About the Artists
Sibyl AdamsSibyl's performing experience began with her voice performance studies at the University of Idaho where the roles of The Witch in Into the Woods, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Golde in Fiddler, the Sorcerer in Dido & Aeneas. and many opera scenes including Baba & Prince Orlofsky were among her personal favorites. Concert repertoire engagements include Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. Recent productions include that of Hansel (Lyric Opera NW), Annina La Traviata (Lyric Opera NW), shows with Hans Wolf Memorial Operetta Series, & weeks of sold out performances as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance with Lakewood playhouse. Baroque Opera continues to be a genre of music that she's drawn to & pursues education with Stephen Stubbs (Seattle Baroque Opera's Accdemia D'Amore) where her role of Satirino (La Calisto) this August was highly praised, baroque dance & gesture (Anna Mansbridge), and ornamentation master class (Baroque ornamentation with Dr. Julianne Baird). She'll be singing with Seatlle Opera Chorus in upcoming productions as well.
Hailing from Chicago, soprano Clarice Alfonso has recently performed the roles of Desirè with Puget Sound Concert Opera and Zerlina with Seattle Operamuse. Upcoming performances include Mahler's Resurrection Symphony as the soprano soloist, Genovieffa with Puget Sound, and Adina with Seattle Operamuse. Clarice received her masters degree in voice in Chicago where she performed her Orchestra Hall debut as the soloist in the North American premiere of Jacob TV’s Mountaintop, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Chamber Opera, and Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke. Clarice has sung with the Grant Park Chorus and Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a part of the VOX3 Ensemble, and often gives concerts featuring musical theater, jazz, and opera 10/2018
Tess Altiveros (soprano) has been featured as a soloist both locally and internationally, including tours to Europe and Southeast Asia as well as frequent appearances with the Seattle Mariners. Acclaimed for her operatic roles, she most recently sang Musetta in Tacoma Opera's La Boheme and Ilia in Puget Sound Concert Opera's Idomeneo. Other credits include Frasquita in Carmen (Vashon Opera), Mimí in La Bohème (Bellevue Opera), the title role in Luisa Miller (Puget Sound Opera), Galatea in My Fair Galatea (Tacoma Opera), Laurette in Dr. Miracle (Tacoma Opera), and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Tacoma Opera) and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Concert works include Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem (Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Cascadian Chorale, Anna's Bay Chorale), Mozart's Exultate, Jubilate,, motets (Anna's Bay Chorale), the Haydn Paukenmesse and the Boulanger Soir sur la Pleine (Cascadian Chorale), among many others. Tess has also had the privilege of premiering new works as Eric Barnum's The Frozen Grail, a song cycle written written for her, and Robert Kyr's Sanctus. Miss Altiveros holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Washington where she trained with acclaimed soprano, Jane Eaglen. Tess now serves as Affiliate Artist Faculty at Western Washington University.
Austin Amaya, TenorTenor Austin Amaya was last seen as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Boise State Symphony Orchestra where he was also the 2007 winner of the Concerto Aria Competition. A brief leave from singing ultimately brought Austin to Seattle and the private studio of Jane Eaglen. Oratorio work has taken Mr. Amaya as a tenor soloist to the Idaho Civic Symphony, High Land Festival Orchestra, Sun Valley festival Orchestra and the experimental music group Breccia. With Breccia, Austin sang the world premier of News Piece composed by Gretchen Judd. A former student of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Conservatory, Austin continues the enjoyed the benefits of that relationship. Future highlights include a recital under the blanket of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony series.
David Barela, BassThroughout his career, multi-talented David Barela has studied and performed as pianist, organist, singer, conductor and dancer. As a pianist, David frequently performs solo recitals as well as having recorded and released three solo CDs under his own music label, DBG records. A recipient of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, he performed vocal solos with many organizations including Arizona Opera, New Mexico Opera, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. David studied ballet and was a professional dancer with Southwest Ballet Company, New Mexico Opera and Four Corners Opera. David is originally from Silver City, New Mexico and is currently Music Director and Organist at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Seattle. He also maintains a large studio of voice, piano and organ students.
Dora BarnesDora Barnes was born and raised in Yakima Washington and now resides in Seattle. She is a classically trained vocalist, pianist, and saxophonist. Dora started studying classical voice at age 15 with Debra Hardy (Smith) in Yakima. She attended Yakima Valley Community College and Central Washington University with a focus on vocal performance. While in Yakima, Dora has performed with the Yakima Valley Light Opera Company as a chorus member as well as the part of Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. She has also played the role of Mrs. Jenkins in CWU’s production of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Dora has been a chorus member of the Yakima Valley Community choir and the Yakima Valley Symphony Chorus and has performed as a chorus member in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana among others. Dora is now a student of Davida Kagen in Seattle and is a current member of Seattle’s Art Song Society. She has recently won the MONC NW “Encouragement Award” and has performed in the Masterclass for MONC NW. She also recently won first place and the Richard Engstrom Vocal Award in the adult opera division at PAFE. Dora is very excited to make her Puget Sound Concert Opera debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni! 8/2018
Ryan Christopher Bede, Baritone
Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, baritone Ryan Christopher Bede made his Seattle Opera solo debut in May 2017 as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, followed by Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Jim Crowley in An American Dream and Fiorello in The Barber Of Seville in the 2017-18 season.
He returns as Moralés in Carmen in May 2019. He also returns to Opera Idaho this season as Masetto in Don Giovanni after performing Papageno in The Magic Flute to great acclaim. In the Spring of 2019 he makes his role debut as Belcore in The Elixir Of Love with Tacoma Opera, where he has appeared in numerous roles such as Moralés/Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Tiger Brown in The Threeepenny Opera, Papageno, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Schaunard in La Boheme and the Pirate King in The Pirates Of Penzance. Recent concert engagements have included Handel's Messiah with both the Bremerton Symphony and Federal Way Symphony, Spectrum Dance Theater's acclaimed production of Carmina Burana as well as Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Early Music Vancouver/Pacific Musicworks, conducted by Stephen Stubbs. He has been a frequent soloist with Orchestra Seattle in such masterpieces as Fauré's Requiem, Duruflé's Requiem, Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten, and Vaughan Williams's Fantasia On Christmas Carols. He sang Rutter's Mass Of The Children with the Everett Chorale and Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and in the summer of 2017 he performed the bass solo in Mozart's Requiem in Sofia and Varna, Bulgaria under the baton of Dr. Steven Zopfi and Dr. Scott Glysson.
Other recent performances have included a solo appearance with the Cal Poly Symphony & Chorus (Duruflé Requiem and Ravel Don Quichotte a Dulcinée), the role of the Land Speculator in the premiere of Sarah Mattox's opera Heart Mountain with Vespertine Opera, Samuel Barber's Dover Beach with the Seattle-based Bella Sala Ensemble, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Morales/Dancaire with Pacific Northwest (formerly Skagit) Opera, and Albert in Werther with Vashon Opera. He spent a summer as an Emerging Artist with Opera New Jersey and has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the Pacific Northwest.
He is a former Young Artist with Tacoma Opera and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and was a two-time recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild Singers Training Fund Grant. He completed his studies at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington, and now frequently performs as a lecturer and preview artist for the Seattle Opera Guild. He presently serves as the baritone soloist and section leader at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and teaches voice at the University Of Puget Sound and Tacoma Community College, as well as maintaining a private studio in the Tacoma area. 5/2019
Christopher Benfield is a Seattle- and Portland-based classical baritone who is pursuing a DMA in voice performance at the University of Washington under the voice instruction of Dr. Kari Ragan. Praised for his expressive performance and dedication to his craft, Christopher has appeared in scenes as Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), among others. He is currently preparing for the baritone role in Phillip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, presented by the University of Washington opera department.
Christopher has a strong background in education, and as such incorporates his passion for aesthetics, beauty, and expression in all educative and performative endeavors. He has brought his passion for art songs, mélodie, and lieder into his teaching, and in performance particularly enjoys focusing on the intense, intimate experience of vocalist and piano. 3/2019
Jacob Bernado, Tenor
Jacob Bernado is a recent graduate of Western Washington University, where he finished his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance in June 2018. At WWU, he performed in several opera studio and theatre productions, including singing the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan Tutte (recipient of the First Place award for Division II in the 2015‐2016 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition,) Lorenzo in the West Coast premiere of William Bolcom's Lucrezia, and Archibald Craven in Western Summer Theatre's production of The Secret Garden. Additionally, he has sung with regional opera companies such as Lyric Opera Northwest (Gaston in La Traviata) and Puget Sound Concert Opera (Ruiz in Il Trovatore). He has directed multiple performances that support charitable causes, including a concert version of Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon to raise awareness for the works of female composers and support a local women's health nonprofit organization as well as a similar event, called “Patchwork,” to support a local organization that provides housing and care to low income people living with HIV/AIDS. In the 2018-2019 season, he can be seen performing with the Pacific Northwest Opera and Puget Sound Concert Opera, where he is a member of the inaugural Studio Artist program. In addition to his studies at WWU, he has also participated in programs such as Pacific Lutheran University’s Summer Opera Workshop, Seattle Opera’s Summer Academy, and Westminster Choir College’s CoOPERAtive program. In Fall 2019, he hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Masters in Music. More info: jacobbernado.com 8/2018
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Greta BirkbyGreta Birkby has been a resident of Seattle for twenty plus years and has been a featured soloist with Kirkland Choral Society, First United Methodist Church Seattle, Seattle Sings Messiah and Trinity Episcopal Church. She has performed with Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony Chorale, and Choral Arts and has appeared on Grammy nominated and American Prize recordings. Ms. Birkby studied with Julian Patrick for an MM in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington; sang with Studio Lirico in Cortona, Italy and did post graduate work at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She toured as alto soloist in Sicily and Russia and is slated to sing in Cuba this summer on an ambassador tour with her alma mater, Smith College. This is her fourth year with PSCO. 9/2015
Deborah Blakesley is a national winner of the American Prize for Vocal Performance in Opera, described as having a “lovely, rich tone” and “great artistry”. Favorite roles include Mère Marie (Dialogues of the Carmelites at the University of British Columbia) opposite Judith Forst, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), La Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur at Puget Sound Concert Opera), Mrs. Grose (Turn of the Screw) and Aunt March (Little Women) (Banff Opera Centre), Witch (Hansel and Gretel at UBC, Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Whatcom Symphony Orchestra), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Clotilde to Angela Meade's Norma and Emilia in a concert of Verdi’s Otello featuring Ruth Ann Swenson as Desdemona (Astoria Music Festival). 8/2018
David Borning's most recent performances include singing Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Kitsap Opera, the Fauré Requiem with Bremerton Symphony, and La Bohème with Kitsap Opera.
While David was training as an actor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts he discovered his vocal ability as a dramatic baritone. He then worked on his voice intensively with Tenor Michael Trimble. During that time he also studied languages in Siena and Berlin. He is now studying with renowned soprano Jane Eaglen.
David's performances this spring include the title role in Eugene Onegin with the University of Washington, singing the Dutchman's aria from Der Fliegende Holländer, as well as Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Bremerton Symphony. This summer David will be singing with the Seattle Opera chorus in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungene.
Hailed by the Tacoma News Tribune for her “shining coloratura and brilliant high notes”, soprano Jennifer Bromagen enjoys performing on opera and concert stages throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has performed as La Contessa di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bellevue City Opera, with Puget Sound Concert Opera as the title role in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and as the Soprano Soloist in Golijov’s She Was Here with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Most recently, Ms. Bromagen performed as the title role in Puget Sound Concert Opera’s production of Martha, as well as The Queen of the Night in Vashon Opera’s The Magic Flute, and with the Pacific Northwest Opera as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme.
Ms. Bromagen was an Associate Artist in Residence with Cleveland Opera and performed on their main stage as the First Handmaiden in Turandot, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. She has also been seen in such roles as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, Amina in La Sonnambula, and Countess Adele in Le Comte Ory. She has been a featured soloist in concert halls, temples, and cathedrals throughout the U.S., performing classic solo concert works from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Verdi’s Requiem, as well as such contemporary works as Jenkins’ Cantata Memoria and Arnesen’s Wound in the Water. Upcoming engagements include a return to Pacific Northwest Opera as Freia, Helmwige and the Forest Bird in a condensed version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, as well as a debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, singing Carmina Burana and a world premiere for soprano and orchestra by Sydney Wang. 4/2019
John Burkhardt (chorus master/piano) currently serves as chorus master and principal accompanist for Puget Sound Concert Opera. In addition, John has conducted PSCO’s productions of La Damoiselle Elue, Andrea Chenier and I Capuletti ed I Montecchi. John has served as the principal accompanist and chorus master for Bellevue Opera as well. He works for University of Washington Tacoma, managing their communications. He is musically active in the Unitarian Universalist church and has been an opera and musical theater pianist for many years in Seattle and elsewhere.
Jenna Calixto, FluteJenna can be heard playing flute and piccolo in a number of ensembles in the Seattle area, including the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, Octava Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society Orchestra. She has enjoyed performing with Puget Sound Concert Opera since 2010. A native of Vancouver, Washington, she holds performance degrees from Southern Methodist University (B.M.) and the University of New Mexico (M.M.). 4/2019
Michael Callahan, TenorMike Callahan, tenor is a Seattle Native who has sung in many choirs in the Northwest for 50 years including The Polyphonic singers, the Seattle Chamber singers, the Seattle Men's Chorus, the Seattle Choral Company, and currently sings with the choir at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. He was featured in the role of Bardolfo in a production of Falstaff at the University of Washington in 1972. He has been in several opera workshops and student recitals. Recently he sang in the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes at the University of Washington, and has been a chorus member in PSCO's performances of Il Trovatore, Faust and La Clemenza di Tito. Mike has studied with Frederick Jagel, Augusto Paglialunga, David Barela and Awilda Verdejo.
