The Cast & Team
Nadia Petrella, Patience
Canadian soprano Nadia Petrella, praised for her “creamy voice” (NY Times) and acclaimed “world class… her demanding lines dazzling” (Buffalo News), is quickly being recognized as one of the most exciting lyric sopranos of her generation. Ms. Petrella most recently debuted the role of Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in NYC, with great acclaim. Other operatic credits include Violetta in La Traviata, Micaëla in Carmen, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Frasquita in Carmen, Lucy in The Telephone, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Lola in Gallantry, and Cathleen in Riders to the Sea. Ms. Petrella was the recipient of a major sponsorship grant from the Leacross Foundation to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Master of Music. She also premiered scenes by American composer Manly Romero’s Dreaming of Wonderland (Lorina) in collaboration with American Opera Projects, and performed a concert production in the role of Mimi in La Boheme. Ms. Petrella was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, New England Region, a third place winner at the Canadian National Music Festival, and was awarded several scholarships from the regional and provincial festivals in Canada. Ms Petrella is currently an Apprentice at the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artist Program.
Elsa Quéron, Sarah
French mezzo-soprano Elsa Quéron completed her Master’s in Voice at the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Mignon Dunn. Ms. Quéron was a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival in 2013, and at Opera Saratoga in 2012 and participated in Joan Dornemann’s IVAI four times. Roles performed include Hänsel, Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Etoile, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Myrtale in Thaïs, Dorothée in Cendrillon, and Brundibar in Hans Krasa’s Brundibar, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, and Sarah in Paula Kimper’s Patience & Sarah. Elsa made her debut with American Lyric Theater in NYC in The life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.
Michael Kelly, Parson Peel
Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire. An avid and passionate recital and chamber music interpreter, he can be found on three soon-to-be-released recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise, Del Tredici’s A Field Manual, and a recording of Britten’s folk song settings. Captivating audiences with his “exquisitely self-effacing” artistry, Mr. Kelly is a versatile and innovative vocalist, having performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cathedral Choral Society, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opernhaus Zurich, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, and many others. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to modern, leading him to collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, many of whose work he has premiered. He has performed in opera, chamber and symphonic works under the batons of such conductors as James Levine, Nicholas McGegan, Steven Osgood, and Leonard Slatkin. Michael has collaborated in recital with celebrated pianists Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Malcolm Martineau, Spencer Myer, Jonathan Ware and Brian Zeger. Mr. Kelly has won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in 2013’s Poulenc Competition and 2011’s Joy in Singing. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich. Michael is also artist director of SongFusion, a song recital series based in Manhattan.
Chad Kranak, Edward White
Known for his musicianship and sparkling humor, tenor Chad Kranak performs a wide variety of music in New York City and beyond. In the summer of 2014, Chad made his international debut singing the Conte di Lerma in Verdi’s Don Carlo with the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. As an avid performer of Benjamin Britten’s works, Chad recently reprised the role of Albert Herring with Bronx Opera, where he was praised for, “singing the role of Albert to perfection”. Other notable roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Chad lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Jessica Copland, Martha White
Mezzo-soprano Jessica Lauren Copland is an expressive performer known for her versatility in operatic, sacred, and musical theatre genres. Highlights of Jessica’s work include Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Edith/Katisha/Cousin Hebe (Gilbert and Sullivan, The Ballet!), the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and as Mrs. Mary Chaste in the off-Broadway musical Devil of Delancey Street. Jessica also enjoys working with various vocal and chamber music ensembles throughout New York.
Duncan Hartman, Pa Dowling
Whether in the recording studio or on the stage, Duncan Hartman’s wide-ranging career has garnered both critical acclaim and popular success. Internationally, Mr. Hartman has sung with the New Israeli Opera, toured over 20 cities in Europe with both the New Bulgarian National Opera and the Teatro Lirico di Milano, and appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico. He was also featured in the Armel Opera Festival’s international telecast of Pasatieri’s The Seagull. In the U.S., he has sung leading roles with Opera Colorado, Dayton Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Boise Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Camerata of Washington, DC, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and New York’s Amore Opera. Mr. Hartman has appeared several times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, most recently in Mozart’s Requiem with John Rutter conducting. As a winner of the prestigious Artists International Auditions, Duncan was presented in recital at New York’s Weill Recital Hall. He has also received awards from the National Opera Association, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Wagner Society of New York, and the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Mr. Hartman was the inaugural recipient of the Naomi Music Productions and Recordings Rising Star Opera Award, and was a Finalist in the Altamura/Enrico Caruso International Voice Competition.
