Painted Sky Opera Presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl and the Night Visitors

BY GIAN-CARLO MENOTTI

7 PM DECEMBER 14, 2018

5 PM DECEMBER 15, 2018

SANCTUARY OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

This classic Christmas opera is a perfect holiday outing for the whole family! Amahl is a young boy living with his mother near Bethlehem.  Amahl’s mother worries about their future because she has been forced to sell their sheep and they have no source of income.  One evening, three royal visitors come by their house bearing gifts for a child of wonders.  But, when they ask to spend the night, Amahl’s mother is faced with the question of whether those gifts are better given to the Christ child or taken to keep Amahl and his mother from becoming beggers.  With tuneful melodies and a wonderful message that goes to the heart of the true meaning of Christmas, you don’t want you or your children to miss Amahl and the Night Visitors. 

Artistic Staff:
Stage Director - Molly Johnson

Music Director - Jan McDaniel

Assistant Music Director - Joe Fitzgerald 

Technical Director - Scott Hynes

Stage Manager - Lauren Colston 

Costume Director - Brian Butler 

Amahl - Austin Rindler 

Mother - Catherine McDaniel 

Kaspar - Mark Johnson 

Melchoir - Jordan Andrews

Balthazar - Kevin Eckard 

Page - Austin Martin 

Chorus - Haleigh Adams, Kara Judy, MK Mackey, Emily Johnson, Riley Cleaver, Ken Copeland, Tucker Felix, Dylan Bond, Lily Voth, Rita Shah, Mark Parkhurst

Parents - Julie Rindler, Roy Rindler, Geoff Bond, Jenn Bond, Nishita Shah

Austin Rindler began solo singing performances when he was just 6 years old. His first solo was “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Since then, Austin has performed in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown playing Schroeder, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory playing Mike Teavee, and in The Christmas Spectacular as a lead male vocalist. He has performed a number of vocal solos and a wide range of music from alternative rock, pop music, and classical opera. Austin loves singing, composing songs and playing the piano and guitar. He is the oldest of four siblings and loves being a big brother. He is also an avid Thunder fan and artist. One of his pieces of artwork was chosen to be displayed in a collection at the Fine Arts Institute. He is thrilled to be making his debut with the Painted Sky Opera Company as Amahl.

Catherine McDaniel, mezzo-soprano, has performed major operatic roles in Europe and the United States.  Her professional debut occurred during the Festival Lyrique de Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, where she appeared as Niklaus in Les contes d’Hoffmannand Mercedes in Carmen.  Dr. McDaniel also performed the role of Clarina in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonioin the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.  Among her roles are Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, and the title role in Carmen.  Local operatic appearances include the inaugural performances of the Southern Plains Opera Ensemble (Così fan tutteand Pride and Passion:  An Operatic Evening—both for past seasons of the Rose State Live concert series) and repeat engagements with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Discovery Concert Series. As mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, she has sung with Maestro Murry Sidlin in his A Defiant Requiem, in addition to performances with Canterbury Choral Society, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra.  Further, McDaniel has appeared in performances of Handel’s Messiahwith numerous orchestras in Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.  Other oratorio credits include Honegger’s Le roi David, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and the Oratorio de Noëlby Saint-Saëns.  In May of 2009, she sang the Bach B Minor Masswith Canterbury Choral Society and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and she performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiemin the spring of 2017 – the fifth time she had sung this work. Prior to joining the voice faculty of the Bass School of Music (where she teaches studio voice and lyric diction), Dr. McDaniel spent over a decade as a member of the voice faculty at Oklahoma Christian University.  Her current and former students maintain active performing careers on Broadway and national tours, and in companies such as Portland Opera, Sarasota Opera, the Seagle Music Colony, Bay View Music Festival, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Music Theatre of Wichita.  They include finalists in auditions for the Metropolitan Opera and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a number have pursued advanced voice degrees at the New England Conservatory, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of North Texas, and the Moores School of Music—University of Houston.  She holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in voice, both from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma, where her dissertation was an analysis of Tales Not Told, a song cycle composed for her by Edward Knight.  She was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in both the Midwest and Texas Regions and a winner of the Advanced Division of the Texoma Regional Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Dr. McDaniel is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Mark Johnson is singer and actor and teaches voice at the University of Central Oklahoma, having previously taught for the University of Texas system. He studied voice with Inez Silberg (OCU), NYC Opera tenor Robert Grayson and internationally-known voice pedagogue, Dr. Stephen F. Austin, both at LSU. Concert and Recital - National: St. Mary the Virgin (NYC), Washington National Cathedral and The White House (DC). Regional: TACTUS, Texas Vocal Arts Ensemble. Local: UCO FACS Recitals (numerous), Chancel Choir Director, First Christian Church, Midwest City. TV/Web - National: Oral Roberts Television. Regional: Orange Leaf, LifeChurch, Cherokee Red River Casino. Local: Allegiance Credit Union, Joe Cooper Ford, Fowler Dodge. Web Series: Earth to Jessie (Psychiatrist). Musical Theater - Regional: FLIPSIDE: The Patti Page Story (tour), Pollard Theater (Hairspray-Wilbur), Broadway Tonight (Guys and Dolls-Arvide Abernathy). Local: Poteet Theater (Ragtime). Stage - Regional: City Repertory Theater (Grapes of Wrath-Weedpatch Camp Director), Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (numerous). Local: Jewel Box Theater (Dial M for Murder), Carpenter Square Theater (Good People).   Opera - Regional: Tulsa Opera (numerous as Apprentice Artist), Four Corners Opera (Face On The Barroom Floor), Baton Rouge Opera (Merry Widow), Asheville Lyric Opera (Amahl and founding Board member), Opera East Texas (Cosi, Tosca). www.markandmollyjohnson.com 

Jordan Andrews, baritone, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is completing his second master’s degree at Oklahoma City University in Opera Performance. He received his MM in Vocal Coaching from the same institution in 2017 and his BA in Music from Northwest Missouri State University in 2015. He studies voice with Dr. Catherine McDaniel and coaches with Jan McDaniel. He currently works as a private vocal coach and staff accompanist at OKCU and is involved with the OKCU Jazz Ensemble, The City Cabaret – OKC, Opera on Tap – OKC, and music directs “Ahhx Chords”, the male acapella group at OKCU. Recent credits include: Jake (Side Show); Beauty and the Beast (Beast); Handel’s Messiah (Bass Soloist); Carceriere/Chorus (Tosca); Shrek: the Musical (Donkey); It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Music Director/Pianist); The Little Mermaid (Music Director) www.jordanmandrews.com 

Kevin Eckard, Bass-Baritone, is currently a Professor of voice and Head of the vocal Arts Division at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Eckard is a native of South Carolina. He received his DMA from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from Indiana University.  Dr. Eckard has performed frequently throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, Austria and Great Britain. He has performed as a soloist with The Messiah Festival in Lindsborg Kansas, the International choir festival in Chester, England, the Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Denver Opera, Wichita Opera, Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, the Carmel and Anderson Symphonies in Indiana, Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Canterbury Choral Society, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma City. Dr. Eckard has been the featured soloist in productions of Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He has also performed Bach’s Mass in b minor, Magnificat, Cantata 140, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott and Cantata 79. Among his many operatic credits, he has performed the roles of Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Budd in Albert Herring, Blitch in Susannah, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Monterone in Rigoletto, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Secret Policeman in The Consul, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Escamillo in Carmen and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. Kevin has also performed in the musicals, Jekyll and Hyde, as the Bishop of Basingstoke, and Jesus Christ Superstar, as Caiaphas. Dr. Eckard is a Regional Finalist and a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s South Carolina District competition, and has won the Margerite Elfe Erckmann award for vocal performance. Kevin performed the role of the Sacristan last year in Painted Sky Opera’s production of Tosca and is excited to be back for this year’s productions of Rigoletto and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Austin Martin is excited to make his third appearance with Painted Sky Opera! He was previously seen in the choruses of Rigoletto and Tosca. Austin has also performed with the OK Opera and Music Theater Company at Oklahoma City University as the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Richard Harrison in Thomas Pasatieri's The Vaudevillian, and King in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, as well as several opera choruses. He also played the role of Figaro with the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan this past summer, and has also performed with the Taos Opera Institute and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. His thanks go out to his parents for being his biggest fans, his friends who continuously support him, and to the directors of Painted Sky Opera for giving him the opportunity to help bring opera to central Oklahoma.

Haleigh Adams is a Mexican-American soprano opera singer. Born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Haleigh began studying music from an early age, participating in auditioned choirs from the age of 6 and taking private piano lessons for 10 years. Haleigh received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Cameron University in May 2018. While at Cameron, Haleigh performed many opera scenes, singing the roles of Papagena “Die Zauberflöte”, Frasquita “Carmen”, Clorinda “La Cenerentola”, Yum-Yum “The Mikado”, Lakme “Lakme”, Susanna and the Countess “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Haleigh is a McMahon Scholar and has performed with the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association All-Collegiate Honor Chorus, the Southwestern Oklahoma Choral Directors Association All College Choir, Lawton Philharmonic chorus, and Lawton ProMusica. 

Kara Judy was born is Oklahoma but grew up in Northern Indiana. Music has always played a major role in her life and she began singing and learning to play the piano at a young age. During her high school years she found her love of Musical Theatre in the chorus of Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma. She later went on to play Marion in The Music Man and Lady Thiang in The King & I. Kara attended Huntington University and studied voice while obtaining her Bachelors of Arts with a concentration in Church Music. In her time there, she was involved in multiple ensembles including a women’s chorus, handbells, and a traveling worship team. She also competed and won the opportunity to perform in numerous concertos. In the years after college, she returned to her high school alma-mater as the Music Director of Babes in Arms, Anything Goes, Little Women, and Beauty and the Beast.  Kara moved back to Oklahoma a few years ago and is enjoying all the opportunities that the city provides to continue to develop and share her music abilities. 

MK Mackey is a sophomore Musical Theatre major and Spanish minor at the University of Central Oklahoma. MK studies under Dr. Rob Glaubitz. She is so thrilled to be in her first opera! Some of her favorite roles include Ghost of Lucy Barker / Prima Ballerina (Sweeney Todd), Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), and Abigail Williams (The Crucible). She would like to thank Dr. Glaubitz and Dr. Molly Johnson for giving MK this opportunity and her boyfriend, Jacob, for his endless love and support.

Emily Johnson is thrilled to be a part of Amahl and the Night Visitors. She is very thankful for the opportunity to grow as a young artist and learn from both her peers and directors. She would like to thank her mom and dad for inspiring her passion for music as well as Painted Sky Opera for allowing her to fulfill those passions.

Riley Cleaver is a native Oklahoman. His Mother, a charter member of the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, played a significant musical role in his life by encouraging him to embrace and participate in the arts as he grew into adulthood. He was an active member of First Baptist Church adult choir before graduating from high school. While attending Northwest Classen High School he was a member of the award-winning Cry-Slur show choir. Riley is a graduate of OSU and has been a minister of music for several Baptist congregations through the years. He has performed with the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, Jewel Box Theater, Norman Sooner Theatre, and Southern Nazarene University School of Arts and is currently performing with the Oklahoma Senior Follies and Painted Sky Opera. Riley serves on the board of Friends of Northwest Classen, and Painted Sky Opera. Riley’s profession with eXp Realty Company keeps him busy. He and his best friend and wife, Anna, have a passion for great music. If not enjoying the arts you can find them attending one of their 10 grandchildren’s sporting or musical events. In their down time they love to be outside gardening, swimming or playing with their two whippets. Riley and Anna are active members of Crossing Community Church and Choir.

Kenneth Copeland is happy to be singing again, after a 30 year hiatus, and pleased to be a voice student of Professor Barbara DeMaio, Asst. Professor of Voice, UCO. Dr. Copeland is a retired physician and OU Professor Emeritus, formerly Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Director of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at OU Children’s Hospital. He especially wishes to thank Dr. Robert Glaubitz for this opportunity to be a part of Amahl and the Night Visitors, having sung in a production of it some 35 years ago in San Antonio, Texas! Dr. Copeland, along with his wife Lucia, are proud parents of two daughters and three lovely granddaughters. 

Tucker Feix is a financial analyst in the Operational Profitability group at MidFirst Bank. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Mathematics with full honors. While at OSU, he studied with Martha Williford Avrett and sang in the Concert Chorale. Currently, Tucker sings and attends Crossings Community Church. 

Dylan Bond is an eighth grade student at Central Middle School in Edmond. She is 14 years old. Dylan is involved in Musical Productions, Drama, and various choir groups at her school, and has past experience in COCDA. She has so much love and excitement for music and drama. She is currently enrolled and attending Rosenbalm Academy of Music. She was born in Oklahoma City and currently resides in Edmond.

