Giulio Cesare

Make your own history with Giulio Cesare

Music by George Frideric Handel

When Cesare met Cleopatra, history was made!

It’s 48 BC, and Egypt is roiling. Tolomeo, Cleopatra’s devious brother, has seized the throne, and Cleopatra will do whatever it takes to get it back. Enter mighty Cesare—the ultimate king or queen maker—fresh from his victory over his greatest rival, Pompeo, and looking to add Egypt to his list of conquests for the Roman Empire.

Will Cesare choose to side with Tolomeo, who brings him Pompeo’s head on a platter? Or will it be Cleopatra, who uses her wiles and breathtaking beauty to entice Cesare into getting her everything she wants—including him.

Passion, politics, glorious music, and one of opera’s greatest seduction scenes—Giulio Cesare was a triumph from its first performance and remains Handel’s most popular opera. Look forward to a riveting (and surprising!) production from our artistic team.

In Italian with English supertitles. 

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Cast

Rivers Hawkins
Rivers Hawkins

 

Bass Rivers Hawkins, from Columbia, South Carolina, is a graduate student and associate instructor at the Jacobs School of Music, where he studies with Brian Gill. At IU, Hawkins has been seen as Leporello in Don Giovanni and Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas, as well as in productions of Peter Grimes, Dead Man Walking, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He spent spring 2018 as a resident young artist with Hawaii Opera Theatre, where he performed as the Captain and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, the Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment, and Beau in Service Provider by Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos. In summer 2017, he joined Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program as a young artist; there he performed in Carmen, Così fan tutte, The Burning Fiery Furnace, and Gallantry. Hawkins earned his B.M. from New York University’s Steinhardt School.

Grace Skinner
Grace Skinner

 

Mezzo-soprano Grace Skinner is from La Center, Washington, and is a first-year master’s student in the voice performance program at the Jacobs School of Music. She completed her undergrad at Portland State University, where she studied with Christine Meadows. Skinner has performed the roles of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, La Principessa in Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, Florence Pike in Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, and Samantha in The Place Where You Started by Mark Lanz Weiser. This summer, she will attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she will be performing the role of Mrs. Segstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Skinner is an associate instructor of voice currently studying with Jane Dutton.

Ahyoung Jeong
Ayoung Jeong

 

Ahyoung Jeong is a soprano from Seoul, Korea, pursuing a Doctor of Music degree. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University in 2013 and her Master of Music from New England Conservatory in 2015. Her competition awards include second place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Indiana Regional, first place in NATS New England Regional, and third place in NATS National. Jeong has performed operatic roles such as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria, Morgana in the Emerald City Opera production of Handel’s Alcina, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Prague Estates Theater, and Papagena in the New England Conservatory production of Puccini’s La Bohème. As a concert singer, Jeong has sung soprano solos of sacred music including Mozart’s Requiem and three Bach cantata concerts with the Bloomington Chamber Singers. She is a current student of Brian Horne.

Virginia Mims
Virginia Mims

 

Virginia Mims, from West Palm Beach, Florida, is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Under the tutelage of Alice Hopper, Mims has been seen in Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater’s productions of The Music Man, as Marian Paroo, and Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life, as Mary Bailey. She has performed in the ensembles of Jacobs’ recent productions of Oklahoma!, Madama Butterfly, and Don Giovanni, and will be performing in its April production of Bernstein’s Mass. She will begin pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance next year.

Elijah McCormack
Elijah McCormack

 

Elijah McCormack is a second-year master’s student in early music voice, studying with Steven Rickards. Originally from Connecticut, McCormack earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Skidmore College. Most recently in the Jacobs School, he appeared as the Dewman in Hansel and Gretel, and, last spring, he appeared as a soprano soloist in the Historical Performance Institute’s (HPI) performance of Bach’s Johannes-Passion. He regularly performs with the HPI ensemble Concentus. Outside of the Jacobs School, he has sung roles in Alcina (Oberto), Cavalli’s Didone (Amore), Xerxes (Arsamenes), Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), and The Turn of the Screw (Miles).

Hunter Shaner
Hunter Patrick Shaner

 

Hunter Patrick Shaner, a countertenor from Salisbury, Maryland, is pursuing an M.M. in Voice Performance. Last semester, he was a featured soloist in the University Singers concert and later this year, will be performing in Carol Vaness’s Opera Workshop as well as Bernstein’s Mass. Outside credits include Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Miles (The Turn of the Screw), and Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) with Red River Lyric Opera. Shaner appeared in the University of Kentucky’s Emmy Award-winning production of Grand Night for Singing in 2017 and Alltech’s annually televised holiday concert Celebration of Song from 2014 to 2017. He studies with Carol Vaness.

Gabriela Fagen
Gabriela Fagen

 

Mezzo-soprano Gabriela Fagen is a second-year M.M. student studying under the tutelage of Mary Ann Hart. With Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater, she has performed as Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ethel Toffelmeier in The Music Man, and Unulfo in Rodelinda. Other recent role credits include Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), Concepción in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole (Graduate Opera Workshop), Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Prague Summer Nights Festival), and Dame Hannah in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore (University Gilbert & Sullivan Society). Additionally, Fagen is a recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship and the Viola Wheeler Arts Award.

