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August 15, 2015 @ 3 PM Dimond Park, Ok

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

5th Annual Opera Concert in the Park
Saturday, August 15, 2015 @ 3 PM
Dimond Park, Oakland

Host: Ellen St. Thomas

Performances by:
Elizabeth Baker, mezzo-soprano
Ben Brady, bass
Michael Dailey, tenor
Carolyne Anne (C.A.) Jordan, soprano
Charlotte Khuner, soprano
Melody King, soprano
Bradley Kynard, baritone
Eileen Meredith, soprano
Angela Moser, soprano
James Meredith, Pianist

Una voce poco fa from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini
Elizabeth Baker

La Fleur Que Tu M’Avais Jetée from Carmen by Georges Bizet
Michael Dailey

Vissi d’art from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Angela Moser

Il Est Doux, Il Est Bon from Hérodiade by Jules Massanet
Carolyn Anne Jordan

Vision Fugitive from Hérodiade by Jules Massanet
Bradley Kynard

Caro Nome from Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi
Eileen Meredtih

La Ci Darem La Mano from Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart
Elizabeth Baker and Ben Brady

Mira, O Norma from Norma
by vincenzo Bellini
Angela Moser and Elizabeth Baker

Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss
Charlotte Khuner

Un Bel Di Vedremo from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Melody King

Aprite Un Po’ Quegli Occhi from Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart
Ben Brady

O Soave Fanciulla from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Eileen Meredith and Michael Dailey


Sous le Dome Epais from Lakmé by Leo Délibes
Melody King and Elizabeth Baker

Dichm Teere halle from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner
Angela Moser

What A Movie from Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein
Charlotte Khuner

Ole Man River from Showboat by Jerome Kern
Ben Brady

Solveig’s Song from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg
Carolyne Anne Jordan

Mon coeur s’ouvre from Samson et Dalila by Cecile Saint-Saens
Elizabeth Baker

Io Son L’Umile Ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea
Melody King

All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Carolyne Anne Jordan and Bradley Kynard

Tonight from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Eileen Meredith

A Woman is a Sometime Thing from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Bradley Kynard

It Ain’t Necessarily So from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Michael Dailey

This concert is sponsored by community members Caroline Adams, Bruce Jacobs and Rochelle Galat, Leslie Ann Jones, Karen Long, Leona Narita and Karen Marie Schroeder.

Special thanks to:
Julia Hunt Nielsen who invited the singers and put together the program
Michelle Dopplet, Recreation Supervisor, Dimond Park
Lucy Beck and Linda Berti, Vocal Arts Institute
Marc Babin, Audio

Open Opera brings free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and uses public space to build community through the arts.

Open Opera is a project of Vocal Arts Institute, a California 501 (c) (3) non‐profit corporation.
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A Bay Area native, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Baker is a versatile performer of opera, oratorio and new music. The San Francisco Examiner has praised “Mezzo Baker’s sweet looks, devilish charm, and insouciant resilience.” In addition to singing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ms. Baker’s recent roles include Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Handel Opera Project), Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Island City Opera), the Wife in Barab’s ‘Out the Window’ (Mendocino Opera), and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Virago Theater). Ms. Baker co-founded Open Opera, a nonprofit that brings free professional opera to Bay Area parks. With Open Opera, Ms. Baker has sung the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. As a soloist with local orchestras, she can be heard singing repertoire including Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Mozart’s Vespersand Requiem. New music performance highlights include collaborating with Earl Howard in Waftings at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, appearing at New York’s New Museum with composer/performer Dogr, and joining percussionist William Winant for performances at Herbst Theater and in New York’s Roulette. Ms. Baker also composes music for voice, choir and piano, having studied composition and improvisation with W. A. Mathieu after graduating from Williams College.

Ben Brady is delighted to be back in Dimond Park and performing with such a wonderful group of singers. Recent roles include Tonio in I Pagliacci, (Pocket Opera), the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance (Lamplighters), and roles with Verismo Opera including Zuniga in Carmen and Hunding in Die Walküre. He will be appearing as Mephistopheles next month in Verismo Opera’s Faust. He also enjoys making music with his rock band, Suits of Steel. Check them out at suitsofsteel.com.