Lily Voth is a freshman at Harding Fine Arts Academy. Amahl and the Night Visitors is her first opera. She played Fan in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s A Christmas Carol as well as a munchkin and a poppy in their production of The Wizard of Oz. Lily was selected to attend Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp last summer. She studies regularly at Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy, where she has been in eight academy productions; her favorite role so far was playing Gertrude from Seussical.

Ria Shah is currently an eighth-grader at Casady School. She has been taking voice and piano lessons with Mrs. Danielle Herrington for the last three years. Prior to that, she had training under Amber Zuniga. She started learning piano and voice since age 6. Ria sang a solo opera for her school talent show in 6th grade and 7th grade. She is also learning Indian Classical Dance for seven years and is now a senior in dance. She won the Little Miss Asia pageant when she was eight in 2014 showcasing her talent in dance and she has performed in numerous cultural dance events in lead roles.

Mark Parkhurst is a retired school psychologist from Edmond.  He is a charter member and current president of the Edmond Community Chorale.  Mark has sung in several choirs over the years throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, and Italy.  He is most proud of singing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter twice. He is excited in singing in the chorus of Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Mark was a student of the late Dr. Jess Webster and currently a student of Dr. Barbara DeMaio.


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Modern Day Opera Etiquette

We here at Painted Sky Opera believe that every person should be able to enjoy opera in a comfortable and welcoming manner. So, put simply, come as you are! But you are welcome to see below if you are interested in some helpful hints to get you prepared.

The Dress Code –  At Painted Sky Opera we do not adhere to a specific dress code other than requiring that you be fully clothed including shoes. Opera is a magical, theatrical, dramatic affair.  Most people associate going to the opera with being elegantly dressed: top hat and tails, sparkling gowns, pristine gloves and furs. At Painted Sky Opera we do not adhere to a specific dress code other than requiring that you be fully clothed including shoes. So feel free to dress more casually. If you are looking for a recommendation, think business casual. Think Sunday best. Wear what you would wear going out to a nice dinner.

Or, take this time to dust off your pearls and  black tie, and dress to the nines!

We believe the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and enjoy the production.


What to Bring –  Yourself for starters and a friend would be a wonderful addition. In most large houses, guests are encouraged to bring opera glasses (binoculars) but in Freede Little Theatre, every seat has a great view, so you are in luck! Good manners are always welcomed as is a cell phone that is turned off.


How to Prepare – No preparation is needed to enjoy the show, however if you are itching for a fix before you take your seat, the best way to prepare before attending, is to go to the specific detail page for the event and read the story of the opera. If you want a truly immersive experience and you just so happen to have a little free time before the show you can come hear Danielle Herrington give a delightful pre-show talk!  

How will I understand it?  

Opera in performed in many different languages including English. Take a deep breath, you don’t need to speak a foreign language to understand it. During every opera performance in the Freede Little Theatre, we project English subtitles on the stage, so you can read along. As long as you have two eyes attached to your head on arrival, you shouldn’t have any issues understanding the show.


Do I have to be quiet during the performance?

Yep, you do. Because you won’t want to miss one note and neither will anyone else.

When is the right time to clap?

Generally, you clap at the end of each Act or at the end of a spectacular aria or ensemble.

If you aren’t sure when to clap, wait for those around you. Then let them have it! If you are tempted to join in the chorus of praise remember that opera lovers like getting their Italian gender endings correct. So: “brava!” for a woman, “bravo!” for man and “bravi!” for everyone. On the other hand, you can just whistle, shout or stay entirely silent depending on your mood.

Can I bring my cellphone?

Opera singers train for years so that their voices can be heard without a microphone. And the Freede Little Theatre has great acoustics to help you hear. But that wonderful acoustic quality of the theater also means that everyone can hear your ringing, buzzing, dinging cell phones.

Please turn it off before the opera starts. Don’t worry, we will remind you.

Please be considerate so that everyone (including you!) can hear every note and fully enjoy the beautiful music.

What time should I arrive?

Check your tickets or the website for the starting time of the show. Then plan to arrive at the Civic Center parking lot well before that. You want to have plenty of time to park and settle yourself in your seat before the show begins.

Parking prices vary, so arrive early so you can park closer to the theater!



Opera Isn't Just for Grown Ups

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” –John F. Kennedy, former American President



Hey everyone! My name is Alexandria Carmon and I am the new Educational Outreach Coordinator for Painted Sky Opera. I still don’t think I have come up with appropriate words to describe how excited I am to take on this position. I came on as a social media intern in October of 2016 during the double bill of An Incomplete Education and The Medium and I was so honored when I was asked to expand my responsibilities into educational outreach. I have passions for opera, teaching, and cultivating the future of arts in our state and this position combines all of them into something I could have only built in a dream.



Enough sappy stuff.

 Artistic Director Rob Glaubitz and Mary McDowell performing an Outreach to a Summer Arts and Music Camp July 2017.

Artistic Director Rob Glaubitz and Mary McDowell performing an Outreach to a Summer Arts and Music Camp July 2017.



The quote by former president, John F. Kennedy, perfectly embodies my goals as the new Educational Outreach Coordinator for PSO. As we are all aware, budget cuts are pulling art out of schools and removing those outlets from students who need them. I was a student who needed that outlet and fortunately was allowed many opportunities to pursue it but that is a rare position for most students today. I believe that no matter the artform, we must continue to try to reach out to the youth and encourage expression. This year, my goals are to reach as many students in the state of Oklahoma as possible and we are doing that by offering a program that is adaptable to different age levels and time constraints.



For Painted Sky, we are able to use opera as a medium to not only expose children to the wonders of it but also the many other aspects that go into it. Singing is just scraping the surface of opera and it is really cool to see a child’s reaction to experiencing it in a live setting. One of my favorite stories to tell about student’s reaction to our outreach program comes from my previous position as the music assistant at Cashion Schools. I met the class of fourth graders on my first day of class and during introductions, I told them I was an opera singer. One student said, “ummm… Miss Alex, that’s weird”. The class went on for a couple minutes about how strange they thought opera was as a whole and their own perceptions of the art form. A few months later, we brought an outreach program to the school and I have to say, being the voice that makes 80 fourth graders sit up in their seats, eyes wide, jaws dropped is indescribable. After the program, they went back to class and the next day in music they had a million questions about opera and everyone raise their hand to tell me their favorite part of the performance. One of my really soft-spoken students in the class came to me at the end of the lesson and asked, “Miss Alex, can I be an opera singer?”



This for me, is why I love what I do. Not because I want to turn every child into an opera singer, that would be absurd, but to develop an appreciation for the artform that they didn’t realize they would ever have because of what they think opera is. We don’t let children grow up without trying their vegetables and we shouldn’t let kids grow up without an opportunity to decide for themselves their opinions about opera. Our program is slowly but surely breaking down the stereotypes of opera being weird or inaccessible for both children and adults. This is hard but extremely rewarding work and I am ecstatic about what the future holds.


To support our program, connect us with a school, or ask questions about what our programs entail, please contact Alexandria Carmon at outreach@paintedskyopera.org.




Painted Sky Opera Presents Rigoletto

Painted Sky Opera once again brings grand opera to the stage of the Freede Little Theatre with this engaging production, featuring award-winning Oklahoma City tenor J. Warren Mitchell as the Duke. 

Presented with orchestra in Italian with supertitles.

 

Cast:

Rigoletto - Daniel Scofield

Gilda - Jessica Jones

Duke of Mantua - J. Warren Mitchell

Sparafucile - Jonathan Moots

Maddalena - Sarah Saturnino

Monterone - Kevin Eckard

Marullo - Zachary DeVault

Borsa - Ryan Allais

Ceprano - Steven Osborn

Countess Ceprano - Laura Wardwell

Giovanna - Elizabeth Wasson

Usciere di Corte - Austin Martin

Paggio della Duchessa - Melissa Delgado

Gilda (Cover) - Mary McDowell

Duke (Cover) - Alonso Jordán López

Chorus - Stephen Jones, Alex Bolerjack, Hayden Turner, Ethan Snowden

Supers - Jessica Yeager, Katherine June Smith, Malia Sherwood


Artistic Staff:

 

Stage Director - Rob Glaubitz

Assistant Director - Megan Guerra

Music Director - Jan McDaniel

Technical Director - Scott Hynes

Costume Designer - Becky McGuigan

Makeup Artist - Mary LaSaxon

Stage Manager - Megan Guerra

Assistant Stage Manager - Kim Thomas-Cobb

 

J. Warren Mitchell is an emerging lyric tenor who has been making a living as a choral music educator and conductor, but is now realizing that a career singing opera is on the horizon. He is stepping out of his comfort zone as a choral conductor and venturing into the greater world of international opera. J. Warren realized a career in opera was possible when he entered to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2011, he received the Trudy Oliphant Sundgren Young Singer Encouragement Award, and went on to become a district finalist and a 2nd place Midwest regional winner the following year. In January of 2013, Jay was chosen to participate in a weeklong workshop at Carnegie Hall entitled, “The Song Continues,” where he was one of four singers, and the only tenor, who performed in a public master class with legendary mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne.  He was chosen as a recipient of the Agnes Varis Career Encouragement Grant and was a nominee for the Sara Tucker Award all through the Richard Tucker Music Foundation in New York City. As well, Jay was selected as a 2013 voice fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA and was the recipient of the Irene Cummings Hostetler and Theodore Hostetler Full Scholarship in Voice.  After attending Music Academy of the West, Jay learned that he was one of fifteen tenors selected to participate in a three-week program of study in New York specifically designed for tenors and called, TENORS! During this time, he worked with renowned tenor, Neil Shicoff and conductors Stephen Lord and Eugene Kohn. Out of 450 singers worldwide, J. Warren was selected as a two-time winner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Opera Competition in Rheinsberg, Germany.  As a result he made his European debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata in 2015 and a triumphant German debut singing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s opera, Tosca in 2016.  Following this success, J. Warren was invited to the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany to give a concert for the President and First Lady of Germany in celebration of the Kammeroper’s 25th anniversary season and was invited to make his German recital debut, and US operatic debut with Painted Sky Opera singing, yet again, Tosca.  In 2018, J. Warren’s appearances onstage have included: appearing in concert at the Konzerthaus Berlin as the featured tenor soloist with the Staatskapelle Halle, debuting as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Georgia, appearing in concert with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Bemidji, Minnesota and with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Jacksonville, Illinois, and making his US role debut singing ll Duca in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the  Painted Sky Opera Company.  In 2019, Jay will return to the Konzerthaus Berlin as a featured soloist with the Madeburgischen Philharmonie in a New Year’s Opera Gala. The Montgomery, Alabama native received the Bachelor of Vocal Music Education degree from Auburn University, and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma City University.

Jessica E. Jones, Soprano, has been praised for her “dazzling radiance” and “vocal sparks.” Her repertoire includes Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Elvira in L'italiana in Algeri, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Corinna in Il Viaggio a Riems, Chrisann Brennan in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Musetta in La Bohème, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Beatrice in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lightfoot McLendon in Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, Lulu in Elmer Gantry, and Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath. She has performed with Opera San Antonio, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, American Lyric Theater, Sarasota Opera, Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Opera Idaho, Sun Valley Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera in the Heights, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, and Crested Butte Music Festival. She was audience favorite and regional finalist of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. Ms. Jones holds a master’s degree in performance from the Moores School of Music.

Hailed by the Houston Press as “The finest court jester I've seen in years”, Daniel Scofield joins Painted Sky Opera as Verdi's tragic hunchback as part of their 18-19 season, St Petersburg Opera as Sharpless in an international cast of Madama Butterfly, Leporello with Opera Idaho, Haydn's Creation with the Boise Baroque Orchestra, and Britten's War Requiem with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the centennial observation of the end of World War 1, as well as orchestral concerts with the symphonies of Charlotte and Paducah. In August, Daniel will be an artist with Sherrill Milnes' Savannah Voice Festival, where he sings excerpts from Otello and Macbeth under the tutelage of the renowned baritone.

