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The Boy Who Grew Too Fast

by / Monday, 20 February 2017 / Published in Events


Be glad to be yourself, don’t try to be another. What you are nobody else can be.

TICKETS CAST COMPOSER NOTES
from the composer
SYNOPSIS BIOS

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
A bullying prevention one-act opera for opera fans, families and children, a newly re-discovered gem.
Music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti.

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OVERVIEW

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast
First performed in 1982 by Opera Delaware at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington
Second performance in 1986 by the London Philharmonic.
Welcome to The West Coast Premiere

Language: English


CAST OF CHARACTERS (and who they are in the story)

MISS HOPE (soprano): The fourth grade teacher

POPONEL (tenor): The Boy Who Grew Too Fast, taller than the other 4th graders and starting his first day at a new school.

MRS. SKOSVODMONIT (mezzo-soprano): Poponel’s mother, very concerned about her son making friends;
kids have always been mean to him because of his unusual size. She speaks to the teacher before bringing her son into the class.

DR. SHRINCK (tenor): Wears a white doctor’s coat, has created a magical “Shrinking Machine.”

MISS PROCTOR (contralto): Dr. Shrinck’s silly nurse.

LITTLE POPONEL (boy soprano): When Poponel goes into the shrinking machine, a shrunken version of Poponel, or “Little Poponel,” comes out!

LIZZIE SPENDER (girl soprano): A quiet new girl in the class on her first day of school, the only child who wants to be friends with Poponel.

MAD DOG (bass baritone): A student from the school who was bullied last year and has now become a bully.
He has no friends. His real name is Maddox, but he picked a mean sounding nickname and thinks he’s “tough.”

POLICEMAN (non-singing role): After Poponel has saved everyone, the Policeman arrives, sees that the bully is no longer a threat,
and claps Poponel on the shoulder. He shakes everyone’s hands and agrees to drive Mad Dog home to get ready for the next day of school.

CLASSROOM OF SCHOOL CHILDREN (child singers and actors): The 4th graders on the first day of school

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COMPOSER AND LIBRETTIST

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (b. 1911 d, 2007) The Italian American composer, conductor, librettist and pianist, Gian Carlo Menotti was born July 7, 1911 in Cadelgliano-Viconago, Italy, a small town near Lake Lugano. He died February 1, 2007, at the age of 95. The sixth of eight children, Menotti began writing songs when he was only seven years old. At the age of eleven he wrote both the libretto (words) and the music for his very first opera, The Death of Pierrot. By the age of 13 when he entered Milan Conservatory, Menotti had written two operas. He studied in Milan until 1928 when his family emigrated to the United States. At Toscanini’s suggestion, he entered the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia as a composition pupil of Rosario Scalero. Fellow students included Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber.

Over the course of his career, Menotti wrote several ballets and numerous choral works, as well as over two dozen operas. He is best known for writing the classic Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, which was the first opera to be written for American television. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Consul (1950) and for The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955). Menotti founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA in 1977.

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NOTES FROM THE COMPOSER

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.
I wanted to create an opera that would completely hold the attention of children.

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SYNOPSIS (The story in a nutshell)

In the classroom:
Poponel (POH-POH-NELL) Skosvodmonit is a nine-year-old boy who has just moved to town after his father’s death. His mother brings him to school and speaks to the teacher before bringing him into the classroom. His new classmates mock and bully Poponel because of his startlingly unusual size and because of his curious name.

When the children go out to recess and won’t allow the new boy to play with them, Poponel asks his new teacher for help. The teacher (Miss Hope) remembers a Dr. Shrinck, who has invented a shrinking machine, and tells the boy that the doctor could shrink him to the size of the other fourth graders.

