Die Fledermaus

Winter Waltzes: Vienna
Die Fledermaus

Benefitting the Haiti Relief and Development Fund organized by the American Red Cross

One World Symphony
Sung Jin Hong, Artistic Director and Conductor
One World Symphony Vocal Artists

Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
Sung in English

Revel in luxurious old world Vienna and mingle with the continental aristocracy while enjoying the romance of this charming operetta! Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II may be the best loved work from the Golden Age of Viennese operetta. Everything old is new again with love affairs, betrayal, deception, and a battle of the sexes, all conjured with contagious laughter, flowing champagne, and a classic hum-worthy score in this seamless confection. This jubilant farce is pure effervescence!

A percentage of ticket proceeds will go to benefit the Haiti Relief and Development Fund organized by the American Red Cross.

Performance length: 2 hours with intermission


Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director, composer, and conductor of One World Symphony. Hailed by The Village Voice as "a promising young conductor" and by The Korea Herald as "Creator of New York's Hip Classical," As a composer, The New York Times praised Hong's From The Alchemist as transforming "a novel to a lush Mahlerian sound." A passionate educator, Hong was awarded a grant from VH1's Save the Music Foundation to continue teaching at Harlem Children Zone's The Promise Academy. Mr. Hong has guest conducted in Europe, such as Stadt Wien Konservatorium Orchester in Vienna, Austria, Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Brittany, France, and The Royal Northern Conservatory of Music in Manchester, UK. In the U.S, he has guest conducted the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet Company, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Mannes Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Youth Symphony, Bard College Orchestra, Illinois Wesleyan New Music Players, Western Illinois University Cello Choir, Bradley University Wind Ensemble, Great Music For A Great City at CUNY, Wayne State University Symphony, the Prospect Chamber Players, Twin Cities Ballet Company, and Take Dance Company. Mr. Hong has held positions as Music Director and Conductor of Peoria Sinfonietta and Principal Conductor of IES Singerverein in Vienna. He has also collaborated with musicians from the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic as a conductor. Highlights for the upcoming season include leading One World Symphony's new season as its artistic director and conductor and guest engagements conducting The Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Symphony, Fiery World Music Orchestra in Los Angeles, The Gandharvas, and his debut in Dallas conducting musicians from Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted and recorded world premieres for the world's leading classical record label Naxos. Mr. Hong had the great honor of being personal chosen by the New York Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Kurt Masur to conduct in masterclasses and a concert in New York.

MitzanovaMaking her debut with One World Symphony, young Russian-American soprano Elmira Mitzanova combines her beautiful voice and innate musicality with a Western cosmopolitan training. Most recently she sang the title role in Madama Butterfly with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Staatstheater Braunschweig Open-Air, Germany. Other important roles performed, include Leonora (Il Trovatore), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), and the title role of Tosca which she sang with the Plovdiv State Opera (Bulgaria) on its tour of England. Her recital and concert work has included "Italienische Nacht" Kultur Gipfel concert series with the Orchestra della Zona Alpina throughout Bavaria, including Carl- Orff-Zaal Gasteig, Munich Philharmonia, Verdi Gala concerts with the Philharmonia Bohuslav Martinu Zlin and the Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra, as well as Operetta concerts in Smetana Hall with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Soprano Emily Nicholas is making her debut with One World Symphony performing the role of Rosalinda. Her operatic appearances include The Marriage of Figaro (Countess), Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde), Rodelinda (Rodelinda), Tales of Hoffmann (Olympia), L'enfant et les sortilèges (Teacup), Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia), The Merry Widow (Hanna) and Falstaff (Alice). Last summer, Ms. Nicholas was a Professional Artist at Songfest in Malibu, CA, and a Developing Professional Artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival where she sang Ricky Ian Gordon's Grapes of Wrath in concert. She has performed in master classes with Martin Katz, Tom Cipullo, John Musto, Ricky Ian Gordon, Craig Rutenberg, and Frank Corsaro. Ms. Nicholas was the winner of Azusa Pacific University's Concerto Competition in 2006 and the recipient of the university's Presidential Award of Excellence from 2003-2006. Ms. Nicholas studies voice with Cynthia Hoffmann and will complete her Master's degree in classical voice at the Manhattan School of Music this spring.

