Open Opera Concert in the Park
Orinda Community Park
Sunday, July 31, 2011 4PM
James Meredith, pianist
“È strano…sempre libera” from La Traviata by Verdi
Eileen Meredith, soprano
“Dove sono” from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Carolyne Anne Jordan, soprano
“Hai gia vinta la causa causa….vedro” from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Leland Morine, baritone
“Mon cœur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Samson et Dalila by Saint Saëns
Theresa Cardinale, mezzo-soprano
“Harlequin’s aria” from Ariadne auf Naxos
Ryan Bradford, baritone
“Parigi o cara” from La Traviata by Verdi
Eileen Meredith, soprano and Sigmund Siegel, tenor
“Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville by Rossini
“Eri tu” from Ballo in Maschera by Verdi
Nicolai Janitsky, baritone
“O mio Fernando” from La Favorita by Donizetti
Heather McFadden, mezzo-soprano
“Act 3 Quartet” from La Boheme by Puccini
Eileen Meredith, soprano; Carolyne Anne Jordan, soprano; Raymond Chavez, tenor; Ryan Bradford, baritone
“Casta diva” from Norma by Bellini
Angela Moser, soprano
“The Veil Song” from Don Carlo by Verdi
Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano with Katya Roemer, soprano
“Mein sehnen! Mein Sehnen! From Die Tode Stadt by Korngold
Leland Morine, baritone
“Non ti scordar di me” words and music by Ernesto De Curtis and Domenic Furno
Katya Roemer, soprano and Theresa Cardinale, mezzo-soprano
“Accerba volutta” from Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea
Heather McFadden, mezzo-soprano
“Questa o quella” from Rigoletto
Sigmund Seigel, tenor
“Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhäuser by Wagner
Katya Roemer, soprano
“Die Todesahnung … O du mein holder Abendstern from Tannhäuser by Wagner
Nicolai Janitzky, baritone
“Un bel di” from Madama Butterfly by Puccini
Carolyne Anne Jordan, soprano
“Nessun dorma” from Turandot by Puccini
Raymond Chavez, tenor
“Mira o Norma” from Norma by Bellini
Angela Moser, soprano and Lisa van der Ploeg, mezzo-soprano
This concert is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The East Bay Community Foundation, The City of Berkeley and people like you.
Open Opera brings free, professional opera to bay area parks and uses public spaces to build community through the arts. It is a project of the Vocal Arts Institute, a California 501 c non-profit organization. Openopera.net
Elizabeth J. D. Baker is a San Francisco native and graduate of Williams College. Ms. Baker’s music and performing career spans composition, improvisation, comedy, acting, and opera. Co-founder and creative director of Open Opera, Ms. Baker has performed the roles of Dido and Cherubino and sung at Grace Cathedral with new music composer Earl Howard. Ms. Baker recently appeared at the New Museum in New York with Dogr. Her choral composition, One, Two, Three was commissioned and performed by the International Orange Chorale. Ms. Baker studied composition and North Indian raga with W. A. Mathieu for seven years and is a voice student of Soprano Olivia Stapp. Ms. Baker is the Creative Director for Open Opera.
Baritone Ryan Bradford is a DePaul University graduate who recently made his professional symphony debut with Northwest Indiana Symphony. With DePaul Opera Theater he sang many roles including KoKo in The Mikado and Betto in Gianni Schicchi, and recently debuted in San Francisco as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He has been recognized by both Chicago and San Francisco NATS and is a student of Cesar Ulloa. He performed Masetto in Open Opera’s Don Giovanni.
Theresa Cardinale has performed before opera and concert audiences throughout Northern California. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “strong mezzo-soprano voice” and “focused clarity,” her career runs a broad gamut between the opera and concert stage. Theresa has been featured in major and “sidekick” roles with regional opera companies. As a concert soloist, her repertoire includes many of the choral masterpieces with numerous choral organizations and orchestras in Northern California. Upcoming performances include a commemoration concert performance on September 11 of the Verdi “Requiem” in Berkeley with a mast chorus. Theresa holds a master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University and teaches voice in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Raymond Chavez is a Bay Area native with a past life including five years in the San Francisco Opera Chorus. More recently, Ray has appeared with Alameda Civic Light Opera, most notably as Juan Peron inEvita and the Padre in Man of La Mancha, as well as with Altarena Theater and Stagemasters as Frankie in “Forever Plaid”. He recently premiered song cycles by composer Aaron Blumenfeld in Berkeley (Trinity Concert Series). He has performed in the Bracebridge Dinners in Yosemite National Park. It was while singing in Yosemite that Ray returned to the opera repertoire after a twenty-two year hiatus. Since then, he has appeared with Pocket Opera in San Francisco, and with Open Opera in the East Bay. He has appeared with Virago Theatre in Alameda, last year as Rodolfo in La Bohème and recently as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Nicolai Janitzky is a native of Northern California. His recent engagements include Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov with San Francisco Opera, Baron Douphol in La Traviata with San Diego Opera, Marcello in La Boheme with Sacramento Opera, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore with Bear Valley Music Festival, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Idaho, and Silvio in I Pagliacci with Livermore Valley Opera. Other roles he has sung include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Pélleas et Mélisande, Valentin in Faust, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. He has also worked at Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. He is an active recitalist, and has performed in such venues as Carnegie (Weill) Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Institute of Music Art Song Festival. He is the winner of several competitions including the George London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, and Opera Index Foundation. He has also been a finalist in the Operalia (Placido Domingo) Vocal Competition. He studied at the Yale University Opera Program and the Music Academy of the West.