Jeanne Case performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin for over ten years as well served as Principal Viola for the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since moving to the Northwest, she has worked with the Tacoma City Ballet and the Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver (Washington) Symphonies. Jeanne holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed in Germany, Japan and Alaska, as well as in the Pacific Northwest area. 4/2019
Katherine CastroKatherine Castro discovered her passion for music early in life, but it was on the operatic stage where she found her calling. Known for her dynamic range and seamless technique, she has performed with opera companies throughout Washington and Idaho including Coeur d'Alene Opera, Spokane Opera, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Lyric Light Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest and Inverse Opera. Favorite characters and performances include Tosca (Tosca), Mercedes (Carmen), Violetta (La Traviata), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Nimue (Camelot), and a masterclass with Thomas Hampson. Outside the theater, Katherine loves hosting game nights, collecting stamps in her passport, and sleeping. 10/2016
Victoria Chaussee, Mezzo Soprano"Sings opera favorites beautifully" - The Seattle Weekly. Ms. Chaussee has performed with Seattle Opera, Lyric Opera Northwest, Kitsap Opera, Renegade Opera and many other NW organizations. She has performed the roles of Azucena in Il Trovatore, Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Maddalena in Rigoletto, the Mother in Hansel & Gretel, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ludmilla in The Bartered Bride and Diana in Thespis. She has performed as a soloist for many NW organizations most recently with the Whidbey Island Chamber Singers and has sung the national anthem for the Seattle Mariners. She is a former first place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing NW Division Competition. She is also the director of Public Opera an opera group that introduces opera and has performed at Icicle Creek Music Center, the Bloedel Reserve, many auctions, restaurants and the Crocodile Café. Public Opera currently performs a monthly show at the Bellevue Hilton. Ms. Chaussee is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in New York City.
Candice Chin, ViolinCandice Chin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, where she studied with Steven Staryk and double-majored in music and economics. She also earned an MBA and MA from the University of Cincinnati. A Seattle native, Candice has been a member of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and Octava Chamber Orchestra. Her other principal teachers include Martin Friedmann and Ilkka Talvi. Candice enjoys playing in her quartet, The Weeknighters.4/2018
Robyn ClapperRobyn Clapper is pleased to be working again with Puget Sound Concert Opera. Other recent performances include La Tito di Clemenza with Puget Sound Concert Opera and The Mikado with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Seattle.
Gary Claunch studied bassoon at the University of Washington with Arthur Grossman and Sidney Rosenberg. He played 3rd bassoon and contrabassoon for the Peter Britt Festival in 1980 and The Hong Kong Philharmonic from 1980 to 1984. He has played in the Seattle area for many local orchestras and opera companies most recently for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra under Anthony Spain, and subbing with the Cascade Orchestra under Michael Miropolsky. 4/2019
Elisa Clegg, ViolaElisa Clegg switched from piano to the viola at age 10 and studied with Joyce Ramee at the University of Puget Sound in high school. She has just finished her Bachelors in Viola Performance at Central Washington University. As a freshman at CWU, she won the 2009 Snelling Scholarship Competition while also being awarded the Mary Estep Scholarship and Presidential Tuition Waiver. Her teachers have included George Taylor, Eric Shumsky, Emmanuel Vardi, and Roxanna Patterson. Currently she studies with Melia Watras and frequently plays with Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Modern Orchestra, University of Washington Chamber Music Society, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Philharmonic. She greatly enjoys performing chamber music and presently coaches several high schools.
Robert W. Corl, TenorMr. Corl holds a BA in Music Education and an MA in Opera Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia. He appeared as Papageno in Opera Pacifica's debut performance of Mozart's Magic Flute, which featured Metropolitan Opera Star Cyndia Seiden as the Queen of the Night. A versatile and veteran opera performer, he sang the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen in Opera Pacifica's 2003 season, and directed the 2004 production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Robert Corl's opera roles include Alfredo, La Traviata (Verdi), Eisentein, Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Rodolfo, La Bohème (Puccini), Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Calaph, Turandot (Puccini), Turridu, Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Canio/Pagliaccio, Pagliacci, (Leoncavallo), Don José, Carmen (Bizet), Des Grieux, Manon (Massenet), Werther, Werther (Massenet), and Papageno, Magic Flute (Mozart). Robert is currently coaching tenor repertoire with Nico Castel in New York City. Mr. Castel is world famous for his books on opera libretti and diction (http://www.castelopera.com/nico.htm). With over 30 years at the Met and more than 200 character tenor roles to his credit, Mr. Castel is "...the undisputed authority on multi-lingual diction both here in the United States and internationally...", according to long-time friend and fellow performer, Placido Domingo. Robert has recorded his first CD, An American Tenor in China, with friend and conductor Claudia Simpson-Jones and the 80-piece China Opera and Dance Symphony of Beijing. The album features a dozen world famous tenor arias, and is published by Figaro, Records, Inc.
Stephen Creswell, ViolinViolist Stephen Creswell has performed with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society since 2013, and frequently appears locally with choirs, dance companies, and new music ensembles, including SCRAPE, the brainchild of composer Jim Knapp. He is a member of Northwest Sinfonietta, the player-led chamber orchestra, and regularly appears on Salish Sea Early Music programs, as well as with Early Music Underground. He has toured internationally with Tafelmusik (Toronto), Rebel (New York State), and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles). Since 2015, he is Administrator and Program Manager at the Academy of Music NW, a college-prep community music school -- amnw.org. Stephen studied at Indiana University and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and lives in North Seattle with his family and one hyperactive black-and-white dog.9/2015
Charles Crowley, BaritoneBaritone Charles Crowley received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in vocal performance from the University of Oregon and Western Washington University respectively. He has performed for many years in musical theater, opera and operetta productions in the Puget Sound area. Recent operatic roles have included taking an unusual dual role of Dancairo and Morales in Carmen with Opera Pacifica; and Morales in Carmen and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, both with Skagit Opera. He also sang the roles of Gorgibus and The Magistrate in Vocal Arts Northwest's concert production of Signor Deluso. A string of Gilbert & Sullivan roles with New Savoy Opera included Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Florian in Princess Ida and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers. Musical theater roles include Reverend Crisparkle in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Roberts in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Angus MacGuffie in Brigadoon and the Three Ministers in Six Wives, all with Village Theatre; also Paul Fontaine in The Desert Song and the "Canaan Days" singer in Joseph with Civic Light Opera. Other favorite roles have included Cinderella's Prince and The Wolf in Sondheim's Into the Woods, and Hennessey/The Captain in Dames at Sea.
Meg Daly, Soprano
Soprano Meg Daly decided on serious vocal study when, as a senior in high school, she sang her first major stage role as Maria in West Side Story. After studying voice at Gonzaga University and spending a summer at the Aspen Music School, she completed a master's degree in voice at the University of Washington School of Music. Her most memorable performance came in 1999, when she stepped in minutes before curtain to sing the Queen of the Night at Seattle Opera when the original soprano became ill. She has performed as a soloist with many local organizations, including Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Kitsap Opera and Handel's Messiah and selected opera scenes with the Peninsula Community Chorus.
Mark DaviesBaritone Mark Davies has been an active performer throughout the Puget Sound region since relocating to Washington from the Midwest in 2014. He was heard most recently as Ping in Turandot with Pacific Northwest Opera in Mount Vernon, where he will also be performing the role of Schaunard in their upcoming 2018 production of La bohème. He has also worked with the Marrowstone Music Festival, Tacoma Opera, Bellevue City Opera Ballet, and Indiana University Opera Theater, having performed such roles as Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, Albert in Werther, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Davies is also an active concert and recital artist, most recently putting on a performance of Wolf’s complete Italienisches Liederbuch at Western Washington University. He has also performed works including Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. When he is not singing, Davies is also a highly-regarded pianist and vocal coach, and has worked with and accompanied artists who appear at opera houses across the country and internationally. He currently lives in Bellingham, Washington, where he is an instructor of voice and music director of the opera program at Western Washington University. He is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance and literature at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he was a student of Andreas Poulimenos and Timothy Noble. 8/2018
Katrina Deininger, soprano, hails from Seattle. In July of 2018, she sang the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Aquilon Music Festival in McMinnville Oregon. She has also recently appeared as Gretel in a touring production of Hansel and Gretel with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc. and as Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore at Asheville Lyric Opera while she was a Young Artist with the company. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Puget Sound, and a Master of Music from University of Washington. She studies with Dr. Kari Ragan.
You can find Katrina online at katrinadeininger.com.8/2018
Mariatana del Rosario, Soprano
Mariatana del Rosario, soprano, has been praised for her "full, lyric sound with rich and interesting qualities." Recipient of the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Award, Ms. del Rosario most recently performed the title role in Richard Strauss's Elektra for the Seattle Opera Guild Previews.
Ms. del Rosario has been featured in many fully-staged productions including the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Mozart's Arminda in La finta giardiniera and Marchellina in Le nozze di Figaro, the Witch in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, Miss Todd in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, the Mother in Thomas Pasatieri's The Women, and Jesse in Weill's Mahoganny-Songspiel. In addition, she has performed excerpts as Maddalena in Giordano's Andrea Chenier, Nero in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Mimi in Puccini's La boheme, and Gerhilde in Wagner's Die Walkure.
Ms. del Rosario has appeared in concert on many occasions including two featured performances with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and the degree of Master of Music from the University of Washington. She is a student of renowned soprano Jane Eaglen.
Michael Drumheller, Baritone
Michael Drumheller is originally from Richland, Washington. A favorite bass- baritone in the Pacific Northwest classical music and opera scenes, he has been a soloist with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Opera, Skagit Opera, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Boston Lyric Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, and many other organizations, under the direction of renowned conductors including Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, and Leonard Slatkin. As a recitalist, he is especially interested in Russian music, and has been an invited performer of Russian vocal repertoire at the Icicle Creek Music Festival and at Wellesley College. Mr. Drumheller holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Phyllis Curtin. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Center and holds BS and MS degrees from MIT. His diverse musical background includes playing tympani in symphony orchestras and drumming and singing for his own rock bands. Mr. Drumheller has been a featured performer in many productions of the late, distinguished Northwest conductor Hans Wolf, and regularly appears as a soloist for Northwest Chorale, which raises money for Northwest Harvest. 9/2018
Michael Dudley, BaritoneMichael Dudley was raised in Seattle where he participated in both instrumental and choral music in the local schools and played clarinet in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. While attending Bellevue Community College, he joined the school's vocal jazz ensemble, Celebration! He also attended the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Currently you can find Michael busy performing as a soloist and chorus member of several regional opera companies, including Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera and Bellevue Opera. In addition, Mr. Dudley has appeared locally as a church soloist in concert and in oratorio.
Michael Dunlap, Bass-Baritone
Michael Dunlap (bass-baritone) is originally from Pasadena, California, where he embarked on his musical journey as a violist. He later studied composition at Western Washington University with Roger Briggs where he focused mainly on instrumental music. After college he started singing more, performing roles in musical theater and singing in choirs. Michael now performs regularly with Seattle Opera and has appeared in numerous roles in other local venues such as Northwest Opera in the Schools, Seattle Opera Guild Previews and most notably as Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for Tacoma Opera and Colline in La Bohème for Vashon Opera. Other roles for Vashon Opera include Masetto in Don Giovanni, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and the Jailer in Dialogues des Carmèlites. Michael returns to Puget Sound Concert Opera after singing the role of Ferrando in PSCO's production of il Trovatore. Other PSCO credits include Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula and Claudio in Bèatrice et Bènedict. 9/2018
Soprano Serena Eduljee’s current season includes a full schedule in the Pacific Northwest, including performances as Queen of the Night/First Lady (Die Zauberflote), Katya (Katya Kabanova), Violetta (La Traviata), and Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) for the Seattle Opera previews, Frasquita (Carmen) with Pacific Northwest Opera, and the title role of Cinderella in Seattle Opera's touring production of Cinderella in Spain.
As a recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild/OperaPlus Artist Scholarship for 2016, she recently performed as Frasquita in Pacific Northwest Opera's production of Carmen; and Alitsa and Raccoon for Seattle Opera’s commissioned cycle Our Earth, as well as in recital, gala, and chorus performances for Seattle Opera. Entertainment News Northwest calls Serena “magnetic,” claiming “Eduljee has one of those luminous stage presences that make me want to see much more of her in the future.”
Among the roles in her repertoire, Ms. Eduljee has performed as the title role in Semele,Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Alkandre (Faure's rarely done, Penelope), and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) as well as covering the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto) and Adele (Die Fledermaus). In previous seasons, Serena appeared with Skagit Opera, OperaBend and the Central Oregon Symphony, Opera Mariposa, Portland Summer Opera Workshop, and Ensign Symphony, for whom she was the soloist for the US premiere of Tommasso Traetta’s lost motet, In nocte plena, performed at Benaroya Hall, Seattle. This spring, Serena returns as a featured soloist for the ten-year anniversary of the Ten Grands Gala at Benaroya Hall. Serena is thrilled to make her debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera as Walter in La Wally; and with Vashon Opera as Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) in 2018.
