Our People

Executive Team & Leadership Members

Drew Mittelman: Executive Director

Drew has been involved with the BOC for 5 years, first as an audience member and donor, and more recently as a member of the Board of Directors. He has recently retired from  47 years of practicing dentistry, predominantly in Dedham, MA. Over 37 of those years were spent with Dedham Medical Associates, a 100 physician/dentist group practice where he was chairman of the Board and on the finance committee for 25 years. The last 7 years were spent as a founding partner of Dedham Dental Associates. He is excited to assume this new role with the company. His focus will be to help continue the upward arc of this marvelous and talented group  and support the artists and other members of the executive team in any way he can.

Patricia Weinmann: 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: 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.

Tianhui Ng: Resident Music Director & Conductor

Tianhui Ng is Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Victory Players, a contemporary 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. His passion for inter-disciplinary and intercultural music making has led to a rich array of work 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 2020, he looks forward to the culmination of a three-year commissioning project, El Puerto Rico, celebrating the musical heritage of Puerto Rico, a collaboration with White Snake Projects on Elena Ruehr's Cosmic Cowboy, and the restoration of Thomas de Hartmann's Piano Concerto.  

Megan Bisceglia: Marketing Manager & Soprano

Megan Bisceglia is a Boston based singer and marketing consultant for musicians and arts organizations. Current and previous clients include Boston Lyric Opera, MetroWest Opera, Original Gravity Concert Series, and The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum. Megan believes in engaging audiences by making art personal and intimate. As a marketing consultant, she seeks to draw audiences into a production by conveying performers’ poignant connections to the work. As a singer, Megan enjoys the comical side of music. Most recently, she covered the role of La Fee in Pauline Viardot-Garcia's Cendrillon with The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, and played Parpignol in MetroWest Opera’s La Femme Bohème. The Boston Musical Intelligencer called her portrayal of Paquette in Lowell House Opera’s Candide “torchy.” Megan received a BA in English with a minor in Music from Brandeis University, and MM in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music. She continues to study with Jayne West. www.NotableCommunications.com, www.meganbisceglia.com

Jennifer Caraluzzi: Development Associate & Soprano

Hailed by Opera Today as a "polished, soaring soprano," Jennifer Caraluzzi completed her masters in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory. A versatile vocalist and educator, Jennifer serves on the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. She regularly performs with Boston Opera Collaborative and the Boston Chapter of Opera on Tap; role highlights include: Cunegonde in Candide, Stephanie in To Hell and Back, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lucy in The Telephone, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Jennifer is also featured on the critically acclaimed recording of Seymor Barab’s children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood on Centaur Records in the title role.

She is currently pursuing her MBA in Music Business from Berklee College of Music and Southern New Hampshire University.

Carley DeFranco: Outreach Coordinator & Soprano

Soprano Carley DeFranco has been commended for her “sunny”and “stunningly exquisite, silvery smooth voice”. Recent solo appearances include Alexander’s Feast with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Bach’s Missa Brevis in A Major and BWV 79 at her alma mater the American University, A Night at the Opera with the Providence Singers, the weekly Bach Cantata Series with Emmanuel Music, and Frauenliebe und Leben in an immersive staging with Boston Opera Collaborative. Recent opera experience includes the title role in Alcina (Opera del West), Susannah in Le nozze di Figaro (Greater Worcester Opera), Yvette in La Rondine: Remix (BOC) and three consecutive years of world premieres in BOC’s Opera Bites. Carley has been a soloist here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, Arlington Philharmonic, BACH Orchestra (Yekaterinburg), Vladimir Symphony Orchestra and the Madrigirls (Glasgow).  She is the founder and director of the Side by Side Choir at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she also earned her MM (Vocal Performance). Carley is Emmanuel Music’s 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow and BOC’s co-Concert and Outreach Coordinator.

Susannah Thornton: Managing Director & Mezzo

New England based mezzo-soprano Susannah Thornton is equally at home performing operatic roles and interpreting art song. While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Thornton performed the role of L'Enfant (Ravel, "L'Enfant et les Sortileges") as well as studying Hermia (Britten, "Midsummer Night's Dream"), Dorabella (Mozart, "Cosi fan Tutte"), and Cherubino (Mozart, "The Marriage of Figaro"). She graduated magna cum laude with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2016 where she studied with Carol Mastrodomenico. While at Longy, Thornton performed the roles of Miss Todd (Menotti, "The Old Maid and the Thief") and the mezzo roles in Argento's "Postcard from Morocco" with Longy Opera Workshop. In March 2016, Thornton performed as the alto soloist in a program of Schubert and M. Haydn as a winner of Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra's 10th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition. She is a roster artist with Boston Opera Collaborative and performed the role of Suzy in Puccini's "La Rondine" in a new 'remixed' production during May 2017. She currently resides on the South Shore and serves as the alto section leader at Second Parish Unitarian Universalist in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Sophie Urquhart: Production Coordinator

