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Audience Favorites Return to Perform in Fall Opera Season

June 15, 2009

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Sarasota Opera has announced casting for its Fall Opera production of Verdi’s La traviata, which will run from October 30 – November 11, 2009. Although the principal artists are relatively new to Sarasota, they have quickly become audience favorites.
Georgian soprano Lina Tetriani (formerly Tetruashvili), was acclaimed by as "a real find" as Magda in the 2008 production of Puccini's La rondine. She returns this season to play another courtesan – Violetta. Ms. Tetriani’s engagements include the world premiere of Howard Shore's The Fly at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Kupova in The Snow Maiden for Wexford Festival Opera, Lora in Wagner's rarely performed opera, Die Feen, and the title role in Norma in Paris. She has also performed in concert at Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Chautauqua Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Malmö Opera and concerts in Moscow and Tbilisi. Since moving to the United States, Ms. Tetriani has also appeared as Susan B. Anthony in Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.
Mexican tenor Edgar Ernesto Ramírez charmed Sarasota Opera audiences when he joined the company last season as the lovesick young man, Nemorino, in The Elixir of Love. This season he will show a different side as the passionate lover Alfredo Germont. He has captivated audiences with his performances of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Alfredo in La traviata, Lázaro in the World Premier of Before Night Falls, and Mr. Owen in Postcards from Morocco. Last season, as a member of The Opera Institute at Boston University, he added Rodolfo in La bohème and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia to his repertoire. He has sung in concert at various venues including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Teatro Degollado, in México and with Opera Santa Barbara, UCLA and Opera in the Ozarks. He sang at the Boston Pops Opening Night 2007 with Maestro Keith Lockhart, appeared with Boston Lyric Opera for their concert series season, took part in an opera gala with New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and appeared in La Vestale by Mercadante in Toronto with Opera in Concert .
Although he debuted at Sarasota Opera only in 2008, Marco Nisticò has already created three indelible portraits as the old Doge of Venice in I due Foscari, the effervescent Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and as the idealist Rodrigue in Verdi's Don Carlos. He returns to sing Giorgio Germont, the father who must demand Violetta's sacrifice for the sake of his family's honor. He has sung a variety of baritone roles with New York City Opera, including Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Prudenzio in Il Viaggio a Reims, Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles and Morales in Carmen. In Europe he has appeared as Figaro in The Barber of Seville with the Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland, a role he also performed in Bologna, Amsterdam and on tour in The Netherlands; Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algieri with Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana in Milan; Ford in Falstaff with the William Walton Foundation in Ischia and Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
Martha Collins, who last season directed The Elixir of Love returns for La traviata.  In Sarasota, she also directed I due Foscari (2008), Attila (2007), and I masnadieri (2006). She has been the stage director for Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program since 2004 and has directed the Sarasota Youth Opera’s productions of The Hobbit in 2008, The Second Hurricane in 2006 and Britten’s The Little Sweep in 2005. She has been a concert and operatic performer and can be seen in the film Moonstruck in the role of Mimì in La bohème.
Sarasota Opera Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi will conduct the Sarasota Orchestra. This is the second year the two organizations have collaborated on a fall Sarasota Opera production.
Tickets for La traviata are now available as part of a five-opera subscription package. Single tickets will go on sale in August.