew Snowden