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2010-2011 Artists

David Malis (Director)- David Malis, the first American to win the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, began his operatic career with the San Francisco Opera, making his debut as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He made his “MET in the Parks” debut during the summer of 1987, as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, in a production that included Luciano Pavarotti, Giuseppe Taddei and Kathleen Battle. Mr. Malis’ official MET house debut as Marcello in La Bohème led to twelve seasons there as a leading baritone in a variety of roles; as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, Schaunard in La Bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, and more seasons as Papageno. Mr. Malis has performed Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, the Welsh National Opera, and the Thêàtre des Champs-Elysées. He has returned to San Francisco Opera to sing Ford in Falstaff, Marcello in La Bohème, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Ping in Turandot, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and to reprise his critically acclaimed Papageno, in the David Hockney production. Mr. Malis has performed Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia over thirty times with renowned Rossini maestro Alberto Zedda. Figaro also served as his debut role at the Vienna State Opera and the Netherlands Opera. Mr. Malis has appeared in concert in many cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Hong Kong, Cardiff and Stockholm. Mr. Malis has taught voice and coached/directed operatic repertoire worldwide; as head of Gli Apprendisti at the Opera Theater of Lucca in Lucca, Italy, for Oberlin in Italy in Urbania, Italy, and for the University of Miami in Salzburg, Austria. As Opera Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Festival de Musique de St. Barthélémy for twelve years, Mr. Malis produced, directed, cast and performed in La Bohème, Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, La Traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale, The Merry Widow, The Bear, Madame Butterfly, La Sonnambula, Gianni Schicchi, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Rigoletto. A student and protégé of one of the greatest singing actors of the twentieth century, legendary Italian bass Italo Tajo, Mr. Malis has participated in the production of opera in almost every capacity; singing, conducting, casting, directing, costuming, set and lighting design, and choral preparation. Tuscan maestro Lorenzo Malfatti was Mr. Malis’ voice teacher, Italian coach, confidant and mentor for almost thirty years. Malis has served as a judge for The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Chester Ludgin Memorial Verdi Baritone Competition in Manhattan, sharing MC and adjudication duties with Julius Rudel and Placido Domingo. Mr. Malis’ recent engagements include the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Atlanta Opera, Opera Southwest and the Crested Butte Music Festival, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Cleveland Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Arizona Opera, Eisenstein with Baltimore Opera, directing Cosi fan tutte, Madame Butterfly and Don Pasquale for the Opera Theater of Lucca, and a critically acclaimed role debut as Kurwenal in a recording of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde for Titanic Records. 

Robert Mueller (Conductor)-Robert Mueller conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and teaches music composition and music theory at the University of Arkansas. He is Chair of the Composition/Theory Area. Dr. Mueller grew up in Michigan and attended Northern Michigan University, where he received the Outstanding Pianist Award upon graduation. He has also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from NMU, and was invited back to be composer-in-residence in the spring of 2004. He earned the Master of Music in Composition degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied composition with Marilyn Shrude. At Bowling Green, he also did extensive studies in orchestral conducting with Grzegorz Nowak, who is now the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Dr. Mueller received a DMA in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where his teachers were Joel Hoffman, Allan Sapp, Jonathan Kramer, Frederic Rzewski, and Earle Brown. Dr. Mueller has twice been composer-in-residence for the Fort Smith Symphony, and his music has been performed nationwide by several orchestra including the Cincinnati, Omaha, Fort Smith, Lansing, Arkansas, and North Arkansas Symphonies. He has received numerous commissions, has been widely published, and has produced a chamber music CD entitled “Time Labyrinths.” A number of music festivals have programmed his music, including the Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival, the Music Festival of Arkansas, the Southwest Contemporary Music Festival, and conferences of the Society of Composers, International Double Reed Society, and College Music Society. He was selected to be composer-in-residence for Missouri State University’s Annual Composition Festival in March 2009. Dr. Mueller has been the recipient of 20 consecutive awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He has also been awarded an American Music Center grant, an individual artist grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, prizes from the Omaha, Lansing, Jackson and Cincinnati Symphonies, and numerous other awards. Dr. Mueller performs as Pianist with the Fort Smith Symphony, and is Music Director of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.During the summer, Dr. Mueller teaches at the Sequoyah Music Festival and is on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp.