Soprano Sophie Urquhart is excited to be a first-year member of Boston Opera Collaborative’s administrative team. Previously she was on the board of Brown Opera Productions and was an intern for LoftOpera in Brooklyn, NY. After completing her undergraduate education at Brown University, Sophie plans to study vocal performance at the graduate level, while also pursuing her interest in arts administration. Singing credits include the soprano solos in Mozart’s Litanae de Venerabilis Sacramento and Bach’s Cantata 79 at Central Congregational Church in Providence, and the Brown Theater Department’s Lives of the Great Poisoners by Caryl Churchill, in which Sophie’s performance was hailed as “very impressively sung” by Motif Magazine. She also recently performed excerpts from Donizetti's Don Pasquale in the role of Norina at the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive in Valencia, Spain.

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2019-20 Members

Scott Ballantine: Baritone

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

John Bitsas: Baritone

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.

Britt Brown: Mezzo

Boston-based mezzo-soprano Britt Brown's 2016-2017 season included winning the 1st place prize in the NATSAA recital competition for the New England Region and the Lee Cass Award at the National Competition in Chicago. She enjoyed performances with Boston Midsummer Opera, Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, and Beth Morrison Projects. She enjoyed ensemble performances with the Boston Lyric Opera in The Rake’s Progress and Odyssey Opera in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg. Britt had the pleasure of premiering composer Amber Vistein’s chamber opera for mezzo, electronics, and quartet, Man will not outlive the weather, at Brown University in February. An active oratorio singer and recitalist, Britt was a featured soloist Rockport Music's Lecture 101 Series for the second season, as a recitalist with The Boston Art Song Society, and was seen as the title character in Argento’s From the diary of Virginia Woolf at the historic Zabriskie House mansion in Cambridge. Her 2017-2018 season sees her returning to BLO in Puccini’s Tosca, Guerilla Opera in the premiere of Andy Vores’s Chrononhotonthologos, and starring in the Boston premiere of Kaminsky’s As One with Boston Opera Collaborative in the spring.

Wei En Chan: Countertenor

“Remarkably pure, magnificently controlled, and completely effortless” are praises often attributed to Wei En Chan, countertenor, from Singapore. Wei En has sung in concerts internationally, and highlights include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the NEC Philharmonia and Concert Choir, conducted by Hugh Wolff, alto solos in B minor mass with the American Bach Soloists, and Malaysia Bach Festival, Messiah with MIT Concert Choir, Haydn's Mass in Time of War with RICCO, Carmina Burana with Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with ATCECM, Toronto. Wei En has been a winner and finalist at various vocal competitions in the US and was awarded the Ernst Bacon Prize for “Outstanding Performance of an American Song” at the 38th Annual Competition for Singers, organised by Civic Morning Musicals. Like Wei En on facebook @ChanWeiEnCountertenor

Junhan Choi: Baritone

Praised for his “splendid baritone voice, rich and rounded,” baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, is an active opera singer. In the 2018-2019 season, engagements included the roles of Tideo in Medea in Corinto, Roggiero in Tancredi rifatto, and Valdeburgo (cover) in La Straniera with Teatro Nuovo in the capacity of Resident Artist, the title role in Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Boheme with Boston Opera Collaborative, the title role in Don Giovanni with North End Music and Performing Arts Center and Escamillo with Opera51. He won the Gold Medal in the Berliner International Music Competition in 2018 and he was awarded extraordinary prize at the 54th Viñas international voice competition 2017 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 in 2017 MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition.

Lindsay Conrad: Soprano

Lindsay Conrad is a soprano and arts administrator in the New England region. As a performer, Ms. Conrad has performed with companies such as Boston Midsummer Opera, Odyssey Opera, New Repertory Theatre, Opera on Tap, OperaHub, and Boston Opera Collaborative. Performance highlights include Musetta in La Bohème, Elettra in Idomeneo, Sophie Arnould in Divas: A Play with Opera Music, and Muffy in John J. King’s award winning re-working of Der Vampyr. She has been featured in recordings with Odyssey Opera and Boson Modern Orchestra Project.

