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Cast Bios for Don Pasquale
Richard Cassell (Don Pasquale) -
This popular Basso-Buffo has appeared with Opera Memphis, Opera Bangkok, Lyric Opera of San Antonio, State Repertory Opera of New Jersey and Chattanooga Opera among others in such varied roles as the title roles in Falstaff, Don Pasquale and Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Alberich, Doctor Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore. Richard’s upcoming engagements include Alberich in Das Rheingold with the International Wagner Society, Shaman in Mae Nak with Opera Bangkok, Frank in Die Fledermaus with the Albanian National Opera, Basilio in The Barber of Seville with Opera Theatre of New Jersey, Sacristan in Tosca with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Benoit and Alcindoro in La Bohème with New Rochelle Opera and Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Dupage Opera Theatre.
“Superb character actor”, San Antonio Express News and “first-class Falstaff...brilliant acting and singing”, Il Giornale d’Italia and “vocally robust, with ample poise and charisma”, Jeremy Eichler, The New York Times are just a few of the accolades bestowed upon Richard Cassell by the press.
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Sung Chun Park (Ernesto) -
has won several major vocal contests recently including the Licia
Albanese - Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition in
both 2000 and 2003 with performances in Alice Tully Hall in New
York, 1st Place in the Opera Index Vocal Competition in 2001. His
favorite roles and performances include Delmonte in Un Giorno di
Regno at Caramoor Opera Production, Fernando in Marino Faliero with
the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall conducted by Eve
Queller, Alfredo in La Traviata and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus
with the Choral Society of the Hamptons, and Rodolfo in La Bohme
for the Mannes College of Music conducted by Joseph Calinari,
conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Noelle Barbera (Norina) -
Noelle Barbera was recently chosen as a finalist in Indiana Opera’s McAllister Awards
competition and has been a first place winner of the National Association of Teachers
of Singing competition. A versatile and accomplished performer in opera, concert and
theater, Ms. Barbera has been favorably reviewed in New York for her work with the
Bronx Opera where she performed the roles of Annchen in Der Freischutz and
Fiammetta in the rare operetta Boccaccio. Critics praised her “shining upper register
and musicality”(Opera News). The soprano with a “face made for the stage”(Opera
News) has also sung the roles of Mimi in La Boheme, Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in
Rigoletto, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Cherubino in Le
Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Barbera’s extensive concert credits include Handel’s Messiah,
Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brahms’ Deutches Requiem, Haydn’s Stabat
Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate which was her European debut
with the Berlinnerkammerorchester in the Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin.
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Carlos Jimeno (Dr Malatesta) -
Venezuelan born baritone, studied at the Lorenzo Llamozas Music
Conservatory in Caracas, the Museo Del Teclado and the Teatro Teresa
Carreno Opera Training Center. He has performed in Venezuela the
following roles: Marcello (Boheme), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Morales
(Carmen), Marullo (Rigoletto), Fiorello (Barber of Seville).
Recently he has sung The Imperial Commissioner and Yamadori (Butterfly)
for Regina Opera in Brooklyn, Marcovaldo, and Federico Barbarossa in
Verdi's Battaglia di Legnano for Amici Opera in Philadephia, as well Escamillo and Zuniga with Capitol Opera in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Upcoming engagements include Amonasro with Opera Calcano in Miami and in November, Germont for Capitol Opera in Harrisburg, in addition to concerts in Florida and New York City.
As a designer, Mr. Jimeno has combined his experience as an architect and plastic artist to bring to life sets that enhance the opera experience.
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