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06-06-2012

Get to Know the Cast of Dark Sisters

With the opening of Dark Sisters just days away, get to know the talented artists that bring this new opera by Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam to life.  Many of these singers are new to Philadelphia but they are well-known on stages around the world including the Metropolitan, Santa Fe, and Glimmerglass Operas.  We wanted to learn a bit more about each them and their characters in Dark Sisters, which runs June 8, 10m, 13, 15 & 17m as part of the Aurora Series at the Perelman Theater.

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CAITLIN LYNCH

Soprano from Detroit, MI making her OCP debut as Eliza

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters.  My character in Dark Sisters is Eliza-- she is trapped in a world in which her dreams have been shut down and discouraged.  Despite her fear, she somehow finds the courage to break free and step out into the unknown. 

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people?  Missy Elliot. :)

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  Ice cream sandwich.

EVE GIGLIOTTI

Mezzo-soprano from Yardley, PA making her OCP debut as Ruth

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters.  Ruth is a character that has suffered great loss and finds herself trapped in a world where she is not able to express her grief or express herself. Because of her circumstances she teeters on losing her mind, but sees a glimpse of salvation through Eliza and a reunion with her children.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people?  The theme to "Rocky". It gets me going in the morning!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  I have a serious watermelon addiction in the summer.

JENNIFER CHECK

Soprano from Woodbridge, NJ returning to OCP as Almera after an exciting last-minute debut stepping in to sing the title role of Norma in 2008.

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters.  Almera has a very strong faith and will not be swayed. Everything she does is about securing her place in heaven and making sure that her family is with her.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people?  There's some Eminem on there to go with all of the classical and opera!

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  Mac and Cheese or Pizza.

MARGARET LATTIMORE

Mezzo-soprano from Port Jefferson, NY making her OCP debut as Presendia

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters. Presendia is the oldest and first wife and has recently been usurped but her younger sisterwife, Zina. She no is no longer calling the shots in this house and she is full of resentment.  Sadly, she understands that after nine children, with her fertility disappearing, she is no longer of any use. This fact, and that she has had to watch her actual blood-related sister fall into madness, is devastating to her.  By the end, her faith in "the principle" of plural marriage is completely destroyed but she remains to raise her children that she loves so much.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people? My husband Bill has very eclectic taste in music and has really opened my mind to many artists. These days I am liking Eminem, The Fray and Jay-Z. That said, most of my iPod space is taken up by one singer that is my favorite of all time....Ella Fitzgerald. For me, she is perfection.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  Being Irish, my guilty pleasure food is potatoes in ANY form, although I am slightly partial to garlic mashed.....heaven.

JENNIFER ZETLAN

Soprano from Wilmington, DE making her OCP debut as Zina

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters.  Zina is the privileged "favorite wife," because she is the newest-- and youngest-- and has been the one most recently having babies (and is currently pregnant).  She is actually quite fragile, but masks her vulnerability with a mean, hard edge.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people?  I don't even remember what is on my iPod anymore!  I have an infant and she requires lots of attention outside work time.  We do listen to every kind of music together, but the "old-fashioned" CD way.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  Bacon!  I was a vegetarian for nine years leading up to my recent pregnancy, but for now I'm indulging the cravings, which continued beyond pregnancy.

KEVIN BURDETTE

Bass from New York, NY making his OCP debut as the Prophet and King

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters  I play two characters in Dark Sisters:  the Prophet and King. The Prophet is the religious head of an FLDS ranch and the patriarch of a polygamist family, a ranch and a family that have had their children taken away from them by the government.  He relies on his faith, and urges his distraught wives to do the same, to resolve the situation, as well as other problems that threaten the family.  King is a newscaster who reports the story of the government's raid on the ranch and who interviews the sister wives.  He is flashy, part sensationalist, but he also recognizes that his interviewees are understandably upset about the loss of their children.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people?  I love listening to bluegrass music, so I would say the Johnson Mountain Boys' "Orange Blossom Special".

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food?  Dill pickle flavored potato chips--I start craving them at about 11pm every night!

KRISTINA BACHRACH

Soprano from Holliston, MA making her OCP debut as Lucinda

Give us a snapshot of your character in Dark Sisters. Lucinda is one of the children who has been confiscated by the raid of the FLDS ranch. She is young, sweet, and hopeful. She is also, remarkably, the only child of the protagonist, Eliza.

What is the thing on your iPod that would most surprise people? Probably the remnants of the short-lived but passionate country music phase I went through in high school.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure food? While I'm here in Philly, it has to be the Hot Corned Beef Sandwich at Famous 4th Street Deli!

   
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