Don Giovanni Bios

Creative Team

Tianhui Ng: Conductor

Tianhui Ng is Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Victory Players, a new music ensemble supported by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, and resident conductor of the Boston New Music Initiative. An advocate of new music, he has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Sanford, and Joan Tower among many others. Since his first opera, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at age 20, he has conducted many new works including unusual firsts like the first Nigerian opera in Yoruba, Irin Ajo in 2018. He has followed his passion for inter-disciplinary and intercultural music making and has led music for ballet, film, theatre, installation art, modern dance, animation, sculpture and even sand painting, in a career that spans Europe, Asia and North America. In 2019, he looks forward to his first season with the Boston Opera Collaborative conducting the Boston premiere of Stefan Weisman’s The Scarlet Ibis, and a debut at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts with Handel’s Oreste

Patricia-Maria Weinmann: Stage Director & Co-Artistic Director

Patricia-Maria Weinmann has worked with many national opera companies and festivals including Utah Opera, Opera on the James, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, the American Opera Project, Opera Providence, and Mississippi Grand Opera.  She has collaborated on a number of premier performances including Daniel Pinkham’s The Cask of Amontillado, the staged orchestral premier of Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Wheeler’s Democracy as a work-in-progress for the American Opera Project in New York.  Recent directing engagements have included Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutte, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Cole!, Cenerentola, Carmina Burana, L’elisir d’amore, Sweeney Todd, Don Pasquale and Faust and Marguerite (BOC). Over the past 20 years, Weinmann served on the faculties of both Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music.  As a guest director and coach for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program and a faculty member of American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, she continues to train some of the most promising young singers in the United States and abroad. 

Greg Smucker: Stage Director & Co-Artistic Director

Greg Smucker is a director and teacher of theater and opera. He studied with the late Wesley Balk, a noted pioneer in the field of singer-actor training. Greg was co-founder and artistic director of 15 HEAD, a critically acclaimed experimental theater company in Minneapolis and served as managing director of Theatre for Young America in Kansas City, a professional theater for children. Greg served for seven years on the faculty of the Opera Studies Department at New England Conservatory of Music and is currently a faculty member of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  As a freelance director, Greg has directed productions and workshops for theaters and opera companies in Boston and the Twin Cities.

Ingrid Oslund: Assistant Director & Fight Choreographer

Ingrid Oslund is a queer, feminist theater maker with the goal of creating bold, innovative experiences that excite and challenge audiences. As a playwright, director, choreographer and teaching artist in the Boston area, she has worked with many demographics making theater in unique settings, such as an abandoned City Sports and a corporate office mid-construction. Her previous work with Boston Opera Collaborative includes Assistant Director of Faust et Marguerite and Opera Bites: 2016-18, as well as choreographer of La Rondine.

Patricia Au: Vocal Coach & Piano

Widely known for her vivacious playing, Canadian collaborative pianist Patricia Au leads an active performing and coaching career. In the past several years, she has toured throughout North America and Europe performing opera and art songs. Currently based in Boston, she is on faculty at New England Conservatory where she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts specializing in Collaborative Piano. She is also part of the coaching staff at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. As a Resident Teaching Artist for Boston Lyric Opera, Patricia has a passion introducing young people to opera as a story telling art. For more information: www.patriciaau.com / @au_patricia

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Cast

Scott Ballantine (Don Giovanni)

Baritone, Scott Ballantine, returns to Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) as a member for the 2018-19 season. Previous credits with BOC include Schaunard in La Bohème, Hannah Before in As One, Valmont in The Dangerous Liaisons and Sid in Albert Herring. This season, he looks forward to expanding his specialty in contemporary opera as Father in The Scarlet Ibis. Ballantine’s contemporary resume is built from performances like John Brooke in MetroWest Opera’s Little Women, and as the title role in Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox with Opera Steamboat in Colorado.
 

Ballantine spent the summer of 2018 with the Janiec Opera Company in Brevard, NC. There, he had his role debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and was a Street Singer Soloist in Bernstein’s Mass. The day he returned to the east coast, he jumped immediately into a new performance schedule--joining the Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre as Barone in La Traviata. For more credits and upcoming engagements, please visit www.scottballantine.com

Danielle Bavli (Chorus)

Danielle Bavli, soprano, is a native of New York City and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Vanderbilt University. This season she was seen as Soprano 1 in Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox with Boston Conservatory Opera and in the chorus of Odyssey Opera's production of Gounod's La reine de saba. Other credits include Cunegonde (cover) in Bernstein’s Candide, Stephanie in Heggie’s To Hell and Back, and Amy March in Adamo’s Little Women. Upcoming engagements include L'Eternita and Calisto (cover) in Cavalli's La Calisto with Opera NEO.

