Meet Our Artists

Past & Upcoming Performers

Andrew Adelsberger - Bass-baritone

Andrew AdelsbergerBass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger (Usher/Uberto), performed most recently as Uberto/ La Serva Padrona, the Usher/Trial by Jury, Don Magnifico/ La Cenerentola (Opera Fort Collins).  Other roles include Major General Stanley/The Pirates of Penzance (Young Victorian Theater), Gianni Schicchi/Gianni Schicchi (Hubbard Hall Opera Theater), and Dr. Bartolo/Il barbiere di Siviglia (Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater).  He has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Lafayette, and with the late Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Music from University of Maryland where he performed extensively with Maryland Opera Studio.  With the In Series, Andrew was most recently seen as Hans Eisler in Kabarett/Cabaret.

Alex Alburqueque - Baritone

Alex AlburquequePeruvian native baritone Alex Alburqueque (Vespone/Counsel for Defense) studied Vocal Performance at the University of Maryland under the guidance of renowned American baritone Dominic Cossa. He has worked alongside Gregory Buchalter from The Metropolitan Opera, Lucy Arner from New Jersey Verismo Opera, and Carlos Palacios from Teatro Argentino de la Plata. He recently sung the role of Escamillo in the In Series & The Washington Ballet’s Carmen in Havana, as well as Vespone in La Serva Padrona, and the Counsel for the Defense in Trial by Jury. He has portrayed the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Schaunard in La Boheme, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Hilarion in La Verbena de la Paloma, among others. He has worked with Washington National Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington DC, Opera Bel Cantanti, Teatro Lirico DC, and Opera NOVA.

Leo Alvarez - Percussion

Leo Alvarez (Percussion) can be heard nationally and internationally as a percussionist and set drummer. He is a voice artist for the Spanish radio and television stations in Washington, DC metropolitan area. Leo has recorded with many artists including Alex Acuna, Chris Vadala and Abraham Laroriel, and has performed extensively throughout South America. Currently, he collaborates with 123 Andrés, the 2016 Latin Grammy winner for Best Children’s Album.

Detra Battle - Soprano

Debra BattleSoprano Detra Battle has been a featured guest artist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, National Chamber Orchestra, National Cathedral Choral Society, She has also performed in the German and French Embassies, Prague-Czech Republic, Nassau-Bahamas, Melbourne-Australia and in concert halls throughout the United States including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. She has won local and national vocal competitions. Ms. Battle received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Performance at The Catholic University of America. She now teaches privately in her home, ministers through song, directing the Children’s Choir and singing at the City of Zion Church, in Laurel, Maryland and continues to use her gift of encouragement

Alisa Bernstein - Dancer

Alisa Bernstein (Dancer) is grateful for this opportunity to perform again with the In Series. In the past, she has appeared in other In Series productions, including La Vida BreveLa Verbena de La PalomaLa Gran Via, and Barber and Barberillo.  Alisa began her Spanish dance journey over a decade ago with the Spanish Dance Society in Washington, DC, where she studied under Jaime Coronado, Lourdes Elias and Nancy Sedgwick.  She periodically travels to Seville for flamenco classes, and has studied with artists including Rosario Toledo, Antonio Vargas, Manolo Marin, and La Tati, among others. During the day, Alisa enjoys her work as a speech-language pathologist based out of Bethesda, MD.

Peter J. Burroughs - Tenor

Peter BurroughesTenor Peter J. Burroughs was last seen as Don Jose in the In Series’ Carmen in Havana. has appeared with Washington National Opera in roles including Aníbal in Luisa Fernanda, Maintop in Billy Budd, Remendado in Carmen, and, most recently, Lamponaio in Manon Lescaut. With the In Series he has appeared as Paco (La vida breve), Roberto (Le Villi), Pedrillo (Abduction from the Seraglio), Basilio/Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro), Julian (La Verbena de la Paloma), Mr. Angel (Impresario), Satyavan (Savitri), Felipe (La Revoltosa), Canio (I Pagliacci) and Lamparilla (Barberillo de Lavapies). Peter has sung Monostatos in Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Die Zauberflöte, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos with St. Petersburg Opera Company, Remendado with Opera Tampa, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Carroll Opera. In March he will sing Gastone in Opera Tampa’s La Traviata and will perform with Carlos and Anamer in Havana, Cuba. Peter is creator and central character of Zarzuelita Latina, an In Series outreach production that introduces hundreds of DCPS children to Spanish and Latin-American music & dance.

Anamer Castrello - Mezzo

AnamerMezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello was last seen at the In Series as Carmen in Carmen in Havana. Praised by the Washington Post as “Castrello has a powerful and passionate voice…round and clear with a smoky finish” is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She holds a DMA in Vocal Performance from CUA. She has delighted audiences in appearances with many orchestras and opera companies in the Washington DC area and abroad. Recently signed by George M. Martynuk Artists Management, Anamer was a featured soloist in the September, 2015 televised, Canonization Mass of Junípero Serra, celebrated by Pope Francis, held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, DC. She also made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Hall performing Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto Quartet. Other roles include: Strawberry Woman/Lily in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Mamma Lucia in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Gertrude in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Currently Anamer is a Teaching Artist with the Kennedy Center, and the Lyric Opera of Baltimore Education and Community Programs.

Jaely Chamberlain - Soprano

MT HeadshotAustralian native Jaely Chamberlain (Soprano) is quickly establishing herself as a “pitch-perfect, compelling soprano” (Berkshire Fine Arts) with “emotion that doesn’t quit and a talented voice to match” (The Writers Bloc).  A versatile performer currently based in the Mid-Atlantic Region, her expertise spans from the classical repertoire to the standards of jazz and musical theater. Highlights from the 2015/16 season included role debuts as Musetta (La Bohème) with Colorado’s Crested Butte Music Festival and Nannetta (Falstaff) with Virginia’s Shakespeare Opera Theatre.  Other appearances included a recital of arias and duets with Washington Concert Opera, a televised performance of Barber’s Hermit Songs with Ensemble Deburau, and her ensemble debut with the Washington National Opera in Carmen.  Recent accolades include an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies. Ms. Chamberlain has been a Young Artist with the Crested Butte Music Festival and Hubbard Hall Opera, and an Apprentice Artist with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival.  She earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the esteemed Maryland Opera Studio, and holds Bachelors Degrees in music education and voice performance, both from Shepherd University. www.jaelysoprano.com

