The Mirror Cabaret

Tickets on sale March 17, 2022!

Dates & Times:
Thursday, May 5th | Doors open @ 6 PM | Performance @ 8 PM (canceled) ***if you purchased tickets for Thursday’s show, the City Winery Box Office will reach out to move your tickets to the Friday performance or refund your ticket purchase.  

Friday, May 6th | Doors open @ 6 PM | Performance @ 8 PM

Ticket Cost: $20 – $60

Venue: City Winery Boston

Location: 80 Beverly Street, Boston, MA 02114

Opera Music Director: Christina Wright-Ivanova

Musical Theatre Music Director: Austin Davy

Stage Director: Cassandra Lovering

Singers: Emily Begley, David Rivera Bozon, Junhan Choi, Sarah Joyce Cooper, Alexandra Dietrich, Rachel Grindle, Emily Harmon, Gray Leiper, Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco, Kara Chu Nelson, Cynthia López Pérez, Ai Ra, Tatum Robertson, Raphael Campos, Kira Troilo and Dana Lynne Varga

PRODUCTION PARTNER:

THE MIRROR CABARET


Willkommen, bievenue, welcome to The Mirror Cabaret!  Tickets on Sale March 17, 2022!


Opera vs. Musical.   Have you ever wondered about the parallel of operas and musicals based on the same story?   Join MassOpera at City Winery for an intimate, fun, and soul-stirring night at The Mirror Cabaret.  Your favorite operas and musicals will be presented back-to-back to showcase how the power of storytelling permeates different performance mediums.  

  • La Boheme vs. Rent
  • Romeo et Juliette vs. West Side Story
  • Rusalka vs. The Little Mermaid
  • Little Women vs. Little Women
  • Le Cenerentola vs. Cinderella.

Featuring 16 of Greater New Enlgand’s finest opera and musical theatre performers, we welcome you to grab a glass of wine, a little nosh, and be swept away by The Mirror Cabaret!

Please note that ticket prices are not inclusive of food and drinks.  

OPERA CAST

David Rivera Bozon – Rodolfo (La Boheme
Junhan Choi – 
Marcello (La Boheme), Mercutio (Romeo et Juliette)
Sarah Joyce Cooper – Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), Beth (Little Women)
Emily Harmon – Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Jo (Little Women)
Gray Leiper – Schaunard/Colline (La Boheme), Alidoro (La Cenerentola)
Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco – Tisbe (Le Cenerentola)
Cynthia López Pérez – Mimi (La Boheme)
Ai Ra – Alcindoro (La Boheme)
Abby Mae Rogers – Clorinda (La Cenerentola)
Dana Lynne Varga – Musetta (La Boheme)

MUSICAL THEATRE CAST

Emily Begley – Maureen (Rent), Stepsister (Cinderella)
Raphael Campos – Prince (Cinderella)
Alexandra Dietrich – Anita (West Side Story)
Rachel Grindle – Jo March (Little Women)
Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco – Stepsister (Cinderella)
Kara Chu Nelson – Cinderella (Cinderella), Beth (Little Women)
Cynthia López Pérez – Maria (West Side Story)
Ai Ra – Tony (West Side Story), Marc (Rent)
Kira Troilo – Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Joanne (Rent)

SINGERS

Emily Begley

Emily Begley

Mezzo-soprano/Belter

Bio

 This is Emily’s first time working with MassOpera and she couldn’t be more excited! Emily is currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at Emerson College. Past credits include: Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages and Velma Kelly in Chicago. She would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for their continued support and love, in addition to the production team that made this all possible. Be sure to follow her on instagram @emily.begley to keep up to date with her latest projects.  
David Rivera Bozon

David Rivera Bozon

Tenor

Bio

 David Rivera Bozón is a Colombian tenor with more than eighteen years of performing experience. Recent highlights include Alfredo from Traviata with MassOpera, The Heart of a Woman with Milton Community Concerts, Boston Singer ́s Resource Composer ́s Lab, Opera Talk Italy Virtual Serenade, Opera on Tap OperaGrams, NEMPAC Balcony Series at Tresca, Opera Evening with Veronica Robles Cultural Center. The title role in Mozart ́s Idomeneo with the New England Conservatory Opera, and Dallas from Service Provider by Christopher Weiss with Helios Opera. David proudly holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the National University of Colombia Conservatory. 
Raphael Campos

