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TODD GOODMAN has been described as “one of America’s promising young composers.” His work has been played by principal members of many major symphony orchestras, including the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Singapore, Florida, Iceland, and Seattle Symphonies.  Goodman currently serves as the resident composer for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (lppac.org) located outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Goodman served as resident composer for the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (2002-2006), the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra (2005-2006), and the Beaver Valley Philharmonic (2006-2007).  As an advocate of arts education, Goodman also serves on the faculty of the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (lppacs.org), where he teaches musicianship and composition to some of Pennsylvania’s finest young musicians.

Mr. Goodman’s awards and grants are numerous, recently including the 2012 British Trombone Society Composition Award for his Trombone Concerto [2011], the 2012 North American Tuba Repertoire Initiative Commission for his Tuba Concerto [2012], and third place in the 2011 American Prize for Orchestral Composition for his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra [2008].   Mr. Goodman has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the American Music Center for his Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra, as well as grants from the University of Colorado Entrepreneurship Center for his work, Symphony No. 1 “Fields of Crimson” [2003]. Mr. Goodman has also won such notable prizes as the International Project Piccolo Rebirth 2007 Prize for his work Echos: prelude and dance [2007] for piccolo and piano, two prestigious Gold Farbe Awards from the University of Colorado film department for his scores to two short films Hypnotic Reverie and Light Autumn by writer/director Ryan McVeigh, and four ASCAPlus Awards.
Todd Goodman was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, in 1977. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Masters of Music degree in composition at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in theory and composition at Kent State University, he has also studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France, with the European American Musical Alliance and at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. His principal composition teachers have been Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Tsontakis as well as David Stock, Frank Wiley, and Richard Toensing.

 

Stephen Catanzarite is the founder and chief and executive officer of Baden Academy Charter School. Previously the managing director of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, he is also a founder of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Stephen is the author of Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall (Continuum, 2007), which explores the spiritual dimensions of U2’s landmark album. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Master of Science in Education from Franciscan University. Stephen and his wife Rachel have two sons, Thomas and Henry. They live near Pittsburgh.

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SHANNON KESSLER DOOLEY (BARBARA)

Career highlights have included Alice (cover) in LE COMTE ORY, Biancofiore (cover) in FRANCESCA DA RIMINI with The Metropolitan Opera, Narcissa in PHILEMON AND BAUCIS with the Spoleto Festival USA; Sister Constance in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, Almirena in RINALDO, Nannetta in FALSTAFF, Frasquita in CARMEN, Lucia in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, and Susanna inLE NOZZE DI FIGARO (student performance) with Pittsburgh Opera; Marzelline in FIDELIO, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Clorinda in LA CENERENTOLA, and Waitress in THE GRAPES OF WRATH with Utah Opera; and Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. Additional performances have included Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Beth in LITTLE WOMEN, Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE(educational tour), and Geraldine in A HAND OF BRIDGE with the New England Conservatory; and Gretel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with the Tulsa Opera Studio. Concert highlights have included Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Mendocino Concert Opera; MESSIAH and Grieg's PEER GYNT with the Utah Symphony; Beethoven's NINTH SYMPHONY with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra; and the BRAHMS REQUIEM with the Webster University Symphony. Ms. Dooley was the Utah District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for 2007, and received an encouragement award at the regional level. She has participated in the resident artist programs of Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. 

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JOHN DOOLEY (JOHNNY)

As an outstanding crossover singer whose musical theater talents equal his flair for opera, John Dooley’s singing was recently hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a warm, supple baritone.

    On the operatic side of his career, Mr. Dooley originated the roles of Lysander in Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Johnny in Todd Goodman’s The Night of the LIving Dead, Buck George in Bambino by Richard Maltz as well as the American Premieres of Ashmodeus in Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel, and Frontino in Rossini’s L’Equivoco stravagante. Other roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Malatesta inDon Pasquale, Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Falke inDie Fledermaus, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost, Dancairo in Carmen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Marquis d’Obigny in La traviata, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Hermann inLes contes d’Hoffmann and Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has sung with Portland Opera, Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Amarillo Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Memphis, Opera Saratoga, Opera on the James, Opera Vivente and Connecticut Early Music Festival.

