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The Cast of Dead Man Walking

Kyle Lang, Director
Kyle Lang, Director
Kyle Lang pursued music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi before earning a BFA in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has choreographed and assistant directed for Central City Opera, Opera Memphis, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Lyric Opera Virginia. Kyle is priveleged to have danced as a soloist and in the corps de ballet with ZviDance, The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington National Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, CityDance Ensemble, Christopher K. Morgan/Muse, Bowen McCauley Dance, and Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, performing in countries across Europe, South America, and the Middle East. He has designed costumes for Christopher K Morgan & Artists, Sydney Skybetter, and CityDance Ensemble. His work in costume design was nominated for a Metro DC Dance Award. In 2013, he will be directing, choreographing, and assistant directing for Tulsa Opera, Virginia Opera, and Central City Opera among other opera companies throughout the U.S.
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. 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.” 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.
Robert Mueller, Conductor
Daniel Scofield as Joseph De Rocher
Daniel Scofield as Joseph De Rocher
Daniel Scofield is pleased to make his debut as Joseph de Rocher in Opera Fayetteville’s Dead Man Walking. Earlier this season, Daniel was seen at the Knoxville Opera, performing Dr Falke in their hilarious production of Die Fledermaus, as well as Sharpless at the Loon Opera Company in Minnesota. He will return to Knoxville Opera later on in 2013 as Sonora in Fanciulla del West. In recent seasons, Daniel apprenticed at the Arizona Opera and Seattle Opera, where he performed Wagner in Faust, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia on the mainstage, as well as Ben in The Telephone, Albert in Act III of Werther, and Mamma Agatha in Viva la Mamma in Young Artist performances.
Lindsey Anderson as Sister Helen Prejean
Lauded by critics for possessing a powerful voice with great richness, brilliance, and refinement: Mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson has been noted as a young artist to watch. Ms. Anderson’s most recent engagements include Katisha (The Mikado) with Winter Opera St. Louis, Meg (Little Women) with Opera Fayetteville; Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera North; Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Seattle Opera; Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld) with Central City Opera. Ms. Anderson received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Past performances include: Carmen (Carmen), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and Ursule (Béatrice et Bénédict). Performances yet to come this season include: Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Winter Opera St. Louis; Julia Child (Bon Appétit!) with Opera North; and Florence Pike (Albert Herring) with Green Mountain Opera Festival. In the Fall she will join Virginia Opera as an Emerging Young Artist.
Lindsey Anderson as Sister Helen Prejean
Laura Begley as Mrs. Patrick de Rocher
Laura Begley as Mrs. Patrick de Rocher
Mezzo-soprano Laura Begley is making her debut this year with Opera Fayetteville. Laura is currently a Young Artist with Dallas Opera where she performs outreach in Jack & the Beanstalk as Jack’s Mother/Giant’s Wife. Some of Laura’s roles include Meg Page (Fastaff), Dritte Dame & Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), the Mother (Amahl). Laura received her B.M. at Colorado State University and is finishing her Masters’ at the University of North Texas. This past year, Laura was a finalist in the NOA Competition and Classical Singer Competition, the UNT Concerto Competition winner, and a semi-finalist in the George London Foundation for Singers Competition and the Dallas Lyric Opera Guild Competition. Laura was also a Division Winner in for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She will be competing in January in the Shreveport Opera Competition and will be an Apprentice Artist this summer with Opera Saratoga where she will perform as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. For more information please visit: http://laurabegleymezzo.weebly.com/
Sarah Gardner as Sister Rose
Soprano Sarah Gardner, has received accolades for her rich, powerful, sunlit voice and poignant phrasing. Sarah is thrilled to be returning to Opera Fayetteville for their second season. She was seen last year as Alma March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. This current season she portrayed the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier with Mostly Opera and was a featured soloist with the Hazleton Philharmonic during their Annual Holiday Gala television broadcast. Past performances include the title role in Suor Angelica, Lady Billows (Albert Herring) and 1st Lady (Die Zauberflӧte). Sarah is looking forward to competing in the District Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Denver, Colorado at the end of January.
