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Scalia/Ginsburg is presented by special arrangement with Consequent Music.
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.
Dane Suarez- Antonin Scalia
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.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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
Jesús Vicente Murillo- Commentator
Hailed by Opera News as “utterly loveable, with an expansive sound and easy stage presence”, Bass-Baritone, Jesús Vicente Murillo, has been performing Opera, Musical Theater, Concerts and Art Song across the United States and Canada since making his debut at with Michigan Opera Theater as The Android in The Very Last Green Thing at the age of eighteen. Jesus sang with Penn Square Music Festival in November 2021 in “Basses and Beer”. He recently sang Guillermo Kahlo/Rockefeller/E.G. Robinson/Petate Vendor in Frida with Michigan Opera Theater and El Paso Opera. In 2019 he completed a two-year residency with Utah Opera where he sang over 450 performances with the company. Since then, he has gone on to cover Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville at Santa Fe Opera, Figaro in ¡Figaro! (90210) with Chautauqua Opera, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Betto in Gianni Schicchi/Buoso’s Ghost with Michigan Opera Theater, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Bare Opera and Leporello in Don Giovannni with Fargo-Moorehead. He has also made numerous appearances with Opera Saratoga, Opera Louisiane, Charlottesville Opera, Caramoor, Opera in Williamsburg, Salt Lake Choral Artists, Seagle Music Colony, Arbor Opera Theater, Thompson Street Opera, Main Street Opera, and many others.
Upcoming projects include The Professor/Used Car Salesman in the world-premiere of Lisa Despain’s That Hell-Bound Train through a generous grant from The National Endowment for the Arts, Il Prince di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur with Baltimore Concert Opera, and Kassandra in Iannis Xenakis’s Kassandra with The Chamber Cartel of Atlanta.
He received his Bachelor of Music: Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music: Opera and Voice Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is currently based out of Philadelphia.
Brian DeMaris- Conductor
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.
Scott Drackley- Director
Scott G. Drackley has been involved in the opera world for 40 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lebanon Valley College, and a Master of Music in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching from The Catholic University of America. Mr. Drackley has directed many operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, Falstaff, Die Zaubereflote, Gianni Schicchi, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, in the Music Theatre world he has directed Oklahoma, Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, Irene, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes, No, No Nanette, and Hello Dolly.
Mr. Drackley started Penn Square Music Festival to give singers at the beginning of their careers an opportunity to learn, grow, perform and make connections in the opera world. He is also dedicated to bringing this art form to the wonderful community of Lancaster, PA.