About the Show
The Best Opera Album in the World ... Ever!
Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Pietro Mascagni, Leo Delibes, Francesco Cilea, Georges Bizet, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Friedrich von Flotow, Richard Wagner, Camille Saint-Saens, Umberto Giordano and Ruggero Leoncavallo (Composers)
In our 15 years, Maestro Anton Coppola has conducted every opera produced by Opera Tampa.
Who's who in the cast:
JAMES VALENTI (Tenor) is a Metropolitan Opera star who most recently was seen as Alfredo in the MET HD’s La Traviata and recent winner of
the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
ANGELA MEADE (Soprano) has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation. The New Yorker hailed her as “a lavishly gifted young soprano who sings across a very wide range with uncommon beauty and strength of tone”. Ms. Meade excels in the most demanding heroines of the 19th century belcanto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdia nd Mozart. Ms. Meade’s busy 2010/11 season has already included debuts with the Wexford Festival in the title role of Mercadante’s Virginia; as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Palm Beach Opera and Houston Symphony all with Verdi’s Requiem. Highlights from the remainder of the season include a return to the Met to cover Rossini’s Armida; a debut with the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of James Levine in Act I of Bellini’s Norma; and a debut with the Seattle Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
MARK S. DOSS (Bass-Baritone) has performed regularly in leading opera houses internationally such as the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera and many others. Among his most praised roles are Amonasro in Aida, Escamillo in Carmen, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust as well as the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, Phillip II in Don Carlos, Jokanaan in Salome and Scarpia in Tosca.
MICAELA OESTE (Soprano) Praised by Opera News for her “bright, well-focused tone,” soprano Micaëla Oeste recently triumphed in Ophélie’s famously difficult and ethereal mad scene in Hamlet as she stepped in mid-performance at Washington National Opera for Acts III and
IV of the opera with Plácido Domingo conducting. She returns to the company as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera. Also this season, she returns to Chicago Opera Theater as Créuse in Charpentier’s Médée and to the Reignwood Theater in Beijing for her first performances of Gilda in Rigoletto with Plácido Domingo in the title role. She made her international debut at the Piccinni Festival in Bari as the title role in the composer’s La Cecchina, ossia La buona figliuola. On the concert stage, she joined Maestro Domingo at Beijing’s Reignwood Theater. She holds a Master of Music from Northwestern University and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Arkansas.
GUSTAVO LOPEZ MANZITTI (Tenor) His recent performances include the role of Andrea Chenier at the Royal Swedish Opera House, both Turiddu and Canio in Cavalleria Rusticana e I Pagliacci (Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Teatro Argentino of La Plata, Windsor Symphony of Ontario and Atlantic Coast Opera Festival), Jacopo in I due Foscari (Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires), Carlos in Don Carlos, French version (Sarasota Opera), Manrico in Il Trovatore (Orlando Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Tampa, Anchorage Opera and Teatro Argentino), Cavaradossi in Tosca (New York Grand Opera, Opera Tampa, Opera Delaware), Don José in Carmen (Grand Théâtre de Québec in Canada, Teatro
Argentino of La Plata, Teatro Solís of Montevideo, Opera Delaware, Tulsa Opera), Andrea Chénier (Teatro Argentino of La Plata), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Teatro Argentino of La Plata, Luna Park Stadium), the Duke in Rigoletto (Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Opera Delaware) and Tito in La clemenza di Tito (Orchestra Simfónica des Balears, Palma de Mallorca, Spain).
MARK WALTERS (Baritone) With recent performances of Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Travitata, Aida and La forza del destino, American baritone
Mark Walters is quickly taking his place in the Verdi repertoire. Opera News calls Walters “a force to be reckoned with … heroic” and The
Chicago Sun Times describes Walters as "vocal fury.” Some career highlights include Walters’ debut in Osaka, Japan in the title role
of Don Giovanni, his debut at Carnegie Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Fauré Requiem conducted by John Rutter and his portrayal of the Reverend Blitch in a special 50th year anniversary production of Susannah overseen personally by Carlisle Floyd. Upcoming performances include the title role in Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera, the world premiere and recording of Rappahannock County, based on Civil War
letters and diaries by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon and the US premiere of Rockland, based on a historical mining conflict by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola.
COURTNEY MCKEOWN (Mezzo-Sorpano) is a graduate of DePaul University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). She has sung with Kentucky Opera (Emilia in Otello, Inez in Il trovatore, Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, Charlotte (cover) in Werther), Dayton Opera (Flora in La traviata), Opera New Jersey (Olga in The Merry Widow) and with Opera Tampa as La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor). Ms. McKeown spent the summer of 2009 with Chautauqua Opera where she sang Vera Boronel (and covered the Secretary) in Menotti’s The Consul, and reprised the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. She was honored with a Chautauqua Opera Encouragement Award. In the summer of 2010, Ms. McKeown joined the prestigious Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera and bowed as Marcellina in their production of Le nozze di Figaro. In the 2010-2011 season, she joins the Young Artist Program of Florida Grand Opera.