Serena was a participant in the OperaWorks Advanced Artist Program in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She currently resides in Issaquah. 3/2017
Andrew Etherington of Overland Park, Kansas, completed his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss and honed his singing and stage skills with Bill Hall’s American Opera Studio. Andrew then completed his graduate work at The Peabody Institute, studying both performance and pedagogy. While there, he conducted a volunteer choir at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and performed regularly in the professional choruses of Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera. He is an adjunct voice faculty member at Olympic College in Bremerton, WA where he teaches applied voice and assists the opera productions. Recently, Andrew was proud to be a part of The ®evolution of Steve Jobs at Seattle Opera, a tenor soloist for Bremerton Symphony's December concerts, and in Willy & Fred, a new Opera by Linda Kitchen. 4/2019
Cara Sun Evans earned her Master's in vocal performance from New York University. She recently covered the role of Sesto in Giulio Cesare with Opera Manhattan. Other performances include Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Papagena in Die Zauberflote with New York Lyric Opera and Diana in Pygmalion with Underworld Productions. Cara has also been seen as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Mother and Shepherd in L'enfant et les sortileges, Katisha in The Mikado, and Madame Pritschisch in The Merry Widow. She has also had the opportunity to work with jazz musician Kenny Werner on his CD No Beginning, No End. Cara is a two time winner of the NATS New York City Chapter competition.
Karen Early EvansKaren Early Evans makes her debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera singing her favorite Mozart role. She has performed the role of Fiordiligi with Utah Opera and Tacoma Opera. She was most recently heard singing Bach's Peasant Cantata with Yakima Symphony and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Bellevue Opera, where she has also performed the role of the 1st Lady in their production of The Magic Flute. She sings regularly with the Seattle Opera chorus and was recently invited to sing the roles of Nurse and Trang in a workshop for Amelia, a newly commissioned work for Seattle Opera. Ms. Early Evans performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Northwest Sinfonietta as soprano soloist and has also been a soloist with Tacoma Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Utah Symphony and Eugene Concert Choir. She has performed roles with Lyric Opera Northwest, Skagit Opera, Opera Idaho and Glimmerglass Opera. Ms. Early Evans has been honored as a Finalist in the Metropolitan National Vocal Competition as well as the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. She was chosen as the audience favorite in both the Eleanor Lieber competition and the Bella Voce competition. Upcoming engagements for Ms. Early Evans has her singing the Countess with Tacoma Opera and Rogue Opera.
Jon Farmer, Tenor
Jon Farmer is a Seattle area tenor that is being heard in many places around Puget Sound. Most recently, Jon performed the role of Pinkerton in Kitsap Opera's production of Madama Butterfly. As a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus since 2005, Jon has been involved in many productions. For the Seattle Opera Guild, Jon has performed the roles of Don Jose (Carmen), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Alfredo (La Traviata), and Dodge in Seattle Opera's original production, Amelia. As a concert soloist, Jon is a regular performer at Daniel's Recital Hall in downtown Seattle and has been seen as the tenor soloist in several Handel's Messiah performances. In Spring 2012, Jon can be seen as Rodolfo in Tacoma Opera's production of La Bohème.
Lee Anne Frahn, Soprano
Lee Anne Frahn is thrilled to make her studio artist debut this season. She was last seen as Annina in the Lyric Opera Northwest production of La Traviata, as well as a Handmaiden in the Pacific Northwest Opera production of Turandot. This upcoming season she is pleased to cover the role of Mimi in the Pacific Northwest Opera production of La Boheme. She earned a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied under Dr. Jamie Reimer and performed the roles of Rita in William Bolcom's A Wedding and Guiletta in Les contes d'Hoffmann. She pursued a Bachelor of Music from Western Washington University where she is currently the program coordinator and undergraduate advisor for the school of music. Here she was privileged to perform Le Fee in Massenet's Cendrillon, and Titania in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as numerous opera scenes as Fiordiligi from Cosi Fan Tutte and others. Her concert solo repertoire includes Orf’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bach’s Coffee Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, St. Matthew Passion and others. 8/2018
Tom Freet, Bass-BaritoneMr. Freet has been a featured artist with Tacoma Opera, Seattle Civic Light Opera, Kitsap Opera, Skagit Opera, University of Washington and Opera Pacifica. Mozart opera roles performed by Mr. Freet include Don Giovanni, Commendatore, Guglielmo, Count Almaviva, Bartolo & Sarastro. He has performed a variety of other roles including Escamillo in Carmen, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mephistopheles in Faust & Albert in Werther. Mr. Freet was a guest artist for several San Francisco Opera Guild opening season galas. He was also a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Regional Finalist. He attended the Cornish Institute for the Arts (now Cornish College of the Arts) in Seattle.
Hayley Baudrau Gaarde, SopranoHayley earned her Master's in Music from the University of Washington where she was a student of Joyce Guyer. She has sung the roles of Princess Ida in Princess Ida, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Maria in The Sound of Music. She has worked with the Puget Sound Concert Opera, the Spokane Opera Company, and various choirs in Spokane and Seattle. Currently she is in rehearsals with the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society and teaches voice students, beginning and advanced, at her private vocal studio.
Recognized across the country as a promising young artist, tenor William Gardner regularly performs repertoire spanning opera, oratorio, and ensemble work. His 2018/19 season includes performances as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339, and Regina Coeli, K. 276, Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. On stage he will perform the roles of The Defendant in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Jeppo Liverotto in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia. Other recent credits include the role of Martin in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land as part of Seattle Opera’s inaugural Summer Young Artist Academy, the Fisherman in Stephen Paulus’ The Three Hermits, and tenor soloist in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.
As a chorister, William sings with Choral Arts Northwest, Chorosynthesis Singers, and the Cathedral Cantorei of St. James Cathedral, Seattle. His ensemble work has brought him on tours across the United States, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Iceland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and currently studies at the University of Washington. www.williamgardnertenor.com 3/2019
Soprano Kimberly Giordano, lauded for her "polished", "sterling" and "honest performance" (Seattle Times) embodies the lyric soprano repertoire with her distinctive blend of elegance and emotion. Recent highlights include Ms. Giordano's appearance as Marguerite in Faust with Tacoma Opera and her Seattle Opera debut in Elektra (Die Vertraute). The 2010-11 season brings a return to Tacoma Opera, singing Nedda in Pagliacci and Trio Soprano in Trouble in Tahiti, as well as song recitals in Seattle and New York. The 2009-10 season marked her first foray into Verdi, appearing as la Voce di Cielo in Don Carlo with Bellevue Opera as well as her Benaroya Hall debut, singing Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Seattle Youth Symphony.
Ms. Giordano's operatic roles typify her skill as both an actress and musician, including the principal roles of Micaëla in Carmen, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rose in Street Scene and the title role in Hansel and Gretel. She has appeared with a wide range of companies, including Tacoma Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Bellevue Opera and NOISE.
Equally compelling on the concert stage, Ms. Giordano made her Carnegie Hall debut in Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has sung Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Helena Symphony, and Mozart's C minor Mass with the Bremerton Symphony Association. A committed performer of contemporary music, Ms. Giordano sang the role of Kelly in the West Coast premiere of Black Water, with music by John Duffy and libretto by Joyce Carol Oates. She has sung Madame Altina in Pasatieri's La Divina, and appears this season with the Affinity Chamber Ensemble, performing Elizabeth Alexander's My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson.
Ms. Giordano was a finalist in the inaugural Irene Dalis Competition, The American Prize (Art Song), the Vera Scammon SOS Competition, the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Award-Tour Competition and a semi-finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from the University of Washington and a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Jennifer Glenn, ViolaJennifer Glenn is an active performer and coach in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. She received her Bachelor's in Viola Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific and her Masters in Viola Performance from the University of Arizona. She did further studies in Vienna, Austria. Her primary teachers have included Joyce Ramee, Hong-Mei Xiao and Gertrude Rossbacher, former violist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Performing throughout the United States, Austria, China and Mexico Jennifer has worked with such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson, the Brubeck Quartet, Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She regularly performs with the Yakima and Federal Way Symphonies, Octava Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Choral Company and Puget Sound Concert Opera. She is also involved in film/videogame soundtrack recordings and coach's chamber music at Academy of Music Northwest.
Collaborative Pianist Beth Tankersley is active as an accompanist, chamber musician, and vocal coach. An artist with a diverse musical perspective, Beth is frequently in demand as a coach and rehearsal pianist, working with Pacific Northwest Opera, Tacoma Opera, NOISE, Operamuse, the University of Washington, and the University of Puget Sound. As an instrumentalist, Beth has performed recently with Orchestra Seattle, and she is scheduled to perform on Seattle Art Song Society’s 2018/19 season.
Beth is a native of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Beth currently lives in Rainier Beach with her husband, Nick, and their two dogs. 9/2018
Glenn Guhr, Baritone
"Glenn Guhr is terrific with his big warm voice and confident swagger", raves Mary Murfin Bayley of The Seattle Times. Other critics agree, Glenn Guhr is a performer of unique and outstanding ability.
Equally at home in everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim and Monteverdi to Verdi, Mr. Guhr has always prided himself on his versatility. He has appeared in operas, operettas, musicals, plays, and film with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Seattle Early Music Guild, Civic Light Opera, Tacoma Opera, ACT Inc. (St. Louis), The St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Theatre Factory St. Louis and others in such roles as Gianni Schicchi, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Ford (Falstaff), Germont (La Traviata), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Grosvenor (Patience), and Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate).
In addition to his stage roles, Mr. Guhr appears frequently in recital and concert in the Pacific Northwest, performing with the Walla Walla Symphony, the Bellevue Philharmonic, Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, the Seattle Choral Company, the Everett Symphony, the Port Angeles Symphony, the Seattle Philharmonic and others.
Mr. Guhr received a BA in music from Tabor College and an MM in Music History from Kansas State University. He also completed course work towards a PhD in Musicology at Washington University in St. Louis before turning his full attention to performance. In 2002, he finished a DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington, where he studied with renowned baritone Julian Patrick.
Deac Guidi, BaritoneDeac Guidi first sang in the choruses of the Intermountain Opera Association's productions of Tosca, Don Pasquale, and Faust, and then went on to do secondary roles in Madame Butterfly and The Barber of Seville. As an undergraduate at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana he was the soloist in John Rutter's cycle When Icicles Hang and Durufle's Requiem. On the North Coast he has appeared in the North Coast Chorale's productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King and The H.M.S. Pinafore as Dick Deadeye. Deac was also seen as Count Almaviva in the inaugural Astoria Music Festival's production of The Marriage of Figaro as well as singing Papageno in the 2004 presentation of The Magic Flute. Deac performed the Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata with Oregon Lyric Opera and made his debut with Opera Pacifica as Tonio in I Pagliacci. Recent performances include Leporello in Don Giovanni, a reprisal of the Pirate King with the North Coast Chorale, Baritone Soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Theater Oregon, and Principe di Boullion in Adriana LeCouvreur with Willamette Concert Opera. He recently performed Papageno with Willamette Concert Opera, a performance the Corvallis Gazette called "mischievous perfection" and was a featured guest artist with the 2006 Astoria Music Festival where he sang highlights from The Magic Flute with the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. His 2007 roles include The Count in Mozart's Figaro, Le Marquis in Massenet's Griselidis, Capellio in Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Il Pedone in La Wally by Catalani, Hu Tsin in Leoni's L'Oracolo and Mr. Gobineau in Menotti's The Medium. 2008 engagements have included the North Coast premiere of We Have Spoken with the Cannon Beach Chorus, Don Ferrnando in Beethoven's Fidelio with WCO and Valentin in Faust with Puget Sound Concert Opera. He sang with the 2008 Astoria Music Festival performing the role of Riff in West Side Story and highlights from Henry Purcell's Fairy Queen. December brought the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio with the North Coast Chorale, and early 2009 saw recitals in Portland and Astoria in April, in addition to Baritone Soloist in Faure's Requiem with the Cannon Beach Chorus. During the summer of 2009 he again sang with the Astoria Music Festival performing the Drunken Poet/Corridon in Purcell's The Fairy Queen to which The Oregonian stated he a "great voice smartly deployed". In September he sang the role of Pandolfe in Massenet's Cendrillon with Puget Sound Concert Opera and in December Puccini's Messa di Gloria with the Cannon Beach Chorus, in addition to a recital in February. In 2010 he performed Count Rodolfo in Bellini's La Sonnambula with Puget Sound Opera, and Oroveso in Norma with Puget Sound Concert Opera. Recent performances include Werther with Opera Theater Oregon, Ferrando in Il Trovatore and Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Astoria Music Festival this past summer. Upcoming performances include Amahl and the Night Visitors with the North Coast Chorale and Bluebeard in Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle.
Tracy Hagen, CelloThis is Tracy's 15th year playing the cello, a career spanning many different sides of playing music: cellist in Quartet Brulant (2000-2002), assistant principle cellist in the Denver School of the Arts Orchestra (2001-2002), selected to play in the much coveted Young Artist Sinfonia led by The Colorado Symphony's principal violist, Basil Vendrys, and also played under conductor Adam Flat in the Denver Young Artist Orchestra. Recently, Tracy placed as the alternate for the 2004 Concerto/Aria competion at the University of Puget Sound, her chamber music group The Cornish Trio won the Washington State M.T.N.A. (Music Teacher's National Association) Competition in the chamber music division twice, and was chosen to perform with the 2008 Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Tracy has since studied with Seattle's prominent cellists, including Rajan Krishaswami, Toby Saks, cello professor at University of Washington, and Paige Stockley, cello professor at Cornish College of the Arts. She currently the cellist in the indie/rock band The Last Great Fire and the indie/punk band GOD, who have toured the west coast and are currently planning a spring tour of Japan. Tracy has recorded with several bands, including Lullabies for Falling Empires, featured on MTV's Needle in the Haystack with Lucy Bland, performed live on KEXP with The Golden Bears and at the Showbox at the Market, and in 2009 was featured on MTV's $5 cover with the the indie/punk band GOD.
