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Conductor:

Aaron Breid

 

Conductor /
Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

Stage Director:

Fenlon Lamb

 

Director / Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Dorabella / Così fan tutte

March 2004 (debut)

Scenic Designer:

Keith Brumley

 

Scenic Designer / Manon

November 2017

 

Scenic Designer / La rondine

April 2017

 

Scenic Designer /
Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

Lighting Designer:

Pablo Santiago

 

Lighting Designer /
Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Lighting Designer /
L'elisir d'amore

March 2016 (debut)

Costume Design:

A.T. Jones

Hair & Makeup Designer:

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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Angelica:

Maria Kanyova

 

Angelica / Suor Angelica

April 2016 (debut)

The Princess:

Alissa Anderson

 

The Princess  / Suor Angelica

April 2016

 

Zita / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Marcellina / Le nozze di Figaro

March 2012

 

Flora / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2011

The Abbess:

Linda Di Fiore

 

The Abbess / Suor Angelica

April 2016 (debut)

The Monitor:

Sally Rose Bates

 

The Monitor / Suor Angelica

April 2016 (debut)

The Mistress of the Novices:

Nandani Maria Sinha

Mezzo-soprano Nandani Maria Sinha is an acclaimed performer of German and Indian descent. Born in the United States, Nandani began her formal training in in Germany before returning to the US, where she earned degrees from Cornell University and California State University at Los Angeles. Nandani began the 2017 - 18 season with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus in Beth Morrison Project's production of The Hubble Cantata by Paola Prestini. For Music at Westwood this season, she serves as the Alto Soloist in the Bach Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, and Dvorak's Mass in D. She also sang the Old Lady in Candide for LA Opera's series for educators and was a featured ensemble member for their production of Jack Perla’s Jonah and the Whale. She finishes the season with concert performances of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Palisades Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Bernstein selections with the California Philharmonic. She will also be seen as the Wardrobe in 5 Star Theatricals’ production of Beauty and the Beast, which also stars members of the original Broadway cast. Nandani made her debut with Opera Santa Barbara as La maestra della novizie in Suor Angelica, and returned for recent productions of The Cunning Little Vixen and La Rondine. Other recent highlights include the title role in La Cenerentola (Repertory Opera Company), Amneris in Aida (Marina Del Rey Symphony), The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Malibu Coast Chamber Opera), Mrs. Ott in Susannah (Opera Pasadena), and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Repertory Opera Company. Ms. Sinha has also been a frequent soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and a recitalist in London, France, Austria and Germany. Additionally, she has presented recitals throughout South Africa for the No.1 Ladies’ Opera Festival. A great proponent of new music, Nandani has sung in the world premieres of multiple compositions by Annenberg Foundation Composition Fellow Maria Newman. Recently, she premiered the role of Lily and Our Lady in the musical Golden with music written by Grammy Award Winner Nathan Wang for the Paderewski Cycle Competition. Ms. Sinha was the first-prize winner in the 2012 Franz Liszt International Competition, and in 2014 she earned two additional International Prizes from the same organization, including a special award for “Best Vocal Interpretation of a Work by Franz Liszt.” Nandani was a winner of the Hollywood Opera Reading Club Vocal Scholarship Competition and has been a recipient of scholarships from the Opera Buffs and Celestial Opera. In 2013 and 2014, she was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest, where she worked closely with William Bolcom, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Susanne Mentzer, Margo Garrett, and Martin Katz.

www.mezzonani.com

Sister Genovieffa:

Deborah Bertling

 

Sister Genovieffa / Suor Angelica

April 2016

 

Nella / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Reporter /
Séance on a Wet Afternoon

September 2009

 

Olga / The Merry Widow

March 2009

 

Queen of the Night /
Magic Flute for Families

October 2008

 

Sandman & Dew Fairy /
Hansel and Gretel
for Families

October 2007

 

Elvira /L'italiana in Algeri

March 2005

 

Kate Pinkerton / Madama Butterfly

May 1999 (debut)

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Gianni Schicchi:

Stefano de Peppo

 

Gianni Schicchi /
Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Mustafà /
L'italiana in Algeri

March 2015 (debut)

Rinuccio:

Jason Slayden

 

Rinuccio / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

Lauretta:

Monica Yunus

 

Lauretta / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

Zita:

Alissa Anderson

 

The Princess  / Suor Angelica

April 2016

 

Zita / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Marcellina / Le nozze di Figaro

March 2012

 

Flora / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2011

Gherardo:

Lee Steiner

 

Gherardo / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

 

Mosher Studio Artist

2015-2016

Nella:

Deborah Bertling

 

Sister Genovieffa / Suor Angelica

April 2016

 

Nella / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016

 

Reporter /
Séance on a Wet Afternoon

September 2009

 

Olga / The Merry Widow

March 2009

 

Queen of the Night /
Magic Flute for Families

October 2008

 

Sandman & Dew Fairy /
Hansel and Gretel
for Families

October 2007

 

Elvira /L'italiana in Algeri

March 2005

 

Kate Pinkerton / Madama Butterfly

May 1999 (debut)

Simone:

E. Scott Levin

Bass-Baritone, E. Scott Levin is a gifted comic actor praised for his “smooth, buttery voice.” He has been making audiences laugh for the past fifteen years with his “incredibly sharp timing” in roles including Bartolo in The Marriage of Figaro, Schaunard in La bohème, and Falke in Die Fledermaus. Scott made his debut Opera Santa Barbara debut as Simone in Gianni Schicchi (2016) and returned as The Priest/Badger in The Cunning Little Vixen (2017). In 2015, he made debuts at Townsend/Fresno Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca, Los Angeles Opera “Off-Grand” as Babayan (Bartolo) in Figaro 90210!, and on the LA Opera mainstage as Dr. Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, starring Placido Domingo. Since 2002, Scott has sung in over twenty productions with Union Avenue Opera in Saint Louis and many productions with Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles. He has also sung with many other companies in the Los Angeles area including Long Beach Opera, Redlands Opera Theater, Center Stage Opera, OperaWorks, Orange County Opera, and Celestial Opera. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

La Ciesca:

Molly Clementz

 

Rosette / Manon

November 2017

 

Bianca / La rondine

April 2017

 

Lapak; Dog; Woodpecker /
The Cunning Little Vixen

March 2017

 

Mercédès / Carmen

November 2016

 

La Ciesca / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

 

Mosher Studio Artist

2015–2016, 2016–2017

Betto di Signa:

Luvi Avendano

 

Zuniga / Carmen

November 2016

 

Betto di Signa / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

Marco:

Tim Petty

 

Marco / Gianni Schicchi

April 2016 (debut)

 

Mosher Studio Artist

2015–2016

David Bazemore Photo