The Barber of Seville
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies The Barber of Seville and La cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and William Tell. A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname "The Italian Mozart." Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.
A rising star in the younger generation of conductors, Francesco Milioto is forging a unique career as a versatile interpreter of both the operatic and orchestral repertoire. Praised for his energy and integrity on the podium, The Chicago Tribune has said, “Milioto presided with Bernsteinesque bravura”.
Mr. Milioto enjoys relationships with a wide variety of ensembles, and cover/assistant conductor positions with several distinguished organizations. This season marked his successful debut with the Illinois Philharmonic, to which he will return this spring with an innovative student program featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In November, Mr. Milioto stepped in at the last moment to conduct five education performances of Mozart’s Bastein and Bastienne with the Dallas Opera. He will also conduct the finals of the Emilio del Rosario International Piano Competition in Chicago this May. The 2017/18 season will see Mr. Milioto make his debut with the Arizona Opera conducting The Barber of Seville.
As a music director and guest conductor Mr. Milioto has thrived in Chicago and beyond. Over his fifteen years in Chicago he has claimed the title of Music Director to the New Millennium Orchestra, the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Highland Park Strings, Access Contemporary Music, and the Chicago Cultural Center Summer Opera. As a guest conductor he has amassed several critically acclaimed productions with Chicago Opera Theater and has collaborated with many professional local orchestras. His work with the New Millennium Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater were each named to the Chicago Sun-Times list of the “10 best performances of the year”. Mr. Milioto is particularly proud of his work with the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago, which he co-found in 2005. The NMO had an incredible range of repertoire, playing everything from classical music and opera to collaborations with jazz and hip-hop artists. His highly acclaimed work over ten seasons with both the Highland Park Strings and Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra ranged from early music to the most contemporary works, and often featured world-renowned soloists. As Artistic Director/Conductor of Access Contemporary Music, Mr. Milioto led the brilliantly vibrant ensemble Palomar, which has been featured on the radio and in performances throughout the city and abroad. He has also conducted successful productions with Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Southwest, Elgin Opera, and Opera on the James.
As a cover/assistant conductor, Mr. Milioto has flourished under world-class mentorship. He is currently in his fourth season at Lyric Opera of Chicago where he will work on productions of The Magic Flute and Eugene Onegin. Mr. Milioto has been fortunate enough to work closely with Sir Andrew Davis, and other luminaries, on several operas and concerts. Later this season Mr. Milioto returns to his hometown of Toronto where he will assist on a production of Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company. This summer will mark his third with The Santa Fe Opera, where he will work closely with Emmanuel Villaume on Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel. Following last summer’s success in Santa Fe with La Fanciulla del West, Maestro Villaume invited Mr. Milioto to assist him on the Dallas Opera’s revival of Moby Dick earlier this season. For 10 seasons Mr. Milioto worked with the Ravinia Festival as an assistant conductor, pianist, vocal coach and prompter being involved in over a dozen operas, and many concerts with such artists as Daniel Barenboim and James Conlon.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, director/writer Joshua Borths is known for his innovative and thought-provoking productions.
Borths is currently on the staff of Arizona Opera where he stage directs, serves as house dramaturg, and runs the department of education and community engagement.
This year, Borths directed acclaimed, new productions of Florencia en el Amazonas for Arizona Opera and Hansel and Gretel for Opera Memphis, and The Barber of Seville for Seagle Music Colony. Borths will return to Opera Memphis in the spring of 2016 to direct a new production of The Tragedy of Carmen.
Additionally, as a member of the directing staff for three seasons at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Borths has directed productions of Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann, Brundibár by Hans Krása, and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
At Florida State University, Borths directed the regional premieres of David T. Little's Soldier Songs at Florida State University and La Hija de Rappaccini. While at FSU, Borths also wrote and directed a children's version of Dvořák's Rusalka, which subsequently toured twice across Northern Florida in 2013.
At the University of Michigan, where he completed his undergraduate degrees, Borths wrote the libretto and directed the premiere of Placebo: A New Musical. Placebo has subsequently been performed across the country. Borths also directed acclaimed productions of The Gondoliers, The Mikado,and an original pastiche entitled The Utopian Vote. Borths' work on G&S in Michigan was hailed as "Fresh, funny and surreal."
As an assistant director, Borths has worked with several important opera companies including Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Festival della Valle d'Itria.
Borths holds bachelor degrees in musicology and vocal performance from the University of Michigan, and graduate degree in opera directing from Florida State University.
