FRESNO GRAND OPERA ANNOUNCES SINGERS
FOR OPERA REMIX: MUSIC & VERSE
Fresno Grand Opera is pleased to announce the singers that will perform at the Opera Remix: Music and Verse event on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Tower Theater in Fresno; with a 6:00 pm pre-party event, 7:30 pm performance, and post party open mic at 9:30 pm.
Fresno, California – September 28, 2015
E. Scott Levin
Scott returns to the company after an incredible performance as Sacristan in Tosca. Most recently he performed the role of Dr. Spinelloccio in the LA Opera production Gianni Schicchi, with Placido Domingo, after premiering earlier this year as Babayan in the world premiere staging of Figaro! (90210). Scott has also performed with Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, Center Stage Opera, Celestial Opera, Lyric Opera of LA, and Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.
Soprano Liisa Davila returns to the company; previously performing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Micëla in Carmen. Other roles include Liù in Turandot, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Other roles in her repertoire include Mimi in La bohème, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, and Hanna Glavari in The Merry Widow. Concert works include such highlights as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart C Minor Mass, Verdi Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and Mozart Requiem. Liisa is a supporter of new works, premiering a piece in Assyrian, Ninos and Shamiram, by French composer Michel Bosc.
Danielle returns to the company stage after her performance in Opera Remix: Musical Worlds Collide. Her other roles include the title role in the US premiere of Marilyn Forever, the title role of 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, and Flora in La Traviata, Maddalena in Rigoletto. She has also performed with LA Opera and Opera Santa Barbara.
Hadleigh Adams returns to the company completing his second year of the San Francisco Opera Adler Program. Originally from New Zealand, Hadleigh was a participant in the SF Opera’s Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2012 and recently finished his post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Most recently, Hadleigh performed the title role of Vivaldi’s Bazajet and Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Other performances include Schlemil in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Schaunard in La Boheme, title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Malatesta in Don Pasquale , Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas , Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, and Simon in the world-premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Mezzo-soprano Molly Mahoney holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Roles performed at the conservatory included Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Third Lady in The Magic Flute and Eustazio in Rinaldo. During the 2013-2014 season, Molly made her debut with West Bay Opera as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberfloete and Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox. In February, Molly will reprise the role of Carmen in La tragédie de Carmen , Melissa in Princess Ida, Pitti-sing in The Mikado, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. A diverse performer, Molly has been singing with Big Bands since she was ten years old; opening for Peter Marshall, The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers, Marilyn King, Don Cherry and The Modernaires. Her musical theater credits include lead roles as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Anne Collier in 1940s Radio Hour, Maisie in The Boyfriend and Honey Wonderly in The Black Bird Sings.
Tenor Jonathan Smucker has sung more than 35 roles, ranging from baroque and classical to musical theater, operetta, and contemporary works. A member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale, he has appeared as a soloist with Festival Opera, Marin Oratorio, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Pocket Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, and San Francisco Opera’s a la Carte program, among others.
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. 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.
Opera and poetry combine for the Central Valley premier of Philip Glass and Alan Ginsberg’s Hydrogen Jukebox alongside performances of original works by poets at Opera Remix: Music and Verse.
For more information on Opera Remix, visit http://fresnograndopera.org/season/opera-remix-music-verse/
To purchase tickets for Opera Remix, visit https://www.choicesecure03.net/mainapp/eventschedule.aspx?Clientid=FresnoGrandOpera&prod=2346