Albany Symphony features Deborah Voigt and Jeffrey Williams in Concert Version of “Roscoe”

DeborahVoigt-JeffreyWilliams7:30 pm • Saturday, October 15th 2016
Palace Theatre • Albany, NY

This past August, the new American opera Roscoe received its world premiere as a fully staged production at the Seagle Music Colony. A great achievement for the writing team of Evan Mack, composer, and Joshua McGuire, librettist. While thrilling and exciting, the one thing it lacked however, was a full orchestra. This Saturday night the Albany Symphony Orchestra along with a stellar cast and Albany Pro Musica brings this opera’s orchestration alive in a concert version at the Palace Theater in Albany.

The novel Roscoe, published in 2002, is one of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy‘s  critically acclaimed “Albany Cycle,” and the thick of the action takes place in the heart of downtown in the 1930s and 1940s. The opera Roscoe is an adaptation of Kennedy‘s classic novel about Roscoe Conway, a king-pin in the mid 1940’s Albany political maASO-Rosco-2016chine, as he navigates his way through a multitude of political and personal challenges, both past and present.

The opera begins in Albany on V-J Day 1945. Roscoe is the 2nd in command of the Albany political machine.  After years as the motor of Albany he longs to retire, but a tragic suicide, a love affair, a custody battle, and a critical mayoral race amid gamblers, gangsters and cops pull him back in. With David Alan Miller on the podium, the Albany Symphony features a cast of world class vocalists including superstar soprano, Deborah Voigt and American baritone Jeffrey Williams who has collaborated with Mack and McGuire in Roscoe‘s early days of getting off the page. The cast includes:

  • Jeffrey Williams as Roscoe Conway
  • Deborah Voigt as Veronica Fitzgibbon
  • Danielle Messina as Young Veronica
  • Tascha Anderson as Pamela Yusupov
  • Kevin Newell as Alex Fitzgibbon
  • Zac Engle as Felix Conway
  • Eric McConnell as Elisha Fitzgibbon
  • Eli McCormack as Gilby Fitzgibbon
  • Caitlin Mathes as Hattie
  • Lauren Cook as Gladys
  • Tom Mulder as O.B. Conway
  • Keith Browning as Mac
  • Jose Rubio as Cutie la Rue/Legs Diamond/Young Roscoe
  • Ryan Stoll as Bind McCall
  • Tyler Simpson as Patsy McCall
  • Albany Pro Musica [José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, Artistic Director]

Roscoe is ripe with political corruption, scandal, and crime. Roscoe is tragic, comic, and poignant, and wonderfully written for the operatic stage. And one couldn’t ask for better timing.

Having taken in the Seagle Music Colony production this past August, which had only two pianos covering for the orchestra, I am really looking forward to hearing what I believe will be a delicious orchestration for this new American opera. I hope you’ll join me in some grand musicking this weekend!

Meanwhseagle-music-colony-theatre-360dacks-678ile, you might be interested in a WAMC Roundtable conversation with composer Evan Mack, librettist Joshua McGuire, Seagle Music Colony Artistic Director Darren Woods and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy about the August 3rd (2016) premiere at Seagle Music Colony.  Click the image to the left to take a listen to the discussion led by Joe Donahue (via the WAMC website).


And, if you click the image of Evan Mack and Deborah Voigt (to the left), you can take a listen to a very recent conversation with the two of them and WAMC Roundtable’s Joe Donahue about the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s concert version on Saturday evening, opera in America, careers, and more!

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