In the doctor’s office:
The teacher takes the boy to the doctor’s office where they meet a silly nurse. The doctor says he will be able to help Poponel reach a normal size but at a price: The boy must conform perfectly to everyone else’s actions. He must do and say the same things as everyone else. If he does not, he will grow back to his normal size. Poponel agrees! The nurse demonstrates how the shrinking machine works. She goes in, and a shrunken nurse comes out. Then she goes back in and comes out her regular size. The boy goes into the shrinking machine, and when he comes out, he’s not sure where his head is because it used to be much higher up! He’s not sure how to walk because he used to take bigger steps. The doctor easily helps him to get used to his shrunken size. The boy and the teacher return to the school.

Back in the classroom:
The teacher announces a surprise for everyone. The new Little Poponel enters, but no one is impressed.
When Mad Dog (whose real name is Maddox), a kid who was bullied so much that he dropped out of school, comes back to the school and threatens to bully all the other children unless someone will be his friend, only Poponel agrees to be his friend. Poponel’s actions make him grow tall again, but Mad Dog doesn’t mind. They are friends.

Mad Dog agrees to come back to school and Poponel is a hero. His classmates rejoice, thank him and appreciate Poponel as a fine person to know. All agree that each person has differences – but being unique is special for everyone!

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BIOS

Jacqueline Goldgorin – The Teacher, Miss Hope

Jacqueline Goldgorin
Soprano Jacqueline Goldgorin sings the role of Miss Hope, the Teacher in Golden Gate Opera’s West Coast Premiere of Menotti’s “The Boy Who Grew Too Fast.” A favorite of Marin County audiences, she premiered the role of Mary Todd Lincoln in GGO’s world premiere of Lincoln and Booth by John Cepelak and Christina Rose in 2012. She then portrayed Dew Fairy in GGO’s Hansel and Gretel at Marin Center in 2012 and 2013. Some of her other roles with various companies include Cio-cio San in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Suor Angelica, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Marguerite in Faust and Micaëla in Carmen. Jackie is not only a fantastic singer but also a wonderful person and convincing actor. She portrayed the electrifying devious diva, two-timing Flora in Montemezzi’s rare verismo gem L’amore dei tre Re. Her last opera was part of Fresh Voices series, and was about the life of Alma (born Schindler) Mahler- Werfel. She portrayed numerous characters, including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoshka and Poulenc. The soprano has most been performing recitals of Ginastera and Granados songs, most recently at Teatro Pregones in NY.

Anna Yelizarova – The Mother, Mrs. Skosvodomnit

Anna Yelizarova
Anna Yelizarova, mezzo soprano, made her Golden Gate Opera debut singing the title role in Carmen in school performances, the Mother in Hansel and Gretel, and in 2014 as Suzuki in GGO’s main stage production of Madama Butterfly. Originally from Moscow, Ms. Yelizarova has performed over twenty-five roles throughout the United States and internationally including Carmen, Angelina, Dorabella, Dido, Azucena, Prince Orlofsky, Olga, Maddalena, Siebel, Marcellina, Suzuki, Marina, Ulrica, Mistress Quickly, La Zia Principessa, Smeton, Zanetto, 3rd Lady, Flora, Mother (Amahl & The Night Visitors and Hänsel & Gretel), and Annio. Ms. Yelizarova has sung with Opera San Jose, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera in the Heights, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Natchez Music Festival, Center City Opera, New Opera NYC, Long Island Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Opera Manhattan, Martina Arroyo Foundation, NY Lyric Opera Theater, Intermezzo Opera Festival, Lamplighters Music Theatre, and others. She has been soloist in numerous concert performances, including orchestra concerts with Midsummer Mozart Festival, Gateway Classical Music Society, and opera scenes at Carnegie Hall with Pacific Encore Opera. Ms. Yelizarova holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice from the Manhattan School of Music and NJCU. In Russia, she received BM in Conducting.

