Mozart's Magic Flute
Saturday August 14, 2021 - 8 PM
Sunday August 15, 2021 - 2 PM
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Emily Adams - 2nd Lady (Saturday)
Known for her vocal flexibility and expressiveness, mezzo-soprano Emily Adams has performed operas, concerts, and recitals throughout southern New England. During the pandemic, Emily had the opportunity to sing the role of Sesto in an online production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the New Mexico-based opera company Antigua y Moderna. Other recent opera performances include Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, and recent concerts include the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Handel’s Messiah. Emily is also a professional pianist and organist, and has accompanied productions of La Bohème and Der Schauspieldirektor for Opera New Hampshire’s educational initiative. As a ballet pianist, Emily worked with the apprentice company of Boston Ballet (BBII) and the San Francisco Opera dance corps.
Timothy Ayers-Kerr - Monostatos
Timothy Ayres-Kerr is a tenor, voice teacher, composer, arranger, director, producer, and researcher. He teaches voice at The Franklin School for the Performing Arts and Dean College while maintaining an active and diverse performance schedule—this includes opera, oratorio, song recitals, musical theater, early music, and original compositions. He holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in vocal pedagogy from the New England Conservatory and his award-winning one act opera, A Game of Werewolf, has been performed in 3 states. Tim was awarded the New England Conservatory low-latency project grant to produce his next composition: BardQuest—a multi-media, interactive, digital adventure set in an original Fantasy world. Also, his English adaptation of Bach’s Coffee Cantata will be premiered at the Cathedral of Saint Paul this December. Guided by his eclectic taste, Tim hopes to continue right on—challenging established beliefs, singing old songs, and making things that you’ve never seen before. You can see and hear more at www.TimSingsThings.com.
Kartik Ayysola - Tamino (Sunday)
Boston-based tenor Kartik Ayysola is currently an active performer in the Greater Boston Area. Most recently, he has been seen as the Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl and Fakir in The Secret Garden, marking his first foray into Musical Theatre. In the past, he has sung the title role of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with Longwood Opera, the title role of Le Comte Ory (cover), Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera 51, and Oronte (cover) in Alcina with Opera Del West. He has also been seen as Borsa in Rigoletto, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. He has also performed as the tenor soloist in Mass in C Major by Beethoven and Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saëns, singing with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Mr. Angel in The Impresario with the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra. He currently holds a Master of Music degree from Boston University, studying with Jerrold Pope, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying with Joseph Baunoch. Kartik is currently studying voice with Bradley Williams.
Thaddeus Bell - 2nd Priest
Thaddeus Bell is pleased to be singing with us today. He studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music and is an active soloist, choral and opera singer. Some of Thaddeus’s previous performance credits include the Beethoven Mass in C, the Brahms and Faure requiems, A Hand Of Bridge, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen and Das Liebesverbot.
Ethan Bremner - 1st Priest
Since his arrival in Boston, Ethan Bremner has become one of the city’s most sought-after tenors. He made his local debut with Boston Opera Collaborative in 2006 as Achilles in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide, and then sang with the company as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He also had an auspicious debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore, Don José in Carmen and Lt. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Longwood Opera. He performed the premier performance of Odyssey Opera of Boston as Baroncelli in Wagner’s Rienzi, Sir Robert Shallow in Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera, and Manrico in Windham Orchestra’s Production of Il Trovatore. Mr. Bremner was a Finalist in the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) and earned his Master of Music in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin.
Lindsay Burroughs - 3rd Lady (Saturday)
Lindsay Burroughs, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled to be performing again with Opera51. She has appeared in past productions of Hansel and Gretel (Mother), Faust (Martha Schwerlein cover), and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Originally from the west coast, she was a soloist for the Corvallis Repertory singers and appeared in local productions of Carmen, The Medium, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition to her operatic performances, Lindsay is also an avid runner and incredibly excited to return to both in person performances and in person running events.
