Friday, March 11, 2022 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:00pm
Gardner Theatre at Lancaster Country Day School
Tickets are $30 per person
Scalia/Ginsburg, an opera by Derrick Wang, is a touching and funny one-act opera about two judicial giants, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Although widely apart politically, they were great friends who enjoyed opera and fine wine.
Praised for his “big, heroic voice” (LA Weekly) and “powerful emotions,” tenor Dane Suarez has developed an exciting and varied career. In the winter of 2020, Mr. Suarez returned to West Bay Opera to perform the role of Macduff in Macbeth. For the remainder of the 2020 season, he was scheduled to reprise the role of Rodolfo in La bohème with Fort Worth Opera (COVID19), the title role in Faust with Opera Neo (COVID19) and make his role debut as Manrico in Il trovatore with Opera in the Heights (COVID19). In the summer of 2020, Mr. Suarez was thrilled to perform the role of First Armored Man in Opera Neo’s innovative digital production of The Magic Flute. For 2020-2021, Mr. Suarez debuted with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for their holiday concert, returned to Opera Memphis as Scalia in Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, returned to Maryland Opera for a livestreamed concert, and was scheduled to perform the role of Don José in Carmen with Festival Opera, now postponed to 2023. His 2021-2022 season includes a concert for Il Cenacolo Club of San Francisco, a return to Opera Memphis starring as Canio in Pagliacci, his debut as Manrico (Il trovatore) with Opera in the Heights, a return to his alma mater (Butler University) in 2022 as Tenor Soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
Versatile Soprano Rachel Policar has been described as ”spectacular” (LA Times), “arresting” (SF Classical Voice), and “a natural comedienne” (Broadway World) for her recent performances. She is so excited to be back at PSMF for Scalia/Ginsburg!! 2021/22 performances include a return to St. Petersburg Opera and Anne Frank in a new operatic production of The Diary of Anne Frank this spring. Performance highlights from the 2020/21 season: Bettina in Don Procopio with Pacific Opera Project, Leah in Uncovered by Lori Laitman (Premiere) with City Lyric Opera, Ludmilla in Atlan’s play “An Opera for Terezin” with Beit Terezin, solo concert with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and the streaming children’s opera Zoom Stop, Bully! conceived by Dean Anthony. Rachel has previously been seen with Anchorage Opera, Opera on the James, Knoxville Opera, Dayton Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, American Lyric Theatre, St Petersburg Opera, Light Opera of New York, Sanibel Music Festival, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and more! Rachel is a 2-time winner at the American Traditions competition and a proud member of AEA. #InappropriatelyOperatic pop covers and more on her IG: @Rachel.policar
Born in Kingston, Jamaica bass baritone Neil Nelson moved to the United States with his family at the age of 2, settling in Queens, New York. It has been said by colleagues and critics alike, that Mr. Nelson possesses one of the purest and most resonant bass baritone voice of recent times. Mr. Nelson graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in music performance. Winning awards such as the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence (Boston Lyric Opera), the Heinz Refuss Singing Actors Award (Orlando Opera), and appearing as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Nelson has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Berkshire Opera, Orlando Opera, The New York Harlem Opera Theater and the Tartar State Opera Theater in Kazan, Russia. Mr. Nelson has performed such roles as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Winter Opera St. Louis, Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Tatar State Opera Theater (Kazan, Russia), Bass Soloist in the Beethoven Symphony no. 9 and Featured Soloist in “American Song Book” with the South Florida Symphony, Scarpia in Tosca with the Union Avenue Opera and Pirate King in the Pirates of Penzance with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Mr. Nelson resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters. When he is not singing, Neil can be found having fun with his family, fishing, or working with young men in his community as a mentor and a football coach.
Equally at home in opera and musical theatre, and involved with the development of over two dozen new works, Brian DeMaris has established a national reputation as a performer and pedagogue in a wide range of repertoire. He has worked with New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Anchorage Opera, El Paso Opera, American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theater, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Music Saint Croix and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the United Nations, the Aspen Music Festival, Boston’s Jordan Hall, New York’s Studio 54, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, and in recitals, competitions, and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He is the 2nd place winner of the 2013 and 2015 American Prize in Opera and Musical Theater Conducting. Previously director of opera and musical theatre at Ithaca College and Music Director of Mill City Summer Opera, he currently serves as Artistic Director of Music Theatre and Opera at Arizona State University and Principal Conductor of the Anchorage Opera in Alaska.