Michael Orlinsky – The Boy, Poponel Skosvodomnit

Michael Orlinsky
Michael Orlinsky, tenor, has performed over 50 roles in his steadfast career. He has sung primarily as a baritone, and has sung roles with many companies in the Bay Area; including West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera (LVO), West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, Solo Opera, Island City Opera, Contemporary Opera Marin, the San Francisco Opera Guild (SFOG), The Lamplighters, Opera Cultura, Golden Gate Opera and more. With Main Street Opera in Chicago, he sang the roles of Figaro in II Barbiere di Siviglia, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Father in Hansel and Gretel.
Michael works often with New Music as a composer and performer. Along with many art songs; he has composed a Requiem. Michael will be joining Opera Cultura in their upcoming production of Bless me Ultima singing the role of Narciso. Mr. Orlinsky earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago.

Courtnee Rhone – Lizzie Spender, The New Girl

Courtnee Rhone
Courtnee Rhone, soprano, graduated from Dillard University in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. During her time at Dillard, Courtnee became a part of the concert choir and the female quartet on campus. After graduating, she moved to California to further pursue her career in opera. While in California, Courtnee has performed with several choirs such as the Diablo Choral Artists and the Pacific Masterworks Chorus. In addition to her chorale experience, Courtnee has also had the opportunity to portray roles with companies in the Bay Area such as Verismo Opera and The Lamplighters Theatre. She is currently attending California State University East Bay to pursue her Master of Arts in Vocal Performance while studying under Christine Abraham. Recently, Courtnee placed second at the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter NATS competition. This summer, Courtnee will be traveling to Angers, France to study the role La Cadette in Isabelle Aboukler’s Cendrillon with the Franco American Vocal Academy (FAVA). Courtnee currently resides in Vallejo, CA.

Carmello Tringali, Dr. Shrinck

Carmello Tringali
Golden Gate Opera welcomes tenor Carmello Tringali in the role of Dr. Shrinck in GGO’s West Coast Premiere of Menotti’s The Boy Who Grew Too Fast. A versatile performer and Bay Area native, Carmello has performed a wide variety of roles in terms of voice type, musical style and character. Mr. Tringali’s favorites include Candide with Douglas Morrison Theatre, Hylas (Les Troyens) with the Kent Nagano Project, Teapot/Frog in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges with Redwood Symphony and Mengone in Haydn’s Lo Speziale with Bay Area Opera Collaborative. His portrayal of Italian barber Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) at the Bay Terrace Theater in Vallejo was a standout. With Bay Shore Lyric Opera he performed Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin (Yevgeny Onegin) singled out by Solono News as “an amusing fop” and also Lensky understudy. Tringali made his West Bay Opera debut earlier this season, singing Borsa in Rigoletto. The tenor has performed Faust (Faust-Gounod), Rodolfo (La bohème) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Verismo Opera and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Bay Shore Lyric Opera. Mostly active as a singer, he is also an actor. As an aspiring music and drama therapist, he daily involves himself in emotional, psychological and spiritual exploration.

Alexandra Jerinic, Miss Proctor, the Nurse

Alexandra Jernic
Mezzo soprano, Alexandra Jerinic, was most recently seen as Alisa in California Opera Association’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and the role of Madame Flora (Baba) in The Medium with the same company. Her portrayal of Alisa was reviewed as “delightful” by Donald Munro of the Fresno Bee. Recent engagements have included concert appearances with Solo Opera, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with New York Lyric Opera, a performance of Mercedes in Carmen with Opera San Jose and the role of Mallika in Delibes’ Lakme with California Opera Association. A versatile artist, Ms. Jerinic is at home performing Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, contemporary repertoire, and multiple engagements as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Her performance as La Frugola in II Tabarro with Island City Opera was hailed as “excellent” by Robert Commanday, founder of San Francisco Classical Voice. She also has a special love for Menotti, having performed Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mother in The Consul, and Baba in The Medium. Her next engagement will be the principal role of Angelina in La Cenerentola. For more information, please visit www.alexandrajerinic.com.

