Cavalleria rusticana

Pietro Mascagni

Pagliacci
Ruggiero Leoncavallo
  • Loaded with truly passionate Italian music and in-your-face stories, Opera Santa Barbara’s productions of both “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” did not spare any gut punches. Every opera-lover knows the stories of Cav and Pag; OSB did both with tear-jerking emotion, telling it like it is.  Both were brilliantly conducted by Valéry Ryvkin. The sets and costumes were right on target – as were the gymnasts doing somersaults across the stage during “Pag.” Allan Glassman brilliantly tackled the lead roles in both operas with sheer, totally realistic verismo. Indeed, all of the casts were well chosen and perfectly suited for their roles.
    – Opera Warhorses
  • “With Allan Glassman starring in both Cavalleria and Pagliacci, the stage was set for wild passions. Director Linda Brovsky has set both shows in 1947, and did a great job of conveying post-war Calabria and Naples. Glassman performs the clown’s signature aria with great skill and heartbreaking emotion. When Canio becomes a murderer, it is easy to imagine that it is all for love.”
    – Charles Donelan / SB Independent

Direction

Valéry Ryvkin

Valéry Ryvkin

 

Conductor / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Conductor / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Conductor / La traviata

December 2000

 

Conductor / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Conductor / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000

 

Conductor /
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

October 1999

 

Conductor / Madama Butterfly

May 1999

 

Conductor / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Conductor / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Conductor / Così fan tutte

January 1998

 

Conductor / Tosca

September 1997

 

Conductor / Don Giovanni

January 1997

 

Conductor / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Conductor / Carmen

August 1996

 

Conductor / La traviata

July 1995 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

1999–2008

Linda Brovsky

Linda Brovsky

 

Stage Director / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000 (debut)

Jean-François Revon

Jean-François Revon

Mark Somerfield

Mark Somerfield

Miller James

Miller James

Artists

Layna Chianakas

Layna Chianakas

In a career that has spanned three decades, Stage Director, Mezzo-Soprano, and Voice Teacher, Layna Chianakas has portrayed over 50 leading opera roles across the United States, including over 80 performances of Carmen. Most recently, she was heard with Intermountain Opera, in the role Mme. Larina in Eugene Onegin and with Livermore Valley Opera as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin. She returns to both companies this spring as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. 

 As an award-winning opera Stage Director, her most recent win was the 2021 American Prize for Opera Production for Livermore Valley Opera’s double-bill of Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy and Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi and the National Opera Association third prize for Postcard from Morocco for the San José State Opera Theater.  For Opera San José, she directed La Voix humaine, Hansel & Gretel, Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other directing credits include, Le nozze di Figaro, Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as a fully-staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Rachel J. Peter’s Rootabaga Country marked her third production as the Stage Director for the Vivace Youth Chorus Summer Opera Workshop, which saw her productions of Menotti’s Chip and His Dog, and Krasa’s Brundibar. Opera Santa Barbara presented her Summer Youth Opera production of Ben Moore’s Odyssey, Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus for Soprano Young Artist, Brooklyn Snow, and she returns again this October to stage their double-bill of Falla’s El amor brujo (with choreographer, Cecily MacDougall) and Puccini’s Il Tabarro.

 In addition to a thriving private voice studio, Ms. Chianakas is Vocal Director of Musical Theater for Valley Christian High School Conservatory in San Jose, CA, where her credits include, Hello, Dolly!, Mary Poppins, Godspell, Found: A Musical Revue, and The Addams Family.

She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband, and two children; her greatest productions.

 

Last OSB Role: Stage Director for OSB’s Young Artist Showcase, At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, Brooklyn Snow, Soprano

 

Upcoming Opera: Emilia, Otello, Livermore Valley Opera; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro, Intermountain Opera

Carmen / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Allan Glassman

Allan Glassman

 

Turiddu / Cavalleria Rusticana

February 2008

 

Canio / Pagliacci

February 2008

 

Manrico / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Don José / Carmen

August 1996 (debut)

Malcolm MacKenzie

Malcolm MacKenzie

Victoria Hart

Victoria Hart

 

Berta / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Mamma Lucia / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999 (debut)

Tihana Herceg

Tihana Herceg

 