Jeni Munson Cameron - chorus
Jeni Cameron, lyric soprano, is pleased to join Opera51 for the first time. While new to Opera51, she performed the role of Second Lady and understudied Pamina in the Rome Festival Opera after receiving her MM is Vocal Performance from Boston University. She sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 22 years and performed on several recordings, including the Saving Private Ryan Soundtrack, BSO’s Grammy-winning Daphnis and Chloe and several Boston Pops albums. Other highlights include singing back up for James Taylor at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, a European Tour, a walk-on role in BSO’s Elektra at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, opening day at Fenway Park and performing in the Nagano Olympic Opening Ceremonies. She has also sung with the Metropolitan Chorale as they joined the Holiday Pops on tour and the New World Chorale.
Terri Carotenuto - chorus
Janet Casey - 2nd Lady cover
Anna Choi - chorus
Anna S. Choi is a Professor of Religious Studies at Endicott College. She lives in North Andover with her husband Andy and her two sons, fellow castmate Sam, age 20 and Henry, age 16. She has been singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 25 years. Highlights of her time there include singing the Opening Ceremony at the Nagano Olympics, singing backup with James Taylor on tour, at Carnegie Hall and on his studio album, and going on a European tour with the BSO. She is excited to return to singing with Opera51 in the Chorus after a whole year of not singing with anyone but her family!
Elizabeth Clutts - 1st Lady (Saturday)
Elizabeth Clutts is a Boston based soprano and legal assistant for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. She attended the New England conservatory as a student of Bradley Williams, and sings a variety of repertoire including opera, song, and musical theater. Recent credits include: Marianna (cover) in Das Liebesverbot with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with The Lilac Players, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and Soprano soloist in the Messiah Part 1 with The Mostly Baroque Players in Miami Florida. She is a studio artist for the Parlour Opera Players, and can be heard on the Cast Album of A Game of Werewolf as Klara Schulz. Elizabeth currently lives in Quincy MA with her fiancé Tim Ayres-Kerr and their black cat Eloise.
Peter Cooper - chorus
Peter’s primary musical experience over the past couple of decades has been as a Bass-Baritone choral singer with several local organizations including Masterworks Chorale, Chorus pro Musica and New World Chorale. He particularly enjoys singing concert opera and has participated in at least 20 presentations principally by Boston Concert Opera and Odyssey Opera. Occasionally he has appeared as a bass soloist in such works as Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Dubois’s Seven Last Words and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe and has also served as a church cantor. He very much enjoyed more than 10 years as a private student and friend of the late Robert Honeysucker. This is Peter’s first appearance with Opera 51.
Alyssa Mae Doggett - Pamina (Saturday)
Soprano Alyssa Mae Doggett received her MM degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of music and a Professional Studies Certificate in voice from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has performed in numerous Opera51 productions, and is excited to once again join them in this concert version of Die Zauberflöte. Previous roles and performances include: Dew Fairy and Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, the title role in Massenet’s Manon, Stephanie in Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Betsy Draper - chorus
Alto Betsy Draper is a life-long choral singer beginning with children’s church choirs to today performing with several auditioned choral groups. While at Florida State University’s School of Music, she studied with Elena Nikolaidi and Walter James. Betsy works as a research ethicist and administrator at New England Baptist Hospital.
Christopher Eaglin - Tamino (Saturday)
Christopher Eaglin has been praised for his “emotional vocalism”. He recently sang Faust in Opera51’s eponymous production and Florestan in North End Music Project’s production of Fidelio. He has also sung Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, Vaudemont in Iolanta with Opera Slavica, and Pinkerton with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. A lover of art song, Christopher was a resident artist of the Art Song Society of New York and the International Vocal Arts Festival performing Brahms Liebeslieder, Dichterliebe and other song cycles. He is the winner of the Metropolitan International Music Festival and a finalist for Joy in Singing. He was part of an ongoing project to presenting a series of concerts and lectures in Boston, London, Oxford, and New York around war and remembrance for the centennial of the First World War.
