Sep 28, 2018| 7:30 pm
Sep 30, 2018| 2 pm
This is a first-time collaboration with the OSU Dance Department and features the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Each performance of Madama Butterfly will include ASL Interpretation, provided by Stagehands Performing Arts Interpreting.
Kimberly MonzónKate Pinkerton
Janet Szepi ToddCio-cio San
Lauded by Opera News for her “velvety mezzo” as well as how she “phrased with elegance and articulated coloratura nimbly,” Zoie Reams finishes her second year with the Houston Grand Opera studio program this season, where she sings Flora in La traviata, Dritte Magd in Elektra, and Rosalia in West Side Story. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Reams will also sing Maddalena in Rigoletto at Wolf Trap Opera, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Prior highlights at the Houston Grand Opera include the Third Secretary in John Adams’s Nixon in China, the Alto Winged Angel in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life, and the world premiere of Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges. Ms. Reams has also sung Clarice in La pietra del paragone with Wolf Trap Opera, Tituba in Ward’s The Crucible with the Glimmerglass Festival, the Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Louisiane, and, on the concert stage, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Her awards include second place at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition (2016), first place winner of the Emerging Artist division of the Classical Singer Competition (2015), and second place winner of the Gulf Coast Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016). She holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University, where she sang Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Katisha in The Mikado, and Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict. She earned her Bachelor of Music at Lawrence University.
American soprano Kimberly Monzón has been delighting audiences in regional opera houses and concert halls throughout the country. She most recently made a role debut as Magda in LA RONDINE, was the soprano soloist in CARMINA BURANA, the sang the title role in the world premiere of RAMALA by Charles Wakefield Cadman, all with the Ohio State Lyric Opera Theater. A champion of new music, Ms. Monzón has appeared as Lucy in A ROOM WITH A VIEW at Moores Opera Center. She made her mainstage debut with Pensacola Opera as Frasquita in CARMEN, and covered the title role in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR.
A crossover artist, she has appeared with Opera Idaho in JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS and as Johanna in SWEENEY TODD and Lady Larken in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, both with Seagle Music Colony. Ms. Monzón starred as Serafina in IL CAMPANELLO DI NOTTE, and Zerbina in LA SERVA PADRONA with Spokane Opera. Other roles to the soprano´s credit include Tytania in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and Erste Frau in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE.
Ms. Monzón is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts Voice with a specialization in Singing Health at the Ohio State University under renowned teacher Robin Rice. She holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jaron’s unique voice has influenced his artistry as well as his teaching. As a voice pedagogue specializing in contemporary music styles, his research has been presented at The Voice Forum at The Ohio State University and at The Voice Foundation. By means of his one-of-a-kind voice and background, Jaron has been able to perform on the classical stage, the church house, and many other venues as a soloist and chorus member. Currently, he is an alto in Ricky Dillard & New Generation Chorale, a Grammy nominated gospel choir based out of Chicago. He has also sung on operatic stages and performed main stage roles like “Mingo” and “Crab Man” in Porgy & Bess. In addition to his operatic experiences, he has performed in many recitals, concerts, and oratorios including Magnificat in D major by J. S. Bach and Mozart’s Requiem.
He is the Founder and Lead Teacher of the Jaron M. LeGrair Studio, a private studio specializing in voice training for speakers and singers. In addition to his private studio, Jaron serves on the voice faculty as an Assistant Professor of Theater at Point Park University and an Adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Voice Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. He has also completed courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hailed by Opera Magazine (UK) for possessing a ?voice of darkness and clarity, Eric McKeever returns to Opera Columbus having recently appeared as Marcello in La bohème. Mr. McKeever’s 2017-18 season
featured covering the role of Jake Wallace in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera, his
Anchorage Opera debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, joining Opera Western Reserve as Jake in Porgy
and Bess and returning to Florentine Opera as The Speaker in The Magic Flute. He also performed the
role of Charlie in the reading of Kamala Sankaram?s new techo-noir opera Looking at You and worked on the upcoming podcast Buick City 1 AM by Jason Cady.
His 2016-17 season included joining the roster of New York City Opera covering the Lion and performing
the Westphalian Soldier in Candide directed by Hal Prince. He created the role of The Security Guard in
the a cappella opera Sweat with the Center for Contemporary Opera and received critical praise for his
performances as “Sander” in Gretry’s Zémire et Azor at Skylight Music Theatre. Mr. McKeever also made
an exciting debut with New York’s Experiments in Opera singing the Baritone roles in Flash Operas and
appeared as Michele in Il Tabarro with Opera Project Columbus.
Other recent appearances include the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth at Opera Company of Middlebury Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Naples, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Salt Marsh Opera, and Frank in Die Fledermaus with Florentine Opera and Nashville Opera.