Soprano Allison Pohl is thrilled to be making her debut with One World Symphony as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Ms. Pohl debuted with Boston Lyric Opera as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Last season, she appeared as Belinda in Dido & Aeneas with Opera Meraviglia and as Lucy in The Telephone with Opera Coeur d'Alene. With Virginia Opera, Ms. Pohl performed Giannetta in L'elisir d'Amore to rave reviews. With Opera New Jersey, she performed Sally in Die Fledermaus and Jou-jou in The Merry Widow. As a resident artist at Virginia Opera, Ms. Pohl appeared in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Eugene Onegin and performed the title role in Pinocchio for Family Day and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance on tour. Favorite past roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Adina in L'elisir d'Amore, and Musetta in La Bohème. Ms. Pohl earned her Bachelor of Music at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music at Boston University.

Soprano Kember Lattimer is noted for her "strong, clear, sparkling, and enchanting" voice (The Oregonian)and "vivacious, charming, comically enchanting, and wonderfully acted" characterizations (Classical New Jersey Society). New York engagements for the native Oregonian include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Despina in Cosí fan Tutte, Frasquita and Micaela in Carmen, Elsie in Yeomen of the Guard, Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Gilda in Rigoletto, and excerpts of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Recent regional work includes Blöndchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Wichita Grand Opera, KS. Upcoming engagements include coloratura role Brigid in Susan Stoderl's new opera The Veil of Forgetfulness with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and a concert reading of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Adrienne Metzinger returns as a vocal soloist with One World Symphony after having sung the roles of Baroness in Vanessa, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos in June of 2008, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare in June 2007, selections from Les nuits d'été in August of 2007, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. She is a founding member, Graphic Designer, and Managing Director of One World Symphony. Ms. Metzinger had the honor of singing our National Anthem to begin New York City's televised 2003 Veteran's Day Parade as well as at a ceremony honoring Senator Hillary Clinton held by the United Spinal Association. In June of 2003, she made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut singing the music of Kurt Weill. Some of her opera credits include Emilia (Otello), Mercedes (Carmen), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Flora and Annina (La Traviata), Peep-Bo (The Mikado), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Kate (Madama Butterfly), The Sandman/Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Kate (Ballad of Baby Doe) as well as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has also made numerous appearances with One World Symphony as a featured soloist in Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Bach's Magnificat, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel as well many chamber and opera concerts singing selections by Barber, Verdi, Offenbach, and Weill to name a few. Ms. Metzinger has also performed world premiere works by Kyle Gann (orchestrated by Sung Jin Hong), Joan Dawidziak and Stan Grill.

Mezzo-soprano Susanna Ketron was most recently seen in the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, with Intimate Opera New York. Her recent performances also include the U.S. premiere of Ricardo Llorca's opera Las Horas Vacías at the United Nations, the Broadway U.C.C. benefit concert Love's Philosophy in Manhattan, and a live broadcast on Sirius Radio with the Manhattan Choral Ensemble. She will next be heard singing the role of Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann in spring 2010. A scholarship award recipient in Westminster Choir College's 2009 CoOperative Program, and a two-time Berkshire Scholar Award winner, Ms. Ketron currently studies with Shirlee Emmons and Deborah Birnbaum. Ms. Ketron is making her debut with One World Symphony performing the role of Count Orlofsky.

American tenor Jason Papowitz has performed a number of the central leading roles in the operatic literature including Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Radamès in Aïda. In 2005 he created the title role of Cain in the world premiere of the opera by Bulgarian composer Lyubomir Denev. Most recently he performed Don José in Carmen and his first Danilo in The Merry Widow. At his first audition in Europe at the prestigious Prague State Opera, he was immediately offered a year-long contract including the opening night performance of the title role in a new production of Don Giovanni by Gazzaniga. Other theaters, companies and venues include The National Opera Theater, Taiwan; the Virgin Atlantic Holders Festival, Barbados; Ostrava State Opera; Bulgaria Hall, Sofia; Plovdiv National Opera; Stara Zagora Opera; Burgas Opera; numerous theaters in England on the Eurostage 2002 Tour; numerous theaters throughout the United States with Opera Verdi Europa; Santa Margherita Summer Festival, Italy; Taconic Opera; and Opera in the Heights, Texas. He is an honor's graduate in philosophy of both K.U. Leuven, Belgium (M.A.) and Vassar College, USA (B.A.). Mr. Papowitz is making his debut with One World Symphony performing the role of Eisenstein.