Jonathan Moots received his Bachelors in Music from Midwestern State University.  While there, he performed Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Gianni Schicchi.  During four seasons with Opera in the Ozarks, he performed Truffaldin/Lackei, (Ariadne auf Naxos), Colline/Benoit (La bohème), Man with the Cornet Case/Puppet Master (Postcard from Morocco), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Baron Zeta (The Merry Widow), Bonze/Registrar (Madama Butterfly), and Commendatore/Masetto (Don Giovanni). He made his professional debut with Opera North performing Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Capulet (Roméo et Juliette).  He pursued a Performance Certificate at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he performed Reverend Olin Blitch (Susannah), Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Tempo/Nettuno (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria).  He has performed Ferrando (Il trovatore), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with the Sieur Du Luth Festival.  He has performed Bonze/Imperial Commissioner/Registrar (Madama Butterfly), Un Mandarino (Turandot), Talpa (Il tabarro), Simone (Gianni Schicchi) and Angelotti (Tosca) with the Kansas City Puccini Festival.  He was an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera where he performed Le Bailli (Werther) and covered Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love).  Of his performance in Werther, Opera News hailed him as “a strong, steady Bailiff.”  He received his Masters of Music in Opera at Binghamton University.  While there, he was a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera where he performed Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Morales (Carmen), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), and Méphistophélès (Faust).  Upon graduating, he became a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera where he performed Marchese d’Obigny (La traviata), Second Armored Man/1st Priest (Die Zauberflöte), and the French Official (Giovanna d’Arco).  He has performed Marchese d’Obigny (La traviata) and covered the bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Utah Festival Opera.  He went on to make his debut with Tulsa Opera as Dottore Grenvil (La traviata).  He was invited back to perform Man with the Cornet Case/Puppet Master (Postcard from Morocco) and to cover Leporello (Don Giovanni).  From 2011-2015, he was Resident Artist with Opera Breve Vocal Intensive at MSU.  While there, he mentored the students and performed Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Tobias (Hotel Casablanca), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte).  He was Guest Artist with the Harrower Summer Opera where he performed Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier).  For the past three summers, he's been a Resident Artist & Artistic Administrator for Red River Lyric Opera at MSU where he performed Reverend Olin Blitch (Susannah), Colline (La bohème) and Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore).  During the 2015-2016 season, he was featured soloist with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra performing works by Mozart and Ravel.

 

Making her Painted Sky Opera debut, mezzo-soprano Sarah Saturnino is performing the role of Maddelena. Saturnino is originally from California where she graduated cum laude in 2016 from UCLA.  She made her operatic debut in 2013 as Patre in L’Enfant et les Sortileges with Opera UCLA, as well as Jenny in Down in the Valley in 2015. Recently, Saturnino performed in mainstage productions of both Cosí fan tutte (Dorabella) and Die Zauberflöte (Dritte Dame) with Yale Opera. She received her Masters in Music with honors from Yale in 2018. Saturnino is an alumna of many prestigious training programs. In Summer 2015, she sang the role of Prince Charmant in Miami Summer Music Festival’s production of Cendrillon where she was lauded for her performance by the Miami Herald, “Sarah Saturnino cut a tall, strikingly handsome figure as the bored, unhappy prince …she brought a wide range of vocal colors and dynamics to Massenet's delicate writing. Her noble bearing, elegant phrasing and silvery top register portend future success in the Mozart-Strauss mezzo repertoire.” She trained in Italy with the Bel Canto in Tuscany program in 2016 and 2017. Recently, Saturnino made her debut with the Chautauqua Opera Company as part of their Studio Artists program where she covered Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide. Her concert work includes singing the alto solo in the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival’s Handel’s Messiah, as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Yale’s Philharmonia under the baton of world renown Marin Alsop. Saturnino made her debut with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra with her performance of The Old Lady in a concert version of Candide. Upcoming performances include a concert series with Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera in October. In February she will join forces with acclaimed organist Janet Yieh for a recital series in Connecticut.  

Kevin Eckard, Bass-Baritone, is currently a Professor of voice and Head of the vocal Arts Division at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Eckard is a native of South Carolina. He received his DMA from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from Indiana University.  Dr. Eckard has performed frequently throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, Austria and Great Britain. He has performed as a soloist with The Messiah Festival in Lindsborg Kansas, the International choir festival in Chester, England, the Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Denver Opera, Wichita Opera, Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, the Carmel and Anderson Symphonies in Indiana, Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Canterbury Choral Society, and Lyric Theater of Oklahoma City. Dr. Eckard has been the featured soloist in productions of Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He has also performed Bach’s Mass in b minor, Magnificat, Cantata 140, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott and Cantata 79. Among his many operatic credits, he has performed the roles of Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Budd in Albert Herring, Blitch in Susannah, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Monterone in Rigoletto, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Secret Policeman in The Consul, Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Escamillo in Carmen and Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore. Kevin has also performed in the musicals, Jekyll and Hyde, as the Bishop of Basingstoke, and Jesus Christ Superstar, as Caiaphas. Dr. Eckard is a Regional Finalist and a two-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s South Carolina District competition, and has won the Margerite Elfe Erckmann award for vocal performance. Kevin performed the role of the Sacristan last year in Painted Sky Opera’s production of Tosca and is excited to be back for this year’s productions of Rigoletto and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Zachary DeVault is a baritone from the OKC area. He recently earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and is currently pursuing a master’s degree under the tutelage of Dr. Barbara Streets. DeVault has been involved in previous Painted Sky Opera productions, such as Puccini's Tosca (Chorus) and Verdi’s la Traviata (Domestico/Chorus). He also sang the role of Charlie in PSO’s semi-staged reading of Jake Heggie’s opera, Three Decembers. Zachary was also seen in recent UCO productions such as Flotow’s Martha (Plunkett) and Copland’s The Tenderland (Top). DeVault would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting him and his voice teacher, Dr. Barbara Streets, for giving him the means and courage to perform.

Hailed as “an outstanding soloist” with “a masterful singing voice,” (Taos News), lyric tenor Ryan Allais has captivated audiences throughout the Southwestern United States. Allais is thrilled to make his professional debut as Matteo Borsa in Painted Sky Opera’s Production of Rigoletto. Recently scene as Giulio Gatti Casazza in the world premiere of The Vaudevillian by Thomas Pasatieri. He has appeared as Roberto in Painted Sky’s Production of Tosca, Giuseppe in PSO’s Production of La Traviata and as Prunier in Oklahoma City University’s production of Puccini’s La Rondine (2016). Allais has worked with Santa Fe Opera in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (2015) and in Beethoven’s Fidelio (2014). Allais has worked with such world-renowned musicians as Maestro Harry Bicket, stage director Stephen Wadsworth, Tim Albery, and mezzo-soprano, Kirstin Chavez. Allais is currently the choir director at Piedmont Intermediate Schools and is the media specialist and administration for the Taos Opera Institute. Prior to accepting the role in administration at TOI, Allais attended the opera summer program as an apprentice, one of twenty-eight promising singers from around the country (2013). Allais has served as the guest conductor of the Taos Community Chorus (2014-16), Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Taos (2014-16) and was also the head band and choir director in the Taos Municipal School District (2012-16). He has been featured as a singer and soloist with the New Mexico Bach Society (2014-16) and Kaemper Music Series (2015). Allais is a graduate student for nonprofit leadership in arts administration. He received an M.M. in opera performance from Oklahoma City University (2018) and holds a B.M. in Music Education from New Mexico State University.

Steven Osborn, Bass-Baritone, makes his Painted Sky Opera role debut as Count Ceprano. Steven studied vocal music performance at Oklahoma State University during which time he was the Tulsa District winner and a regional finalist for the for the Mid-west region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. After enjoying a successful career in the hospitality industry, he has recently returned to his true passion and has performed with Tulsa Opera as well as Tulsa’s Signature Symphony. In addition to his current engagement with Painted Sky Opera, Steven will go on to perform the role of Fiorello in the Tulsa Opera production of “The Barber of Seville” and has had a recent engagement as Joseph Pulitzer in the Theatre Tulsa Production of “Newsies” as well as starring in Tulsa Opera’s one-man show “Music! Magic! Opera!,” which is part of the Kennedy Center or the Arts’ “Any Given Child” program.

Mezzo-soprano Laura Wardwell holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Loyola University of New Orleans, and a Master of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma City University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant for Valliance Bank, a member of the Opera on Tap OKC (OOT OKC) roster, as well as a member of the Painted Sky Opera (PSO) Outreach team.  In 2017 after an extended hiatus from professional music, Laura was honored to help prepare and present a joint concert with OOT OKC and PSO benefitting the Red Cross Hurricane Relief in the gulf coast region.  She has performed with New Orleans Opera chorus in productions of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Donezetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and with the Loyola University New Orleans Opera chorus in Delibes’ Lakme and Gonoud’s Romeo et Juliette. A member of the Dr. Bill Christensen voice studio, Laura also coaches with Corie Melaugh and Dr. Barbara DeMaio.  She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Oklahoma Society of CPA’s, and the Wesley United Methodist Church in OKC. A proud wife and mother, Laura is eternally grateful to her family for their support of all her musical endeavors.    

Austin Martin (Usciere di Corte) is thrilled to be back with Painted Sky Opera! Austin is a native of Tyler, Texas, and recently earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Performance credits include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bay View Music Festival and OCU, Richard Harrison in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Vaudevillian, King in Nico Muly’s Dark Sisters, and several opera choruses.

Elizabeth Wasson is an Oklahoman mezzo soprano. She recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Music and is now pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus in music librarianship at the University of Oklahoma. Elizabeth is in the voice studio of Dr. Catherine McDaniel and the coaching studios of Jan McDaniel and Joe Fitzgerald. She is also a frequent performer for the OKC Opera on Tap. Past credits include: Tosca, Three Decembers (Painted Sky Opera), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Opera Steamboat), The Juniper Tree, La Gioconda, and Suor Angelica (OCU).

Melissa Delgado is currently pursuing her MM in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Roles from the OU University Theatre and Cameron University include: La Principessa, Suor Angelica; Olga, Eugene Onegin; Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro; and Zita, Gianni Schicchi. Melissa has also performed in the chorus with the Tulsa Opera in Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, Elmer Gantry, and Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as in the chorus with Painted Sky Opera in Tosca.

Mary McDowell, from Dallas, TX, graduated from Oklahoma City University. Mary has performed in several operas across the country including Rigoletto, Three Decembers, La Traviata ,Sour Angelica, Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Il Pagliacci, Dido & Aeneas, L’elisir D’amor, and Die Fledermaus. Mary has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert pieces such as Verdi’s Requiem, and Davorak’s Te Deum, and she has also successfully competed in several Edward Baird Singer of the Year, Classical Singer and National Association of Teachers of Singers competitions across the United States.  Along with music, Mary McDowell is also a professional horsewoman who has been riding, showing, and training horses for over twenty-three years.

Tenor, Alonso Jordán López is in his final year as an opera performance graduate student at Oklahoma City University. He has performed as a chorister with Painted Sky Opera since their inaugural season. Recently, he performed the role of Léon in John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" at the Miami Summer Music Festival. His performance was described as "striking" by The South Florida Classical Review.

Stephen Jones is a second year Master’s Student studying opera under Dr. Leslie Flanagan. A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Stephen received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has performed in many roles at the University of Oklahoma, most recently the Father in Hansel and Gretel and Betto in Gianni Schicchi, as well as Lord Mountararat in Iolathe with Cimarron Opera Company.

Alex Bolerjack is thrilled to be making his debut with Painted Sky Opera. Alex has portrayed the roles of Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin, and Marco In Gianni Schicchi with the Universoty of Oklahoma, as well as the role of Escamillo in Carmen with the Enid Symphony. His performances also include both Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Algernon Moncrief in The Importance of Being Earnestwith The Bethany Stage if Oklahoma. Alex received his Masters of Music in Voice from the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Nazarene University.

Hayden Turner is attending the University of Central Oklahoma as a junior vocal & instrumental performance major. He was born and raised in the small town of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Hayden has performed in UCO productions as The Sergeant of the Police in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and The Strongman from Malcolm Fox’s Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. He has also appeared in the chorus of Cimarron Opera’s production of Iolanthe and UCO’s production of Martha. Now he is proud to be a member of the chorus in Rigoletto. He is extremely excited to make his professional debut with the wonderful Painted Sky Opera Company.

Ethan Snowden is currently in his first semester of his Masters in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma. He received his bachelors in Music Education from UCO in 2016, and during his time as an undergraduate found a passion for opera after performing in UCO’s productions of L’Elisir D’Amore, The Magic Flute,  and The Ring of the Fettuccines. He is very excited to be making his Painted Sky debut in Rigoletto and would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support.

Katherine June Smith is ecstatic to be involved with her first production with Painted Sky Opera. She holds a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Texas Tech University, and is now a second year graduate student at University of Central Oklahoma. Past opera roles include Flora in The Turn of the Screw, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Mrs. Ott in Susannah, Cassandra/Damigella in La Didone, and Cat in Starbird, as well as other roles in scenes classes, children’s operas, and musical theater productions. She has studied in opera training programs such as the Taos Opera Institute, Opera in the Ozarks, Music in the Marche, and the Haymarket Opera Summer Course.