Simon Charette - Bass-baritone

Simon Charette HeadshotSimon Charette  Recognized for his dark and resonant voice, French-Canadian bass-baritone Simon Charette is making a name for himself as a versatile singer-actor, perfectly at ease in both serious and comic parts. Simon recently sang his first Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Tidewater Opera in Norfolk, VA. He also recently performed in a concert at the Residence of the French Ambassador in Washington, DC, with the famous mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet. Recent roles include Surintendant des Plaisirs (Cendrillon) with Bel Cantanti Opera and Prince de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Riverbend Opera in Washington, DC. He also appeared in concert at the Austrian Embassy and at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. Other roles include the Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Mathieu (Andrea Chénier), Max Detweiler (The Sound of Music) and Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro). He made his European debut in 2013 in the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Lucca, Italy. After receiving a Master’s degree from the Université de Montréal, he furthered his training at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (London, Ontario), at the American Institute for Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) and at the Accademia Europa dell’Opera (Lucca, Italy). Simon teaches music at Rochambeau, the French International School in Bethesda, MD, and conducts the Choir of the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

Melissa Chavez - Soprano

Melissa ChavezSoprano Melissa Chavez has been acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Recent roles and covers include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Laurie (The Tender Land) Beatrice (Beatrice et Bénédict), Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), Micaela (Carmen), Carmela (La Vida Breve), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). From 2012 – 2015, Ms. Chávez was a young artist at the Castleton Festival, under the direction of the late Maestro Lorin Maazel.  This summer, she will travel to Trentino, Italy to perform Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  She performs regularly in the DC area as a recitalist and with DC Opera on Tap.  Ms. Chávez is a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition and numerous NATS competitions. www.melissajeanchavez.com

Oscar Ceville

Oscar Ceville is a GALA Theatre company member, he has appeared in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, The House of Desires, The Young Lady from Tacna, Anna in the Tropics, the Knight from Olmedo, among others. Last fall he appeared in the world premiere of Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage. Oscar is also company member of Factory 449. D.C. credits include Zorro (Constellation Theatre); The New World Order and Other Plays (Scena Theatre); and Host & Guest (Synetic Theatre). Regional credits Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas); The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Atahualpa); Jeffrey (Steve). In Panama he received the Escena Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves.

Frank Conlon - Pianist

Frank Conlon - Pianist

Frank Conlon – Pianist

Frank Conlon (Pianist) has appeared at most of the colleges and concert halls in the greater Washington area, and he has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, India and Japan. He has played in New York City at the Carnegie Recital Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, in Philadelphia at the Robin Hood Dell, and here in Washington at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Pan American Union, Dumbarton Oaks, and Wolf Trap Farm Park. He has appeared as concerto soloist with many local orchestras, and he has collaborated with countless soloists and chamber music groups. He has been the director of liturgical music and organist at the Church of the Annunciation for 40 years and the choir director/pianist at Temple Rodef Shalom for 38 years. He is on the faculty of George Washington University and he has taught at Catholic University, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and George Mason University. He has also served as an artist-in-residence for the D.C. Public School System.

Kelly Curtain - Soprano

Kelly Curtin, lyric coloratura soprano, has been praised for her “stunning soprano”
(broadwayworld.com) and “divine high notes” (dcmetrotheaterarts.com). She has performed
such roles as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Eurydice (Orfée aux Enfers), Olympia (Les
Contes d’Hoffmann), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Le Feu and Le
Rossignol ( L’enfant et les sortilèges), Despina (Così fan tutte), Frasquita (Carmen), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Valentina (Later the Same Evening), Ms. Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Rose (Street Scene) and Angelina (Trial by Jury). She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as Poussette in a concert version of Manon at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Curtin begins her season with the InSeries in their production of The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night. She reprises that roles later in the fall with Shreveport Opera and Bel Cantanti Opera. Ms. Curtin then returns to Montana as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Helena Symphony, and returns to St. Petersburg Opera (FL) as the First Lady in their production of Die Zauberflöte. More information is available at www.kellycurtin.com.

Cornelius David - Tenor

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Cornelius David is a DC-based tenor fluent in opera, musical theatre, and everything in between. He has been seen this year with the inSeries in A Simple Melody – The Magic of Irving Berlin and in Who’s the Boss? Other recent DC credits include: ensemble in Dead Man Walking and Don Giovanni with the Washington National Opera, Joe in Looking for Roberto Clemente, Pete Seeger in Love Songs from the Liberation Wars, Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Robin Hood, and Fenton in Falstaff. In his 2017-2018 season, he is currently set to perform in the ensemble of Candide and Alcina with WNO. He also performs as a soloist with various choral organizations, including the Loudoun Chorale, the Reston Chorale, the Saint Luke Festival Orchestra, and the Washington Master Chorale. He received a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, where he studied under soprano Donna Roll. When not singing, he works as an academic coach with Private Prep, specializing in test prep, high school sciences and upper level mathematics.www.corneliusjdavid.com.

 

Kenneth Derby - Baritone

Kenneth DerbyBaritone Kenneth Derby has performed in five productions with the In Series including Pizarro in Fidelio, “By Gershwin!”, as Friedrich Holländer (“Kabarett & Cabaret”), and as Mr. Splinters (“The Tender Land”).  In Germany and Austria he performed Scarpia (“Tosca”), Dulcamara (“The Elixir of Love”),  Baron Zeta (“The Merry Widow”), Senator Delacqua (“One Night in Venice”), Krushina (“The Bartered Bride”), Alcindoro (“La Bohème”), M. André (“The Phantom of the Opera”), Max von Mayerling (“Sunset Boulevard”), Georges (“La Cage aux folles”), Juan Perón (“Evita”) and created roles in three world premieres:  Captain Cat (“Under Milk Wood”), Sgt. Pluck (“The Third Policeman”) and Dr. Schön (“Lulu – the Musical”) Locally he has also performed Hans Shroter (“If All the Sky Were Paper”) Kennedy Center, Grimsby (“The Little Mermaid”) Olney Theatre Center and Judge Turpin (“Sweeney Todd”) Red Branch Theatre. Further productions include Don Quixote/Cervantes (“Man of La Mancha”) Greenbier Valley Theatre, Fredrik Egerman (“A Little Night Music”) Opera Cleveland and the St. Petersburg Opera, Dick Deadeye (“HMS Pinafore”) with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, as well as productions with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis MUNY, Sarasota Opera and Maine State Music Theatre.

Terry Eberhardt - Baritone

Baritone Terry N. Eberhardt received his Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Masters Degree in Opera Performance at The University of Maryland Opera Studio. Mr. Eberhardt, is well known to Baltimore audiences with performances in The Magic Flute as Papageno, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and in La Boheme as Marcello with The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, Inc. Mr. Eberhardt has performed Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte with the In Series in Washington D.C.

