Festival of the Aegean

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2005 Festival of the Aegean

MidAmerica Productions, Inc., of New York
Peter Tiboris, General Director and Artistic Director

in Association with I.U.M.A. Management of Rome
Christian Catena Francesconi, Management Chairman


Opera Aegean 2005
Peter Tiboris, Chef d’orchestre

Apollo Municipal Theater “La Piccola Scala”
Island of Syros, in the Cyclades, Greece

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
July 14 and 16

Peter Tiboris, Conductor

Gianmaria Romagnoli, Stage Director

Figaro: Pietro Masi, baritone
Rosina: Maria Francesca Mazzara, soprano
Almaviva: Amedeo Moretti, tenor
Dr. Bartolo: Carmine Monaco, bass
Don Basilio: Raffaele Costantini, bass-baritone
Fiorello Stefano Vito, baritone
Berta: Takako Horaguchi, mezzo-soprano

and The Rome Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists

Yannis Xylas and Tania Panayanopoulou, Pianists
Iris Derke, Director of Special Projects, MidAmerica Productions
Kathryn Smith, Assistant to the Stage Director
Betsy Stein, Executive Associate to the Music Director
Dimitra Garantzioti, Greek Program Coordinator


Opera Aegean, formed in 2000 as a training program and opera company, has presented nearly 50 young artists, many of whom have gone on to performances with major ensembles and in the premiere venues around the world. Working with legendary performers and trainers such as Sherrill Milnes, Martina Arroyo, Nicholas DiVirgilio and Carol Castel, artists are given the unique opportunity to combine intensive training with professional

The 2005 Opera Aegean offers the first complete opera in the company's history (past performances have been extended scenes). Il barbiere di Siviglia will feature artists with international careers in the historic Apollo Municipal Theater. Known as "La Piccola Scala," the Apollo Theater was modeled after Milan's famed La Scala and is well known as a tourist destination and to residents of Syros Island alike for its opera and theatrical presentations.

Says Peter Tiboris, MidAmerica Productions' Artistic Director and General Director, "This season, Opera Aegean is forging new ground with the complete presentation of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia featuring these outstanding young singers and directed by the remarkably talented Mr. Romagnoli. This is the both the realization of a dream for me, and the beginning of a new era for Opera Aegean. Syros is, for me, the 'Salzberg of the Aegean' and I look forward to Opera Aegean's future growth on this beautiful island."

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