Opera Theater of Cape Cod to Premiere with The Tragedy of Carmen
Inaugural concerts offer operatic classic in a chamber opera setting in Wellfleet and Cotuit
Cast in the performance are Eileen Christiansen (Carmen), Fran Rogers (Don José), Kathryn McKellar (Micaela) and Andrew Miller (Escamillo).
Mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen is known for her “rich and resonant” voice as well as her passionate performances in classical concerts, musical theater, and opera productions throughout the New England area, from Falmouth to Worcester. Christiansen is the Director of Production for the Opera Theater of Cape Cod and one of its founding members.
Award-winning tenor Fran Rogers is critically acclaimed for his “open, free, and effortless high notes”, “athleticism”, and “raw strength and natural timbre”. Rogers frequently sings the national anthem for the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the Boston Celtics. He has performed on multiple occasions for live audiences of up to 70,000 and international audiences of up to 14 million.
Soprano Kathryn McKellar, commended by The Boston Globe for her “elegant singing” and “polish”, performs regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Odyssey Opera, and is the founder and co-director of Opera on Tap in Boston.
Baritone Andrew Miller, known for his “warm robust baritone” and “fine comic sensibilities”, is a member of the Boston Opera Collaborative and has performed with with Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, and NEMPAC Boston. Miller recently performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony with New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.
OTCC’s founders Turbessi, DePuy and Christiansen collectively fuel a wide range of artistic and administrative experience. Turbessi is a versatile musician in the greater Boston area, maintaining a career as an opera conductor, a vocal coach, a collaborative pianist and organist. He also serves as music director for Old South Union Church in Weymouth. DePuy brings a unique dramatic style to his work in pieces ranging from the Baroque period to today. DePuy is a highly sought-after tenor soloist for operas and concerts in the New England area and beyond, as well as providing stage direction for OTCC’s inaugural production. Besides performing regularly as a soloist in New England, Eileen Christiansen is an active administrator and board member for several New England artistic non-profits, and leads a thriving voice studio in Melrose.
“We’re looking forward to telling the timeless story of Bizet’s Carmen in a fresh, intimate and modern way. This will be the first opera hosted by Wellfleet Preservation Hall. We hope that the community will enjoy this gem of a production on the mainstage at Cotuit Center for the Arts as well,” said Eileen Christiansen, Director of Production for the company.
As a new chamber opera company dedicated to bringing high quality and accessible opera performances to the Cape Cod community, OTCC’s vision is to enrich Cape Cod’s vital art scene with exquisite singing and storytelling. The company’s founding members are on a mission to ignite the Cape community’s passion for opera, from longtime opera lovers to audience members new to the art form.
Tickets to The Tragedy of Carmen performances are $20, available at wellfleetpreservationhall.org (Wellfleet) and artsonthecape.org (Cotuit). The performances are approximately 90 minutes in length, and a reception will be held immediately following the Cotuit concert.
About Opera Theater of Cape Cod
Opera Theater of Cape Cod (OTCC) is a new chamber opera company dedicated to bringing high quality and accessible opera performances to the Cape Cod community. OTCC’s vision is to enrich Cape Cod’s vital art scene with exquisite singing and storytelling. The company’s mission is to ignite the community’s passion for opera, from longtime opera lovers to audience members new to the art form. For more information, visit operatheaterofcapecod.com, 617-429-4026, or follow Opera Theater of Cape Cod on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.