The Face on the Barroom Floor, by Henry Mollicone, is an opera commissioned by Central City Opera in 1978 based on the famous Herndon Davis 1936 painting on the floor of the Teller House Bar in Central City, Colorado. An immersive presentation of the opera which highlights a jazz and country music influenced opera score, is based on a true story, telling two tales separated in time, but parallel in characters and theme. Events in the past repeat themselves in the present, continuing the legend of the face on the barroom floor.
In present day Central City, CO, Isabel, a member of the opera chorus, and her friend Larry visit the Teller House bar. Larry orders champagne and asks about the face painted on the floor. Tom, the bartender, tells the story, which is enacted as he becomes a 19th century bartender named John, who welcomes the bar girl Madeline (played by Isabel) as they toast to the future.
A disheveled traveler, Matt (played by Larry), enters and orders drinks for all while Madeline is asked to sing. Unable to pay for the drinks, Matt offers instead to paint a portrait on the barroom floor of the only woman he ever loved. John discovers the portrait is of Madeline. The two men fight until Madeline throws herself between them, with tragic consequences. Larry, now back in the twentieth century, laughs drunkenly at the old legend and forces Isabel to dance with him. Tom now reveals his past romantic relationship with Isabel, and challenges Larry. Events in the past repeat themselves in the present, continuing the legend of the face on the barroom floor.
Artisan Hotel, September 27th, 28th, at 8:00pm, 29th, 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Amargosa Opera House, October 19th, 2019
Tickets $10 - $30
1501 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Amargosa Opera House and Hotel:
608 Death Valley Jct, Death Valley, CA 92328
Tickets: (760) 852-4441
Katherine Ewell-- a proud native of Boulder City, Nevada-- has recently returned to the Las Vegas area after completing her master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Houston. She is thrilled to be performing as a young artist this season with Vegas City Opera! A few of her favorite credits include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe (University of Houston), Norina in Don Pasquale (UH), the national premiere of Lady Teazle in School for Scandal (UH), Millicent
Jordan in Dinner at Eight (UH), Nanetta in Falstaff (Utah Vocal Arts Academy) and Mimi in La boheme (Brigham Young University). Katherine also had the privilege of being an invited soloist in the world premiere of the new oratorio Eine
Herde, Ein Hirte in Vienna. When she isn’t performing or teaching voice, you can probably find her snuggling with her husband and two cats.
Miguel Alasco is a tenor, classically trained since 2007 and a Young Artist at Vegas City Opera. He has sung in ensembles and minor roles for UNLV Opera Theater including Carmen, L'elisir d'amore, and Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2016, he served as the cover for the role of Rodolfo, as well as singing in the chorus, in UNLV's Spring production of La bohème, and has performed roles with Sin City Opera, in their 2017 production of L'Etoile - The Star as Tapioca, and in their 2018 production of Pirates of Penzance as the cover for Frederic, as well as a pirate and policeman. He also recently performed in his first musical theater role, playing the Padre in PS Production’s 2017 production of Man of La Mancha.
A Young Artist at Vegas City Opera, baritone Marshall Morrow recently performed the role of Rambaldo in La Rondine as a Young Artist at Lidal North in Oslo, Norway. His roles include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Dandini in Isouard's Cendrillon and the summer of 2017, Marshall performed the role of Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Massenet's Cendrillon the role title of Don Giovanni at Trentino Music Festival. Other performance credits include the role of Miton in the U.S. premiere of Delibes' Le Roi L'a Dit. His scene work includes Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), Florencia en el Amazonas (Alvaro) , Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Dead Man Walking (Joesph DeRocher), and Die Lustige Witwe (Danilo and Baron Zita). Marshall performed/ created the role of Gregory in a workshop of Vera by Matthew Barnson in collaboration with American Opera Project. Marshall has sung with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert. He has also performed with Opera Las Vegas under the baton of Gregory Buchalter. This season at Vegas City Opera, Marshall will be performing Tom/John (The Face on the Barroom Floor), The Pirate King (Pirate of Penzance), Corporal and Sulpice (Daughter of the Regiment), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Bohéme in Concert), and The Forester (Cunning Little Vixen).