About the Production
Bring the entire family to relive the cherished fairy tale of an impoverished girl tormented by two stepsisters in her stepfather’s dilapidated house. Mistaken identities and a glamorous ball give the kindhearted Cinderella the opportunity to transform her life. This story, full of humor and love, is told through some of Rossini’s finest writing and a colorful, whimsical production.
Led by a world-renowned international creative team, this colorful and comedic production of Cinderella has graced some of the world’s finest opera stages including Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto. Praised by critics and loved by audiences of all ages, this is your opportunity to see several returning Opera Omaha audience favorites in a phenomenal cast, in a larger-than-life production.
*Performed in Italian with English subtitles
Approximate run time is 3 hours with one intermission. Please check this page again one week prior to opening night for more precise run time information.
Lauren McNeese, Angelina
A sought out artist in the leading lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, the 2012-2013 season saw Lauren McNeese making her house debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Parsifal. Additionally she made her role debut as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena with Minnesota Opera and returned to Intermountain Opera as Dorabella. Additional engagements for 2013/14 include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Tulsa Opera. In the 2011-2012 season Lauren debuted with Dallas Opera, and returned to San Francisco Opera and Ravinia Festival as the Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, sang Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Intermountain Opera , and returned to Michigan Opera Theater as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. A Los Angeles Opera favorite, she has appeared there as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, Karolka in Jenufa, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi directed by Woody Allen, Tebaldo in Don Carlos and Javotte in Manon conducted by Placido Domingo
Andrew Bidlack, Ramiro
Tenor Andrew Bidlack, a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, begins the 2012-2013 Season with his role debut as Rodrigo Rossini’s Otello at Opera Southwest. He sings the tenor solos in Händel’s Messiah with Lexington Philharmonic and returns to Florida Grand Opera as Tamino Die Zauberflöte. He travels to Carnegie Hall for his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as The Young Collector in their production of A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, a role he also sings in Chicago, followed by performances as Peppe Rita at Rochester Lyric Opera.
Recent successes include Tonio La fille du régiment with PORTopera, and Damon Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival. He appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of Ariadne auf Naxos, and was featured as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andreas Delfs. He finished the season with performances of Sandy The Lighthouse at Dallas Opera for the inception of their Chamber Opera Series.
Highlights of previous seasons include his New York City Opera debut as Baron Lummer Intermezzo, followed by his return to Florida Grand Opera as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni. He sang Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia at Florida Grand Opera, covers of Emilio Partenope at New York City Opera, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore with Empire State Lyric Theater. In 2010 he made his South American debut as Oronte Alcina at Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile. At the Spoleto Festival in Italy, he appeared as A Guest The Saint of Bleecker Street, which was recorded and released under the Chandos label.
A 2007 Merola Opera Program participant, Mr. Bidlack created the role of Charles Carter in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. Later as an Adler Fellow, Mr. Bidlack made his San Francisco Opera debut in The Little Prince and went on to appear as Odoardo Ariodante, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Count Albert Die Tote Stadt, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gastone La traviata, and Ruiz Il trovatore.
Other roles include Rodolfo La bohème, Tamino The Magic Flute, Rolla I masnadieri, the title role Candide,Tom Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gomatz Zaide, Ferrando (cover) Cosi fan tutte; Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienna and Tom Rakewell (cover) The Rake’s Progress. A frequent interpreter of contemporary works by some of today’s most significant composers, Mr. Bidlack sang Ishmael in the workshop production of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, and later workshopped the role of Tancredi in John Musto’s new opera The Inspector at Wolf Trap.
Concert performances include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mozart’s Requiem; he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the solos in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium.
Future engagements include Count Albert Die Tote Stadt at Dallas Opera and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Opera Omaha.
Andrew Gangestad, Alidoro
Accomplished bass Andrew Gangestad has been applauded for his dark rich sound and strong musicality by audiences throughout the United States and the world. Of his performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Kansas City Star wrote “Andrew Gangestad (Don Basilio) … demonstrated a glorious bass voice,” and, of his performance of Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Pacific, the Orange County Register wrote “Andrew Gangestad portrays the long-suffering Leporello with aplomb, crisp in accent, dark of voice and understated in comedy.”
This season, Andrew returns to the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Les Troyens as well as Sarasota Opera as Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de perles and as Candy in Of Mice and Men. His 2011-12 season included his debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de perles, his debut with Hawaii Opera Theater as Ramfis in Aida, and performances of Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera. He also performed with the Berkshire Choral Festival in selections from Les Pêcheurs de perles, La Rondine, and Aida.