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Joo Won Kang, baritone, a native of South Korea, is the first prize winner of Fort Worth Opera’s 2014 MacCammon Vocal Competition, as well as the Audience Favorite Prize. As a result of this success, Mr. Kang was invited to present recitals both in Fort Worth, and, New York City in September 2014.
In Summer 2015, Mr. Kang returns to Wolf Trap Opera to sing the role of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Filene Centre, with the National Symphony Orchestra. In 2015/16 He will sing the title role in Eugene Onegin with North Carolina Opera, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro with Fort Worth Opera, and a debut with Seattle Opera. The following season, he will make his debut at the Wexford Festival, Ireland in Donizetti's Maria de Rudenz.
His engagements for the 2014-15 season included a return to San Francisco Opera as Marcello in family performances of La bohème, a role and company debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples, and a debut with North Carolina Opera as Germont in La Traviata. He then went to the Spoleto Festival USA, to sing in the World Premiere of Huang Ruo's opera Paradise Interrupted.
As a member of the 2011 Merola Opera Program, he was invited to join San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship, where he was a member for two years. Mr. Kang appeared on the stage of San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, in a variety of roles including Captain Gardiner in Heggie’s Moby Dick, which was televised nationally on PBS and released on DVD. This past Winter, he sang the role of Figaro in San Francisco Opera’s family performances of The Barber of Seville. Prior to his time in San Francisco, Mr. Kang was a member of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera, where his roles included Germont in La Traviata.
Last Spring, Mr. Kang made his debut with Korea National Opera in the new opera Soul Mate. That summer, he joined the roster of Wolf Trap Opera performing the double role of Le Directeur and Le Gendarme in Les mamelles de Tirésias as well as Moralès in Carmen with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Kang has been a Top Prize winner in many important vocal competitions including First Prize Winner in the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Palm Beach International Competition, and the Ades Vocal Competition at MSM as well as Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2014 Opera Index Vocal Competition’s Lissner Charitable Fund Award.
Mr. Kang received his Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree at Yon-sei University in Korea.
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California native baritone Jared Bybee is a fourth-year resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts under the direction of maestro Christopher Macatsoris and voice teacher Bill Schuman, where he has performed such roles as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Germont in La traviata, Marcello in La bohème, Valentin in Faust, the title role of Don Giovanni, Manfredo in L'Amore Dei Tre Re, Michele in Il Tabarro, the title role of Rigoletto, has covered the roles Lescaut in Manon and the title role of The Demon, and is currently preparing to perform as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor.
While in his residency, Jared has reached international attention by participating in some of the world's most renowned vocal competitions. He was an Encouragement Award winner at the 2016 George London Foundation Vocal Competition, a Fifth Prize winner at the 2016 Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, a Finalist in the 2015 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held at the Dutch National Opera, a Fifth Prize winner at the 2015 Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, nominated for a 2015 and 2016 Sarah Tucker Study Grant by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a Fourth Prize winner at the 2015 Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition, a First Prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and days before, a Grand Finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert where he performed on stage with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by maestro Fabio Luisi.
In addition to such prestigious venues as The Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, Jared has made concert appearances as a soloist at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Yu Long.
He was a soloist at the BrAVA Philadelphia! 80th Anniversary Gala Concert held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in the spring of 2015. In October of 2016 Jared opened the George London Foundation Recital Series with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard at the Morgan Library & Museum. Most recently, Jared made his debut with the Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra at the Church of the Ascension for their annual Candlelight Christmas Concerts.
Before his residency at the Academy, Jared was an apprentice singer with The Santa Fe Opera during the 2013 festival season where he performed the role of Baron Grog in La Grande-Duchesse De Gerolstein alongside Susan Graham and covered the roles of Colonel Isaacson and Justice Wills in the world premiere of Oscar and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. In 2016, Jared returned to the Santa Fe Opera for a second apprenticeship to perform the role of Bello in La Fanciulla del West featuring Patricia Racette, and cover the roles of Olivier in Capriccio and the title role of Don Giovanni.
Jared received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 2010, where he also completed a Music Minor and a full pre-medical curriculum. After receiving his degree, Jared shifted his focus from medicine to voice and performed his first role as John Brooke in Mark Adamo's Little Women with the University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble. He also covered the title role of Don Giovanni with the Lyric Opera Ensemble and made his company debut with Utah Opera as the Second Prisoner in Fidelio and the Usher in Rigoletto.
