Learn More: BRIGADOON

Meet the cast of BRIGADOON, onstage June 14-17, 2018 at 7:30PM, at Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater at Brucemore:

Young Artists and Community Artists
In Alphabetical Order

Ashley Armstrong
Meg Brockie
This season, Ashley Armstrong, mezzo-soprano, will also be a Studio Artist with Santa Barbara Opera making her company debut in the role of Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin). While there, she will also be featured in The Crucible and La bohème. Her other recent engagements include Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and her Sarasota Opera debut as an Apprentice Artist in their fall production of La Traviata. Ms. Armstrong holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa.

Eli Aronson
Stuart Dalrymple
Eli Aronson, tenor, is a freshmen student at Simpson College where he is majoring in Vocal Performance and minoring in German. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, he has worked with the MacPhail Center of Music, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and the Angelica
Cantanti Singers. He was a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre earlier this season in
the chorus of Turandot. Later this summer, he will be singing the roles of Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Lucano/Soldato (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with the Halifax Opera Festival. At Simpson, he studies with Dr. Kimberly Roberts.

Christina Bernardoni

Jane Ashton
Christina Bernardoni, mezzo-soprano, graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a
Master of Music in Vocal Literature and Performance. She was seen as a Lady in Waiting in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of Turandot in January. Past roles include Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), La Badessa (Suor Angelica), The Announcer (Gallantry), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Awards include the 2015 London Opera Guild Scholarship, 2009 Bel Canto Italian Opera Competition Junior Division, and 2007 Elgin Opera Vocal Competition Finalist. This summer Christina will sing Cecilia March in Little Women presented by Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Zachary Brown
MacGregor / Frank
Zachary Brown is a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music. Recently, Mr. Brown has performed Harry Easter (Street Scene) at the Brevard Music Center, Leporello (Don Giovanni) with the Franco-American Vocal Academy, the title role in Don Giovanni, and Marcello (La bohème) with the Greve Opera Academy. Upcoming roles include Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte). Previous Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre productions include Moralés (cover; Carmen), Poo-Bah (The Mikado), Il Commendatore (cover; Don Giovanni), and Osmin (The Billy Goats Gruff).

Ian Butler

Charlie Dalrymple
Ian Butler, tenor, is currently studying music at Iowa State University, performing with the Iowa State Singers and the Iowa State Opera Studio. Notable roles with ISU include Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi). Ian has been involved in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre productions including The Merry Widow, La boheme, Carmen, La Traviata, Speed Dating Tonight!, and most recently Turandot.

Andrew Campbell
Sandy Dean
Andrew Campbell, tenor, is currently working on his Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at Texas Tech University. He has been seen on the stages at Carson-Newman University, Texas Tech University, and The College Light Opera Company. His favorite past roles include Dr. Daly (The Sorcerer), Nanki-poo (The Mikado), and Nathan (Guys and Dolls). Later this summer Andrew will be joining Teatro Nuovo as an apprentice artist studying the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte.

Matt Chastain
Tommy Albright
Matt Chastain is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Professor James Doing. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Professor William Hite. Matt returns to Cedar
Rapids Opera Theatre after performing in the chorus for Turandot in January 2018. He was most recently seen as Marcello in UW-Madison’s February 2018 production of Puccini’s La bohème. Other favorite past roles include the Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Silvio (Pagliacci).

Samuel Cotten
Angus MacGuffie
Samuel Cotten, baritone, proudly returns to Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre after having appeared this winter in Turandot. Recent appearances include Tonio (Pagliacci) with Main Street Opera in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Tomsky and Yeletsky with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Miami Music Festival. Other past roles include Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Ignacio in Bolcom's Lucrezia and Uncle John Cover in Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath. Having received his Masters in Voice & Opera from Northwestern University, he currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he studies with Pamela Hinchman and Alan Darling.

Evan Dunn
Archie Beaton
Evan received his master’s degree in vocal performance from Texas Tech University. He has
performed with Moonlight Broadway, the Lubbock Symphony, and at the state opera house in
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Recent engagements include Monsieur Andre (The Phantom of the
Opera), Olin Blitch (Susannah), Schaunard (La boheme), Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Grandpa
Moss (The Tender Land), Adam Pontipee (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), the father (Hänsel
und Gretel) and Ben (The Telephone).

Thaddeus Ennen
Andrew MacLaren
Thaddeus Ennen, baritone, is a native of Buffalo Center, Iowa, and currently resides in Chicago, IL. The past two summers, Thaddeus was an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera. Previous engagements include Figaro (The Barber of Seville) with Des Moines Metro Opera, Baron (La Traviata) and Cascada (The Merry Widow) with Pensacola Opera. Other credits include Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Sweeney Todd (title role) with the Janiec Opera Company and Le Dancaïre (Carmen) with Knoxville Opera. Thaddeus earned his MM from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his BM from Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.