    A member of Actors’ Equity, Mr. Dooley most recently appeared in Carouselwith the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall which culminated in an Emmy nominated broadcast on PBS as a part of Live from Lincoln Center starring Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, and Stephanie Blythe.  He was also featured in The Best of Sondheim with Utah Symphony opposite Faith Prince, Alice Ripley and Gregg Edelman and A Musical Christmas Carol with PIttsburgh CLO.  Other roles include Archibald Grosvenor in Patience, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Bruce Granit in On the Twentieth Century, Riff in West Side Story, Rolf Gruber and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Olin Britt in The Music Man, Lieutenant Wright in The Secret Garden, Escamillo in Don Jose’s Carmen and Marcel in The Boyfriend. He has worked with Theater at Monmouth, Playhouse on the Square, Tulsa Opera, Opera Roanoke, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, So. of Broadway Theatre Company and Vienna Choral Society.

    His concert appearances include; Virginia Music Theater, The Columbia Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, St. Vincent Camerata, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Webster University Orchestra and The Thomas Circle Singers.

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MICHAEL DAILEY (BEN)

A tenor whose voice was described by Opera News as being, “blessed with freshness”, Michael Dailey recently made his debut with Knoxville Opera performing the role of Prince Ramiro in Cinderella.  Prior to that, Michael spent his summer as a returning member of the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program where he performed the role of Selimo in the world premiere of the critical edition of Rossini’s Maometto II. From 2008-2012, Michael served as a Principal Resident Artist with Opera San Jose where he performed 12 leading roles including Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro in Cenerentola, Alfredo in Traviata, Nemorino in E'lisir D'amore, and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.  Other companies he has performed with include Virginia Opera, Tricities Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival, Portland Opera to Go, and Des Moines Metro Opera.Mr. Dailey’s international credits include his performances in the roles of Lucano/1stSoldat/Famigliare in Montiverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Theater an der Wien.  As a member of the New York Harlem Production company,  he performed the role of Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess on a European tour of six countries in venues including The Semperoper in Dresden and The Carré Theater in Amsterdam.On the concert stage, Mr. Dailey has been a featured soloist with the Virginia Choral Society, Todi Music Festival, Schola Cantorum, South Valley Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Chorale, Nova Vista Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, and on the Avedis Concert series.

 

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JILLIAN KATE MARINI (JUDY)

Jillian Kate Marini is an American soprano and actress from Oviedo, Florida. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance. A Chicago Bel Canto Foundation 'Bella Voce Award' Recipient, she was a finalist in both the Chicago NATS competition and the Artist Series of Sarasota Competition.

Recently Ms. Marini has performed Adele in Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' (Middlebury German for Singers) and Frasquita in Georges Bizet's 'Carmen' (Pittsburgh Undercroft Opera).

Her past operatic roles include Rosina in Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia', Young Lizzie in Thomas Albert's 'Lizbeth', Barbarina in Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', and Reina in the world premiere of 'Goldsmith of the Kingdom' by Andrew Jamieson. As anEnsemble Member, she has been involved in John Corigliano's 'The Ghosts of Versailles', Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', Kurt Weill's 'Street Scene', and Bernstein's 'Candide'.

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DAPHNE ALDERSON (HELEN COOPER)

Daphne Alderson is a lyric contralto of opera, oratorio, chamber music and cabaret.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hailed her:  “An artist of dignified passion,” (Handel’s MESSIAH). As Helen Cooper in this world premiere, Ms. Alderson is thrilled to return to Microscopic Opera, following last season’s Abby in Lizbeth and Miss Baggott in The Little Sweep).  Her work with Quantum Theatre (Tripaldi, Ainadamar), and most recently, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh (Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music), won praise from both theatre and music critics.  Other notable roles include Mere Jeanne in Pittsburgh Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Agnes the Digger in Microscopic’s Fantastic Mr. Fox (Tobias Picker).   She has worked with Chatham Baroque, Central City Opera and Bricolage Theater.  Later this season, she heads for Central and South America, touring in concert with guitarist, John Marcinizyn.

 

As cabaret chanteuse, her Piaf concerts for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Paris Festival were hailed, “Not to be missed,” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune Review).

