Hänsel und Gretel Cast Bios (Deutsch & English)
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Heidi Adair, Soprano (Gretel) is a vibrant and versatile performer, with an incredible range. Her years of stage experience and ringing vocal technique light up the stage. Based in Austria, she has traveled extensively, singing for American, Austrian, British, French, German, Italian, and Swiss audiences. Beginning her career with roles such as Cherubino, Stephano, and Frasquita in California and Utah, Ms Adair has found her fach with Elettra, Konstanze, and the Queen of the Night, as well as Donizetti heroines such as Lucia and Norina, although she still plays a saucy Musetta. In Utah, while covering the Queen of the Night, she brought life to the role of the First Lady in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." She has sung in operas and concerts across Europe and the US, having made her UK debut last year, covering Lucia in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Ms Adair returns to Oper im Park this August to delight the audience as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel.” She will be performing the role of the Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in Buffalo, New York in November. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Vocal Performance) and a Master of Music degree from the University of Utah. www.HeidiAdair.com
Shannon Langman, Mezzo-Soprano (Hänsel) Ms. Langman is a versatile artist whose work spans the operatic, new music, musical theater and concert repertoire. Her operatic credits include Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Desideria in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Antonia in Bolcom’s A Wedding, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Cecilio in Mozart’s opera seria, Lucio Silla, and Granma in Ricki Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath. Light Opera: Lady Mary in Vagabond King, Leila in Iolanthe, Ermintrude in Maytime, Lady Safir in Patience, and Antonia in Man of La Mancha. Concert work with companies including The Houston Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, and Elijah. Ms. Langman created the role of Clara in composer Line Tjornhoj's controversial opera Anorexia Sacra, a world premier. Most recently, Ms. Langman created and premiered the role of Queen Chandra Devi in The Silent Prince. Ms. Langman received her Master’s of Music Degree in Opera Performance at University of Houston. www.ShannonLangman.com
ELIZABETH MITCHELL, Soprano (Witch/Mother) is a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from opera to cabaret to art song. Professionally, she has performed throughout the United States with Ohio Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, Friends of the Opera of Michigan, Comic Opera Guild, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and the Primo Passo Ensemble. Favorite past roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Mercedes in Carmen, Marie in The Most Happy Fella, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, and Mistress Page in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. She can also be heard as Mrs. VanDare on Ohio Light Opera’s recording of The Firefly (Albany Records). Ms. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and her Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan, both in Vocal Performance and with scholarship. Awards include Utah District Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition, an international finalist at the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers, and a semi-finalist at the International Czech and Slovak Competition. Elizabeth is thrilled to be making her European and Austrian debut this August as the Mutter and the Hexe in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in St. Anton am Arlberg. www.bethsings.com.
Gregory Matthew Smith, tenor (Father) Oper im Park debut as Father. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Gregory now calls Houston his home. Gregory started his operatic career as a baritone and now thrives in tenor repertoire. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University. Gregory has performed numerous leading baritone and tenor roles as a Resident Artist with the prestigious Tri-Cities Opera Company.. Some favorite leading tenor roles include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Aneas in Dido and Aneas, Danillo in The Merry Widow, Monastatos in Die Zauberflüte, and Tibalt in Romeo et Juliette. He also enjoys singing oratorio repertoire with many orchestras and conductors, including The Houston Symphony and Hans Graff. Gregory was most recently seen in Virginia with the Ash Lawn Opera Company as cover to the role of Don José in Carmen. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Vocal performance from Georgia Southern University, and Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University.
Susan Brownfield, Soprano (Sandman/Dew-Fairy) Ms Brownfield is an Honors Graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music where she was named "Performer of the Year" and earned her Bachelor of Music. She completed her Master's Degree at Boston's New England Conservatory. Ms. Brownfield, a district winner in the 2001 Metropolitan Opera Competition, later portrayed the role of Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme" with the Harvard Lowell Opera. She spent two seasons with the Utah Festival Opera where she performed the role of Liat in Rodger's and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" and Isabelle/Madeline in Mollicone's "Face on the Barroom Floor." Ms. Brownfield was also heard in the role of Rose in Maine Grand Opera's production of "Street Scene." More recently, she was invited as a guest artist with the American-Bulgarian Music Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was then asked to return for two subsequent seasons. During her seasons with the festival, she performed the European premiere of songs by Amy Beach, Stefania DeKenessey and various Bulgarian composers. Also, in cooperation with the United States Library of Congress and the Florestan Recital Project, Ms. Brownfield sang the European premier of Samuel Barber's unpublished songs.
