Presenting the 2015 Festival Season Share

Main Performance
U.S. Premiere

If you only know him from Robin Hood, you don’t know the whole story of Richard the Lionheart. Shipwrecked on the way to the Third Crusade, one of England’s bravest kings must disguise himself to protect his future bride and prevent war in a foreign land. But who can he trust in this all-too-real game of thrones?

Handel’s virtuosic vocal writing in this opera, never before heard in the United States, makes Richard an eagerly-anticipated event for all music-lovers. The exquisite Susannah Biller (2014’s The Elixir of Love) returns as Richard’s promised bride, together with several major company debuts.

Tim Mead
Tim Mead*
Richard the Lionheart

Susannah Biller
Susannah Biller

Tai Oney
Tai Oney*

Devon Guthrie
Devon Guthrie*

ConductorGrant Llewellyn
Stage DirectorLee Blakeley*
Set & Costume DesignerJean-Marc Puissant*
Lighting DesignerChristopher Akerlind
Wig & Makeup DesignerTom Watson
ChoreographerSeán Curran
Chorus MasterRobert Ainsley
Principal CoachBen Malensek
English Diction SpecialistBen Malensek
RepetiteurDamien Francoeur-Krzyzek
Assistant Stage DirectorMary Elsey
Stage ManagerJohnny Motoc
Assistant Stage ManagerValerie J. Clatworthy
Intern Assistant Stage ManagerDevon S. Hannaford*

Richard the LionheartTim Mead*
CostanzaSusannah Biller
PulcheriaDevon Guthrie*
OronteTai Oney*
IsacioBrandon Cedel*
BerardoAdam Lau*

* = Debut; ° = former Gerdine Young Artist; † = current Gerdine Young Artist; ‡ Gerdine Young Artist—Festival Artist