The CIM OPERA THEATER, directed by DAVID BAMBERGER, with music director JOHN SIMMONS, will present a divers program of opera scenes, fully staged and costumed with piano accompaniment, April 17 and18 at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 19 is the only matinee of the year at 3:00 p.m. It features a variety of beloved classics, from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience to Donizetti's The Elixir of Love and Verdi's La Traviata . A projected translation will be used so audiences won't miss a word. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Call 216.791.5000, ext 411 or visit cim.edu to purchase online.
David Bamberger is Artistic Director of CIM Opera Theater. Mr. Bamberger has staged some 200 productions on three continents in styles from grand opera to musicals. A founder of Cleveland Opera, he was the company's General Director from 1976 to 2004, building it into one of America's major regional opera companies. He secured The Three Tenors in Concert to celebrate its 25th anniversary. At the insistence of Jerome Robbins, Mr. Bamberger staged the dialogue scenes for West Side Story, thus gaining permission for Cleveland Opera to be the only opera company in the Western hemisphere permitted to re-create Robbins' original choreography. In 1990, he represented the opera industry before Congress, testifying in a successful effort to garner support for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served on the Board of Directors of OPERA America and of the National Alliance for Musical Theater, of which he was a founder. His writings include several articles for Opera News and best-selling textbooks for religious schools. His two-volume history of the Jews based on Abba Eban's My People, banned in the former Soviet Union, is now being used in Russian translation in both Russia and Israel. Mr. Bamberger's many honors include the Ohio Governor's Award for Arts Administration and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College (his alma mater), Cleveland State University and CIM.
John Simmons has appeared in numerous recitals across the globe. A student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, he received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The Peabody Conservatory. He also holds a diploma in piano performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, where he studied with Paul Badura-Skoda. Mr. Simmons has coached, taught and performed at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Centro Studi Italiani, the Amalfi Coast Festival, the Shaker Mountain Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival. He was on the coaching faculty at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, was appointed music director of the Elysium Festival in Bernried, Germany in 2004, and was in residence at Rutgers University as guest professor of collaborative piano for 2004-2005. Mr. Simmons was music director and pianist for New York Opera Project's production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa in spring 2004. He has collaborated in recital with tenor John Aler, and has performed with the London Symphony Chorus, the Westminster Choir, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and was featured as a soloist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
Friday, April 17 & Saturday April 18 at 8:00 PM / Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm
Kulas Hall
JOHN SIMMONS, music director
A projected translation will be used so you won't miss a word!
Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students/seniors/groups of 10 or more.
216. 791.5000, ext. 411 or visit cim.edu to purchase online

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