Jessie Yeager is thrilled to be performing her second consecutive year for Painted Sky Opera.  Her most notable role was as the lead in last year’s production of “Tosca” (as the dead body double).  Even though she will still not have a vocal role, she is happy to at least be seen alive. A special thanks to Becky McGuigan, Rob Glaubitz, and all of Painted Sky Opera for your continued support in fulfilling her dream.

Malia Sherwood is a soprano originally from Owasso, Oklahoma. She recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education. She is currently a first year graduate student in vocal pedagogy at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her past performances include operas such as Sour Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and Susannah with Oklahoma State University Opera. She has also performed with Oklahoma State University’s Concert Chorale at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2017, and at the Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma in 2017.

Joe Fitzgerald is a native of Topeka, Kansas.  This is his third season with Painted Sky. He received his Master’s of Music in Vocal Coaching from Oklahoma City University in 2016, where he is now adjunct faculty as a vocal coach, répétiteur, and professor of diction.  At OCU, he has served a variety of roles in opera and musical theatre shows including the award-winning productions Jackie O (Assistant Music Director,) Don Pasquale (chorus master,) and Evita (orchestra.) In 2015, he made his operatic music directing debut in a concert version of La Gioconda.  In 2018, he joined the faculty of the Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico.  He has been a Piano Fellow at the Bay View Music Festival for two seasons and is currently the organist for Hillcrest Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

 

Three Decembers - why you have to see this opera

Three Decembers - why you have to see this opera

Okay, so let's cut to the chase:  as the Artistic Director of this company, I want you come to all of our shows.  We spend a lot of time choosing great operas to perform, we find great singers to sing in them, and then we work hard to make our productions top notch.  So, yeah, I would encourage you to see all of our shows. But, having said that, you REALLY need to come to see Three Decembers on May 11 and 13 at the Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center.

Painted Sky Opera Presents Three Decembers

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May 11 at 8pm  & May 13 at 2pm – Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center. 

 

We are proud to present to you the amazing cast & crew of Three Decembers. 

 

Madeline Mitchell: Catherine McDaniel

Beatrice: Katie Bolding

Charlie: André Chiang

Madeline Mitchell Cover: Megan Berti

Beatrice Cover: Autumn West

Charlie Cover: Rob Glaubitz

Father: Zachary Van-Allen Devault

 

Director: Robert Glaubitz 

Music Director/Conductor: Jan McDaniel 

Costume Designer: Dayna Brown 

Technical Director: Scott Hynes 

Assistant Director: Claire Choquette

Assistant Music Director: Joe Fitzgerald

Stage Manager: Megan Guerra

Assistant Stage Managers: Alexandria Carmon & Kim Thomas-Cobb

 

Catherine McDaniel, mezzo-soprano, has performed major operatic roles in Europe and the United States.  Her professional debut occurred during the Festival Lyrique de Belle-Île-en-Mer, France, where she appeared as Niklaus in Les contes d’Hoffmannand Mercedes in Carmen.  Dr. McDaniel also performed the role of Clarina in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonioin the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.  Among her roles are Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, and the title role in Carmen.  Local operatic appearances include the inaugural performances of the Southern Plains Opera Ensemble (Così fan tutteand Pride and Passion:  An Operatic Evening—both for past seasons of the Rose State Live concert series) and repeat engagements with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s Discovery Concert Series. As mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, she has sung with Maestro Murry Sidlin in his A Defiant Requiem, in addition to performances with Canterbury Choral Society, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra.  Further, McDaniel has appeared in performances of Handel’s Messiahwith numerous orchestras in Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.  Other oratorio credits include Honegger’s Le roi David, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and the Oratorio de Noëlby Saint-Saëns.  In May of 2009, she sang the Bach B Minor Masswith Canterbury Choral Society and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and she performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiemin the spring of 2017 – the fifth time she had sung this work. Prior to joining the voice faculty of the Bass School of Music (where she teaches studio voice and lyric diction), Dr. McDaniel spent over a decade as a member of the voice faculty at Oklahoma Christian University.  Her current and former students maintain active performing careers on Broadway and national tours, and in companies such as Portland Opera, Sarasota Opera, the Seagle Music Colony, Bay View Music Festival, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Music Theatre of Wichita.  They include finalists in auditions for the Metropolitan Opera and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a number have pursued advanced voice degrees at the New England Conservatory, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the University of North Texas, and the Moores School of Music—University of Houston.  She holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in voice, both from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma, where her dissertation was an analysis of Tales Not Told, a song cycle composed for her by Edward Knight.  She was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in both the Midwest and Texas Regions and a winner of the Advanced Division of the Texoma Regional Auditions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Dr. McDaniel is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Katie Bolding began her career as a blues-rock singer, guitarist and songwriter, touring the Midwestern United States, before transitioning to classical music.  She completed her master’s degree in Opera Performance at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she sang the roles of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and the Daughter in Carissimi’s Jephthe.  She made her professional debut with The Dallas Opera as Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto, while she also covered the role of Gilda.  In 2010, Katie performed as a Chorister with the New York Metropolitan Opera and sang the role of Marzellina in the Washington State Bellingham festival of Music’s Fidelio. In that same year she performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Northeast Orchestra.  She made her European debut in 2011 under the baton of Leo Siberski, as the soprano soloist in a concert tour of Mahler’s 4th Symphony.  She also covered the role of Venus in a new production of Offenbach’s “Orpheus in der Unterwelt” with the Berliner Staatsoper.  From 2012-2014, she was engaged as the ensemble Lyric Soprano in Germany’s Theater Gera - Altenburg where she performed the roles of Micaela (Carmen), Frau Fluth (die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Sophie (Werther), Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), First Niece (Peter Grimes), Valancienne (die lustige Witwe), and Musetta (La Boheme), among others.  Other roles performed include Olympia (les Contes d’Hoffmann), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Colombine (Die Feuersbrunst), Maricousa (Toi c’est moi) and Mme. Herz (der Schauspieldirektor).  Since 2014, Katie has sung full-time with the historic Berliner Staatsoper Chorus, where she was the first American female member. Solo appearances at the Staatsoper include Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Freischütz, and Gala Concerts. She has also appeared as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and Vaughan-William’s Hodie.  In 2011 and 2012, Katie traveled twice to China, where she performed Chinese operatic repertoire in concert at the National Performing Arts center in Beijing.  In 2014, she was invited by the Britten- Pears Festival of England to take part in a Benjamin Britten Masterclass there.   Katie has performed in master classes and concerts in Germany, Austria, the United States, Great Britain and China.  Aside from her current engagements, she enjoys giving concert performances. Recent performances in Germany include the role of Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, a lieder concert, Mozart's Requiem, and a concert of the music of Leonard Bernstein. Upcoming performances: Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the Northeast Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas and two gala concerts with the Jenaer Orchestra in Aschaffenburg, Germany. 

André Chiang, baritone, touted by the Oregonian as “vocally commanding” brings his lyrical voice to repertoire spanning from Handel to Glass. Mr. Chiang’s recent engagements include King Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Opéra Louisiane and returns to Mobile Opera as Schaunard (La bohème), Opera Birmingham as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), and Pensacola Opera as Yamadori/Commissioner (Madama Butterfly). Previous credits include Young Galileo/Salviati (Galileo Galilei), Argante (Rinaldo), Falke (Die Fledermaus), and Ford (Falstaff), all with Portland Opera; Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) with Virginia Opera; Masetto (Don Giovanni), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Morales/Le Dancaïre (Carmen) and Motorcycle Cop/Guard 1 (Dead Man Walking) with Shreveport Opera; Marco (Gianni Schicchi) with Mobile Opera; and Lancelot in the Young Artist Matinee of Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival. Competition honors include Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song/Lieder competition, winner of the Grand Concours de Chant for French song, winner of the 59th NFMC 2017 Biennial Young Artist Award, and winner of the 45th NATS Artist Awards Competition. Mr. Chiang has been seen in concert as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the bass soloist in Haydn’s Mass in d minor with the Northwest Florida Symphony. Mr. Chiang is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Louisiana State University studying under Dennis Jesse and has been seen as Falstaff (Falstaff) and the Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen)Upcoming engagements for Mr. Chiang include St. Paul in Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, and Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Louisiana Opera.

Megan Berti is a Houston-based mezzo-soprano who performs opera and oratorio across the country. She has performed several roles with Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! including Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Rosina in The Barber of Seville,. This past season she debuted with the Rec Room as the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel and with Opera-tivo as Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri and Concepción in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole.  She also returned to Concordia University of Texas to sing the alto solo in Bach’s Mass in B minor. In 2016 she made her Houston Grand Opera debut as Female Emilia in Carlisle Floyd’s The Prince of Players, performed at Opera in the Heights as Angelina in La Cenerentola and Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, and toured Europe singing Verdi’s Requiem with the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. Other recent roles include Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Flora (La Traviata), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Magali (Salsipuedes), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Amelia (Amelia), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Anne (To Hell and Back), and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito). With HGO’s Opera to Go!, Ms Berti created and debuted Annamaria in The Pastry Princeand The Puffed-Up Prima Donna, as well as Mother/Nightingale in Rapunzel. She has performed in the Houston Grand Opera concert Music of Memory and Hope and toured Europe as a soloist for Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Dvořák’s Requiem with BCC&O. Other oratorio performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis. She is the winner of scholarship awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs, Moores School, Texas Music Festival, Dramatic Allied Arts Guild, Fine Arts Affiliates, and received the Presser Award. Visit www.meganberti.com for more information.

Autumn West is a soprano originally from Chicago, Illinois. Her professional engagements have seen her perform with organizations such as Cincinnati Opera, Sugar Creek Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Opera, Roundabout Opera for Kids Cincinnati, the Carnegie Theater of Covington, Kentucky, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Moscow, among others. Along with her work with Painted Sky Opera, West's 2017-2018 engagements include Messiah with Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Brahms' Requiem with the Kemp Concert Series, Bach Cantatas with Tactus Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, a featured artist series recital on the vocal works of Leonard Bernstein at the Texoma Region NATS conference, and performances with The City Cabaret OKC. In addition to her performing, West is a committed music educator, serving on the voice faculty at the Wanda Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches a studio of undergraduate and graduate Musical Theater and Voice majors. Active in arts administration as well, in 2013 West co-founded Cincinnati Chamber Opera, a company devoted to showcasing rarely-performed operatic gems in non-traditional venues, presenting opera in a current, accessible, and relevant way. She currently serves as Executive and Artistic Director for this organization.

Rob Glaubitz (Director, Charlie cover) is one of the founders of Painted Sky Opera. When he isn’t directing opera for Painted Sky Opera, he can be seen at University of Central Oklahoma where he is Assistant Director of the UCO School of Music and Director of UCO Opera, for which he will direct Cosi fan tutte and Michael Ching's Speed Dating Tonight! in their 2018-19 season. Recent directing credits include: Painted Sky Opera – La TraviataToscaLa CanterinaSouvenirThe MediumAn Incomplete Education. UCO Opera – SerseThe Tender Land, MarthaThe ImpresarioStarbirdAmelia Goes to the BallThe TelephoneThe Magic FluteHansel and Gretel.  

Zachary Van-Allen DeVault is a lyric baritone in the Edmond, Oklahoma area. DeVault recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and began his Master’s in Fall 2017, also at UCO. He was previously seen in Painted Sky’s production of La Traviata last season, and his favorite opera, Tosca.