Looking to the future, Jared will make his professional debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Lescaut in Manon Lescaut in May of 2018.
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During the 2016/17 season, Stephanie makes debuts with Seattle Opera, Madison Opera, Opéra National de Paris, El Paso Opera, and Opera Hong Kong. She will also return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for her role debut of Dorabella in Così fan tutte.
Last season, Stephanie returned to the Grand Théâtre de Genève to make her role debut as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in various roles.
Past seasons include performances at Minnesota Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Virginia Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, Glimmerglass Festival, New Jersey State Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. During her time with the Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist, Ms. Lauricella performed the roles of Flora in La Traviata, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, the title role in Handel's Rinaldo, Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Rosina in the student performance of The Barber of Seville, all to great acclaim.
Stephanie's most recent concert works include, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Atlanta Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony under the baton of Maestro Runnicles, Lili Boulanger's Psalm 130: Du fond de l'abime with Manfred Honeck conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Erie Philharmonic, and Handel's Messiah with the Rochester Philharmonic.
In the summer of 2010 Ms. Lauricella was one of the few to be chosen to attend the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Young Artist program. While there, she had the chance to cover the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Estrella in Lewis Spratlan's World Premier of Life is a Dream. She also performed on the main stage with the apprentice scenes as Angelina in La Cenerentola. Stephanie has also spent many seasons with both Central City Opera and Sarasota Opera.
Awards and recognitions include: Violetta Dupont Competition Award Winner, Engagement Award from the Marcello Giordani International Competition, Finalist in the Belvedere Competition and an Engagement Award from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gerda Lissner Foundation Encouragement Award, St. Bonaventure Performance Prize (Liederkranz Competition), the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Encouragement Award, Connecticut Concert Opera's Artistic Director's Award, Connecticut Opera Guild's People's Choice Award, Judith Bardi Rosenthal Award, and Catherine Martin Award, Rochester's Classical Idol Finalist, Great Lakes Regional Second Place Winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award, the Santa Fe Opera Campbell Wachter Memorial Award, and the Central City Opera McGlone Award.
Ms. Lauricella holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.
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Katrina Galka is a second year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist and will appear in Candide as Cunegonde, The Barber of Seville as Rosina, Das Rheingold as Woglinde, Hercules vs Vampires as Medea, Zarathusa, Chained Woman, & Helena, and in Tosca as The Shepherd Boy. Last season Katrina was seen on the Arizona Opera stage singing Clorinda in Cinderella and First Wood Sprite in Rusalka. Katrina has also participated in studio programs with the Glimmerglass Festival singing the role of Atalanta in Xerxes, and Portland Opera where she performed Adina in The Elixir of Love, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Elvira in L'italiana in Algeri, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Frasquita in Carmen, as well as spending two seasons with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where she also sang Papagena. Katrina has also appeared as a principal artist with The Atlanta Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Odyssey Opera.
Ms. Galka spent a year with the Boston University Opera Institute as a soprano-in-residence where she sang the roles of Diana in Jonathan Dove's Siren Song and Rosalba in Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazons. Additional stage roles include Marie (The Daughter of the Regiment), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Julian (Owen Wingrave), Aurore (Le portrait de Manon), Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Elisa (Il Re Pastore), and Serpina (La serva padrona).
In concert, Ms. Galka has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (Portland, OR). Ms. Galka performed and recorded the role of "the Cat" from Gunther Schuller's The Fisherman and His Wife with BMOP under the baton of Gil Rose.
Ms. Galka’s competition experience includes prizes from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern, New England, & Northwest regions), Jensen Foundation, Mario Lanza Scholarship Competition (1st place), Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and National Opera Association Vocal Competition.
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Taylor Stayton’s “laser-bright timbre” and “exceptional fluidity above the staff” (Opera News) continue to distinguish him as one of the most sought-after tenors in his repertoire. Stayton’s 2015/16 season begins with his debut at the Norwegian National Opera in his acclaimed interpretation of Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Stayton reprises the role throughout the season, both in his return to The Metropolitan Opera in December and in a new production with the Glyndebourne Festival in May. Additional performances at The Metropolitan Opera this season include as Lord Percy in Anna Bolena in October. Stayton makes his debut with Washington Concert Opera singing the role of Idreno in Semiramide and his debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Described as “deserving to be numbered on the short list of Rossini all-stars” by Opera Today, Stayton premiered the role of Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Opéra de Lille in 2012 and has reprised the role at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nashville Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, as well as on a tour throughout France with theaters including Opéra de Limoges, Théâtre de Caen, and Opéra de Dijon. Additional roles in the bel canto repertoire include his debut as the title character in Le comte Ory with Des Moines Metro Opera, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival, Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment in his debut with Palm Beach Opera, and his house and role debuts singing Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Stayton made his critically acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in a last-minute performance as Percy in Anna Bolena, and returned as Elvino in La Sonnambula opposite Diana Damrau.