He can also be heard as the voice of “The Wizard of the Deep” on the hit internet video game, The Dawn of Fantasy, and as Bob Cratchit on Albany Records’ world premiere recording of Pasatieri’s “God Bless Us Every One.”
Bryn Holdsworth, Rachel Dowling
Soprano Bryn Holdsworth is a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music. She is the proud recipient of the Rodgers and Hammerstein/Richard Rodgers Scholarship and The ASCAP Foundation Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarship. She was a national finalist in the New York Lyric Opera competition, a national semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera competition, and a national semi-finalist in the Classical Singer competition. Ms. Holdsworth trained and performed at the International Vocal Arts Institute from 2011 to 2014 as well as Institut Canadien d’Art Vocal 2014. She was a participant in Marilyn Horne’s program, The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall where she appeared in Ms. Horne’s masterclass and in recital. She performed in Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Una Poenitentium) with Kent Tritle, Oratorio Society of New York, and Manhattan School of Music Symphonic Choir. Ms. Holdsworth performed Norina in Don Pasquale and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas as a young artist with Crested Butte Music Festival. Other operatic roles include Andromède in Persée et Andromède, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Mimi in La Bohème, Micaëla in Carmen, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Doriclea in La Doriclea. Upcoming engagements include Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with NYC Master Chorale.
Rich Johnson, Orchestra Manager, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Megan Natoli, Flute/Piccolo
Greg Weissman, Oboe/English Horn
James Perry, French Horn
Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry, Violin
Caleigh Drane, Cello
Sophia Vastek, piano
Douglas Moser, Director, garnered acclaim for directing innovative, award-winning productions including The Mystery of Irma Vep, School for Wives, and Orphans, at Boston Post Road Stage Company. His adaptation of A Christmas Carol won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award in a 1992 production at the Westport Country Playhouse. Moser’s opera directing debut was the world premiere of Paula Kimper’s Patience & Sarah in a sold-out production in Lincoln Center Festival 1998. Other NYC credits include the premiere of Wild Women of Planet Wongo, for NYMF (originally developed at the University of Michigan), and the Samuel French award-winning The Blueberry Waltz. He directed several renowned productions at Stamford Theatre Works including The Shape of Things, Bad Dates, The Dining Room, Syncopation, among many others. Regional Credits include: Sweeney Todd, Jacques Brel, Company, and Danger: People at Large with Jack Klugman and Brett Somers. He has developed new works at workshops at Long Wharf, Roundabout Theatre, Arc Light Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop at Dartmouth, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. In 2011 Moser directed the award-winning film short, Glacier Bay, starring James Noble and Dorothy Bryce.
Andrew Rubenoff, Lighting Designer, is a well-known New Haven, CT special events designer. For the stage, he specializes in concert and cabaret settings for artists such as: Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook, Andrea Marcovicci, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Amber Edwards, and many others. Other shows include: Nightclub Confidential, Westport Country Playhouse; Wild Women of Planet Wongo, Beckett Theatre, NY; All Night Strut for Pennsylvania Center Stage and PBS. He is an associate member of Branford College, Yale University.
James Carson, Production Manager, stage management credits include HBO’s Stomp Out Loud, North Shore Music Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Red Earth Ensemble, and Lucky Me, Off-Broadway Theatre at Yale, directed by Douglas Moser. Technical credits include The Intiman Theatre (Bart Sher, Artistic Director), Ghosts (with Joanne Woodward), Velvet Elvis (with Allison Janney). Off Broadway credits include Stomp, Tap Dogs, Gross Indecency (with Michael Emerson), Cowgirls, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Nunsense, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me, and Fredrick Stroppel’s Fortune’s Fools, among others.
Jacqueline Bell, Stage Manager, is ecstatic to once again join the Paula Kimper Ensemble in this beautiful production. She was previously the production manager of the powerful performance of Truth: An American Opera about Sojouner Truth. Jackie is the Executive Producer of Stages Theatre Company and stage manager of the Broadway Sings concert series. She has also just wrapped up the 2nd international tour of Heather Henson’s Sing Along with the Muppet Movie as production stage manager. New York Credits: Black Footnotes (Rebel Theatre), R&J&Z (Hard Sparks), The Glass Menagerie (Odyssey theatrical). Regional credits: Celebration of Flight (PA), Little Rock (NJ) High Tea (GA), True Fans (FL).
Nina Paradiz, Costume Designer, is a working artist and designer in New York City. She was recently the production designer at Northeast Children’s Theater Company where new programs were being developed to bring interactive theater into schools. Previous shows include: Gruesome Playground Injuries(The Artist’s Movement), Eros and Psyche (Xorego’s Performing Company), and Alice in Wonderland (Manhattan Performing Arts Company).”