Chelsea Coyne (Jo)- Chelsea Coyne, a native of Fort Worth, TX, recently made her American professional debut as Angelina (Cinderella) in Sparkling City Light Opera's production of La Cenerentola in Corpus Christi, TX. Miss Coyne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Music degree, as well as an Artist Diploma Certificate, from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her most noteable roles include Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Carmen (La tragédie de Carmen), Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Volpino (Lo speziale), and she created the role of Pamina in the world-premiere of The Cypress Grove in Cleveland, OH. In 2008 she won first prize in the Frost School of Music in Salzburg Vocal Competition in Salzburg, Austria, and in 2010 she was a finalist in the AIMS Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Graz, Austria, in addition to winning first prize in the Sparkling City Light Opera Emerging Artist Competition.
For  more information regarding Ms. Coyne please visit www.ChelseaCoyne.com

Hilary Ginther (Jo)-Mezzo-soprano Hilary Ginther received critical acclaim for her recent performance of Bobachino, the comedic post boy, in the world premiere of Musto’s The Inspector at Wolf Trap Opera in 2011.  In the 2012 season Ms. Ginther will debut as Jo in Little Women with Opera Fayetteville, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Natchez Opera Festival.  Other recent noted engagements include 3rd Spirit in Die Zauberflöte with Cincinnati Opera, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Wolf Trap Opera, Leoniè in La Vie Parisienne with Lake George Opera, Annina in La Traviata, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, La Maestra delle Novizie in Suor Angelica, and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Mississippi Opera.  Collegiate performance credits include 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Maria in West Side Story, the title role in Carmen, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare.  Ms. Ginther has participated in young artist programs such as the Lake George Opera Studio and the Wolf Trap Opera Studio.  She hails originally from Bristol, VA, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. For more information regarding Ms. Ginther please visit. www.HilaryGinther.com

Cristopher Frisco (Laurie)- Tenor, Cristopher Frisco’s 2011-12 season includes role debuts as Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (with both the Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Philadelphia International Fringe Festival), Rodolfo in La Boheme, Laurie in Little Women, and Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi.  In concert, he has been heard as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah.  This past summer, he was an apprentice artist at the Caramoor Festival and has been a member of young artist programs at the Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy and the Westminster CoOPERAtive.  In addition to his work as a singer, Cristopher is a coach and collaborative pianist on the staff at Westminster Choir College and The New School for Drama and is the founding Artistic Director of The New Voice Project.

Omar Najmi (Laurie)- Tenor, holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. At Bu, Omar has had the opportunity to work with composers Carlisle Floyd and Stephen Paulus while performing with the BU Opera Institute in productions of Susannah (Little Bat) and the Postman Always Rings Twice (Katz). Omar has been a Young Artist with Opera North for the past two seasons. Most recently, he was seen as Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro while also appearing as Don Ramiro in the Young Artist cast of La Cenerentola. In 2011 Omar was a Studio Artist at Opera Saratoga (formerly Lake George Opera) for their 50th anniversary season. Other operatic role include Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Le Petit Viellard and La Rainette in L'enfant et les Sortilèges, and Don Anchise in La Finta Giardiniera. Omar has also frequently performed in light opera and musical theater- as a member of the 2008 vocal company of the College Light Opera Company, he was seen as Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe, Mr.Erlansen in A Little Night Music, and Chino in West Side Story. Omar has performed with the Melodramatics Theater Company as Man 1 in Songs for a New World and Dr. Jafar Berensteiner in A New Brain.

Ann Coffman (Amy)-Ms. Coffman, a native of Northern Virginia, obtained a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her roles at the Institute included Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz, First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, and portions of Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, Ilia fromIdomeneo and Sandmännchen from Hänsel und Gretel. She has performed the entire role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute. Ann has also performed in the chorus for Opera Cleveland's productions of La Bohème and Falstaff, as well as performing the role of Gretel in Opera Cleveland's educational outreach program. In addition, she has performed in the chorus for The Cleveland Orchestra’s production of Le nozze di Figaro. Her roles in operetta include Ida in Die Fledermaus, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Jenny in Company and Anne in A Little Night Music. Ms. Coffman was recently named a semi-finalist in the Meistersinger Competition at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.  