Recent and overall career highlights include Colline in La boheme with New York City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Pacific; Ferrando in Il trovatore with Minnesota Opera and Toledo Opera; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Bellingham Music Festival; Commendatore in Don Giovanni in his debut with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Death in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Cincinnati Opera; Rodolfo in La sonnambula with Michigan Opera Theatre; Timur in Turandot with Kentucky Opera; First Nazarene in Salome with Glimmerglass Opera; Banquo in Macbeth for Sarasota Opera; and Ramfis in Aida and Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Pacific. Andrew is widely known for his interpretation of Leporello in Don Giovanni, which he has performed with such companies as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sarasota Opera, Opera Pacific, and in his debut with Arizona Opera. He has also performed Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with several companies such as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, and Opera Cleveland, to name a few. Mr. Gangestad’s recent international highlights include Ramfis in Aida with the Bregenz Festival in Austria; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at the Macau International Music Festival; and his Welsh National Opera debut as Ramfis in Aida.
Since his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2000 in Berg’s Lulu, Mr. Gangestad has returned to the coveted house each season having performed as Brander in La Damnation de Faust, Tom in Un ballo in maschera, Colline in La bohème, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Lignière in the company premiere of Cyrano de Bergerac, Vaudemont in I vespri siciliani, Cappadocian in Salome, the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Timur in Turandot, as well as in their productions of La Fanciulla del West, Don Carlo, Idomeneo, Dialogues des Carmélites. Also a company favorite with Seattle Opera, he has appeared there in such roles as Zuniga in Carmen, Tom in Un ballo in maschera, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.
Andrew’s extensive list of concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Symphony; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s The Creation with the State College Chorale Society (Pennsylvania); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Berkshire Choral Festival; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; soloist in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with Oregon Bach Festival under Marin Alsop; and Tan Dun’s Theatre Orchestral II: Re with the Duluth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Gangestad has also performed several opera roles in concert, such as Brander in La Damnation de Faust in his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine singing in Boston and at Carnegie Hall; The Monk in La Gioconda and as The Hermit in Der Freischütz with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall; Méphistophélès in Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Lodovico in excerpts from Otello for the 2006 Richard Tucker Gala; various Opera Gala Concerts with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra; and in L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Minnesota Orchestra. Mr. Gangestad is also the First Place Winner of the 2005 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Voice Competition and the recipient of the Robert Lauch Memorial Grant from the Wagner Society of New York.
Levi Hernandez, Don Magnifico
A velvety tone and a presence which exudes confidence and charm make baritone Levi Hernandez a sought after artist on the operatic stage. Levi was last seen with Opera Omaha as Tobias Mill in La cambiale di matrimonio. In the 2012-2013 season he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Carmen, sang Sharpless and Papageno for Nashville Opera, appeared with Opera Memphis as Marcello in La bohème, and sang Handel’s Messiah with the El Paso Symphony. Most recently he appeared with the Spoleto Festival USA as Guglielmo in Le Villi and as Marcello in La bohème with Ash Lawn Opera. The 2013-2014 season sees his return to Intermountain Opera for Germont in La traviata, Omaha Opera as Magnifico in La cenerentola, and to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Frau ohne Schatten. In the summer of 2014 Levi returns to the Opera Theater of St. Louis as Papageno in The Magic Flute.
Daniel Belcher, Dandini
BaritoneWinner of a 2010 Grammy Award, baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston. With a 50-role repertoire, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. He came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris for which he was hailed by London’s The Guardian as “possessing the kind of powerhouse stuff that indicates a star in the making.” Belcher most recently created the role of Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival. Other world premiere roles include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (released on the Ondine label and recorded by PBS’ Great Performances), Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O (released by Decca on the Argo label) and multiple roles in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (released on the Ondine label), all with the Houston Grand Opera.This past season he debuted with ABAO-OLBE Bilbao, Spain as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, made his role debut as Chou En-Lai in Nixon in China with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for which he was declared a “revelation” by KCMetropolis.org, and debuted with the Madison Opera as Dandini in La Cenerentola: “If there was a surprise show-stealer, it was Daniel Belcher in the role of Dandini…Belcher displayed some spot-on comic contributions.” (Madison Magazine)In the 2012-2013 season, he returns to Houston Grand Opera as Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Opera Colorado as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Utah Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Florentine Opera for Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Central City Opera as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. On the concert stage, he will debut with Lyric Opera Baltimore for a Bel Canto concert and will sing the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber piece Sombre for Rothko Chapel with Da Camera of Houston, which will also be recorded for future release. This will be his second collaboration with Saariaho after recording the leading role of Jaufré Rudel in her first opera, L’Amour de Loin with Kent Nagano and Harmonia Mundi. Opera News said “Belcher gives a powerful, convincing portrayal of Jaufré, capturing expertly the troubadour’s mercurial disposition.” This recording received the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, the Diapason d’Or by Diapason in France, and a nomination for Best Opera Recording by Gramophone.As a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, he has returned for numerous roles including his role debut as Billy Budd, Papageno, Schaunard in La