John Bitsas (Masetto)

John Bitsas, baritone, received his MM in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and his BM in Voice Performance from Simpson College. John has performed with Newburyport Choral Society, Boston Cecilia, Crested Butte Music Festival, Emmanuel Music, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Central Iowa Orchestra, and Orchestra Iowa.

 

On the stage, he has been seen as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Owen Hart (Dead Man Walking), Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi), Herr Reich (Die lusitgen Weiber von Windsor), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Le fauteuil  (L’enfant et les sortileges), Endimione (La Calisto), George Jones (Street Scene), and The Abbot (Curlew River).

 

Concert repertoire includes bass soloist in Bach Cantatas 113, 82, and 94, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate Deo, Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Junhan Choi (Don Giovanni)

Korean baritone, Junhan Choi, is praised for his “splended baritone voice, rich and rounded”. In the 2018-2019 season, engagements included his role as Arturo (cover) in La straniera (Teatro Nuovo), as Escamillo in Carmen (Opera51) and the title role Don Giovanni (BOC). He was recently awarded the Gold Medal from Berliner International Music Competition in 2018 and he was awarded extraordinary prize at the 54th Viñas international voice competition in Barcelona. As a first prize recipient of 2017 Talents of the World International Voice Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut for ‘Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky’ concert as a baritone soloist. He also won first place from MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition and was awarded from Rochester's Classical Idol Vocal Competition in 2017.

Sarah Cooper (Zerlina)

Praised for her "meltingly beautiful" (Opera News) singing, soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper earned her Bachelor’s Degree in French from Princeton University and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Previous performances include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (CoOPERAtive), Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (Savannah Voice Festival), Micaëla in Carmen (Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance), Violetta in La Traviata (New York Opera Studio/ Elizabeth R. and Co.), and Mimi in La Bohème (Boston Opera Collaborative). In 2016, Sarah was a first-place winner of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition and the Westminster Choir College Voice Scholarship competition. In January 2018, Sarah was awarded first place in the Opera and Operetta division for The American Prize. Most recently, Sarah made her Carnegie Hall debut after winning second place in the Talents of the World Competition in NYC. Sarah also serves as Executive Assistant for Help!ComeHome! a 501c3 organization dedicated to meeting the needs of under-served communities throughout the US.

Leroy Davis (Leporello)

Recent highlights include Papageno in The Magic Flute with Shreveport Opera and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia as a Studio Artist with the Florentine Opera. Other credits include Benny in The Ballad of Baby Doe and Sacristan (Cover) Tosca at Central City Opera, bass soloist for Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Don Alfonso as a guest artist in Cosi fan tutte with the New England Conservatory and A Mandarin/Ping in Turandot with Shreveport Opera. His appearances with the Florentine include Imperial Commissioner/Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Ivan in Die Fledermaus, Maitre D’/Farley in Sister Carrie (world premier and recording) and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Mr. Davis recently performed a concert of new American operatic works from the Florentine’s recording anthology at Opera America’s National Opera Center in New York City.

Shannon Grace (Commendatrice)

Soprano Shannon Grace obtained her MM from The Boston Conservatory in Vocal Performance in 2013 and her BM in Voice from Ithaca College in 2010. Past performances include:  BOC’s The Scarlet Ibis (Mother) in January, Opera Bites as Lucy in Lucy, Dangerous Liaisons (Madame de Volanges), From the Diary of Virginia Woolf (Virginia Woolf), Opera Bites ‘16 (Mona in American Flag), Opera Bites ‘15 (Soprano in Tempo Fuori del Tempo; Soprano in The Act) and Our Town (Mrs. Webb) in 2015. Regionally, Shannon has performed with MetroWest Opera in Hansel and Gretel (Sandman, Dew Fairy cover), NEMPAC in Die Fledermaus (Chorus, Adele cover), and was a Resident Artist at the Atlantic Music Festival singing partial roles including Gilda in Rigoletto and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. She was also a top 20 finalist for the Classical Singer Competition – Young Artist Division.