Leith Grifoni – Little (Shrunken) Poponel

Leith Grifoni
Leith was born dancing and singing. He has been performing on stage in musical theater, with choirs, and for competitive level Ballroom and Latin dances his whole life. His first musical theater lead role was at age 5, performing as Peter Rabbit. He has also been in several children’s theater performances with Marilyn Izdebski productions including Winnie the Pooh, Charoltte’s Web, and Cinderella. He also performed in the Wizard of OZ through YES Theater and in the Grinch with the Thorckmorton Theater children’s productions.
His singing experience also began at a young age when he was accepted into the elite Choir at San Domenico School at age 6. He has continued his singing career with Singers Marin in 2014, singing in many concerts and community performances.
While Leith loves singing and performing, he is most passionate about his Ballroom and Latin dancing which he started at age 7. He continues to dance in International dance competitions in all ten dances as well as perform at events and shows around the Bay Area.

Gregorio González, Mad Dog

Gregorio Gonzales
Critically-acclaimed singer, Gregorio González, began his operatic career in 2002 as a resident artist at the Los Angeles Opera under Placido Domingo. Since then, Gregorio has sung throughout the United States, his native Mexico, Latin America and Europe. At the Los Angeles Opera Gregorio created the roles of Count Obolenski and Avdeev in the world premiere of Nicholas and Alexandra, under Mstislav Rostropovich. He has sung there in more than a dozen productions including La bohème, Carmen, Romeo et Juliette, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, and Le nozze di Figaro. Later invitations from LA Opera led to other performances including appearances in two Placido Domingo and Friends Gala Concerts. Other U.S. performances by Gregorio include his portrayal of the roles of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Virginia Opera and Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Gregorio debuted his first leading role as Figaro in II barbiere di Siviglia at Connecticut Opera. He has performed also U.S. companies such as New York City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, San Diego Opera, San Diego Comic Opera, The Moonlight Amphitheatre, and for The Ojai International Festival, where he sang the role of the King in Carl Orff’s Die Kluge, under Maestro Kent Nagano. Gregorio made his European debut at Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw in 2006 in a concert version of Donizetti’s Poliuto, conducted by Giuliano Carella; and returned later to sing in Verdi’s Otello, conducted by Jaap Van Zweden. Other European performances by Gregorio include the operas I Puritani and Willy Decker’s famous production of La Traviata, both at the Dutch National Opera in 2009. Gregorio’s first European engagement, however, was giving a voice to the character Harasta in the BBC’s animated film versions in Spanish and Catalan of the opera The cunning little vixen by Janacek. This film was released on DVD and televised throughout Spain. Recently, Gregorio has premiered 4 new operas in leading roles; as Lalo in Tobin Stoke’s Fallujah, as Julian Duarte in Roger Bourland’s The Dove and the Nightingale, as David Alfaro Siqueiros in America Tropical by David Conte, and as the Lumberjack in A Shipwreck Opera by John B. Hedges. He has sung the roles of Gil in Wolf-Ferrari’s II Segreto di Susanna and the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Freud Playhouse in Los Angeles. He also performed to extraordinary acclaim the role of El Payador in Andreas Mitisek’s hugely successful production of Maria de Buenos Aires with the Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater. Gregorio was a member of the original cast of Daniel Catán’s II Postino at Los Angeles Opera; and performed this
piece also in Mexico’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, for the Festival Internacional Cervantino, and at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien. Earlier, Gregorio had sung at Theater an der Wien in Emilio Sagi’s famous production of Luisa Fernanda starring Placido Domingo. Gregorio has been greatly successful in competitions, both as tenor and baritone. He won First Place awards at the Gerda Lissner, Violetta Dupont, Palm Springs Opera Guild, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists, Metropolitan Opera Western Region Auditions and Virginia Hawk competitions. Gregorio has also been distinguished as a finalist in competitions such as Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Singer Competition, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Francisco Viñas Competition. He has received additional awards from The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, The Loren L. Zachary Society, The San Diego Musical Merit Foundation, The Florida Grand Opera Competition, and The Leni FeBland Foundation.