Bohème, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Mercutio. At HGO, he also performed roles in A Little Night Music, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, and Arabella.He made his highly acclaimed European debut with the Staatstheater Stuttgart in Reinhard Keiser’s Masaniello Furioso. Other European engagements have included Ned Keene in Peter Grimes with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Jaufré Rudel in L’Amour de Loin at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Berlin’s Maerzmusik Festival with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester, Gunther in Sacré Siegfried at the Opéra National de Montpellier, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for Garsington Opera and London’s Barbican Center, staged performances of Carmina Burana with the St. Gallen Festspiele, Gluck’s Orfeo and Securo in the world premiere of Cherubini’s Koukourgi with the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Austria (released on DVD), and the title role of Handel’s Imeneo with Opera Ireland.Mr. Belcher has portrayed Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Tokyo with Japan’s New National Theater and the Fauré Requiem for Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Festival to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima. He performed John Brooke in Little Women with New York City Opera in Japan and New York, as well as with Fort Worth Opera, Kentucky Opera and Central City Opera. He was also heard throughout Japan and in Seoul, Korea as the title role in Don Giovanni with Toronto’s Opera Atelier. Other roles with Opera Atelier include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Mozart’s Figaro, Papageno and the role of Orestes in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.Mr. Belcher is one of the premiere interpreters of Rossini performing today, and he is closely associated with the roles of Dandini in La Cenerentola, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri. He has performed Dandini with San Francisco Opera, Opera Colorado, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Utah Opera; Figaro with Arizona Opera, Portland Opera, Lake George Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Florentine Opera, and Utah Opera; Taddeo with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florentine Opera, and Utah Opera.In addition to these Rossini performances, he has performed a wide repertoire including the roles of Gianni Schicchi, the Husband in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and Henry Cuffe in the American premiere of Britten’s Gloriana with Central City Opera, Papageno and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos for his debut with San Francisco Opera, Prince Paul in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Guglielmo, Marcello in La Bohème, and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at Opera Columbus.Mr. Belcher made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the New York Choral Society. Active in concert work, he has performed Carmina Buranaand Copland’s Old American Songs with the Pacific Symphony, Gounod’s St. Cecelia Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Hodie for performances in New York City, a concert of Opera Favorites with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, an all-Bernstein concert and “A Night in Vienna” with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.Mr. Belcher is a recipient of Le Cercle International des Amis et Mécènes du Châtelet Award (International Circle of Friends and Patrons of Théâtre du Châtelet, CIAM) for his acclaimed performance of Prior Walter in Angels in America. He also received a Robert Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation for his work with Wolf Trap Opera and the Sullivan Foundation Award. He received the Apprentice Artist Award from the Santa Fe Opera and the Young Artist Award and Outstanding Studio Artist Award from the Central City Opera.January 2013
Angela Mannino, Clorinda
Soprano Angela Mannino, made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the 15 Year Old Girl in Lulu and is an alumna of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Most recently Angela sang Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera with New Orleans Opera and!Papagena in The Magic Flute with Dallas Opera. Recent engagements include Juliet in!Romeo and Juliet at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, the Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon with!Kentucky Opera and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for a second season.
Angela will return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for Parsifal. Previously at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Angela sang Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio including a!last minute debut on opening night. Many other roles at Lyric include the 15 Year Old Girl in Lulu, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
At Wolf Trap Opera she sang Colombina in Le Donne Curiose and Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia as well as performed in recital with Steven Blier. She sang the role of Agrippa in the world premier of John Musto’s opera, The Inspector, commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation.
Other operatic roles include Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Grand Rapids, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with New Orleans Opera and DuPage Opera, Fido in Paul Bunyan with Central City Opera and the First Maid in Daphne with Santa Fe Opera.
Angela received a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University and a Master of Music from Indiana University. A Sullivan Foundation Career Grant Winner, Angela has received awards from the Shoshana Foundation, American Opera Society, Musician’s Club of Women, Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions, Mobile Opera Vocal Competition and the Orpheus National Vocal Competition.
A native of New Orleans, Angela has been seen in a variety of performances with the New Orleans Opera, Tulane University Summer Lyric Theatre, Jefferson Performing Arts Society and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra including Adele in Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The!Mikado, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore as well as various musical theatre roles.
Elizabeth Pojanowski, Tisbe
Exciting young mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Pojanowski is gaining renown in opera houses and concert halls across the country not only for her voice but for her electric stage presence. Her musical and dramatic versatility was highlighted in recent engagements including the roles of Nancy T'ang in Cincinnati Opera's NIXON IN CHINA, the title role in L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and Mercedes in Lake George Opera's production of CARMEN. Most recently, she sang Prince Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera Saratoga and, Stephano ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for San Antonio Opera and earlier this season Ms. Pojanowski sang the role of Shelly in the U.S. premier of ANNA NICOLE with New York City Opera.