Renae Erichsen-Teal - Mezzo

Erichsen-Teal_RenaeMezzo-Soprano Renae Erichsen-Teal most recently performed with the In Series as a Juror in Trial By Jury and in the ensemble of The Tender Land. Previous DC credits include Janice in The DOMA Diaries as Capital Fringe Festival.  Before relocating to Washington D.C. in 2015, Renae worked in Houston, TX where she sang in the Houston Symphony Chorus’s 2014-2015 Season.  She graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2014 with Bachelor’s degrees in both Vocal Performance and Acting.  During the summer 2013 season, she worked as the Assistant Music Director for Trumpet in the Land, an outdoor theatre company in New Philadelphia, Ohio. She was featured in the ensemble of their production of All Shook Up, as well as the lead Catharine Mallot in The White Savage. Favorite credits include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Ado Annie in Oklahoma!. See more at www.renaeerichsen.com.

Fairouz E. Foty - Soprano

Fairouz E. Foty received her Bachelor Degree in Music and Africana Studies from Lafayette College in 2011 and continued her studies at Westminster Choir College, where she earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with a Performance emphasis.  As a professional opera singer she has studied with Carlos César Rodriguez for more than ten years and debuted with Carol Opera Company as Micaëla in Carmen.  As a Master’s student she performed the roles of Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi through Westminster Choir College Opera.  In 2014 she completed the Bel Canto Le Chiavi Program with University of Houston and the Carol Yahr Summer Opera Scenes Workshop where she sung Mimì from Act III of La Bohème.  She is currently the Co-Director of Music at Foty Fusion Productions and the Assistant Director of Operations of ROMEZ3arts where she is a member of the Romez Trio. Fairouz will perform with the Romez Trio as they make their formal debut this January at The Art’s Club of Washington as part of the series Evening with Extraordinary Artists.  As a member of the Romez trio she performed for the AFTA (Arts for the Aging) Capricorn fundraiser at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington DC and the 28th Annual AFTA Gala.  Through the mentorship of AFTA performing artist Peter Burroughs, Ms. Foty participated in a joint program with AFTA and the Kensington Park Senior living center entitled Rifiorirà: La Traviata.  This past August she debuted with Hubbard Hall Opera, singing Voluptua in La pizza con funghi and studying the role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.   This November she performed with WORD Dance theatre in Chambers of the Heart and received a stunning review by DC Theatre Scene “I was nearly brought to tears by the hauntingly gorgeous voice of Fairouz Foty as she sang an operatic aria”   This past spring she performed in Havana Cuba as part of a cultural exchange and has been invited back along with the other teaching artists to perform this April.  Fairouz’s musical foundation began through Arabic music where her father, a virtuosic oud and Arabic singer, taught her and her four siblings how to play and sing in Arabic. She is in the process of using her Western Opera skills to create a unique genre of Arabic Opera that focuses on the works of early 20th century Arabic composers and musicians.  Currently she maintains a private voice studio and is a faculty teacher at Middle C Music.  Fairouz is very excited to make her In Series debut as Rosario in Goyescas.

Laura Wehrmeyer Fuentes - Soprano

Laura FuentesLaura Wehrmeyer Fuentes’s is past In Series roles include: Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), Clemenza di Tito (Servilia), Love Potion #1 (Gianetta), WAM (Susanna/Bastienne/Blondchen), From Shuffle to Showboat (Natasha), Maria La O (Tula), Carmen (Frasquita), Noel and Cole (Norah), Casino Paradise (Doxie). Washington Savoyards: HMS Pinafore (Josephine), The Zoo (Laetitia). Victorian Lyric Opera: Desirée (Desirée), Ruddigore (Rose Maybud), The Gypsy Baron (Arsena). International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival (UK): Iolanthe (Phyllis), Patience (ensemble), The Mikado (ensemble). Signature Theatre: Les Misérables (swing/ensemble), Anyone Can Whistle in concert (soprano soloist/ensemble), Tamar and the River workshop (The River). Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Phantom of the Opera (Christine). Other Musical Theatre: The Secret Garden (Lily), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). Symphony Orchestra of Arlington: Paul Leavitt Requiem, SOA Goes Broadway, Letter Scene (Eugene Onegin). Laura holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Towson University, where she studied with Gran Wilson.

Lewis Freeman - Baritone

Lewis FreemanBaritone Lewis Freeman performs widely in the Mid-Atlantic area and abroad.  Lew has appeared with the In Series in numerous productions, most recently as the Judge in Trial by Jury and Simone in Gianni Schicchi, He has been a featured soloist with the Washington National Opera, Washington Bach Consort, National Symphony, New Dominion Chorale, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera International, Detmolder Jugendorchester (Detmold, Germany), Cathedral Choral Society, Columbus Symphony and Greenville Symphony. Among his 70+ roles in opera, oratorio, theatre, musical theatre and film are Pasquale in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, both Figaro and Don Bartolo in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Ferapont in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, the title roles in The Mikado and Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Lew is an Associate Artist with award-winning Constellation Theatre in Washington, DC.  A Highland County, VA resident, he teaches voice privately and at Valley Music Academy in Waynesboro, VA.

Raymond Ghattas - Baritone

Baritone Raymond Ghattas is one of Lebanon’s most promising artists. Born in Beirut, Raymond started his musical career with sacred and choral music. His passion for classical music lead Raymond to pursue studies in opera singing, music performance and musicology in Lebanon and Italy where he was coached by the Soprano Silvana Ferraro over a period of two years.

He continues to develop his technique by pursuing master classes mainly in the USA and Europe with well renowned conductors, voice teachers, and coaches. Meanwhile he conducted a rich career across the Middle East, Europe and the USA where he performed in productions of mainly Italian Operas such as Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci (Italy 2014), L’elisir d’amore (Lebanon, 2012) and Le Nozze de Figaro (Lebanon, 2010), as well as the Russian Opera of Ruslan and Ludmila (USA, 2016). Raymond’s concert experience is diverse in genre including religious and classic compositions. The latest being a performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York for the “Mass of Children” of John Rutter and Messa di Gloria of Giacomo Puccini. Raymond’s professional experience includes also six years of experience as a teacher of vocal repertoire at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.

