For Immediate Release:
Friday, September 2, 2011
Jack Dysart (On behalf of Emerald City Opera)
Kirsten Fedewa (On Behalf of Tenor Anthony Kearns)
TENOR ANTHONY KEARNS SHINES IN FIRST COMEDIC ROLE IN DIE FLEDERMAUS
On August 18, 2011, a superb display of the performing arts was taking
place inside the newly built Strings Music Pavilion in Steamboat Springs, CO.
Emerald City Opera (ECO)’s production of Johann Strauss Jr’s most
beloved operetta, Die Fledermaus sold out to a packed audience,
becoming the most successful production of the 2011 season.
The cast, performing the famous operetta in English, included well-known
names in the opera world, such as New York Metropolitan Opera singers
Mark Thomsen, Kara Shay Thomson, Keri Rusthoi, Kathryn Krasovec, and
tenor Anthony Kearns. Together, the cast delivered a delightful performance.
The sensational Mr. Kearns excelled in his first comedic role as “Alfred,”
the ardent teacher who attempts to woo his old flame, “Rosalinda.” Kearns,
who is gaining a reputation for delivering the most challenging roles in
opera, captured the “life is a party” sentiment perfectly. Kearns’ excellent
comedic timing and on-stage charm and passion filled the opera house
with laughter, creating a post-performance buzz. Following a lovely waltz
overture – the most famous one Strauss composed – the operetta began
with a stunning grand entrance by Kearns, his voice first to be heard
offstage, as he serenaded his lover with famous arias including “Dove
that has escaped,” the joyous Champagne Song, and others.
“The Emerald City Opera is thrilled with our sold-out show. The night
was filled with splendor and comedic perfection. This cast was
exquisite together, and tenor Anthony Kearns was the perfect addition
to this production. I hope we can bring these performers here together
for another amazing production soon,” said Jack Dysart, chairman and
- E.O. of the opera.
“All of the singers were fantastic in their roles, and the cast did a superb
job together. Besides getting some of today’s most accomplished
performers, we were very lucky to get Anthony Kearns to be part
of the team. He, as well as the rest of the cast, has definitely left a
lasting mark in Steamboat Springs,” said Keri Rusthoi, who played
the role of “Adele” in the production and is ECO’s founder and artistic
Said Kearns, who has performed in three operatic productions already
this year, in addition to his robust touring schedule: “It was a pleasure
performing alongside such a wonderful cast of singers and musicians
for this production. Since this was my first comedic role in opera, it
was exciting to experience the joy of filling an opera house with laughter.”
A 30-piece orchestra of local and national musicians accompanied the
production, celebrating the best of Viennese music under the direction
of conductor Adam Flatt. It was obvious that, as the wonderful operetta
continued, the musicians lost themselves in enjoyment of their melodic
The operetta, directed by David Malis, was the ninth annual main stage
production by the Emerald City Opera. Other recent operas performed
by the Emerald City Opera include Hansel and Gretel, George Bizet’s
Carmen, and The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. Soprano Audrey
Luna performed with the Emerald City Opera Company in 2006 and
was cast with Mr. Kearns in Opera Naples [FL]’s January 2011
production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Kearns is the youngest and founding member of The Irish Tenors
(with whom he has recorded 10 CDs). In early 2012, Mr. Kearns will
play the lead tenor role in Charles Gounod’s Faust with Opera Naples [FL],
a role he previously performed with Opera Ireland (nominated for best
production in the Irish Times Theater Awards in 2006). His past
operatic performances include: “Romeo” in Opera Naples’ production
of Romeo and Juliet: Then and Now; “Don Ottavio” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni
at the Lismore Music Festival; “Don Jose” in the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown
Glasthule Opera Company's production of Georges Bizet's Carmen; the
lead tenor in the Royal Dublin’s Society performance of The Lily of
Killarney; and finally, as “Rinuccio” in Puccini’s comic opera, Gianni
Schicci, with Opera Ireland.
Kearns’ fellow cast members included:
• Mark Thomsen (as Eisenstein) has performed as “Don Ottavio” in
Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Metropolitan Opera and “Nicias” in
Massenet’s Thais, among other leading roles.
• Kara Shay Thomson (as Rosalinda) recently debuted with the New
York City Opera and has performed in Sarasota’s Opera Tosca; as
“Marietta” in Die tote Stadt with Summer Opera Theater; as “Countess”
in Le Nozze di Figaro with Toledo Opera; and other roles.
• David Malis (as Dr. Falke) was the first American to win the prestigious
Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and recently played the title role
in Verdi’s Falstaff with Atlanta Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with
Cleveland Opera, among other credits.
• Kathryn Krasovec (as Prince Orlofsky) has won several awards and
competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions. Her
past roles include: “Zerlina” in Don Giovanni; “the fox” in The Cunning
Little Vixen; “Acis” in Handel’s Acis und Galatea; and others.
Emerald City Opera promotes professional opera and the vocal arts in
Northwest Colorado through educational and musical opportunities in
collaboration with world-class artists. It has recently been an epicenter
for operatic stars to come and perform due to its professional atmosphere
and beautiful scenery.
For more information or to request an interview or special engagement
with Mr. Kearns, contact Kirsten Fedewa (on behalf of Anthony Kearns) at
202.365.6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Joseph Cosby, in conjunction with Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. L.L.C.