Recent debuts include with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Marzio in Mitridate, re di Ponto; Kentucky Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni; Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Des Moines Metro Opera; Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Philadelphia; Don Alvar in L’Africaine with Opera Orchestra of New York; and Teatro dell-Opera di Roma as Fenton in the new Franco Zeffirelli production of Falstaff with Renato Bruson and Carlos Alvarez.
A native of Sidney, Ohio, Stayton is a 2011 graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts as a student of the renowned voice teacher Bill Schuman. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Ohio State University, and is an alumnus of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s “Prelude to Performance” program. He has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, First prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition, and third place in the Loren B. Zachary Voice Competition.
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Tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, a Florida native, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at Florida State University under David Okerlund, and has recently performed the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Florida State Opera.
Mr. Ciaramitaro had the privilege to perform as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera during their 2015 season as Basilio from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, The Messenger from Verdi's Aida, and among the ensemble of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles.
In previous seasons, Mr. Ciaramitaro made his professional debut with Florida Opera Theater as Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte, the 2nd trio member in Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Piquillo from Jacques Offenbach's La Perichole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, and scenes from Verdi's La forza del destino, La Traviata and Mozart's Don Giovanni in Oberaudorf, Germany with Music Theater Bavaria.
Mr. Ciaramitaro graduated in 2014 with his Bachelor's in music from Rollins College, where he studied under Richard Owens, who has been a great inspiration to the advancement of his career. Mr. Ciaramitaro has been a concert soloist for The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, The Messiah Choral Society, and The Villages Philharmonic.
Mr. Ciaramitaro has an avid love of the stage and is eager to one day have an illustrious career as a singer of opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire.
Calvin Griffin, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is excited to begin his first season with the Florida Grand Opera young artist program this Fall. Mr. Griffin made his debut with the company stepping in as a cover to sing the role of Escamillo in the second performance of Carmen.
He will also sing Zaretsky and cover Gremin in Eugene Onegin, sing Victor in Before Night Falls, and sing Samuel in Un ballo in maschera. Mr. Griffin just finished working with the Arizona Opera Studio where he performed the roles of the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, Zuniga in Carmen, Pistola in Falstaff, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Speaker/2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment, Colline in La bohème, and Dr. Grenville in La traviata.
Last March, he made his Opera Columbus debut as Colline in La bohème. In March of 2018, Mr. Griffin is very excited to return to Arizona Opera to sing Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville.
This summer, Mr. Griffin will return to the Glimmerglass Festival to sing Elviro in Xerxes, and Undertaker in Porgy and Bess. Last season at Glimmerglass, he sang the role of Fabrizio and covered Gottardo in La gazza ladra, and also covered the title role in Sweeney Todd.
In 2015, Mr. Griffin returned as an Apprentice Artist to Santa Fe Opera where his assignments included Count Ceprano in Rigoletto and Hortensius in The Daughter of the Regiment. Mr. Griffin sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival, and he covered the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni as an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a Studio Artist at The Wolf Trap Opera Company, as well as a participant at the Brevard Music Festival.
In concert, Mr. Griffin recently made his Richmond Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah. In 2013, he made his Houston Symphony debut as First Apprentice in Wozzeck. Mr. Griffin performed the baritone solos in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at The Ohio State University, as well as Worthington United Methodist Church. He was also the bass soloist in the Mozart Requiem at Terra Community College and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Bluffton University.
In competition, Mr. Griffin was the 2015 winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award. He was awarded a Western Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2014, 1st Place winner in the Tuesday Musical Club Competition in San Antonio in 2012, 1st Place winner in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in 2011, and was awarded a Central Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2010. He was also a winner in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Corbett Competition and was awarded the Linda Candler Award at the Brevard Music Center.
Mr. Griffin received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen King. At The Shepherd School, he was seen in the title role of the Houston premier of John Musto’s Volpone. Additionally, he performed the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Polinesso in Ariodante. Mr. Griffin received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University where he performed the roles of Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, and Gustavo in Faramondo.
