Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity Program
Experience an opera performance at your school, community center, or library through a fully staged, 40-minute adaptation of a classic, or an original story! Performances are presented in English and designed for K-8 audiences.
2019/20 Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity Troupe
Laura K. McCauley, soprano
Phoenix Troupe- Stepsister, Fairy Godmother
Hailed for her "gleaming soprano" voice and "explosive presentation" (San Diego Story), Laura has her Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from Arizona State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from Ithaca College. Laura was a Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner for 2018 and awarded the Encouragement Award in 2019 and 2017. As a Studio Artist with Opera Neo in 2018, she sang the role of Satirino (La Calisto), covered Clorinda (La Cenerentola), and sang with the chorus of Eugene Onegin. Her past roles also include Tirésias (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Semele (Semele), Beth (Little Women), and Esmerelda (The Bartered Bride).
Miriam Schildkret, mezzo-soprano
Phoenix Troupe- Cinderella
This Miriam's fourth season as a Teaching Artist; She has peformed Third Lady/Queen of the Night/Papagena (The Mini-Magic Flute), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), and The Sea Witch (Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid). Most recently, Miriam covered the role of Cherubino in Arizona Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro. Other favorite roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), and Kate (Owen Wingrave). Miriam was featured in the Arizona PBS series Desert Canvas, a collection of stories about local artists and their impact on the community, and was also a speaker with TEDx Scottsdale Women.
Molly Cox, mezzo-soprano
Phoenix Troupe- Cinderella cover
Molly Cox is from Floyd, VA and has been recognized for having a “fantastic voice, a delightful stage presence, and quite a range” (BroadwayWorld.com). Molly is at home in both the opera and musical theatre worlds playing contrasting roles from Dido (Dido and Aeneas) to Veronica Sawyer (Heathers the Musical). A few of Molly’s most favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), the title role in Handel’s Serse, and Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). Molly is known for being a kindhearted colleague with a calming energy and she is excited for the opportunity to share this story with you today!
James Grandjean, tenor
Phoenix Troupe- Prince
James Grandjean is an Arizona native and has been performing statewide and nationally for the last two decades. After graduating from Oklahoma City University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, he moved to New York where he was seen as Le Remendado in Carmen, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. Some other favorite opera roles include Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene, Laurie in Little Women, and The Stage Manager in Ned Rorem's Our Town. He is currently the tenor section leader at Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Scottsdale.
David Nelson, baritone
Phoenix Troupe- Father, King
During the summer of 2019, David was an Emerging Artist at Seagle Music Colony where he starred as Curly (Oklahoma!), Senator Thomas Jordan (The Manchurian Candidate), and Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro). A recent graduate from the Master of Music program in Opera Performance at Arizona State University, Nelson was seen as Elviro (Serse), Sam T(rouble in Tahiti), Fred (Kiss Me Kate), Lysander (The Fairy Queen), The Artist Martinez (Behold the Man), and a featured soloist in Bernstein's Mass. Bridging the worlds of opera and musical theater, Nelson strives to bring his passion for storytelling to listeners of all ages. More information can be found at davidnelsonbaritone.com.
Maris Bosworth, piano
Maris regularly worked with students at the University of Utah and was on staff at Utah Valley University as a pianist and coach. At Utah Valley University, she prepared productions of Romeo and Juliet and Die Fledermaus, and she was recently on staff for Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s production of The Magic Flute. In 2018, she was a collaborative pianist intern at the Druid City Opera Workshop and a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival. Last year, Maris was a vocal coach for Westminster College’s SummerSong Music Festival. In 2014, she toured Kentucky with the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program as accompanist and assistant musical director for The Adventures of Alice in Operaland.
The 2019/20 Season of OperaTunity is sponsored, in part, by Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Invest in Kids Charitable Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, Arizona Republic, Comerica Bank, Cardinals Charities, the Krumholz Foundation, City of Peoria, Kiwanis of Litchfield, Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The William E. Hall Foundation held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Desert Diamond Casino West Valley, and the John F. Long Foundation
If you are passionate about continuing the traditions of opera for the next generation, this is your opportunity! For more information about supporting this program, or to inquire about sponsoring an apprentice, contact Logan Marshall at 602.218.7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.