Location

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Conductor:

Valéry Ryvkin

 

Conductor / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Conductor / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Conductor / La traviata

December 2000

 

Conductor / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Conductor / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000

 

Conductor /
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

October 1999

 

Conductor / Madama Butterfly

May 1999

 

Conductor / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Conductor / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Conductor / Così fan tutte

January 1998

 

Conductor / Tosca

September 1997

 

Conductor / Don Giovanni

January 1997

 

Conductor / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Conductor / Carmen

August 1996

 

Conductor / La traviata

July 1995 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

1999–2008

Stage Director:

Bodo Igesz

 

Stage Director / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Stage Director / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Stage Director / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Stage Director / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Stage Director / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Stage Director / Tosca

September 1997

 

Stage Director / Rigoletto

March 1997

 

Stage Director / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Stage Director / Carmen

August 1996 (debut)

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Carmen:

Layna Chianakas

In a career that has spanned three decades, Stage Director, Mezzo-Soprano, and Voice Teacher, Layna Chianakas has portrayed over 50 leading opera roles across the United States, including over 80 performances of Carmen. Most recently, she was heard with Intermountain Opera, in the role Mme. Larina in Eugene Onegin and with Livermore Valley Opera as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin. She returns to both companies this spring as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, and Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. 

 As an award-winning opera Stage Director, her most recent win was the 2021 American Prize for Opera Production for Livermore Valley Opera’s double-bill of Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy and Pucinni’s Gianni Schicchi and the National Opera Association third prize for Postcard from Morocco for the San José State Opera Theater.  For Opera San José, she directed La Voix humaine, Hansel & Gretel, Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other directing credits include, Le nozze di Figaro, Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as a fully-staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Rachel J. Peter’s Rootabaga Country marked her third production as the Stage Director for the Vivace Youth Chorus Summer Opera Workshop, which saw her productions of Menotti’s Chip and His Dog, and Krasa’s Brundibar. Opera Santa Barbara presented her Summer Youth Opera production of Ben Moore’s Odyssey, Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus for Soprano Young Artist, Brooklyn Snow, and she returns again this October to stage their double-bill of Falla’s El amor brujo (with choreographer, Cecily MacDougall) and Puccini’s Il Tabarro.

 In addition to a thriving private voice studio, Ms. Chianakas is Vocal Director of Musical Theater for Valley Christian High School Conservatory in San Jose, CA, where her credits include, Hello, Dolly!, Mary Poppins, Godspell, Found: A Musical Revue, and The Addams Family.

She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband, and two children; her greatest productions.

 

Last OSB Role: Stage Director for OSB’s Young Artist Showcase, At the Statue of Venus by Jake Heggie, Brooklyn Snow, Soprano

 

Upcoming Opera: Emilia, Otello, Livermore Valley Opera; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro, Intermountain Opera

Carmen / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Don José:

Ross Neill

 

Don José / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Micaëla:

Barbara Divis

 

Micaëla / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Nedda / Pagliacci

October 1999 (debut)

Escamillo:

Hector Vasquez

 

Escamillo / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Count di Luna / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Marcello / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996 (debut)

Zuniga:

James Anest

 

Zuniga / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Marullo / Rigoletto

March 1997

 

Schaunard / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Zuniga / Carmen

August 1996 (debut)

Dancaïro:

Aram Barsamian

 

Dancaïro / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Doctor Malatesta / Don Pasquale

February 1998 (debut)

Rémendado:

J. Raymond Meyers

 

Rémendado / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Frasquita:

Jessica Rivera

 

Frasquita / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Mercédès:

Kristin Noelle Anderson

Moralès:

Justin Plank

 

Moralès / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002 (debut)

Photo by David Bazemore