Annie Gill - Soprano

annie gill bwSoprano Annie Gill made her debut as a Soprano Soloist in the Fantastical Beethoven concert with the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral under the baton of the late J. Reilly Lewis, conductor. She has received awards from the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs, Russell C. Wonderlic Voice Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. Past roles include the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and Massenet’s Manon, La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaëla in Carmen Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Mimì and Musetta (La Bohème), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Pamina (The Magic Flute) with companies including Opera Camerata of Washington, Opera AACC, Opera NOVA, and Opera in the Ozarks. In addition to her classical singing career, Ms. Gill is a voice over artist and acts in commercials and television, notably appearing as the “Opera Singer” in the Season 2 Finale of House of Cards.

Adriana Gonzalez - Soprano

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Soprano Adriana González was born in Mexico City and raised in Texas where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. Upon moving to Washington, D.C. she held positions with various choruses and now holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory.  Ms. González made her operatic debut as Angelica in Suor Angelica with the 2008 Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and  recently had the honor of performing a solo recital at the U.S. Department of State headquarters on behalf of the Cultural Institute of Mexico. She currently sings with the Washington Master Chorale, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and was the War Widow/Ensemble in Idomeneo, First Witch in Dido & Aeneas, Ensemble in Clemenza di Tito, Soloist in Cabaret Latino, Nella in Gianni Schicchi,  Fortune Teller in Heart of Madrid, and the Soloist in the Outreach Production of  Cri Cri: El Grillito Cantor and Adriana and Cantaora in La Vida Breve and most recently, Adriana, was a featured soloist in Latino Music Fever with the In Series.

Cara Gonzalez - Soprano

cara gonzolezSoprano Cara Gonzalez is thrilled to be making her In Series debut in Goyescas. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Gonzalez holds degrees in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Operatic roles include Saffi (The Gypsy Baron) with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company; Jessie (Mahagonny Songspiel), Mrs. Noah (Hotel Eden), the Second Lady (The Magic Flute) with Peabody Opera; Countess (The Mariage of Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen), and Musetta (La Bohème) with the American University Summer Opera Workshop; and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. She has appeared as a soloist in concerts with the World Bank Chorale, Coral Cantigas, and the Song Club of Washington. Ms. Gonzalez is a two-time winner of the Maryland/DC competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a Grand Prize winner of the DC-based Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Competition. She is best known for her interpretation of the official Spanish-language translation of the Star-Spangled Banner (El Pendón Estrellado) for the National Museum of American History. Ms. Gonzalez is a soprano soloist at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church and teaches voice independently in Montgomery County and Baltimore.

Emma Leigh Gwin - Soprano

Gwin_EmmaSoprano Emma Leigh Gwin is a native of Blacksburg, Virginia.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from James Madison University in the studio of Dr. Carrie Stevens, and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from George Mason University in the Studio of Patricia Miller.  Recent roles include Angelina/Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Musetta (La Bohéme), Rosa Bud (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Le Feu (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Madame Goldentrill (The Impresario), and First Lady (The Magic Flute).  In 2015, Emma received first place in both classical and musical theatre categories in the Virginia & Midatlantic Regional NATS competitions.  She was also a winner in the George Mason University concerto competition in the spring of 2016.  Emma recently made her professional debut as Eliza (My Fair Lady) with Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre and is currently an Apprentice Artist with Opera Roanoke for their 2016/17 season.

Chris Herman - Mezzo

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Mezzo Chris Herman’s (Ensemble/Notary) In Series credits include Goyescas, Trial By JuryDon Giovanni, La vida breve/¡Viva zarzuela!, A Hand of Bridge/El barberillo de Lavapiés), Dido and Aeneas, and María la O/I pagliacci. Chris has also appeared with Maryland Lyric Opera, Opera Camerata, Riverbend Opera Company, and Zarzuela Di Si; roles performed include the Monitor Sister in Suor Angelica, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Believer 1 in Pflueger’s Children in the Mist, Sally/Ida in Die Fledermaus, and Abel in La tabernera del puerto. Additionally, she covered multiple roles for Forgotten Opera Company’s recent premiere of Do Not Disturb (Pflueger/Fuentes). Chris served as the alto section leader for Washington’s Latino chorus, Cantigas, and has been a guest chorister with the Heritage Signature Chorale and Washington Performing Arts. Upcoming engagements include Amahl and the Night Visitors (Maryland Lyric Opera) and Goyescas (The In Series). Chris studies with Anamer Castrello and Carlos César Rodríguez.

Jesús Daniel Hernández - Tenor

Jesus daniel hernandezTenor Jesús Daniel Hernández (Jaquino) was born and raised in Juarez Mexico, and moved to the United States as a teenager. In 2003 Mr Hernández chose to enlist in the US Army, and soon after, volunteered to serve in a Chemical Unit being deployed to Iraq. In 2007, a chance encounter with Plácido Domingo in San Antonio, TX changed his life. After a concert given by Maestro Domingo, Specialist Hernández asked if he could sing for the great tenor to see what the Maestro thought of his voice. Upon hearing the young soldier sing, Maestro Domingo invited the tenor to join the prestigious Plácido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera. After an honorable discharge in 2008, Mr Hernández moved to Washington, DC to pursue his boyhood dream of being a professional singer. While a participant in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Mr Hernández performed with The Washington National Opera in the productions of Lucrezia Borgia-G. Donizetti, La Traviata-G. Verdi (YA), Falstaff-G. Verdi (WNO Look-In), Marriage of Figaro-W. Mozart, and in Hamlet-A. Thomas. Mr Hernandez’s other roles have included performances in Fidelio-Jaquino, Rigoletto-G. Verdi, La Boheme-G. Puccini, The Merry Widow-F. Lehar, A hand of Bride-S. Barber, Pulcinella-I. Stravinsky, Andrea Chenier-H. Giordano, and the zarzuela El duo de la Africana. His experience includes concert performances for NEA Opera Honors ceremonies, the Horatio Awards at the United States Supreme Court, and numerous concerts in Europe.

Sara Herrera - Dancer

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Sara Herrera (Dancer) hails from good ol’ Fort Worth, Texas where she received extensive training from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Sara has taught dance for over 15 years and is currently enjoying the life as a freelance artist, where she has had the opportunity to work with DC dance and theater companies such as DancEthos, darlingdance, Erica Rebollar, Roxann Morgan Rowley, MoCo Dance Alliance, Esperonto Bean, The In Series, Rasa Arts Collective and Imagination Stage. Sara is in her third season as director of her company, ArasDance, she is the founder of the Petworth Dance series and the Petworth Arts Collaborative. She is a wife and mom to her beautiful family and also one of those crazy triathletes. Sara has just finished the DC premiere of Dance Place’s production of What’s Going On: Life, Love, and Social Justice inspired by the music of Marvin Gaye. They begin touring for the 2017-2018 season. You can catch Sara up next in Imagination Stage’s early childhood production of Paper Dreams in collaboration with Barcelona dance company, Mons Dansa.