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     October 6 at 7pm – October 7 at 7pm* – October 8 at 2pm – Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center.        We are proud to present to you the amazing cast & crew of Tosca.          Tosca: Saira Frank & Nicole Van Every*      Scarpia: Thomas Cannon & Tom Sitzler*    Cavaradossi: J. Warren Mitchell & Joel Burcham*     Sacristan: Kevin Eckard    Angelotti: Dorian McCall    Spoletta: Justin Kroll    Sciarrone: Jin Yu    Jailer: Jordan Andrews    Cardinal: Riley Cleaver    Roberti: Ryan Allais    Shephard: Megan Billings    Chorus: Alexandria Carmon, Alonso Jordan Lopez, Danielle Herrington, Elizabeth Wasson, Jason Kiespert, Margaret Vogel, Austin Martin, Melissa Delgado, Royce Strider, Solveig Neseth, Zachary Devault, and Jessie Yeager.          Director: Robert Glaubitz     Music Director/Conductor: Jan McDaniel     Costume Director: Becky McGuigan     Technical Director: Scott Hynes     Assistant Music Director: Joe Fitzgerald    Stage Manager: Megan Perdue               Alexandria Carmon  is excited to have the opportunity to perform again with Painted Sky Opera this season! A recent graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance, Alexandria is currently pursuing Masters degrees in Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Barbara DeMaio at the University of Central Oklahoma. Recently, she could be seen on stage in UCO's production of Aaron Copland's The Tenderland and Painted Sky Opera's performance of La Traviata. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with this incredible company and for all those in her life who support her.      Alonso Jordan Lopez , tenor, has performed as a chorus member in La Traviata during Painted Sky Opera's inaugural season. He is currently finishing his master's degree in nonprofit leadership and in the first semester of the master's program in opera performance at Oklahoma City University. Alonso is an alumnus of the Taos Opera Institute where he feels his singing and development as an artist rose to a new level.  In past years Alonso has had the privilege to sing with Phoenix Opera in Arizona, and take part in another life changing opera workshop- the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Bethesda, Maryland. Alonso is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance.      Austin Martin  is excited to be in his first production with Painted Sky Opera! Austin hails from Tyler, Texas, and is currently a senior vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University. Austin has previously played King in  Dark Sisters , and chorus in  La Rondine, Jackie O, Don Pasquale, The Coronation of Poppea,  and  Bonnie and Clyde.  He also appeared as Antonio in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival production of  Le Nozze di Figaro .         Danielle Herrington  is a Kansas native currently residing in Oklahoma City with her husband David and furry son Albere. She is a performer, teacher, and researcher. Danielle is a lyric coloratura soprano with experience interpreting a range of roles. At her engagement with the National Music Festival in Maryland, she was the soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem and Serpina in  La Serva Padrona . Other roles include Donna Anna ( Don Giovanni ), Adele ( Die Fledermaus ), Contessa di Folleville ( Il viaggio a Reims ), Sister Genovieffa ( Suor Angelica ), Papagena ( Die Zauberflöte ), and Le Feu ( L’enfant et les sortileges ). She recently started the OKC chapter of Opera on Tap and regularly performs at monthly shows. Danielle joined the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music as a new adjunct voice professor this Fall. She is also an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College, teaching applied private voice and piano lessons. As a voice pedagogue, Danielle has had the privilege of teaching hundreds of students over the past seven years. She currently teaches her privates studio at Rosenbalm Academy of Music in south Edmond. On the research front, Danielle focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French opera. Danielle loves working with Painted Sky as the graphic designer and also gave the pre-performance talk for  La Traviata . She is a current member of the Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and American Musicological Society.  Danielle has two Masters of Music, one in Opera Performance (2014) and another in Music History/Literature (2015), both from Wichita State University. Her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is also from Wichita State University.      Dorian McCall , Bass-baritone, has been described (by MONC) as having a “warm, even baritone” with a “rich and flexible voice,” recognized as having “great style, musically and physically” on stage and is a 2017 Career Bridges Encouragement Grant recipient. In the current season, Mr. McCall is slated to debut with the Painted Sky Opera as Angelotti in Puccini’s  Tosca  and graduate from the University of Oklahoma with his MM of Operatic Performance. In the 16/17 season, Mr. McCall debuted as the titular characters in Mozart’s  Le nozze di Figaro  at the Blooming Voce Opera Workshop, Puccini’s  Gianni Schicchi  and covered Donizetti’s  Don Pasquale  with OU Opera. He also debuted as Polyphemus in Handel’s  Acis and Galatea.  He was also the Bass-baritone soloist for Bach’s BWV 211 with the Enid Symphony and Schumann’s Requiem with the Symphony of Southeast Texas.      Elizabeth Wasson  is an Oklahoman mezzo soprano. She recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Music and is now pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma. Elizabeth is in the voice studio of Dr. Catherine McDaniel and the coaching studio of Jan McDaniel, and is a frequent performer for the OKC chapter of Opera on Tap. Past credits include: Fantastic Mr. Fox (Opera Steamboat), The Juniper Tree, La Gioconda, and Suor Angelic (OCU). She would like to thank Dr. Glaubitz and Maestro McDaniel, as well as Joe Fitzgerald and her mezzo-spirations Catherine McDaniel and Stephano Blythe.      J. Warren Mitchell  is an emerging lyric tenor who has been making a living as a choral music educator and conductor, but is now realizing that a career singing opera is on the horizon. He is stepping out of his comfort zone as a choral conductor and venturing into the greater world of international opera. As a choral music educator and conductor, J. Warren held numerous positions. He was the Coordinator of Education/School Partnerships and the founding conductor of the Young Men’s Chorus and the Youth Chorus Pilot Chorale with the Canterbury Choral Society, and Assistant to the Head of Choral Music Education at Oklahoma City University.  In 2016, Jay finished a seven-year tenure as the vocal music director at Harding Fine Arts Academy.  “It chose me, because I definitely did not choose it,” J. Warren says about the opera music he loves so dearly.  He came to this realization when he entered to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2011, he received the Trudy Oliphant Sundgren   Young Singer Encouragement Award, and went on to become a Midwest regional finalist in 2012. In January of 2013, Jay was chosen to participate in a weeklong workshop at Carnegie Hall entitled, “The Song Continues,” where he was one of four singers, and the only tenor, who performed in a public master class with legendary mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne.  That spring, he was chosen as a recipient of the Agnes Varis Career Encouragement Grant and was a nominee for the Sara Tucker Award all through the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Later that summer, Jay attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA as a voice fellow and was the recipient of the Irene Cummings Hostetler and Theodore Hostetler Full Scholarship in Voice.  After attending Music Academy of the West, Jay learned that he was one of fifteen tenors selected to participate in a three-week program of study in New York specifically designed for tenors and called, TENORS!  During this time, he worked with renowned tenor, Neil Shicoff and conductors Stephen Lord and Eugene Kohn. In 2015, out of approximately 450 singers worldwide, J. Warren was selected as a winner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Opera Competition in Rheinsberg, Germany.  His prize was a European debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s  La Traviata . Also, that year, J. Warren was invited to the Bellevue Palace in Berlin to give a concert for the President and First Lady of Germany in celebration of the Kammeroper’s 25th anniversary season.  Shortly after, here returned to his collegiate alma mater, Auburn University, as a distinguished alumnus and made his recital debut.  The summer of 2016 saw Jay return to Rheinsberg, Germany as a two-time winner of the Kammeroper’s International Opera Competition.  As a result, Jay made a triumphant German debut singing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s opera,  Tosca .  The summer of 2017, will not only see Jay make his German recital debut, but he will also make his US debut with Painted Sky Opera singing, yet again,  Tosca .  Forthcoming in 2018, J. Warren will make debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin, as the tenor soloist in  Verdi’s Requiem  with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, and in concert with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. The Montgomery, Alabama native received the Bachelor of Vocal Music Education degree from Auburn University, and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma City University.      Jason Kiespert  is extremely excited to be singing with Painted Sky Opera. Jason’s favorite Opera roles include Jenik in  The Bartered Bride,  Turiddu in  Cavaleria Rusticana,  and Rinuccio in  Gianni Schichi.  He studied voice at The University of Central Oklahoma with Marilyn Govich. Jason lives in Stillwater with his wonderful wife and children: Jera, Anna, and William.      Jessie Yeager  is thrilled to be making her Painted Sky debut. Since her talent doesn't match her love of music Jessie spends her days working as a Hydraulic Engineer. In her free time, she can be found by her sister's piano singing her favorite roles:  Les Misérables  (Éponine),  Wicked  (Elphaba), and whatever Disney songs her kids request. Jessie is living a dream by being included in this production and is hopeful for more dead body double opportunities in the future.      Jin Yu  is a graduate at Oklahoma City University in vocal performance. He is studying with Dr. William Christensen. He has also performed in Carmen, La Rondine, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and La Boheme. He would like to thank his wife, friends, and teachers for all the love and support.      Joel Burcham , American tenor, has firmly established himself as a young professional in the world of opera and classical music. A star on the rise, he is known for his dominant stage presence as demonstrated through sensitive acting and “effortless command of his voice”, which was further described by Chris Shull of the Wichita Eagle as a tenor voice of “clarion tone and operatic power”. “Burcham’s soft voice”, declared Jim Edwards of the Chicago Tribune, “was lyrical and smooth as silk but when he opened up his voice, beautiful loud steely notes poured forth.” This versatile tenor voice has appropriately enabled Mr. Burcham to command leading roles with several of North America’s top opera companies. Handsome as he is gifted, Burcham meets each engagement with self-assured dignity and grace. Operatic highlights include Alfredo in La Traviata with Music by the Lake, Lake Geneva Wisconsin; The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Opera Fort Collins; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera; Spoletta in Tosca for Madison Opera; and Pang in Turandot for Madison Opera and Opera Omaha. Mr. Burcham made his professional operatic debut with his portrayal of Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Central City Opera. The 2010-2011 season commenced with Mr. Burcham fulfilling a return engagement with Opera Fort Collins playing The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and in his debut with Knoxville Opera playing the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, a role Burcham commands with a delicate sensitivity and dramatic power. The affable young Burcham is presently preparing for his debut in the title role of Charles Gounod’s Faust the Bob Jones University Opera Association’s Concert, Opera and Drama Series production. During the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Burcham made his debut in the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with the Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, and, twice played the role of Alfredo in La Traviata – with the University of Colorado –Boulder Opera Theater and also at Music by the Lake. The 2008-2009 season saw Mr. Burcham in Puccini’s La Bohème making his debut in the role of Rodolfo, with Opera Fort Collins and also in the role of Martin in Copland’s Tenderland with Madison Opera. Burcham’s 2007-2008 season lent itself primarily to prowess on the concert stage in his performance of Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony, Das Klagende Lied with the Boulder Mahler Festival, Messiah at Augustana College, and in Mr. Burcham’s debut with the Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series as Philippe in The New Moon, in the summer series, Music by the Lake in the Summer Concert Series at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Also a distinguished oratorio and concert performer, Joel Burcham has sung the tenor solos in a growing list of venues to include Beethoven’s Mass in C for the Utah Symphony and a return performance with the Handel Messiah; Bach’s B minor Mass “Gloria” with the Madison Festival Choir; the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Verdi’s Missa Di Requiem with the Littleton symphony; Haydn’s Creation with Larimer Chorale, Das Klagende Lied with the Boulder Mahler Festival, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony, Lloyd Webber’s Requiem with the Wichita Symphony, Operatic excerpts for voice and choir in residence and on tour with Opera Omaha; and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Strings with the Camerata Orchestra and once again with the Summer Music Festival at Colorado College. Born and raised in Nashville, Illinois, Burcham received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, summa cum laude, the Master of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Arkansas and the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was the recipient of the Anne Crow Memorial Scholarship for Voice and Opera as well as the faculty-nominated University Fellowship based on excellence and career potential. Burcham’s successes are also marked in competition. He received the Central City Opera’s Young Artist award, was finalist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s American Artists Competition, and was also a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Finalist at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.       Jordan Andrews  is excited to be in his first fully staged opera! He was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He obtained a BA in Music from Northwest Missouri State University and, recently, a MM in Vocal Coaching from Oklahoma City University. He currently works as an accompanist/coach for OCU. In December, he will be the Bass Soloist in a performance of Handel's Messiah with Oklahoma City's Canterbury Voices. He currently studies voice with Dr. Catherine McDaniel. Most recent credits as a singer: Donkey (Shrek); Barnaba (La Gioconda in Concert); Cinderella's Prince (Into the Woods); and Seaweed (Hairspray). Other recent credits include: Trixie True, Teen Detective (Music Director); It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play (Music Director/Pianist); The Little Mermaid (Music Director).       