Breanna HansonBreanna Hanson holds a degree in vocal performance from Seattle Pacific University and has played both lead and supporting roles in productions at Tacoma Opera, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, ManeStage Theatre, Puget Sound Concert Opera (Chorus) and Seattle Pacific University. Breanna enjoys singing, teaching her voice students and directing a children's choir. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their two cats. Some of her favorite roles have been Helene in An Incomplete Education with Tacoma Opera and Meg in Little Women with ManeStage Theater. You can also see her this July as Edith in the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production on The Pirates of Penzance. 4/2015
James W. ("JW") HarringtonJames joins the PSCO for the first time in its production of Simon Boccanegra. He has sung several roles with the Bellevue Opera: Hermann and Schlemil in Tales of Hoffmann, Marullo in Rigoletto, Baron Dauphol in La Traviata, and Alcindoro in La Bohème. He sang and toured with the Harvard Glee Club, has studied voice under June Presswood in Virginia and Deeji Killian in Seattle, and currently performs in recitals and churches in the Seattle area. On weekdays, he appears onstage as a Professor of Geography at the University of Washington.
Michael Heitmann has recently performed throughout the Pacific Northwest for opera companies like Seattle Opera, Tacoma Opera, Opera Coeur d'Alene, Puget Sound Concert Opera and Northwest Opera in the Schools, Etc.... Roles include Don Pedro de Hinoyosa (La Périchole), Papageno/Sarastro/Narrator (The Magic Flute), Coyote/Frog/Tayil (Our Earth3) Prince Pablo (Cinderella en España), Rambaldo Fernandez (La Rondine), Ben (The Telephone), Hortensius (The Daughter of the Regiment), Bello (La fanciulla del West) and Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann - The Doll Act). He's also been a soloist for Opera On Tap - Seattle. As an Emerging Artist he debuted as Toymaker in The Toy Shop and subsequently was Marullo in Rigoletto, and Father/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Coeur d'Alene. Internationally, he was Count Almaviva and Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio in Canada, and Agamemnon in La belle Hélène with Franco-American Vocal Academy in France.
Upcoming engagements include Reverend Olin Bitch (Susannah) and Colline (La boheme) for Operamuse, and Sir Tristan Mickelford (Martha) for Puget Sound Concert Opera. A regular concert and recital performer, he recently debuted his new recital Love in the Time of Tinder for The Exposition Concert Series. He has performed solo recitals entitled In Times of War and Murica, as well as duet recitals Heroes and Villains, Tale of Three Cities, and Low Riders for Groupmuse. He's also been a soloist in Fauré's Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, Schubert's Mass in G Major, and J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion, as well as BWV 56, 145, and 158. 8/2017
Brandon Higa, TenorTenor Brandon K. Higa has been singing in the Pacific Northwest since 2001. He has performed most recently with NOISE as Count Almaviva in the 2007 tour of Rossini's The Barber of Seville having previously performed as Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute. His other roles include Tamino and Monostatos from Die Zauberflote, Vasek in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Paolino in Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas as well as The Beggar in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Brandon grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i but has called Seattle home since 2001.
Carla Hilderbrand, Mezzo-SopranoCarla Hilderbrand has performed the roles of Hansel & the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), 3rd Lady (Magic Flute), Afra (La Wally), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Ruth & Kate (Pirates of Penzance), Marquise de Berkenfield (Daughter of the Regiment) and Venus (Orpheus and the Underworld). She has had the privilege of working with Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, Lyric Opera NW, Bellevue Opera, Skagit Opera, NOISE, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Willamette Concert Opera, Orchestra Seattle / Seattle Chamber Singers, and the Seattle Youth Symphony.
Katie Hochman, Soprano
Soprano Katie Hochman enjoys performing recitals, opera and opera scenes through the Ladies Musical Club and Puget Sound Concert Opera. Highlights for the soprano have been the title role of Massenet's Cendrillon and soloist in La Damoiselle Élue both with Puget Sound Concert Opera. Katie has previously sung with Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Willamette Concert Opera, Opera Theater Oregon and Rainier Family Opera. She has also enjoyed orchestral work as soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, Haydn's Creation and Mozart's Exultate, Jubilate.
Dave Holden, TenorDave Holden has just completed his first production with the Northwest Savoyards Musical Theatre Society as the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. Earlier this year, Dave performed with The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society in The Mikado (July 2008) and enjoyed a return to opera while performing with Bellevue Opera in Carmen (April 2008). Dave has also performed locally with the Rainier Chorale since 2006 as a featured soloist. Dave has a day-job as a Systems Certification Engineer working for Honeywell in Redmond where he has worked since moving to the area in January of 2006. He has been in the Aerospace Industry for more than 20 years. Previously, Dave lived in Austin, Texas where he performed with Austin Lyric Opera from 2002 to 2006. Those productions included most of the major works by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart along with some newer productions like the critically acclaimed Dead Man Walking in which he sang the part of Inmate #2. Prior to joining ALO, he had a wonderful time performing in the Zilker Theatre Production of Will Roger's Follies as Clem Rogers (2001). In 2000, Dave joined with some friends in the Austin area and co-founded the vocal ensemble AKA, an 8-10 voice ensemble specializing in 40s and 50s standards, with whom he performed as a featured soloist until 2005.
Renwick Hester hails originally from South Carolina, where he received his BA Music Ed/Voice Performance/Piano Certificate for Accompanying at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. While in college, Renwick was the bass soloist/section leader for St Martin's In The Fields Episcopal Church all four years. At the university, Renwick performed in various musicals, operas, and oratorios. He was a member of the renowned University of South Carolina Concert Choir, which won the Bela Bartok Choral Festival in Debrecen, Hungary. After graduating from college, Renwick took a choir director position at First Christian Church, and accompanied ballet and tap classes at a local dance studio in Columbia. He performed in tap ensembles, and also in the ballet corps of Giselle, and Carmina Burana. Since living in Seattle, Renwick has sung in Seattle Opera Chorus, Seattle Mens Chorus, The Esoterics, various choir jobs, and Seattle Sings Messiah as Bass Soloist for 13 years. While in Seattle Opera Chorus, Renwick was Bass Section Leader and performed Lord Krishna in the NW permiere of Satyagraha by Philip Glass, and The Old Servant and Prussian General in War and Peace by Prokofiev. When he sang in the Seattle Mens Chorus, he was bass section leader, as well as soloist on The Pink Album. He has also accompanied for various voice studios around Seattle, as well as the famed opera fundraiser, The Pub Jump. Currently, Renwick is the Bass Section Leader @ Trinity Episopal Church. He and dear friend and mezzo-soprano, Greta Birkby are in the process of writing a musical, and also have put together a program of Broadway show tunes that they are performing at local retirement homes and communities. Cendrillon is Renwick's second production with Puget Sound Concert Opera and he is very happy to be back with such a talented and warm group of singers.
Alexandra HollermanAlexandra Hollerman is a mezzo-soprano from Louisiana. She recently moved to the Seattle, WA area after finishing her masters degree at Louisiana State University. Recently, she has performed as the Third Spirit in The Magic Flute with Opera Louisiane, as Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia, as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with LSU Opera, as Meg Page in Falstaff at the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, as Mercedes in Carmen at the Midwest Institute of Opera and at OperaBend, and in the Chorus of Don Giovanni and Die Fledermaus with Tacoma Opera. 6/2016
Jared Ice, Baritone, is a Seattle native whose performances have won positive reviews from Northwest Public Radio. Jared has performed; The Mayor from Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle and Midas from Suppe's Galathea with Tacoma Opera, Alessio from Bellini's La Sonnambula with Puget Sound Opera, Bob from Menotti's The Old Maid and The Thief with The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, Alfio from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Schaunard from Puccini's La Bohéme with Bellevue Opera and the Father in the University of Washington's recent production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Future engagements include Dandidi from Rossini's La Cenerentola with Puget Sound Opera (July 2011) and Death in Holst's Savitri with Vespertine Opera Theater (July 2011)
A recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Tim Janecke makes his debut performance with Puget Sound Concert Opera this season. Past roles include Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Nemorino (L'Elisir d'Amor) with Bowen Park Opera, Alfredo (La Traviata) and Don Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with L'Opera Piccolo and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Ferrando with Candleopera. In the world of light opera, Tim has performed Cloclo (Tricolet) with Chicago Folks Operetta and Achilles (Beautiful Helen of Troy) with Light Opera Works. In addition to his busy solo career, Tim is an experienced ensemble singer, having performed extensively with the Chicago Symphony Chorale, Chicago Lyric Opera and as a Christmas Caroler at the Forge Club in the Chicago area. Tim received his Master's Degree from DePaul University and currently studies with Winnifred Brown.
Amber Rose Johnson
Amber Rose Johnson is currently completing her Master's in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor's in Literature from Evergreen State College and studied Shakespearean acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. In 2012 she sang the role of Nova in David Conte's opera Firebird Motel as well as the role of Narciso in Handel's Agrippina. While attending the Conservatory she has also performed in several opera scene programs. Favorite roles include Sally in A Hand of Bridge, Idamante in Idomeneo and Third Lady in Die Zauberflute. This summer she will return to BASOTI for the roles of La Natura in La Calisto and La Principessa in Suor Angelica. A native of the Pacific Northwest; she has performed with Puget Sound Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera and Lyric Opera Northwest. She currently studies with Sylvia Anderson.
Darin JonesDarin Jones began his musical career as a member of the Grammy award winning Phoenix Boys Choir. He has since appeared throughout North America and in Europe performing numerous opera and musical theatre roles such as: Count Belfiore in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Jaquino in Fidelio, Ecclitico in Haydn's Il mondo della luna, George Nowack in She Loves Me, and Jinx in Forever Plaid. He is currently a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus. Darin holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University and Master of Music from the University of Washington.
Nerys Jones, Soprano
Nerys Jones was born and educated in Mid Wales and studied at both the Royal Scottish Academy and Guildhall schools of music and drama. In 1994 she joined English National Opera where she became a company mezzo-soprano for six seasons, roles including Cherubino, Despina, Zerlina, Second Lady, Melissa Princess Ida, Bird Blond Eckbert, Proserpina Orfeo, Flora La Traviata, Pitti Sing Mikado, Mercédès Carmen, Nursing Sister Suor Angelica , Rosette Manon, Kitchen Boy Rusalka, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Flower Maiden and Second Squire Parsifal, and Sister Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites . She has performed with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Early Music Consort and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, St John’s Smith Square, London. Other appearances include Cherubino, Rosina and Dorabella for Grange Park Opera, Dryad in a concert performance of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Barbican Concert Hall conducted by the late Richard Hickox, Stewardess Flight with Reisopera in Holland, Vlaamse Opera and the Adelaide Festival. The title role La Cenerentola for Opera Zuid and Pitti Sing The Mikado for La Fenice in Venice. Hansel with Reisopera in Holland and Prince Charmant in Cendrillion for Puget Sound Concert Opera and understudied at the Seattle Opera on their World Premier piece “Amelia.” Nerys lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters Celyn and Mali.
Darrell J. JordanSeattle-based lyric baritone Darrell J. Jordan has been praised for his “shining, beautiful voice”(Broadway World), his comedic stage presence has been hailed as a "classic farce" (Seattle Weekly), and he's been called “the star of the show”(Columbia Heart Beat). He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Kari Ragan. In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Seattle Art Song Society. Opera credits include St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Operamuse, PNW Opera, and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle. Additionally, Mr. Jordan is on the Teaching Artist roster for Seattle Opera. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter. He is a member and co-founder of the nationally recognized professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova. For more info: www.DarrellJJordan.com 8/2018
Ki-Jung Jun, Soprano
Soprano Ki-Jung Jun was born in Seoul, Korea. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kyung- Won University and continued studying classical voice at the New York University where she received her Master's Degree. At NYU she has performed actively in operas, including Nora (Riders to the Seas), First Knitter (A Game of Chance) and Princess ( L'enfant et les sortileges) and in scenes as Susanna (Le nozze do Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Frasquita (Carmen), Adina (Elixir of Love), Rosina (Barber of Seville) and Musetta (La Boheme). She was also in the emerging artist program at Pacific Opera in New York. Upon completing her degree Ki-Jung moved to Philadelphia and performed the role of Hyangdan in Chun-Hyang-Jeon, an opera celebrating the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration in America. In the Northwest, she is an active performer in both Concert and Opera. She performed in the Auburn Performing Arts Center, Edmonds Center for the Arts, and Meany Hall. She has been singing with PSCO since 2012, as the cover of Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuletti ed i Montecchi, and Caterina in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz. She will also be singing Butterfly in Puccini's Madame Butterfly in 2015. 11/2014
Kristine was raised in the Pacific Northwest. After attending three years at the University of Washington studying music performance, she decided to further her education and receive her Bachelors of Music from Northwestern University. From Chicago, she spent additional time in Brazil and New York before returning home, to the beautiful Northwest. Kristine enjoys performing with several local performing arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound area. 4/2019
Nathaniel Kondrat, bass-baritone, starts his 2013-2014 season with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. Mr. Kondrat recently premiered Random Blackouts in Oregon and is set to sing a world premier in June, 2013 by the same composer.
