Small Company fills Large Shoes

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The New Rochelle Opera will be presenting 4 performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot on June 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th of 2010. The performances will be with full orchestra, conducted by Gregory Ortega and staged by Camille Coppola. This is a large undertaking for any company and especially for the New Rochelle Opera, which has limited resources.

The New Rochelle Opera was incorporated in 1985 as a not for profit organization and has since it’s inception grown artistically to a level that it can now face the challenges imposed by one of the grandest of all grand opera, Turandot. The company has always insisted on the highest quality of voices for it’s productions and has been fortunate in procuring the most talented singers available, providing them with the much needed opportunity to appear in fully staged productions with orchestra primarily in the standard repertory. This is one of the stated missions of the company and it has been privileged to have many artists that have gone on to major careers at the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and in the major European houses.

Like many regional companies it is constantly faced with the challenge of raising funds to survive. It has never sacrificed its artistic integrity and has always sought to improve. The importance of the company to the community and the necessary opportunity it affords to young and seasoned artists as well is seen as crucial enough for major artists to participate in the company’s yearly fund raising gala. The list of honoree’s participating is long and distinguished. They include; Tony Randall, Barbara Cook, Marilyn Horne, Anna Moffo, Roberta Peters, Robert Merrill, Sherrill Milnes, Martina Arroyo, Glenn Dicterow and this year we are proud to announce the honoree will be the celebrated Metropolitan Opera tenor, Marcello Giordani.

In mounting Turandot, the New Rochelle Opera Company is involving many different facets of the community at many levels. Although it has always sought to do this, the sheer size of the forces necessary for the production has stimulated tremendous response from the community. Ballet companies, Choral groups, Children’s choruses, Acting groups have all joined forces to make this one of the finest and grandest of any production the Company has ever presented.

The process for Turandot began in December when Artistic Director, Camille Coppola; Music Director, Gregory Ortega and Board President Billie Tucker listened to the hundreds of artists that auditioned for the various roles.

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In the cast:

Karen Foster and Grace Valdez singing the title role.

Carlos Scibelli and Christian Sebek as Calaf

Roseanne Ackerly and Anna Noggle as Liu

Sandy Densen and Steven Fredricks as Timur

Chad Armstrong and Robert Garner as Ping

Hamid Rodriguez, Gabriel Gargari, Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez

Rafael Lebron, Grant Mech, David Gordon and Dirk Gavin McCoy