Tamara Ryan (Amy)-   Up and coming young soprano and Fayetteville native, Tamara Ryan, is rapidly gaining recognition for her soaring, agile voice and her enthusiasm and effervescence on both the operatic and concert stage. A recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Ryan displayed her sparkling coloratura and warm middle register on the Institute’s stage as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Grilletta (Lo Speziale), and Héro.(Béatrice et Bénédict). Her talents have also been showcased at Lake George Opera, Metro West Opera,  Emerald City Opera, and Longwood Opera. Ms. Ryan received a BA at Swarthmore College where she sang the roles of Adina (The Elixir of Love), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Papagena (The Magic Flute) in addition to performing the world premiere of Thomas Whitman’s Rossetti Songs--composed especially for her--with Philadelphia new music group, Orchestra 2001. For more information regarding Ms. Ryan please visit www.TamaraRyanSoprano.com

Megan Hamm (Beth)-Megan Hamm, a soprano in the Dallas area, has been praised for her “gleaming” and “affecting” performances by Cleveland’s Plain Dealer.  Ms. Hamm recently finished her Professional Studies Certification at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  During her time at CIM, she performed the roles of Romilda in Handel’s Serse, Violetta in the Gambling Scene and Final Act of La Traviata, and Suor Genevieve in Suor Angelica. In her native Oklahoma, Ms. Hamm also performed The Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  She is a frequent concert soloist, having appeared at such venues as the Kennedy Center and Severance Hall.  

Sarah Tucker Slayden (Beth)- Soprano Sarah Tucker is valued by her directors and colleagues for her shimmering voice and enthusiasm on stage.  A recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music (CCM), Ms. Tucker earned a Masters of Music in Voice.  At CCM, Ms. Tucker sang the role of Alexis in a rarely performed Offenbach opera, L’île de Tulipatan.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from Texas State University where she performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Kathie in The Student Prince, and Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw.  She sang the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Mrs. Gleaton in Susannah at Opera in the Ozarks in 2007.  In 2009, she was an Apprentice Artist at the Des Moines Metro Opera. Also that year, Ms. Tucker was a Southwest Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award Winner in the Metropolitan Opera  National Council     

Lindsey Anderson (Meg)- Mezzo-soprano, Lindsey Anderson has been lauded for her natural ability to connect with an audience with a powerful voice that critics have described as rich and brilliant. During the 2010-2011 season Ms. Anderson was a young artist with The Seattle Opera where she sang on the mainstage as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor and as the Third Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. In addition to her mainstage roles with the Seattle Opera, she sang the role of Pipetto in Donizetti's Viva la Mamma and Erda in an educational outreach version of Wagner's Ring Cycle. During the Summer of 2010 Ms. Anderson was an Apprentice Artist with the Central City Opera House Association performing such roles as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and covering the role of Public Opinion in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.  Ms. Anderson spent the summer of 2011 singing as a principal young artist with Opera North. At Opera North she sang the role of Marcellina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and received excellent reviews applauding both her singing and  her comic abilities. A native of Michigan, Lindsey Anderson received her Master and Bachelor degrees in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Her past performances include: the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Ursule in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. Ms. Anderson is looking forward to singing the role of Meg with Opera Fayetteville. For More information regarding Ms. Anderson please visit www.LindseyAndersonMezzo.com

Audrey Grieme (Meg)- South Georgia Native Audrey Grieme is thrilled to be making her Opera Fayetteville debut this season. Upcoming engagements for Ms. Grieme include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera for the Young.
Ms. Grieme was seen most recently as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Other recent operatic roles include Prince Charmant in Massenet's Cendrillon with MetroWest Opera in Boston, Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, both with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with the Crested Butte Music Festival. Additional roles include Mercedes (cover) in Bizet's Carmen, Vitige in Handel's Flavio, and Zaida in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia. Ms. Grieme was the featured soloist at this year's Walden West Festival in Wisconsin where composer Ronald Hill's song cycle, Sac Prairie People was given its world premiere. Ms. Grieme received her Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College and her Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston. She is also a graduate of the Improvisation Program at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. For more information regarding Ms. Grieme please visit www.AudreyGrieme.com