In 2012, Kondrat sang Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Leporello (Don Giovanni). Nathaniel worked with famed baritones Sir Thomas Allen, Nathan Gunn, and Clayton Brainerd. In 2011, Nathaniel graduated from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he sang Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) Melisso (Alcina) Jim (Gift of the Magi) a world premiere chamber opera as Sherriff Peters (Trifles) Truffeldino (Ariadne auf Naxos) Major Murgatroyd (Patience) Father Trulove (Rake's Progress) and many others.
Nathaniel made his professional debut as Il Bonze (Madame Butterfly) in 2008. Nathaniel apprenticed with Willamette Concert Opera where he appeared in Catalani's La Wally, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Menotti's The Medium. Nathaniel sang Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro). That same year, Nathan was singing with the Portland Opera in Fidelio and Rigoletto.
Christina Kowalski-Holien, Spinto Soprano
Ms. Kowalski-Holien is a native of Germany, where she graduated with a M.M. in Music and Drama from the Hochschule für Musik und Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. She made her U.S. debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Mark Theater in Portland Oregon and has since then performed with numerous orchestras, opera companies and organizations throughout the Northwest and Europe in exiting repertoire such as Poppea, Haensel und Gretel, The Turn of the Screw, L’Elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Butterfly, La Boheme, Norma and The Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Kowalski-Holien’s most recent engagements include “Donna Elvira” with Pacific Northwest Opera and the season ending concert for Vancouver Symphony (US), showcasing Rossini’s Soirees Musicales. Her upcoming schedule includes an appearance with Grays Harbor Symphony as the featured Soloist with selections from Haendel’s Messiah. Ms. Kowalski-Holien has been an affiliate artist faculty member at the University of Puget Sound since 2005 and is a doctoral candidate (ABT) at the University of Washington. Her CD “The Seven” is available over CD Baby and Amazon.com. 9/2018
Yi-Ting Kuo, Violin
Bernard Kwiram (Conductor) made his debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera in 2013 conducting Béatrice et Bénédict. He has subsequently conducted Der Frieschütz, Anna Bolena, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Wally, Martha and Il Trovatore. Mr. Kwiram has also conducted for the Tacoma Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Bellevue Opera and Civic Light Opera, in works such as Orpheus in the Underworld, Le Comte Ory, La Fille du Regiment, l’Elisir d’Amore, Il Turco in Italia, La Boheme, La Tragedie de Carmen, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, La Perichole, The Merry Widow, Rigoletto, Aida, La Cenerentola, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carousel, The Wizard of Oz, Kiss Me, Kate and Signor Deluso. He has been the music director and conductor of the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society since 2002, conducting over 160 performances of the G&S Canon, including the ballet Pineapple Poll. In 2015, Mr Kwiram became the music director and conductor of the Tacoma City Ballet, conducting performances of The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky), Carmina Burana (Orff), Cinderella (Prokofiev), Dracula (Smetana & Elgar) and Pinocchio (Shostakovich). As a singer, Bernie has appeared in roles with the Seattle Opera, Everett Symphony, Bellevue Opera, Civic Light Opera, Seattle Concert Opera, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Kitsap Opera, Mock’s Crest Productions, Kirkland Choral Society and the Leavenworth Summer Theatre in roles ranging from Tamino and Lenski to Colonel Fairfax and Prince Karl Franz. Mr. Kwiram has created a number of adapted and reduced orchestrations for operas, ballets and oratorios. He is also a private vocal instructor and serves as an adjunct professor of voice at Northwest University. 4/2019
Michael KysarMichael is a reformed voice teacher who now sings for fun after a busy and "checkered" career as a teacher, conductor, composer, music publisher, and singer. He performed over 150 recital performances with the duo A Gift of Song, conducted over 500 performances around the world during 27 years with The Boeing Employees Choir, and somehow managed to spend over 20 years at Microsoft. As producer and music director for Pacific Lively Arts, he produced and conducted a high school summer stock program that presented such shows as Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, The Desert Song, and Fiddler on the Roof. In the last century, he performed as baritone soloist with the Seattle Chamber Orchestra, St. James Cathedral, The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Civic Light Opera.
Nicholas Larson, TenorNicholas Larson has performed many leading and comprimario roles with Willamette Concert Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Kansas City Civic Opera, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Milwaukee Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Nova of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. His roles include Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Remandado in Carmen, Nathaniel in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Prince Charming in Cendrillon, Borsa in Rigoletto, Robert in Hin und Zurük, Ruggero in La Rondine, Second Jew in Salome, Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore, Luther and Buford in Cold Sassy Tree, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Des Grieux in Manon, Tamino, Monostatos and First Priest in Die Zauberflöe, Alfredo in La Traviata, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Arthur Jones in Billy Budd, Elder Gleaton in Susannah, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gloster Hemming in The Mother of Us All, and Edmondo in Manon Lescaut. He received his bachelors degree at Eastman, his masters at USC, and his doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently lives and teaches private voice lessons at The Shedd Institute in Eugene, Oregon.
Alan Lawrence has been co-principal Clarinet in Orchestra Seattle for many years, and has performed with many area orchestras and chamber music groups. He studied with Joe Allard at the New England Conservatory, and has a masters's degree in Clarinet Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Richard Waller. He has previously been a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Alan resides in Edmonds, Washington, where he has been with Edward Jones Investments since 1987.
Cary LeeCary Lee has been living and performing in the Seattle area since 2012 after receiving his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. He is a frequent performer with PSCO, including the roles of Killian in Der Freischütz, Hanenzo in L'amico Fritz, and many chorus appearances. Cary has also performed as a guest artist with the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle and is a regular soloist at the First United Methodist Church of Seattle. Cary currently studies with Stephen Wall.7/2018
Janice Ching-Jung Lee, Cello
Taiwanese-American cellist Janice Ching-Jung Lee is an active performer and music educator in the greater Seattle area. She is the cellist for the Seattle-based Ellinor String Quartet, plays frequently with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and many other ensembles.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Cello Performance from the National University of Tainan in Taiwan, and Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Washington in Seattle under the late Professor Toby Saks. In addition to her cello performing and teaching, she also serves as pianist at Kennydale United Methodist Church in Renton. Janice has been heard in many of the greatest concert halls in north America and Asia, including those in Seattle, WA and Taipei, Taiwan. 4/2019
Tony Wayne Leininger, Bass/BaritoneRecent solo work includes Mozart's Coronation Mass, with the St. Cecilia Oratorio Society, and Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzes, for the Happy Hour Concerts musical series, produced by Gethsemane Lutheran Church and directed by Dr. David Barela. Before moving to Seattle in 1996, Tony lived in Minneapolis for 10 years, where he worked as an actor, including a memorable stint as the wizard Gandalf in the Children's Theatre Company's production of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. While in Minneapolis, he also sang with The Minneapolis Orchestra Festival Chorus, with Phillip Brunelle; the Plymouth Music Series, with Dale Warland; and with Central Lutheran Church's compline choir. Since moving to Seattle, Tony has sung regularly with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, with directors Abraham Kaplan, George Fiore, and Joseph Crnko.
Teresa Lewis, Mezzo-SopranoTeresa recently returned from Coburg, Germany, where she sang four solo roles and over 200 performances and 12 productions with the Landestheater opera chorus. She sang Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti with the Tacoma Opera Young Artist Program in 2007, and will perform with Puget Sound Concert Opera in Puccini's Suor Angelica in 2009. Teresa studied with Sheila Converse at Washington State University, where she received a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.A. in German, and with Tom Harper at the University of Washington, where she received a M.M. in Vocal Performance and a M.A. in Music History.
Christopher Lin started the violin at age 4, and the piano at age 5. He studied with Daniel Kobialka, former principal second of the San Francisco Symphony, and currently freelances with several ensembles in greater Seattle. He has served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Federal Way Symphony, the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Northwest, and the Tacoma City Ballet.
In his youth, he has won first prizes at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, performed with the National Festival Orchestra under Benjamin Zander at Carnegie Hall, and served as concertmaster and associate concertmaster of all-California and all-national youth orchestras.
Chris received his PhD from the University of Washington and his BA from UC Berkeley. 4/2019
Laura Loge, Soprano
Soprano Laura Loge has been hailed for her "luminous stage presence" and "characterful and versatile voice." Upcoming and current engagements include Pousette in Manon with Puget Sound Concert Opera, half of Grieg's Complete Songs with the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society and numerous Norwegian song concerts throughout the Northwest. Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Mother (Hansel & Gretel), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Lisa (La Sonnambula), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucy (The Telephone), Guadalena and Ninetta (La Perichole), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Goddess Diana (Iphigénie en Aulide), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario). She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Neilsen's Third Symphony, Fauré's Requiem, Grieg's Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, Schumann's Mass and Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Verdi's Requiem. Laura specializes in Nordic art song, having performed across the United States and in Norway, including in Edvard Grieg's villa. She has produced two albums of Nordic song, including Breaking the Language Barrier: Songs in Norwegian and Danish, Composed by Foreigners and Songs and Piano Music of Edvard Grieg, Op. 33 & 66. Laura is the Artistic Director of the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series at the Nordic Museum and Founder and President of the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society. 4/2019
Stuart Lutzenhiser, TenorStuart Lutzenhiser hails from Seattle and is a frequent soloist in arts organizations around the Northwest. He has appeared with Tacoma Opera, North Bay Opera, the renowned Pocket Opera of San Francisco, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Vancouver Opera and Seattle Opera, as a member of their Preview Artists program, and as far away as Maracaibo, Venezuela. A regular with local symphonies and choral groups, he has performed with the Yakima Symphony, Thalia Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Whatcom Symphony, Bremerton Symphony and can be heard on the Seattle Pro Musica recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers. Mr. Lutzenhiser holds a Masters Degree from Indiana University where he was also awarded a Performer's Certificate as an outstanding recitalist. An advocate of contemporary, he has performed the world premieres of Corigliano's Of Rage and Remembrance and McGary's St. Mark's Passion. When not busy singing, Stuart keeps his hands full with his wonderful wife Melissa and their two children, Helen and Alice.
Trevor Lutzenhiser, ViolinTrevor Lutzenhiser performs regularly throughout the region, primarily as principal 2nd violin for the Seattle Philharmonic and the Octava Chamber Orchestra. He is the Conductor/Artistic Director of the Mukilteo Community Chamber Orchestra as well.
Emma Rose Lynn, SopranoEmma Rose Lynn is a soprano currently living and working in Seattle, WA. Her career highlights include the world premiere of a song cycle on texts by Emily Dickinson composed by Carleton Macy, as well as performing with the Macalester Orchestra as a Featured Artist in the annual Macalester Concerto and Aria Competitions of 2011 and 2013. She completed the Young Artist Program Songfest at the Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles, California and most recently is the winner of the 2015 Advanced 1 category Puget Sound NATS competition. She particularly thrives on the performance process of contemporary music. She enjoyed her past collaboration with the Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble and with composer Samuel Tygiel and is currently collaborating with composer Victoria Malawey on a new work. She founded the Seattle branch of www.groupmuse.com and is a very active member of the community. She received her B.A. in Music and Religious Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, and continues her vocal studies under Charles Peterson. She will begin the Master of Music program at the University of Oregon in fall of 2015.4/2015
Samuel D. McCoy, Conductor
Conductor Samuel D. McCoy (conductor) is honored to be returning to Puget Sound Concert Opera as Principal Conductor with Cendrillon. Sam was recently seen leading Puget Sound Concert Opera's productions of Suor Angelica and Simon Boccanegra, as well as conducting scenes from Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, Turn of the Screw, Die Zauberflöte, and Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with the UW Opera Workshop. A new transplant to Seattle, Sam was recently chosen to be the assistant conductor for the Seattle Bach Choir. Before moving to Seattle, Sam lived in Brooklyn, NY where he was the co-conductor of C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, the assistant conductor for the New Amsterdam Singers Chamber Chorus and a member of the early music vocal ensemble Guildsingers. Currently a DMA Choral Conducting student at the University of Washington, Sam studies with Dr. Geoffrey Boers. He earned his BM in Vocal Performance and MM in Orchestral Conducting from Oklahoma City University, where he studied with Florence Birdwell, Matthew Mailman, Mark Parker, Jan McDaniel and Stephen Coker.
David McDade, Coach and AccompanistDavid McDade is the Head of Coach/accompanists for Seattle Opera, also serving as a musical advisor for the Young Artists Program. He has been active as an accompanist and conductor of opera, and has been a member of the music staff of Portland Opera and Washington National Opera. He has been both an accompanist (Seattle) and judge (Spokane) for the MONC auditions, and a judge for the Sun Valley Opera Vocal Competition. His varied background includes credits as french hornist, vocalist, and actor. He is a graduate of Portland State University (BM, vocal performance) and The Peabody Conservatory (MM, conducting).
Susan McDaniel, Conductor and PianistPianist/Conductor Susan McDaniel has held staff coaching and accompanying positions with Utah Festival Opera, the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Manhattan School of Music, and Seattle Opera, where she has worked with such conductors as Edoardo Müler and Gerard Schwarz. Ms. McDaniel studied accompanying with Warren Jones and has performed in master classes for Patricia Craig, Martin Katz and Charles Wadsworth. Her most recent concert engagement was a United States tour with the Berlin Radio Choir. In addition, Ms. McDaniel has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in Freiburg (Germany), Prague, and St. Moritz.
Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” Robert McPherson recently returned to the Israeli Opera for his first performance of Narraboth in Salome. Last season he was with the Metropolitan Opera for Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and stepped in as Idreno for their production of Semiramide. Additionally, McPherson’s performance as Andres in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, culminated in the Houston Symphony’s 2018 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in the classical category. Other recent performances include Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with English National Opera and Israeli Opera and Leopold in La Juive with Opéra national du Rhin.
McPherson’s discography includes work as the Angel Gabriel and Shepard in Andrew T. Miller’s The Birth of Christ recorded on Sony BMG Masterworks, also shown on Public Broadcasting Service and reprised in Rome at the Vatican’s invitation; On Hampton Roads Music, McPherson sang the tenor solo in Berlioz’s Requiem with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which Gramophone said, “[he] sings the challenging tenor lines… with tender urgency.” His Rossini recordings and videos include Idreno in Semiramide, Iago in Otello, Gernando/Ubaldo in Armida on Dynamic, and Arbace in Ciro in Babilonia on Opus Arte.
A Seattle native, McPherson’s self-written and produced comic show The Drunken Tenor debuted at special request of Seattle Opera BRAVO! and after multiple performances with the Seattle Fringe Festival, he won Best of Fringe. The Drunken Tenor has also appeared at Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival, Café Nordo’s Knife Room and other popular venues throughout the Northwest. 4/2019
Maria MannistoMaria Mannisto has an extensive performing history as an opera singer, concert soloist, pianist and organist. She received her Masters degree in voice from the University of Washington in 2009, studying under renowned soprano Jane Eaglen. Maria appeared in UW productions of La finta giardiniera (Sandrina), Suor Angelica (La Zelatrice), scenes from Rigoletto (Gilda) and La Traviata (Violetta), and as soprano soloist in Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire, Berio's O King, and Bach's Mass in B Minor. She has been featured in two operas with Seattle Experimental Opera: The Gospel of the Red-Hot Stars in 2006 and Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner in 2008, both by local composer Tom Baker. She has also performed in operas by numerous other Seattle composers including Wayne Horvitz, Bill Smith, Garrett Fisher, and Brian Cobb. In 2007 she was awarded the Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year, which provided her with the opportunity to perform recitals around the United States, Canada and Finland. Maria was a finalist in the 2010 Kanagsniemi Song Competition in Kangasniemi, Finland.
Merideth Marano of Asheville, North Carolina is a classically trained soprano as well as a military wife, married to a Captain serving in the Unites States Army. In the past six years she has lived and performed in South Carolina, Germany, Washington DC, Georgia and most recently, Washington State.
Merideth spent her time overseas studying with Elizabeth Whitehouse, an Australian soprano well known to the German and Australian stages. Shortly after acquiring her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance she was chosen as a winner in an international voice competition, specially chosen to tour with renowned baritone Jacob Pustina, the founder and chief patron of the competition.
After relocating to Washington DC she gained acclaim as a young artist performing leading roles with Maryland Lyric Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, Victorian Lyric Opera Company and Singers’ Theatre of Washington. Critical acclaim includes statements from the Washington Post calling Merideth “certainly the standout”, from Washington Life reporting: “she sang with a radiance that floated with ease into the performance space”, from Washington City Paper: “Marano has dramatic vocal weight with a high register and a gift for coloratura” and from DC Metro Arts: “she was a constant thrill throughout the evening, sparkling in her high notes and bringing a special poignancy and soulfulness to her low notes”.
During a brief time spent in Georgia Merideth was chosen for the prestigious honor of paid festival artist for the Savannah Voice Festival, and received one on one coaching with famed Baritone Sherrill Milnes as well as many other notable personalities in the opera world. She placed third in a national competition held by New York Lyric Opera Theater, and was a finalist in the Pro-Mozart Society Competition. Merideth was recently rewarded second place in the Seattle Opera Guild Scholarship Competition and is looking forward to continuing to get to know the local opera scene in the Pacific Northwest.
Merideth’s well-rounded career spans from oratorio and concert performances to leading roles in opera. Notable roles include Donna Anna (Mozart), Juliette (Gounod), Sylva (Kalman), Nedda (Leoncavallo), Roselinde (Strauss) Echo (Strauss), and Suor Angelica (Puccini). She was the featured soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria, and has performed in several countries including Germany, Czech Republic, Jordan, the United States and Italy. 8/2018
Sarah Markovits, Soprano
Soprano Sarah B. Markovits is a versatile performer who has sung roles as wide-ranging as Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites, Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Laurie in The Tender Land, and Grizabella in CATS. In 2004 she served as understudy for Fredericka von Stade's appearance with Seattle Men's Chorus. In 2006 she performed with the Rose Consort of Viols. In 2009 she sang the role of Filia in Carissimi's Jephte with Seattle's Choral Arts, and was the soprano soloist for Tacoma Symphony's performance of Handel's Messiah. From 2005-2007 Ms. Markovits served on the voice faculty at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and taught voice at Punahou School in Honolulu. She is currently a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Washington, where she studies with soprano Jane Eaglen. Ms. Markovits teaches voice, piano, and music theory at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and "The Art of Singing" through Pierce College Continuing Education.
Sarah Mattox, Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox has appeared in principal roles with many companies nationally, including Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera and many others. Favorite roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and the title roles in Cendrillon and Carmen. She received special acclaim for her debut as Feodor in Seattle Opera's Boris Godunov. The Seattle Times said "...it was newcomer Sarah Elouise Mattox, in the 'pants role' of Boris' son Feodor, who raised eyebrows all over the Opera House with her believable, lifelike acting and her well-schooled voice." In Cleveland, the Beacon Journal called her "...a rich-toned mezzo-soprano who came to life as Dorabella." Also at home on the concert stage, Ms. Mattox has made several appearances at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. She has also been a soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Cascade Festival of Music, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Eugene Concert Choir and many others. April 2010 marked her fourth appearance as a concert soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York. For a complete schedule, please visit www.sarahmattox.com.
Born in Germany, light lyric Soprano Christine Menschner studied voice at the Dresden University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber“ in Germany. After finishing her German State Examination (Master's degree) in Music and German Education, Christine graduated at the University of Music with a Double Master's degree in Vocal Performance and Vocal Education. Concerts brought her to Venezuela, Belgium, Italy, the United States and Canada. Christine performed in operetta and opera productions such as The Beautiful Helen, Die Fledermaus, La Bohème, Mask in Blue, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Franziska Linkerhand, Lo frate nn'amorato, The Mikado, and Cosi fan tutte.
Recently Christine moved to Seattle. Highlights of 2015 include her production and performance of the show Vienna to Broadway- A Musical Metamorphosis, Christine's role debut as Despina in the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Opera Program production of Cosi fan tutte, her German Holiday concert tour and teaching a masterclass at the Semper Opera Dresden/Germany.
Christine serves as an active performer and board member of Ladies Musical Club. She is dedicated to advocate the German speaking music in the community by performing and teaching emerging artists in German Opera, Art Song, Oratorio and diction. Obsessed with singing European operetta music Christine is excited to make her Puget Sound Concert Opera debut in the production of A Viennese New Year whose program she helped to design.
Tenor Brian Minnick has sung extensively throughout the Boston and D.C area and is excited to continue his career in the Tacoma/Seattle area. In 2015 he received his Masters in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA under the guidance of Donna Roll. In 2012 he received his Bachelor in Vocal Performance from George Mason University under the direction of Washington Opera and George Mason Professor Lisa Berger.
He most recently performed Michele in Menotti's Saint of Bleecker Street with Longy Opera as well as a soloist in American Classics' Tin Pan Opera. He also performed as the Tenor Soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater with Calliope under the direction of Boston University's Julia O'Toole.
In the 2013/2014 season, Brian sang the role of Jean in the United States premiere of Dvořák’s opera Die Bauer ein Schelm as well as the Tenor Soloist in the Bruckner Te Deum with Calliope. In the same season he performed Brack (Down in the Valley), Torquemada (L’heure espangole) and covered Sailor (Dido and Aeneas) in addition to performing extensive scenes recitals and masterclasses with Longy Opera.
Next month Brian will be singing Chorus in Tacoma Opera’s Don Giovanni as well as Dr. Bryan Cooper in Kitsap Fringe Opera’s Maelstrom: The Zombie Opera. 9/2015
Michael is presently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst. He has an Undergraduate Degree in music from Duquesne U. and a Master's Degree in Music from Carnegie-Mellon U.
A few years after completion of his work at CMU, he worked in NYC as a professional musician and worked at Marble Collegiate Church while there. In 2000 he moved to Seattle and worked at another St. Luke's with the Rev. Thomas Bigelow. While in Seattle he appeared in over 20 productions with the Seattle Opera.
He has sung as numerous roles from New York and Pennsylvania to productions with Seattle Opera. He recently moved back to Seattle after 6 years in Little Rock, AR where he was a private music teacher and church musician.
Kimberly Monzón, SopranoAmerican soprano Kimberly Monzó was awarded first place in the professional division of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony 2007 Young Artists' Competition. Recent performances include Serafina The Night Bell, Sandman/Dew Fairy Hansel and Gretel, Zerbina La Serva Padrona, and Annina La Traviata with Spokane Opera. In March of 2007 she made her debut with Opera Idaho in their production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She was a Pensacola Opera Resident Artist in the 2006 season, and made her mainstage debut as Frasquita in Carmen as well as covering the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Other roles include Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream, ónchen Der Freischóz, Lucy A Room With a View, Johanna Sweeney Todd, Frólein Silberklang Der Schauspieldirektor, Erste Frau Die Zauberflóe, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, and Lady Larken Once Upon A Mattress. As a former Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera in 2005, she performed roles in scenes, such as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Norina Don Pasquale, Rose Street Scene, and Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmóites. A versatile concert performer, Ms. Monzó's repertoire ranges from A Gershwin Celebration with Seagle Music Colony to Bach's Gott ist Unsre Zuversicht and Pachelbel's Deus in adjutorium with the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Chamber Orchestra. She has performed recitals with Opera Plus! in Coeur d'Alene, ID, as well as operatic selections in concert with the Coeur d'Alene Symphony. Ms. Monzó is currently studying under soprano Jane Eaglen. Upcoming engagements include Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Plus!
Sunday Moore, SopranoSunday Moore is currently earning her undergraduate in classical voice at Cornish College of the Arts. She was recently featured in the Seattle-based choral ensemble The Esoterics. Sunday is excited to take part in her third production with Puget Sound Concert Opera and is looking forward to participating in many more productions in the Seattle area.
Wesley Morgan, TenorAmerican tenor Wesley Morgan has been praised by conductors, stage directors and audiences for his "ringing tenor" and "gift for suave phrasing" (Greenville News), and "leaving the audience swooning" with his "flawless performance" as described by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Mr. Morgan made his international debut this December as the tenor soloist in Messiah for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. This season the rising tenor returned to Atlanta Opera as Gastone in La Traviata, where as a Studio Artist he starred in the company's touring shows as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and appeared on the mainstage as Mayor in Cold Sassy Tree, and 1st Priest in Die Zauberflöte. For St. Petersburg Opera's Emerging Artist program, Wesley has sung the roles of Count Almaviva in Il Babriere di Siviglia, and Nemorino in l'Elisir d'Amore. Other roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Jubal's Lyre Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Capitol City Opera), Nanki Poo in The Mikado (Atlanta Lyric Theatre & Greenville Light Opera Works), the title role in Candide (Georgia State University Opera), and Rodolfo in La Bohème for El Paso Opera, where he returned earlier this season to sing Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Last summer Wesley sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte as a young artist with Ash Lawn Opera, and is pleased to have recently made his West Coast debut as The Son in Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Verspertine Opera Theatre. Upcoming for Wesley are two more Eisensteins in Die Fledermaus for Mock's Crest Productions and for Vashon Opera.
Contralto Rachelle Moss made a notable debut as Kate Pinkerton in Sarasota Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly. Sarasota newspaper Your Observer, praised her portrayal as “regal”.
In the 2018-2019 season Ms. Moss portrayed the title role in Carmen and Commendatora in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Operamuse, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia with Tacoma Opera, and Fire in Seattle Art Song Society’s Elemental Recital. She will return to Puget Sound Concert Opera as Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia and make her debut at St. Petersburg Opera singing Maestra delle Novizie and covering La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica as an Emerging Artist. Rachelle also enjoys singing both operetta and concert repertoire. She has performed the roles of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with the University of North Texas and Effie in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Spotlight on Opera; as the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Federal Way Symphony; and as the Alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Kansas City Kansas Community Chorus.
Ms. Moss was an 2016-2017 Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera. She has received numerous awards including: a Career Grant from the Seattle Opera Guild, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Mary Cook Memorial Award for Outstanding Apprentice Artist from Sarasota Opera Guild, and the Stuart R. Silver Scholarship from Sarasota Opera. She holds a Bachelor's in Music History and Master's in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas. 3/2019
Misha Myznikov, Baritone
Recent engagements include: Count di Luna in Verdi's Il Trovatore, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Tacoma Opera, Gellner in Catalani's La Wally, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Eugene Onegin in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Tacoma Opera, Hermann in Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann, Seattle Opera, Emile in Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, Lyric Light Opera, Yeletsky in Tschaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama (Pique Dame) and Eugine Onegin with Opera in concert of Seattle, Silvio in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme, Alfio in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, Kitsap Opera, Peter in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan with local opera companies. Scheduled for the upcoming season with operatic and symphonic companies. 9/2018
Janene Nelson is a Seattle-area mezzo-soprano whose “gorgeously sung” performances range from opera and oratorio to early music. Her operatic roles include Dorabella, Third Lady, Prince Orlofsky, Miss Todd, and Nicklaus, and her recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Janene was a founding member of the early music ensemble Vox Resonat from 2011-2014 and sang with the Oregon Bach Festival for seven seasons as a member of the Berwick Chorus. She holds a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Oregon and is currently on the voice faculty at Seattle Pacific University. 8/2017
Rochelle Nguyen, ViolinRochelle Nguyen, from Los Altos, CA, currently studies violin with Ron Patterson, and previous teachers include Robin Sharp at Stanford University, and Daniel Kobialka in San Francisco. She has worked with Pamela Frank, Yizhak Schotten, and members of the St. Lawrence, Emerson, Cypress, Concord, and American string quartets. At Stanford, Rochelle was an active participant in chamber music, playing in a string trio, horn trio, and two string quartets. She also served as concertmaster of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra. Rochelle was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven years. She went on two European tours with the SFSYO, traveling to Austria, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Rochelle has attended several summer music festivals, including Music@Menlo, Youth Music International, and Tanglewood Music Center (2009 and 2010), where she worked with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Here in Seattle, Rochelle is a member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Modern Orchestra, and the Puget Sound Concert Opera orchestra. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Jesse Nordstrom is a Seattle native with a leggiero tenor voice that "excites the listener with easy highs and captivates with surprising power." Jesse's recently sang Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Pacific Northwest Opera last April, and has also performed the lead roles of Nemorino in L'elisir d’amore and Tamino in The Magic Flute. When he's not performing or at his day job, Jesse can be found spending time with his wife Melody and two young daughters, Ruby and Willa. 8/2017
Jonathan Pasternack has conducted orchestra, opera, ballet and contemporary music performances with such ensembles as the London Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, among many others. Pasternack has held positions with the Oregon Symphony, Bellevue Opera, Icicle Creek Music Center, Seattle Junior Youth Symphony, and Pacific Lutheran University. He was appointed Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Washington School of Music in June 2010. His debut recording on the Naxos label, leading the London Symphony Orchestra in Béla Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin suite and the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, was released to critical acclaim in January 2011.
Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan Pasternack studied violin, cello, piano, trombone and percussion, before taking up conducting at the age of eighteen. He was educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, University of Washington, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a conducting fellow at the Aspen, Brevard and David Oistrakh Music Festivals. Pasternack won Second Prize at the 2002 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, where he was the only American invited to compete. His principal teachers were Peter Erös, Neeme Järvi, Hans Vonk, James DePreist and Jorma Panula.
Jonathan Pasternack's opera credits in the Pacific Northwest include Lakmé and Adriana Lecouvreur with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Tosca with Skagit Opera, La bohème, Don Carlo and Tosca with Bellevue Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia with Kitsap Opera, Die Fledermaus with Pacific Lutheran University Opera, the premiere of Gloria Swisher's The Prestigious Music Award with Shoreline Community College Opera, and productions of The Turn of the Screw, Dialogues des Carmèlites, Cendrillon, L'enfant et les sortilèges, Kiss Me, Kate and Hänsel und Gretel with the University of Washington Opera.
Joseph Paolino, Bass
A veteran of the musical stage and theater, bass Joseph Paolino performed in the Seattle Opera chorus for more than twenty years. Operatic roles include The Bonze/Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Gianni Schicchi, Mr. Gobineau(The Medium), Parpignol (La Bohème), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). Joseph has performed over twenty musical theater roles including Mayor Shinn (Music Man), Ali Hakim (Oklahoma), Uncle Oscar (Little Mary Sunshine) Senator Wingwoah (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Herr Zeller (Sound of Music). As an actor of the spoken word, he has performed Wilford Morgernhall (The Dock Brief), Johnny (Lullaby), Narrator (The Pink Siamese), Pierre Palillon (Young Ben), Sir Claud Amaory (Agathe Christie's Black Coffee), and Baeutches Requiem and has performed with Seattle Pro Musica.
A recent transplant to the Northwest, Rebecca Paul was a featured performer on TV's "From Odetta to Obama: Celebrating a Changing America" in Seattle's Town Hall. With the University of Washington Opera workshop, Rebecca has performed Amelia Un Ballo in Maschera and Maria Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra. Complete roles performed include Angelica Suor Angelica, Magda The Consul for Notre Dame University and Orlovsky Die Fledermaus for the Rochester Opera Factory. Recent appearances of selected scenes include Elsa Lohengrin and Gertrune Götterdämmerung with the Wagner Theater Program, Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly with Mannes College of Music, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Leonore Fidelio with Notre Dame University
Recent concert appearances include soprano soloist Haydn Harmoniemesse with the Notre Dame Symphony and soprano soloist Verdi Requiem with Middle Tennessee Choral Arts Society. Additionally, she was a featured soloist for the Opening Ceremony for the Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame University.
Rebecca is an alumna of the the prestigious Merola Opera Program with San Francisco Opera and the Wagner Theater Program at Mannes College of Music. She has received honors from many leading vocal organizations including top prize in the Concerto Competition at Notre Dame University, Grand prize of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, 2nd Place in the Rochester Oratorio Society "Classical Idol" Competition, Semi-finalist of the Loren Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, and Semi-finalist of the Meistersinger Competition, AIMS, Graz, Austria.
Rebecca is a Doctor of Music candidate at the University of Washington where she continues her vocal studies with Jane Eaglen.
Rebecca is thrilled to be performing with Puget Sound Concert Opera again this season. Recent appearances include preview performances of Carmen (Micaela) with Seattle Opera Guild; Adriana Lecouvreur (Jouvenot) with Puget Sound Concert Opera; and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty) with Twelfth Night Productions. Recent appearances of selected scenes include La Bohème (Mimi) in Pacific Lutheran University's Summer Opera Workshop; as well as Susannah (Susannah), Le nozze di Figaro (Countess) and La Bohème (Mimi) in a benefit concert for the historic Vogue Theatre in Cle Elum, WA. Last year she received the Helen Jensen Memorial Award in Voice and first place in the Opera division of the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside in Bellevue, WA. She is currently studying with Davida Kagen.
Emily PurcellEmily Mason Purcell appeared previously in Puget Sound Concert Opera's production of Clemenza di Tito, and is pleased to be performing with Puget Sound Opera Company again. Emily has a degree in vocal performance from Seattle Pacific University.
Tiina Ritalahti, Soprano
Finnish born soprano, Tiina Ritalahti, makes her debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera in the role of Despina. She delighted audiences throughout Washington while performing Pamina and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute. Her other Mozart roles include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute. Most recently, Tiina played Belisa in local composer Kam Morrill's Love's Fool. She has extensive experience singing in Menotti's operas: Lucy in The Telephone, Leatitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Monica in The Medium, and the Second Chambermaid in Amelia Goes to the Ball. Further, she has sung Änchen in Der Freischlütz by Weber and Cis in Britten's Albert Herring. As a featured soloist at the Finnish Arts and Music Festival, she presented selections by Yrjö Kilpinen and Oskar Merikanto. Tiina's passion for singing also extends to art song repertoire, which she performs regularly in recitals around western Washington.
Jeremy Briggs Roberts
Jeremy Briggs Roberts serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Washington Idaho Symphony in Pullman, Washington. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Briggs Roberts served most recently as Music Director of the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony and Summer Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Berlin, Music Director of the University of Washington Opera for the 2004-2005 season, Associate Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the University of Washington Baroque Ensemble and Contemporary Group. A member of the conducting faculty at the 2009 Marrowstone Summer Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington, he has led such ensembles as the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Thüringen Philharmonie, Sofia Festival Orchestra and the Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. His opera credits include productions of Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers, Britten's Turn of the Screw, Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze de Figaro, and Der Schauspieldirektor, Salieri's Prima la Musica e Poi le Parole, and Smetana's Bartered Bride.
Dr. Briggs Roberts was a prizewinner at the 2006 Vendôme Academy of Orchestral Conducting in Paris. He has studied and worked closely with many of today's leading conductors including Peter Erös, Janos Fürst, Gerard Schwarz, Jorma Panula, John Nelson, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Gianluigi Gelmetti. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Music from the University of Puget Sound and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington.
Emily Lott Robinson has enjoyed performing with Puget Sound Concert Opera since 2009. She studied Voice and Music History at the University of Washington and Cornell University. Favorite roles include Katisha in The Mikado (understudy), Inez in The Gondoliers, Gertrude in Hamlet, Aase in Peer Gynt, Arden in Das Ende, and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She has also appeared in various film and commercial projects, and sings with Lyric Opera Northwest and the Dickens Carolers.
Jay Rozendaal, Coach and Accompanist
Jay Rozendaal has served as pianist and assistant conductor for numerous productions at Seattle Opera since 1991, and on the staffs of San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. He is a member of the voice faculty of Western Washington University, and has held positions in the opera departments of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Akron. In the Seattle area he has performed often as pianist in chamber, recital and concert engagements including the San Juan Chamber Music Festival, the Cascade Symphony, and the Bellevue Philharmonic.
Jay holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, and the Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Vitya Vronsky Babin and Paul Schenly. He participated in the inaugural Art Song Festivals in Cleveland, studying with artists such as Elly Ameling, Hakan Hagegard, Dalton Baldwin, Warren Jones, Elisabeth Soderstrom, and Maureen Forrester. He was an apprentice coach in the Houston Grand Opera Studio and in the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera. He also holds two degrees in theology from the General Theological Seminary, and is an Episcopal priest.
Rachel Routson, Soprano
Rachel Routson, Soprano, has performed the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Leticia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Poppea in L'incoronatione di Poppea while working on her undergraduate degree at Millikin University. She has been a soprano soloist for Millikin's choral program singing Mozart's Vesperae solennes di confessore and Handel's Messiah. While pursuing her master's degree at University of Washington, she sang the role of Sandrina in La finta giardiniera. She was also a featured as Konstanze in scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the AIMS program in Graz, Austria as well as soprano soloist in Faure's Requiem with the Whatcom Chorale in Bellingham, Washington. Rachel currently resides in Seattle and studies under the tutelage of Jane Eaglen.
Courtney Ruckman, Soprano
Soprano Courtney Ruckman is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. On the operatic stage she has enjoyed performances of the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with the Emerald City Opera Artist Institute, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Bel Cantanti Summer Opera Festival, and Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. Along with receiving an honorable mention in the 2011 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Mrs. Ruckman took third place in the 2008 Lotte Lehmann Foundation Cybersing Competition, received the 2008 Ruggiero Morigi Artist Award from the Washington, D.C. Italian Cultural Society, and won first place in the 2007 Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. An avid concert performer, she has performed recitals in the concert series of the All Saints Lutheran Church and Riverdale Presbyterian Church. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Rutter's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah.
Stephen Rumph has established himself as a leading tenor in opera, oratorio, and concert. Stephen made his Seattle Symphony debut in Bach's Cantata 171 and returned to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Uematsu's Distant Worlds. Recent operatic credits include Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Tamino (The Magic Flute) with Skagit Opera, Don José (Carmen) with Vashon Opera, Rodolfo (La Bohème) with Tacoma Opera, and Loge (The Legend of the Ring) with Berkeley Opera. Concert appearances have included Beethoven's Ninth with Spokane Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Northwest Sinfonietta, and Handel's Messiah with Bellevue Philarmonic. He will be singing Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) with Whatcom Symphony this spring. Stephen is a professor of music history at the University of Washington and has just published his second book, Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics.
John Eric Rutherford, Tenor
John Eric Rutherford, tenor, is currently serving as music professor at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and is a current doctoral degree student at the University of Washington. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels. John is also an avid performer. He has appeared in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte as Ferrando, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride as Jenik, Piccinni’s La Bouna Figliuola as Il Marchese, I Capuleti e I Montecchi as Tebaldo, and Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream as Lysander. His concert works include performances of Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s 21st Cantata, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and Handel’s Joshua. He has also been a featured soloist in many concerts and performances at a variety of venues including Door County Music Festival, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Piccini Theatre in Bari Italy, Seattle Opera, Elmhurst Symphony, Columbus Opera Theatre and Tacoma Opera. 3/2019
Derek Sellers is a relatively new face in the Seattle area performing scene. Since earning his Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance at Seattle Pacific University in 2010, Derek's passion for the craft of singing has led him through a multitude of musical experiences. He has performed with the choruses at Tacoma Opera (Daughter of the Regiment) and Seattle Opera (Don Quixote, Carmen), and has held leading and supporting roles at several local musical theater companies, including Northwest Savoyards, Seattle Musical Theatre, and Tacoma Musical Playhouse. His most recent major credit was in the role of Dick Dauntless in the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society's summer production of Ruddigore, where he was lauded as possessing not only a fine vocal ability, but a promising amount of theatrical skill. When not occupied with performing in a theatrical production, he can often be seen singing with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Opera on Tap, and The Inverse Opera. Derek currently studies with Janeanne Houston and is in the process of selecting a Grad program in Opera/Voice. His next theatrical engagement will be in Lyric Light Opera's upcoming production of South Pacific.