Carolyne Anne Jordan, Soprano, has been performing professionally in the San Francisco Bay area for four years. Most recently, she sang the role of “Lola” (Frasquita) in Berkeley West Edge Opera’s The Carmen Fixation, and will sing in the Extra Chorus of the San Francisco Opera later this year. Past engagements include recitals with The Santa Cruz Chamber Players, a world premiere role at Mission City Opera, Livermore Valley Opera (cover), Goat Hall Productions, and in the summer programs West Coast Opera Workshop and BASOTI. Carolyne Anne studies in San Francisco with Sheri Greenawald.
Heather McFadden has been a prominent singer in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. Known for her large dramatic mezzo voice, she has appeared with opera companies. Upcoming roles include Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera San Jose and Open Opera.
Washington, D.C. native Eileen Meredith recently performed the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Virago Theatre Company (viragotheatre.org). A co-founder of Virago, she looks forward to performing Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly next spring. Other roles for Virago include Mimi in La Boheme for which one critic exclaimed “her duets…came as near to heartbreak as the [audience] can bear.” Other past performances include Cunegonde in Candide and Polly in the Threepenny Opera and Musetta in La Boheme. Eileen will perform the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in the spring of 2012. She has performed with San Francisco Opera, Berkeley West Edge Opera, Goat Hall Productions, Pocket Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Sonoma City Opera as well as The San Francisco Symphony.
One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-rounded musicians, James Meredith conducts the country’s acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He is a musical partner with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and dramatic soprano Olivia Stapp. Concerts with Ms. Von Stade included an appearance on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” reaching a National Public Radio audience of over two million listeners. He has been teaching, accompanying and coaching students for the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley for 14 years. His voice students are winners of many competitions and have gone for advanced degrees at top-ranked universities and conservatories, many on scholarships.
Leland Morine, baritone, came from a musical family. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Fresno Pacific College and a Master of Arts at California State University, Fresno. He won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions five times, received top prize in the Fresno District Merola Auditions, and was awarded prizes twice from the Henry Holt Memorial Scholarship. Roles performed include Maletesta Don Pasquale, Dandini Cenerentola, Silvio & Tonio Pagliacci, Renato Ballo, Schaunard Boheme, Scarpia Tosca, Falstaff Falstaff, Elder Germont Traviata, Silva Ernani, Ezio Attila, Michele & Gianni Schicchi Trittico, Count Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi, Sparadrop Princess of Trebizonde, Emperor Rossignol, Jupiter Orpheus, and many Gilbert and Sullivan characters. He regularly performs with the Uptown Singers. Sings Opera, Broadway, and Standards at Bella Restaurant in Redwood Shores, presents Neapolitan Standards at Nicolino’s Garden Restaurant in Sunnyvale, and on radio and in recital. He is widely known for his performances of 17th century through 20th century oratorio and concert literature.
Angela Eden Moser enjoys performing in the Bay Area and abroad. Opera roles include Donna Anna in Open Opera’s “Don Giovanni,” Atalanta in “Serse,” Priscilla Sherman in “I Candy,” Ereshkigal in “The Descent of Innana,” and Sophia in “The Mystery of Love.” Angela occasionally sings in the San Francisco Opera Chorus and also plays the flute. She loves all art forms, cooking, the outdoors, and traveling.
Katya Roemer, Soprano, has performed extensively as a soloist in opera, operetta, concert and musical theater in New York, Spain, Italy, and the West Coast. She has been praised for her “musical command,” “big, warm soprano voice” and “excellent sense of interpretation and characterization.” A winner of many awards and prizes, Katya won first runner up in the Pacific Region Metropolitan Opera Auditions and took first place in the National Opera Association competition. Roemer’s broad operatic repertoire includes leading and title roles with numerous West Coast companies in Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller, Der Rosenkavalier, the Bartered Bride, Rusalka, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Il Tabarro, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa and A Hand of Bridge. Taking on the world stage, she has appeared as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with the historic Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and has sung in concert at the opera houses in Spoleto and Trevi, Italy. This December Katya will perform in the Bracebridge Dinners at the Ahwanee Hotel in Yosemite.
Sigmund Seigel, tenor, is a graduate of Music and Art High School in New York and received a M.M. in Voice on full scholarship at Stony Brook, SUNY. He studied Italian in Florence, Italy. He has sung roles with Sacramento Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Cinnabar Opera and Pocket Opera companies. Some of his roles are Cassio, Goro, Tamino, Monastatos. He has been 1st tenor with San Francisco Opera chorus for 29 seasons. He is also on the Board of Berkeley Opera and was featured in the academy award winning documentary about Opera Singers, ‘In the Shadow of the Stars’. Mr. Seigel maintains a busy schedule singing and has a voice studios in San Francisco and Oakland.
Ellen St. Thomas enjoys performing, teaching, conducting and directing. Her opera performances with local opera companies such as West Bay Opera, Livermore Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Mission Opera and The Marin Summer Music Festival include: The Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Mimi La Boheme, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Jenufa and Mayor’s Wife Jenufa, Micaela Carmen, Pretzel Girl in Shostakovich’s, The Nose. Opera directing credits include La Boheme and Rachmaninoff’s, Aleko for the Russian Center. Ms. St. Thomas has a private voice studio and teaches voice at the Alameda School of Music. She is co-founder and executive director of Open Opera.
Lisa van der Ploeg has performed in over 25 states and has worked with companies such as the San Francisco Opera Center, Intermountain Opera, Stockton Opera, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic. Among the roles she has sung are the title role in Carmen, Amneris in Aida, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Katisha in the Mikado, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night visitors. Though a California girl from birth, she grew up in Denmark and is always delighted to hear others speak Danish.