Jesse Malgieri (John Brooke)-Jesse Malgieri, baritone, is from Rochester, NY and studied at Indiana University in Bloomington. Most recently, Jesse made his NYC debut as Schaunard in La Boheme with the Martha Cardona Opera Theater. This past summer, Jesse was a young artist at Central City Opera in Colorado, where he performed Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi and was featured in the scenes program and as a solo recitalist. With IU Opera, he appeared as Brooke in Little Women, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflote, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Bonz in Madama Butterfly, among many others. Jesse recently won an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Florida District and First Prize in the Indianapolis Musical Competition. 

Brian Pettey (John Brooke)- Baritone Brian Pettey is a singer whose “fascinating” and “charming” voice (Austin Chronicle, Baltimore Sun) has garnered glowing reviews from critics across the country. Along with performances at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his bachelor’s degree in voice, he has sung roles with Baltimore’s Opera Vivente and Young Victorian Theater Company. In Austin, where he received his master’s in voice at the University of Texas, he has appeared with the Butler Opera Center, the UT Chamber Singers, the UT New Music Ensemble, and the Bach Cantata Project. Presenting concerts which promote and celebrate the repertoire, he is a passionate advocate of chamber music and art song—especially that of American poets and composers. A champion of contemporary music in particular, he has performed dozens of works by living composers, even incorporating dance, visual art, film, and radio. When not singing or playing, he enjoys working in his garden, word games, and even the occasional round of mini-golf. For more information regarding Mr. Pettey please visit www.brianpettey.com

Ruth Carver (Alma March)- Mezzo-soprano Ruth L. Carver, a native of Denver, CO received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Victorian Studies from Vassar College, and her Master of Music in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory.  Miss Carver has used her "dark, romantic voice" (Muenchner Merkur) and "truly rich and variegated tone" (kcmetropolis.org) in many operatic roles including Mere Marie (Dialogues des Carmelites), Meg March (Little Women), Romeo (I Capuleti e I Montecchi), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), Gertrude and Die Hexe (Haensel und Gretel), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Mrs. Anderssen (A Little Night Music), the Voice of the Mother (Les Contes d'Hoffman by Offenbach), and Third Lady (Die Zauberfloete). As a participant in the Wichita Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program, Carver sang the role of Olga (The Merry Widow) and covered Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). She has received merit scholarships at the University of Missouri Kansas City, the Dale Vocal Travel Fund Grant, and a grant from the UMKC Women’s Council.  Her next role at UMKC will be Carmen (Tragedie de Carmen). For more information regarding Ms. Carver please visit www.RuthlCarver.com

Sarah Gardner (Alma March)- Soprano Sarah Gardner, has received accolades for her rich, powerful, sunlit voice and poignant phrasing.  She currently resides in Berwick, Pennsylvania where she is an active regional artist.  Most recently, she was featured this December in a state-wide broadcasted Christmas Concert featuring the Hazleton Philharmonic in Pennsylvania.  Opera credits include the title role in Suor Angelica, Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Mother (Hansel and Gretel) and 1st Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and scenes as Leonora (La forza del destino), Salome (Hérodiade), Leonore (Fidelio), Tosca (Tosca), Magda (The Consul), Abigail Williams (The Crucible) and Alice Ford (Falstaff). In 2010, she was a semi-finalist in the National Orpheus Competition held in Murfreesboro, TN.  Ms. Gardner was the winner of the 2008 Akron Symphony Orchestra Chorus Competition and also took 2nd place in the 2009 Great Lakes Regional NATS competition in the advanced men and women category featuring singers from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada.  She obtained her Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Bachelor of Music from Georgia State University.   For more information regarding Ms. Gardner please visit:www.SarahRymanGardner.com

Timothy Bruno (Gideon March, Mr. Dashwood)- Hailed as 'outstanding' and 'hilarious' , young bass Timothy J. Bruno is a recent graduate from the Masters program at Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. In 2011 alone he performed and convered eight roles including Timur in Turandot, Antonion in Le nozze di Figaro and The Storyteller in John Adam's A Flowering Tree, as well as made premiers with Cincinnati Opera and Michigan Opera Theater.  On the concert stage, Bruno has been featured with many orchestras, including the Dayton Bach Society, Knox Concert Series, Clermont Symphony, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Moravian Symphony Orchestra. This spring he will appear as Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with Mattannia Opera of Detroit and also will be making his Toledo Opera debut in the role of the Mandarin in Turandot.