Sarah Gardner as Sister Rose
Adam Stefo as Warden George Benton
Adam Stefo as Warden George Benton
Adam Stefo, baritone, hails from St. Louis, MO. On the opera stage, Adam recently sang the title role of Gianni Schicchi in Fidenza, Italy. He has performed extensively with Winter Opera St. Louis in The Mikado, La bohemé, A Grand Night for Singing, La traviata, and Cavalleria rusticana. Additional operatic performances include I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La Rondine, Serse, Cendrillon, Hin und zurück, The Three Little Pigs, Too Many Sopranos, H.M.S. Pinafore, Le nozze di Figaro, and L’incoronazione di Poppea. In concert, Adam has sung Donizetti’s rarely heard Messa di Requiem, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Adam earned his M.M. in Opera Performance at The Boston Conservatory, and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Millikin University. He has studied voice from Robert Honeysucker, Cynthia Oeck, and Joseph Beck. He is overwhelmed to make his debut with Opera Fayetteville in Dead Man Walking.
Clay Hilley as Father Grenville
Tenor Clay Hilley is pleased to debut as Father Grenville with Opera Fayetteville. The 2012-2013 season features Clay 's exciting Carnegie Hall debut, performing the tenor solos in Mahler 's SYMPHONY NUMBER 8 with the American Symphony Orchestra. On the more-distant horizon he looks forward to performing with the Bob Jones Opera Association in 2014 as Radames, a role he was asked on a few hours ' notice to sing for Arizona Opera 's final dress rehearsal of AIDA in March 2012. Other highlights this season are two role debuts:  Rodolfo in LA BOHEME with the Pacific Opera Project; and the Steuermann in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLAENDER with Indianapolis Opera. Also this season, Clay toured with the Glimmerglass Festival to the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman,  singing Ewart Dunlop in Meredeth Willson 's THE MUSIC MAN.  He will return to the Glimmerglass Festival in 2013 to cover Erik in Francesca Zambello 's new production of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLAENDER.
Clay Hilley as Father Grenville
Tamara Ryan as Kitty Hart
Tamara Ryan as Kitty Hart
Soprano, Tamara Ryan, is rapidly gaining recognition for her soaring, agile voice and her enthusiasm and effervescence on both the operatic and concert stage. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she displayed her sparkling coloratura and warm middle register there as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Grilletta (Lo Speziale), and Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict). Her June 2012 performance of Titania/Hippolyta in Michael Ching's A Midsummer Night's Dream was described by the Boston Globe as "fetching" and "animated." In August, she sang the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Emerald City Opera alongside Sandra Piques Eddy, Keith Miller, and Morgan Smith. Other recent engagements include performances with Metro West Opera (Noémie), Longwood Opera (Musetta), Opera Fayetteville (Amy), and the Savannah Children's Choir.
Joshua Devane as Owen Hart
Baritone Joshua DeVane returns to Opera Fayetteville for its second season to perform the role of Owen Hart in Heggie's Dead Man Waking. In 2011, he played Professor Friedrich Bhaer in Mark Adamo's Little Women. Most recently, Joshua has appeared as Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, the title role in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso, Major-General Stanley in Gilbert's and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, and as Noye in Britten's Noye's Fludde. As a soloist, Joshua has most recently performed Schubert's Mass in G, Beethoven's Mass in C, and Fauré's Requiem. Although he enjoys music from all eras and regions, Joshua is especially interested in performing contemporary American vocal compositions. He currently resides in Statesboro, Georgia.
Joshua Devane as Owen Hart
Sarah-Nicole Ruddy as Jade Boucher
Sarah-Nicole Ruddy as Jade Boucher
Mezzo-Soprano Sarah-Nicole Ruddy has been hailed by the Modesto Bee as conveying a “sharp wit and wistfulness”. Upcoming performances include Handel’s L’Allegro with Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and a recital series in her hometown of San Diego. Recent performances included a debut at the Kennedy Center in 2011, Marthe in Faust, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady, Olga in The Merry Widow, Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver, and Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater and Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore with Loveland Opera. Favorite performances include creating the role of 3rd Street Sweeper in the world premiere of Patrick Dailly’s opera Solidarity with San Francisco Cabaret Opera and Berta in The Barber of Seville with Townsend Opera. Ms. Ruddy received her Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she was the recipient of the Dorothy Steinmetz Vocal Scholarship.
