Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium
A historic return of Opera...
Built in 1883, Peabody City Hall's Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium was simply known at the time as the "opera house." Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and after a nearly quarter million-dollar restoration in 2018 to restore the decorative ceiling to it's former glory, as well as installing new sound and video projection systems, Opera returns to this magnificent theater with Corsara Artists' inaugural production of Menotti's "The Medium."
Corsara Artists Presents:
an opera by Gian Carlo Menotti
By arrangement with G. Schrimer, Inc. Publisher and Copyright Owner
Alexander Prokhorov-Tolstoy - Artistic Director
Ismael Sandoval - Musical Director & Conductor
Sara Lucille Law - Monica
Equally at home on the concert stage, Sara made her debut with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as the Soprano Soloist on their annual Holiday Pops! concert. She is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir, where she has sung the Soprano Solo in Mozart’s Laudate Dominum under the baton of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt,
as well as the Soprano I Solos in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Sara has been an Apprentice Artist with Miami Music Festival as well as a Young Artist with Mannes Opera, The Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from New England Conservatory, and her Master’s of Music from the Mannes School of Music. Sara studies under Amy Burton and Joshua Greene.
Natalja Sticco - Madame Flora
Natalja is a professional operatic and classical singer from Peabody, MA.
She began her career as a vocalist with the Latvian National Opera and
Ballet (2009-2017). In 2012 she was selected for the Opera's first Young
Artists' Program under the Direction of Andrejs Zagars where she
performed Orlofsky (die Fledermaus) and mastered the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin.
Performing in the LNO Choir, Natalja had the honor of working with opera greats
including Jonas Kaufman, Kristine Opolais and Elina Garanca; in premier venues such as
Bolshoi Theatre; Teatro Calderón; and Royal Opera House Muscat.
Kate Norigan - Mrs Gobineau
Kate Norigian is a native of Rhode Island. She has a Bachelor degree in Voice
Performance from Rhode Island College. She has attended several summer opera
programs including the V.O.I.CExperience Program in Tampa, Florida and in Rome,
Italy under the tutelage of famed soprano, Renata Scotto. She was the 2012 Second Place
winner in the National 25 th Annual Annamaria Saritelli Di Panni Bel Canto competition
as well as a Semifinalist in the International Mildred Miller Competition in Pittsburgh
and a 2017 finalist in the Talents of the World Competition in Newton, MA. Her roles
have included Nedda from I Pagliacci with Opera Providence as well as the World
Premiere of the opera William Sprague and His Women by Geoffrey Gibbs, singing the
title role of Kate Chase Sprague. She has sang several Armenian music concerts,
including the 20 th Anniversary of Armenia’s Independence in Providence, RI which was
attended by the Armenian Ambassador to the United Nations. She also concertizes
locally with Encore Opera in Providence, RI.
Wesley Ray Thomas - Mr Gobineau
Best known as "The Opera Guy" for his Public Spaces performances and impromptu recitals of Opera, Music Theatre, and Art Song in the Boston Area and New York City, Wesley Ray Thomas, Dramatic Baritone, is a Student of Soprano Elisabeth Phinney and coaches with Michael Strauss. His coaching experience also includes working with Iride Pilla's prize student, Elaine DiGregorio. Wesley received a full scholarship to The Children's Theatre Company Conservatory as a High School Senior, then The Boston Conservatory of Music, Dance, and Theatre for Studies in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Opera. He has been a featured performer in both Opera and Musical Theatre, with credit including Scarpia in Tosca, Jago in Otello, Gianni Schicchi, Dr. Schoen in "Lulu", Chucky/Adam in "Jerry Springer: The Opera", and Benny Southstreet in "Guys and Dolls." As a soloist, he has performed the Baritone Solos in Carmina Burana, including at Sanders Theatre with Masterworks Chorale as well as performances with Boston Lyric Opera, Ocean State Lyric Opera, Lowell House Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, SpeakEasy Stage, and Rocky Mountain Opera. He currently performs as scheduled Soloist with The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Corporation.
Sarah Klopfenstein - Mrs Nolan
Lyric mezzo-soprano Sarah Klopfenstein kicks of 2019 by joining the roster of Corsara Artists, based in Boston. After performing the role of Marcello with Marble City Opera in an all female version of Puccini's classic in 2015 and Brahms' Alto Rhapsodie with Georgia Tech in 2016, Sarah focused her energy on teaching and family. This year, she has jumped back performing full-force and started 2019 strong with three operas in the Boston Metro area (Mrecedes with Commonwealth Lyric, Spirit and Dorothee with Opera del West's Cendrillon, and Mrs. Nolan with Corsara Artist Ensemble's Halloween event The Medium). In 2020 she will make her debut with St. Petersburg Opera in Florida as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto.
Olga Vresca - Spirit (and Monica cover)
Olga is a New York City based Lyric Soprano. She is a 2017 Gradute of the prestigious Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music where she completed a BA Degree in Vocal Performance and additionally holds a AAS Degree in Conducting. She was selected to attend the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität in Vienna, Austria in 2016 where she performed the role of Amina in "La Sonnambula." In 2012, Olga won first-place in both the Mikhail Oginsky International Music Festival and International Vocal Competition "Stars of Dinaburg." Her Opera and Oratorio repretoire includes; Susanna in Il nozze di Figaro, Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Madame Herz in Die Schauspieldirektor, and Pannochka in May night.