Opera Arlington proudly presents Rusalka, Dvořák's fairytale masterpiece!
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, this magical tale will transport you into a fantasy forest, where a water nymph yearns for the love of a human prince, and an evil witch plots her downfall. But is it the witch's curse that will bring her demise, or the fickleness of the human heart?
Immerse yourself in Antonín Dvořák's breathtaking melodies and witness a cast of DFW's opera stars in this monumental Czech opera from the year 1900. Presented with Jaroslav Kvapil's original Czech text with English supertitles, this production will be performed with chamber orchestra (arranged by Michael Withers), conducted by Jason Lim and directed by Eliza Escalante.
FEBRUARY 2–3, 2024
FRIDAY & SATURDAY at 7:00pm
Tate Springs, 4201 Little Rd, Arlington, Texas 76016
Duration: approx. 2 hours, plus one 15-minute intermission
ADULTS: $29 KIDS (12 and under): FREE
MEET THE CAST
Founder of Opera Arlington, Bree Nichols, is an American soprano praised for her “rich vocal disposition” (KlasikaPlus) and compelling stage presence. A Fulbright grantee to the Czech Republic in 2021–22, Bree is known for her sensitive interpretations of Czech vocal music as well as over two dozen operatic roles spanning a diverse repertoire. Her career has taken her to the stages of Tulsa Opera, North Czech Philharmonic, Pilsen Opera, Symphony of the Mountains, Capitol City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Olomouc Baroque Festival, and more. In 2023, she made her debut as Monica in Tulsa Opera's production of The Medium, and won 1st place in the Artist Division of the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey Argento Vocal Competition as well as the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (Arkansas District). Bree’s expanding discography includes her solo debut album, Pure Morning, featuring all Czech repertoire, as well as multiple new music releases with the Navona Records label. Bree was the winner of the 2020 Presser Award in support of her performance and study of Czech opera. Her recent roles include the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor and The Bartered Bride as well as Gilda in Rigoletto and Nedda in Pagliacci.
Off the stage, Bree Nichols is a scholar and innovator in community opera advocacy, where her performance expertise informs her leadership in shaping the next generation of musicians. In 2016, she founded Stafford Opera Troupe in her hometown of Stafford, Virginia, where she created free training and performance opportunities for emerging singers. Bree holds a Master of Music degree from University of Georgia and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Her dissertation, culminating in the creation of an anthology of Czech opera arias with corresponding research, translations, and phonetic transcriptions, has galvanized her continuing performance of Czech opera and art song in the U.S. and abroad.
Katia Kim, soprano
Soprano Katia Kim, with her gleaming, powerful voice and intense acting, is making a name for herself as an operatic talent in the United States. Born in Russia and now an American citizen, Katia has been praised for her technical skill, her mesmeric stage presence and her ravishing, rich voice. She made her European debut as a soloist in Haydn’s Creation in Germany to enthusiastic reviews. Her singing in the graduate programs at Texas Christian University and at Temple University earned her several leading roles, including Erisbe in L’Ormindo, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Concepción in L’heure espagnole. As the winner of concerto competitions at both universities, she sang Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder and Tatiana’s Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin with orchestra.
Katia sang Fiordiligi again to great acclaim with the Martina Arroyo Foundation in New York City. Performances over the next few years included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with TCU Opera Studio, the soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem at the Crystal Cathedral in California, and concerts with the Music Theater of Kaunas, Lithuania. In 2017, Katia sang Mařenka in a concert version of The Bartered Bride and a year later, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with the North Czech Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. In summer 2019, she toured South Korea with Chernivtsi Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine). Katia’s upcoming engagements incldeu the soprano solos in Britten’s War Requiem with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.
Korean tenor Wonjin Choi is currently a Hattie Mae Lesley Resident Artist with Fort Worth Opera, where he is the tenor soloist for Bienvenidos de Frida Kahlo, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Don José in The tragedy of Carmen, and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. With Opera Arlington, he appeared this season as Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Wonjin made his debut at Kim Sun International Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème in South Korea. He recently performed the role of Governor in Bernstein’s Candide with Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, and appeared as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with TCU Opera. At Korea National University of Arts, he sang the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale.
A decorated competitor, Wonjin won 1st place as Edward Baird Singer of the Year at Texoma NATS, received a bronze medal at the Korea National Opera Concours, and was a finalist of the McCammon Voice Competition at Fort Worth Opera. He was also named the winner of the Concerto Competition and Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Recital at TCU in 2023. In 2022, Wonjin was named an Encouragement Award winner at the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (Minnesota District). He also won the Liederkranz Award in partnership with the Dallas Goethe Center and the 2020 Grand Prix at XIX International Singing Competition. Wonjin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Korea National University of Arts and a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University. He is also an alumnus of the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in South Korea, where he performed as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Jason Nichols, who sings “with vulnerability and passion” (The Roanoke Times), is a versatile tenor with ample experience both on stage and in the studio. Jason performs frequently with Opera Arlington and has recently made concert and recital appearances abroad in Paris, Prague, Olomouc, and Madagascar. In the 2019–2020 season, he appeared in The Dallas Symphony’s production of Salome under conductor Fabio Luisi, and premiered the modern adaptations of two operas by J.H. Schmelzer at the Olomouc Baroque Festival in the Czech Republic. This past season, Jason performed in multiple cities in the Czech Republic as part of a recital series that revived rare works of Czech art song. A 2016 district winner in the Metropolitan Opera Competition and Apprentice Artist with Opera Roanoke, Jason has also performed under the illustrious batons of Marzio Conti, Hilary Griffiths, Lukas Beikercher, Marius Stieghorst, and Steven White.
Allison Rohrer, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Germany, soprano
Kelsey Korman, mezzo-soprano
STAGE DIRECTOR: ELIZA ESCALANTE
CONDUCTOR: JASON LIM
ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTOR: AMANDA NIXON
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER & ORCHESTRA ASSISTANT: MARTIN WELLS
LIGHTING DESIGNER: MATT FJORDBAK
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