Robin Farnsley - Queen of the Night
Robin Farnsley is equally at home on the opera, operetta, musical theater, and concert stages. Ms. Farnsley has sung starring roles for Opera51 in Fledermaus, La Bohème, The Merry Widow, La Traviata, L’Elisir d’Amore, and Romeo et Juliette, among others. Other operatic leading roles include Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and the title role in Lakmé with Arizona Opera, Rosina in The Barber of Seville with West Bay Opera, and Lakme with Lowell House Opera. Her operetta roles have included Sonia (Lehar The Czarevitch), Kathy (Romberg The Student Prince), Crystal (Zeller Der Vogelhändler), Nina (Friml The Firefly), and Hanna Glavari (Lehar The Merry Widow). Robin also sang the role of Ninon in The Violet of Montmartre for the Ohio Light Opera, the American premier of this Emmerich Kalman operetta. She has made several recordings of rare operettas and musical theatre on the Albany Records and Operetta Archives labels. Before relocating to Utah a few years ago, she was Artist in Residence at 51 Walden.
Amy Spound Friedman - 3rd Lady (Sunday)
Amy Spound Friedman is excited to be performing her second role with Opera51 as Third Lady in this current production of The Magic Flute. Previously, she sang the role of The Nurse in the 2016 Opera51 production of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette. It was at a dress rehearsal for that production that her husband, Neil, proposed to her....in front of the entire cast. She has been a mezzo-soprano with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the past 21 years and is honored to sing with the BSO at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood.
Len Giambrone - chorus
Kristin Hagan - 2nd Lady (Sunday)
Kristin Hagan, contralto, has been acclaimed for her passionate performances and interpretation of music. She has performed roles in Carmen, Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Monteverdi's Poppea, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and an Embarrassing Position, as well as premieres by many Boston composers. She has also been a sought after cantor and soloist for local churches such as First Parish UCC in Wakefield and First Church in Chestnut Hill. A native of Georgia, Kristin has received her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir School, a Master's from the Cleveland Institute, and a Graduate Performance Degree from the Longy School of Music. She now studies with acclaimed dramatic soprano Barbara Quintiliani.
Daphne Hatzigiannis - 2nd Spirit
Daphne Hatzigiannis is 13 years old and a rising 8th grader. She has been taking voice lessons with Stephanie Morey-Barry for 3 years. In her spare time, she also plays piano and dances in a variety of styles. Her favorite pastime though is eating ramen and ice cream.
Anya Healy - 1st Spirit
Anya Healy is 12 years old and has been singing at EKS Music School with Jennifer Pearl for 4 years. She sang at Carnegie Hall in 2019, and recently completed her level three Royal Conservatory of Music exam. She also plays the piano and flute. Her favorite hobbies are reading and listening to musicals.
Janice Hegeman - chorus
Janice Hegeman has been singing in opera choruses since joining Boston Concert Opera in the 1980s. Subsequently she has sung in productions of Verdi’s Aida and Bernstein’s Mass with the Opera Company of Boston then continuing with Chorus pro Musica & Odyssey Opera’s annual concert operas in Jordan Hall. Highlights also include Honegger’s Jean d,Arc au bûcher both with the BSO & Odyssey Opera.
Elijah Hopkin - Monostatos cover
Elijah Hopkin moved to Boston in 2011 to pursue a career in performance as a Tenor. He sought out opportunities to sing Early music and sang in a number of ensembles like Cappella Clausura, Canto Armonico, and Tapestry while completing a Masters in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. After graduating he began a day job working at The Village Bank in Newton, MA and doing music when opportunities were available. He sang the role of Ahasveros in the East coast premiere of Lidarti’s Esther in 2019. He has performed with Opera 51 as a singer as well as the assistant conductor a number of times in the last 5 years and is excited for this opportunity to sing in his first production of a Mozart Opera.
Susan Ketteringham - chorus
Nancy Kurtz - chorus
Nancy (soprano) is a member of Cantata Singers, and participated in the 2020-2021 Unaccompanied Song Commission project, performing “When There Are Nine” in Elena Ruhr’s Notorious RBG. She recently retired from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus after 27 years. Nancy, as an attorney, practiced health care law and environmental law in the Boston area and now lives in Topsham, Maine.