Shaunessey Fischer Scott is an unlikely musician. In 1998, as a junior in high school in Woodland, CA, he bought his first musical instrument, an electric bass guitar, at a garage sale. The following week, a classmate asked Shaunessey if he would play bass in his rock band. Our young bassist replied that he was interested but that he didn't know how to play his instrument yet. "You have two weeks to learn," the classmate replied. And so, Shaunessey's unlikely career in music began: he learned to play the electric bass guitar well enough to perform with the group and write his own bass lines. He studied the styles of popular bass players of the time and wrote his own musical lines relying mostly on his intuition.
In 2005, having moved to Seattle in order to break into the local rock music scene, Shaunessey decided that it was time to study music in earnest. He took private lessons for double bass and group piano lessons at the Seattle Central Community College. Later, he transferred to Cornish College of the Arts to pursue a degree in Musical Composition. In 2007, he transferred to the University of Washington and studied under Barry Lieberman for his BM in String Performance - Double Bass.
Shaunessey is currently a freelance bassist and gigs regularly with Chicharra Tango (chicharratango.com) and Toy-Box Trio (toyboxtrio.com). He has performed with many Seattle civic orchestras, including the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (luco.org), Philharmonia Northwest (philharmonianw.org), Octava Chamber Orchestra (octavachamberorchestra.com), and the Seattle Peace Chorus (seattlepeacechorus.org). He has also recorded with singer/songwriters Tamara Power-Drutis, Tai Shan and Roxanna Walitzki.
Jonathan Silvia, Bass-baritoneJonathan Silvia (bass-baritone) is a young singer who has been attracting notice with his distinct timbre, secure technique, fine musicianship, and incisive interpretative gifts. Nationally, he has appeared at Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Markheim, and at Opera Tampa as Colline (La Bohème). For Seattle Opera, he has performed several principal roles, most recently as the High Priest of Baal (Nabucco). Appearances with other Northwest opera companies include Colline (La Bohème) and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) with Tacoma Opera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Kitsap Opera, Ramfis (Aïda), Sarastro/Sprecher (The Magic Flute), and Alidoro (La Cenerentola) with Skagit Opera, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Zuniga (Carmen) and Basilio (Barber of Seville) with Vashon Opera, Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) and Nilakantha (Lakmé) with Puget Sound Concert Opera, and Filippo (Don Carlo) and Alidoro in (La Cenerentola) with Bellevue Opera. With Music of Remembrance, he portrayed Death in Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis to critical acclaim. In 2014, Mr. Silvia premiered The Lost Voice, a one-act children's opera composed by Aaron Grad. He also sang the title role in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, where he is a resident soloist. He is a frequent concert artist, performing works such as the Brahms’ Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel's Messiah, and performs and records regularly with the Byrd Ensemble. As an advocate for singing, he performed three seasons with Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc. and has taught privately and at the university level for over a decade. Mr. Silvia is a graduate of Lawrence University, Wisconsin, with a degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. 9/2015
Diann SpicerDiann Spicer (soprano) has performed with many groups including Choir of the Sound, Evergreen Chorale, Lyric Opera Northwest, and Lyric Light Opera. She is currently a featured soloist and board member of PLU's Choral Union, having been a member since 2013. Diann has performed in many musical productions since receiving her degree in Music Arts with a German minor from Pacific Lutheran University in 2002. She looks forward to continuing to perform with Puget Sound Concert Opera as she has been doing since 2010. 6/2016
Charles Robert Stephens
Charles Robert Stephens’s career spans a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. His performances show “a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty.” (Opera News) At the New York City Opera he sang the role of Professor Friedrich Bhaer in the New York premiere of Adamo’s Little Women, and was hailed by The New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction.” Since his debut as Marcello in La Bohème, Mr. Stephens’ New York City Opera roles include Frank in Die Tote Stadt, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and 43 performances as Germont in La Traviata on tour across the US.
Mr. Stephens has sung on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall in a variety of roles with the Oratorio Society of New York (St. Matthew Passion), the Masterworks Chorus (Messiah), and Musica Sacra (Lord Nelson Mass). Carnegie Hall performances with Opera Orchestra of New York have included roles in Otello, Lucrezia Borgia, and Adriana Lecouvreur.
Mr. Stephens’ many operatic roles include Rigoletto (National Theater of Taiwan), Amonasro (El Paso Opera), Germont (Montevideo, Uruguay and Minnesota Opera), Rodrigo (Boston Bel Canto), Count di Luna (Boston Bel Canto), Gianni Schicchi (Buffalo Opera), Tonio ( Di Capo Opera), Enrico (Connecticut Opera), Sharpless (National Theater of Santo Domingo), the Barber in Figaro (Hawaii Opera) and many others, with leading opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Memorable engagements include the role of the blind Tiresias in Niobe, Queen of Thebes with the Boston Early Music Festival, Scarpia in Tosca and Rigoletto in Spokane, Belcore, Sharpless and Escamillio with the Helena Symphony, Britten’s Cantata Misericordia in Tacoma and Seattle, Verdi’s Requiem in Philadelphia, Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Tacoma Symphony, The High Priest in Samson and Delilah in Birmingham and the Bach St. John Passion with Portland Baroque and the Northwest Sinfonietta. Festival appearances include performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and the Methow Chamber Music Festival, a return engagement at the Spoletto Festival in the Brahms Requiem with the Westminster Choir and TV appearances in New York City as a featured artist with “Regina Resnik Presents.”
Notable engagements include Elijah with Seattle Pro Musica and Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with the Bellingham Festival, Choral Arts and Northwest Repertory Singers, Carmina Burana with the Hartford Symphony, Haydn’s Creation with the North Carolina Symphony.
Last season opened with his 5th appearance with the Seattle Symphony (opening night concert) and ended with his 11th appearance with the Helena Symphony (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony).
This season will include performances of the Monteverdi Vespers as his 5th engagement with Pacific Musicworks, Messiah with Tacoma Symphony and Bellevue Ballet, Brahms Requiem in Missoula and Olympia, the title role in Rigoletto with Northwest Lyric Opera, Bach B Minor Mass with Seattle Pro Musica and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War with the Northwest Sinfonietta.8/2016
Katie Stevenson made her European debut at the Ilmington Music Festival in England, and shortly after performed in concerts in Ireland and Germany. Before moving to Germany she performed the title role in Carmen, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Biancofiore in Francesca da Rimini with the Amici Opera in Philadelphia. She first performed in Philadelphia with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival in the role of Emilia in Verdi’s Otello.
While living in New York City, Ms. Stevenson performed the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Rose Venue, Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Ido Dinner Opera, Mercedes in Carmen with the Amato Opera Company, and Enrichetta in I Puritani with Riverside Opera. She performed in concerts with Dicapo Opera, Amore Opera, Opera On Tap, and Opera Collective in NYC.
In Alaska she performed roles in Suor Angelica, Kalmanoff’s The Audition, Carmen and Roméo et Juliette with the Anchorage Opera. As a young artist she traveled to Nova Scotia to perform the role of The Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul and to North Carolina to perform Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.
Ms. Stevenson was born in Oregon and has recently moved to Seattle. 9/2015
Kristen Swenson, Soprano
Kristen Swenson (soprano) is delighted to make her debut with Puget Sound Concert Opera in Don Giovanni. She is a graduate of Western Washington University where she received her Bachelors in music and a graduate of University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received her Masters in music. Her previous operatic roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, La Fèe in Massenet's Cendrillon, Diana in William Bolcom's A Wedding, Geraldina in A Hand of Bridge, and her European debut as Berginella in La Périchole. Up next she will be making her debut in Lyric Opera Northwest's production of Puccini's La Bohème. She will also perform in the upcoming concert series put on by the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. She will perform Debussy's Ariettes Oubliées in November and “Schlafe, mein Liebster” from Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen in the Bach Centennial in the spring. 8/2018
Catherine Treadgold, mezzo soprano, began her career in New York, performing in musicals, operas, and oratorios. In Seattle she has toured with NOISE, lectured and sung for Seattle Opera previews, and performed with such groups as Bellevue Opera and Musical Experiences. A former winner of the UW’s Brechemin Scholarship, Ms. Treadgold has a BA cum laude from Princeton and a MM from the UW. She is a member of Actors’ Equity and was once certified as a stage fighter. For five years, Catherine was a voice professor at Shoreline Community College. To learn more, go to www.catherinetreadgoldmezzo.com. 4/2019
Natalie Toida, ViolinNatalie Toida began studying the violin at age 6 and played her first opera, Britten's Noye's Fludde, at the age of 8. In 1982 Natalie and her family moved to Virginia Beach, where she continued private lessons in the Suzuki Method until high school. Throughout her teenage years, she performed with the Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous chamber ensembles throughout Virginia. During her senior year she and a fellow violinist created the Southside String Ensemble which later grew to become the Hampton Roads Youth Orchestra. In college, Natalie continued her musical studies at James Madison University and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance in 1993. Upon completing her degree, Natalie moved to Seattle and began performing with the Seattle Philharmonic, the Federal Way Symphony, the Bellevue Opera, and the Evergreen City Ballet, in addition to freelancing. Recently she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the 9th Street Philharmonic in Columbia, MO.
Denes Van ParysA conductor of both Opera and Musical Theater, Denes Van Parys has led performances for numerous opera companies, theaters and orchestras both in America and abroad. He had a long tenure at Tri-Cities Opera, a large regional opera company in upstate New York and has conducted several national tours of Broadway musicals. He also routinely travels to Asia where he has led many orchestra concerts with, among others, the Taipei Symphony. As an educator, Denes served on the faculty of Ithaca C ollege as Director of Opera and Musical Theatre. He has also directed Education Outreach and Singer Training Programs for Ithaca Opera, Delaware Valley Opera and for Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton) where he also taught for the M.M. Opera Program run in conjunction with the State University of New York (now Binghamton University. He is currently a Staff Accompanist for Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He gives workshops throughout the year and spends each summer running the Musical Theatre program at Camp Starlight in the mountains of Pennsylvania. An active composer and recipient of a Meet-the-Composer Grant, he has seen his works performed across the country. His works include song cycles, a trumpet concerto, a setting of the Mass, a Requiem and the opera House of Butterflies. He was commissioned to compose a Jazz setting of the Lutheran Worship's Mass and Service of the Word for Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman WA and continues to write music for the Church and for the Theater.
Bass-baritone David Wadden began his singing career in Boston. As an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera, he sang the Marchese in La Traviata and Andret in Frank Martin's The Love Potion. Also with BLO, he was a soloist in Boston's Landmarks summer concert series. Local productions included Colline in La Boheme with Longwood Opera, Bertan in Iolanta with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and Bermiata in Snegurochka with Lowell House opera. He is currently pursuing a degree in computer science at the UW and has participated in opera scenes with the UW Opera Theater. He looks forward to his first production with Puget Sound Concert Opera. 9/2018
Stephen WallStephen Wall made his debut at Seattle Opera as the Young Servant in Elektra in 1984. At Seattle Opera he has appeared in 80 productions including Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger, Salome, Boris Godonouv, War and Peace, The Ballad of Baby Doe and Un Ballo in Maschera. He has performed roles with Portland Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Tacoma Opera. He is a soloist with the Symphonies of Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver ( B. C. ) and Sapporo Japan. From 1985 until 2010 Stephen performed as tenor soloist in all of the major cantatas and oratorios of Bach and Handel with Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers under the baton of George Shangrow. Stephen has been the tenor section leader with the Seattle Opera chorus since 1999. His students have gone on to professional singing careers, been winners of The Met auditions as well won scholarships to several different young artists programs. He has participated in Seattle Opera previews as a soloist and speaker since 1980. 4/2015
James Walters, TenorJames Walters is seen regularly on West Coast stages. His most recently performed roles are from the Bel Canto repertoire; Elvino in Bellini's La Sonnambula with Puget Sound Opera and Tonio in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment with Kitsap Opera. Of his performance of Elvino Bernard Jacobson of MusicWeb International wrote "The most elegant of the soloists was tenor James Walters, who brought agreeably light tone and a nice sense of line to the central role of Elvino." Other performances with Kitsap Opera include Alfred in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Basilio & Curzio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata, and Monostatos in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. James has also been seen as The Lover in Menotti's Amelia Goes to the Ball with Puget Sound Opera, Agenore in Mozart's Il Re Pastore with Off-Center Opera, Camille in Lehar's The Merry Widow with Willamette Concert Opera, Don Octave in P.D.Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest with Tacoma Opera, Don Basilio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Remendado in Bizet's Carmen with Opera Pacifica, toured with NOISE as Hoffmann in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, and appeared with Bellevue opera in Verdi's La Traviata, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. In concert James has been heard several times in Astoria Oregon's Clatsop College's Arts & Ideas concert series performing opera arias and ensembles; including Bill in Barber's short opera A Hand of Bridge. Other concert performances include the Tenor Soloist in Bach's Coffee Cantata with Olympia Chamber Orchestra, several performances as the Tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah, a concert of Mozart selections as a guest of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, and many other concerts and recitals with various local organizations including: Skagit Opera, Bellevue Opera, Kitsap Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Vocal Arts Northwest, West Sound Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Seattle Civic Opera Association, and the Seattle Musical Arts Society who awarded James with a Helen Crowe Snelling Scholarship from their vocal competition in 2004.
Colin Ward has been studying voice for about six years. He is a graduate of Western Washington University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Music. Colin has appeared in many concerts and operas including The Ballad of Baby Doe as Bushy, Le Nozze di Figaro as Count Almaviva, and I Pagliacci as Beppe. Colin Ward also occasionally performs with the Seattle Opera Chorus. Colin sings regularly with Puget Sound Concert Opera, notably as the Priest (Idomeneo) and Frederico (L'amico Fritz). 4/2015