AMina - Julia Massicotte
Julia Massicotte, soprano, graduated in May of 2019 with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from DePauw University. Currently studying under Carole Haber, she has previously studied voice with both Valentin Lanzrein and Pamela Coburn. Recent roles include: Frasquita (Carmen, Opera51), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, New England Conservatory), Cunegonde (Candide, New England Conservatory), Elizabeth “Baby” Doe Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe, Opera in the Ozarks), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte, New England Conservatory), and Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene, DePauw University). In March of 2019 she presented her Master’s recital, and looks forward to singing Amina in La Sonnambula with the Promenade Opera Project in August.
Elvino - Patrick Starke
Described as being vibrant and versatile, New York native, Patrick Starke is an up-and-coming tenor. Recent stage credits include; Ensemble in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Boston Midsummer Opera), Le Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen (Commonwealth Lyric Theater), Le Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (Boston Conservatory Opera), Ensemble in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Boston Midsummer Opera), Triquet (understudy) in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Boston Conservatory Opera) and Tito in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Ithaca College Opera). Some upcoming engagements include; Ensemble in I Pagliacci (Boston Lyric Opera).
Count Rodolfo - Blair Mellow
A native of Huntington Woods, MI., Blair Mellow has been performing professionally for nearly twenty years. A graduate of Oakland University (‘09) with degrees in Vocal Performance and Theater Performance, and of the Boston Conservatory of Music (‘19) with a Master of Music in Opera Performance, he has been engaged all over the metro-Detroit area as a stage actor, a voice-over recording artist, a director and music director, a featured soloist, and a member of the chorus for several seasons with the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit. He has recently been seen in the Boston area with the Boston Conservatory Opera and Boston Midsummer Opera.
Lisa - Madeline Ross
Madeline Ross received her M.M. in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. This Spring she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a jazz soloist with Total Vocal and her role debut as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Recent opera roles include The Snake in The Little Prince (Opera Theater Oregon), La Fée in an immersive production of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Promenade Opera Project), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Portland Summer Opera Workshop and Willamette University), Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Longy), Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (Promenade Opera Project), and Barbarina in Mozart’s Nozze (Miami Music Festival). Madeline was named a winner of Longy’s 2018 Honors Competition and is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Promenade Opera Project, a company who aims to reinvigorate opera by producing immersive adaptations of classic works. She is an active performer of opera, jazz, musical theater, and choral works in the Portland, OR, area and maintains a private studio of voice and piano students.
TEresa - Katherine Eckard
Katherine Eckard, Mezzo-soprano, is a native of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Katherine will be playing the role of the Teresa in Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Promenade Opera Project.
Recent Engagements include the Mother (the Consul), Mezzo (Hydrogen Jukebox), Madame de Croissy (Dialogues of the Carmélites) with Boston Conservatory Opera, and Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon) with the Promenade Opera Project.
Ms. Eckard is earning a Masters in Opera performance ‘21 at the Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Rebecca Folsom.
Alessio, Rodolfo (cover) - marcus Schenck
Marcus Schenck, bass-baritone, is based in Boston, MA. Recent engagements include The King (The Little Prince) with NEMPAC Opera Project, the workshop premiere of Mr. Twister and the Tale of Tornado Alley by Marc Hoffeditz in the title role, Basilio cover and Ambrogio (The Barber of Seville) with Raylynmor Opera, Mr. Kofner (The Consul) and Thierry (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Boston Conservatory Opera, Pandolfe (Cendrillon) with Promenade Opera Project, Leporello cover and Il Commendatore cover (Don Giovanni) with NEMPAC Opera Project, creating the role of Gerald Macguire (War is a Racket), and Le Gouverneur (Le comte Ory) with Lowell House Opera. In August 2017, he co-founded the Promenade Opera Project and performed in the company’s inaugural production of La clemenza di Tito as Publio. Marcus earned his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory (’19) and his Bachelor of Music from Bucknell University (’16).