Born and raised in Illinois, American bass-baritone Zachary Owen has performed with such companies as the Glimmerglass Festival, Arizona Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera Santa Barbara. He has performed the roles of Dulcamara in Elixir of Love, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Ashby in La fanciulla del West, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Matouš in Smetana’s The Kiss, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, der Sprecher in The Magic Flute, Spencer Coyle in Owen Wingrave, and the title role in Don Pasquale. A strong advocate for new music, he has participated in a composer’s workshop at Cincinnati Opera in which he worked alongside Jake Heggie, Jack O’Brien, and Terrence McNally to develop two characters for Heggie’s new Opera, Great Scott. In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Owen will be returning to the Marion Roose Pullin Studio at Arizona Opera and performing several roles including Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Angelotti in Tosca, and Lycos in Hercules vs Vampires.
Mr. Owen is the recipient of numerous awards including the Grace Keagy Award at the Lotte Lenya Competition, the Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance and was a national semifinalist at the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College in Decorah Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Praised for her “full, rich sound,” Stephanie Sanchez is quickly creating a name for herself as a rising young mezzo soprano. Though in the early stages of her career, Ms. Sanchez has already gained a variety of experiences through her education and work in many prestigious settings. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Strauss, Spanish art song to German orchestral lieder, and premiers of contemporary American works.
Stephanie Sanchez is a 1st year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, and will appear in Hercules vs Vampires as Persephone, Candide as Paquette, Barber of Seville as Berta, and Das Rheingold as Flosshilde. Stephanie has also participated in the studio program at Sarasota Opera and in the festival and young artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Mostly recently, Ms Sanchez was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival where she sang the role of Yesi in the world premiere Stomping Grounds and covered the role of Amastre in Xerxes.
Ms. Sanchez is currently completing her artist diploma at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the direction of Julie Simson. Her roles at the Shepherd School include 'Rosina' in The Barber of Seville the mezzo soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, and selections from Norma, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Some of Stephanie’s other roles and engagements include 'Zita' in Gianni Schicchi at PORTopera, 'Abuela' in En mis palabras at Atlanta Opera, and performances of the title role in Carmen at both Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, CO and Opera Breve in New York City. Stephanie also recently won first place in the 2016 Young Texas Artist Music Competition in Houston, TX and second place in Opera Connecticut’s 2016 Opera Idol Competition.
Ms. Sanchez was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and earned her masters degree in vocal performance from New Mexico State University in 2012 under the direction of Jerry Ann Alt and Martha Rowe. Immediately following her time at NMSU, Stephanie studied with Yvonne Marmolejo at the El Paso Conservatory of Music.
She currently resides in Houston, TX.
Jarrett Porter is a first year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, and will appear as the title role in Hercules vs Vampires, as Maximilian in Candide, as Sciarrone in Tosca, and as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville. Jarrett has recently appeared as a Young Artist with The Glimmerglass Festival as Sam in Oklahoma!, and covering The English Spy in Francesca Zambello's new production of The Siege of Calais.
Recipient of the Pankonin Art Song Award for a commission he premiered in 2017 and First Prize winner of the 2017 Pacific Music Society Competition, he was seen as Joses in Mark Adamo’s 2013 World Premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at the San Francisco Opera, and in 2016 at Opera Saratoga as The Ogre in the American Premiere of Philip Glass’s The Witches of Venice, where Opera News lauded him for his “imposing baritone.” Also in 2016, Porter sang in the workshop premiere of Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for Santa Fe Opera. In the same year he went on to make his American Lyric Theatre debut in fall of 2016 as the lead in Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s concert premiere of The Halloween Tree at Merkin Hall in New York City. In April 2017, he was heard in performance with Jake Heggie at the German Consulate of San Francisco in a program of Heggie’s newest endeavors, including selections from his chamber opera, Out of Darkness.
In January of 2017, Jarrett was a fellow at SongFest at the Hidden Valley Music Festival under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. As a fellow, he made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.
Other role engagements have included the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, Sid in Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Street Scene, and Morales in Carmen. Porter is an Alumn of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy (2014), and holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music 15’, and an MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 2017. He is a student of César Ulloa.
