Don Giovanni: Essential Opera – Cast Bios



KASIA BOROWIEC

Elvira, Soprano

Summit, NJ
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2019–20 Mimi, La bohème
2018–19 Soprano Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular
2015–16 Artist-in-Residence; Kate Pinkerton, Madame Butterfly
Recently:
Cio-Cio San, Madame Butterfly, Tri-Cities Opera
Isabel, The Pirates of Penzance, Palm Beach Opera
Golden Cockerel, The Golden Cockerel, Santa Fe Opera
Violetta (cover), La Traviata, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Countess, The Marriage of Figaro, Palm Beach Opera (family performance)


GARY BRIGGLE

Director
Morehead, MN
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2003–2019  Director, La bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Barber of Seville, Porgy and Bess, The Tragedy of Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Dead Man Walking, Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Book Collector/Carmina Burana, I Pagliacci, The Consul, La bohème
2018–2019  Major-General Stanley, The Pirates of Penzance
2014–2015  Narrator/Soloist, Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein
2013–2014  The Witch, Hansel and Gretel
2010–2011  Soloist, 50th Anniversary Star Gala
2006–2007  Sir Joseph Porter, H.M.S. Pinafore
2004–2005  Major-General Stanley, The Pirates of Penzance
2001–2002  Voltaire, Candide
Recently: 
Director and Sir John Falstaff, Rogue Prince, Theatre Coup d’Etat
Performer, The Consul, Arbeit Opera Theater, Minneapolis
Performer, Candide, Artistry Theater, Minneapolis
Performer, The Visit, Frank Theater, Minneapolis
Performer, Winesburg Ohio (premiere), Nautilus Music-Theatre, St. Paul
Performer, Glensheen (premiere), History Theatre, St. Paul


ANDRE CHIANG

Masetto, Baritone
Mobile, AL
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2019-20  Dandini, La Cenerentola
Recently:
Pirate King, The Pirates of Penzance, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre
Schaunard, La boheme, Mississippi Opera, Natchez Festival of Music
Falke, Die Fledermaus; Ford, Falstaff; Yamadori, Madame Butterfly; Young Galileo/Salviati, Galileo Galilei; Argante, Rinaldo, Portland Opera
King Melchior, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Louisiane
Masetto, Don Giovanni; Belcore, L’elisir d’amore; Marchese d’Obigny, La Traviata, Opera Birmingham


NORMAN GARRETT
Giovanni, Baritone

Lubbock, Texas
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2018-19  Jochanaan, Salome
Recently:
Jim, Porgy and Bess, The Metropolitan Opera
Crown, Porgy and Bess, Fort Worth Opera
Larkens, La Fanciulla del West, Bayerische Staatsoper
Ríolobo, Florencia en el Amazonas, Houston Grand Opera
Lieutenant Gordon, Silent Night; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Masetto, Don Giovanni; Captain Gardiner, Moby Dick, Washington National Opera
Jake, Porgy and Bess, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Mandarino, Turandot, Cincinnati Opera


NEAL GITTLEMAN

Conductor
Brooklyn, NY
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
Artistic Director and Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
2013-2019  Conductor, Season Opening Spectacular
1998-2019  Faust, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Little Women, The Mozart Effect Concert, The Barber of Seville, Porgy and Bess, Fidelio, The Glory of Wagner, The Marriage of Figaro, Aida, The Pearl Fishers, Otello, The Book Collector/Carmina Burana, Carmen, Turandot, Salome, Dayton Opera
Recently:
Guest Conductor:  Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Minnesota, Indianapolis Orchestras and internationally with orchestras in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and Mexico


NATHAN STARK

Leporello, Bass-baritone
Hughson, CA
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2017-18  Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular
2016-17  Escamillo, Carmen
2015-16  Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular
2012-13  Hunding/Soloist, The Glory of Wagner Concert
2011-12  Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet
Recently:
Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Virginia Opera
Don Bartolo, il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Orlando
Colline, La bohème, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera
Soloist, Verdi Requiem, Canton Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Haven Symphony
Rocco, Fidelio, Houston Symphony
Sarastro, The Magic Flute, Madison Opera
Pasha Selim, The Abduction from the Seraglio; General Audebert, Silent Night, Opera San Jose
Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Dayton Philharmonic and Canton Symphony


KARA SHAY THOMSON

Anna, Soprano
Cincinnati, OH
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2018-19  Salome, Salome
2017-18  Magda, The Consul; Turandot, Turandot
2013-14  Tosca, Tosca
2012-13  Sieglinde, Die Walküre, The Glory of Wagner
Recently:
Turandot, Turandot; Marta, Tiefland, Sarasota Opera
Queen of Sheba, La Reine de Saba, Odyssey Opera
Tosca, Tosca, Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera, Atlanta Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Arizona Opera
Judith, Bluebeard’s Castle, Opera Omaha
Vanessa, Vanessa; Tosca, Tosca, Sarasota Opera
Magda Sorel, The Consul, Florida Grand Opera
Soloist, Dvořák’s Te Deum, Cincinnati May Festival


JOSHUA WHEEKER

Ottavio, Tenor
Dayton, OH
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2014-15  Artist-In-Residence; Howard Boucher, Dead Man Walking
Recently:
Tamino, Die Zauberflöte; Malcolm, Macbeth; Cacambo, Candide, Los Angeles Opera
Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto, Opera Theater of Saint Louis
Joe, The Girl of the Golden West, Kentucky Opera
Giuseppe, La Traviata, Des Moines Metro Opera
Nemorino, The Elixir of Love, Opera Iowa
Kasper, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Kettering Church and University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music


HAROLD WILSON

The Commander, Bass
Charlotte, NC
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2018-19  Sparafucile, Rigoletto
2017-18  Don Basilio, The Barber of Seville; Timur, Turandot
2014-15  Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular
2013-14  Ramfis, Aida
Recently:
King Heinrich, Lohengrin, Opera Southwest
Fasolt, Das Reingold, Arizona Opera
Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Ashby, The Girl of the Golden West; Ramfis, Aida, Opera Colorado
Mustafa, L’Italiana in Algieri; Rocco, Fidelio; Marcovaldo, La battaglio di Legnano, Sarasota Oper
Doctor, Macbeth; Baron Ochs (cover), Der Rosenkavalier; Bertrand, Iolanta; Fasolt (cover), Das Rheingold; Timur (cover), Turandot, Metropolitan Opera
Polonio, Amleto, Opera Delawar


OLIVIA YOKERS
Zerlina, Soprano
Hamilton, OH
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2019-20  Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular
2018–19  Lucy, Dracula: Bloodlines; Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance
2017–18  Artist-in-Residence
Recently:
Cinderella, Into the Woods; Mary, Amazing Grace; Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance, Utah Festival Opera
Berta, The Barber of Seville, Virginia Opera
Laurey, Oklahoma, Indiana University Opera Theatre