Chautauqua Opera mainstage performances feature internationally acclaimed artists in principal roles. To request an audition or learn more about mainstage auditions for managed singers, the singer's agent/manager should contact Chautauqua Opera staff directly.

 

 

2017 Guest Artists

Daniel Belcher (Orfeo, L'Orfeo)

PH belcher smallGrammy Award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals, including Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Geneva, Toronto, Tokyo, Seoul and Houston.  With a 60-role repertoire, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him.   Belcher most recently created the roles of Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck's The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga and Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera and Holland Festival.  Other world premiere roles include John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (released on the Ondine label and recorded by PBS’ Great Performances), Andy Warhol in Michael Daugherty’s Jackie O (released by Decca on the Argo label) and multiple roles in Tod Machover’s Resurrection (released on the Ondine label), all with Houston Grand Opera. Recent engagements include the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter for Opera Colorado, Lully’s Armide at the Royal Opéra de Versailles and Toronto’s Opera Atelier, and Count Danilo in The Merry Widow for the Utah Opera. In the 2016-2017 season, he sings Ping in Turandot with Opera Philadelphia as well as Inspector Kildare in the workshop of Kevin Puts' Elizabeth Cree with the company. Additionally, he makes his debut with Michigan Opera Theater as Father Palmer in Silent Night, returns to Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking and Utah Opera as Brain Castner in The Long Walk, and debuts with Atlanta Opera as Ping in Turandot. Future world and American premieres in development include Ricky Ian Gordon’s The House without a Christmas Tree and Thomas Morse’s Frau Schindler. DanielBelcherBaritone.com

 

Cara Consilvio (Director, Hydrogen Jukebox)

caraconsilvioCara Consilvio is a director and producer working in opera and film. In the 2016-2017 season, she directed Hansel and Gretel for Tri-Cities Opera, Street Scene for Loyola University, as well as educational outreach shows for Tulsa Opera and Opera Saratoga. Other recent directing projects include educational outreach shows at Tri-Cities Opera and Chautauqua Opera and directing the 2014-2016 Chautauqua Studio Scenes program. Consilvio has been an assistant director for Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, and American Opera Projects. She will also assist at Portland Opera in the spring of 2017.  As an assistant director, Cara worked on the world premieres of As One and The Long Walk. Her teaching engagements include an adjunct lecturer position at the Boston University Opera Institute in 2014-2015, where she taught acting and directed the one-act operas Gallantry, and Fables as well as the scenes programs. Cara is the co-founder of Hup! Productions. Her film directing projects include her narrative film short film C.I.T., which will screen at nine festivals this year.  As a film producer, Consilvio has produced the NEA Opera Honors video tributes, NEA Jazz Masters videos, and the New Works Forum OPERA America videos as well as narrative films, including the award winning Bowes Academy and an upcoming feature film titled Camp Wedding.  www.caraconsilvio.com www.hupproductions.com

 

Stefano de Peppo (Don Pasquale, Don Pasquale)

Stefano Stefano de Peppo is one of opera’s busiest singing actors sought after for the Italian character bass parts. Notable roles include the title role in Don Pasquale, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte. Theaters in which he has appeared include the Finnish National Opera, Estates Theater in Prague, Teatro Argentina, Jerez de la Frontiera, Gran Teatro de Cordoba, and Tenerife, Teatro Colon, Teatro Bellas Artes, Teatro Aquascalientes, Monterrey, Mexico, National Theater of Costa Rica, New Israeli Opera, Royal Albert Hall (London), Opera Hamilton, Los Angeles Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Memphis, Minnesota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Palm Beach Opera, San Diego Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Tampa, and Washington National Opera. A native Italian, Mr. de Peppo began his musical career as a member of the Children's Chorus of Teatro alla Scala of Milan for seven years, after which he undertook vocal studies at Civic School of Music in Milan.

 

Heather Johnson (La Speranza/La Musica/La Messaggera, L'Orfeo)

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Mezzo soprano Heather Johnson, hailed by Opera News as "a dramatic singer in the truest sense," made her Metropolitan Opera house debut as a Flower Maiden in the 2013 production of Parsifal. In 2016, she returned to The Dallas Opera for the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, sang the role of Jo in Madison Opera’s production of Adamo’s Little Women, and performed Mahler’s Das lied von der erde with Music St. Croix.  In the 2014-15 season Ms. Johnson made her Dallas Opera debut as the Page in Salome, returned to the Metropolitan for their production of Hansel and Gretel, performed Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Sibelius’ The Tempest with Minnesota Orchestra and created the role of Jessie in the world premiere of The Long Walk with Saratoga Opera.  In the 2013-14 season Johnson returned to the Metropolitan Opera for their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and sang the title role in Boston Lyric Opera's new production of Beeson's Lizzie Borden, which she repeated at the Tanglewood Festival.  Other notable performances include Meg Page in Falstaff, Mercedes in Carmen, and Soraya in the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories with New York City Opera, the title roles in La Cenerentola, Hansel and Gretel and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible with Sarasota Opera, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, the title role in Carmen with Folkstheater Rostock, Germany and Baltimore Concert Opera, Sainte-Marie in Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ with New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New Jersey Opera, Opera Southwest and Mill City Summer Opera. Upcoming performances include the title character in Rossini’s Tancredi with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Southwest and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with Boston Lyric Opera.