As an arts administrator and leader, Ms. Conrad currently serves as Annual Fund and Leadership Gifts Officer at the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine. Ms. Conrad has also served as the Managing Director of Boston Opera Collaborative and Production Administration Assistant at Boston Lyric Opera. www.lindsaymconrad.com

Sarah Joyce Cooper: Soprano

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 (CoOPERAtive, 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. Sarah also received the 2017 Colleen and Edward Carducci Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Columbia, South Carolina. In January 2018, Sarah was awarded first place in the Opera and Operetta division for The American Prize. Sarah looks forward to another season as a Principal Artist with Boston Opera Collaborative, where she will perform the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. www.sarahjoycecooper.com

Lucas Coura: Countertenor

Hailing from Tampa, Florida, Brazilian-American countertenor Lucas Coura is thrilled to make his debut with Boston Opera Collaborative. In April of 2017, after nearly a decade of study as a tenor, Lucas sang as an alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Simon Carrington conducting. Later that year, he sang Nerone in Stetson University Opera Theatre’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea. In the Spring of 2018, he took first place in his categories at both the Stephen and Jeanie Foster Vocal Competition and the Southeast Regional NATS Audition. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Lucas will also sing alto soloist in Händel’s Messiah at Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury. Lucas holds a BM in Performance and Theory from Stetson University. 

Leroy Davis: Baritone

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.

Ethan DePuy: Tenor

Praised for his “masterful acting” and “fine singing,” tenor Ethan DePuy brings his unique dramatic style to works ranging from the Baroque era to now. His list of credits includes Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Albert Herring, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jaquino in Fidelio, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the Snake in The Little Prince, and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof. His engagements have included work with Chautauqua Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Sacra, Arizona State Lyric Opera Theater, Odyssey Opera, Brevard Music Center, and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. A native of Rochester, NY, Ethan has appeared as soloist on several commercially released albums, including James Kallembach’s Most Sacred Body (Gothic) and Jeremy Gill’s Before the Wresting Tides (BMOP/sound).

Carina DiGianfilippo: Soprano

Soprano, Carina DiGianfilippo, praised by The Boston Globe for her “winsome” voice and hailed a “vision” by the Theatre Times, is excited to return to BOC for her third season. Most recently, she placed first in the Concorso Internazional Rolando Nicolosi competition in Italy. This past year, she has performed as a young artist with the Opera Company of Middlebury in Vermont, as Adele in MassOpera’s Die Fledermaus, and as a guest artist with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, singing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Miss DiGianfilippo travelled to China during the 2017-2018 season as well with the iSing! International Young Artist Festival, performing in concerts at venues including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Beijing National Theater. As a young artist, Miss DiGianfilippo has also sung with Opera Maine and the Natchez Festival of Music in Mississippi, where she performed as Queen Guinevere in Camelot. For more credits, please see www.carinadigianfilippo.com.

Mitch Fitzdaniel: Baritone

Mitch FitzDaniel, baritone, is a Boston-based singer originally from the central coast of California. In May of 2017 he received his Master of Music from Boston University, where he was featured as the Baritone in the BU Opera Institute’s production of Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox and sang various ensemble and comprimario roles during the ’15-’16 and ’16-’17 seasons. Mr. FitzDaniel has performed with the Boston Opera Collaborative on several occasions, appearing in Dangerous Liaisons, Opera Bites, and as Schaunard in their recent La Boheme. Mr. FitzDaniel is also an enthusiastic advocate and interpreter of contemporary American art song, having sung for the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and as a featured performer for the Boston Art Song Society. Mr. FitzDaniel currently resides in Boston, where he continues his studies under James Demler.

Shannon Grace: Soprano

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. This season, she will be performing with BOC as Mother in The Scarlet Ibis (Winter 2019). Past performances include:  BOC’s 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 inRigoletto and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. She was also a top 20 finalist for the Classical Singer Competition – Young Artist Division.

Emily Harmon: Mezzo

Mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon has appeared with companies including Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Beth Morrison Projects, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, and the Worcester Youth Symphony Orhestra. Some of her favorite past operatic roles include Amastre (Xerxes), the Marquise de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), the Old Lady (Candide), Cherubino and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Mercédès (Carmen), and Ruth (Dark Sisters). In concert, Emily has performed the alto solos in works including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Arvo Pärt's Stabat Mater. An avid performer of new music, Emily has frequently appeared as a featured soloist with the Time's Arrow New Music Ensemble and made her Jordan Hall debut singing the world premiere of Kati Agòcs' Hyacinth Curl with Hub New Music. She holds both an M.M. and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Madison Hatten: Soprano

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: Soprano

Soprano, Alyssa Hensel is a third 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).  For the 2018-2019 season, she was the soprano for the Cathedral of St. Paul’s Schola. Hensel attended Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. ‘14, Voice) and The Boston Conservatory (M.M. ‘17, Voice).

Stephanie Hollenberg: Soprano

This upcoming season Stephanie’s will perform the role of Holly in the new opera Rapture by David Wolfson with Boston Opera Collaborative.  This past season she made her Italy debut as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at the Music Academy International Trentino Festival, where she also covered the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and appeared as an Esprit (Cendrillon).  Stephanie also performed the role of Tibrino in Cesti’s Orontea at the Haymarket Summer Opera Course.