Lola / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999

 

Hansel / Hansel and Gretel

October 1994

 

Prince Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus

December 1993 (debut)

Barbara Divis

Barbara Divis

 

Micaëla / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Nedda / Pagliacci

October 1999 (debut)

Daniel Narducci

Daniel Narducci

Matthew Peña

Matthew Peña

Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson

 

Conductor / The Consul

April 2014 (debut)

 

Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master

2011–2015

Location

Cast & Credits

Direction
Conductor:

Valéry Ryvkin

 

Conductor / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Conductor / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Conductor / La traviata

December 2000

 

Conductor / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Conductor / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000

 

Conductor /
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

October 1999

 

Conductor / Madama Butterfly

May 1999

 

Conductor / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Conductor / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Conductor / Così fan tutte

January 1998

 

Conductor / Tosca

September 1997

 

Conductor / Don Giovanni

January 1997

 

Conductor / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Conductor / Carmen

August 1996

 

Conductor / La traviata

July 1995 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

1999–2008

Stage Director:

Linda Brovsky

 

Stage Director / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000 (debut)

Set Design:

Jean-François Revon

Lighting Design:

Mark Somerfield

Costume Design:

Miller James

Artists
Santuzza:

Layna Chianakas

In a career that has spanned three decades, Stage Director, Mezzo-Soprano, and Voice Teacher, Layna Chianakas has portrayed over 50 leading opera roles across the United States, including over 80 performances of Carmen. Most recently, she was heard with Intermountain Opera, in the role Mme. Larina in Eugene Onegin and with Livermore Valley Opera as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin. She returns to both companies this spring as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. 

 As an award-winning opera Stage Director, her most recent win was the 2021 American Prize for Opera Production for Livermore Valley Opera’s double-bill of Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy and Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi and the National Opera Association third prize for Postcard from Morocco for the San José State Opera Theater.  For Opera San José, she directed La Voix humaine, Hansel & Gretel, Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other directing credits include, Le nozze di Figaro, Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as a fully-staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Rachel J. Peter’s Rootabaga Country marked her third production as the Stage Director for the Vivace Youth Chorus Summer Opera Workshop, which saw her productions of Menotti’s Chip and His Dog, and Krasa’s Brundibar. Opera Santa Barbara presented her Summer Youth Opera production of Ben Moore’s Odyssey, Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus for Soprano Young Artist, Brooklyn Snow, and she returns again this October to stage their double-bill of Falla’s El amor brujo (with choreographer, Cecily MacDougall) and Puccini’s Il Tabarro.

 In addition to a thriving private voice studio, Ms. Chianakas is Vocal Director of Musical Theater for Valley Christian High School Conservatory in San Jose, CA, where her credits include, Hello, Dolly!, Mary Poppins, Godspell, Found: A Musical Revue, and The Addams Family.

She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband, and two children; her greatest productions.

 

Last OSB Role: Stage Director for OSB’s Young Artist Showcase, At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, Brooklyn Snow, Soprano

 

Upcoming Opera: Emilia, Otello, Livermore Valley Opera; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro, Intermountain Opera

Carmen / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Turiddu:

Allan Glassman

 

Turiddu / Cavalleria Rusticana

February 2008

 

Canio / Pagliacci

February 2008

 

Manrico / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Don José / Carmen

August 1996 (debut)

Alfio:

Malcolm MacKenzie

Lucia:

Victoria Hart

 

Berta / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Mamma Lucia / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999 (debut)

Lola:

Tihana Herceg

 

Lola / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999

 

Hansel / Hansel and Gretel

October 1994

 

Prince Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus

December 1993 (debut)

Canio:

Allan Glassman

 

Turiddu / Cavalleria Rusticana

February 2008

 

Canio / Pagliacci

February 2008

 

Manrico / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Don José / Carmen

August 1996 (debut)

Nedda:

Barbara Divis

 

Micaëla / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Nedda / Pagliacci

October 1999 (debut)

Tonio:

Malcolm MacKenzie

Silvio:

Daniel Narducci

Beppe:

Matthew Peña

Beppe:

Brent Wilson

 

Conductor / The Consul

April 2014 (debut)

 

Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master

2011–2015

Pagliacci, February/March 2008, David Bazemore Photo