To those who have come to know him as the “singing policeman,”—the New York City cop who helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of “God Bless America” after the September 11th terrorist attacks—it is no surprise that Daniel Rodriguez possesses a “privileged voice” (Nico Castel). At 16, he presented his first recital at Carnegie Hall; at 17, he was billed as the “17-year-old Baritone.” Then, at age 19, he put music aside to raise his family, going to work to make ends meet. He worked at the post office, and then as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. It was in uniform that local New York audiences began to discover his voice and his passion for the music he sang. As an “official singer” for the NYPD Ceremonial Unit, he sang at many functions, and later, at memorials in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Before long, then-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, helped set up an audition with Placido Domingo. Daniel studied with Maestro Domingo and the staff at the Young Artist Program in Washington for a year and half. He has performed at the Republican National Convention and President Bush’s “Celebration of Freedom” Inauguration concert, and on television’s “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Larry King Live,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “Oprah,” among many other high profile events. He officially retired from the NYPD in June of 2004. Since then he has released Five acclaimed albums. He continues to tour around the world and has become a favorite not only in the US, but also in the Netherlands and New Zealand. He returns to Holland again this December for an unprecedented sixth visit. He is quite literally back by popular demand. He added the roles of “Turridu” and “Cano” to his list of successes with “Opera of the Hamptons” and “Chelsea opera” goes on to sing the role of “cavaradossi” in “Tosca” May of 2011. Daniel is adding the title of producer to his list of credits as he adds his talents to Marla & Marissa’s debut album “Songbirds” due for release in 2010. Most recently Daniel has embarked on a journey through his experiences of September 11th 2001 in a documentary titled “amazing grace experience”
IAN O’BRIEN (Tenor/Opera Tampa New Artist) is excited to return for his second season as an Opera Tampa New Artist. A voice student of Maria Spacagna, O’Brien is a Vocal Performance major at Rhode Island College. He was recently selected to perform as the featured soloist at an ASCAP-sponsored event celebrating the life of George M. Cohen and has enjoyed performances on regional stages in Rhode Island, Boston and New York.
ALEXANDER TYINK (Baritone/Opera Tampa New Artist) is a graduate of Northwestern University. There, he studied voice under the direction of Karen Brunssen and coach Alan Darling and sang the leading roles of Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Thierry in a production of Dialogue of the Carmelites directed by Fabrizio Melano. Tyink is also an advocate of new operatic works and sang the roles of Michael Reagan in Reagan’s Children and Mago in Goldsmith of the Kingdom through Chicago Opera Vanguard. Now a student of Patricia McCaffrey, Tyink has held a position with Opera Tampa as a New Artist since fall 2009 and will continue with that company through the 2010-2011 season. With Opera Tampa, he sang three distinct comprimario roles in La Rondine under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola. In 2005, Tyink also had the privilege to sing the role of Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.
DIMITRI IOGMAN (Tenor/Opera Tampa New Artist) was born in Belarus, of the former Soviet Union. Iogman received his masters in vocal performance from the University of Connecticut, studying under Sylvia McClain and Constance J. Rock. Past operatic credits include: Trouble in Tahiti, Le Nozze di Figaro, Signor Delusso, Princes Ida, Pirates of Pezance, The Mikado and La Vera Costanza. From 2008-2010, Iogman apprenticed at the Galina Vishnyevskaya Theater and Center of Operatic Singing in Moscow, Russia, where he appeared in Carmen, Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Tzar Bride and other operas as well as taking part in concerts and master-classes. Currently Iogman resides in Moscow where he continues to hone his craft while performing in local opera and concert venues.
JENNIFER LAZARZ (Mezzo-Soprano) attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ili., where she performed the roles of Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Ma Moss in The Tenderland, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Lazarz moved to Chicago where she has since sung with the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, the Music of the Baroque Chorus, and recently the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Lazarz also sang with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under conductor Helmut Rilling for several years. She studies with Sarah Beatty and Elsa Charlston.
JACQUELINE SHODAIWASAKI (Soprano) received her BA in Music from Portland State University in Portland, Ore. Her major operatic roles include Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte directed by guest artist Tito Capobianco. Her solo oratorio solo performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie. Shoda-Iwasaki received Oregon Laurel’s Music Scholarship in addition to special awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Beaux Arts Society, Louis and Violet Lang Opera Memorial Scholarship, MetroArts Incorporated Young Artists at The Schnitz Concerto Competition and a recipient of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2006 and 2007. She is a returning Opera Tampa New Artist and sang the role of Yvette in its spring production of La Rondine.