Artistic staff biographies

ROBERTA WAIN-BECKER – Artistic Director Golden Gate Opera

Roberta Wain-Becker
Roberta Wain-Becker has been the Artistic and General Director of Golden Gate Opera (“GGO”) since 1996. Roberta has expertly guided GGO through its first performances in San Francisco from 1998-2004 at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor’s Florence Gould Theatre, to its recent productions in the Marin County Civic Center Theaters (“Marin Center”). Passionate about sharing opera with everyone, Roberta founded GGO’s Outreach “Opera-tunities” Enrichment Program for K-12 school children; enabling the company to reach almost 100,000 school children to date, through its in-classroom and in-theater operatic performances specifically designed for children.

Since 2005, Roberta has lead GGO in performing full operas at the Marin Center from the standard repertoire, such as: Madama Butterfly; Carmen; Gianni Schicchi; I Pagliacci; Cavalleria Rusticana; and Hansel and Gretel. In addition, she has developed new works, adding in 2012, GGO’s performance of the bold opera Lincoln and Booth, composed by John Cepelak. She helped facilitate international collaboration by bringing talented singers from The Opera of the Croatian National Theater to Marin County to perform in GGO’s production of Haydn’s Der Apotheker at Mill Valley Community Center – providing free performances for seniors and for Mill Valley Middle School students. Roberta has been instrumental in developing innovative and exciting new ways to bring opera into the lives of the community. Under her guidance, in 2005, GGO implemented its unique “Aria Parties” which bring opera “up close and personal” by giving exclusive performances in patrons’ homes.

In 2013, GGO instituted its theme of “Opera in Unusual Places” and began staging outdoor opera performances at the International Sausalito Art Festival. Since beginning its Outreach “Opera-tunities” Enrichment Program for children, GGO has expanded its programs beyond Marin County to enrich the lives of school children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. An acclaimed singer in her own right, Ms. Wain-Becker’s professional opera career spans 30 years of international and U.S. regional opera company engagements. She has performed at many prestigious opera houses such as: The Israel National Opera; New Opera Festival di Roma; Teatro Lyricod’Europa; Portland Opera; Mississippi Opera; Florida Grand Opera; Arizona Opera; Whitewater Opera; Marin Opera; Berkeley Opera; Sacramento Opera; San Francisco Opera and others. A featured soloist, she has performed with symphonies in the west, including the Sacramento Symphony; Jackson Symphony; Boise Philharmonic; Billings Symphony; Diablo Philharmonic; Marin Symphony; Santa Barbara Choral Society; and Oakland Symphony among others. Winner of the Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award, Ms. Wain-Becker has also received awards from the Wagner Society of Northern California and William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation of New York among others. With over 50 roles in her repertoire, Ms. Wain-Becker taught singing at the San Francisco Community Music Center for 10 years, and taught voice for the international training program for rising opera talent at the California Opera Association’s Summer Institute in Fresno, California.

Brian Asher Alhadeff – Conductor/ Music Director

Brian Asher Alhadeff
Hailed by 805 Living magazine as the Maestro of the Central Coast, Brian Asher Alhadeff’s returns to Golden Gate Opera again after successfully conducting our World Premiere opera from June of 2016; Abraham Lincoln: The African American Connection. Alhadeff has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of Opera San Luis Obispo since 2011. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, as well as Principal Conductor for Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara. He has expanded awareness of classical music throughout the Central Coast area through his “Countywide Arts Collaboration” strategy, weaving together numerous well-established local performing arts organizations for large-scale theatrical productions. An internationally acclaimed opera, ballet and symphonic conductor, maestro Alhadeff has conducted to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. Last July, Alhadeff conducted the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra to critical acclaim at the 3300-seat Vina Robles Ampitheatre, establishing the picturesque location as OperaSLO’s summer home for the exciting Symphony at Sunset Pops concert series. Alhadeff was Artistic Director and founder of the Hradec Kralove International Summer Opera Festival (Czech Republic), and he also conducted the Albanian premier of American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, The Romantic with the Albanian National Radio and Television Orchestra. Alhadeff studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Janacek Academy in Brno (Czech Republic). A frequent university guest lecturer and competition judge, Alhadeff holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters of Music from California State University Los Angeles, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA.