Madison Hatten (Donna Elvira)

Soprano Madison Hatten’s most recent operatic performances include Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tuttè and Frau Fluth in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Boston Conservatory Opera, and Countess Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro with the Janiec Opera Company. Her performance experience also consists of many scenes from the operatic repertory, including the highlight roles of Michaela from Bizet’s Carmen with Center Stage Opera, and the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (cover) with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia. Madison has been chosen to sing in masterclasses with the acclaimed soprano Roberta Roberts, mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, and counter-tenor David Daniels.

Alyssa Hensel (Chorus)

Soprano, Alyssa Hensel is a second year member with the Boston Collaborative Opera. Her recent performances include: solo appearance with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms), Assistant B (Womb with a View), April #2 (Symposium),  Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Eliza (Dark Sisters) and Louisa Berry (A Letter to Vanguard, new commission).  Ms. Hensel attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. ‘14, Voice) and The Boston Conservatory (M.M. ‘17, Voice). For more info and updates on Ms. Hensel’s performance schedule, please visit: www.alyssahensel.com

Wes Hunter (Don Ottavio)

Tenor Wes Hunter, praised for his "drama, heart, and shining tone,” regularly performs both standard and new repertoire. He most recently sang the title character in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Lowell House Opera), Oronte in Handel’s Alcina (Opera del West), Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women (MetroWest Opera), Michael the Archangel in the workshop of Julian Wachner's Rev 23 (Beth Morrison Projects), and premiered as Eugene in Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic (Juventas New Music Ensemble). Other credits include Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Nika Magadoff in The Consul, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Hunter has also performed as a soloist in concert repertoire across the east coast including Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Handel's Messiah, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and Schubert's Mass in G. Mr. Hunter received degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jessica Jacobs (Donna Anna)

Described as having “pipes with real heft and warmth” and “an expressive face, ever interesting to watch” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), lyric soprano Jessica Jacobs is garnering attention for her “radiant” voice and “affecting” acting. 

This season, Ms. Jacobs makes her company debut with Long Island Opera singing Mimi in La Bohème, a company and role debut with Worcester Shubertiade singing the title role in the Merry Widow, and returns to Boston Opera Collaborative to sing Mimi. In the 2016-17 season, she sang with Boston Opera Collaborative in Tom Cipullo’s The Husbands and as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine. Notable previous engagements have included Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath and Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Sugar Creek Opera, Ilia in Idomeneo, Marguerite in Faust, Armida in Rinaldo, and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with Boston Opera Collaborative, and Mimi in La Bohème and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with NEMPAC Opera Project. Ms. Jacobs has won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Second Place in the Peter Elvins Competition, and was chosen as a finalist in the Orpheus and MetroWest Opera Competitions, and a semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. She currently studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom. 

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Emily Michiko Jensen (Donna Anna)

Soprano Emily Michiko Jensen is thrilled to return to BOC. She was most recently an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera during their 2017 Fall & Winter seasons. As a Studio Artist at Chautauqua Opera, she sang the role of 2nd Soprano in Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar and returned the following season to cover the role of Soprano 2 in Hydrogen Jukebox.

Ms Jensen made her company debut with Boston Opera Collaborative as Marguerite in their production of Faust where she was hailed as a “a gifted singing actress… with an intriguingly versatile instrument.” Other roles include: Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Foreign Woman (The Consul), Suzel, (L’amico Fritz), Governess (Turn of the Screw), and Tiny (Paul Bunyan).

Originally from San Diego, Emily received a Graduate Diploma & Master of Music in Vocal Performance from NEC and holds a BM in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music. https://www.emilymichikojensen.com/

Rebecca Krouner (Commendatrice)

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Krouner is thrilled to join her second season at BOC. The Boston Glove praised her performance last season as Hannah After in As One, writing that she “unleashed a torrent of expression, exulting in wordless curlicues of sound in joyful moments, and snarling and weeping during the violent scene.” Rebecca was a resident artist at Opera San Jose and holds an MM from Manhattan School of Music and a BA from Brown University. Roles performed include Carmen, Komponist, Azucena and Orlofsky. She's performed locally with Odyssey Opera, MetroWest Opera, Lowell House Opera, Panopera, the Boston Civic Symphony, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Grand Harmonie, and the Paul Madore Chorale.