Justin Kroll , tenor, currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Voice at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. He recently completed the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Baylor University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Literature from Baylor, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in Music from McLennan Community College. Justin is an active performer, most recently with appearances as Adolpho Pirelli in Stephen Sondheim’s  Sweeney Todd  with the Waco Civic Theatre, and as Don Pelagio in Haydn’s  La Canterina  with Painted Sky Opera in their Inaugural production last season. Upcoming engagements include the role of Tonio in Donizetti’s  Daughter of the Regiment  with McLennan Opera. In addition to his position at MCC, Justin serves as Facilities Assistant at the Armstrong Browning Library on the campus of Baylor University and is a member of the Parish Choir at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco.      Dr. Kevin Eckard , Bass-baritone, is currently Professor of Voice and the Division Head of Vocal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music. Dr. Eckard is a native of South Carolina and received his DMA from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Eckard has performed frequently throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, China, Mexico, Austria, Poland and Great Britain. He has performed as a soloist in the Messiah Festival in Lindsborg Kansas, the International choir festival in Chester, England, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Painted Sky Opera, Denver Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, the Carmel and Anderson Symphonies in Indiana, Indianapolis Symphony, Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Canterbury Choral Society, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Enid Symphony and Lyric theater of Oklahoma City.  Dr. Eckard was also a three-time winner of the South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera Competition and a regional finalist. He has been the featured soloist in productions of Bach’s  Mass in Bminor , Bach’s  Magnificat , Bach’s  St. Matthew’s Passion , Bach’s  St. John’s Passion , Mendelssohn’s  Elijah , Mozart’s  Requiem , Brahm’s  German Requiem , Faure’s  Requiem , Handel’s  Messiah,  Haydn’s  Creation , Haydn’s  Lord Nelson’s Mass , Schubert’s  Mass in G minor  and Beethoven’s  Ninth Symphony.  Among his many operatic credits, he has performed the roles of Sacristan in  Tosca , Schaunard in  La Boheme , Boris Godunov in  Boris Godunov , Blitch in  Susannah . Bob in  The Old Maid and the Thief , Dulcamara in  Elixir of Love , Monterone in  Rigoletto , Raimondo in  Lucia di Lammermoor , Budd in  Albert Herring , Masetto in  Don Giovanni , Secret Policeman in  The Consul , Escamillo in  Carmen , Dr. Grenville in  La Traviata  and Mikado in  The Mikado.  Dr. Eckard has also recorded portions of David Yeagley’s opera  Jacek  with the Polish National Radio Symphony as well as  Lessons and Carols  with St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO.  Kevin Is pleased to return to Painted Sky Opera for a second season.      Megan Billings  (Chorus/Shepherd) is once again delighted to work with Painted Sky Opera in their production of beautiful  Tosca . Some of Megan’s favorite credits include  La Traviata ,  Die Zauberflöte ,  Brigadoon ,  The Pirates of Penzance ,  La Canterina, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,  and  Into the Woods . Megan holds her Master of Music in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University and has trained abroad with Opera Viva! and locally with Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ. Megan impersonates Belle and WonderWoman for Forever After Parties of Oklahoma City and teaches voice and piano at the Fine Arts Academy of Southern Hills Baptist Church. A lover of both opera and musical theatre, Megan’s heart is to redeem the entertainment industry for Christ, making it accessible, appropriate, and delightful for all ages!      Melissa Delgado  is currently pursuing her MM in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Roles from the OU University Theatre and Cameron University include: La Principessa,  Suor Angelica ; Olga,  Eugene Onegin ; Marcellina,  Le Nozze di Figaro ; and Zita,  Gianni  Schicchi. Melissa has also performed in the chorus with the Tulsa Opera in  Romeo et Juliette, Carmen ,  Elmer Gantry,  and  Le Nozze di Figaro .      Nicole Van Every , Iowa native soprano, is quickly making a name for herself in the vocal performance world. Hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears”  (The City Sentinel,  Oklahoma City ) , her lyrical voice is known for its rich warmth, versatility, and particular ease of high sustained pianissimos. Nicole was a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. Most recently, she was announced as first-place winner of the 2016 National Classical Singer Online Competition. Nicole made her professional debut as Violetta ( La Traviata ) with Painted Sky Opera at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in February 2017. Her performance was met with high praise from audience and media.   Other favorite operatic roles include Alcina ( Alcina ), Alice  (Falstaff) , Donna Anna  (Don Giovanni) , and Ottavia  (L'incoronazione di Poppea) . Nicole is also a very active soloist throughout the United States and beyond. Recent concert credits include: Dubois’  Seven Last Words,  Rutter’s  Magnificat , Bach’s  St. John Passion,  Handel’s  Messiah,  Saint- Saëns’  Christmas Oratorio,  and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s  Hymn , all with the Norman Philharmonic;  Carmina Burana  with The University of Oklahoma Schools of Music and Dance, Beethoven’s  Symphony 9  and Haydn’s  St. Nicolai Mass  with OU; Saint-Saëns’  La Nuit  and Bob Chilcott’s  Requiem  with the Quincy, Ill. Symphony; Mozart’s  Exsultate, jubilate  for a concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing; Mozart’s  Mass in c minor  with the Truman State University Orchestra; and Mozart’s  Regina coeli  at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Other concert solo appearances include: Bach’s  Cantata No. 44,  Barber’s  Knoxville: Summer of 1915,  Chilcott’s  St. John Passion,  Crumb’s  Ancient Voices of Children,  Mozart’s  Requiem,  Schubert’s  Mass in G,  and Vivaldi’s  Gloria.  She was also pleased to be an invited soloist at the 2014 International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece. She will join the OU Festival Ballet and choirs as the soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s  Les noces  in April 2018. She studies with Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson and is mentored by Marilyn Horne, for whom she has sung since 2010. Visit her website at  www.nicolevanevery.com .      Riley Cleaver  is a native Oklahoman. His Mother, a charter member of the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, played a significant musical role in his life by encouraging him to embrace and participate in the arts as he grew into adulthood.  He was an active member of First Baptist Church adult choir before graduating from high school.  While attending Northwest Classen High School he was a member of the award-winning Cry-Slur show choir. Riley is a graduate of OSU and has been a minister of music for several Baptist congregations through the years. He has performed with the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, Jewel Box Theater, Norman Sooner Theatre, and Southern Nazarene University School of Arts and is currently performing with the Windsong Chamber Choir and Painted Sky Opera.   Riley serves on the board of Friends of Northwest Classen, Windsong Chamber Choir and Painted Sky Opera. Riley’s profession as a Berkshire Hathaway realtor keeps him busy.  He and his best friend and wife, Anna, have a passion for great music.  If not enjoying the arts you can find them attending one of their 10 grandchildren’s sporting or musical events. In their downtime, they love to be outside gardening, swimming or playing with their three whippets.  Riley and Anna are active members of the Crossing Community Church.       Royce Strider  is best known as a versatile and charismatic singer-actor. Upcoming performances include his debut with Painted Sky Opera this fall, covering Sacristan ( Tosca ). He has recently finished the Master’s program at the University of Houston, where he was prominently featured with the Moores Opera Center as Capulet ( Roméo et Juliette ), the Mayor (John Musto’s  The Inspector ), Reverend Hale ( The Crucible ), Prince Yashvin (David Carlson’s  Anna Karenina ), Guglielmo ( Così fan tutte ), and Brétigny ( Manon ). For the summers of 2015, 16, and 17, Royce has worked with Ohio Light Opera, performing an array of operetta and musical theater, including Oliver Hix ( The Music Man ), Prime Minister von Mark ( The Student Prince ), Prince Ulrich ( The Lady of the Slipper ), Second Gunman ( Kiss Me Kate ), Detective Baker (Jerome Kern’s  Have A Heart ), and covering Captain Corcoran ( H.M.S. Pinafore ) and Pish-Tush ( The Mikado ). His concert work includes Brahms's  Requiem  with St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Fauré  Requiem  with Saint Theresa Catholic Church, both in the Houston, TX area. He also sang Mozart’s  Coronation Mass  for the season finale concert with the Moores School of Music choir and orchestra. Other opera and theatre roles include the Baker ( Into the Woods ), Betto ( Gianni Schicchi ), Henry Davis ( Street Scene ), Le Superintendent des plaisirs ( Cendrillon ), Starveling ( A Midsummer Night’s Dream ), Kromov ( Die Lustige Witwe ), and Lillas Pastia in ( La tragédie de Carmen ). With roots in Norman, OK, Royce completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He is currently based in the Pittsburgh area, and loves good food, good wine, and his not-so-good cat, Hamlet.        Ryan Allais , hailed as “an outstanding soloist” with “a masterful singing voice,” (Taos News),   as a lyric tenor has captivated audiences throughout the Southwestern United States and Europe. Most recently, he appeared as Giuseppe in Painted Sky Opera’s Production of  La Taviata  and as Prunier in Oklahoma City University’s production of Puccini’s  La  Rondine (2016). In 2015, Allais returned to Santa Fe Opera in Mozart’s  La Finta Giardiniera , he made his professional debut as a chorister in SFO’s production of Beethoven’s  Fidelio  (2014). Allais has worked with such world-renowned musicians as Maestro Harry Bicket, stage director Stephen Wadsworth, Tim Albery, and mezzo-soprano, Kirstin Chavez. Noteworthy accomplishments: Bach’s  Mass in B Minor  in Rome, Italy (2012), Eisenstein in  Die Fledermaus  (2012). Allais is a M.M. student at Oklahoma City University and holds a B.M.E. from New Mexico State University.      Saira Frank , Soprano, credits run from opera to stage works to Broadway recitals. Saira has performed roles with Madison Opera, Pacific Opera Project, and Elgin Opera, and been a featured soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Florentine Opera, and Opera San Luis Obisbo. An avid recitalist, Saira has most notably performed Wagner’s  Wesendonck lieder , Messiaen’s  Chant de terre et de ciel , Schumann’s  Frauenliebe und leben  with pianist Ruben Piirainen, and Berlioz’s  Les nuits d’été  with chamber orchestra. Collaborations with baroque scholar Carlo Forlivesi have taken Saira to Imola, Italy to perform in the concert series  La Musica Sacra  since 2013. The documentary “The Sounds of San Cassiano” features their 2014 performance. Operatic roles include the Governess in  The Turn of the  Screw, Tatiana in  Eugene Onegin,  the Duchess Christina/Sagredo in  Galileo Galilei,  Rosalinda in  Die Fledermaus  and the title roles in  Tosca, The Merry Widow  and  Alcina.  She holds degrees in voice and French from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in opera from UW Madison. An avid teaching artist and outreach performer, Saira has performed with Opera for the Young in seven productions and spent two years as resident teaching artist for Madison Opera. In addition to performing, Saira also serves as Managing Director for Opera for the Young and is a voice faculty member at Carroll University.      Solveig Neseth  is so excited to be making her professional debut with Painted Sky Opera! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Previous credits include Lucinda  (Dark Sisters) , Yvette  (La Rondine) , and Liz Taylor  (Jackie O) .      Thomas Cannon  is proud to debut the role of Scarpia at Painted Sky Opera. He is attracting attention as an important singer with a unique voice, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression, and has participated in artists’ programs such as the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was singled out for his “forceful, throbbing voice” (Opera News), Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv-Israel and The Dallas Opera. He has appeared with Opera Roanoke as Sharpless in  Madama Butterfly , and The Music Academy of the West as Escamillo in  Carmen .  Thomas will return to Opera Roanoke to reprise Scarpia (Tosca) later this fall. Roles of note include: Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor). Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall as soloist: in Verdi’s Requiem, to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; and with The American Symphony Orchestra, in Delius’ Eine Messe des Lebens. He’s been a soloist with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including: Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Handel’s Messiah. He is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School, on full scholarship.  Notable teachers include: Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, Dr. John Van Cura and Sherrill Milnes. Mr. Cannon has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.      Tom Sitzler , full lyric baritone, has been capturing audiences with his warm, generous voice and convincing stage presence. Growing up in Arizona, Tom was buying CD’s of pianist Glenn Gould and composer Rachmaninoff, while his older brother and friends were buying the newest albums of the latest bands. This began his lasting love of classical music. In 2009, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional arena of performing as the Old Gypsy in “Il Trovatore” with Union Avenue Opera. Among many other programs and performances, Tom participated in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program, in New Jersey, covering Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. In 2012, Mr. Sitzler was heard singing Silvano from “Un ballo in Maschera” with UAO, where Sarah Bryan Miller from the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “Tom Sitzler... made the most of a small role” and Mark Bretz from Ladue News said, “Tom Sitzler is entertaining as the sailor.” Three years later, Tom returned to St. Louis to perform the title role in “The Boor” with Gateway Opera, where he “proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy.” (Ladue News). Last year, Mr Sitzler made his debut with Painted Painted Sky Opera as Germont in “La Traviata”. A resident of Denver, CO, Tom has been seen in performance with Boulder Opera as Escamillo in “Carmen” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, with Opera Steamboat as Alfio in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists as Horace Tabor in an abridged touring version of “The Ballad of Baby Doe”, as well as a baritone soloist with several local orchestras including Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Larimer Chorale and Orchestra, and Aurora Symphony. Upcoming performances include his debut as Scarpia from “Tosca” with Painted Sky Opera. Mr Sitzler also loves teaching voice and piano and is on faculty at Denver’s Forté Academy of Music. To learn more about Mr. Sitzler and his performance schedule, please visit his website at www.tomsitzler.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter @SitzlerTom.        Zachary Van-Allen DeVault  is a lyric baritone in the Edmond, Oklahoma area. DeVault recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and will begin his Master’s in Fall 2017, also at UCO. He was in Painted Sky’s production of  La Traviata  last season, and is very excited to be working with PSO again in his favorite opera,  Tosca.    