Sammy Huh - Tenor

Korean-American tenor Sammy Huh is an accomplished performer and teacher based in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has received praise for his “resonant and full” voice (DC Metro Theatre Arts) and “sincere and admirable simplicity” (Voce di Meche). Mr. Huh has made solo appearances with esteemed companies and venues across the eastern seaboard. Institutions include Opera Camerata of Washington, The Virginia Consort, Maryland Opera Studio, Lincoln Center – Alice Tully Hall, Washington Opera Society, Juilliard Opera, Arts Club of Washington, Embassy of South Korea, Strathmore Mansion, Central Maryland Chorale, Smithsonian American Art Museum-Renwick Gallery, and the President’s Residence at University of Maryland. He is a graduate from young artist residencies such as Chautauqua Opera Company, Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and Manhattan Summer Voice Festival. As an ensemble artist, he sings with the Washington National Opera and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). He has sung in masterclasses with Daniel Ferro, Malcolm Martineau, Mignon Dunn, Mark Padmore, and Anne Manson. He is the recipient of awards from the Enrico Caruso Memorial Scholarship, National Society of Arts and Letters, Young Singers Foundation and the Lucrezia Bori Grant. Mr. Huh received his Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and Master of Music with the University of Maryland-Opera Studio. A passionate educator, he serves on the voice faculty at University of Maryland – Baltimore County and Shepherd University. He is a proud student of tenor Gran Wilson.

Bryan Jackson - Baritone

byron jacksonBaritone Bryan Jackson is thrilled to be back at the In Series. Past roles include Scarpia in Tosca for The American Center for Puccini Studies (ACPS); Marcello in La Bohème for Belcantanti; Guglielmo Wolf in Puccini’s Le Villi with the Piedmont Orchestra (VA), baritone soloist for the Gala Lirica Concert commemorating the reopening of the Teatro Nacional of Panama and frequent appearances with the Washington National Opera. Past In Series credits include Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Men, Death in Gustav Holst’s Savitri. He has also sung roles for Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, the American Center for Puccini Studies, The Amato Opera (NYC) and The Aria Club of DC. Bryan won second place in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria (AIMS 2002) and was a Mac Allister Award semi-finalist. He is the music and choral director at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.

Byron Jones - Tenor

Version 2Tenor Byron Jones is well known to area audiences, having performed regularly for almost three decades in opera, concert, recital and intimate cabaret settings, in such venues as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Opera House, and Millennium Stage, Lisner Auditorium, Atlas Theatre, as well as numerous regional theatres and recital/concert spaces. A versatile artist, he continually seeks out new challenges. Jones has received critical praise for his warmth of tone and clear diction. He has performed with the IN Series, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, and Florentine Opera. He remains active as a singer and stage director.

Dr. Jones is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. A specialist in languages, especially French, he has given master classes for the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers and the American Singers Opera Project. He is part of the voice faculty at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake NY.

He holds degrees in French Language and Literature from the Universities of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Massachusetts-Amherst degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland-College Park (Maryland Opera Studio) and Shenandoah University.

Samuel Keeler - Tenor

Sam KeelerTenor Samual Keeler’s past In Series credits include: Defendant/Edwin in Trial By Jury, Chris in The Cole Porter Project: It’s Alright With Me, Giuseppe in Verdi’s La Traviata, and most recently as Ferrando (Randy) in Cosi fan Tutte Goes Hollywood. Other performances include Don Curzio in Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro with the Maryland Opera Society, Benedict in Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict with the Shakespeare Opera Theatre, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera AACC. As a chorus member he has performed with the Caramoor Music Center as an apprentice artist and was recently seen in Lyric Opera Baltimore’s productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Roméo et Juliette. Upcoming performances include ensemble roles with Baltimore Concert Opera and Maryland Lyric Opera. He will also appear as Tamino in Opera AACC’s production of Die Zauberflöte in January 2016. He holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance as well as a B.A. in Italian Language, both from the University of Maryland.

Heidi Kershaw - Dancer

Heidi Kershaw (Dancer) is delighted to return to The In-Series, having collaborated as both performer and choreographer, most notably as Candela in Jaime Coronado’s and Alan Paul’s El Amor Brujo.  From Springfield, VA, Heidi received her initial dance training from The Virginia Ballet Company, began her performing career with The Spanish Dance Theatre of The Spanish Dance Society, and earned her B.F.A, Magna Cum Laude in Dance, from George Mason University.  She has been privileged to have performed with and served as both dance captain and AGMA union delegate in over 30 different productions with the Arizona, New York Metropolitan, Santa Fe, and Washington National Opera companies.  Heidi made her musical theater debut in the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story, later performing as a principal dancer in Showboat at The Kennedy Center, as Kristine in A Chorus Line with Olney Theatre Center, and most recently in Kiss Me Kate with The Shakespeare Theatre.  Heidi is currently an early dance division faculty member at Maryland Youth Ballet in addition to being a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

Suzanne Lane - Soprano

A DC-based singer and actor, Suzanne Lane is happy to be returning to the In Series after her company debut as Norina in Don Pasquale. Selected DC theater credits include The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (Mary-Kate) at Studio Theatre, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Carousel at Olney Theatre Center, Knuffle Bunny (Trixie) and James and the Giant Peach (Spider, 2017 Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Ensemble) at Adventure Theatre MTC, Into the Woods (Rapunzel) at NextStop Theatre, and Urinetown (Hope) with Monumental Theatre Company. Before moving to DC, Suzanne worked with Cimarron Opera Company in Oklahoma, performing the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Miles in The Turn of the Screw. At the University of Oklahoma, Suzanne was the recipient of the Marilyn Horne Vocal Performance Scholarship, and studied with the legendary Ms. Horne regularly in lessons and masterclasses. Upcoming: On the Town (Lucy) at Olney Theatre Center. www.suzannelane.com

