Artists Featured in 'The Greater Good'

Conductor Stewart Robertson

hide captionStewart Robertson became Glimmerglass Opera's Music Director in 1988 and after leading the company for nearly 20 years was named its Music Director Emeritus.

Soprano Caroline Worra

hide captionCaroline Worra has appeared in three acclaimed productions by Glimmerglass Opera, all of which have been featured on NPR's World of Opera.

COMPLETE CAST

Caroline Worra (Boule de Suif); John David DeHaan (Loiseau); Andrew Wentzel (Comte de Breville); Christopher Burchett (Carre-Lamadon); Matthew York (Coachman); Christine Abraham (Mme. Carre-Lamadon); Dorothy Byrne (Mme. Follenvie); Elaine Alvarez (Comtesse de Breville); Jill Gardner (Mme. Loiseau); Jeanine Thames (Old Nun); Katherine Calcamuggio (Young Nun); Seth Keeton (Cornudet); Liam Moran (Follenvie); Christian Reinert (Prussian Officer)

Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra

Stewart Robertson, conductor

Caroline Worra

Soprano (Boule de Suif)

Caroline Worra has now appeared in three acclaimed productions by Glimmerglass Opera. Along with her starring role in The Greater Good, she also appeared at Glimmerglass as Jenny in Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Suphur and in Robert Kurka's The Good Soldier Schweik. All three of those productions have been featured on NPR's World of Opera.

The many other roles in Worra's varied repertory include Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème, the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw, the single role in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, and the title roles in Handel's Agrippina, Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande and Léhar's The Merry Widow. In concert, Worra recently performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Wagner's Parsifal with conductor Pierre Boulez.

Worra has also made frequent appearances with the New York City Opera, singing Amy in Mark Adamo's Little Women, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and the title role in Richard Strauss' Daphne.

Stewart Robertson

Conductor

Stewart Robertson was Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera for nearly two decades, beginning in 1988, and the company recently named him Music Director Emeritus. He is also Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera, Music Director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Opera Omaha.

At home in both the opera house and the concert hall, Robertson has led performances with orchestras as diverse as the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the North German Philharmonic and the Rome Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted at the Lille Festival in France with the Orchestra of Maastricht and at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Ukraine State Philharmonic.

Robertson has led opera productions at the New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the opera companies of Detroit and Montreal, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and the Norwegian National Opera. His special interest in 20th-century British music led to the PBS broadcast of Britten's Paul Bunyan on "Live From Lincoln Center," which received widespread critical acclaim. As a champion of contemporary music, Robertson has led a number of world premieres, including the Central Park trilogy at Glimmerglass Opera, and two premieres heard on NPR's World of Opera: Bruce Saylor's Orpheus Descending at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and David Carlson's Midnight Angel at Opera Theater of St. Louis.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Robertson is married with two children. He and his wife, Meryl, are currently restoring a castle in Argyll, Scotland, where Robertson plans to hold a small chamber music festival beginning in 2008.

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