A native of Puerto Rico, Carlos Conde (baritone) has performed around the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Philharmonic. In the past five years, he has stage directed in Chiari, Italy, and Tel-Aviv. A graduate of Stony Brook University with Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center, Carlos won the 1995 Sullivan Foundation Competition, first prize in the 1989 Palm Beach Opera Competition, and in the 1992 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions he was a first place district and first place regional winner and national finalist. Dr. Conde is currently a Voice Faculty Member at Texas Tech University.
David English (bass-baritone) is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, where he studies with Fred Carama. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in opera performance from the University of British Columbia. Previous teachers include Joel Katz, Roelof Oostwoud, and Gary Relyea. Mr. English has performed throughout North America and Europe in the roles of Figaro, Bartolo, Don Alfonso, Colline, Schaunard, Jupiter, Truffaldin, and Sir Joseph Porter. Professionally, he has been engaged by Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Bach Choir, and Opera in Concert. Mr. English is also a member of the Toronto based performance group Rubato and is the founder of OPERAONFILM.COM, a non-profit organization with a mandate of producing cinematically conceived opera for download.
Andrew Fuchs (tenor) received his BM in Voice from the University of Kansas and his MM in Voice from Stony Brook University. His performance credits include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), the title role in Carissimi’s Jephte, Acis (Acis and Galatea), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Maximinian (Dioclesian), Zotico (Cavalli’s Eliogabalo), First Sailor (Dido and Aeneas), Lorenzo (I Capuleti ed i Montecchi), Spalanzani/Pittichinaccio (The Tales of Hoffmann), Will Parker (Oklahoma!), and Tonio (La fille du regiment). He has sung Saint Nicolas in Britten’s Saint Nicolas cantata as well as Britten’s Songs from the Chinese and Serenade for tenor and horn, Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes with Diamond Opera Theater, and has been a soloist with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra numerous times, most notably as Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside Metropolitan Opera soprano, Christine Goerke. Andrew spent two summers at the Seagle Music Colony and was also a Fellow at SongFest in Malibu, working with acclaimed vocal coach/accompanists Graham Johnson and Martin Katz. Andrew is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University where he studies with Fred Carama.
Alex Guerrero (tenor) has been praised by The New York Times for his "apt comic timing" as Ali in Grétry's Zémire et Azor with American Classical Orchestra, and by the Culvert Chronicles for his "beautiful lyric voice" as recorded in Martin Hennessey's "Give Us Our Peace." He was featured on the Marble Collegiate Church's CD Songs of Simple Faith, and covered as Senator in Barber's Antony and Cleopatra with New York City Opera, and made his Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2009 with American Symphony Orchestra in D'Indy's opera Fervaal in concert. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Mannes College, where he performed as Tinca in its production of Puccini's Il Tabarro, coached by resident artist Regina Resnik. Presently he is in the DMA program in Voice at Stony Brook, where he studies with Fred Carama.
Risa Renae Harman (soprano) has been widely acclaimed for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, "she is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist." Favorite operatic performances include The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adele in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as creating the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman's A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera and as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Miss Harman's international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Miss Harman is the recipient of awards from the Lee Schaenen, Lotte Lehmann, Sullivan, and Shoshana Foundations; Washington International, Jenny Lind, and Licia Albanese-Puccini Competitions; and Palm Beach Opera. She currently is Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival and completing her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University.
Odalis Hernandez (stage manager) has been involved in theater as a director, actor, and stage manager for the last eight years. Recent credits include Last One Out, Long Island City One Act Play Festival’s Shelter and Piper, and Strike 38!’s Revolución: A Love Story as director, Suffolk Community College’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac as assistant director and dramaturg, and Stony Brook University’s production of These Shining Lives as assistant director. This is her first time stage managing an opera and she feels very fortunate and proud to be able to work on this project where she has reconnected with a great group of talented individuals.