TIAGO MATOS (Baritone) obtained his degree in Singing from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. He has interpreted Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers; Zuniga in Carmen; Bandit and Wiseman in A Floresta; O Mestre de Música, a Portuguese version from II Maestro di Capella; Father in A Casinha de Chocolate, a Portuguese version from Hänsel und Gretel; Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro; Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte; Sacerdote di Belo in Nabucco; Second Philistine in Samson et Dalila. He was a soloist in Messa di Gloria, Requiem de G. Fauré, Dixit Dominus, Requiem to Camões’ Memory, Te Deum and Coronation Mass; Saint John Passion, Saint Mathew Passion, Magnificat, and Mass in G Major. Since 2009, Matos sings on the Casa da Música Choir.
VANESSA ISIGUEN (Soprano) resides in Boston and is a sought-after regional performer singing with Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Light Opera and Newport Baroque. She toured Austria as a soloist with the AIMS Orchestra and recent roles include Susanna, Lauretta, Pamina, Mimi and Norina. Ms. Isiguen is a 2010 District Winner and Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition and has worked with renowned artists Dawn Upshaw, Sanford Sylvan and John Moriarty. Ms. Isiguen earned her MM as a Merit Scholar at Boston Conservatory and studies with internationally acclaimed soprano Maria Spacagna.
MICHAEL MIERSMA (Lyric Baritone) commands the stage with charisma and charm. Under the direction of Tito Capobianco, he has garnered much critical acclaim for his efforts from the Oregonian, Willamette Week and Northwest Reverb (Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Schaunard in La Boheme, Ford in Falstaff, Danilo in The Merry Widow). At Portland State, he received numerous vocal scholarships as well as the Ruth Dobson Award for Operatic Achievement for Ford in Falstaff. Miersma frequently collaborates with Opera Theater Oregon.
ASHLEY DANNEWITZ completed her master’s degree in May 2010 at Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Ashley Putnam. She was most recently featured as the Countess in MSM’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, a performance that Opera News described as, “a sympathetic blend of dignity and wistful romanticism, negotiating the demands of her challenging music with care and aplomb.” At MSM, Dannewitz performed in scenes from La Bohème (Mimi), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Blanche), Luisa Fernanda (Carolina), The Merry Widow (Hannah) and Ballad of Baby Doe. Dannewitz received her bachelor’s from the University of Florida, while studying with Elizabeth Graham. While at UF, she performed in The Mikado (Yum-Yum) and Suor Angelica (Lay sister/Esm.). Dannewitz was recently seen in Opera Tampa's production of The Merry Widow as Margot.
ANTON COPPOLA (Conductor/Artistic Director) returns following his great successes conducting the Straz Center’s productions of Madama Butterfly (1996), Carmen (1997), La Bohème (1998), Tosca (1999 and 2008), Hansel and Gretel (1999), La Traviata (2000), The Marriage of Figaro (2000), the world premiere of his opera Sacco & Vanzetti (2001), An Evening of Verdi & Puccini (2001), Die Fledermaus (2001), Basically Bernstein (2002) Rigoletto (2002), Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (2002), Otello (2003), Turandot (2004), Madama Butterfly (2004), Opera Tampa’s collaborative production of Aida with Orlando Opera (2005), Carmen (2005), The Girl of the Golden West (2006), Romeo and Juliet (2006), Il Trovatore (2007), La Bohème (2007), The Barber of Seville (2008), Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (2009), Lucia di Lammermoor (2009), La Rondine (2010) and The Merry Widow (2010). Coppola brings many years of experience to the podium, having conducted almost all of the important opera companies in the United States and Canada including the San Francisco and New York City Operas. Known for his range and versatility, Coppola has conducted the world premieres of Lizzie Borden, Deseret and Of Mice and Men, as well as many Broadway musicals. Coppola has also worked with the Royal Opera Orchestra and opera soprano Angela Gheorghiu to release a complete recording of Puccini works. After serving four years as an army bandmaster during World War II, he moved on to conduct at Radio City Music Hall. For 15 years, he was the director of both the Symphony and Opera Departments at the Manhattan School of Music and holds a Master’s degree in composition. Among his larger works are a symphony, an opera, a violin concerto and numerous film scores. Coppola has conducted important revivals of Zaza, Mireille and Falstaff, as well as appearing in his nephew Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Godfather III. He also conducted the score for the Coppola film Dracula. Coppola received honorary Doctorates from the University of Tampa and Quinnitiac University in Connecticut. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Puccini Foundation and recognized by the Italian government as Cavaliere, Gran Ufficiale.