Kent Bollman, Baritone
Dorothy Cardella, Soprano
Anne Hagan, Soprano
James R. Longacre, Tenor
Stephanie Rose, Soprano
James Anderson, Steven Glasser, Dennis Ingle,
Steven Macdonald, Lyndon McNall,
Adam Shellenberger, Joseph Troiano, Benjamin Wager
Music by Victor Herbert
Book & Lyrics by Rinda Johnson
First performance: Syracuse, New York, October 24, 1910
Naughty Marietta performed by Ms. Rose
A Quiet Life performed by Mr. Anderson, Mr. Troiano
I’m Falling in Love with Someone performed by Mr. Bollman
Zing, Zing performed by Ms. Hagan
Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life performed by Ms. Cardella
Tramp, Tramp performed by Mr. Bollman , Men’s Ensemble
The Student Prince
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book & lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
First performance: Jolson Theater, New York City, December 2, 1924
Mr. Glasser, Mr. Macdonald, Mr. McNall, Men’s Ensemble
Mr. Longacre, Mr. Bollman
Come boys, let’s all be gay boys!
Ms. Hagan, Mr. Glasser, Mr. Macdonld, Mr. McNall, Men’s Ensemble
Mr. Longacre, Mr. Anderson, Mr. McNall, Mr. Troiano, Men’s Ensemble
Just We Two
Ms. Rose, Mr. Bollman, Men’s Ensemble
Deep in My Heart, Dear
Ms. Hagan, Mr. Longacre Intermission
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book & lyrics by Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Frank Mandel
First performance: Casino Theater, New York City, November 30, 1926
Romance performed by Ms. Rose
IT performed by Mr. Anderson
The Desert Song performed by Ms. Cardella, Mr. Longacre
The Saber Song performed by Ms. Hagan
One Alone performed by Mr. Longacre
The New Moon
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab
First performance: Imperial Theater, New York City, September 19, 1928
Marianne performed by Mr. Bollman
One Kiss performed by Ms. Cardella
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise performed by Mr. Longacre
Lover, Come Back to Me performed by Ms. Rose
Stouthearted Men performed by The Company
Your Land and My Land…Romberg
James Anderson (baritone) hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and studied law at the University of Georgia. Throughout his career as a banking lawyer, he maintained an intense pleasure in the Arts. In the recent past he has appeared as Pope Leone (Attila) with Amici Opera and is a regular performer with The Main Line Opera Guild. He has appeared with COT as Baron von Rohnsdorff in The Gypsy Princess, Count Hédouville in Paganini and Baron Karl in Countess Maritza. In the fall he will add the role of Antonio in Giuditta to his resume. He has been employed for the past thirteen years as Director of Human Resources with Episcopal Community Services. James currently studies voice with James Longacre.
Kent Bollman (baritone) most recently finished the national tour of Susan Strohman's production of The Music Man. He has also appeared in regional performances of The Sound of Music, Cosi Fan Tutti, and 1776. Kent has been a featured soloist with many local groups including Mendelssohn Club, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Reading Choral Society, and the Johnstown symphony chamber orchestra. Kent is of local origin growing up in Reading Pennsylvania and currently resides in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he won numerous awards with the National Association of Teachers of Singers. Kent also studied acting at the William Esper Studios, under Suzanne Esper, in New York City. Mr. Bollman is under the tutelage of Candace Goetz and Steven Lutvak. Mr. Bollman will make his operetta debut with COT in May 2004 as Jimmy John Jack Bondy in the Philadelphia Premiere of The Duchess of Chicago
Dorothy Cardella (soprano) has performed extensively in opera, oratorio, and musical theater, along with being a frequent concert artist. She has made solo debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony. Ms. Cardella has performed leading roles with such companies as Lake George Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera, Berkshire Opera, EugeneO‘Neil Theater Center, Four Corners Opera, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Harrisburg Opera and Delaware Valley Opera. Ms. Cardella has directed and choreographed for area opera companies, and teaches private vocal instruction at Settlement Music School, Haddonfield School of the Performing Arts, Chestnut Hill Summer Arts Program, and her private studio in Philadelphia. Ms. Cardella starred as Sylva Varescu in COT’s The Gypsy Princess, and was a soloist in the concert, Operetta in ¾ Time! Recently she performed the role of Maliella in Wolf-Ferrari’s Jewels of the Madonna, for Amici Opera.
Steven Glasser (baritone) is a music lover and enjoys performing locally. By day Steven is an anesthesiologist with Society Hill Anesthesia Consultants. He performs regularly with the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale and had been a guest singer with the Bucks County Choral Society. He performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony last summer with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Club in Saratoga Springs, NY. Mr. Glasser is also a cantorial soloist at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, PA. Along with his own music, he enjoys watching his son at M.I.T and daughter at Friends Central School perform with in their respective musical and theater groups.