Jarrod Lee - Bass

American bass-baritone Jarrod Lee (Bass) hails from Sylacauga, Alabama and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Jarrod’s performances have received critical acclaim from Washington Post and Opera Today. Jarrod is a 2016 competition finalist with both Annapolis Opera, the Harlem Opera Theater and a fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and School where he performed the roles of Benoît, Alcindoro in Puccini’s La bohème, and Somarone in Béatrice et Benedict by Berlioz. In past seasons, he performed the roles Paulus and Hlabeni in Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill and SNCC Man in Appomattox by Philip Glass with the Washington National Opera. In 2013 he participated in a masterclass given by Eric Owens in American Voices curated by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. In newer Operas Jarrod has performed the roles of Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire as Jaggers, Man with the Cornet Case in Postcard from Morocco and created the role of Joe Louis in Frank Proto’s Shadowboxer: An Opera Based on the Life of Joe Louis. As a featured soloist Jarrod had the honor of singing for President Barack Obama at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E Church in Washington, D.C. For updates: www.jarrodleeopera.com

Daniele Lorio - Soprano

Daniele lorioSoprano Daniele Lorio  has sung Ida in Die Fledermaus, Susan in A Dinner Engagement, Saffi in Zigeuner Baron, Gianetta in LʼElisir dʼAmore, Nora in Riders to the Sea, Celie in Signor Deluso, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Melpomene in the world premiere of Magnum OpusLa Cenerentola’s Clorinda with Washington Concert Opera, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito , Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni with In Series, and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. Ms. Lorio also performs oratorio and concert opera locally and regionally. Daniele has been called, “an exceptional dramatic soprano with superior acting skill,” with, “great promise for her on the operatic stage”. Anne Midgette of the Washington Post calls Lorio, “both physically and vocally sensual” and describes her as having a “big sweet sound”, with “full blown sensuality and a full blown voice”.

Tom Mirenda

Tom Mirenda (Ensemble/Jose) is elated to make his debut with the In Series and honored to be part of this very deep cast. Beginning his operatic life singing comprimario roles for Hawaii Opera Theater, Tom went on to play many legit musical theater roles in NYC including Zeus in In a Land Far Away with Wings theater Company. After migrating to Washington to pursue his career as the Orchid Collection Specialist at the Smithsonian, Tom quite recently appeared as the Padre in Man of La Mancha and as Pasquale in Most Happy Fella with the Arlington Players. A regular company member of Victorian Lyric Opera, Tom has played King Menelaus in La Belle Helene, Sir Marmaduke Poindexter in The Sorcerer, and Oswald in Haddon Hall. Some other favorite local credits include, Father (God) in Children of Eden with the St. Andrews Players, Audrey II (the Devil) in Little Shop of Horrors with the Providence Players. Recent regional credits include, Don Jose in Carmen and Nadiri in Pearlfishers with Amici Opera.

Garrett Matthews - Baritone

Baritone Garrett Matthews was seen most recently at the In Series in the ensembles of Don Pasquale,  Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody, and Goyescas. He was also recently seen at Source for Rainbow Theatre’s production of The DOMA Diaries as Oliver. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School in the studio of Cherie Caluda. Garrett Matthews’ has been a part of DC Capital Fringe two years in a row in the musical Awake All Night as well as the play The DOMA Diaries, he has appeared locally with The Arlington Player’s Man of La Mancha as Dr. Carrasco/The Duke, Heritage Player’s Thoroughly Modern Millie as Jimmy, and Laurel Mill Playhouse’s Sweeney Todd as Anthony Hope.

Elizabeth Mondragon - Mezzo

Elizabeth Mondragon - Mezzo

Elizabeth Mondragon (Mezzo) has appeared in multiple In Series productions this season after her premier as Ma Moss in The Tender Land.  She most recently starred in Irving Berlin: A Simple Melody, as well as  The Romantics III,  a salon style concert featuring Schumann and Enrique Granados’ Goyescas. Her performance experience ranges from traditional operatic productions to new music premieres. Principal roles include Carmen, Rosina, Dido and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, which she has performed with Amore Opera, Boston Lyric Opera’s ONE, Camerata Baroque, Maryland Lyric Opera, One World Symphony, Opera North and Regina Opera. As much a lover of concert and recital as opera, she has been a featured soloist with the Astoria Symphony, Central City Chorus, the Riverdale Choral Society and St. George’s Choral Society, performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater,Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Her enthusiasm for new music and working with living composers has led to her performing and premiering works by several local composers, as well as having established a regular collaboration with award-winning, New York City—based composer, David Sisco, whose songs she premiered at Carnegie Hall. www.elizabethmondragon.com

Suzette Ortiz - Pianist & Composer

Suzzette Ortiz is a passionate pianist, composer, and educator. Ms. Ortiz has performed nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with artists such as, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Compay Segundo, Brenda K. Starr and Hilton Ruiz.  Ms. Ortiz earned her bachelor degree in piano performance at El Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, as well as a master degree in education and composition at Temple University of Philadelphia, PA.  She also earned post graduate credits in choral conducting at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and New York City’s Julliard School of Music. Ms. Ortiz has recorded albums, most notably with Orquesta La Paz from Philadelphia. Their album, “Déjà Vu” was nominated for 4 Latin Grammys.  Ms. Ortiz’s latest CD is an all original Latin Jazz CD entitled “Renacer” (Re-birth). Her music not only portrays Latin Jazz, but world music as well. She is currently the new Artistic Director at AMLA music school where she strives to create social change through music. Read her full bio. 

Jase Parker - Dancer/Performer

Jase ParkerJase Parker was last seen with the In Series in By George, By Ira, and performed in the ensemble of The Tender Land, as the Soldier in L’histoire du Soldat and in Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, La Clemenza di Tito, Trouble in Tahiti/Casino ParadiseMaría la O/PagliacciLove Potion #1The Cole Porter Project, and Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads. Other roles include The King in The King and I, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, The Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe (DC Theatre Scene Audience Choice Award nomination [Favorite Actor, Musical]), Angel Dumott Schunard in RENT (WATCH Award nomination [Outstanding Featured Actor, Musical]), Death in Everyman, Valerie in Vanilla Latte, Raymond/LaQuanda Rae in Jilly Manilly, Anselmo in Man of La Mancha, Eddie in The Poet Warriors, Santo in The Other Day, Gay Kid in gleeam (FringeNYC), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Phil Dorsey in DC-7: La historia de Roberto Clemente, Francis in Night & Day, Chorus in The Bacchae, and he has understudied at Imagination Stage and the Kennedy Center. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre, magna cum laude. Susan Galbraith of DC Theatre Scene writes: “He is a performer of remarkable range and depth.”