A San Francisco native, Dr. Julia Hunt Nielsen made her stage debut at age five with the San Francisco Opera in a production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, starring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Overtwo decades later, in 2001, she gave her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in Weill Recital Hall as the first‐place winner of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s international competition for opera singers. Her operatic roles have included the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Mimì in La Bohème, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Eurydice in Orpheus and Eurydice, and Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes. She appeared in the leading role of Rose at the West Coast premiere of Elliott Carter’s new opera What Next?, with the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano. She has also appeared throughout the West Coast with Festival Opera, Eugene Opera, Oakland Lyric Opera, Pocket Opera, Stockton Opera, Sonoma City Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Guild. Internationally, she has performed with the Rome Festival Opera and the AIMS/Graz Orchestra in Austria. Dr. Nielsen has also been a frequent soloist in concert and recital around the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with the Oakland/East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, Stockton Symphony, Auburn Symphony, and West Marin Summer Music Festival. Her solo recitals have included an appearance for the CenterStage concert series in Marin County, and the San Francisco premiere of Handel’s “Lost” Gloria. Dr. Nielsen received her Doctor of Music degree in Voice from Indiana University under Martina Arroyo, having received her Masters Degree there under Margaret Harshaw, and her B.A. in Music from Stanford University. She has taught voice privately in San Francisco for 14 years, and has been mentored by Maestro David Jones in the tradition of the Swedish‐Italian School of Singing since 2006. She has also served on the voice faculty of the San Francisco Girls Chorus since 1999.

Carolyne Anne (C.A.) Jordan sings in the San Francisco Opera Chorus and is an active performer in the Bay Area. Since 2006, C.A. has been singing and covering roles with Berkeley West Edge Opera, Mission City Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Open Opera, Goat Hall Productions, the educational programs West Coast Opera Workshop, BASOTI, and the Opera Scenes Program at Holy Names College. She has performed with the Santa Cruz Chamber Players, and is a founding member of The Santiago Players. C.A. holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and completed graduate study at the New England Conservatory of Music. She currently studies with Dr. Julia Nielsen in San Francisco.
Charlotte Khuner is a 19 year-old junior music minor at Goucher college. She technically began performing when she was four years old as “Dolore” in Madama Butterfly, but has only seriously studied voice since high school. At Goucher, she has sung Gretel in Hansel and Gretel by Humperdink, the title role in Dummy by Goucher Graduate Gil Kline, in addition to scenes as Maria from “West Side Story”, Mabel from Pirates of Penzance and Fiordiligi from Cosi fan tutte. She also was chosen to perform the song cycle “A Voice from the Annex” by Goucher College President José Bowen at various venues. She also has sung in the chorus of West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, Island City opera, and the Andrea Fulton Chorale. She is also majoring in psychology. In what little free time she can find, she enjoys painting, learning German, Italian, and French, and teaching herself guitar, eating sushi, and hanging out with her friends.

Melody King is thrilled to sing with the Open Opera Concert. Recent roles sung include Lucrezia (I due Foscari), Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), and soloist for the Soirée Series with Livermore Valley Opera. As Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose, Ms. King performed the roles of Leonora (Il Trovatore), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), and Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles). Additional roles performed include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), First Lady (Magic Flute), Yvette (La Rondine), Duenna (Der Rosenkavalier), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Lillian Russell (The Mother of us all.) Ms King has sung for Opera San Jose, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, West Edge Opera, Verismo Opera, Bayshore Lyric Opera, and Lowell House Opera. Ms. King is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in concentration in Music in Education. She was selected as a semi-finalist in 2007 for NATS Boston Chapter song and aria competition. In addition to performing Ms. King teaches classical voice privately and participates in school outreach master classes. For upcoming engagements, please visit www.melodyking.net

Bradley Kynard is pleased to premiere the role of Lazarus (Voyage of Mary Magdalene). Recently, Mr. Kynard made his San Francisco Opera debut as Daggoo in (Moby Dick). Previous roles include Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Remendado (Carmen), and Lord Cecil (Roberto Devereux) with Pocket Opera. Other engagements include Marchese d’Obiny (La Traviata) with Opera San Jose, Chirurgo (La Forza del destino)with West Bay Opera and Robbins (Porgy and Bess) with Mendocino Music Festival. Upcoming engagements include Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) with Livermore Valley Opera, Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and Schaunard (La Boheme). Mr. Kynard has performed with the San Francisco Opera chorus for the past seven seasons. bradleykynard.com