Raphael Campos

Baritenor

Bio

 Raphael Campos is a Brazilian born artist. To entertain people and make them feel the same joy that he feels is what he loves the most. He has studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap dance, singing, and musical theater. After moving to the United States, Raphael kept finding ways to advance his art. He has taken classes, worked closely with his singing coach Jessica Tasucu, and studied as a theatre major. He had the pleasure to work with Robert St. Lawrence and Proshot Kalami on Bunker Hill productions of Gruesome Playground Injuries, Water by the Spoonful, and performed on a Radio Drama, The Persians. Most recently, Raphael has participated in the Theatre Kapow production of Dance Nation under the direction of Wanda Strukus. 
Junhan Choi

Junhan Choi

Baritone

Bio

Praised for his “splendid baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, has performed in numerous operas, oratorios and concerts with such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Teatro Nuovo, Odyssey Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, MassOpera and Naples Philharmonic. He is a prize winner in the 54th Viñas International Voice Competition (Spain), the Berliner International Music Competition (Germany), Talents of the World International Voice Competition (USA), MassOpera’s Vocal Competition (USA), Rochester International Vocal Competition (USA) and St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music (USA). Mr. Choi holds a Master’s degree and a Graduate Diploma with a Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music. 
Sarah Joyce Cooper

Sarah Joyce Cooper

Soprano

Bio

 Soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper has been hailed for her “meltingly beautiful” (Opera News) singing and “alluring” (Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural Series) stage presence. This spring, Ms. Cooper looks forward to making her debut with Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, NY as a resident artist. She will appear as Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and as Sally in the new opera, Stone Soup, by Joe Illick. Previous performances include La Charmeuse in Thaïs (Maryland Lyric Opera), Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Opera Western Reserve), Violetta in La Traviata (MassOpera), Mimì in La Bohème (Boston Opera Collaborative), Micaëla in Carmen (Prelude to Performance), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Boston Opera Collaborative), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Savannah Voice Festival). 
Alexandra Dietrich

Alexandra Dietrich

Mezzo-soprano/Belter

Bio

Bass-Baritone Bishop Burn made his operatic debut in 2016, singing Seneca in Oberlin in Italy’s production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Arezzo, Italy, making his American debut later that year as Mr. Presto in the Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Poulenc’s Le mamelle de Tirésias. He has appeared in multiple productions with the Miami Music Festival, singing Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and Rambaldo in La Rondine. He holds degrees in vocal performance and music history from the Oberlin Conservatory, and is currently studying for a masters degree in Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music.
Rachel Grindle

Rachel Grindle

Mezzo-soprano/Belter

Bio

Rachel Grindle is from Portland, Maine and graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Music. She was most recently seen with CMI Entertainment, PerSeverance Production’s National Tour of A Christmas Carol. Credits include; Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray (Barn Theatre), Erma, Anything Goes (College Light Opera Company), Flaemmschen, Grand Hotel (College Light Opera Company), Missy, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Arundel Barn Playhouse) Bebe, A Chorus Line (Arundel Barn Playhouse), Princess Miranda, Jack and the Beanstalk (Maine State Music Theatre). Rachel also had the privilege of being one of the chosen singers to perform at Merrill Auditorium with Kristen Chenoweth in her tour of An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, as well as the preshow for Alan Cummings tour Sing Sappy Songs
Emily Harmon

Emily Harmon

Mezzo-soprano

Bio

 Praised for her “velvety mezzo-soprano voice” (Pittsburgh in the Round), Emily Harmon was a recent finalist for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. She won Third Place in the 2020 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2021 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition. Some of Emily’s past roles include Amastre in Xerxes, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Marquise de Merteuil The Dangerous Liaisons, Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd, the Old Lady in Candide, and both Cherubino and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro. In concert, Emily has performed the alto solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Handel’s Messiah, Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass.
Gray Leiper

Gray Leiper

Baritone

Bio

 Gray Leiper is a Boston-based voice teacher and baritone. Hailed for his “clear baritone and vocal mastery”, his recent credits include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia in a Pop-Up Opera, Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Brutus in The Resurrection of Lucretia, Un Uffiziale in Maria, regina d’Inghilterra, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, The Businessman in The Little Prince, Assan in The Consul, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Andy Warhol in Jackie-O, and Top in The Tenderland. Leiper regularly performs with many Boston based opera companies and regional choral organizations including Odyssey Opera, MassOpera, Metropolitan Chorale, Seraphim Singers, and Ensemble Companio.
Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco

Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco

Mezzo-soprano

Bio

 Mezzo-soprano, Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco is a versatile performer and theater professional working throughout the greater Boston area. Carla feels working on all aspects of a production from the initial idea to the final execution is thrilling and exhilarating.
Kara Chu Nelson