Leigh Folta
Maggie Anderson
Lyric soprano Leigh Folta recently a finished residency as a Young Artist Seagle Music Colony, and returned to perform the role of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Her roles to date include Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea); LPN (Bluebeard's Waiting Room), and Pamina, Papagena, and the Second Spirit (Die Zauberflöte). She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and a Master of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Wesley Frye
Henry Beaton
Wesley Frye is currently in the first year of his Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying with internationally-acclaimed tenor John De Haan. Previously, Wesley studied at Luther College, obtaining a B.A. in Vocal Performance in 2016. An actively performing tenor, Wesley has performed at numerous venues in Minnesota and Iowa. Recent credits include Orpheus (Orphée aux enfers), Pang (cover, Turandot, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), Arbace (Idomeneo), Aaron (Dater #20) (Speed Dating Tonight!, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), and Count Danilo Danilovitch (The Merry Widow). Wesley can also be heard on the CD recording of Ross Crean's The Great God Pan (Parma/Navona/Naxos America).

Alicia Jayourba
Chorus
Recently Ms. Jayourba covered the role of Turandot with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she joined the company roster as an Apprentice Artist during the 45th festival season. Alicia has performed the roles of Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) with the Miami Music Festival, Magda Sorel (The Consul) with Harrower Opera, and The Mother (Hänsel und Gretel) with CoOPERAtive. Further credits include Anna Maurrant (Street Scene), Anita (La Navarraise), and Love Simpson (Cold Sassy Tree) with the Florida State University Opera. Ms. Jayourba has been the recipient of a study grant and an encouragement grant from the Wagner Society of New York City.

Stephanie Kim Johnson
Fiona MacLaren
Soprano Stephanie Kim Johnson is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and Carnegie Mellon University (B.F.A.; B.A.). This past January, Stephanie was a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, performing as Pig/Teen Duck (The Ugly Duckling) and in Turandot. Past engagements include Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Emilie (Dangerous Liaisons), and Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). This fall, Stephanie will be making her role debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Dell’arte Opera Ensemble.

Bridget Ann Johnston

Chorus
Bridget Ann Johnston, soprano, is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She was raised in Waukee, Iowa. Throughout her college career, she has been deeply involved in opera workshops, esteemed choir ensembles, plays, and musical productions. She has also worked off-stage as a scenic artist for various theatre companies, including the Des Moines Young Artists Theatre, and the Prairie Repertory Theatre Company in South Dakota.

Benjamin Kawsky
Jeff Douglas
Tenor Benjamin Kawsky recently covered the role of Pong in Turandot as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He received a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College Performing Arts. Other past roles include Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees) with Wilmette Center for the Arts, Camillo (In Search of Desdemona) with the Altamura Center for the Arts, Cléon (L’Ivrogne Corrigé) with CCPA, First Armored Man (Die Zauberflotë) with the Astoria Music Festival, Nemorino (L’elisir d’more) with the MasterWorks Festival, and Peter in (The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Theater Company.

Sarah Ruth Mikulski
Kate
Sarah Ruth Mikulski recently received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Sarah has performed with the White Plains Performing Arts Center, College Light Opera Company, Shoreline Theatrical Arts, and Opera Grand Rapids. Favorite roles include Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel), Elizaveta Grushinskaya (Grand Hotel), Angelina (Trial By Jury), Niki Harris (Curtains), and Lady Ella (Patience). Sarah is from Traverse City, Michigan and has a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University.


Corbin Phillips
principal dancer

Corbin Phillips is going into his third year at the University of Iowa as a BFA in Dance. He has trained with ballet schools across the country including Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Ballet Chicago. This is his second production with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He first performed with the company in their production of Turandot.

Jennifer Townsley
Jean MacLaren
Jennifer Townsley received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree at Texas Tech University. Ms. Townsley has performed in stage productions of the opera Susannah, The Phantom of the Opera, La boheme and several opera scenes. With Texas Tech Opera in spring 2018 she performed the role of Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), and Lucy (The Telephone). This summer in Atlantic Music Festival’s production of Dido and Aeneas she is singing the role of She.

Ian Wolverton-Weiss
Chorus
Brigadoon marks Ian’s third role with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and his first at Brucemore. He got his start with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre at the age of 10 as the wood carrier in La boheme, and recently played the Emperor in Turandot. He has also played numerous roles with Theatre Cedar Rapids and two with Revival Theatre. Ian will be a sophomore at Washington High School where he is active in band, drama, show choir, vocal ensembles and soccer. This summer Ian is a LIT at Camp Wapsie-Y.

Liang Zhao
Mr. Lundie
Liang Zhao, baritone, received his Master of Music degree from Manhattan school of Music under the tutelage of James Morris. He performed in concert at Bel Canto in Tuscany and the Verdi Square Festival of the Arts in New York. His favorite roles include Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Belcore (L’elisir d’amore). In January of 2018, he covered Mandarino in Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

Hannah Zwanziger

Chorus
Hannah Zwanziger, soprano, will be a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa double majoring in Music and Elementary Education. This will be her fourth production with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre including Man of La Mancha, South Pacific and Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. Hannah would like to thank her family and teachers for being amazing mentors and supporters for her passion of music.


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