Stephen Clark (Gideon March, Mr. Dashwood)-Stephen Clark (bass-baritone), a native Oklahoman, has done much performing within his home state. In Oklahoma City, he has sung Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, the title character in Gianni Schicchi and as Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata. He has also performed in Rigoletto for Tulsa Opera as a chorister. This past summer, he performed at Opera in the Ozarks, where he was seen as Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Gideon March and Dashwood in Little Women. Future engagements include a performance of the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann this February in Oklahoma City. Mr. Clark is in the final year of his Masters of Music studies at Oklahoma City University.

Claudia Chapa (Cecilia March)- Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has been recognized for her "wonderfully burnished, voluptuous, and expressive voice with flexibility throughout its range." Ms. Chapa received her training at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music where she has performed on stage as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, the title role in Rodriguez’s La Curandera, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Beatriz in La Hija de Rappaccini and Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte. Equally at ease with oratorio, Ms. Chapa's concert repertoire spans from Handel's Messiah to De Falla's El Amor Brujo. For the summer of 2011, she returned to the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia where she performed under the baton of Paul Nadler in the summer of 2010. Claudia was also invited to perform with The Professional Advantage in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy for the summer of 2011. Ms. Chapa made her debut as 3rd lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Austin Lyric Opera during their 25th Anniversary Season. For more information regarding Ms. Chapa please visit www.ClaudiaChapa.com

Amy Oraftik (Cecilia March) - Mezzo-soprano Amy Oraftik is thrilled to once again perform in Little Women. Miss Oraftik made her debut in Europe when she sang the role of Meg March in the 2009 European premiere of Little Woman in Belgium.  A champion of modern music, Amy was the mezzo soloist in the world premiere of Kareem Roustom’s mystical oratorio, The Son of Man and has collaborated with many living composers such as Mark Adamo, Keeril Makan, William Bolcom, Ben Moore and Carlisle Floyd.  This spring, Amy will perform the role of Spring Beauty in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden with Lowell House Opera. This will be the first fully staged Russian production of The Snow Maiden ever to be performed in the United States.  Recent engagements for Amy include performing as a studio artist at Central City Opera and appearing in concert as the alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat.  Operatic highlights for Amy include Dorabella (cover) in Così fan Tutte, Stéphano (cover) in Roméo et Juliette, and Lucrezia in Lucrezia. Ms. Oraftik holds a master of music degree from Boston University and a bachelor of music degree from DePaul University.  Amy Oraftik is a San Francisco native and currently resides in Boston. For more information regarding Ms. Oraftik please visit www.AmyOraftik.com

Josh DeVane (Friedrich Bhaer)- Joshua L. DeVane, baritone, lives in Statesboro, Georgia, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. He is revisiting the role of Professor Friedrich Bhaer. Recent operatic roles include Major-General Stanley, in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance; Daniel Webster, in Moore's The Devil and Daniel Webster; Noye, in Britten's Noye's Fludde; and Don Alfonso, in Mozart's Così fan tutte. Josh has also performed in many concert settings, including recent soloist appearances in Schubert's Mass in G, Fauré's Requiem and Beethoven's Mass in C.  He is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Georgia Southern University, where he studies with Dr. Kyle Hancock.

Cyril Durant (Friedrich Bhaer)- Cyril Durant, bass-baritone, is a native of Statesboro, Georgia by way of the community of Nevils. During his studies at Georgia Southern University, he performed many roles with the Georgia Southern Opera, including Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, as well as premiering the role of Tommy Banks in  A Scholar Under Siege. Outside of the operatic stage, Cyril performs frequently as a Jazz vocalist and pianist with local ensembles and musicians. He is currently in his final year of his Masters of Music in vocal performance
Outside of his work as a student, Cyril is an instructor of Voice and Piano at PLADD Dot Music of Statesboro, and serves as the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant  in the vocal arts area, teaching voice lessons and voice class.