Previously, Stephanie has also appeared in Hansel & Gretel (Sandman), An Embarrassing Position (Eva), Dido & Aeneas (Dido), and Gianni Schicchi (Zita).  She has also made chorus appearances in Boston Opera Collaborative's productions of Our Town and Idomeneo, and Boston Camerata's The Night's Tale and Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited.  She has sung under the direction David Gately, Anne Azéma, Greg Smucker, Zeffin Quinn Hollis, and with conductors Ryan Turner, Neil Goren, and Christopher Larkin.  Stephanie is a student of Carol Mastrodomenico and received her MM from Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Wes Hunter: Tenor

Tenor Wes Hunter, praised for his "drama, heart, and shining tone,” regularly performs both standard and new repertoire. He recently debuted his solo cabaret to a sold-out audience at Club Café in Boston, featuring various selections from musical theatre composers. He most recently sang Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count Ory 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), and Michael the Archangel in the workshop of Julian Wachner's Rev 23(Beth Morrison Projects). Other credits include Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. 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

Jessica Jacobs: Soprano

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. 

www.jessicajanejacobs.com

Rebecca Krouner: Mezzo

Rebecca joined BOC in 2017, singing Hannah After in As One. Her performance was praised by the Globe, which wrote that she "unleashed a torrent of expression, exulting in wordless curlicues of sound." Other professional highlights include performing Orlofksy, Azucena and Ciesca at Opera San Jose, the title role in Carmen in productions in California and Massachusetts, Cherubino with Pocket Opera, Komponist with Lowell House Opera, and the mezzo solo in the Verdi Requiem with the Paul Madore Choral. She holds an MM from Manhattan School of Music and a BA from Brown University.

Katherine Maysek: Mezzo

Known for her vivid and touching vocal performances, mezzo-soprano Katherine Maysek is an artist equally at home on the stage and in the concert hall. Ms. Maysek loves the challenge of portraying many vastly different characters, be they within song, oratorio, or opera. Operatic roles include Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Dog (The Cunning Little Vixen), Lisbé (Grétry’s Zémire et Azor), Meg Page (Falstaff), Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Concert repertoire includes Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Vivaldi’s Gloria and numerous Bach oratorios including the Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and Mass in B minor. Katherine has appeared with The Glimmerglass Festival, Odyssey Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, American Symphony Orchestra, Opera Saratoga, MassOpera, Concord Chorale, Blanche Moyse Chorale and The Orchestra Now. Ms. Maysek received her bachelors degree from McGill University and her masters degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program. www.katherinemaysek.com

Andrew Miller: Baritone

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 completed his B.M. at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Andrew is a native of Arlington, TX.

Fausto Miro: Tenor

Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his “burnished tenor” and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for his “thrilling dramatic impact,” the lyric tenor Fausto Miro has sung with some of the country’s leading ensembles, and is a critically acclaimed performer of concert and operatic repertoire. Recently returned from Mexico, Mr. Miro performed the role of Alfred in Opera San Luis' production of Die Fledermaus, to great acclaim. During his tenure with the Opera Festival of San Luis & Gesang Festival, he succeeded as a finalist in the Linus Lerner International Vocal Competition. A resident of Boston, Mr. Miro serves as tenor section leader at Trinity Church in Copley Square, and was recently appointed the newest cantor of the Central Reform Temple. He’s also a core member and featured soloist with local organizations such as, Cappella Clausura, The Copley Singers, and will make a special appearance with Renaissance Men, New England's professional male vocal chamber ensemble. While his 2017-2018 season will include many wonderful performances, he's elated to make his role debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme with Boston Opera Collaborative.

Fran Rogers: Tenor

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.

Tamara Ryan: Soprano

Hailed by The Boston Globe as a "breathtakingly solid" soprano,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "fearless," and the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having a "captivatingly expressive strength," contemporary opera specialist Tamara Ryan is known for her nuanced and sensitive portrayals of women experiencing and responding to trauma and loss--a calling that she pursues both as a Boston-based soprano and as the founder and General Director of Opera Fayetteville. She has appeared in recent seasons as Sibyl Vane in Lowell Liebermann's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Stephanie in Jake Heggie's To Hell and Back,  Madame de Tourvel in Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons, and Almera in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, as well as starring in one-woman showpiece, Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, and premiering the title role in Daniela DeMatos' Ondine and the lead role of Sonny in the initial workshop of White Snake Productions' Permadeath

Jennifer Soloway: Soprano

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.

Isabelle Zeledón: Soprano

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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Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Erik Johnson
 
VICE PRESIDENT
Jack Silversin
 
CLERK
Jessica Jacobs

MEMBERS

Josh Daniels

Drew Mittelman

Sasha Sherman

Wendy Quiñones

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Renée Hites
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Katie DeBonville
Jake Heggie
Renée Hites
Brook Larimer
Natalie Polito
Dennis Sullivan
Patty Thom
Peter Wender
Graham Wright
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