Timothy León – Assistant Conductor

Timothy León
Timothy León is an uniquely diverse artist, equally adept as an operatic tenor, a conductor and a pianist. Mr. León has been featured with such companies as Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Repertory Opera, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Opera San Luis Obispo, Nevada Opera Theater and in Europe with Opera Toscana, New Operafestival di Roma, Tuscia Operafestival and Narnia Festival. A specialist in the Italian language and repertoire, Mr. León has sung many leading roles in the standard repertoire including Norma, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, and Madama Butterfly to name a few. Maestro León’s conducting credits include Pagliacci/Suor Angelica for StageWorks Festival in Washington, D.C., Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Suor Angelica, La Bohème, L’elisir d’amore and Verdi’s Requiem in Italy for Tuscia Opera festival, as well Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, and Esultate Jubilate of Mozart.

He sustained a critical relationship as a singer, coach and conductor for both the Tuscia Operafestival and the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo for more than 14 years. For the past four years he has collaborated in a similar capacity with the Narnia Festival in Umbria which includes training young artists worldwide. Mr. León’s more recent engagements have expanded into the German repertoire included singing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. his first Wagnerian tenor role in Los Angeles Lyric Opera’s production of Die Feen, and Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Maestro León serves as Music Director/Conductor for three Los Angeles based companies: The Celestial Opera Company, Landmark Opera and Opera by the Glass. His collaborative colleagues have included renowned singers Carol Neblett, Rod Gilfry, Elizabeth Futral, Birgit Nilsson, Fedora Barbieri, Hao Jiang Tian and Giorgio Tozzi. Mr. León has served as Artistic Advisor and Conductor for Tuscia OperaFestival, Assistant Conductor for Pacific Opera Project, Assistant Conductor for the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival, Assistant Conductor for Pacific Repertory Opera, and is appointed Assistant Conductor for the Narnia Festival in Italy as well as for the Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony concerts. He is the founder/creator of the OASIS Concert Series at Hollywood Lutheran Church and maintains private vocal studios in Los Angeles and New York.

Edna Garabedian – Stage Director


Edna Garabedian has been the principal Stage Director for special projects and full opera productions for Golden Gate Opera since 2005. A visionary, Edna is able to create meaningful staging not only in the theater, but in any setting. As Stage Director, Edna has directed Golden Gate Opera’s productions of: Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi “Opera’s Greatest Hits” Gala. Edna has also produced and directed countless operas for California Opera Association, including, La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro and many others.

A world-renowned Mezzo-Soprano, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and has sung the leading role for some of the greatest opera houses in Europe and the United States. Not least among these are: The Munich Opera; Frankfurt Opera; Kassel Opera; Nurnberg Opera; Hannover Opera in Europe. And the Spoleto Festival; Staatsoper Bonn; New York City Opera; San Francisco Opera; Los Angeles Music Center Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Seattle Opera; Houston Opera; San Diego Opera; Baltimore Opera; Kansas City Lyric Opera; and Portland Opera in the United States. Ms. Garabedian is the founder of the Fresno International Grand Opera, and CEO, Artistic Director, and founding director of the prestigious California Opera Association. She has received innumerable accolades and awards for her performances around the world, including those at the Metropolitan Opera. She was winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1970) and of the Baltimore Opera Auditions. Ms. Garabedian taught at the International Music Institute of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has served as Professor of Voice on the faculties of Northern Illinois University; California State University at Fresno; American University, and San Francisco University.