October 6 at 7pm – October 7 at 7pm* – October 8 at 2pm – Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center.

 

We are proud to present to you the amazing cast & crew of Tosca.

 

Tosca: Saira Frank & Nicole Van Every*  

Scarpia: Thomas Cannon & Tom Sitzler*

Cavaradossi: J. Warren Mitchell & Joel Burcham*

Sacristan: Kevin Eckard

Angelotti: Dorian McCall

Spoletta: Justin Kroll

Sciarrone: Jin Yu

Jailer: Jordan Andrews

Cardinal: Riley Cleaver

Roberti: Ryan Allais

Shephard: Megan Billings

Chorus: Alexandria Carmon, Alonso Jordan Lopez, Danielle Herrington, Elizabeth Wasson, Jason Kiespert, Margaret Vogel, Austin Martin, Melissa Delgado, Royce Strider, Solveig Neseth, Zachary Devault, and Jessie Yeager.

 

Director: Robert Glaubitz

Music Director/Conductor: Jan McDaniel

Costume Director: Becky McGuigan

Technical Director: Scott Hynes

Assistant Music Director: Joe Fitzgerald

Stage Manager: Megan Perdue

 

 

Alexandria Carmon is excited to have the opportunity to perform again with Painted Sky Opera this season! A recent graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance, Alexandria is currently pursuing Masters degrees in Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Barbara DeMaio at the University of Central Oklahoma. Recently, she could be seen on stage in UCO's production of Aaron Copland's The Tenderland and Painted Sky Opera's performance of La Traviata. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with this incredible company and for all those in her life who support her.

 

Alonso Jordan Lopez, tenor, has performed as a chorus member in La Traviata during Painted Sky Opera's inaugural season. He is currently finishing his master's degree in nonprofit leadership and in the first semester of the master's program in opera performance at Oklahoma City University. Alonso is an alumnus of the Taos Opera Institute where he feels his singing and development as an artist rose to a new level.  In past years Alonso has had the privilege to sing with Phoenix Opera in Arizona, and take part in another life changing opera workshop- the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Bethesda, Maryland. Alonso is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance.

 

Austin Martin is excited to be in his first production with Painted Sky Opera! Austin hails from Tyler, Texas, and is currently a senior vocal performance major at Oklahoma City University. Austin has previously played King in Dark Sisters, and chorus in La Rondine, Jackie O, Don Pasquale, The Coronation of Poppea, and Bonnie and Clyde. He also appeared as Antonio in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

 

 

Danielle Herrington is a Kansas native currently residing in Oklahoma City with her husband David and furry son Albere. She is a performer, teacher, and researcher. Danielle is a lyric coloratura soprano with experience interpreting a range of roles. At her engagement with the National Music Festival in Maryland, she was the soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem and Serpina in La Serva Padrona. Other roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims), Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Le Feu (L’enfant et les sortileges). She recently started the OKC chapter of Opera on Tap and regularly performs at monthly shows. Danielle joined the University of Central Oklahoma School of Music as a new adjunct voice professor this Fall. She is also an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City Community College, teaching applied private voice and piano lessons. As a voice pedagogue, Danielle has had the privilege of teaching hundreds of students over the past seven years. She currently teaches her privates studio at Rosenbalm Academy of Music in south Edmond. On the research front, Danielle focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French opera. Danielle loves working with Painted Sky as the graphic designer and also gave the pre-performance talk for La Traviata. She is a current member of the Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and American Musicological Society.  Danielle has two Masters of Music, one in Opera Performance (2014) and another in Music History/Literature (2015), both from Wichita State University. Her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is also from Wichita State University.

 

Dorian McCall, Bass-baritone, has been described (by MONC) as having a “warm, even baritone” with a “rich and flexible voice,” recognized as having “great style, musically and physically” on stage and is a 2017 Career Bridges Encouragement Grant recipient. In the current season, Mr. McCall is slated to debut with the Painted Sky Opera as Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca and graduate from the University of Oklahoma with his MM of Operatic Performance. In the 16/17 season, Mr. McCall debuted as the titular characters in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Blooming Voce Opera Workshop, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and covered Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with OU Opera. He also debuted as Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. He was also the Bass-baritone soloist for Bach’s BWV 211 with the Enid Symphony and Schumann’s Requiem with the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

 

Elizabeth Wasson is an Oklahoman mezzo soprano. She recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors of Music and is now pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma. Elizabeth is in the voice studio of Dr. Catherine McDaniel and the coaching studio of Jan McDaniel, and is a frequent performer for the OKC chapter of Opera on Tap. Past credits include: Fantastic Mr. Fox (Opera Steamboat), The Juniper Tree, La Gioconda, and Suor Angelic (OCU). She would like to thank Dr. Glaubitz and Maestro McDaniel, as well as Joe Fitzgerald and her mezzo-spirations Catherine McDaniel and Stephano Blythe.

 

J. Warren Mitchell is an emerging lyric tenor who has been making a living as a choral music educator and conductor, but is now realizing that a career singing opera is on the horizon. He is stepping out of his comfort zone as a choral conductor and venturing into the greater world of international opera. As a choral music educator and conductor, J. Warren held numerous positions. He was the Coordinator of Education/School Partnerships and the founding conductor of the Young Men’s Chorus and the Youth Chorus Pilot Chorale with the Canterbury Choral Society, and Assistant to the Head of Choral Music Education at Oklahoma City University.  In 2016, Jay finished a seven-year tenure as the vocal music director at Harding Fine Arts Academy.  “It chose me, because I definitely did not choose it,” J. Warren says about the opera music he loves so dearly.  He came to this realization when he entered to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2011, he received the Trudy Oliphant Sundgren Young Singer Encouragement Award, and went on to become a Midwest regional finalist in 2012. In January of 2013, Jay was chosen to participate in a weeklong workshop at Carnegie Hall entitled, “The Song Continues,” where he was one of four singers, and the only tenor, who performed in a public master class with legendary mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne.  That spring, he was chosen as a recipient of the Agnes Varis Career Encouragement Grant and was a nominee for the Sara Tucker Award all through the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Later that summer, Jay attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA as a voice fellow and was the recipient of the Irene Cummings Hostetler and Theodore Hostetler Full Scholarship in Voice.  After attending Music Academy of the West, Jay learned that he was one of fifteen tenors selected to participate in a three-week program of study in New York specifically designed for tenors and called, TENORS!  During this time, he worked with renowned tenor, Neil Shicoff and conductors Stephen Lord and Eugene Kohn. In 2015, out of approximately 450 singers worldwide, J. Warren was selected as a winner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Opera Competition in Rheinsberg, Germany.  His prize was a European debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. Also, that year, J. Warren was invited to the Bellevue Palace in Berlin to give a concert for the President and First Lady of Germany in celebration of the Kammeroper’s 25th anniversary season.  Shortly after, here returned to his collegiate alma mater, Auburn University, as a distinguished alumnus and made his recital debut.  The summer of 2016 saw Jay return to Rheinsberg, Germany as a two-time winner of the Kammeroper’s International Opera Competition.  As a result, Jay made a triumphant German debut singing the role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s opera, Tosca.  The summer of 2017, will not only see Jay make his German recital debut, but he will also make his US debut with Painted Sky Opera singing, yet again, Tosca.  Forthcoming in 2018, J. Warren will make debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin, as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, and in concert with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota. The Montgomery, Alabama native received the Bachelor of Vocal Music Education degree from Auburn University, and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma City University.

 

Jason Kiespert is extremely excited to be singing with Painted Sky Opera. Jason’s favorite Opera roles include Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Turiddu in Cavaleria Rusticana, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schichi. He studied voice at The University of Central Oklahoma with Marilyn Govich. Jason lives in Stillwater with his wonderful wife and children: Jera, Anna, and William.

 

Jessie Yeager is thrilled to be making her Painted Sky debut. Since her talent doesn't match her love of music Jessie spends her days working as a Hydraulic Engineer. In her free time, she can be found by her sister's piano singing her favorite roles: Les Misérables (Éponine), Wicked (Elphaba), and whatever Disney songs her kids request. Jessie is living a dream by being included in this production and is hopeful for more dead body double opportunities in the future.

 

Jin Yu is a graduate at Oklahoma City University in vocal performance. He is studying with Dr. William Christensen. He has also performed in Carmen, La Rondine, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and La Boheme. He would like to thank his wife, friends, and teachers for all the love and support.

 

Joel Burcham, American tenor, has firmly established himself as a young professional in the world of opera and classical music. A star on the rise, he is known for his dominant stage presence as demonstrated through sensitive acting and “effortless command of his voice”, which was further described by Chris Shull of the Wichita Eagle as a tenor voice of “clarion tone and operatic power”. “Burcham’s soft voice”, declared Jim Edwards of the Chicago Tribune, “was lyrical and smooth as silk but when he opened up his voice, beautiful loud steely notes poured forth.” This versatile tenor voice has appropriately enabled Mr. Burcham to command leading roles with several of North America’s top opera companies. Handsome as he is gifted, Burcham meets each engagement with self-assured dignity and grace. Operatic highlights include Alfredo in La Traviata with Music by the Lake, Lake Geneva Wisconsin; The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Opera Fort Collins; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera; Spoletta in Tosca for Madison Opera; and Pang in Turandot for Madison Opera and Opera Omaha. Mr. Burcham made his professional operatic debut with his portrayal of Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Central City Opera. The 2010-2011 season commenced with Mr. Burcham fulfilling a return engagement with Opera Fort Collins playing The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and in his debut with Knoxville Opera playing the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, a role Burcham commands with a delicate sensitivity and dramatic power. The affable young Burcham is presently preparing for his debut in the title role of Charles Gounod’s Faust the Bob Jones University Opera Association’s Concert, Opera and Drama Series production. During the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Burcham made his debut in the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with the Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, and, twice played the role of Alfredo in La Traviata – with the University of Colorado –Boulder Opera Theater and also at Music by the Lake. The 2008-2009 season saw Mr. Burcham in Puccini’s La Bohème making his debut in the role of Rodolfo, with Opera Fort Collins and also in the role of Martin in Copland’s Tenderland with Madison Opera. Burcham’s 2007-2008 season lent itself primarily to prowess on the concert stage in his performance of Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony, Das Klagende Lied with the Boulder Mahler Festival, Messiah at Augustana College, and in Mr. Burcham’s debut with the Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series as Philippe in The New Moon, in the summer series, Music by the Lake in the Summer Concert Series at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Also a distinguished oratorio and concert performer, Joel Burcham has sung the tenor solos in a growing list of venues to include Beethoven’s Mass in C for the Utah Symphony and a return performance with the Handel Messiah; Bach’s B minor Mass “Gloria” with the Madison Festival Choir; the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, Verdi’s Missa Di Requiem with the Littleton symphony; Haydn’s Creation with Larimer Chorale, Das Klagende Lied with the Boulder Mahler Festival, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Madison Symphony, Lloyd Webber’s Requiem with the Wichita Symphony, Operatic excerpts for voice and choir in residence and on tour with Opera Omaha; and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Strings with the Camerata Orchestra and once again with the Summer Music Festival at Colorado College. Born and raised in Nashville, Illinois, Burcham received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, summa cum laude, the Master of Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Arkansas and the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was the recipient of the Anne Crow Memorial Scholarship for Voice and Opera as well as the faculty-nominated University Fellowship based on excellence and career potential. Burcham’s successes are also marked in competition. He received the Central City Opera’s Young Artist award, was finalist in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s American Artists Competition, and was also a finalist in the Upper Midwest Regional Finalist at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 

 

Jordan Andrews is excited to be in his first fully staged opera! He was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He obtained a BA in Music from Northwest Missouri State University and, recently, a MM in Vocal Coaching from Oklahoma City University. He currently works as an accompanist/coach for OCU. In December, he will be the Bass Soloist in a performance of Handel's Messiah with Oklahoma City's Canterbury Voices. He currently studies voice with Dr. Catherine McDaniel. Most recent credits as a singer: Donkey (Shrek); Barnaba (La Gioconda in Concert); Cinderella's Prince (Into the Woods); and Seaweed (Hairspray). Other recent credits include: Trixie True, Teen Detective (Music Director); It's A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play (Music Director/Pianist); The Little Mermaid (Music Director). 