Qiuyu Li (Chorus)

Soprano Qiuyli, a native of Chinese, earned her bachelor of music in Vocal performance from China, Tianjin conservatory of music. Now she is a first-year student of Master in vocal performance at Longy school of music .

Andrew Miller (Leporello)

American Baritone, Andrew Miller, is known for his "warm, robust baritone" and "fine comic sensibilities". Andrew made his BOC debut as Vicomte de Valmont in The Dangerous Liaisons. Previous credits include: Escamillo with Opera Theater Cape Cod; Fiorello with Boston Midsummer Opera; Hannah before and Marcello with Boston Opera Collaborative; The Inquisitor with Odyssey Opera; Ogre and Dr. Rappaccini with OperaHub; Don Pizarro, Don Magnifico and Alcindoro/Benoit with NEMPAC Boston; The Steward, The Marquis, Antonio, Schaunard, and Papageno with The Boston Conservatory; The Marquis at Teatro Magnani in Fidenza, Italy; Beethoven 9 soloist with New Hampshire Philharmonic; Mozart and Brahms Requiem soloist; the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, King Melchior and multiple engagements with the Janiec Opera Company and Fort Worth Opera. Andrew trained as a young artist at the Brevard Music Festival, and at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Andrew is a native of Arlington, TX.

Donegan Moore (Chorus)

Donegan Moore graduated with two bachelors of arts degrees, in theatre performance and in music, from Oklahoma City University. Some of her favorite performances have been her New York debut with Chelsea Opera and in Italy as a part of the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti. Donegan would like to thank her husband for all his love, encouragement and support.

Francis Rogers (Don Ottavio)

Tenor Fran Rogers’ recent opera credits include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Art in Solitro’s Triangle (world premiere), Dos Senores in I Am Easily Assimilated from Bernstein’s Candide (concert performance with Frederica von Stade and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Danceny in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola. Fran recently made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut singing a collection of songs by Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein. He is a regular national anthem soloist for Boston sports teams including the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, having performed on multiple occasions for live audiences of up to 70,000 and international television audiences of up to fourteen million.

In addition to solo performances across the country and the globe, Fran is in his third season as a roster artist with the Boston Opera Collaborative. Fran has been critically acclaimed for his “luscious tenor voice that stole the show every time he opened his mouth”, "open, free, and effortless high notes", his "athleticism", and "raw strength and natural timbre".

For more information and details on upcoming performances, please visit franrogerstenor.com.

Jennifer Soloway (Zerlina)

Lyric coloratura soprano, Jennifer Soloway, is a native of Marietta, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) and has performed with The Boston Conservatory, Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music, University of Miami Frost School of Music in Salzburg, Taos Opera Institute, and the Harrower Opera Institute at Georgia State University.

Her past operatic roles include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (2015), Emily in Our Town (2014), Rose in Street Scene (2013), Lucy in The Telephone (2011), and Rapunzel in Into the Woods (2013). Her musical endeavors in 2016 included performing the roles of Annina in La Traviata, Susanna in Le Nozze de Figaro, Stephanie in Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back, and Morgana in Handel's Alcina.  Her most recent role was Cunegonda in Candide.

Ms. Soloway earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and her Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the tutelage of Rebecca Folsom.

Felisha Trundle (Assistant)

Felisha Trundle, Crossover Soprano, is a native of Owassso, Oklahoma. Mrs. Trundle earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Oklahoma State University (’17) and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (’19) under the tutelage of Bradley Williams.

 

Her Recent engagements include the cover of Sister Constance in (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Boston Conservatory Opera. Lauretta in (Gianni Schicchi), Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah) with OSU Opera, and Logainne (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling-bee) with Oklahoma State University Department of Theatre . She has also performed the Soprano Solo in (Bachianas Brasileiras) with Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra.

Sophie Urquhart (Chorus)

Soprano Sophie Urquhart is excited to be involved with Don Giovanni as a member of the chorus. Sophie is a first-year member of Boston Opera Collaborative’s administrative team in the roles of Production Coordinator and Development Associate, and she also works with Boston Singer’s Resource as Communications Assistant. A recent graduate of Brown University, Sophie plans to study vocal performance at the graduate level while also pursuing her interest in arts administration. Sophie is a student of Dr. Rebecca Folsom.