A graduate of San Francisco’s prestigious Adler Fellow Opera Program, American tenor Daniel Montenegro is recognized for his flexible and distinctive voice and a varied repertoire of bel canto, verismo, and contemporary roles. In 2015, Daniel made his Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and San Diego Opera debuts as Luis (a role he created) in El Pasado Nuca se Termina. Career highlights include Giovanni (La Hija de Rappaccini) with Gotham Opera and his European opera debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Mario in Daniel Catán’s Il Postino along side Plácido Domingo, as well as a number of significant role and company debuts including Roderigo (Otello) with San Francisco Opera, Alfredo (La Traviata) with New Orleans Opera and Minnesota Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Washington National Opera, Pang (Turandot) at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Pong (Turandot) with San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera, and most recently Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) with Tulsa Opera and the Castleton Festival. Recently, Daniel made his company debut in the role of Mario in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga, his professional role debut as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Arizona Opera, and debuted with Fort Worth Opera as Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. The 2017-2018 season brought a concert of excerpts from La bohème with the Quad City Symphony, Rafael in Cruzar la Cara de la Luna in his debut with New York City Opera, and his San Diego opera debut as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas.
Janet Szepi Todd
Janet Szepei Todd is an Australian soprano who remains based in the US after having completed her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music in 2016.
Janet performs regularly in her home country. She made her debut with Victorian Opera, Melbourne in 2011 as Pamina in The Magic Flute, going on to perform Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for their 2012 Gala Concert, The Prince in Cinderella pantomime (Gill) and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata. With Opera Australia Janet performed Pamina in The Magic Flute in their Opera on the Beach Spectacular, and for Opera Australia’s touring company, she performed the roles of both Donna Elvira and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She was soprano soloist in The Australian Ballet’s double bill Elegy singing Faure’s Requiem, as well as their Vanguard tripe bill program singing Pergolese’s Satbat Mater. For Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, she performed the role of Miss Hawk in Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, and Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida. Janet recently sung the title role in Handel’s Esther with Handel in the Theatre in Canberra, Australia’s capital. In the music theater world, Janet performed Marsinah in Kismet with The Production Company at the State Theatre in Melbourne. In March 2018, Janet will be returning to Australia to sing Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Sydney Philharmonia at The Sydney Opera House.
During her time at MSM in New York, Janet performed roles including Cecile in Conrad Susa’s Dangerous Liaisons, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Noemie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Angelica in Michael Dellaira’s new opera The Leopard. Other MSM performance highlights include Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand.
Court WatsonSet & Costume Designer
Hester Warren-SteijnStage Manager
Tlaloc Lopez-WatermannLighting Designer
Carmen (Opera Columbus), la bohème, Rigoletto (Wolf Trap), King for a Day, Blizzard at Marblehead Neck, Annie Get Your Gun (Glimmerglass), Contes d’Hoffmann (NCPA Beijing), Samson & Dalila (Virginia Opera), Baden-Baden (Gotham Chamber Opera), Hänsel & Gretl, Die Fledermaus, Jonny spielt auf, Sound of Music, Frau Luna, Die Nußknacker, Spamalot, Der Himmel über Berlin, Wir gründen eine Bank, Annie (Salzburger Landestheater), La Chauve-Souris (Ópera de Nice Côte d’Azur), Man of La Mancha (Central City Opera/ Utah Opera), Beauty & the Beast, EVITA, One Man, Two Guv’nors, Gospel at Colonus (ZACH Theatre), Avenue Q, On the Town (Olney Theatre Center), Cabaret, Kiss Me, Kate (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde (German Tours), Little Shop of Horrors, Liberty Smith, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Ford’s Theatre), Good News!, Meet John Doe (Goodspeed Musicals), Dear Edwina, It Must Be Him (Off-Broadway), Rollin’ Down the River, Dance! Dance! Dance!, The Littlest Tree (Hersheypark), Scrooge No More, London Rocks!, Roll Out the Barrel, Monster Stomp, IllumiNights (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), O Wondrous Night, Sea of Trees, Sea Lion High, Countdown to Christmas, Winter Wonderland on Ice (SeaWorld Orlando) Watercolors published in 100 Artists of the Male Figure, exhibited in New York’s Leslie+Lohman Museum, and in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Austria. MFA, New York University.
Ms. Hester Warren-Steijn has been residing in New York City since October of 2015. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Dance, Ms.. Warren-Steijn has had a flourishing career as a Stage Manager and Assistant Director in her native Netherlands. For every opera season since 2003, she has mainly worked at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; and has also collaborated with Dutch companies such as De Nederlandse Reisopera (touring opera company), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Toneelgroep Amsterdam (Holland’s largest theater company). In addition to these established companies, she has also always enjoyed participating in projects “outide the theater box”, such as performing in soccer, ice hockey and Olympic stadiums with Companions Opera BV; and in the bowels of a container ship with Utrecht Studenten Concert.
