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Christopher Allen


Conductor / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)

Stage Director:

Brad Dalton


Director / Rigoletto

November 2014


Director / La bohème

November 2011 (debut)

Scenic Design:

Steven C. Kemp

Steven C. Kemp is a set designer for opera, theatre and events. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received his MFA from UC San Diego. He has designed for 30 opera companies and over 50 productions in NYC as well as for a multitude of regional theatres, cruise ships and international tours.

His design for Candide at Des Moines Metro Opera was recently nominated for the 2021 Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design.

For Opera San Jose his 20 designs include the acclaimed production of Idomeneo presented by the Packard Humanities Institute as well as the West Coast Premieres of Anna Karenina, Silent Night and the American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella.

His opera designs have been presented at: LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Arizona Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha, Madison Opera, Kentucky Opera, Tulsa Opera, UrbanArias, Opera Grand Rapids, Merola Opera, Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

His regional and international credits include designs at Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Royal George Theatre, ReVision Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Hudson Stage Company, Gulfshore Playhouse, Catholic University of America.

He has designed multiple productions for Norwegian Cruise Line, and numerous tours such as Baby Shark Live!, PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero, Time to Save the Day, Dixie’s Tupperware Party and Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Steven also worked extensively as an Associate Designer for Robert Brill and David Gallo on Broadway, national tours, The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Disney Theatricals, Dreamworks, and a multitude of other regional theatres and companies.

Additional work has included Associate Design credits for Jesse Poleshuck, Walt Spangler, Christopher Acebo, and Assistant Design for Alexander Dodge and exhibit design at Gallagher & Associates and Jack Morton Worldwide.

His opera design for Falstaff was selected as a finalist in the World Stage Design 2017 exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan.

His work was featured in the USA exhibit in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial and he was the 2008 USITT Rose Brand Scenic Design award winner.

Steven has presented lectures at many universities and was the 2013 Live Design Broadway Master Class speaker for associate set design. He specializes in 3D rendering, animation and previsualization.

Scenic Designer /
A Streetcar Named Desire

April 2015


Scenic Designer / Rigoletto

November 2014


Scenic Designer / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Costume Design:

Martin Pakledinaz


Costume Designer / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)

Lighting Design:

Pam Gray


Lighting Designer / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)

Hair & Makeup Design:

Heather Sterling

Heather Sterling is an accomplished makeup artist and hair stylist with a wide range of experience that includes work in theater, film, print, and fashion. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has a degree in fine art with an emphasis in psychology. Armed with an extensive knowledge of period makeup and hairstyles, Heather first designed for Opera Santa Barbara in 2006 for the company's performances of Tosca; since then her work has been seen in nearly forty OSB productions. She regularly designs for the Music Academy of the West's summer operas and she recently designed for the Granada Theatre's A Christmas Carol.


Hair & Makeup Designer / Tosca

February 2006 (debut)

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Evan Brummel


Rigoletto / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)


Andrea Carroll


Gilda / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)

The Duke Of Mantua:

Cody Austin


Duke of Mantua / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)

Count Monterone:

Elliott Carlton Hines


Monterone / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)


Mosher Studio Artist



Kevin Thompson


Commendatore / Don Giovanni

November 2015


Sparafucile / Rigoletto

November 2014


Ramfis / Aida

March 2013 (debut)


Catherine Martin


Maddelena / Rigoletto

November 2014


Amneris / Aida

March 2013 (debut)


Daniel Cilli


Marullo / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)


Mosher Studio Artist

2014 (debut)


David Margulis


Borsa / Rigoletto

November 2014 (debut)


Mosher Studio Artist

2014 (debut)

Opera Santa Barbara "Rigoletto" dress 11/5/14 Granada Theatre