Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, March 30, 2001

HOT introduces
bad girls


A trio of "bad girls" awaits opera lovers in the Hawaii Opera Theatre 2002 season, which runs Feb. 1 through March 7, 2002.

Season tickets are on sale now at $69 to $231. Single tickets are $25 to $80.

HOT will open its 41st season with Verdi's "La Traviata," which features one of the most famous death scenes in opera. The cast includes Robin Follman as the courtesan Violetta, Warren Mok as her lover Alfredo, Haijing Fu as Germont, Cynthia Ballentine as Flora and Oahu's Quinn Kelsey as the Baron. Michael Cavanagh directs. Christopher Larkin conducts. Show dates: Feb. 1, 3 and 5.

HOT's general and artistic director Henry Akina reunites with conductor Ivan Torzs to direct "Salome" by Richard Strauss. Kristine Ciesinski portrays the sensuous Salome, who is repelled by the excesses of her stepfather Herod, performed by Kenneth Riegel. Ruthild Engert is Herodias, David Okerlund returns to the HOT stage as John the Baptist and James Cornelison is Narraboth. Original stage design will be by Thomas Woodruff. Performances take place Feb. 15, 17 and 19.

The season finale, George Bizet's "Carmen," opens on March 1. The volatile Carmen will be brought to life by Ning Liang, with Matthew Kirchner as Don Jose. Philip Skinner is Escamillo and Karen Driscoll portrays Micaela. HOT brings local artist Mary Chesnut to the main stage as Frasquita. Bernard Uzan directs and Mark Flint returns to Hawaii to conduct this production. Additional performance dates are March 3, 5 and 7.

All operas will be staged at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. For information, call 596-7858 or visit

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