In the United States she has worked as a Stage Manager with Kentucky Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, DesMoines Metro Opera and as an Assistant Director at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. In the 2017-2018 season she returns to Boston Lyric Opera for two productions, to the Park Avenue Armory and to DesMoines Metro Opera for their 46th summer fesitval. She will debut at Dallas Opera as Assistant Director for the opera Sunken Garden, composed and directed by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa. The 2018-2019 season will open with her debut at Opera Columbus as the Stage Manager for Crystal Manich’ production of Madama Butterfly.
Tláloc is so happy to be returning to Columbus Opera for Madama Butterfly Tláloc’s lighting, scenic, and projection designs have been seen at Pittsburgh Opera, Opera On the James, TheatreZone, Opera Naples, Castleton Festival, Brevard Music Center, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Todi Music Fest (Portsmouth, VA), Opera Roanoke, Shreveport Opera, Guerilla Opera (Boston, MA), Crested Butte Music Festival, and DiCapo Opera (NYC). Some of these include: The Long Walk, Glory Denied, Hydrogen Jukebox, Baby Doe, Sondheim on Sondheim, Cenerentola, Carmen, Street Scene, Zauberflöte, Amadeus, 9 to 5, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Romeo et Juliet, Scalia/Ginsburg (world premier) Ulysses, Pirates of Penzance, Così fan Tutte, Gallo (world premier), Giver of Light (world premier), Bovinus Rex (world premier), Heart Of a Dog, Man of La Mancha, Salome, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, The Crucible, Eugene Onegin, The Daughter of the Regiment, Il Trovatore, La traviata, Falstaff, The Magic Flute, Tosca, Don Giovanni, Footloose, and Hairspray, among many others. He has a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch. He was the 2002 Allen Lee Hughes Lighting Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.
Susan is a contemporary dance choreographer and performer, a writer, an educator, and an arts advocate. Recent accomplishments include the premiere of an evening length one-woman dance theatre show, The Linen Closet and Other Collections, and receipt of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. The Greater Columbus Arts Council awarded Susan the Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship in 2013, and in 2016 the statewide service organization, OhioDance, awarded her with their annual award for Contributions to Dance Education. During the 90’s Susan was the Artistic Director of The Van Pelt Dance Ensemble in Columbus, Ohio, touring the company and solo work, conducting residencies in schools, and helping to build the dance community. While a guest teacher and visiting artist at numerous universities, highlights include teaching at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at the Taiwan National University of the Arts, and serving as company teacher and rehearsal director for the Cloud Gate Dance Company of Taiwan.
Susan choreographed for Opera Columbus’ 2017 production of Carmen with director Crystal Manich, and Ohio State University’s 2016 production of Dido & Aeneas, directed by A. Scott Parry. Previous theatre choreography credits include Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Otterbein, and The Tempest at OSU. Susan Van Pelt Petry was chair in the Department of Dance at OSU from 2006-2015, and is currently on faculty. She has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and a Master’s from OSU.
Director Crystal Manich is thrilled to create a new production of Madama Butterfly, her fifth for Opera Columbus, after the success of Madama Butterfly in 2013, and also La voix humaine/Pagliacci (2015), Lully’s Armide (2015) and Carmen (2017). She has been hailed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major publications for “lively” and “imaginative staging.” Her work spans across international borders including Pinchgut Opera in Australia, and Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina. U.S. credits include over 50 productions with The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Santa Barbara, American Opera Projects, Utah Opera, North Carolina Opera, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Opera Delaware, Simpson College, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. Recent highlights: Tosca in Boston; a Rameau triple bill in Sydney; Macbeth in San Antonio. Manich is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Kathleen Kelly enjoys a wide-ranging and dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher. The first woman and first American named as Director of Musical Studies at the Vienna State Opera, Kathleen joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2015 as that school’s first Coach/Conductor of Opera. There, she has led performances of Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi, L’heure espagnole, Cosi fan tutte, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since her return to the US, Kathleen has led performances of Le nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap, the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, and Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed Ariadne on Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival, a production that was a finalist in the 2015 International Opera Awards. She also conducted the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s A Coffin in Egypt, starring Frederica von Stade.
Kathleen Kelly’s 2017–18 season features two notable return journeys. She’ll be back at Carnegie Hall with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton; their recital at Zankel Hall in December is part of a six-city tour. In June, Kathleen will return as an alumna of San Francisco Opera’s Merola program to conduct the Schwabacher concerts. She also leads performances of Bill Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight at the University of Michigan, and Hänsel and Gretel for El Paso Opera.
Kathleen has performed internationally as a recital pianist, at Weill Hall, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, and Vienna’s Musikverein, and in the Mahlersaal of the Vienna State Opera, in Manhattan’s Neue Galerie, on the Schwabacher Series in San Francisco, at the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and at numerous universities and colleges across the United States. Her recital partners have included Jamie Barton, Christine Goerke, Michael Kelly, Troy Cook, Amber Wagner, Susan Graham, Albina Shagimuratova, Valentina Nafornita, Joyce DiDonato, and Thomas Hampson. She has curated art song series for the Houston Grand Opera and the Vienna State Opera, and currently is artistic director of the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.