Ryu-Kyung Kim (mezzo soprano) highlighted her recent seasons with two Avery Fisher Hall performances as Alto Solo in National Chorale’s and Peniel Concert Choir’s Messiah, a New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alto Solo in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Staatskapelle Halle in Germany, Fresno Opera debut as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Carnegie Hall performances as Alto Solo in Mozart Requiem and in Handel’s Messiah. In recent performances in NYC, Ms. Kim performed the role of Giuliano in Francesco Cavalli’s Eliogabalo and the role of Naomi in Philip Hagemann’s Ruth for which she received critical acclaim. Ms. Kim also worked with Baltimore Opera, Cleveland Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Antonio Opera, Caramoor Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Kim recently completed her doctoral course work at SUNY at Stony Brook (ABD), received her Artist’s Diploma in opera from the Academy of Vocal Arts, and Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Voice from Manhattan School of Music.
Won Jung Kim’s (soprano) expressive voice and her acting performances have captivated stage, recording, and television audiences around the world from Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival to Venice’s San Marco Basilica and the millions of viewers of her popular television appearances in Korea. She has appeared in many opera roles (Vagans in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Zeffiro in Albinoni’s Il Nascimento dell’Aurora, Licenza in Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione, Amaltea in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto, and Euridice in Bertoni’s Orfeo) in major international houses including Paris Opera de Garnier, Dresden Semper Opera, Opera de Monte Carlo, and Los Angeles Music Center Opera and at summer festivals in Salzburg, Istanbul Music Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival. Ms. Kim has also appeared with I Solisti Veneti, Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She was also named Best Actress by the prestigious Korean Musical Awards for her performance as Queen Min in The Last Empress. She was awarded by Korean Broadcast Association Award for the Best Classical Singer. Currently she is in the DMA program at Stony Brook where she studies with Fred Carama.
Sonia E. Kircher (assistant director) is currently an MFA student in the Theater Department at Stony Brook University. Her interests are in playwriting, screenwriting, and musical theatre. She has a Masters Degree from New York University in Music and Theatre and has been a professional educator of the performing arts for the past two decades. While living in New Mexico, she worked towards a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Socio-Cultural Studies at the University of New Mexico and was a performing arts educator for the Jemez Pueblo and Zia Reservations. She is an author, having a short story and poem published by the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She is currently working on a musical about the sanctification of Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks. She is also working on an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov.
Stephen Kitsakos (librettist) has been involved in a variety of roles in professional and academic theatre for the past thirty years. A permanent member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of New York University, he received training as a theatre composer and lyricist. His teachers and mentors have included the distinguished composers Robert Starer, Maury Yeston, and the lyricist Richard Engquist. He has received writing commissions from The Catskill Watershed Alliance, Episcopal Diocese of New York, and the BMI Foundation including a series of pieces for "The Woodstock Cycle" a series of contemporary compositions inspired by sacred stories. His theatre work includes musical direction for numerous productions including several Stephen Sondheim shows. Kitsakos has been a contributor to The Sondheim Review. A faculty member of SUNY New Paltz, Kitsakos teaches courses in theatre studies and music theatre performance as well as directs productions. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Red Masquerade by Jack Wade which was a finalist for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
David Lawton (conductor and producer) is a frequent guest conductor in regional American opera companies. Recent engagements include Little Women, Carmen, Rigoletto, Turandot, Aida, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Otello for OperaDelaware, where he serves as Artistic Consultant. In 2004 he made his Chautauqua Opera debut, conducting Verdi’s Stiffelio. Mr. Lawton has conducted many productions for Summer Opera Theatre in Washington, D.C. In 1996 he made his Sarasota Opera debut, leading the American premiere of Bizet’s La jolie fille de Perth. Other regional credits include The Washington Opera (Don Carlo), Cincinnati Opera (Rigoletto), Tulsa Opera (Rigoletto and Le Trouvère), Berkshire Opera Company (La finta giardiniera), National Grand Opera (Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, and Carmen) and the Teatro comunale di Modena in Italy (La traviata). A noted Verdi scholar, David Lawton is volume editor for Il trovatore, Le trouvère, and Macbeth in the critical edition of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi, a joint publication of the University of Chicago Press and the Casa Ricordi. Mr. Lawton is Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he served as Director of Graduate Studies from 1986-1996, and Department Chairman from 1996-2000.