 

Justin Kroll, tenor, currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Voice at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. He recently completed the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Baylor University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Literature from Baylor, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in Music from McLennan Community College. Justin is an active performer, most recently with appearances as Adolpho Pirelli in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the Waco Civic Theatre, and as Don Pelagio in Haydn’s La Canterina with Painted Sky Opera in their Inaugural production last season. Upcoming engagements include the role of Tonio in Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment with McLennan Opera. In addition to his position at MCC, Justin serves as Facilities Assistant at the Armstrong Browning Library on the campus of Baylor University and is a member of the Parish Choir at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco.

 

Dr. Kevin Eckard, Bass-baritone, is currently Professor of Voice and the Division Head of Vocal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music. Dr. Eckard is a native of South Carolina and received his DMA from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Eckard has performed frequently throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, China, Mexico, Austria, Poland and Great Britain. He has performed as a soloist in the Messiah Festival in Lindsborg Kansas, the International choir festival in Chester, England, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Painted Sky Opera, Denver Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Colorado Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, the Carmel and Anderson Symphonies in Indiana, Indianapolis Symphony, Augusta Opera, Opera Carolina, Canterbury Choral Society, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Enid Symphony and Lyric theater of Oklahoma City.  Dr. Eckard was also a three-time winner of the South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera Competition and a regional finalist. He has been the featured soloist in productions of Bach’s Mass in Bminor, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahm’s German Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Lord Nelson’s Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G minor and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Among his many operatic credits, he has performed the roles of Sacristan in Tosca, Schaunard in La Boheme, Boris Godunov in Boris Godunov, Blitch in Susannah. Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Dulcamara in Elixir of Love, Monterone in Rigoletto, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Budd in Albert Herring, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Secret Policeman in The Consul, Escamillo in Carmen, Dr. Grenville in La Traviata and Mikado in The Mikado. Dr. Eckard has also recorded portions of David Yeagley’s opera Jacek with the Polish National Radio Symphony as well as Lessons and Carols with St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO.  Kevin Is pleased to return to Painted Sky Opera for a second season.

 

Megan Billings (Chorus/Shepherd) is once again delighted to work with Painted Sky Opera in their production of beautiful Tosca. Some of Megan’s favorite credits include La TraviataDie ZauberflöteBrigadoonThe Pirates of PenzanceLa Canterina, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Into the Woods. Megan holds her Master of Music in Opera Performance from Oklahoma City University and has trained abroad with Opera Viva! and locally with Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ. Megan impersonates Belle and WonderWoman for Forever After Parties of Oklahoma City and teaches voice and piano at the Fine Arts Academy of Southern Hills Baptist Church. A lover of both opera and musical theatre, Megan’s heart is to redeem the entertainment industry for Christ, making it accessible, appropriate, and delightful for all ages!

 

Melissa Delgado is currently pursuing her MM in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma and received her Bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Roles from the OU University Theatre and Cameron University include: La Principessa, Suor Angelica; Olga, Eugene Onegin; Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro; and Zita, Gianni Schicchi. Melissa has also performed in the chorus with the Tulsa Opera in Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, Elmer Gantry, and Le Nozze di Figaro.

 

Nicole Van Every, Iowa native soprano, is quickly making a name for herself in the vocal performance world. Hailed as providing a “stunning feast for the ears” (The City Sentinel, Oklahoma City), her lyrical voice is known for its rich warmth, versatility, and particular ease of high sustained pianissimos. Nicole was a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. Most recently, she was announced as first-place winner of the 2016 National Classical Singer Online Competition. Nicole made her professional debut as Violetta (La Traviata) with Painted Sky Opera at the Oklahoma City Civic Center in February 2017. Her performance was met with high praise from audience and media. Other favorite operatic roles include Alcina (Alcina), Alice (Falstaff), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Ottavia (L'incoronazione di Poppea). Nicole is also a very active soloist throughout the United States and beyond. Recent concert credits include: Dubois’ Seven Last Words, Rutter’s Magnificat, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Saint- Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s Hymn, all with the Norman Philharmonic; Carmina Burana with The University of Oklahoma Schools of Music and Dance, Beethoven’s Symphony 9 and Haydn’s St. Nicolai Mass with OU; Saint-Saëns’ La Nuit and Bob Chilcott’s Requiem with the Quincy, Ill. Symphony; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate for a concert commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing; Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Truman State University Orchestra; and Mozart’s Regina coeli at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Other concert solo appearances include: Bach’s Cantata No. 44, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Chilcott’s St. John Passion, Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She was also pleased to be an invited soloist at the 2014 International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece. She will join the OU Festival Ballet and choirs as the soprano soloist in Stravinsky’s Les noces in April 2018. She studies with Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson and is mentored by Marilyn Horne, for whom she has sung since 2010. Visit her website at www.nicolevanevery.com.

 

Riley Cleaver is a native Oklahoman. His Mother, a charter member of the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, played a significant musical role in his life by encouraging him to embrace and participate in the arts as he grew into adulthood.  He was an active member of First Baptist Church adult choir before graduating from high school.  While attending Northwest Classen High School he was a member of the award-winning Cry-Slur show choir. Riley is a graduate of OSU and has been a minister of music for several Baptist congregations through the years. He has performed with the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, Jewel Box Theater, Norman Sooner Theatre, and Southern Nazarene University School of Arts and is currently performing with the Windsong Chamber Choir and Painted Sky Opera.   Riley serves on the board of Friends of Northwest Classen, Windsong Chamber Choir and Painted Sky Opera. Riley’s profession as a Berkshire Hathaway realtor keeps him busy.  He and his best friend and wife, Anna, have a passion for great music.  If not enjoying the arts you can find them attending one of their 10 grandchildren’s sporting or musical events. In their downtime, they love to be outside gardening, swimming or playing with their three whippets.  Riley and Anna are active members of the Crossing Community Church. 

 

Royce Strider is best known as a versatile and charismatic singer-actor. Upcoming performances include his debut with Painted Sky Opera this fall, covering Sacristan (Tosca). He has recently finished the Master’s program at the University of Houston, where he was prominently featured with the Moores Opera Center as Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), the Mayor (John Musto’s The Inspector), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Prince Yashvin (David Carlson’s Anna Karenina), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Brétigny (Manon). For the summers of 2015, 16, and 17, Royce has worked with Ohio Light Opera, performing an array of operetta and musical theater, including Oliver Hix (The Music Man), Prime Minister von Mark (The Student Prince), Prince Ulrich (The Lady of the Slipper), Second Gunman (Kiss Me Kate), Detective Baker (Jerome Kern’s Have A Heart), and covering Captain Corcoran (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado). His concert work includes Brahms's Requiem with St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Fauré Requiem with Saint Theresa Catholic Church, both in the Houston, TX area. He also sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass for the season finale concert with the Moores School of Music choir and orchestra. Other opera and theatre roles include the Baker (Into the Woods), Betto (Gianni Schicchi), Henry Davis (Street Scene), Le Superintendent des plaisirs (Cendrillon), Starveling (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Kromov (Die Lustige Witwe), and Lillas Pastia in (La tragédie de Carmen). With roots in Norman, OK, Royce completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He is currently based in the Pittsburgh area, and loves good food, good wine, and his not-so-good cat, Hamlet.

 

Ryan Allais, hailed as “an outstanding soloist” with “a masterful singing voice,” (Taos News), as a lyric tenor has captivated audiences throughout the Southwestern United States and Europe. Most recently, he appeared as Giuseppe in Painted Sky Opera’s Production of La Taviata and as Prunier in Oklahoma City University’s production of Puccini’s La Rondine (2016). In 2015, Allais returned to Santa Fe Opera in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, he made his professional debut as a chorister in SFO’s production of Beethoven’s Fidelio (2014). Allais has worked with such world-renowned musicians as Maestro Harry Bicket, stage director Stephen Wadsworth, Tim Albery, and mezzo-soprano, Kirstin Chavez. Noteworthy accomplishments: Bach’s Mass in B Minor in Rome, Italy (2012), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (2012). Allais is a M.M. student at Oklahoma City University and holds a B.M.E. from New Mexico State University.

 

Saira Frank, Soprano, credits run from opera to stage works to Broadway recitals. Saira has performed roles with Madison Opera, Pacific Opera Project, and Elgin Opera, and been a featured soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Florentine Opera, and Opera San Luis Obisbo. An avid recitalist, Saira has most notably performed Wagner’s Wesendonck lieder, Messiaen’s Chant de terre et de ciel, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben with pianist Ruben Piirainen, and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with chamber orchestra. Collaborations with baroque scholar Carlo Forlivesi have taken Saira to Imola, Italy to perform in the concert series La Musica Sacra since 2013. The documentary “The Sounds of San Cassiano” features their 2014 performance. Operatic roles include the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the Duchess Christina/Sagredo in Galileo Galilei, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and the title roles in Tosca, The Merry Widow and Alcina. She holds degrees in voice and French from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in opera from UW Madison. An avid teaching artist and outreach performer, Saira has performed with Opera for the Young in seven productions and spent two years as resident teaching artist for Madison Opera. In addition to performing, Saira also serves as Managing Director for Opera for the Young and is a voice faculty member at Carroll University.

 

Solveig Neseth is so excited to be making her professional debut with Painted Sky Opera! She is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Previous credits include Lucinda (Dark Sisters), Yvette (La Rondine), and Liz Taylor (Jackie O).

 

Thomas Cannon is proud to debut the role of Scarpia at Painted Sky Opera. He is attracting attention as an important singer with a unique voice, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression, and has participated in artists’ programs such as the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was singled out for his “forceful, throbbing voice” (Opera News), Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv-Israel and The Dallas Opera. He has appeared with Opera Roanoke as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and The Music Academy of the West as Escamillo in Carmen.  Thomas will return to Opera Roanoke to reprise Scarpia (Tosca) later this fall. Roles of note include: Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor). Mr. Cannon has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall as soloist: in Verdi’s Requiem, to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; and with The American Symphony Orchestra, in Delius’ Eine Messe des Lebens. He’s been a soloist with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including: Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Handel’s Messiah. He is a graduate of Baylor University and The Juilliard School, on full scholarship.  Notable teachers include: Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, Dr. John Van Cura and Sherrill Milnes. Mr. Cannon has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera, Opera Birmingham, and The Metropolitan Opera National Council.

 

Tom Sitzler, full lyric baritone, has been capturing audiences with his warm, generous voice and convincing stage presence. Growing up in Arizona, Tom was buying CD’s of pianist Glenn Gould and composer Rachmaninoff, while his older brother and friends were buying the newest albums of the latest bands. This began his lasting love of classical music. In 2009, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional arena of performing as the Old Gypsy in “Il Trovatore” with Union Avenue Opera. Among many other programs and performances, Tom participated in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program, in New Jersey, covering Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. In 2012, Mr. Sitzler was heard singing Silvano from “Un ballo in Maschera” with UAO, where Sarah Bryan Miller from the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “Tom Sitzler... made the most of a small role” and Mark Bretz from Ladue News said, “Tom Sitzler is entertaining as the sailor.” Three years later, Tom returned to St. Louis to perform the title role in “The Boor” with Gateway Opera, where he “proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy.” (Ladue News). Last year, Mr Sitzler made his debut with Painted Painted Sky Opera as Germont in “La Traviata”. A resident of Denver, CO, Tom has been seen in performance with Boulder Opera as Escamillo in “Carmen” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, with Opera Steamboat as Alfio in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists as Horace Tabor in an abridged touring version of “The Ballad of Baby Doe”, as well as a baritone soloist with several local orchestras including Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Larimer Chorale and Orchestra, and Aurora Symphony. Upcoming performances include his debut as Scarpia from “Tosca” with Painted Sky Opera. Mr Sitzler also loves teaching voice and piano and is on faculty at Denver’s Forté Academy of Music. To learn more about Mr. Sitzler and his performance schedule, please visit his website at www.tomsitzler.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter @SitzlerTom.

 

Zachary Van-Allen DeVault is a lyric baritone in the Edmond, Oklahoma area. DeVault recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and will begin his Master’s in Fall 2017, also at UCO. He was in Painted Sky’s production of La Traviata last season, and is very excited to be working with PSO again in his favorite opera, Tosca.

 

Painted Sky Opera receives grant from Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Painted Sky Opera receives grant from Kirkpatrick Family Fund

Painted Sky Opera received a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to fund our student performance of Tosca on October 5.  This preview performance is offered free to high school students thanks to this grant.

Painted Sky Opera is newest resident company at the Civic Center!

Painted Sky Opera is newest resident company at the Civic Center!

I would think that most people would say that we had a good first year as an opera company.  We had one stated goal at the beginning of the year: build trust!  When we say that we wanted to build trust, it was with everyone who might be involved in Painted Sky Opera - the singers, the audience, the technical crew, the Oklahoma City arts community, and within our organization...