Her voice has been called, “Haunting, in beautifully rendered love songs,” (WQED-fm, Pittsburgh), and in the 2013-14 season, she tours “The Piaf Songbook,” a collection of Piaf and Leonard Cohen anthems, set for accordion, guitar and cello.

 

Roles include Purcell’s Sorceress , Puccini’s Zia Principessa, Rossini’s L’Italiana, Hansel, and Desiree in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Wheeling Symphony, Whittaker Center in Harrisburg, and IonSound Project. At Seton Hill University, she is an adjunct professor of voice and opera.  An advocate for arts education, she tours with Pittsburgh Opera’s Educational Program.  She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, guitarist/composer John Marcinizyn.

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ZACHARY LUCHETTI (TOM)
Zachary Luchetti, baritone, has been hailed by the Reading Eagle for his 'impressive' and 'arresting' performances. A versatile singer, Mr. Luchetti's repertoire spans nearly 40 roles. Recent performances include Silvio in Pagliacci with Berks Opera Workshop, as well as Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Don Giovanni with Undercroft Opera. Other credits include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance,  Zuniga in Carmen and Palemon in Thaïs. In 2011, Mr. Luchetti attended the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute in San Franscisco where he sang the role of Publio in their mainstage production of La clemenza di Tito.

 

As a concert soloist, Mr. Luchetti has been featured in Mozart's Requiem, Dubois' Seven Last words of Christ, Handel's Messiah and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. He presented Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for Pittsburgh's Eclectic Laboratory Orchestra's inaugural concert in 2008. In 2006 he sang  the world premiere of a concert of new music written for him at Cornell University.

 

Upcoming events include the bass solos in Handel's Messiah with the New Castle Music Club and  Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore with Berks Opera Workshop.

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BRENT STATER (HARRY COOPER)

Brent Stater, baritone, is a sought-after performer known for his “tall good looks” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) and powerful stage presence as both actor and singer. Acclaimed for his “impassioned” and “booming voice” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the baritone has originated several roles in international debuts including Edward Biddle in Beck’s The Biddle Boys, the monster Wilhelm in Delf’s Frankenstein, King Ferdinand in Balada’s La Muerte de Colon (which can be heard on the Naxos label), and will be the first Harry Cooper in Microscopic Opera’s upcoming Night of the Living Dead.

 

Other contemporary roles include Marco in Bolton’s A View from the Bridge, Sid in Albert Herring, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Baritone in Stravinsky’s Renard.

 

Mr. Stater recently moved into the Wagner repertoire with his Kennedy Center concert debut last year as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Act III; scene 5) with the Washington Chorus and Orchestra.

 

The baritone gives his Nevada Opera debut this March singing his first Tonio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci on a double-bill with Dolora Zajick’s Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. 

               

He has performed as a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in operatic duets of Mozart and Puccini, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as Pizarro in their concert version of Fidelio as well as the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, in addition to numerous performances with regional orchestras such as the Canton, Butler, LeHigh, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras to name but a few.

 

His oft-performed oratorio roles include Jesus in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff‘s Carmina Burana, and every baritone solo in the cantatas, masses, requiems, and oratorios of Bach, Handel, Faure, Durufle, Mozart, Verdi, Haydn, Dubois, Walton, Brahms, Williams, and Schubert.

 

Brent Stater’s roles performed in concert include Germont in La Traviata and Olin Blitch in Susannah.

 

Roles include Figaro in The Marrriage of Figaro (Lyric Opera of Northern Michigan), Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte (Opera Theatre of Springfield, IL), Ezra in Plain and Fancy (Amish Acres, Indiana), Macheath in Three Penny Opera (Illinois Opera Theatre), Big Jim in Little Mary Sunshine (Illinois Repertory Theater), and Thomas Jefferson in 1776 (Robert Morris University Summer Colonial Theater.)

 

Mr. Stater is an honors graduate of the University of Illinois School of Music (Bachelor of Music--Vocal Performance), Champaign, Illinois. He graduated summa cum laude from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan, as a student of the opera program in its inaugural year.

 

The baritone makes his home in the Ohio River town of Sewickley, Pennsylvania with his wife, Mezzo-soprano Molly Stater and their seven children.  He is a member of the voice faculty at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania.