Based on William Kennedy's acclaimed Novel, Roscoe is a new American Opera by Composer Evan Mack and Librettist Joshua McGuire. Set in Albany on V-J Day 1945. Roscoe is the 2nd in command of the Albany political machine. After years as the motor of Albany he longs to retire, but a tragic suicide, a love affair, a custody battle, and a critical mayoral race amid gamblers, gangsters and cops pull him back in.
Roscoe will have its orchestral premiere on October 15th at the historic Palace Theatre featuring a cast of world class vocalists including Met Opera Diva, Deborah Voigt.
Tickets start at just $15. Reserve your seats today! Call 518.694.3300 or buy online.
Jeffrey Williams as Roscoe Conway
American baritone Jeffrey Williams has been hailed by Baltimore Sun, as “very likeable, a winning performance sung with much confidence, phrasing everything stylishly,” and by Miami Herald as possessing a “commanding, sizeable, effortless, manly baritone.” --> Learn More
Deborah Voigt as Veronica Fitzgibbon
Deborah Voigt is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence. Having made her name as a leading dramatic soprano, she is internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and is also an active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs. --> Learn More
Danielle Messina (Cover for Veronica) and Young Veronica
Danielle Messina, soprano, hailed for being a fine actress with a “big, bright voice” by Music in Cincinnati, and “limpid-voiced” by Classical Voice America, is looking toward an exciting season. --> Learn More
Tascha Anderson as Pamela Yusupov
Mezzo-soprano Tascha Anderson has received acclaim from audiences on both the east and west coasts. A native of Montana, she has been praised as “emotionally rich”, “a brassy mezzo with flair,” and “a delight because of her rich lower register.” Ms. Anderson was most recently seen in the world premiere of Evan Mack’s Roscoe at the Seagle Music Colony. -->Learn More
Kevin Newell as Alex Fitzgibbon
As a growing specialist in contemporary opera, Kevin Newell made his mainstage debut at Fort Worth Opera in 2012 as Maron in Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata. This summer, Opera Today proclaimed that Newell is an artist “whose stock is no doubt on the rise,” as he performed the role of Simon Stimson in Our Town at Central City Opera. Newell recently performed in the world premier Absurdopera, two one-act operas at the 2013 Latino Music Festival, Words & Music and The Leader, both by composer Gustavo Leone. As Jonathan Dale in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-Prize winning opera Silent Night in 2014 (Fort Worth Opera), Newell received great critical review. --> Learn More
Zac Engle as Felix Conway
Zac Engle won recognition early in his career, receiving the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Encouragement Award in 2010. His light lyric sound with high extension, strong stage presence, and comedic timing allows him to perform a broad spectrum of operatic repertoire ranging from buffo to seria. --> Learn More
Eric McConnell as Elisha Fitzgibbon
Eric J. McConnell, bass-baritone, has been commended for his “finely pointed vocalism” and “deep and firm” low notes (South Florida Classical Review), as well as for his "well-toned voice" (El Nuevo Herald). Most recently, Mr. McConnell has performed the roles of Olin Blitch (Susannah), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte). Recent professional credits include the roles of William Jennings Bryan (The Ballad of Baby Doe) and Antonio in (Le nozze di Figaro) in Central City Opera’s Family Performance series, as well as the Jailer in Central City’s performance of Tosca. --> Learn More
Eli McCormack as Gilby Fitzgibbon:
Elijah McCormack (Gilby) recently completed his undergraduate education at Skidmore College. He has previously played the role of Gilby in a concert performance of "Roscoe," and most recently sang the role of Arsamenes in Handel's "Xerxes" at Skidmore. He received Skidmore's Barbara Gruntal Allen voice prize in both 2015 and 2016, and has studied voice with Gene Marie Callahan, Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, and Joyce Erickson. He hopes to attend graduate school for voice.
