La boheme: AKA "The Hipsters"
Dec 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8pm at The Ebell Club of Highland Park
131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles 90042
Sung in Italian with projected English titles.
Table seating available.
Katherine Giaquinto Powers
E. Scott Levin
Parisa Zaeri (Music Director) - A native of Dallas, Parisa Zaeri maintains an active career as a conductor, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach. Her recent musical engagements include serving as Conductor for Opera Steamboat's production of Jonathan Dove's The Enchanted Pig, as Resident Coach/Accompanist of Opera Colorado’s Young Artist Program (2016-2017), and as Cover Conductor for the American premiere of Philip Glass’s Witches of Venice at Opera Saratoga (Summer 2016). Additional special honors include Parisa’s premiere of two new operas by Michael Vince and Spencer Arias in New York City (Spring 2015), as well as her participation in the The Dallas Opera Women’s Conducting Institute in November 2016. Parisa is an alumnus of New York University and Southern Methodist University and currently resides in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two dogs.
Daria Somers (Mimi) - hailed for her “vocal power and strong acting abilities,” Daria Somers was featured this year as Micaëla in Carmen on a North American tour with New York City Opera and the title role in Madama Butterfly at the Redlands Bowl and in the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series. In recent seasons, she has portrayed Nedda in Pagliacci with the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, Mimì in La bohème with Pacific Opera Project and the Orange County Symphony, Violetta in La traviata with Heartland Opera Theatre, the title role in Tosca and Giunone in La Calisto with Pacific Opera Project, Cio-Cio San inMadama Butterfly with High Desert Opera, and the Mother in James Darrah’s staging of Händel’s L'allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato as a guest artist at UCLA. Previous roles with Pacific Opera Project include acclaimed turns as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She has been performing with Los Angeles Opera's Outreach program since 2008, bringing opera to people all over Los Angeles County.
Katherine Giaquinto Powers (Musetta) - Lauded as “smart singer” with a “gorgeous, clear lyric soprano voice” (Operaworld.com), Canadian-American soprano Katherine Giaquinto Powers is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began her performing career as a professional actress in Canadian film and television. Katherine made a splash with LA Opera’s 2015 Figaro Unbound series when she stepped in with less than two weeks notice for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia under the baton of Maestro James Conlon. In April 2016, Maestro Conlon invited her to sing three previously undiscovered songs for his Recovered Voices Project. She made her LA Opera debut in 2015 in the Grammy Award-winning production of The Ghosts of Versailles. In 2014, Katherine sang Stella in a critically-acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Previous roles also include the Prima Donna in Donizetti’s Viva la mamma, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, all with Pacific Opera Project. Other previous roles include Alice in Falstaff – both at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2009 and at UCLA in 2008; Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; the title role in The Merry Widow; and, in 2010, a return to her background as a professional swordfighter as Clorinda in Monterverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at CCM. In the 2016/2017 season she joined Long Beach Opera as one of their Company Artists, for which she performed the one-woman opera The Diary of Anne Frank. Katherine joins LBO as a Company Artist again for their 2017/2018 season. Katherine serves as the founding Vocal Arts Director at the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley. She received her Master of Music degree from CCM, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, conductor Michael Christ Powers.
Dane Suarez (Rodolfo) - Lauded for his "warm and robust tenore spinto” and “pure earth-shaking lyricism,” Dane Suarez is in high demand for his “golden throated” tenor. He sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as a 2014 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and made his John F. Kennedy Center debut in 2015 with Washington National Opera as Ely Parker in Glass’s Appomattox. This season, Mr. Suarez made his New York City Opera debut in his "completely winning" performance as Joe in La fanciulla del West and joined Opera San José as a resident artist where he performs the roles of Alfredo (La traviata), Ruggero (La rondine), and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer). In 2016, he was pictured on the front page of the Arts Section of The New York Times for his “beautiful, soaring, and moving” performance as Cavaradossi (Tosca) with LoftOpera that “brought down the house.” Other recent credits include: Rodolfo (La bohème) and Il Duca (Rigoletto) at Opera in the Heights; Don José (La tragédie de Carmen), Beppe (Pagliacci), and Borsa (Rigoletto) at Opera Memphis; Don José (Carmen) at Aspen Music Festival; Rodolfo (La bohème) at Crested Butte Music Festival; Flaminio (L'amore dei tre re) at Sarasota Opera; Marcellus (Hamlet) at Fort Worth Opera; and Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Opera North. Future engagements include marrying soprano Kerriann Otaño and starting a life together with their adorable puggle Frankie.
Alex DeSocio (Marcello) - referred to by The New York Times as having a, “Buttery, booming baritone.” He received his BM in Voice from Northwestern University and his MM at the University of Maryland with the Maryland Opera Studio. He is a former resident artist with Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Colorado. In addition, Alex is a two time alumni of the Merola Opera Program. His recent professional experience includes, El Dancairo in Carmen with Fort Worth Opera, Schaunard in La boheme with The Charleston Opera, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with LoftOpera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Fort Collins, and Ramiro in L’heure espagnole with Opera Memphis. Previous competitions of mention are, finalist Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, a two time Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner of the Sullivan Foundation Grant, 1st place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, 1st place Opera Birmingham Competition, and 1st place Shreveport Opera Competition. Future engagements include, Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Miami Summer Festival, Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Livermore Valley Opera, Lescaut in Manon with Opera Santa Barbara, and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette with Opera Birmingham.
E. Scott Levin (Schaunard) - described as having a “smooth, buttery voice,” “incredibly sharp timing,” and “a gifted comic actor,” has been making audiences laugh for the past fifteen years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Since moving to Los Angeles, Scott has regularly performed with Pacific Opera Project as Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La bohème, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Sacristan in Tosca, and KoKo in The Mikado among others. In addition, Scott has performed with Long Beach Opera, Townsend Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Celestial Opera, Center Stage Opera, Redlands Opera Theater, and Orange County Opera. He recently made debuts at Opera Santa Barbara as the Badger/Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen and Los Angeles Opera “Off-Grand” as Babayan (Bartolo) in Figaro 90210!. In 2015, Scott made his LAO mainstage debut as Dr. Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, starring Placido Domingo and under the direction of Woody Allen.
Keith ColClough (Colline) - Bass-baritone Keith Colclough is equally at home as a performer, scholar, and educator. Maintaining an active performing career, his past credits include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Santa Barbara, Pacific Opera Project, LACMA Sundays Live, the Salastina Society, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. He has also worked as a studio artist at Opera Santa Barbara, and as a member of OSB’s improvisational OperaLab outreach program for elementary schools. Past roles range from Copland to Monteverdi, including Truffaldino in Aridane auf Naxos, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte. Keith was featured as a soloist in Shostakovich’s 14 Symphony with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Music Academy of the West Orchestra. Additional performing credits include vocal fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Opera Center, and Songfest. A former Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Dr. Colclough now serves on the voice faculty at Pepperdine University. He also served on the vocal faculty at the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles.
William Grundler (Benoit/Alcindoro/Parpignol) - An alumnus of Cal State Northridge and a Los Angeles resident, William has performed with numerous companies throughout Southern California including Pasadena Opera, Center Stage Opera, Independent Opera Company and Vineyard Touring Opera. Roles William has performed include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don José in Carmen, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and the title role in Werther. This year William will also perform as Hermann in The Queen of Spades, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem. William has composed works for CSUN Studio Ensemble, Vineyard Touring Opera, and churches through Los Angeles. William is the music director of Grace Lutheran Church of Ventura.