Pine Mountain’s 28th season’s pièce de résistance was Bizet’s sensuous opera, Carmen, which was the 37th opera produced by PMMF. Amanda Crider, a brilliant singer and multifaceted artist, played the role of Carmen. Tenor Isaac Hurtado (Ultimi: Three Tenors) played the role of Don José and soprano Heather Youngquist (Resident Opera Artist, Rockland The Opera) was Micaëla. Baritone Christopher Holmes (Escamillo) rounded out a rock-solid lead cast. The orchestra and chorus included professional musicians from the Upper Peninsula and surrounding areas. Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra music director, Joel Neves, conducted the opera.
Carmen was performed at the following venue:
Rozsa Center in Houghton, Thursday, June 28th & Saturday, June 30th
Bergonzi String Quartet
Nearing their 25th appearance at the festival, the world-class Bergonzi String Quartet (our Quartet-in-Residence) delivered another compelling program of masterwork classical string quartets, including Mozart and Brahms. The quartet continued its special tradition of presenting free children's concerts throughout the U.P.
The Bergonzi String Quartet performed at the following venues:
Reynold’s Hall in Marquette, Wednesday June 20th
Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain on Thursday, June 21st
Rozsa Center in Houghton on Saturday June 23rd
The ever-popular UPstarts—young gifted musicians from the Upper Peninsula chosen via competitive talent contest—brought their fresh energy and promising talent to the festival.
UPstarts performed at the following venues:
Reynolds Hall in Marquette on Friday June 15th
Rozsa Center Backstage in Houghton on Saturday June 16th
FirstPresbyterian Church in Kingsford on Monday, June 18th
Art Song Recital
Justin Spenner (baritone) and Mario Perez (tenor), creators of the innovative B-Sides Art Song Collective, presented a vocal recital of the love-drenched art songs of German Romantic composer, Robert Schumann, including Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) and Liederkreis (Round of Songs).
Art Song Recital was performed at the following venue:
Portage Lake United Church on Tuesday, June 19th
Alma Flamenca, A Taste of Carmen
In a continuing effort to diversify our programming, the Festival introduced award-winning French dancer, Karyne Arys, as our featured Flamenco artist, joined by Paul Buttin (guitar) and Kahlil Sabbagh (cajon). She was also cast as the gypsy dancer in Carmen. Our Flamenco troupe joined the lead cast of Carmen (Amanda, Isaac, Christopher, Heather) in "A Taste of Carmen": a series of concerts in Iron Mountain and Marquette that featured the very best highlights from the opera, including arias, duets, and dances. Karyne also presented a special dance masterclass in Marquette at the Queen City Arts Co-op on June 22.
Alma Flamenca was performed at the following venues:
Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls on Saturday, June 23rd
Calumet Theatre in Calumet on Sunday, June 24th
A Taste of Carmen was performed at the following venues:
Iron Mountain High School on Wednesday, June 20th
Reynolds Hall in Marquette on Friday, June 22nd