Caitlin Mathes as Hattie
American Mezzo-Soprano Caitlin Mathes has been hailed by critics as "charming" and "smashing." She has been praised for her "natural acting aility" and "vocal agility."
Ms. Mathes has recently finished her residency with Portland Opera as the mezzo soprano in their studio program. During that time she also gave her NYC debut recital/cabaret at the National Arts Club. --> Learn More
Lauren Cook as Gladys
"Praised for her engaging stage presence and “full... nuanced” voice, soprano Lauren Cook recently created the role of Veronica Fitzgibbon in Evan Mack's Roscoe. Cook has performed many principal roles including Susanna, Nannetta, Tina, Melisande, Poppea, Tisbe, Dew Fairy, Cosette, and Rapunzel. During the 2016 season, Cook made her debut at Opera Company of Middlebury, and has performed leading roles at the Seagle Music Colony, The Boston Conservatory Opera, Louisiana State University Opera, La Musica Lirica, Opéra Louisiane, and the Louisiana Opera Outreach Program. Cook received her Bachelor of Vocal Performance and Music Education from Louisiana State University, and her Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory." -->Learn More
Tom Mulder as O.B. Conway: Coming Soon
Keith Browning as Mac
Keith Browning, Tenor, has performed leading roles in L’italiana in Algeri at Seagle Music Colony, Die Fledermaus and Albert Herring at the Maryland Opera Studio, La Boheme at Brevard Music Center, and Candide at Ash Lawn Opera. He premiered the role of Nathan in Gregory Vajda’s Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South with Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio.
Jose Rubio as Cutie la Rue/Legs Diamond/Young Roscoe
Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country. Equally comfortable in the concert hall as on the operatic stage, Mr. Rubio's Carnegie Hall Recital Debut which was met with great acclaim. The Opera Insider proclaimed that the "...recital was nothing short of stellar." describing the performance as "...an hour of intensely passionate singing and playing. It could have gone on forever without complaint." -->Learn More
Ryan Stoll as Bind McCall:
"Bass-baritone Ryan Stoll was recently a member of Chautauqua Opera’s Studio program where he covered the Barone and Dottore in la Traviata as well as The Mikado in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Mr. Stoll has performed the role of Barone (la Traviata), Bartolo (le Nozze di Figaro), Bartolo and Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), and was a featured chorister with Fort Worth Opera singing the Servant in la Traviata and German Solider in Silent Night. "
Tyler Simpson as Patsy McCall
A highlight of the season, bass-baritone Tyler Simpson appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a guest soloist for their televised Christmas Spectacular in December 2015. The concert, which will air on PBS in December 2016, featured traditional Christmas songs, new arrangements, and selections from Handel’s Messiah. The 2015- 2016 season marked Tyler's sixth consecutive season at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked on 18 productions after having made his debut in Verdi's Don Carlo in the 2010-2011 season. During his tenure, he has sung roles in Le Comte Ory, Tosca, The Enchanted Island, and Macbeth. He has also covered roles in Verdi's Don Carlo and La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Anna Bolena, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Lulu, and Billy Budd with the company. --> Learn More
Albany Pro Musica Chorus.
Albany Pro Musica (APM) is revered for its mastery of intimate a cappella works and is critically acclaimed for performances of large scale choral/orchestral works. APM is the Chorus-in-Residence at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and enjoys a long-standing collaboration with the University at Albany (SUNY) where rehearsals and master classes take place. The organization also participates in civic, educational and community musical events, and regularly partners with local high schools, the Capital District Youth Chorale, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and other regional artistic organizations. Recent performances with the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the prestigious Saratoga Performing Arts Center add yet another dimension to APM’s reputation as the preeminent chorus in the Capital Region. --> Learn More
Jennifer McGuire, Opera Coach
Jennifer McGuire is Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. She has also been on the faculty of Georgia College and State University, and was a repetitor for the AIMS festival in Graz, Austria, from 2008-10. McGuire has also worked for Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Nashville Opera and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and is a regular accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. --> Learn More