Rebecca Wright (Chorus)

Rebecca Wright, soprano, is excited to sing with BOC for the first time! A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Rebecca has sung with various local groups, including Opera del West, the MIT G&S Players, MetroWest Opera, Whole Tone Opera, Longwood Opera Concert Series, and the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She has sung various roles as part of programs from the Crittenden Opera Studio in Brookline to FAVA in Austria. She is thrilled to be a part of this reimagined Don Giovanni!

Isabelle Zeledón (Donna Elvira)

Nicaraguan-American soprano Isabelle Zeledón seeks to forge cross-cultural connections and understanding through music. She is thrilled to make her BOC debut as Donna Elvira during the 2018-19 season. Past operatic engagements include Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Alcina (Alcina), Almera (Dark Sisters), and Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor). Other notable performances include scenes performances of Vanessa (Vanessa) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Previously, Isabelle has attended acclaimed summer training programs, such as OperaWorks as an Advanced Artist, and the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive in Valencia. She recently completed her Professional Studies Certificate in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where she also received her M.M. in Opera Performance. Isabelle received a B.M. in Vocal Performance, cum laude, from New England Conservatory, and a B.A. in International Relations and German Studies, cum laude, from Tufts University. She studies with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.

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Orchestra

Deirdre Viau: Flute

Deirdre Viau received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Flute from the Longy School of Music. She studied flute with Julia Scolnik and Vanessa Mulvey, and jazz improvisation with Peter Cassino. An enthusiastic proponent of New Music, Ms. Viau is currently a core member of the Boston New Music Initiative. She also performs classical and modern chamber music with the flute/viola/harp ensemble Trio Notturno.

Bohdan Shevchenko: Bassoon

Ukrainian born Bohdan Shevchenko is a Boston based bassoonist who has established himself as a versatile musician with broad musical interests. As a soloist, he has been awarded Second Prize from the Volodymyr Antonov Competition (2011) and Honorary Diplomas from VI Moscow Conservatory Competition for Woodwinds and Brass (2014) as well as the VII Carl Maria von Weber Competition (2016). Recently he won the Concerto Competition at Longy School of Music of Bard College. As an orchestral musician, for 5 years he was a member of the K&K Philharmoniker, a professional touring orchestra based in Austria as well as working with Ensemble Nostril Temporis, Collegium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, and I, CULTURE orchestra. Bohdan is currently a post-graduate student at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA.

Elizabeth Jones: Horn

Elizabeth Jones is a freelance hornist and music educator in the greater Boston area. She received her Master of Music degree from Illinois State University and was the recipient of the Exceptional Merit in the Arts award. Elizabeth has performed in many orchestral, chamber, and musical theater ensembles in the greater Boston area and beyond, with ensembles including the Worcester Chorus, Claflin Hill Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston, Weston Wind Quintet, and Illinois State University Faculty Brass Quintet. She can also be heard on the soundtrack to Final Fantasy XV. In addition to being an active freelancer, she also teaches private lessons on the South Shore.   

Olga Patramanskaya: First Violin

Olga Patramanska-Bell was born and raised in Ukraine, where she received her musical education. After finishing her Bachelor's degree at the R.M. Glier Kyiv State Higher Music College and studying a few years at the National Musical Academy of Ukraine, she came to Boston to continue her education at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. She received her Masters of Music degree under the guidance of Mr. Mark Lakirovich. Olga is an active performer and participant in numerous concerts, projects and festivals. She is a winner of Concerto competition and Honors competition at the Longy School of Music, and has performed as a soloist with the Longy Chamber Orchestra, National Pops Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra in Ukraine. Olga is a winner of several competitions in Ukraine and has travelled through Europe performing solo recitals and playing in violin ensemble.

In addition to teaching violin at Winchester Community Music School, Olga is currently a member of Zefira trio, Grand Harmonie, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and is an assistant member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire. Olga has performed with such groups as Boston New Music Initiative, Equilibrium Ensemble, Walden Chamber Music Players, ECCE ensemble, and Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. She has served as a concertmaster for Boston Opera Collaborative, Harvard's Lowell House Opera, and Commonwealth Lyric Theater. This year's engagements include performances with Juventas New Music Ensemble and Sound Icon.

Ryan Shannon: Second Violin

Ryan Shannon began his musical journey in the mountains of Colorado at five years old when his father, gave him his first violin. Sensing his love of music, his parents made it possible for him to attend the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Ryan continued his studies at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Lucy Chapman and Nicholas Kitchen, graduating in 2014. In recent years he has worked to bring this love to as many people as possible. He does this as a member of Palaver Strings, and the Juventas Ensemble, whose vivacious energy creates a powerful connection between music and the hearts of those who listen.