David Schmidt (Director) worked on his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah after receiving a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. David is the Head of Vocal Studies for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah, USA. Some of David's Opera and Operetta directing credits include “Die Zauberflöte,” “Pirates of Penzance” and “The Gondoliers” for Utah Light Opera, as well as “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and “Don Pasquale” for Oper Im Park, where he returns this summer to direct “Hänsel und Gretel.” David has also directed Le Miserable, The Wild Party and Songs for a New World, and music directed Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Rocky Horror Show for the Department of Theatre. David is the co-founder and past Board President of the Salt Lake High School for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City’s first high school for talented performing artists. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Utah Light Opera Company.
Justine Verdier (Pianist) began studying piano at age 4. She studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof. Pavel Gililov, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, both with honors. She now lives in Madrid, Spain. In addition to winning multiple music competitions, Justine has performed as soloist with orchestra, chamber music concerts and recitals across USA, Tahiti, Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Russia, Netherlands, France, Serbia, Germany, Spain, and Italy. She also recorded the 2nd concerto of Milosz Magin in 2003 for the CD label “Acte Préalable”. She has worked as an accompanist and singer coach at the summer master classes AAMA (Salzburg) and FAVA (Périgord, France), at the Maestranza Theater and the opera company "Sevilla de Opera" in Seville, Spain. In 2013, she was musical director at the festival Oper im Park for the production of "Don Pasquale" (Donizetti).
Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail Cast Bios (Deutsch & English)
Tenor Brian Manternach (Belmonte) hat in den Vereinigten Staaten Oper, Liederabende, Konzerte und Oratorien gesungen. Zu seinen Rollen gehören Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, und Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Er war der Tenor Solist in Bachs Magnificat und Kantaten 131 & 140, Händels Messias, Haydns Lord Nelson Messe, Mozarts Vesperae solennes de confessore und Krönungsmesse, und Orffs Carmina Burana. Für zwei Spielzeiten war er Mitglied des Opernstudios an der Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Er ist Gesangslehrer bei dem Music Theatre Program an der University of Utah und ist darstellende Kunst Fakultätsmitglied an Juan Diego Catholic High School. Er hat einen Bachelor of Arts in Musik von Saint Johns University of Minnesota, ein Master of Music an der University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, und ein Doctor of Music in Voice-Performance von der Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Andrew Young (Osmin) ist in Australien geboren. Er studierte Gesang am Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Während seines Studiums erhielt er als Auszeichnung ein Stipendium der Helpmann Family Foundation. Im Jahr 2000 wurde er in das Young Artists Programme der Opera Queensland aufgenommen und sang Ferrando (Il trovatore), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) und the Mikado (Mikado). 2001 ist er nach London umgezogen und war bei verschiedenen Opernfestspielen zu sehen unter anderem beim Festival der Grange Park Opera als Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore). Im Jahr 2007 wurde Andrew Ensemblemitglied der Landesbühnen Sachsen und sang Kuno (der Freischütz), den Lodovico (Otello) und Bogumil (der Bettelstudent). In 2011 wurde Andrew bei der Opernwerkstatt am Rhein für die Rolle des König Nobels in der Uraufführung von 'Reinecke Fuchs' (von Goethe/von Donat, Haage) engagiert.
