Madama Butterfly, Concert Version

3 p.m., Tuesday, September 9, 2008

In narration and song the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini comes to life on The Centrum stage. A clash of cultures in an exotic locale is the backdrop for this story of the gentle geisha and the handsome American naval officer. Listeners feel the sorrow of “Poor Butterfly,” betrayed and abandoned, in some of the
most heartfelt music ever written. Performed by Stephanie Northcutt,
John Weinel, Dawn Padula, Jeffrey Goble, Jay Whatley, accompanist,
and narrated by Clara Lewis.

Stephanie Northcutt, Lyric Soprano, (Cio-Cio San) (To the right)

Stephanie Northcutt has performed with Portland Opera, Operafestival di Roma, Minnesota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Caramoor Festival and Indianapolis Symphony. Stephanie has repeatedly been a guest Artist at Duke University. Performances include the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Soprano soloist in Brahms Requiem and Four Last Songs of Strauss. Her many awards include National Opera Association Finalist, Dallas Opera Guild Finalist, MTNA first runner-up (Nationals), NATS first place winner and MacAllister Award Regional Winner. She has been featured in Foundation of the Arts through Christian Enrichment’s “Promenade Series” in her programs “Romantic Rhapsody” and “Art and Soul”. Stephanie has a B.M.E from Texas Christian University and a M.M from Sam Houston State University. Stephanie is the creator and featured Artist on The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts at Cypress Creek Lullaby book and CD entitled” Hush… Don’t say a Word”. She was raised in Houston, Texas and currently resides in Missouri City, Texas with her husband Gary, and their sons Jake, and Zach.

John Weinel, Tenor (To the left)

John Weinel’s resume includes the roles of Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer

Night’s Dream, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, and the Prince in The Love for Three Oranges, all performed at Moores Opera

Center. His interest in contemporary works led him to the world premiere of Christopher Theophanides’ Thirteen Clocks in which he sang the role of Prince Zorn. He appeared at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as Colin in Le Divin du Village and portrayed Nanki-Poo in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston’s international award-winning production of The Mikado in Buxton, England. He was tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Woodlands Symphony, and has sung the title role in Britten’s cantata, Saint Nicholas.

Dr. Dawn M. Padula, Mezzo-Soprano (To the right)

Dr. Dawn M. Padula is an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University. Recent operatic performances include the roles of Maddalena in Rigoletto (Amarillo Opera) , Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri , Erika in Vanessa, Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims (Moores Opera Center), Ragonde in Le Comte Ory (Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre), The Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Opera in the Heights) , and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas (Ars Lyrica Houston/Houston Chamber Choir).

Jeffrey Goble, Baritone (To the left)

Jeffery Goble is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and attending graduate school at the Moores School of Music of the University of Houston. He made his professional debut this summer as the Registrar in Madame Butterfly with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Other credits include Dandini (Cenerentola), baritone soloist in Carmina Burana and, upcoming, Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld).

Jay Whatley, Keyboard (To the right)

Jay Whatley is Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the School of Music at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches applied piano and organ, accompanying and collaborative arts, piano pedagogy and literature, and group piano.

Promenade Series Season Tickets ordered before August 25, 2008 are just $60 for individuals and $175 for families. The season ticket includes all ten (10) concerts. After August 25 the Individual price is $70 and the Family price is $200.

Single ticket prices are: $12 adult, $10 senior, $6 child/student. Group tickets are also available for $8 each for groups of 10 or more.


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