Drew Ricciardi: Viola

Drew Ricciardi has participated in various festivals, including the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition and Performance Workshop, the Muir Quartet's Emerging Quartets Program, and the Banff Festival Orchestra as principal violist under Lior Shambadal. Currently, he performs with the Shattered Glass Chamber Orchestra in New York and Kneisel Hall, as well as with the Halcyon Chamber Series in Brooklyn. An avid mover and movement theorist, Drew maintains a private clientele in rehabilitative movement at his studio in Boston's South End, instructing Pilates, Gyrotonic, and his own spinal sequencing method known as Resonance Balancing.

Anna Seda: Cello

Cellist Anna Seda performs and records internationally. Notable opportunities include a fellowship with the Singapore Symphony, core membership with Boston New Music Initiative, a guest appearance at Peru’s Bienal De Violoncello, and musical theater with Gloucester Stage Company. Upcoming work includes a record contract for works of Arvo Part with Paraclete Press, chamber music at Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and an independent project of solo looped compositions. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Colorado At Boulder and a Master of Music from the Boston Conservatory. A full calendar listing of upcoming performances can be found at annasedacello.com.

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Production Team

Mathieu D'Ordine: Arranger/Reduction
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.

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 & Master Electrician

David returns to Boston Opera Collaborative after working as the production manager for The Scarlet Ibis and designing La Boheme. 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 Every Brilliant Thing  With the New York Deaf Theater.

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Lauren Reuter: Costume Designer
Lauren Melinda Reuter is a Boston based costume designer who is currently the costume production and Designer for Pioneer Valley Performing Arts in western Mass. This past spring, she got her BFA in costume design from Boston University. Lauren has worked with The Glimmerglass Festival, the Boston Ballet, the Huntington Theatre Company, Berklee College of Music and Commonwealth Shakespeare. She had a wonderful time working with this group of artists and hopes you enjoy the show!

Dan Busler: Photographic Designer
Dan Busler (photographer) - Dan Busler is the owner and principal photographer for Dan Busler Photography which specializes in portrait, live performance, event and commercial photography from their studios in East Walpole, MA and on location. He has photographed performances by The Boston Opera Collaborative, Longy School of Music, The Extended Play Sessions and The Boston Camerata, and events for Liberty Mutual Insurance, Franciscan Children’s and Travis Roy Foundation. His work has been published in the Improper Bostonian, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Classical Review, ArtsImpulse, The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Classical Scene and New York Times.

Aaron Henry: Projection Advisor
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aron Henry is a Boston-based video technician and projection designer. His recent design credits include: Metamorphosis: a study of light and movement (Dance Company Worcester), Parade (Boston University), and “Brick-Brack” an urban installation. Assistant Projection Design credits include Sunday in the park with George (Huntington Theater Company Designed by Zachary Borovay), and Sondheim on Sondheim (Lyric Stage designed by Seaghan McKay). He is a recent graduate of Boston University (BFA Lighting Design).

Brian Robillard: Stage Manager
Brian M. Robillard makes his Boston Opera Collaborative debut! Recent opera credits include The Magic Flute (Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra) Recent area credits include 1776, We Will Not Be Silent, The Bakelite Masterpiece, Lonely Planet, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Ideation, The Gift Horse, and Brecht on Brecht (New Repertory Theatre) Bedlam’s Pygmalion and A Christmas Carol (Central Square Theatre) Romeo & Juliet  (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Brian received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. Upcoming projects include Jersey Boys with the Ogunquit Playhouse and quit Playhouse and Cymbeline with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Jonathan Shin: Rehearsal Pianist

Jonathan Shin isn’t sure if he’s a composer-pianist or pianist-composer; some nights he even masquerades as a guitarist and belts the Beatles at his forgiving friends. In his un-free time he can be found working on his commissions – which this year include an orchestral work celebrating Singapore’s Bicentennial, and incidental music for a children’s play – or performing recitals with unusual themes (his latest recital solely featured composers who suffered from syphilis).

He is a founding member of the Lorong Boys, an instrumental quintet who are equally comfortable performing Vivaldi as they are grooving to a Charlie Parker tune. At its core, the quintet believes in, and aims to provide democratic, universal access to classical music.