Michael Hendrick (Pedrillo) freut sich, im wunderschönen St. Anton zu sein. An der Metropolitan Opera, hat Herr Hendrick Menelas (Die Ägyptische Helena), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), den Tambourmajor (Wozzeck) und den Vorsitzende Maos (Nixon in China) gesungen. Er hat Don José (Carmen) in La Coruña und Santander (Spanien),Tito (La clemenza di Tito) mit dem National Symphonieorchester (Kennedy Center), Ersten Geharnischter (Die Zauberflöte) mit Santa Fe Opera und der Lyric Opera of Chicago und Aroldo (Aroldo - Verdi) in Bilbao (Spanien) auf der Bühne verkörpert Weitere Auftritte,unter anderen, sind Paul (Die Tote Stadt) in Nancy, Frankreich, Lohengrin in Moskau; Samson (Samson et Dalila) in Manaus, Brasilien; Parsifal an der Lyric Opera of Chicago, Siegmund (Die Walküre) mit Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra (Frankreich); Midas (Die Liebe der Danae) im Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), und Laca in Jenufa in Bilbao und Málaga, Spanien. http://www.michaelhendrick.com
Gelobt für ihre "kristallpure Sopranstimme," Emily Nelson (Blonde) hat Universitätsabschlüsse in Gesang, Musik-Geschichte und Alte-Musik-Performance von der Indiana University und der University of Utah, und studiert derzeit einen DMA in Gesang an der University of Utah. Im Jahr 2009, hat Emily das Utopia Alte Musik Festspiel in Salt Lake City mitbegründet, das bisher drei verschiedene Konzertreihen und ein stetiges Wachstum der populären Erfolg genossen hat. Ihre Freude an den unterschiedlichsten musikalischen Stilrichtungen hat sie auf viele musikalischen Pfade geführt, von der Ars subtilior zu Morton Feldman, von Appalachian Murder Ballads, brasilianische Pop-zu der Zweiten Wiener Schule. Kürzlich hat Emily die regionale Ebene der NATSAA Wettbewerb erreicht.
Carlo-Emanuele Esposito (Bassa Selim) hat in Berlin Schauspiel und Gesang studiert. Er arbeitet in diversen künstlerischen Bereichen vom Tanz- bis zum Musiktheater, teils als Darsteller, teils als Regisseur. Der gebürtige Italiener hat sich als Conferencier und Event-Moderator international einen Namen gemacht. Kommenden Herbst debütiert der ehemalige TV-Journalist mit seinem ersten Chansonabend.
David Schmidt (Regie) arbeitete an seiner Promotion in Musikpädagogik an der Universität von Utah nach dem Empfang eines Master of Music in Gesangspädagogik und einem Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. David ist Leiter der Gesangabteilung an das Institut für Theaterwissenschaft an der Universität von Utah, USA. Zu Davids Oper und Operette Regiearbeiten zählen Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zaubeflote, Pirates of Penzance und The Gondoliers für Utah Light Opera. David hat auch für Les Miserable, The Wild Party und Songs für eine neue Welt Regie geführt, und war musikalischer Leiter für Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, A Midsummer Night s Dream und The Rocky Horror Show für das Institut für Theaterwissenschaft. David ist Mitbegründer und ehemaliger Verwaltungsratpräsident des Salt-Lake High School for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City das erste High School für talentierte Nachwuchskünstler. Er ist auch der Mitbegründer und künstlerischer Leiter der Utah Light Opera Company.
Emily Williams (Pianist / Musikalische Leiterin) erhielt ihren Bachelor of Music an der University of Utah im Jahr 2001. Nach vier Jahren als Chormusikpädagogin kehrte sie an die University of Utah zurück um einen Master of Music in Liedbegleitung zu erhalten. Ms. Williams unterrichtet Klavier am Westminster College und begleitet die Westminster Chamber Singers und die Westminster Chorale. Sie arbeitet auch als Begleiter und Coach für verschiedene Gesangsstudios an der University of Utah und am Westminster College. Als Korrepetitorin verbringt Emily ihren Sommern in Italien mit La Musica Lirica, eine Sommer Opernprogramm für junge amerikanische Künstler. Sie hat für das Utah Opera Ensemble Opernstudio gearbeitet und tut auch als freiberufliche Korrepetitorin Arbeit in dem ganzen Wasatch Front, Utah.