 

Kyle Pfortmiller (Doctor Malatesta, Don Pasquale)

WEB PFORTMILLER Kyle Charity De MeerBaritone Kyle Pfortmiller has appeared throughout the United States with such opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Carolina, Nashville Opera, Opera Saratoga, Utah Festival Opera and Lake George Opera Festival. Pfortmiller’s engagements in recent seasons have included Marquis d'Obigny in La Traviata, Wagner in Faust, Simonetto in Francesca da Rimini and Brian’s Father in the US premier of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at the Metropolitan Opera, Don Pizarro in Fidelio and Papageno in The Magic Flute with Opera Carolina, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Toledo Opera, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at the Nashville Opera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Papageno with Opera Saratoga, Marcello in La Boheme at the Dayton Opera, and performances of Xavier Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas at the New Victory Theater in New York with the Gotham Chamber Opera. Other highlights from previous seasons include his European debut as Silvio in a new production of I Pagliacci at the Dutch National Opera, Count Almaviva, Schaunard in La Boheme, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette and Dandini in La cenerentola at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera, Silvio in I pagliacci and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Florida Grand Opera, Count Almaviva with Opera Carolina, Valentin in Faust and Frederic in Lakmé at the Tulsa Opera, Candide, Pish-Tush in The Mikado and Guglielmo in a new production of Cosi fan tutte at the New York City Opera, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Utah Festival Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, Florida, and Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale at the Lake George Opera Festival. www.kylepfortmiller.com

 

David Schweizer (Director, Don Pasquale)

schweizerDavid Schweizer has quickly become a widely recognized, highly original and resourceful opera stage director in this last decade after a life of memorably directing all forms of live theater for forty years. He has brought to the opera stage the same dynamic and unique results that he has consistently achieved throughout his international career in the theater. His production of Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur was a triumph at both Glimmerglass and New York City Opera (at Lincoln Center) and his stagingof the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s first opera, The Greater Good also at Glimmerglass was widely acclaimed. His particularly sensitive treatment of modern music has been vividly displayed in such varied works as Victor Ullmann’s The Emporer of Atlantisand The Love Potion (“Le Vin Herbe”) by Frank Martin, both at Boston Lyric Opera. He staged a very memorable Powder Her Face by Thomas Ades at Long Beach Opera and has consistently done extraordinary work there including his revelatory LA Indian Queen, an adaptation of Henry Purcell’s “Indian Queen”, and rare works such as Hans Werner Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers. In works from the more established repertory, Schweizer began his career at Houston Grand Opera staging Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and recently took on a Verdi cycle with Macbetto in Boston and Giovanna D'Arco in Chicago in the same season.Last season he staged the world premiere of The Long Walk by Jeremy Howard Beck and Stephanie Fleischmann, conducted by Stephen Osgood, and a revival of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Upcoming engagements include a new work by Kevin Putz and Mark Campbell for Opera Philadelphia, adapted from the Peter Ackroyd novel The Trial of Elizabeth McCree

 

Keturah Stickann (Director, L'Orfeo)

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Keturah Stickann’s directing and choreographic credits include Seven Deadly Sins/Pagliacci (Virginia Opera), >Macbeth (Kentucky Opera),  Don Quichotte (San Diego Opera),  La Traviata (Chautauqua Opera), Orpheus and Euridice (Vermont Opera Project), Flight (Opera Fayetteville), Don Giovanni (Janiec Opera Company, Virginia Opera), Rigoletto (Opera Memphis, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera), The Tales of Hoffman (Knoxville Opera), Manon (Knoxville Opera), Don Pasquale (Opera in the Heights), La tragédie de Carmen (Janiec Opera Company), Madama Butterfly (Opera Santa Barbara),L'Enfant et les sortilèges & Bon Appetit (Emerald City Opera), >The Pearl Fishers (Sarasota Opera). Ms Stickann is a frequent collaborator with theater and opera director, Leonard Foglia.  She is the choreographer and movement director for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s >Moby-Dick in Dallas in 2010, and traveled with the production to the Calgary Opera, State Opera of South Australia, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera (where her work was filmed for a DVD produced by PBS’ Great Performances), Washington National Opera,  and LA Opera, and was the revival director for its return to Dallas Opera.  Also for Mr. Foglia, she is the choreographer of the Heggie/Scheer premiere of It's A Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera, the assistant director and choreographer for the mariachi opera: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, which premiered at Houston Grand Opera, and went on to Le Théâtre du Châtelet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, and the Arizona Opera. She was also the assistant director with Mr. Foglia for his new opera (composed by Ricky Ian Gordon), A Coffin in Egypt, with Frederica von Stade, for Cold Mountain (composed by Jennifer Higdon) that premiered in Santa Fe in 2015, and for the national tour of Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy (also filmed by PBS for a broadcast of Great Performances).  KeturahStickann.com

 

Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts
Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts
Recent Chautauqua Opera Guest Artists:
Keri Alkema, Rose Baumpton, Richard Bernstein, Robert Breault, Joyce Castle, Matthew Chellis, Michael Chioldi, Kristin Clayton, Philip Cokorinos, Mary Dunleavy, Mark Delavan, Joyce DiDonato, Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn, George Dvorsky, Eric Fennell, Kathryn Freeman, Alex Gemignani, Kevin Glavin, Sari Gruber, Eugenie Grunewald, Brenda Harris, Pamela Hinchman, Joshua Hopkins, Anita Johnson, Brandon Jovanovich, Keith Jurosko, Margaret Lattimore, Indira Mahajan, Lee Meriweather, Timothy Noble, Carolann Page, Brownie Peebles, Ashley Putnam, Jane Redding, Lisa Saffer, Chad Shelton, Pamela South, Carol Sparrow, Renée Tatum, Todd Thomas, Mark Thomsen, Shirley Verrett, Joshua Winograde, Sheryl Woods - See more at: http://ciweb.org/opera-about-the-company#facts