Stage Director: Dean Anthony
Music Director: Kirk Severtson
Tickets available from Community Performance Series Box Office Performance Arts Center, SUNY Potsdam CPSPotsdam.org*
$15 General Admission, $10 with SUNY ID
*Special Education Outreach performance for area high school. Must have reservations to attend. Contact Patti Mason at CPS for more information (315) 267-2612
American baritone Ben Edquist is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he originated the roles of Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, the baritone Angel in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and Sir Walter Raleigh in Gregory Spears’ O Columbia. Other highlights with Houston Grand Opera include: Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, the leading role of the Pilot in The Little Prince, Wagner in Faust, Jigger Craigin in Carousel, the Captain in Eugene Onegin, Sciarrone in Tosca, a last minute step-in performance of the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and, most recently, Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and the leading role of Older Thompson in Glory Denied.
Mr. Edquist has spent his summers performing with the Glimmerglass Festival and Wolf Trap Opera. After a season with the Wolf Trap Opera Studio in which he sang the role of Antonio in Il viaggio a Reims, he returned as a Filene Young Artist to perform the roles of William in The Fall of the House of Usher and the Father in The Juniper Tree. Mr. Edquist made his Glimmerglass Festival debut in 2014 as Jigger Craigin in Carousel, and returned to the festival the following season to perform Papageno in a new production of The Magic Flute. Other roles include Sid in Albert Herring, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, he received his Master of Music from Rice University in 2015 and his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University in 2013.
Mr. Edquist has been named a top prize winner in the William Matheus Sullivan Competition, first place winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, and a finalist in both the Meistersinger Competition in Graz and the HGO Eleanor McCollum Competition & Concert of Arias.
Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America’s most versatile voices. Her many leading roles include Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway); Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera); Johanna in Sweeney Todd (San Francisco Symphony for PBS); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/ MUNY); Birdie in Regina (Utah Opera); Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia) and Marian Paroo in The Music Man (w/ Shirley Jones). She is a regular guest artist with Symphonies, among them San Francisco, Detroit, Hong Kong, Boston Pops, Philly Pops, as well the Hollywood Bowl (w/ Dick Van Dyke). Ms. Vroman holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam. Lisa is a sought-after master clinician, regularly performs the music of Kurt Weill and has acted as a judge for the International Lotte Lenya Competition. Please visit www.lisvroman.com