Kim Lamoureux - Pamina (Sunday)
Kim Lamoureux, soprano, is a performer who strives to bring a spirit of openness, honesty, ingenuity, and a zest for unfettered freedom and exploration into whatever she does. Kim primarily specializes in operatic repertoire, and has been praised for her “clarion range and delicate tone,” but she would tell you that her greatest strengths as a vocalist lie in her tenacity, attention to detail, and dedication to the craft.
Some of her favorite mainstage performances have included the title role in Handel's Silla (Cambridge Chamber Ensemble), Adele in Die Fledermaus (Opera 51, NEMPAC, Riverside Theater Works), Azzurina in the world premiere of DiOrio's The Little Blue One (Juventas New Music Ensemble), Elsie in The Yeoman of the Guard (Savoyard Light Opera Company) and the fight captain and role of Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette (Opera51). She has additionally performed in concert with organizations such as Cape Symphony, Odyssey Opera, the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra, the New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the North Shore Summer Concert Series, and the Concord Orchestra.
Kim is currently located on the North Shore of Boston, and is the owner of Kim Lamoureux Voice Studio, a studio dedicated to helping singers unleash their creativity and bring the fullest, joyful expression of themselves to their artistry. Follow her online at www.kimlamoureux.com, on Facebook at Kim Lamoureux Voice Studio, and on Instagram @kimlamoureuxvoice.
Lance Levine - 1st Man in Armor cover, chorus
Lance Levine, tenor, is delighted to join Opera51 again for The Magic Flute. With Opera51, Lance played Frosch in Fledermaus, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, and ensemble roles in Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Traviata, and The Merry Widow. Other roles include the Constable in Fiddler on the Roof with Greater Lowell Music Theatre, and King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar with The Umbrella in Concord. Lance has soloed with the Boston Pops, Longwood Symphony, and the Paul Winter Consort. He has performed at Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Fenway Park. Lance sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and New World Chorale.
James C. S. Liu - Papageno
Baritone James Liu is excited to return to public singing with Opera51, having appeared in their productions of Roméo et Juliette (Capulet), Fledermaus (Falke), Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Balthasar), Faust (Valentin), and Hansel and Gretel (The Father). He is a physician who has announced and produced classical music programming at WHRB, and sings with Cantata Singers. He has sung with the Choir of First Church in Boston and appeared with Indian Hill Music, Lowell House Opera, Harvard Early Music Society, Opera del West, Longwood Opera, NEMPAC, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Opera Boston. Roles include The Magic Flute (Second Man in Armour, Papageno), The Marriage of Figaro (Antonio, Bartolo, Almaviva), Così fan tutte (Guglielmo, Alfonso), Verdi's Otello (Montano) and Falstaff (Pistola), Ariadne auf Naxos (Music Teacher), Fidelio (Don Fernando), Orpheus in the Underworld (Jupiter), and John Eccles's Semele (Jupiter). He is indebted to his voice teacher, Frank Kelley, and to his infinitely patient wife, his real-life Papagena, who makes all of this possible. http://www.jamescsliu.com
Christopher T Loschen - 2nd Man in Armor
While I was a student in Vienna, I was waiting in line for standing room at the Wiener Staatsoper, and I started chatting with a little girl near me in line. She asked me to tell her an opera story, but there are very few operas with stories you can tell children. I started telling her the story of The Magic Flute, with its serpents, flying queens, wise leaders, and challenges which must be passed to gain entrance to the temple of wisdom. Unfortunately, I blanked on Tamino’s name, and the little girl (with the ingenuity of an 8-year-old) decided that we should call him Fred. The story made just as much sense (or not!) with Fred as the young prince. To this day, while I find Papageno just as utterly charming, and the coloratura acrobatics of the Queen of the Night just as thrilling, I always think of the young prince looking for love and wisdom as Fred.
