Old Capitol Opera presents "The Last Five Years" in Concert! This modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. It was named one of TIME Magazine's ten best shows of 2001. A testament to the show's longevity, and spurred by the show's regional popularity, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013. A film adaptation was released in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. OCO's concert adaptation will follow the same story line, stripped down to two singers, and six instrumentalists in order to showcase this intimate relationship, and highlight the heart-wrenching music. We guarantee you'll witness the highest level of musical talent. Don't miss this one-night-only event!
Megan O'Brien (Cathy): Megan is thrilled to be debuting this monster of a role! She has been singing opera professionally for 10 years, and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Old Capitol Opera (OCO), and the Owner/Operator of O'Brien Studios -Voice and Music Lessons in Iowa City, IA. She began her classical training at the University of Iowa, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (2009) and continued to her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Iowa (2012) under the instruction of world-renowned Dr. Jean McDonald. Upcoming in February, O'Brien will be performing the role of "Cathy" in OCO's production of "The Last Five Years" in concert. Other roles from Old Capitol Opera include "Abby" in The Musical of Musicals, "Anita" in West Side Story, "Serafina Goldentril" in Mozart's The Impresario, "Gertrude" in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and "Velma Kelly" in Chicago. The aforementioned list of shows, she also stage directed. Roles preceding Old Capitol Opera include "Vashti" in The Machine Stops (2013), "Erma" in Anything Goes (2013), "The Queen of the Night" in The Magic Flute (2012), "Susannah" in Susannah (2010), and "Fiordiligi" in Cosi fan tutte (2009). She has performed many partial roles, concerts, and mass solos throughout her career, and has been a part Opera NEO (San Diego, 2012), Asolo Song Festival (Asolo Italy, 2010), and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (2007-2009). Although Megan O'Brien is first and foremost a singer, her heart belongs to her extremely talented and hard-working voice students. She will continue to teach until she loses her voice or her mind - whichever comes first (probably her mind).
Jack Cotterell (Jamie): A native of Minnesota and Chicago, Jack always looks forward to returning to the Midwest to perform. This performance is Jack's role debut as Jamie, as well as his company debut with Old Capitol Opera. Previous highlights include Lt. Cable in South Pacific (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), the Man with Old Luggage in Postcard from Morocco (Sin City Opera), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Grande Prairie Singers & Orchestra), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Intermezzo Opera Festival), and Henry Hayter in Chamber Opera Chicago's musical adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion. In addition to singing, Jack spent two seasons as an apprentice with the Joel Hall Dancers in Chicago, studying jazz, ballet, and modern dance. When he isn't singing and dancing, you can find Jack slinging groceries at your neighborhood Trader Joe's.
Jack is based in Manhattan, and studies voice with Matthew Anchel. Keep up with him online! www.jackcotterell.com
Carl Rowles (Music Director / Conductor): Carl is thrilled to return to Iowa City and make his music directing debut with Old Capitol Opera. His previous music directing and conducting credits include: Striking 12 (University of Iowa); Sweeney Todd--In Concert, Hair, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Jesus Christ Superstar, RENT (City Circle); Peter Pan, Cinderella (Nolte Dance Academy); Guys and Dolls, Big-The Musical, Wizard of Oz, Anne and Gilbert (New Minowa Players); Footloose (New Hampton High School); and Wonderland (Simpson College). In 2015, Carl was awarded "Best Music Direction" from the Iowa Community Theatre Association for his work on Jesus Christ Superstar.