|Soprano Courtney Mills|
The cast of Un ballo in maschera will be led by three artists making their UAO stage debuts: Tenor Emanuel-Cristian Caraman as the conflicted Riccardo; Soprano and Springfield, Illinois native Courtney Mills as Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Baritone Andrew Cummings as her suspicious husband Renato.
In the pants role of the pageboy Oscar, Soprano Rachael Holtzhausen also makes her debut. Last seen in the role of Ruth in 2010's The Pirates of Penzance, Mezzo-soprano Denise Knowlton returns as the sorceress Ulrica. Other familiar voices include Todd von Felker (Ping, Turandot) as Samuel and David Dillard (Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea) as Tom, alongside Jon Garrett as Chief Magistrate, Tom Sitzler as Silvano, and Anthony Heinemann as Amelia's servant. The cast is accompanied by a chorus of sixteen local artists including seven making their UAO stage debuts.
|Patrick Huber's Set Design Under Construction|
Don't miss UAO's Friday Night Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall presented by Glenn Bauer, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Department of Music at Webster University prior to the Friday night performances (June 29, July 6). Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
|Emanuel Cristian-Caraman & Courtney Mills|
Ballo in the Media:
Sarah Bryan Miller previews the production in the Post-Dispatch; Patricia Rice interviews Courtney Mills in The Beacon; Hear Scott Schoonover, Courtney Mills and Andrew Cummings interviewed on Cityscape; Nancy Kranzberg interviews Scott Schoonover on KDHX Arts Interview
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Un ballo in Maschera opens this Friday, June 29 and will continue June 30, July 6 & 7. Venue: Union Avenue Christian Church at 733 N. Union Blvd. All performances start at 8pm. Production sung in Italian with Projected English Supertitles. Tickets start at $32 and are available online at www.unionavenueopera.org or by calling the box office Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 314-361-2881. Student Rush tickets are available for $15 at the door with a valid student ID (cash only).