Emily Warren
Emily Warren

 

Emily Warren, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate student studying with Patricia Stiles. This is her fourth production with Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater, having previously performed the roles of Teacher/Ensemble in Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Dryade in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and Koukouli/Ensemble in Chabrier’s L’Étoile. Recently, Warren performed the role of Dritte Dame in a production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Krzysztof Urbański. During her time at Indiana University, she has performed as Angela in the IU Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Patience and has premiered the role of Joan in Kyle Peter Rotolo’s one-act opera Marilyn’s Room with New Voices Opera. She earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Baldwin Wallace University, during which time she performed the roles of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and L’enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Yujia Chen
Yujia Chen

 

Yujia Chen is a mezzo-soprano from Shanghai, P. R. China, currently pursuing her Performance Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. She earned her Master of Music degree from IU and her B.M. from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with Zheng Zhou. Chen performed the role of Eduige in Jacobs’ 2017 production of Handel’s Rodelinda and the role of Alisa in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in 2018. She was one of the chorus members in this season’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Gretchen Krupp
Gretchen Krupp

 

Mezzo-soprano Gretchen Krupp, a Northern Virginia native, was a grand finalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Last summer, she was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival and sang Chocholka, Woodpecker, and Innkeeper’s Wife in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Krupp mostly recently sang Mère Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Indiana University. While at IU, she has performed Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Auntie (Peter Grimes), Marquise (The Daughter of the Regiment), and Sister Lillianne (Dead Man Walking). She is an alumna of many programs, including Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, and HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. She was a finalist in the 29th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, culminating in the 2017 Concert of Arias at Houston Grand Opera. This summer, she will return to the Glimmerglass Festival to sing Samira in The Ghosts of Versailles and Mrs. Noah in Noah’s Flood. Krupp recently earned a Master of Music degree and is currently completing a Performer Diploma at Jacobs, where she studies with Jane Dutton.

Steele Fitzwater
Steele Fitzwater

 

Bass-baritone Steele Fitzwater is a first-year master’s degree student studying voice with Peter Volpe. Originally from Dawson, West Virginia, Fitzwater recently completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University (Ohio) in vocal performance and fashion and design. Earlier this season, he made his Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater debut as Javelinot in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites as well as being a chorister in the same production. With Miami University Opera, Fitzwater was seen as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Death (Savitri), Carl-Magnus Malcolm (A Little Night Music), Frank Maurrant (Street Scene), and Capt. Jonathan Williams in the world premiere of Daniel Levy’s The Martian Chronicles. During two summers with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, he performed Doctor Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Carl Olsen (Street Scene), Snug (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Louis Cyphre in the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce’s Falling Angel. As a concert soloist, Fitzwater has performed the bass solos in The Creation (Haydn), Messiah (Handel), Mass in G (Schubert), and The Seven Last Words of Christ (DuBois). He made his professional operatic debut at age 17, as the First Priest in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Opera Roanoke, where he was an apprentice artist for three seasons. This summer, he will join Central City Opera as a studio artist in Central City, Colorado.

Blake Beckemeyer
Blake Beckemeyer

 

Tenor Blake Beckemeyer specializes in historically informed performances of Baroque operatic and sacred works. In the past year, he has performed as Evangelist in the Schütz Weihnachtshistorie with Concentus, concertist in BWV 75 with Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro with DePauw Opera, Marco in The Gondoliers with the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and soloist in the Bach Magnificat with Christ Church Cathedral. He has worked professionally with Charlotte Bach Akademie, Oregon Bach Festival, and Bach-Ensemble Helmuth Rilling. He graduated this spring from DePauw University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in Mathematics, and was a finalist for the Ferid Murad medal (DePauw’s highest academic honor). Beckemeyer is in his first year of the master’s degree in early music voice, studying with Steven Rickards.

Benjamin Bird
Benjamin Bird

 

Benjamin Bird is originally from Palmdale, California. A second-year doctoral student studying with Peter Volpe, he earned a master’s degree in voice from Brigham Young University, where he appeared in The Barber of Seville (Almaviva), Manon (des Grieux), The Elixir of Love (Nemorino), Die Fledermaus (Alfred), and The Pirates of Penzance (Frederick). He has also performed with Utah Vocal Arts Academy in its productions of Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Don Basilio/Don Curzio). He was a featured soloist with Brevitas Choir on its 2016 album, Nowell Sing We. This is his third Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater performance, previously appearing in Dialogues of the Carmelites (L’Aumonier) and Ariadne auf Naxos (Tanzmeister/Brighella).

Drew Comer
Drew Comer

 

Bass Drew Comer, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana, is making his Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater role debut. He is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance under the instruction of Patricia Stiles and Gary Arvin. During his time at the Jacobs School, he has been seen in the choruses of Lucia di Lammermoor, The Music Man, Florencia en el Amazonas, Oklahoma!, and The Barber of Seville. With Katherine Jolly’s Opera Workshop, he has performed in scenes from The Mikado (Pooh-Bah), La Clemenza di Tito (Publio), Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Osmin). Internationally, he has performed in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Masetto) and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca) with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, where he was praised for a “powerful, steady voice and distinctive height” by Opera Canada. He is a recipient of the Indiana Premiere Young Talent Scholarship and the William and Emma Horn Scholarship, and has been recognized as an Indiana University Founders Scholar.

Quinn Galyan
Quinn Galyan

 

Quinn Galyan, of Bloomington, Indiana, is a first-year master’s student studying as a bass-baritone under Brian Horne. At Jacobs, he has performed as Doc in West Side Story, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Siroco in L’Étoile, Charlie Cowell in The Music Man, and Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment. Additionally, he has had solos in Dead Man Walking and South Pacific, along with chorus work in Dialogue of the Carmelites, Peter Grimes, H.M.S. Pinafore, La Bohème, and Carmen. Galyan has performed in IU’s Symphonic Choir, University Chorale, and Summer Chorus (King David, conducted by Walter Huff). Outside of Jacobs, he has performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, Indiana. While in Graz, he had solo work in AIMS’s musical theater concert as well as the final orchestra concert of its summer season. With Cardinal, he was the bass of the Cockney Quartet in My Fair Lady and performed in Annie, Big River, and The Wizard of Oz.

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