Fresno Grand Opera is pleased to announce the cast
for Opera Remix: Opera Meets Classic Rock.
Meet Our Fabulous Cast!
Soprano Carrie Hennessey returns to the Company to perform in the Opera Remix event after her exciting role debut as Blanche DuBois in Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera. She also gained recognition for her portrayal of the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Emmeline, for which she earned her a nomination in the 2010 Bay Area Broadway World Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
The 2013/14 season included the role of Sarah Miles in Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair, The Woman in La Voix Humaine and Mimì in La Bohème, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, the Brahms Requiem, Vaughn-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem , and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. In 2012/13, Ms. Hennessey included the role of Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as well as Magda and Floria Tosca in Puccini: A Man and His Muses. Other performances included a World Premiere of a song cycle by Mark Vance written for Ms. Hennessey and the Rootstock Percussion Trio, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate!,Coronation Mass, the Faure Requiem, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Duruflé Requiem, soprano soloist in the Mozart Mass in C minor and Dvorak Requiem in Rudolfinum Hall in Prague.
Christine Capsuto returns to the Company to perform in the Opera Remix event after her performance as Musetta in La Boheme in 2013. Other past performances in recent seasons include Gilda in Rigoletto, Adina in Elixir of Love, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretal, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote, Desdemona in Othello, Clorinda in La Cenerentola for Townsend Opera. Performances for the 2015-16 seasons include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire for Opera San Jose.
Ms. Bond has been hailed by the LA Times for her performance in Long Beach Opera’s production of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer. Most recently, she performed the title role in the US premiere of Marilyn Forever; and performed other roles such as Carmen, Dido in Dido & Aeneas, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Siebel in Faust, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Amahl’s Mother, Flora in La Traviata. She has also performed with LA Opera and Opera Santa Barbara.
She debuted in Germany as Maddalena in Rigoletto. In 2013, she performed in the US premieres of Stewart Copeland’s Tell Tale Heart , Gabriela Ortiz’s Camelia la Tejana and Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth as Second Witch. She was recently a Tyler Young Artist at Opera on the James performing in Suor Angelica & concerts for the local Virginia community.
Gregory Pyatt makes his 4th return to Opera Remix. Previous company performances include John in Miss Saigon and Shenandoah. Other performances include Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Fredrik in The Pirates of Penzance, Marius in Fanny, Sam in Susanna, Sound of Music, Chess, The Desert Song; and performance group Club Vocalease. Gregory was a Los Angeles television host for Entertainment and Sports Today.
Mr. Bengochea was a resident artist of Opera San José from 2005-2008, where he has performed roles such as Reverend Samuel Parris in The Crucible to King Gustavus in Un ballo in maschera, Rodolfo in La Bohème, the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Alfredo in La Traviata, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. Other important engagements that occurred included Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème.
Bengochea’s operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in La Rondine, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Alva Henderson’s Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca.
At home on both the operatic and concert stages, he was heard as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. Other oratorio engagements include: Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, and Tallis’ The Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Evangelist in Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium, the world premier of Alva Henderson’s “From Greater Light,” performed under world renowned Carl St. Claire.
Dr. Stuart Sims is the Coordinator of Instrumental Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, teaches courses including conducting and music literature, and manages the instrumental area of the Department of Music. Widely recognized for his work in the standard repertoire, Dr. Sims is also active in the commission and performance of new music and performances of his ensembles have won praise throughout the country from composers whose work he has premiered or championed, including Mason Bates, Bernard Rands, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, and Jonathan Newman. Ensembles under his direction have performed at regional, state, and national events and also travel widely.
Dr. Sims is active in other realms, having founded The Loose Filter Project, an arts think tank whose home on the web, www.loosefilter.com, features podcasts, recordings, and commentary.