Frank Martinez, tenor, sings Eisenstein in this performance, a role he recently sang with the Stony Hill Players (NJ). For One World Symphony, Frank has sung the Rector in Peter Grimes, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Third Jew in Salomé, covered Cassio in Otello and last season directed Elektra. Other recent roles include Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Bill in A Hand of Bridge and Feri in Kalman's Gypsy Princess with Cantiamo Opera Theatre and the NY Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble. In recital, Mr. Martinez has recently performed Songs of Brahms and Gurney, Italian Opera Scenes of the Masters, Songs of the Sea and Love Songs at the NYC Bar Association, the LGBT Community Center and YM/WHA of Washington Heights. Originally from West Covina, California, Mr. Martinez has voice degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently studies voice with Dr. Robert White, Jr.

Tenor Ransom Bruce is thrilled to be singing with One World Symphony again, where his previous appearances have included Bob Boles in Peter Grimes and David in the world premiere of David and Goliath. Other favorite credits include The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Little Bat in Susannah with Dicapo Opera Theatre, Britten's Saint Nicolas and the Beethoven Mass in C. Mr. Bruce has also performed with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, numerous musical theater productions, and acclaimed cabaret shows with Uptown Express, a jazz/pops group. Mr. Bruce lives in Brooklyn, NY.

From Tabasco, Mexico, Héctor Palacio is a graduate in Sociology from the National University of Mexico, where he also studied music, voice and acting. He debuted in September 1999 with Opera de Bellas Artes as the Slave in Salomé. He has also sung Tonio, Edgardo, Rinuccio, Fenton, Rodolfo, Javier Moreno and Hoffmann. Mentored by soprano Martina Arroyo, he has received the sponsorship of her Foundation preparing there, Alfredo, Pinkerton, and Cavaradossi. He also received the sponsorship of SIVAM (supported by Domingo, with whom he sang as soloist in the Gala Latina II at Bellas Artes), INBA and CONACULTA, sponsored by the Mexican Government. Recent appearances include Alfredo, Staten Island Philharmonic; Pollione, Metropolitan Lyric Theater; Don José and Rodolfo, Brooklyn Summer Opera Orchestra; Rodolfo and Canio, Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra; and Pinkerton, The Fujiwara Opera, Japan. Mr. Palacio is making his debut with One World Symphony performing the role of Alfred.

Juan José Ibarra has previously appeared with One World Symphony as Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Jochanaan in Salomé, Pistola in Falstaff, Bartolo in Le nozze di figaro, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. He has been a featured artist with the Bronx Opera, the Utah Opera, the Natchez Opera Festival, the Asheville Lyric Opera, and the Brevard Music Festival. Among the roles he has performed at these venues are Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dr. Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Frère Laurent in Romeo et Juliette, Ramfis in Aïda, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Crespel in Les Contes d'Hoffman. In musical theater he has appeared in A Little Night Music, The Mikado, Once Upon a Mattress and Fiddler on the Roof. He participated in the American Symphony Orchestra's American premiere production of Janacek's Osud at the new Fisher Center of Bard College.

Ari Amir is currently completing his Master of Music performance in CUNY Brooklyn College, where he has sung Count Almaviva, as well as Antonio, in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Harast in Cunning Little Vixen by Janaczek, and Johnny in Comedy on the Bridge by Martinu. He has also created the roles of The Patient in the world premier of Requiem for the Living by Ronnie Reshef and David in Ketem by Aviram Freiberg. This is his debut performance with One World Symphony.

Making her debut with One World Symphony, mezzo-soprano Clare Maloney began the 2009-2010 season as an Artist-in-Residence with the New York Lyric Opera, performing in their recital series at Symphony Space and in their performance of Manon at Carnegie Hall. This past summer, she was heard as Guido's Mother in the Intermezzo Foundation's performance of Nine by Maury Yeston. Ms. Maloney studied at Boston University, the International Institute of Vocal Arts, and the Elardo Young Artist Program, and is the recipient of fellowships from the European American Musical Alliance at the L'Ecole Normale de Music in Paris, and from the Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival. She has been heard as Cherubino, Hansel, Idamante, and Erika in Vanessa, and her concert and oratorio credits include Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder, Schubert's Ständchen, Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah.

Soprano Erica Mundy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she was the recipient of a school-wide scholarship to study in France with renowned accompanist Dalton Baldwin. She holds a M.M. from East Carolina University, where she performed many lead roles, including her operatic debut as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Mundy has sung with Bronx Opera, Garden State Opera, Intermezzo Opera, Cantiamo Opera, Opera Manhattan, and the Stony Hill Players of New Jersey. Some of her favorite roles have been Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and Musetta in La Bohème. She has given numerous recitals and concert performances in North Carolina, Florida, and the New York area, as well as internationally in France, Germany and Spain. She is a student of Dr. Julian Kwok.

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