SUMMER 2021 SEASON

Thursday, July 22  |  6:30PM

Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at Charles Krug

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Star baritone Lucas Meachem returns to Festival Napa Valley to perform the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, widely considered to be one of the funniest operas of all time. Maestro Kent Nagano makes his Festival debut and leads Meachem, soprano Mikaela Bennett, tenor Mario Rojas, mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh and Festival Orchestra Napa in this comic farce featuring some of Puccini’s best music, including the famous aria "O mio babbino caro.” Jean-Romain Vesperini directs.

Cast and Crew

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Artists

Mikaela Bennett
Mikaela Bennett

Mikaela Bennett is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is celebrated as a singer and actress for her work on stage and in the concert hall. She received critical acclaim for her debuts as "Maria" in West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago and as "Penelope" in The Golden Apple at City Center Encores!, and in 2019, she was honored with a "Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists."

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Simone McIntosh
Simone McIntosh

Simone McIntosh is a mezzo-soprano with “sheer vocal agility and lovely rich sound” (Vancouver Sun). Currently an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, she is a graduate of Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. McIntosh has received several distinguished awards and recognition including the Wirth Vocal Prize 2016, COC Ensemble Studio Competition 2016, Ottawa Choral Society New Discoveries Competition 2018, and inclusion in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “30 Hottest Classical Musicians Under 30.” 

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Lucas Meachem
Lucas Meachem

Grammy® Award winner Lucas Meachem is one of the most in-demand singers of the moment, captivating audiences with his "earnest appealing baritone" (New York Times). Meachem performs regularly at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Opéra National de Paris, and Los Angeles Opera where he gave his Grammy® Award-winning performance.

 

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Kent Nagano
Kent Nagano

Kent Nagano is considered one of the outstanding conductors for both operatic and orchestral repertoire. He has been General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra since September 2015.

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Mario Rojas
Mario Rojas

Originally from Torreón, Mexico, dazzling tenor Mario Rojas is an alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. One of the youngest singers to receive the Plácido Domingo Scholarship from SIVAM, Mexico’s most prominent young artist program, Rojas is the recipient of many awards, including the 2020 Luminarts Foundation Fellowship and 2018 William M. Sullivan Foundation Award.

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Jean-Romain Vesperini
Jean-Romain Vesperini

Jean-Romain Vesperini is a widely acclaimed artistic director and producer of operatic performances on stages from La Scala to Paris, from The Bolshoi to Monte Carlo.

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Pacific Boychoir
Pacific Boychoir

The GRAMMY Award-winning Pacific Boychoir offers Bay Area boys unparalleled performance opportunities, worldwide travel, collaborations with world class artistic organizations, and ambassadorial experiences resulting in a compelling personal development experience.

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Venue

Charles Krug

Napa Valley’s oldest winery, Charles Krug has been owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi, Sr. family for four generations.  The winery’s award winning newly restored Redwood Cellar Tasting Room and Hospitality Center is a warm, inviting space blending heritage with contemporary design. The National Historical Landmark, originally built in 1872, features reclaimed clear heart redwood from the family’s original wine tanks, stone and open beam construction, windows on the working Family Reserve cellar, and a large welcoming bar and lounge.
Charles Krug