Rhoda Levine (stage director) is the author of seven children’s books (two of which were illustrated by Edward Gorey) and is an accomplished director and choreographer. In addition to working for major opera houses in the United States and Europe, she has choreographed shows on and off Broadway, and in London’s West End. Among the world premieres she has directed are Der Kaiser von Atlantis, by Viktor Ullmann, and The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Wakonda’s Dream, both by Anthony Davis. In Cape Town she directed the South African premiere of Porgy and Bess in 1996, and she premiered the New York City Opera productions of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, and Adamo’s Little Women. Levine has taught acting and improvisation at the Yale School of Drama, Curtis Institute of Music, and Northwestern University, and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. She lives in New York, where she is the artistic director of the city’s only improvisational opera company, Play It By Ear.
Timothy Long (conductor) has been praised for his “sharp conducting” (Washington Post), and his orchestras have triumphed with displays of “breadth, depth and color” (Riverfront Times) and “brilliant playing” (Rocky Mountain News). Past performances have included the world premiere of Shadowboxer by John Chenault and Frank Proto for the Maryland Opera Studio, Cosi fan tutte at Shreveport Opera, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at UC- Boulder, Madame Butterfly at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ariadne auf Naxos at Wolf Trap Opera, Don Giovanni at the Théâtre Municipal de Castres in France; and The Music Teacher, an off-broadway play/opera by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn for The New Group, which ran at the Minetta Lane Theater for seven weeks. Upcoming engagements for Mr. Long include La Cenerentola at Opera Colorado, Dream Seminar with the Companion Star Ensemble, Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire for the Maryland Opera Studio and concerts with Jamie Bernstein at the Oregon Bach Festival where he will both play the piano and conduct the music of Mozart and Leonard Bernstein. Upcoming recording releases include arrangements of Cherokee lullabies and the music of Louis Ballard with cellist Dawn Avery. Mr. Long is a member of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town and the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma.
Jackie Mitchell (assistant director) is a M.F.A. student at Stony Brook University studying Dramaturgy. She has previously worked as Assistant Dramaturg for the 2010 Stony Brook Theatre production of Figaro Figaro.
Gloria Park (mezzo-soprano) has become known not only for her versatility as a singer, but also for her strong stage presence and vivid portrayal of characters on stage. The New York Times quoted her as “a scene stealer” for her performance as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms Park has performed at numerous concerts which include: New American Opera Previews hosted by WQXR, as the alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall, Lieberslieder Waltzer presented by Mannes College at Carnegie Hall, Orion String Quartet’s concert as guest singer, Trinity Wall Street Schumann Festival as a soloist with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, and VOX with New York City Opera. Her past performances include: Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, and The Theory of Everything. She is a frequent performer in oratorio repertoire, including Händel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Messa C-Dur, and Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Ms. Park achieved her Bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University, Korea, Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music where she was the winner of the David Adams Art Song Competition and the recipient of Michael Sisca Opera Award, and Professional Studies from Mannes College of Music. Currently, Ms. Park is pursuing her DMA at Stony Brook University.
Joachim Schamberger (stage director) works internationally as a Stage Director and Virtual Theater Designer. A graduate of the Musikhochschule in Würzburg and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, Joachim went on to study digital film production and 3-D animation at the New York Film Academy. Since last season he serves as the artistic director for Indianapolis Opera’s Young Artist Program. Recent productions include La Bohème for Connecticut Grand Opera, Tosca, Das Rheingold, and Ariadne auf Naxos for Indianapolis Opera, Sweeney Todd and Rigoletto for Shreveport Opera, Martha and The Wizard of Oz for the Landestheater Coburg in Germany, Falstaff for Théâtre Municipal Castres, France, Die Zauberflöte, The Rake’s Progress and Idomeneo for the International Vocal Arts Institue in Tel Aviv, Angelica/Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor and La Rondine for Opera Tampa, Così fan tutte for the Conservatory in Stony Brook, the world premiere of the children’s opera Max und Moritz by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk in Washington, DC, Las Horas Vacias at Lincoln Center with the New York Opera Society, and Die Fledermaus for Indiana University. Upcoming projects include The Tragedy of Carmen and La Traviata for Indianapolis Opera and Don Giovanni for IVAI.
