Brucemorchestra X

Brucemorchestra X
Saturday, September 9
Doors open at 5:30PM; Concert begins at 7:00PM
at Brucemore

The Opera performs at the 10th annual outdoor concert, Brucemorchestra X, this year presented by Orchestra Iowa in partnership with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

The program features popular opera arias and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with choirs from Coe College, Mount Mercy University, Kirkwood Community College, and Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale.

Featured guest soloists include mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, bass Daniel Sumegi, tenor Ta'u Pupu'a, and soprano Rebecca Nash (performing the title role in the 2018 production of Turandot). Mr. Pupu’a will perform "Nessun dorma" from Puccini’s Turandot, a preview of his performance in the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre January 2018 production.

Tickets on sale now at or (319) 366-8203.

Sponsored by Myron & Esther Wilson


Janara Kellerman
In recent seasons, Ms. Kellerman has appeared with CROT as Carmen, Amneris and Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana. This past season she made several roles debuts including Preziosilla/La Forza del Destino with New Amsterdam Opera and Mrs. Herring in Union Avenue Opera’s production of Albert Herring. Up next she will return to Lincoln Center in NYC again as the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Rebecca Nash
Australian soprano Rebecca Nash recently triumphed in her debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Seattle Opera. This season, she joins Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Turandot, sings Mendelssohn’s Elijah with San Antonio Symphony, and joins both the Phoenix Symphony and Orchestra Iowa for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Recent engagements include: Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (West Green Opera); Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten (Ópera de Bellas Artes); the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos (West Green Opera); Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle (Virginia Symphony); the title role of Káťa Kabanová (Oper Köln); and Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera).

Ta’u Pupu’a
Ta’u Pupu’a made his professional opera debut with San Francisco Opera in their world premiere of Heart of a Soldier in 2011. Ariadne auf Naxos soon followed with Heidelberg Opera marking his European debut, and at Tanglewood Festival. Previous engagements include CO2 (La Scala), The Ice Break (Birmingham), Salome (Hong Kong), Tosca (Hawaii), Rigoletto and Nabucco (Baltimore), Norma (Knoxville), Terrence McNally’s Masterclass (Kennedy Center) and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci (Cedar Rapids). A graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, he attended Weber State University on a football scholarship during which time he was drafted to the N.F.L. to the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. Ta’u Pupu’a will return to Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre in 2018 for Turandot.

Daniel Sumegi
Daniel Sumegi, bass, has sung at most major opera companies around the world, with a repertoire encompassing over 100 roles. Some recent engagements include Ring Cycles in Seattle, Melbourne, Tokyo and San Francisco, as well as Madama Butterfly and Der fliegende Holländer (Seattle Opera), Pelleás et Mélisande (Sydney Symphony), Thaïs (Melbourne Symphony), Luisa Miller (San Francisco Opera, Opera Australia), The Manchurian Candidate (Minnesota Opera, Austin Opera). Upcoming engagements include Il barbiere di Sivilgia, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Aida (Seattle Opera), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Opera Australia) and Salome (Isreali Opera, Stuttgart Philharmonic). For full biographical details, see

Artistic and Production Team

Daniel Kleinknecht, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Artistic Director
Daniel Kleinknecht is Artistic Director and Conductor of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. As founder of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, he has led the company in performances of major operatic repertoire, and under his leadership the company has received seven National Endowment for the Arts grants, and has established a nationally-recognized Young Artist Program. He has conducted the Long Bay Symphony, Evansville Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois, Orchestra Iowa, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Singers, the Fort Dodge Symphony, Hunter Symphony and Hunter Opera Theatre, New York Chamber Orchestra, and the Iowa City Community Orchestra, and several national tours of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. He is an Associate Professor at Mount Mercy University.

Marc Falk, Coe College Chorusmaster
Marc Falk is an Associate Professor of Music at Coe College, where he directs the Concert Choir and musical theater productions, and teaches music history, music theory, conducting, and history of rock n' roll. In addition to his duties at Coe, Dr. Falk is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest. A graduate of Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), Dr. Falk completed his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Minnesota and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa. His teachers include Timothy Stalter, Kathy Saltzman Romey, and Thomas Lancaster. Dr. Falk lives in Iowa City with his wife Dana and children, Zach and Lucy.

Fred Kiser, Kirkwood Community College Chorusmaster
Dr. Fred Kiser is Director of Vocal Activities at Kirkwood Community College, where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chambers Singers and Jazz Transit, co-directs musical productions, and teaches courses in music theory and history. Dr. Kiser is the former director of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale and has directed choirs at Coe College, Cornell College and the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Kiser received his DMA from The University of Iowa in 2010 in Choral Conducting, studying with Dr. Timothy Stalter. Prior to his time in Iowa, Dr. Kiser served at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri as head of the music program. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Fred lives in Ely with his wife Heidi and two sons.

Dr. Gerald Kreitzer, Mount Mercy Chorusmaster
Dr. Kreitzer is Director of Music Activities at Mount Mercy University and Artistic Director of the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale in Cedar Rapids. At Mount Mercy he directs multiple choral ensembles on campus, and organizes the Summer Academy which features an All-State Choral Workshop and offerings for music educators. Dr. Kreitzer spent 22 years as Director of Choral Music at George Washington High School, where he directed the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Momentum, and directed Musical Theater productions. Dr. Kreitzer served on the faculties of the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). Dr. Kreitzer serves as Chorus Master for Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre productions, directs the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church in Cedar Rapids, and is a frequent guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He and his wife Kelley have four wonderful daughters and amazing grandson, Titus.

Kristen Geisler, Projectionist
Kristen Geisler is a freelance designer based in Cedar Rapids. She has worked from Florida to Michigan. Recent local works include those with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre (Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, La Traviata, Don Giovanni), Revival Theatre Company (Victor Victoria, Evita, Funny Girl), Coe College (A Bright Room Called Day), Cornell College (Greek, A Man of No Importance), and University of Northern Iowa (Into the Woods). Upcoming productions include Rocky Horror Picture Show at Cornell College and Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

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