Milos Bjelica (clarinet) - Milos Bjelica is a clarinetist and educator, with a goal to make this world better place to live in, by constantly challenging himself and others around him. Milos currently studies with professor Jonathan Cohler, MA degree, at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, MA. He holds BA from the University of Belgrade in class of professor Ante Grgin (2009). He has been regularly performing formal recitals and concerts across USA, Europe and Serbia. He has attended master classes with distinguished professors such as Wenzel Fuchs, Gabor Varga, Frank Cohen, Yuan Yuan, Jonathan Cohler, Philippe Cuper, and Mate Bekavac. Milos has been engaged in a wider music community in Serbia and USA as a volunteer clarinet instructor to children with disabilities. He received a numerous awards at national and international competitions. The most recent ones include: the Concerto and Honors competition at Longy School of Music (2017) and the Harold Wright Merit Award in Boston (2016).
Rebecca Hallowell (second violin) - A native of Philadelphia, Boston-based violist Rebecca Hallowell holds a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and went on to receive her Master of Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts. In addition to her principal teachers Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and Dimitri Murrath, Ms. Hallowell has also worked with members of the Muir, Jasper, Endellion and Ying quartets. Ms. Hallowell maintains an active teaching studio while performing across New England as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.
Alexander Johnson (piano) - Pianist Alexander Johnson maintains an active musical life as a keyboardist, vocal coach, and music director. Some of Alexander's recent activities include performances with Boston Opera Collaborative, leading a performance of Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the High Mowing School in New Hampshire, and playing for the Handel and Haydn Society's Vocal Arts Program. Alexander is the music director at the Church of Our Saviour in Arlington, MA. Alexander has a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Longy School of Music of Bard College, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Carrol Lee (viola) - An active freelance violist and violinist in New England and beyond, Carrol Lee began playing violin at the age of six and discovered viola at eighteen, receiving a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from the University of Colorado—Boulder and a Master of Music from Boston University. Carrol enjoys performing in a variety of venues and coaching and mentoring young musicians. An avid chamber musician, she received her early training at the Chamber Music Connection (OH), working closely with the Cavani Quartet. Her principal teachers include Karen Ritscher, Geraldine Walther, Erika Eckert, and Matthew Dane. In her free time Carrol enjoys reading, hiking, and all things culinary.
Carlo Mauricio (first violin) - Violinist Carlo Mauricio is currently pursuing a violin performance degree at the Boston Conservatory, where he studies violin with Rictor Noren and orchestral conducting with Andrew Altenbach. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, he studied with violinist Hal Grossman and orchestral conducting with Octavio Más-Arocas. Previous teachers include St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen, Eric Halen, Frank Huang, Paul Kantor, as well as chamber music with critically-acclaimed ensembles Jupiter String Quartet and Zodiac Trio. He has performed with the Houston Ballet Orchestra and previously served as concertmaster of the Woodlands Symphony in Texas.
Anna Seda (cello) - Cellist Anna Seda performs and records locally and internationally in chamber, opera, orchestral, and musical theatre settings. Primary opportunities include section playing with the Singapore Symphony, a live broadcast with National Public Radio, a guest appearance at Peru’s international Bienal De Violoncello, musical theater with the Greater Boston Stage Company, and original chamber music programming at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Locally, Anna teaches at the Kingsley Montessori and maintains a relationship with more than 20 arts organizations. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Colorado At Boulder, Master of Music from the Boston Conservatory, and studied Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Denver.
Gawain Thomas (accordion) - Gawain Thomas is a well-known accordionist in Boston's music scene and can regularly be found performing at dances and festivals in the area. After a decade of classical piano training, Gawain studied accordion for several years with Bulgarian maestro Ivan Milev. His technical mastery of the keyboard, combined with his unique background in genres such as Balkan folk music, make Gawain a versatile musician who can adapt to any musical style.
Mathieu D'Ordine (arranger) - Arranger Mathieu D'Ordine specializes in chamber reductions for opera, and uses his arrangements to show his great passion for the artform. He has worked for a variety of companies, from the Boston Opera Collaborative to the Eklund Opera Program at CU Boulder. A cellist by training, Mathieu is a devoted advocate of music ranging from the 16th century the 21st. He is on the faculty of the Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory in Alamosa, CO, teaching cello and music history. His current projects include an original libretto, orchestrating an opera by Cesar Cui, and launching his business website: IdealOpera.com
Chloe Moore (costume designer) - Chloe Moore is excited to be working with Boston Opera Collective for the first time on this production. She is a first year Costume Design MFA student at Boston University where her recents credits include Intimate Apparel, Ripe Frenzy(assisted) and Our Town(assisted). For more about her work, visit chloeSmoore.weebly.com.
Andy Nice (scenic designer) - Andy Nice holds an M.F.A in Scenic Design from Boston University's School of Theatre, Boston, MA. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Notable designs: Cortland Repertory Theatre's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WEST END HORROR, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Astoria Performing Arts Center), the Boston University Opera Institute's DON GIOVANNI built by the Huntington Theatre Company, FAUSTE ET MARGUERITE (Boston Opera Collaborative) ROCK OF AGES (Des Moines Playhouse), Boston Center for American Performance's THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN IN THE MOON MARIGOLDS and THE IMAGINARY INVALID at the Virginia Wimberly Theater in Boston's South End. Andy is resident scenic designer at Boston Opera Collaborative.
David Orlando (lighting designer/production electrician) - David returns to Boston Opera Collaborative after working as the production electrician for La Rondine. Other recent work includes designing Sweets by Kate and Eurydice at Boston University and Classic Repertory Company’s Othello and To Kill a Mockingbird. He has had the recent pleasure of assistant designing at Boston Conservatory, Berkshire Theater Group, American Repertory Theater, and Boston Lyric Opera. He also formerly served as the resident lighting designer of the New Classics Company. David is currently a senior pursuing his BFA in Lighting Design at Boston University. He is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Future projects include Bull and KIL Claps Back with Boston University’s STAMP. DavidOrlandoJr.com
Amanda Otten (stage manager) - Amanda M. Otten is thrilled to be working with BOC again, her past credits include Albert Herring and Faust. She has quickly established herself as one of the premier opera stage managers in Boston since relocating from Chicago four years ago. Ms. Otten is currently the Production Stage Manager and Operations Manager for Odyssey Opera and had been working with the company for five seasons. She has also stage managed for Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Guerrilla Opera, and this past season, Ms. Otten made her Carnegie Hall debut with New York City Opera.