Krislynn Perry - Mezzo

Krislynn PerryKrislynn T. Perry (Mezzo) is a native of Washington, DC. She was educated in the DC. Public school system and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Jazz vocal performance from the University of the District of Columbia. Krislynn holds a license in Cosmetology (24 yrs) and is the owner of a Esthetician practice in Alexandria, VA. She is also the creator of an all-natural body product line” Epiphany  makes scents”. Krislynn is a lover of theater and spends a lot of her time on stage. Some of her roles include: Dorothy, The Wiz; Lola, The Blue Angel; The Lady in Purple,  “Colored Girls”; Rhythm in “Bessie’s Blues. She was recently nominated for a Helen Hayes award for “Best Female Actress in a musical” in Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. She recently sang at the White House in honor of Black History Month(2016). Krislynn is married to her husband of 18 years, Reverend Vaughn D. Perry and are blessed with four children. Krislynn and her family currently reside in Washington, DC.

Sean Pflueger - Bass-baritone

sean pleugerBass-baritone Sean Pflueger’s Selected Roles include: Sarastro in The Magic Flute, The Count in John Phillip Sousa’s Desiree, Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Masetto & Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Gugliemo in Cosi Fan Tutte, Pooh-Bah & Pish-Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, Alcindoro/Benoit in La Boheme, Rambaldo in Puccini’s La rondine, Betto & Master Spinelloccio/Amatio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi, and St. Peter in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos.  Concert/Oratorio: Bass solos in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Canata 59, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War and Faure’s Requiem among others.  Mr. Pflueger is also a composer primarily for the voice; his body of work includes many vocal arrangements and choral works. His first opera “Children in the Mist”, based on the story entitled “The Mist” by Stephen King. His newest opera “Do Not Disturb” a farce, was performed at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival.

Patricia Portillo - Mezzo

Patricia pMezzo Patricia Portillo has been singing in the DC Metro area for over a decade. Previous engagements include Teatro Lirico of DC, Opera Camerata of Washington, and she has been a chorister with Washington National Opera since 2008. Her favorite roles at The In Series include: Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Flora (La Traviata), Ensemble (Fidelio) and role of “The Diva” in Lady of Spain: A Lounge Opera, created for The In Series. Behind the scenes Patricia has worked as wig/hair and make-up designer for established local theaters and collegiate theaters. She is a proud member of AGMA and appears through the courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists, ALF-CIO. For more information about Patricia please visit her website www.patriciaportillo.com

Lauren Randolph - Soprano

Randolph_LaurenSoprano Lauren Randolph debuted at the In Series as a Juror in Trial by Jury this season. She has performed in operas and concerts all over the world, including the roles of Mary Crawford in Johnathon Dove’s U.S. debut of Mansfield Park and Sophie in the premiere of Isabelle Aboulker’s Leçons de Français aux Etudiants Americains; as well as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Barbarina in the Marriage of Figaro and Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance. She has performed with the Maryland Lyric Opera Company; Peabody Concert Orchestra; Peabody Modern Orchestra; Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany; the Franco American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France; the Northwest Lyric Opera Company in Seattle; and the Spokane Symphony. Originally from Spokane, Washington she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University and her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where she received of The George Woodhead Prize in Voice for her. She is currently studying with Mezzo Soprano, Elizabeth Bishop.

DeCarlo J. Raspberry - Baritone

DeCarlo raspberryBaritone DeCarlo J. Raspberry is a Washington, D.C. native and avid performer along the east coast. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory and alumni of The Boston University Tamglewood Institute. Some of Mr. Raspberry’s theater credits include Pish-Tush “The Mikado”, Jack/Jesus “Reefer Madness” , Dr. Frank-N-Furter “Rocky Horror Movie Picture Show”, Soloist in Sondheim’s “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow”, Un Giovanetto in”L’amore de trei re” ,Trunk in new musical “TRUTH”, “Reverend” in new acclaimed opera “Stinney”, Booker T. Washington and Coalhouse Walker Jr. “Ragtime” the musical. Raspberry will be joining the cast of “Sister Act” the musical in the role of Curtis Jackson.

Matthew Rock - Dancer

Matthew Rock (Dancer) was born in Southern Pines, North Carolina on July 8th, 1992. Matthew first started taking ballroom dance lessons in 2008, followed by Summer training of ballet at Taylor Dance in 2009, then transferred to Terpsichore in 2010, where he trained in ballet, contemporary, and jazz. In 2011, he attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in  BFA dance performance and choreography. Matthew began studying a myriad of genres of dance more in depth, such as, African, ballet, ballroom, contemporary, improvisation, jazz, and choreography. In 2014, Matthew graduated from UNCG with a BFA in dance performance and choreography. After graduating, he relocated to Washington D.C. to further pursue his career in dance and the performing arts. He currently dances with ArasDance, Jane Franklin Dance, and Light Switch Dance Theatre and choreographs for his own company, Matrocka. He has performed in a myriad of venues and theatres throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. and is a journalist for Dance Metro D.C.

Christian Rohde - Tenor

Rohde_ChristianChristian Rohde, a newly transplanted singer and actor, is excited to return to the In Series stage as Monostatos in The Magic Flute. Most recently Christian appeared in Pallas Theatre Collective’s premiere production of Crazy Mary Lincoln: A New Musical; he is a proud member of Pallas’ Artistic Collective. Past credits include: The Woman in Black as Kipps (Cumberland Theatre), Trial by Jury (In Series), The DOMA Diaries (Capital Fringe 2016 and Rainbow Theatre Project), The Marriage of FigaroShel Shocked: An Evening of Adult One Acts (Tisch School of the Arts: Atlantic Acting School); PineThe Brink (Tri-State Actor’s Theater), and La-Ti-Do DC/NYC with whom Christian sang, box office managed, and guest hosted regularly in both cities. Christian has a BFA in Theatre from New York University where he studied with the Atlantic Acting School. www.christianrohde.org

Randa Rouweyha - Soprano

RandaSoprano Randa Rouweyha most recently appeared with In series as Marcelita in Fidelio and Tina in Nick Olcott’s English adaptation, Cosi goes Hollywood. Other recent roles with In Series include Micaela in Carmen in Havana, Sister Anna in Don Giovanni, Violetta in La Traviata, and Courtney in The Cole Porter Project. Earlier this season Randa sang her first Adina in Opera Western Reserve’s L’Elisir D’Amore at Ohio’s historic Stambaugh Auditorium. Randa has performed with Plàcido Domingo, composer Giancarlo Menotti, and acclaimed Rossini tenor Lawrence Brownlee, her co-star in Opera Western Reserve’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Randa has sung featured roles with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Le Nozze di Figaro, Menotti’s The Consul, and Robert Ward’s The Crucible. She earned high recognition for her recital debut in Lebanon at the distinguished Al Bustan International Music Festival, and was a winner of Vocal Arts Society’s Art Song Discovery Recital Series. This new English adaptation by director Nick Olcott brings Randa once again to the In Series’ stage as Marcelita in Beethoven’s one and only brilliant opera, Fidelio.

