Un Ballo In Maschera
Oh! 2017 - 2018 Season
Riccardo | Peter Scott Drackley, Tenor
Lauded by Opera News as having “showed vocal confidence [...] his luminous head voice blooming with expansive and penetrating phrases,” and by Opera Today as bringing "the performance to an awestruck standstill with his exquisitely (singing). A student of Alexandra LoBianco, Mr. Drackley has previously performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Venture Opera, Skylight Music Theatre, Baltimore Concert Opera, the Strathmore Mansion, the National Cathedral, Teatro Grattacielo, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Other operatic roles include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Gerald in Delibes’ Lakmé, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia ,and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role he partially performed in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He also debuted the role of Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Opera Scalia/Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, a concert that was featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
Renato | Kenneth Stavert, Baritone
Praised for his strong “sense of theatricality,” Baritone Kenneth Stavert has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of his credits include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in Pagliacci, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. He has performed under the batons of conductors such as John DeMain, Neal Gittleman, David Neely, Victor DeRenzi and Christopher Allen and has worked with stage directors such as Nic Muni, Kristine McIntyre, Ken Cazan and Robin Guarino. Future engagements include Ping in Turandot with Dayton Opera and Yakuside in Madama Butterfly with the Santa Fe Opera.
Amelia | Kelly Griffin, Soprano
Soprano, Kelly Griffin, has been described as “bringing her voice of considerable power and warmth to every role she embodies”. She recently sang her first concert performance of the title role in Verdi's Aida, joined New Amsterdam Opera as Leonora in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, and revisited the great scena of Verdi's Lady Macbeth as part of Salt Marsh Opera's Opera Palooza. Kelly has been featured in concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Danbury Symphony Orchestra. This season, in addition to her debut with Opera in the Heights, Kelly will join Heartbeat Opera as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio.
Ulrica | Claudia Chapa, Mezzo-soprano
Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa has recently been seen in such theatrically dynamic roles as Azucena in IL TROVATORE with Winter Opera St. Louis and Opera in Williamsburg and Madame Flora in THE MEDIUM and the Witch in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with Opera in the Heights. Ms. Chapa received her training from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas-Austin, where she performed as Beatriz in LA HIJA DE RAPPACCINI, the world premiere of the late Daniel Catán’s revised version. She is an alumnus of the prestigious young artist programs including the International Vocal Arts Institute (both in Blacksburg, VA and Tel Aviv, Israel), Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival for which she was chosen as a young artist for two consecutive seasons.
Ms. Chapa’s made her professional operatic debut in 2011 with Austin Lyric Opera. Other roles in Ms. Chapa’s operatic repertoire include Dryade in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Alisa in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Gertrude in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, and Aunt Cecilia in LITTLE WOMEN. Her performance of Madame de Croissy in LES DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES earned her the prestigious Silverman Award from the International Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv.
Oscar | Kaitlyn Stavinoha, Soprano
Kaitlyn Stavinoha is thrilled to be making her debut with Opera in the Heights! Ms. Stavinoha is a young and rising soprano who has performed extensively in the Houston classical music scene. Most recently, she made her solo debut with Houston Grand Opera singing The Trainbearer in Elektra. She has been very active with HGOco, performing last fall as Gretel with over 70 performances of Opera to Go’s Hansel and Gretel. In the 2016/2017 season she sang Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri with Operativo Houston and made a company debut with The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston singing Gianetta in The Gondoliers. Role highlights include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Fiagro).