Sarah Mahon - 1st Lady cover
Sarah Mahon, soprano, is a versatile singing actress and classically-trained dancer who is equally at home in opera, musical theater, and concert works. In past Opera51 seasons, she covered the roles of Micaëla in Carmen and Ida in Die Fledermaus, and was a featured dancer in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Some of her favorite roles are Madame Herz in The Impresario, Flora in La Traviata, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, and Joanne in Company. She is thrilled to be singing live music again with the wonderful musicians at Opera51!
Stephanie Mann - Papagena
Stephanie is thrilled to be returning to Opera51 in one of her favorite operas. Described as being a 'great dramatic centerpiece' with a 'stunning voice', she is an active performer in the Boston area and along the East Coast. A native of Richmond, VA, she has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and a M.M. in Opera Performance/Voice from The Boston Conservatory of Music. Equally at home in Musical Theatre and Opera, some favorite roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Ermengarde (The Matchmaker), Amy (Little Women - Opera), Abigail Adams (1776), Elettra (Idomeneo), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins), Musetta (La Boheme), Stiffy Byng (By Jeeves), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), and Maria (The Sound of Music).
Alana McDermott - 3rd Spirit
Lyza Morss - chorus
A Concord native, I feel so fortunate to be back for my seventh year with Opera51. I currently live in Cohasset, enjoying beach yoga and a litter of adorable puppies. I can’t think of a more fulfilling way to return to live music; I’m grateful for the magic this brings to all of us.
Keiko Nakagawa - chorus
I work as a patent paralegal for an IP (intellectual property) law firm in Boston. I was born and raised in Japan and came to this country in 1994. Ever since, I’ve been singing with numerous choruses in the Boston and New York areas. I am currently singing with New World Chorale and Masterworks Chorale. Recently, I joined Cambridge Chamber Ensemble’s production of Wagner’s “Forbidden Love (Das Liebesverbot).“ I take voice lessons from Pam Wolfe. My husband, Sam Pilato, is in this chorus also.
Sean Parr - 1st Man in Armor
Sean Parr, tenor, is thrilled to be singing again with Opera51. He has performed many operatic roles, including the title roles in Gounod’s Faust and Massenet’s Werther, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte with companies such as Raylynmor Opera, Opera North, the Natchez Festival of Music, the Irvington Music Festival, Regina Opera, Brooklyn Repertory Opera, and Eastern Festival Opera, among others. In concert, he has performed as tenor soloist in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Mozart’s Requiem, and Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio. Sean is Professor of Music at Saint Anselm College where he teaches voice performance, conducting, and music history. He researches nineteenth-century opera, gender, and the history of singing and is excited that his first book is now in print — Vocal Virtuosity: The Origins of the Coloratura Soprano in Nineteenth-Century Opera (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Sam Pilato - chorus
I sing choral tenor, having performed in that capacity with many area choruses and orchestras, a cappella ensembles, and opera productions.
Especially after retiring from a career as scientist/engineer in Natural Language R&D, I also serve performance groups as board member, repertoire researcher, virtual ensemble organizer/mixer, subtitler, scorehand, usher, blurber, and envelope stuffer.
My wife Keiko and I know nearly half the participants in this production of The Magic Flute from our singing with other Boston-area groups, as well as from prior participation with Opera51 productions. Indeed, seven of us now singing the Mozart just recently finished shooting a rare English-language performance of Wagner's first-ever-performed opera. Both the Mozart and the Wagner are originally in German, but the plots differ a bit.
Michael Prichard - Sarastro
Michael Prichard, who studies with Pam Wolfe, began his professional career at 9 singing treble with the Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church, New Haven, CT. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate at MIT, he studied voice and was a founding member of the MIT Chamber Chorus. A longtime member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, his local solo appearances include Brahms' German Requiem, Carmina Burana, Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Pirate King from the Pirates of Penzance with Claflin Hill Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Lexington Symphony and Boris Godunov with Longwood Symphony under Jonathan McPhee. He made his solo debut in Tanglewood in Stravinsky's Les Noces with Charles Dutoit. His Opera51 appearances include Colline in La Boheme, 2 of the kings in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust.
