Tuesday, July 16  |  6:30PM

Opera at the Castello: Bastianello

The distinguished American composer and pianist John Musto, known for his songs, chamber music, operas, and Emmy Award-winning soundtracks, joins fellow pianist and opera director Michael Barrett and a cast of stellar singers in the beautiful courtyard of Castello di Amorosa. Together they perform Musto’s hilarious one-act comic opera about marriage (and wine), Bastianello. Based on an Italian folktale and sung in English, this satire depicts the main character’s encounters with six fools, one made wise by a tragic blunder.

“Musto’s lacework music,” wrote New York Magazine, “transforms the story into something delicate and bittersweet.”

Bastianello apperas as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series

Special thanks to Westin Verasa Napa

Performers

Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett

New York Festival of Song Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett has distinguished himself as a conductor with major orchestras in the United States and abroad. A champion of new music, he has conducted and played premieres by 60 composers.

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Amy Burton
Amy Burton

With a voice the New York Times has called, “luminous” and “lustrous,” versatile soprano Amy Burton has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, at the White House, and with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the US, Europe, UK, Japan and Israel, as well as on recital and cabaret stages from New York to Barcelona.

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Kara Dugan
Kara Dugan

Mezzo-Soprano Kara Dugan’s 2018-2019 season included her Los Angeles Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall debuts with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. She also sang the role of Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop performance of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera, Intimate Apparel, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater. www.KaraDugan.com.

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John Musto
John Musto

John Musto is that all too rare exemplar, the classical composer whose work is both critically acclaimed and widely performed, who has also distinguished himself as an instrumental soloist and chamber musician. His activities encompass virtually every genre: orchestral and operatic, solo, chamber and vocal music, concerti, and music for film and television. 

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Kurt Ollmann
Kurt Ollmann

Kurt Ollmann, who first came to prominence singing Riff on the Deutsche Grammophon recording of West Side Story under Leonard Bernstein, has established a wide-ranging international career as a celebrated baritone in recital, concert, and opera.

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Adrian Rosas
Adrian Rosas

Hailed by The New York Times as “a stalwart bass-baritone with a burnished voice” and in Opera News as a “mellifluous bass-baritone [with] theatrical flair”, Adrian Rosas is an artist with “impressive experience and talent” (The Boston Globe).

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Jack Swanson
Jack Swanson

Stillwater, Minnesota native Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young tenors in the opera world. His distinctive high lyric voice is known for singing the acrobatic arias of Rossini and the legato melodies of Donizetti.

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Venue

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa

Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian.  Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, thirteenth century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls, five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards.  It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California. 

First Republic Bank Stage at Castello di Amorosa