A Notary - Leo Balkovetz
Leo Balkovetz (countertenor) Is a performer of operatic, choral and chamber music in the Boston area. In 2018, he graduated with a Master's of Music in Historical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music where he sang the role of Vaguas in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans with Early Music group Eudaimonia. He has also performed in "La Clemenza di Tito" (Annius) and "Cendrillon" (6th Spirit) with Promenade Opera Project and the Alto Soloist in Bach's Cantata BWV 54 with First Lutheran Church in Boston. He is the alto section leader of Commonwealth Chorale in Newton, MA where he was a featured soloist in Menotti's "The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore".
Lisa (cover), Chorus
Audrey Ballish, soprano, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her recent engagements include Soprano 1 (Hydrogen Jukebox), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Lisette (La Rondine), and Norina (Don Pasquale). This fall, Ms. Ballish will perform the role of Younger Alyce in Glory Denied with Boston Conservatory Opera. Ms. Ballish holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Opera Performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom.
Teresa (cover), Chorus
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Sindel-Keswick was recently seen in Opera del West’s Candide, singing Vanderdendur and covering the Old Lady. In previous seasons, she covered the role of Ruggiero in Alcina, and sang the Notary in Don Pasquale with the same company. Around Boston, she has also performed with MetroWest Opera, The NEMPAC Opera Project, and Lowell House Opera. Roles elsewhere include Nireno and La Badessa in Giulio Cesare and Suor Angelica, respectively (BASOTI), Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Tuscia Operafestival), and covering Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera On the Avalon). Amanda is a founding member of Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective, which performs music written within the last twenty-five years. When not on stage, Amanda serves as cantor and adult choir director at Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale. A longtime New Englander, she grew up in Maine before moving to Boston, where she earned degrees from the Longy School of Music and Boston College.
ALessio (Cover), Chorus
Baritone Jacob Kanupp is a crossover performer comfortable in both operatic and musical theater repertoire. On the operatic stage, Jacob will be covering Alessio and singing in the chorus of La sonnambula with Promenade Opera Project this summer (2019) and, in the fall, he will be covering Older Thompson in Glory Denied with Boston Conservatory Opera (2019). He has also sung as an ensemble member of Tosca with Nashville Opera (2017) as well as originating the role of Logan’s Father in the student written opera Requiem for the Living: An Opera with Trevecca Nazarene Theatre (2016). His musical theater experience has recently included performing roles such as Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden (2017) and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (2016) with Trevecca Nazarene Theatre as well as participating in the ensemble in Beauty and the Beast with Renaissance Players (2017). He received a Bachelor’s degree in both Vocal Performance and Music Theory & Composition from Trevecca Nazarene University, where he also placed first in their Aria Competition in 2015. He studied under Taylor McPherson at TNU, and is currently working toward his Master of Music from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson.
Ismael Sandoval is a Mexican-American conductor who has been involved with several ensembles across the East Coast, all invested in the pursuit of bringing people together in the beauty and power of music. In his efforts to give back to his community and promote the profound impact that music can have on people, Ismael performs anywhere where music might be needed, including many non-traditional venues. Ismael is currently the assistant conductor for the Boston Philharmonic, Eureka Ensemble and the artistic director for the Women’s Chorus, which connects women experiencing homelessness with the healing power of music. Ismael has had recent engagements with Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, MassOpera, Eureka Ensemble, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and more.
Production Designer- Joseph Wolfslau
Design Associate & Mask Design- Sonya Plenefisch
Assistant Stage Manager- Emma Jordan
Violin 1- Ha-Eun Ryu
Violin 2- Carlo Mauricio
Viola- Raymond Dineen
Cello- Margaret Madsen
Clarinet- Evan Kopca
Flute 1- Taylor Rossi
Flute 2/Alto Flute/Piccolo- Joe LaRocca
Keyboard/Rehearsal Pianist- David Bloom
DONORS & SPECIAL THANKS
Maryanne Rogers and David Rogers for allowing us to borrow crucial furniture and prop items, housing our creative team, and their continued support of Promenade Opera Project.
Jane Struss and Rudolph Schild for their donation of space at their home to rehearse and perform, allowing us to borrow many beautiful and necessary furniture and prop items, and for being with Promenade Opera Project from the start as a mentor and friend to the organization. Your guidance and help will always be appreciated.
We could not have made this show happen without you!
Charles ‘Buzz’ Gagnebin