Tom Regan - chorus
Tenor Tom Regan is a longtime member of Coro Allegro, a current guest artist with Highland Men’s Glee Club and a former member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. In addition to many concerts at Boston Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, Tom has performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as concert venues in San Francisco, Denver, San Jose, Miami and Montreal. As a member of the Professional Choral Institute, he appeared on a 2012 Seraphic Fire recording of the salon version of the Brahms Requiem that received a Grammy nomination. As a recent retiree from his marketing communications business, he’s looking to expand into musical theatre!
Zoe Roberts - 1st Spirit
Zoe Roberts is a 13 year-old who is currently taking voice lessons with Stephanie Morey-Barry. She enjoys studying various styles of music including musical theatre, classic rock, and modern Korean pop music. In her free time, she finds herself learning new instruments and trying new foods.
Max Rydqvist - Speaker of the Temple, Papageno cover
Max Rydqvist, baritone, graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University (2018) and with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton (2016. Recent stage roles include Angelo in Wagner’s “Das Liebesverbot,” Pandolfe in Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” Papageno in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, Ben in Menotti’s “The Telephone”, David in Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge” and A-Rab in Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. Recent concert appearances include baritone soloist in a Nordic Art Song Recital, chorus and bass soloist from Handel’s “Messiah” as well as baritone soloist in Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes” with Church on the Hill, and an American Art Song Recital at the Bay View Music Festival. Residing as a freelance singer and also as an associate member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and aspiring voice teacher in the Boston area, Max presently engages as ensemble member and soloist in both the concert series and chamber series of Boston’s Cantata Singers, as ensemble member with Odyssey Opera, and as section leader and soloist at Church on the Hill of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem. He is additionally a former soloist with Opera on Tap Boston. In the upcoming months he will be making an appearance as The Speaker in “Die Zauberflöte” and is endeavoring to produce an independent art song recital that will delve into a continued exploration of Nordic repertoire. He continues his vocal studies with Professor Sharon Daniels of Boston University.
Melanie Salisbury - Pamina cover
Ms. Salisbury joined Opera51 in winter, 2018. She has appeared in all productions since then, including a fundraising gala for the theater and a recital at Newbury Court. She covered Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and will cover Liu in Turandot next spring. She also sings with several area choruses. When she is not singing, Ms. Salisbury is a sculptor in ceramics and enjoys touring on her bicycle.
Letitia Stevens - Queen of the Night cover
Letitia Stevens recently returned to singing soprano, from mezzo-soprano. Recent roles: Isabella (cover), Wagner’s Forbidden Love, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble; Madame Herz/Goldentrill, Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Rhode Island Opera on Tap; Queen of the Night, Connecticut Lyric Opera; Rosalinde, Die Fledermaus, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar; Cleopatra, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, YAP, Connecticut Lyric Opera; Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Opera 51; Benoit/Alcindoro, La femme bohème, MetroWest Opera. Upcoming work: Leonora, Il Trovatore (scenes) Boston Bel Canto Opera; Estelle, Weisgall’s The Stronger. Semi- finalist in recent competitions: The American Prize, Women in Art Song, and Women in Opera, Talents of the World. www.LetitiaStevens.com
Dana Sullivan - chorus
Sam Wright - chorus
Sam Wright is a rising Junior at Amherst College. He is a Music composition and Math major there and several of his compositions have been performed by professional soloists, various choral ensembles and even members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. His favorite Musical composer is Dave Malloy and as a result, Sam has transcribed and recorded a production of Malloy's "Ghost Quartet" and is currently in the process of recording Malloy's "Octet" this summer. He also plays trombone with the Amherst Symphony, is the Assistant Musical Director of the a cappella group "The Zumbyes" at Amherst and sings with the Concert Choir. Last summer, he received a grant to write a Musical song cycle about his Korean Grandmother under the direction of Tony Award nominated playwright John Cariani and actor John Michael Higgins. He is excited to be able to do some singing with Opera51 this summer!
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