Sheila Silver (composer) is Professor of Music at Stony Brook. The Wooden Sword is the winner of the 2007 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Composition for Opera. This internationally prestigious award, presented by the University of Connecticut, is the largest composition prize given by any university in the world. The opera received its world premiere by the University of Connecticut in November 2010. Silver has written in a wide range of mediums, from solo instrumental works to large orchestral works, from opera to feature film scores. Her musical language is a unique synthesis of the tonal and atonal worlds, coupled with a compelling rhythmic complexity. Her honors include a Bunting Institute Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Composer Award. She has been twice winner of the ISCM National Composers Competition. Her teachers include Erhard Karkoschka, Gyorgi Ligeti, and Arthur Berger. She received her PhD in music composition from Brandeis University. Her music is available on the Naxos, CRI, Albany, Bridge, and Mode labels. Another recent work with libretto by Stephen Kitsakos, The White Rooster, A Tale of Compassion, Cantata for Women’s Vocal Quartet, Tibetan Singing Bowls, and Percussion, is currently being toured internationally by Tapestry, for whom it was written. This work was commissioned by the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery on the occasion of the exhibit, “In the Realm of the Buddha” and premiered there by Tapestry in 2010.
Tae Suk Suh (bass) was born in Seoul, Korea and most recently appeared as Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea. He also performed as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte at Stony Brook Opera. He performed as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Seoul Art Center in Korea, Pistola in Falstaff, and Timur in Turandot at Opera North. Other credits include Petrucci in Lucrezia Borgia with Opera Boston, Sparfucile in Rigoletto with Commonwealth Opera, Coline in La Bohème, Remigio in La Navarraise, and Leporello in Don Giovanni and the Tsar’s Equerry in The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken at Boston University. He participated in master classes with James Morris, Regina Resnick, Renata Scotto, and Denyce Graves. Mr. Suh received his BM from Yonsei University in Korea, MM. PSD from Mannes College of Music, and Artist Diploma from Boston University Opera Institute. Mr. Suh is pursuing his DMA at Stony Brook University as a pupil of Fred Carama.
Ngoc Vu (costume assistant) is a senior at Stony Brook University majoring in Biology. She is known for her special abilities of inhumanly large patience and unnecessary compulsive perfectionism. Though not an art major or minor, she has always enjoyed dabbling in all forms of art i.e. painting, drawing and sleeping. You may have seen her works such as “a turtle on a dry erase board” or “a banana peel on the sidewalk.” When not absorbing textbooks she enjoys petting cats, leisurely bike rides, and long walks in the woods. This is her first time designing costumes for a show but hopefully not the last.
Peter Winkler (composer) began collaborating with Rhoda Levine many years ago when he became pianist for her improvisational opera company, Play it by Ear, which regularly appears in New York City. Mr. Winkler is Professor of Music at Stony Brook University in New York, where he has taught since 1971. His principal composition teacher was Earl Kim, with whom he studied at Princeton and Harvard Universities. While a graduate student in the mid-1960’s he was fatally seduced by the music of the Beatles and Motown, and began a life-long creative and scholarly involvement with popular music. His compositions include both concert works and music for the theater; many of his pieces involve a synthesis of popular and classical styles. Winkler’s music has been recorded on New World, Albany, Advance, and Nutmeg records. He also appears as a pianist with his wife, violinist Dorothea Cook, in the duo “Silken Rags,” who have released a CD of original works.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (lighting designer) is a lighting and video designer based in NYC and her designs have been seen in New York, Los Angles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami and Havana, Cuba. Recent designs for opera included Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, and L’incoronazione di Poppea (lighting) with Isabel Milenski, Eliogabalo and Jepthe & Provenzale (lighting and video design) with Jennifer Griesbach. She is the recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and an adjunct lecturer with Stony Brook University’s Department of Theatre Arts.