La Traviata: Essential Opera – Cast Bios


MANFRED ANAYA
Gastone, Tenor
Los Angeles, CA
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
Debut
Recently:
Scaramuccio, Ariadne auf Naxos; Doctor Cajus, Falstaff, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
Lensky, Eugene Onegin, Independent Opera
Fenton, Merry Wives of Windsor, California State University – Northridge


CHRISTINA HAZEN
Flora, Mezzo-Soprano
Loveland, CO
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
Debut
Recently:
Sally, The Hours; Mrs. Kohl, Awakenings, Opera Fusion: New Works
Dryad, Ariadne auf Naxos; Rosmira, Partenope, CCM Opera
Hänsel, Hänsel und Gretel; Lapak/Fox(cover), Cunning Little Vixen, Opera Steamboat
Cherubino, Le nozze di Figaro, CCM Opera Bootcamp
Mrs. Page, Merry Wives of Windsor, Loveland Opera Theater


SAMUEL KIDD
Baron Douphol, Baritone
Ann Arbor, MI
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
Debut
Recently:
Krušina, The Bartered Bride, CCM Opera
Owens/Ethan, Cold Mountain; Jazz Trio, Trouble in Tahiti, The Music Academy of the West
Dr. Talbot, Dinner at Eight, University of Michigan Opera Theater


BRADLEY R. MATTINGLY
Marquis d’Obigny,
Baritone
Franklin, OH
Dayton Opera
Dayton Opera Chorus
2018-19  Count Ceprano, Herald, Rigoletto; Second Nazarene, Salome
2017-18  Mandarin, Turandot
2016-17  Soloist, Season Opening Spectacular; Villager, I Pagliacci
2014-15  Prison Guard, Dead Man Walking
2011-12  Custom House Official, La bohème
2010-11  Prisoner #2, Fidelio
2009-10  Messenger, La Traviata
Recently:
Gianni Schicchi, Gianni Schicchi, Wright State Opera Theatre
Jean Valjean, Les Misérables, Miami Valley Symphony
Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened…, Dayton Playhouse


CHLOÉ OLIVIA MOORE
Violetta, Soprano
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2019-20  Soloist, New Year’s Eve Celebration
2017-18  Liu, Turandot
2016  Nedda, I Pagliacci
2015  Leila, The Pearl Fishers
Recently:
Adina, L’elisir d’amore, Opera at Florham
Musetta, La boheme; Violetta, La Traviata, Chesapeake Concert Opera
Manon, Manon, New York Lyric Opera
Liu, Turandot, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Bar Harbor Music Festival and Castleton Festival
Soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony  No. 9, The Orchestra Now and Rogue Valley Symphony
Soloist, Dvorak’s Requiem, St. George’s Choral Society
Violetta, La Traviata; Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Academy of Vocal Arts


JOHNATHON PAPE
Director
Marion, IL
Dayton Opera:
2017-18  Director, Turandot
2010-11  Director, The Daughter of the Regiment
2001-02  Director, The Barber of Sevill
2000-01  Director, Don Giovanni
1999-00  Director, Carmen
Recently:
Co-writer/Director, Carmen: Fire and Fate, one-woman tour
Director, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Seagle Music Colony
Director, Dead Man Walking, Tulsa Opera
Director, Sweeney Todd, Tri-Cities Opera
Director of Opera Program, Boston Conservatory of Music


PATRICK REYNOLDS
Conductor
Baton Rouge, LA
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
Associate Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
2009–2017  Conductor, La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, The Magic Flute, The Consul, Pirates of Penzance, La bohème
Recently:
Professor of Music, University of Dayton
Conductor, Brundibar, Victoria Theatre Association
Guest Conductor:  Modesto Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Arlington Symphony, Queens Symphony, High Mountain Symphony


KENNETH SHAW
Germont,
Bass-Baritone
Newnan, GA
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2020-21  Soloist, Postcards from Dayton
2017-18  Secret Police Agent, The Consul
2014-15  Nourabad, The Pearl Fishers
2013-14  King of Egypt, Aida
2010-11  Pizarro, Fidelio; Soloist, 50th Anniversary Star Gala
2009-10  Baron Douphol, La Traviata
2007-08  Leporello, Don Giovanni
2006-07  Abimelech, Samson and Delilah
2005-06  Frank, Die Fledermaus; Alidoro, Cinderella
2004-05  Gideon March, Little Women; Angelotti, Tosca
2003-04  Monterone, Rigoletto
2002-03  Speaker, The Magic Flute; King of Egypt, Aida
2001-02  Basilio, The Barber of Seville
Recently:
Philip II, Don Carlos; Mephistopheles, The Damnation of Faust; University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Friar Laurence, Romeo et Juliette; Marquis, La Traviata, Cincinnati Opera
Timur, Turandot, Kentucky Symphony
Wotan, Das Rheingold, Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Old Barber, Vanessa, Toledo Opera
Count Robbins, The Masked Ball, Cincinnati Opera and Atlanta Opera
Basilio, The Barber of Seville, Opera Columbus
Zaccaria, Nabucco, Utah Festival Opera
Professor of Voice and Artistic Director, Opera d’arte, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music


BENJAMIN SMOLDER
Dr. Grenvil, Bass-Baritone
Charleston, SC
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2009-10  Dr. Grenvil, La Traviata
2008-09  Pritchitch, The Merry Widow
2006-07  Dick Deadeye, H.M.S. Pinafore
2004-05  Jailer, Tosca
2003-04  Police Sergeant, The Pirates of Penzance
Recently:
Director and Conductor, Hydrogen Jukebox; Director and Conductor, Le Nozze di Figaro; Conductor, Albert Herring; Miami University Opera
Conductor, The Merry Widow, Festival of International Opera, São Paulo, Brazil
Director Emeritus, William E. Schmidt Foundation


MAYA VANSUCH
Annina, Soprano
Dayton Ohio
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2020-21  Soloist, Postcards from Dayton
2019-20  Artist-in-Residence; Soloist, Messiah, Dayton Philharmonic; Clorinda, La Cenerentola
Recently:
Najade, Ariadne auf Naxos, IU Opera Theatre
Patience, Patience; Mabel, The Pirates of Penzance, University Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute, Reimagining Opera for Kids


MATTHEW VICKERS
Alfredo, Tenor
Telford, PA
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance:
2019-2020  Rodolfo, La bohème
Recently:
Cavaradossi, Tosca, Virginia Opera
Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly, Opera Memphis
Canio, I Pagliacci, Savannah Music Festival
Arnold, Guillaume Tell, Opera Southwest
Edgardo, Lucia di Lammermoor; Don Jose, Carmen, Opera Western Reserve
Des Grieux, Manon Lescaut, Sarasota Opera
Rodolfo, La bohème, Opera Roanoke