Beth Rubens - Soprano

Soprano Beth Madeline Rubens  was last seen with the In Series in Don PasqualeMaytime Cabaret, The Secret of the Rose, and as the 2nd Schoolgirl/Papagena in the The Magic Flute. Other local credits include one of the three female singers in Washington Shakespeare Company’s original version of  Peter Schaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun, as well as Anita in La Perichole and ensemble in Trial by Jury (The Washington Savoyards). Previous operatic roles include Rosina, The Barber of Seville (Livermore Valley Opera), Baby Doe, The Ballad of Baby Doe (Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute), Manon, Manon (Mission Opera Theater), Constance, Dialogue of the Carmelites (Singers Theater of NY), Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Singers Theater of NY), Papagena, Die Zauberflote (Operafestival di Roma). Ms. Rubens’ oratorio and concert credits include soprano soloist with Schenectady Octavo Singers,  RPI Concert Chorale, Opera Theatre of Lucca. A native Californian, Ms. Rubens studied at Vassar College, and received her MM in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was also a 1996 Pacific Region finalist of the Metropolital Opera National Council Auditions. To date, the productions that Beth is most proud of are her two children, Elena and Nathaniel.

Diana V. Sáez - Singer & Pianist

Diana V. Sáez grew up surrounded by music in her beloved Puerto Rico where family and friends gathered to sing boleros and other traditional music. Her love for harmonies motivated her to become a choral conductor. She is the founder and artistic director of Cantigas, the only chamber choir in the Washington D. C. area dedicated to the performance of choral music from Spain and Latin America. Ms. Sáez has established Cantigas as a leading performer of Latin American music with appearances at the Kennedy Center, presidential inaugural celebrations, museums and embassies, as well as international tours to Venezuela, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Colombia. As a tribute to Cantigas’s exceptional performances, the Choralis Foundation recently awarded Cantigasthe 2014 Greater Washington DC Area Choral Excellence Award for Most Creative Programming. As folk singer, Diana has performed with several ensembles including Cantaré (Washington DC) and Huellas (Boston, MA).

Pavel Urkiza - Musician & Composer

Pavel Urkiza is recognized as a master musician for his contributions to contemporary Cuban music and is considered one of the most skilled and innovative popular music composers and performers from Cuba. Pavel began playing the guitar and composing in his late teens, eventually forming the duo “Gema y Pavel” with the Cuban singer, Gema Corredera. They pursued their musical career in Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, playing top venues and festivals. Pavel has produced over 10 of his own albums and more than 15 of other musicians. He has a strong passion of Ibero-American music and art, which has been the subject of his most recent DC and documentary. His respect and understanding of Cuba’s rich musicological ancestry, in combination with 22 years of musical experience in the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Island have resulted in his truly unique style that offers a vast spectrum of rhythms, harmonies, melodies and lyrics. The result is a Caribbean-Mediterranean way of playing with a singular Cuban swing. Read his full bio.

Chris Urquiaga - Pianist & Composer

Chris Urquiaga – AIR Strathmore

Chris Urquiaga is a singer-songwriter and pianist from Silver Spring, Maryland. In January 2017, he released an album entitled “Complete”, which consists of original pop songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He graduated from The Eastman School of Music in 2014, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time there, he recorded, performed, and wrote music for his own band, a cappella groups, orchestras, choirs, and various chamber ensembles. He is an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center for the 2016-2017 Season. He has had interviews and live performances broadcast on ABC News, Fox News, and Univision. He has performed the U.S. national anthem for an NBA game at Verizon Center. In August 2013, he was invited to play at The White House for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemoration, which was hosted and organized by President Obama and the First Lady. He has also performed for U.S. Senator from Maryland, Chris Van Vollen, U.S. Representative John Sarbanes, and Attorney General for the state of Maryland, Brian Frosh. He has been commissioned by the Congressional Chorus, in Washington DC, to compose 3 original works; in 2012 for their 25th Anniversary Concert, in 2013 for a concert entitled “Shakespeare Sings”, and in 2016 for a concert entitled “Young, Hip, and Global”. In 2011, he was commissioned by world-renowned soprano, Carmen Balthrop, to compose two original compositions in Portuguese. He was also commissioned by the Prince George’s Philharmonic in 2013 to compose a piece as their featured season world premiere. In 2008, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Louisa Waycott - Mezzo

Louisa Waycott is a mezzo-soprano from Sun Valley, Idaho.  So far this 2016/2017 season Ms. Waycott performed with Bel Cantanti in The Unicorn, The Labor Heritage Foundation in the premier of the jazz opera Love Songs as Emma Goldman, and became a new member with Sopranessence and St. John’s Choir. During the 2015/2016 Season Ms. Waycott performed Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Prague Summer Nights Festival, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, third lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and the title role in Blitzstein’s Regina with The Maryland Opera Studio.  In the 2014/2015 Season she performed Madame de la Haltière with Miami Summer Music Festival in Cendrillon and the Shepherd in L’enfant et les sortileges with The Maryland Opera Studio.  Other highlights have included Lady Saphir in Patience and Meg in Falstaff with Utopia Opera, Martha in Iolanta with New Opera NYC, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera in the Ozarks.  She graduated from University of Mississippi where she performed Tessa in The Gondoliers, Mercedes in Carmen, Estrella in La Perichole, and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi.  She is a recent graduate of The Maryland Opera Studio.[/caption]

David Wolff - Tenor

Wolff_DavidTenor David Wolff  is in demand as a performer and music educator in the Washington, D.C. area.  He  was most recently seen with the In Series as Erenesto in Don Pasquale and the Counsel in Trial by Jury. Last season he sang Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus in concert with the Friday Morning Music Club, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Bethesda Summer Music Festival and Le Doyen in Cendrillon with Bel Cantanti Opera Company, in addition to appearing as tenor soloist in Cantate Chamber Singer’s complete period performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. He also teaches elementary music in Montgomery County Public Schools, where he directs two choirs of 100 and 150 students, respectively.  In 2012 he returned from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he studied voice with George Shirley in addition to graduate studies in music education.  In 2002 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, with a focus on music composition.