Michael Capasso presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
PACIEN MAZZAGATTI (Conductor) Heralded by Opera News as "clearly a name to watch," conductor Pacien Mazzagatti has already garnered considerable critical acclaim for his work conducting opera both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Mazzagatti made his conducting debut at New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre in 2003 leading performances of Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci. He was immediately re-engaged and over the course of next two seasons, he conducted Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, and the New York premiere of Robert Ward's Claudia Legare. Most notably in 2005 he led the Dicapo Orchestra, the combined Fairfield Chorale, Amor Artis and Dicapo choirs and soloists from the Bolshoi and Metropolitan Opera in a performance of Rachmaninoff's choral symphony The Bells and his seldom-heard opera Francesca da Rimini. In his review for The New York Times Bernard Holland remarked "The chorus sent out warm gales of sound... The orchestra was bathed in a lovely indeterminate haze... The young Pacien Mazzagatti conducted all of these people with energy and considerable effect." During the 2007-08 season, Mr. Mazzagatti led the first performance in Warsaw in over 60 years of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. He also performed Porgy and Bess with the Russian Philharmonic in Moscow's International House of Music and at St. Petersburg's historic Mikhailovsky Theater. In the autumn of 2008, he traveled to Szeged, Hungary to conduct the Hungarian premiere of Robert Ward's The Crucible for the Mezzo International Opera Competition and Festival. This production premiered in New York at Dicapo Opera Theatre to rave reviews in the New York press. The performances in Hungary were broadcast to 38 countries across Europe on the French television network Mezzo Television. In December of 2008, he conducted the Opera Orchestra of New York with opera stars Veronica Villaroel and Fabio Armiliato in a gala in Lincoln Center's Rose Hall in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini's birth.
    Michael Capasso (Producer)
Willette Murphy Klausner (Producer)
Charles Randolph-Wright (Director)
Pacien Mazzagatti (Conductor)
Samuel Bill (Chorus Master)
Robert Westley (Fight Director)
John Farrell (Scenic Designer)
Ildikó Martá Debreczeni (Costume Designer)
Susan Roth (Lighting Designer)
Keith Lamelle Thomas (Choreographer)