Carmen on Tap
Georges Bizet’s Carmen (abridged). Starring Julie Nesrallah and straight from Broadway & the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Richard Troxell as Don Jose
Tickets from $45 + HST – Old Winery Cellar
Carmen on Tap brings the power and virtuosity of the human voice to you in an intimate setting. All theatrical walls are banished. The cast blurs the line between fantasy and reality as the drama unfolds around you. Carmen on Tap is opera gone rogue! Seasoned opera fans fall in love with opera all over again. Opera newbies never thought opera could be such a sexy and hip experience.
Julie Nesrallah is a sensational singer, actress and broadcaster captivating audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. She is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world.
Miss Nesrallah is a proud recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2's national classical music program Tempo.
Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate during Canada Day festivities in Ottawa on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions of people around the world, and has graced the stage of Kurt Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with classical harpist and Juno nominee, Caroline Léonardelli.
Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Carmen on Tap has thrilled audiences at the Stratford Music Festival, the Prince Edward County Music Festival, the Hamilton Arts Crawl, the Ottawa International Music Festival, Lula Lounge in Toronto and the Velvet Room in Ottawa.
Miss Nesrallah has made several recordings, including Elements Eternal with Canada’s illustrious Gryphon Trio, Noël Nouvelet and Sospiro with Caroline Léonardelli.
Richard Troxell’s beautiful lyric tenor voice has been thrilling audiences in leading roles in opera houses and on concert stages around the world, among them, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Los Angeles Opera, Washington Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Australia in Sydney, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, L’Opéra Comique Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, Théâtre du Capitôle de Toulouse, Opéra National de Montpellier, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, Teatro del Lago Chile, National Theater for the Performing Arts Beijing, National Theater Taipei, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia , and the Portland Opera. His vocal artistry and powerful stage presence set him apart, and his ability to connect with audiences have made him a favorite.
Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, this masterpiece of the operatic repertoire blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.
Featuring acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson in the title role, supported by fantastic young Canadian talent.
“A vivacious, absolutely seductive Don Giovanni, with a voice of superb tone. A real career lies ahead of him.”
“Baritone Alexander Dobson used a ringing, present sound and duplicitous charm to create the quintessential bad boy.”
“The title protagonist was embodied in physique, serpentine poses and baritone power by Alexander Dobson. He flashes his sword and prowls for women like Douglas Fairbanks reborn into lechery. He must be simultaneouly loathsome and attractive — a serial seducer working his way across Europe. Dobson not only has to sing amazingly crisp and strut with arrogance among his victims, he also has to relish the cynical laughter of the world’s most incorrigible cock of the walk.”
Tickets from $40 + HST – Niagara United Mennonite Church
An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander’s solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler.
Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours. He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.