Cristopher Frisco as Howard Boucher
Cristopher Frisco begins his 2012-13 season as a Festival Artist at Utah Festival Opera, where he will cover the title role in Faust and Cavaradossi in Tosca. In the fall he returns to Opera Slavica in New York to sing Laca in Jenufa as well as Walther in a concert performance of Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with New York Opera Forum. He then debuts at Syracuse Opera as Spoletta in Tosca and the Beadle in Sweeney Todd and also sings Don Jose in Carmen with Capital Heights Lyric Opera and begins a spring recital tour. His 2011-12 season included 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 (Opera Fayetteville’s inaugural production), and Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi. He was also a member of the Apprentice Artist Program at the Caramoor Festival. In concert, he has been heard as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Handel’s Messiah. He is the current winner of the American Prize Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Vocal Performance. 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.
Cristopher Frisco as Howard Boucher
Kristee Haney as Sister Lilliane
Kristee Haney as Sister Lilliane
A rising artist  in  opera,  concert,  and  recital  engagements,   mezzo-­‐soprano  Kristee  Haney  is  known  for  her  rich  sound,   dynamic  stage  presence,  and  dramatic  role  interpretation.     Ms.  Haney  recently  completed  a  residence  as  a  Vocal   Fellow  at  the  Music  Academy  of  the  West  where  she  studied   with  Marilyn  Horne,  while  appearing  on  masterclasses  with   artists  such  as  Warren  Jones  and  Carol  Burnett.     Currently  a  doctoral  student  of  Joyce  Castle,  role   highlights  include  Dinah  (Trouble  in  Tahiti),  Elizabeth  Proctor   (The  Crucible),  Second  Secretary  to  Mao  (Nixon  in  China),  Ms.   Lovett  (Sweeney  Todd),  Baba  the  Turk  (The  Rake’s  Progress)   and  Hänsel  (Hänsel  und  Gretel),  with  partial  role  highlights  of   Cherubino  (Le  Nozze  di  Figaro),  Octavian  (Der  Rosenkavalier),   Dorabella  (Cosi  fan  tutte)  and  Charlotte  (Werther).     As  an  active  oratorio  soloist,  highlights  include  such   works  as  Mendelssohn’s  Elijah;  Bach’s  Mass  in  B  Minor,   Magnificat,  and  St.  John’s  Passion,  and  Handel’s  Messiah.     Details  about  upcoming  engagements  can  be  found  at   kristeehaney.com.
Alice-Ann Light as Mrs. Charlton
Mezzo-soprano Alice-Anne M. Light possesses a versatile performing resume that includes leading roles in both opera and musical theater. Her versatile vocal color and expressive performances have allowed her to find success as both an operatic and theatrical stage performer and recitalist. Her recent varied roles include Carmen (Carmen), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Sister Mary Amnesia (Nunsense I and II), Guenevere (Camelot), Maria (The Sound of Music), and Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Alice-Anne is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (M.M. Vocal Performance, 2009) and Harding University (B.A. Music, 2007). She is thrilled to be returning to her home state for her first appearance with Opera Fayetteville.
Alice-Ann Light as Mrs. Charlton
Lucas Goodrich as the Older brother
Lucas Goodrich as the Older brother
Tenor Lucas Goodrich is an active performer on the opera and concert stages in the Rocky Mountain Region. Last spring he performed Little Bat in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with the University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble and this coming spring he will sing Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff. He is a second year doctoral student at the University of Utah and studies with Dr. Robert Breault. Outside of the university, he was most recently seen with the Salt Lake Symphony for their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and the Moab Music Festival for Trouble in Tahiti. Recent concert appearances include the tenor solos in Handel's Messiah and Mozart Requiem. He has been a James Collier Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera as well as a young artist with Utah Festival Opera and the Natchez Opera Festival.
Staci Earnest Bell, Costume Designer
Staci Earnest Bell -- Staci graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor 's Degree in Fine Art, with a focus in Costume Design and Construction for Dramatic Arts. Since then she has been working as a freelance designer and seamstress. Some productions that she has designed include: The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau, Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, as well as Opera Fayetteville 's inaugural season opener Little Women by Mark Adamo. She has been a stitcher/cutter/draper on countless other projects and plays. She also teaches group and private sewing lessons in the NWA area.  www.ifautumnends.com
Staci Earnest Bell, Costume Designer