Heidi Adair (Konstanze) is a vibrant and versatile soprano, with an incredible range. Her years of stage experience and ringing vocal technique light up the stage. She spends her time in St Anton Austria, Utah, and various locations in Europe, where she has delighted American, French, Italian, Austrian, and German audiences. Beginning her career with roles such as Cherubino, Stephano, and Frasquita in California and Utah, Ms Adair has found her fach with Elettra, Konstanze, and the Queen of the Night, although she still plays a saucy Musetta. In Utah, while covering for the Queen of the Night, she brought life to the role of the First Lady in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." She has sung in operas and concerts in the U.S.A., France, Germany, Italy and Austria. Recently returned from performing in San Francisco, Ms Adair will come back to her love of Mozart to bring Konstanze from “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” to St Anton am Arlberg. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Utah. www.HeidiAdair.com
Tenor Brian Manternach (Belmonte) has appeared throughout the United States in opera, recitals, and concert work. His stage roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Cosí fan Tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. He has been the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Cantatas 131 & 140, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Coronation Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. For two seasons he served as apprentice-artist at the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He teaches studio voice in the Music Theatre Program at the University of Utah and is on the Performing Arts faculty at Juan Diego Catholic High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Saint John’s University of Minnesota, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Andrew Young (Osmin) was born in Australia. After finishing his schooling and a Bachelor of Science degree he studied Classical Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He graduated with a Masters in Performance (Opera) in 1989. During his studies he was awarded one of the inaugural Helpmann Family Foundation Fellowships. In 2000 he was accepted into the Young Artists Programme at Opera Queensland and sang the roles of Ferrando (Il trovatore), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) and the Mikado (Mikado). 2001 he moved to London and appeared in various Opera Festivals including Grange Park Opera as Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore). In 2007 Andrew came to Germany and was a member of the Ensemble of the Landesbühnen Radebeul where he sang Kuno (der Freischütz), Lodovico (Otello) and Bogumil (der Bettelstudent). Andrew was invited by the Berlin International Opera to sing Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Banco (Macbeth). Andrew was engaged by the Kammeroper Köln and sang in June 2010 Sarastro for the first time. Shortly thereafter in July he was heard as Dr. Hinzelmann (Im weissen Rößl) in Cologne.
Michael Hendrick (Pedrillo) is thrilled to be in beautiful St. Anton. At the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Hendrick has appeared as Menelas in Die Ägyptische Helena , Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, the Drum Major in Wozzeck and Chairman Mao in Nixon in China. He has performed Don José in Carmen in La Coruña and Santander (Spain); Tito in La clemenza di Tito with National Symphony (Kennedy Center); First Armed Guard in Die Zauberflöte with Santa Fe Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Messa di Requiem (Verdi) with National Philharmonic (U.S.); and Aroldo in Aroldo (Verdi) in Bilbao, Spain. Other appearances: Paul in Die Tote Stadt in Nancy, France; Lohengrin in Moscow; Samson in Samson et Dalila in Manaus, Brazil; Parsifal at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Siegmund in Die Walküre with Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra (France); Midas in Die Liebe der Danae at Concertgebouw (Amsterdam); and Laca in Jenufa in Bilbao and Málaga, Spain. www.michaelhendrick.com
Praised for her "crystalline soprano," Emily Nelson (Blonde) holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in vocal performance at the University of Utah. In 2009, Emily co-founded Utopia Early Music in Salt Lake City, which has so far enjoyed three diverse concert seasons and a steady growth of popular success. Her enjoyment of a wide variety of musical styles has led her down lively musical paths, from the ars subtilior to Morton Feldman, to Appalachian murder ballads, Brazilian pop and the second Viennese school. Emily recently advanced to the Regional level of the NATSAA competition.
Carlo-Emanuele Esposito (Pasha Selim) studied in Berlin, acting and singing. He has worked in various artistic fields from dance to musical theater, and now opera, partly as a performer, partly as a director. Born in Italy, he has established an international reputation as an emcee and event host. This fall, the former television journalist debuts with his first song evening.
David Schmidt (Director) worked on his Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah after receiving a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. David is the Head of Vocal Studies for the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah, USA. Some of David's Opera and Operetta directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte, Pirates of Penzance and The Gondoliers for Utah Light Opera. David has also directed Le Miserable, The Wild Party and Songs for a New World, and music directed Hair, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Rocky Horror Show for the Department of Theatre. David is the co-founder and past Board President of the Salt Lake High School for the Performing Arts, Salt Lake City’s first high school for talented performing artists. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Utah Light Opera Company.
Emily Williams (Pianist/Music Director) received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah in 2001. After teaching choral music for four years, she returned to the University of Utah to pursue a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano. Ms. Williams teaches piano at Westminster College as well as accompanies the Westminster Chamber Singers and the Westminster Chorale. She also works as an accompanist and coach for several voice studios at the University of Utah and Westminster College. As a staff accompanist Emily spends her summers in Italy with La Musica Lirica, a summer opera program for young American performers. She has worked with the Utah Opera Ensemble Apprentice program and also does freelance and répétiteur work throughout the Wasatch Front.