A tenor whose voice was described by Opera News as being “blessed with freshness” Michael Dailey recently made his debut with Microscopic Opera performing the role of Ben in the world premiere of Todd Goodman’s Night of the Living Dead as well as with Knoxville Opera performing the role of Prince Ramiro in Cinderella. Prior to that, Michael spent his summer as a returning member of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program where he performed the role of Selimo in the world premiere of the critical edition of Rossini’s Maometto II. From 2008-2012, Michael served as a Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose where he performed 12 leading roles including Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro in Cenerentola, Alfredo in Traviata, Nemorino in E’lisir D’amore, and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte. Other companies he has performed roles with include Virginia Opera, Tricities Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival, Portland Opera to Go, and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Mr. Dailey’s international credits include his performances in the roles of Lucano/1stSoldat/Famigliare in Montiverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Theater an der Wien. As a member of the New York Harlem Production company, he performed the role of Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess on a European tour of six countries in venues including The Semperoper in Dresden and The Carré Theater in Amsterdam. On the concert stage, Mr. Dailey has been a featured soloist with the Virginia Choral Society, Todi Music Festival, Schola Cantorum, South Valley Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Chorale, Nova Vista Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, and on the Avedis Concert series.

Eileen Meredith, joined by Ellen St. Thomas and Robert Boyd, started Island City Opera this year, after recent operatic successes with Virago Theatre Co, including Il Trovatore and Island City Opera’s 2015 which included Lucia di Lammermoor, Mr. Bruschino, and Il Tabarro. Eileen will be performing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto and Mimi in La Boheme for Island City Opera in 2016. Eileen has performed for years with San Francisco Opera, and has had appeared with West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Goat Hall, and Open Opera. Favorite roles include the title role in Madame Butterfly, Violetta in La Traviata, and Mimi in La Boheme. Eileen is a winner of first prize awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She can be heard on movie scores and video games. Concert highlights include Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Messiah. Eileen is also active as a teacher and Music Director. Islandcityopera.org

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. His work has brought him into contact with such artists as Elly Ameling, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Eleanor Steber, Evelyn Lear and Gerald Moore for whom he has played masterclasses. For four years he was assistant to pianist Dalton Baldwin in summer art song masterclasses at the French Conservatory in Nice. 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 and two concerts with Sonos in a premiere of Libby Larsen’s Hell’s Belles. He has been conductor of the Oakland Symphony Chorus, was on the faculty of Merritt College, taught masterclasses at Holy Names College and San Jose State University and was Festival Opera chorus master for two seasons. Mr. Meredith 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. He is on the board of directors for the Pacific Musical Society and has been on the boards of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra.

Angela Moser has enjoyed performing in and around the Bay Area for several years. She has sung with various groups including Virago Theater, Pocket Opera, Capitol Opera, Open Opera, and more, performing operatic roles as well as concert repertoire. Angela has also been happy to join the San Francisco Opera for numerous productions, singing in the chorus since 2002. She holds a BA from Dominican University of California, and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Ellen St. Thomas, co –founder of Open Opera performs, teaches, produces and directs. She has performed with West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and San Francisco Lyric Opera in the roles of The Countess The Marriage of Figaro, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Mimi La Boheme, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Pretzel Girl in Shostakovich’s, The Nose. Directing credits include La Boheme, Rachmaninoff’s, Aleko for the Russian Center in San Francisco and Il Trovatore for Virago Theater Company and Il Tabarro for Island City Opera. Ellen collaborates with Bay Area composers and has performed music by Nancy Bachmann, JJ Hollingsworth and Bruce Nalezny. She recently produced a new chamber opera Voyage of Mary Magdalene by Nancy Bachmann. Co-founder if Island City Opera, Alameda she performed Alisa in Lucia D’Lammermore . In 2016, Ellen will be performing Giovanna in Rigoletto and directing La Bohème for Island City Opera. Islandcityopera.org

July 31 Concert Program

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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
Elizabeth Baker

“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.

Sneak Peak: Rehearsal Photos of Don Giovanni

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Photos by Eileen Meredith

These photos were taken during the dress rehearsal on Thursday, August 5 at John Hinkel Park. The talented and beautiful, young cast and an orchestra made up of the very best players in the Bay Area together with the nuanced, meaningful and excellent staging by Olivia Stapp and inspired musical direction by Jonathan Khuner will be enforce this afternoon to surprise and delight the audience.