Dale Dreyfoos (Professor of Opera/Music Theater at Arizona State University and Resident Stage Director for Lyric Opera Theatre) has had a multi-faceted career as a Stage Director, Character Tenor, Actor, Educator, and Arts Administrator. Mr. Dreyfoos made his Arizona Opera debut in 2000 in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in the role of Ambrogio and has returned to perform the roles of the Duchess of Krackenthorp in La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti), Njegus in The Merry Widow (Lehar) and Pelligreen in Arizona Lady (Kalman). Mr. Dreyfoos has also been an active participant in Arizona Opera’s Education and Outreach Program, having served as the Stage Director for the first Arizona Opera Outreach production of Rossini’s Cinderella. The company’s Opera Dell’Arte Series was created for his unique blend of talents as an actor, singer, and writer, for which he presented previews of operas from the perspective of a character in the opera. His preview for Hansel and Gretel, as told from the perspective of the Witch, was one of his most memorable.
Mr. Dreyfoos began his performing career at the age of 10 as the Boy Soprano soloist with the Atlanta Boy Choir, during which time he appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with Robert Shaw & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in the French, Spanish, and Moroccan premieres of Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera The Golden Vanity. For his performance in Paris, he received special accolades from the musical icon, Mlle. Nadia Boulanger (the protégé of Faure and teacher of Bernstein and Copland) and Mme. Khachaturian (the wife of the famous composer).
Since that time, Mr. Dreyfoos has made a specialty of appearing in a wide variety of character roles including Vespone in La Serva Padrona, Ambrogio in The Barber of Seville, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Frosch & Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, The Old Prisoner in La Perichole, Senex in A Funny Thing That Happened On The Way To The Forum, Henry in The Fantasticks, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, King Sextimus in Once Upon A Matress, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss/Governor/Host and Sage in Candide, Frisellino in Le Pescatrice, Njegus in The Merry Widow, Mozart in A Visit with Amadeus, Ben in The Telephone, the Duchess of Krackenthorp in The Daughter of the Regiment, Edna in Bye,Bye, Birdie and Queen Elizabeth II in Hms Pinafore with such companies as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, Birmingham Civic Opera, Mississippi Opera, Newberry Opera, Charleston Opera Company, Shakespeare Sedona, and ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre. He has also appeared as the “Bargain Countertenor soloist” in P.D.Q. Bach’s The Seasonings with the Alabama Symphony under the direction of Peter Schickele. He has also made special guest appearances for television and public radio stations in Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Phoenix, AZ, and Atlanta, GA, and is a featured performer on two educational compact discs, Bible Times I & III, and a cd-rom Opera-Ha Ha, produced by Arizona Opera. A specialist in “character voices”, Mr. Dreyfoos’s voice can be heard on several historical audio tours including the State of Georgia’s commemorative audio tours for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Edgar Allan Poe House in Richmond, Virginia and on a Civil War Tour of Lexington, Kentucky.
Mr. Dreyfoos is also the author of two highly acclaimed educational music dramas, A Visit With Amadeus and A Visit With Mr. & Mrs. Bach, which have received over 2,000 performances throughout the eastern United States. He has also recently served as a the author of two narration scripts for the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Opera and an Opera Gala for Arizona Opera, which were narrated by Frederica Von Stade and Hugh Downs, respectively. Mr. Dreyfoos has been on the faculty of Arizona State University since 1994, where he received the “Distinguished Professor Award” for the College of Fine Arts in 1996.
As a Stage Director, Mr. Dreyfoos has directed productions ofThe Marriage of Figaro, Die Zauberflote, Cosi Fan Tutte, Elixir of Love, Oklahoma, Giulio Cesare, Xerxes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Hms Pinafore, La Perichole, The Secret Garden, the Turn of the Screw, Dido and Aeneas, Amahl and the night visitors, the Coronation of Poppea, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Nunsense, Susannah, La Serva Padrona, Hansel and Gretel, Don Pasquale, The Impresario, The Bartered bride, Riders to the Sea, The Barber of Seville, The Daughter of the Regiment, Albert Herring, Gallantry, Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola and the world premiere of the Ransom of Red Chief for such companies as Opera Carolina, Piccolo Spoleto festival, Charleston Opera Company, Birmingham Civic Opera, Arizona Opera Education Tour, Milton Center Series, and Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theater. He has also served as an assistant director for productions of La Cenerentola, The Mikado, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, and Don Pasquale with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists, Opera Carolina, Des Moines Metro Opera, Birmingham Civic Opera and the Mississippi Opera. Since 1996, he has served as a Stage Artistry Instructor for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.