Richard Adamson – Scenic Designer and Stage Manager


Active as both director and designer, Mr. Adamson serves as Resident Stage Director and Technical Director for the California Opera Association. He has designed sets for musicals and operas at colleges and regional theaters in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Most recently he designed Opera San Luis Obispo’s production of La Bohème.
After receiving his BA in voice at Pepperdine University, Adamson went on to gain a graduate degree in music theater direction under Götz Friedrich and August Everding at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Hamburg. He assisted
productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Les Troyens – Fabrizio Melano), the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Roayal Opera House Covent Garden (Der Zwerg und Florentinische Tragödie – Adolf Dresen), and the Deutsche Oper (Aida – Götz Friedrich) in Berlin. He has designed and directed productions of La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lakmé and the Sisters of Manzanar for California Opera Association, Hansel and Gretel for Golden Gate Opera in Marin, Tosca for Livermore Opera and La Bohème for Opera San Luis Obispo.

Ruth Kahn – Musica Marin

Ruth Kahn
Ruth Ellen Kahn is the Violist, Founder and Artistic Director of Musica Marin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Kahn, has performed on every important concert stage in this country including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, among others Her extensive chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as, Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, the Colorado String Quartet and West End Chamber Players. She has received numerous awards, prizes and critical acclaim, as well as invitations to perform for such organizations as the New York Viola Society and the Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California. She has also performed as soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Ruth has been artistic director of two chamber music series in both New York and New Jersey, one of which resulted in a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as a recipient of the Artist’s International Competition Award. Among the many orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and is co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area. Ruth has toured with the New England Symphonic and New York Chamber Ensembles to Morocco, Israel and Jordan, where they performed for the Royal Families. In addition, she has been invited numerous times to attend the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Ms. Kahn is very active in the area of viola pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at The Juilliard School, taught master classes and has maintained a private studio in both the New York metropolitan and San Francisco Bay areas. She is currently on the faculty of InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy.Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman, and the world-renowned violist, William Primrose.

“The viola recital by Ruth Kahn showed off the naturally rich sound of her instrument.Kahn let loose with a welter of secure technical passages and produced double-stops that were vibrantly in tune, Kahn sunk into the dark sound of her viola and pulled the harmonies out with full color.” -Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey


ORCHESTRA provided by MUSICA MARIN, Ruth Kahn, Artistic Director

CHILDREN’S CHORUS as the classroom of children provided by:
Colorful Universe Children’s Performing Troupe, Lin Pan, Artistic Director Colorful Universe Children’s Performing Arts Troupe was founded in Cupertino in 2013 by Director Lin Pan. Our goal is to help young singers become the best vocalists they can be. Our students become skilled young musicians through engaging and tailored classroom teaching, consistent and rigorous training and frequent performance in local and international festival and competition venues. CU has performed nationwide, from Dolby Theater (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony) to Carnegie Hall, but we are proud to perform closer to home as well. Most recently, CU was invited to perform at the Silicon Valley Fall Festival, where we received special recognition from the City of Cupertino. In 2016, CU finished an European Concert Tour by attending 51st Anniversary of The Sound of Music Festival in Australia and won the best vocal distinguished award.

The singers from Colorful Universe:

  • Senior group: Jack Zhang, Sophia Song, Lilian Wang, Audrey Paleczny, Jessica Wang, Ariel Li
  • Junior and Youth Group: Sophie Fu, Chloe Ding, Stephanie Fu, Angela Yu, Jessica Huh, James Yu, Ben Yu, Vivian Wang, Kaylee Kuntay, Joanna Chen, Hashi Kolli, Joelle Yu

Singers Marin Youth Choruses, Jan Peterson-Schiff, Artistic Director. Golden Gate Opera is pleased to have the participation of several singers from Singers Marin Youth Choruses. Our long time relationship with Singers Marin in productions such as Hansel and Gretel, since before 2005, is always a wonderful collaboration.

Patricia Schmidt – Children’s Chorus Communication Liaison

Maria Aguila and Michele Sheehan, Co-Chairs of Bullying Committee of Novato United School District

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