Stetson Opera Theatre To Showcase Famed Handel Opera To Open Season

By David Salazar

The Stetson Opera Theatre is set to open its season with Handel’s “Giulio Ceesare in Egitto” on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at the Athens Theatre in Deland, Florida.

The production will be directed by Russell Franks with Anthony Hose at the podium. The opera will feature Alesandra Collins in the title role with Melissa Feurich and Lauren Prestifilippo alternating as Cleopatra. Other cast members include Max Wolf, Vanessa Moya, Colby Harter, Matthew Harris, Adam Benton, Allison Fahey, Tony Capizzi, and Bradley Monroe.

Adam Benton, Annabrett Ruggiero, and Kat Kirby will be understudies of Giulio Cesare, Cornelia, and Cleopatra, respectively.

“The students receive invaluable experience when learning how to perform with a live orchestra,” said Franks in a press release. “Most, if not all, opera companies perform with an orchestra, which prepares students for the professional arena. The Chamber Orchestra is another cast member that lends expressive qualities to the drama and helps set the mood for each scene.”