Kara Chu Nelson

Soprano/Belter

Bio

 Kara Chu Nelson is thrilled to be making her debut with MassOpera. She has also performed with North Shore Music Theatre, The Umbrella Stage Company, Seacoast Rep, Hackmatack Playhouse, and Fiddlehead Theater, among others. Favorite past roles include Éponine in Les Miserables, Hope Cladwell in Urinetown, Natalie in Next to Normal, “Somewhere” Girl in West Side Story, and The Mistress in Evita. Kara would like to thank the amazing MassOpera team for this unique and exciting opportunity, and her parents for never missing a show. 
Cynthia López Pérez

Cynthia López Pérez

Soprano

Bio

 Cynthia López-Pérez is a Xicana soprano originally from Los Angeles, California. Ms. López-Pérez made her debut on the opera stage as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Ohio State University Lyric and Opera Theatre. Recent performances include Leonore in Fidelio with Promenade Opera Project, Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites with Boston Conservatory Opera, and Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance. Ms. López-Pérez completed her graduate studies at The Boston Conservatory, where she was a recipient of the Yolanda Cerreta Pangaro Scholarship, with a degree in Opera Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom.  
Ai Ra

Ai Ra

Tenor

Bio

 A Florida native, Ai Ra makes their return to MassOpera after a sold out run with La Traviata last fall. Prior to the pandemic, he performed Il Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in the Ozarks, Monostatos in Landlocked Opera’s Die Zauberflöte, and then Don Ottavio in a virtual production of Don Giovanni with Spotlight on Opera. Ai is a graduate of the Florida State University, where they received both a B.A. and B.S. He completed his Master of Music at the UMKC in 2020 and has recently completed a Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Northeastern University. Soon, Ai will move to New York City to pursue both Bioinformatics and performance. 
Abby Mae Rogers

Abby Mae Rogers

Soprano

Bio

 Soprano Abby Mae Rogers is an active performer and teacher in the Boston area. Praised for her “spectacularly charismatic” stage presence (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Abby Mae is a dynamic singer and actress onstage. Recent roles include Flora/Annina/Ensemble in MassOpera’s La Traviata, and Susanna (cover) in Boston Opera Collaborative’s Marriage of Figaro. Abby Mae made her Boston performance debut in 2019, covering Polly Peachum and singing in the ensemble as a part of Emmanuel Music’s Beggar’s Opera. Abby Mae holds an M.M. in Opera Performance from Longy School of Music, and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. She currently studies with Hilerie Klein-Rensi. 
Kira Troilo

Kira Troilo

Mezzo-soprano/belter

Bio

Kira Troilo (she/her) is excited to make her MassOpera debut! Recent local performing credits include Once On This Island (SpeakEasy Stage), The Last Five Years, Gypsy, Camelot (Lyric Stage), Little Women, In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre), Caroline, or Change (Moonbox Productions), and Sister Act (NextDoor Theater). Recent choreography credits include TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (SpeakEasy Stage), Parade (Moonbox Productions — Elliott Norton nomination), Pandora (Blue Spruce Theatre), The Little Mermaid (IRNE Nomination), Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Big Fish, Evita, Chicago, and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Weston Drama Workshop). She also recently assistant directed Admissions at SpeakEasy Stage. Kira graduated with a B.F.A. from Emerson College. Love to her husband Jared and her son Levi. 
Dana Lynne Varga

Dana Lynne Varga

Soprano

Bio

 Soprano Dana Lynne Varga is the Founder and Artistic Director of MassOpera and an established interpreter of a wide variety of repertoire on both opera and concert stages. In December, Ms. Varga was a last minute soprano replacement with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in 2019 in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Mid-America Productions. Her appearances as Pallas Athene in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Odyssey Opera (2019) and as soprano soloist with the Cantata Singers in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (2018) both garnered critical acclaim. An accomplished voice teacher, career coach, lecturer and writer, Ms. Varga is a fierce advocate for singers, devoted to change in the classical vocal industry. Visit www.danavarga.com and www.theempoweredmusician.com

CREATIVE TEAM

Austin Davy

Musical Theatre Music Director

Bio

 
Cassandra Lovering

Cassandra Lovering

Stage Director

Bio

 
Christina Wright-Ivanova

Christina Wright-Ivanova

Opera Music Director

Bio

 

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CITY WINERY BOSTON
80 BEVERLY STREET, BOSTON, MA 02114

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