Anne Hagan (soprano) earned her bachelor degree in vocal performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with notables such as Virginia Zeani, James King and later Gabrielle Tucci. She continued her studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria and The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Hagan’s favorite operatic repertoire includes Cunegonde (Candide), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Gilda (Rigoletto) Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Achille (Deidamia), and Norina (Don Pasquale). She sang the first staged version of Bach’s Coffee Cantata, and worked with Philip Glass and Thomas Moran in the World Premiere of The Juniper Tree. Ms. Hagan turned her interests to arts administrative, and earned her master’s degree at Drexel University, and is currently a director in the development office at Rowan University. Miss Hagan will make her operetta debut in the 04-05 season as Galatea, in The Lovely Galatea by Franz von Suppé.
Dennis Ingle (baritone) is new to Philadelphia, moving from the great North West less than a year ago. While there he studied voice with Nancy Clingman and performed with the Spokane Symphony Choral. During his first year here Mr. Ingle became a member of the Mendelssohn Club. He completed his studies with The Cittone Institute and works in Network Administration.
James R. Longacre (tenor) has performed in musical theater, oratorio, and operatic repertoires including leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Opera Delaware, Lake George Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Omaha and Michigan Opera Theater and the Hilton Head Symphony. He has the distinction of appearing in an International Broadcast for PBS-TV entitled Placido Domingo: The Tenor, The Teacher. In addition, Mr. Longacre is on the Voice Faculty at Settlement Music School, Waldron Mercy Academy, Haddonfield School of the Performing Arts, and maintains a private vocal teaching studio in Philadelphia. Mr. Longacre sang the starring role of Prince Edwin in COT’s recent production of The Gypsy Princess, and was a soloist in the concert, Operetta in ¾ Time! He will star as Rene, The Count of Luxembourg in COT’s 2004 production of The Count of Luxembourg.
Steven Macdonald (tenor), originally from Glasgow, Scotland, emigrated to Buffalo, New York. Combining rock and theater Stephen has sung Judas and later Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, and in an original rock opera by Neal Radice and Ken Kaufman based on the Old English epic Beowulf. Stephen also recorded vocal tracks for many jingles before moving to Philadelphia. He traveled to Germany, Russia, China, South Korea, France and Italy with the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale and later found work as a rock singer in various local bands. He has performed as a tenor lead in many local G&S productions, including Strephon in Iolanthe with the Savoy Company. Recently Steven sang the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus for Rose Valley, and is a regular performer with The Main Line Opera Guild. He currently studies voice with Richard Johnson of Bryn Mawr, PA.
Lyndon McNall (baritone) has sung comprimario roles with the Natchez Opera Festival. Among them are, Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata), Benoit (La Boheme) and Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro). Recently he sang the role of Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) with Boheme Opera Company in Trenton, N.J. Currently, he sings with the Philadelphia Singer's Chorale and will be singing the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra this May and July. He currently sings with the St. Thomas, Whitemarsh Church and resides in Conshohocken, Pa. Mr. McNall has performed with COT in Paganini and Tschekko in Countess Maritza.
Stephanie Rose (soprano) recently graduated with a mater's degree from UNLV where she studied with Paul Kreider. Recently performed roles include Suzanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Yum Yum in The Mikado, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Pamina as well as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote and Hero in Beatrice et Benedict and Musetta in La Boheme. Ms. Rose made her European debut as Rosalinda in Salzburg with the Austrian Mozart ensemble, and also made my Kennedy Center debut as Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos. She currently studies voice with internationally know tenor, Enrico di Guiseppe. Miss Rose will make her operetta debut with COT in May 2004 as Mary Lloyd in the Philadelphia Premiere of The Duchess of Chicago.
Adam Shellenberger (tenor) is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received a BA in Theater. While attending IUP Adam acted and directed numerous productions. Some favorites include Fortinbras, Equus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Apple Tree. At the Keystone Reparatory Theater he appeared in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and last summer helped to stage Fat Men in Skirts with Snowday productions at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Adam performed the role of Lalzo in COT’s production of Countess Maritza.
Joseph Troiano (tenor) is thrilled to be doing his first love, music. He has appeared with the Delaware Valley Opera in their past two seasons, and as a soloist with the Main Line Opera Guild. He made his debut with Amici Opera this past December in Giordiano’s La Cena Delle Beffe. Joseph has appeared in COT’s Paganini and The Gypsy Princess and Countess Maritza. Joseph currently studies voice with James R. Longacre.
Benjamin Wager (bass-baritone), is from Havertown, PA and is a graduate of University of Delaware. His recent performance includes Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the University of Delaware Opera and is currently in the ensemble of La Traviata with Opera Delaware. He currently studies voice with Philip Doucette of Newark, Delaware. He currently works in his families business as a land surveyor.