Opera San Jose Presents IL TROVATORE, 2/9-24
Returning resident tenor Alexander Boyer will perform the role of Manrico, a troubadour and officer in the army of the Prince of Urgel. Boyer is in his fifth year as a resident artist. Previous credits include the title role in Opera San José's company premiere of Idomeneo, Canio in Pagliacci and the title role in Faust. He shares the role with tenor James Callon, who joined the Opera San José resident ensemble this season after concluding his second year as a Studio Artist with Tulsa Opera, where he performed the role of Howard Boucher in the company's debut production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking to critical acclaim.
Resident baritones Evan Brummel and Zachary Altman share the role of Count di Luna, a nobleman in the service of the Prince of Aragon. Brummel returns for a second year as a member of the resident ensemble after appearing last season in the roles of Tonio (Pagliacci), Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Valentin (Faust). Altman recently performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as Herman Augusts and Second Inquisitor in Bernstein's Candide. He spent three years as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he sang the title role in Don Giovanni, Dr. Miracle in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Breedley in Bolcom's A Wedding.
Resident bass Silas Elash performs the role of Ferrando di Luna's officer. A resident artist with Opera San José since 2008, some of Elash's previous roles with the company include Frank (Die Fledermaus), Méphistophélès (Faust), Dr. Grenville (La traviata), the Voice of Nettuno (Idomeneo), Colline (La bohème), Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) and Scarpia (Tosca). He shares the role with Matthew Anchel who makes his debut with Opera San José. Recent roles for Anchel include Saretski (Eugene Onegin) with Oper Leipzig, Alaska Wolf Joe (The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny), Marchese d'Obigny (La traviata), Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen), and The Police Inspector (Der Rosenkavalier).
Appearing as Ines, Leonora's confidante, is Tori Grayum. Her previous roles with the company include Ida (Die Fledermaus) and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). Alternating in the role of Azucena, a mysterious gypsy, are mezzo-sopranos Nicole Birkland and Rebecca Krouner. They previously shared the role of Prince Orlofsky in the company's production of Die Fledermaus. Birkland joined the Opera San José resident ensemble this season and will also appear as the Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Krouner made her company debut last season in La traviata as Annina and appeared as the Monitress in Suor Angelica.
Rounding out the cast is Mete Tasin and Michael Jankosky sharing the role of Manrico's fellow soldier Ruis. Donn Bradley plays the role of an old gypsy and David Zelenka and Hector Naranjo alternate in the role of the messenger.
Opera San José's production of Il trovatore includes set designs by Steven C. Kemp, costumes by Elizabeth Poindexter, lighting design by David Lee Cuthbert, and wig and makeup designs by Jeanna Parham.