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December 26 - 31, 2014

HMS PINAFORE,  NYGASP, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYC

 

All aboard the HMS Pinafore!  Here we are again with the same touring cast from earlier this year.  It was a pleasure to be in the beautiful Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in the West Village.  

 

Picture: Matthew Wages (Bob Becket), left & David Macaluso, floor.

 

 

November 25 - December 13, 2014

A VIENNESE CHRISTMAS,  Hollywood Concert Orchestra, East Coast Tour

 

We started rehearsals in Atlanta, GA, then we headed through Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and back down to North Carolina, South Carolina and ending in Orlando, FL.  It was a delight to work with this company as a Bass-Baritone soloist along with 3 others and an Orchestra of 30 very talented musicians.  The entertaining program started with many Christmas time hits and the second act brought you operetta hits from Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg and Johann Strauss II.  

 

Picture: focusing on music and lyrics in my dressing room in Frankfort, KY

 

 

November 20, 2014

"Art is Calling for Me,"  St. Stephens Episcopal Church, NewYork, NY

 

Singing alongside extememely talented operatic vocalist was the highlight of this concert for me.  Victor Herbert Rennaissance Project, Live! is a new company founded by Alyce Mott.  They specialize in only Victor Herbert works.  I performed "Gypsy Love Song," (Sandor) from The Fortune Teller, "Since I am Not for Thee," (Cyrano) from Cyrano de Bergerac, and the ever popular, "Live for Today," (Etienne) from Naughty Marietta.  Critics called my performance "Stirring...dramatic and caressing."

 

Picture: "Live for Today," from Naughty Marietta.  Matthew Wages (Etienne) left, and Sarah Caldwell-Smith (Marietta) right.

 

 

November 14 & 15, 2014

PIRATES OF PENZANCE,  Samuel, Chattanooga Opera & Symphony/NYGASP, Chattanooga, TN

 

In association with Chattanooga Opera & Symphony, I performed Samuel in the beautiful and historic Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga:  home of the MoonPie!  Alongside my NYGASP family, we performed to rousing applause.  The chorus, which were all local, were wonderful and a delight to work with!

 

Picture: Matthew Wages (Samuel) left, Caitlin Burke (Edith) right.

 

 

November 1 - 2, 2014

RUDDIGORE,  NYGASP, New York, NY

 

With a cast of over 30, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan's production of Ruddigore was a huge success.  I have previously done a condensed version with HOMEntertainment as Sir Roderic earlier this year.  Though I was in the ensemble, I was also understudying the roles of Sir Roderic Murgatroyd and Sir Despard Murgatroyd.  It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed every minute!

 

Photo: Matthew Wages as The Angry Pilgrim Murgatroyd,

 

 

October 19, 2014

PIRATES OF PENZANCE,  Queensborough Performing Arts Center,  NY

 

NYGASP headed to Bayside, NY for 1 show only of Pirates of Penzance.  I was delighted to join the pirates and cops once again in our delightful production.