The Cast of Die Fledermaus
Oh! 2016 - 2017 Season
Michigan native Lisa Borik, soprano, is thrilled to be back at Opera in the Heights, having previously appeared as Michaëla in La tragédie de Carmen and Annina in La Traviata. Ms. Borik’s recent engagements include Magda in Puccini’s La rondine, the titles role in Massenet’s Manon and Pasatieri’s Frau Margot, Suzanne in Suzanne’s Secret, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lady Valerie in Cabildo, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Galatea in Acis and Galatea. A frequent soloist, she recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Victoria Symphony and the Lake Charles Symphony, and sang the soprano solo in Mahler’s Second Symphony in Michigan earlier this year. Ms. Borik has sung with local companies including Houston Grand Opera, Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival, Divergence Vocal Theater, Opera Vista, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, the Houston Chamber Choir, the Houston International Festival, the Houston Bach Society and the Houston Symphony. She is an alumnus of Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She will complete her DMA degree at the Moores School of Music in 2017. Please visit www.LisaBorik.com for more information.
Soprano Julia Engel has been called “a gloriously pert Norina” and “beguiling of voice” by the Houston Press in 2013 for her portrayals of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, both with Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX). Ms. Engel was a Young Artist for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh during the summer of 2013, singing Olympia in Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann-Retold. While in Pittsburgh she was also a part of Mozart Week which involved multiple concerts for audience members to hear standard repertoire and rarely performed pieces of music written by Mozart and his family members. Ms. Engel had the good fortune to be a part of the CoOperative Program’s winter concerts in January of 2013, singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and covering Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. The spring of 2014 brought forth opportunities to sing in Metamorphosis Opera Theater’s inaugural production of Mitridate, re di Ponto in the role of Ismene, and her debuts with the Virtuosi of Houston Orchestra and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. In summer of 2014, Julia covered Zerbinetta for Kingwood Summer Opera’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos. 2015 brings forth more opportunities with Metamorphosis Opera Theater and Opera in the Heights, where Julia will sing Créuse in Milhaud's Médée, and Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone.
Benjamin Robinson, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a proud alumnus of the Moores School of Music. Highlights from the current season include Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia with Indianapolis Opera, Joe La fanciulla del West with Michigan Opera Theatre and Bardolfo Falstaff with Resonance Works Pittsburgh. Recent credits include Frederic The Pirates of Penzance and The Electrician Powder Her Face with Skylight Music Theater, Flamand Capriccio with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Tamino Die Zauberflöte with Anchorage Opera and Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw with North Carolina Opera. www.benjaminrobinsontenor.com
Wesley Landry, baritone, is an active, Houston-based artist who enjoys making music in diverse venues, notably singing over 200 performances this year as a member of Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! He also premiered a recital-length program of new additions to the Veterans Songbook— art songs commissioned by Houston Grand Opera giving voice to the stories of Houston-area military veterans. Mr. Landry was last seen at Opera in the Heights as Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Hortensius (La Fille du Régiment). Previously, he was engaged as a Young Artist with Caramoor Bel Canto Opera Festival in Katonah, NY, and with Opera New Jersey. He has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Chorus since 2005 with notable step-out roles in Carousel (Man 1), Sweeney Todd (Man 1), Billy Budd (Arthur Jones), and La bohème (Customs Guard). He is the Director of Music at St. Mark’s UMC in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood.
Described as “an artist of almost terrifying magnetism” (New York Observer), tenor Michael Kuhn is thrilled to be making his debut with Opera in the Heights. Recent highlights include Basel in ¡Figaro 90210! (off-broadway), Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Brooklyn's LoftOpera, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music with The Princeton Festival, Padre in Man of La Mancha and the title role in Britten’s The Prodigal Son, both with Central City Opera. Later this season he joins the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera, singing Remendado in Carmen and Lázaro in Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls. michaelkuhntenor.com
Dashiell Waterbury is a singer and director from Redding. He holds a graduate degree in voice from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, his roles included Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress and Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld. He has also performed with Cincinnati Opera’s Fusion program, workshopping the roles of Hymie in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star and Luis in Terence Blanchard’s Champion. Other credits include Monostatos in The Magic Flute at Crested Butte Music Festival, Nathan Detroit and the Phantom with Shasta College, Gomatz in Zaide with Queen City Chamber Opera and Beppe in I Pagliacci at Opera in the Heights. He holds a graduate degree from the opera directing program at Florida State University, where he directed Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, as well as adapting and directing two operas for children.
Soprano Cristina Amaro is excited for her Opera in The Heights debut role as Ida in Die Fledermaus. While in her native home, Venezuela, she performed the roles of Sally/You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Frasquita/Carmen. Upon moving to Houston, Texas, she studied at the University of St. Thomas where she played the partial roles of Tuptim/The King and I, Yum-yum/The Mikado, June/Gipsy, Amahl/Amahl and the Night Visitors, Adelaide/Guys and Dolls and Maria/West Side Story, and receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music in the summer of 2015. Cristina was also a soprano in the Oh! Chorus of I Pagliacci and Orfeo ed Euridice.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Berti is delighted to be returning to Opera in the Heights to perform, after singing Cenerentola in 2016, Hänsel in 2014 and Flora in La Traviata in 2013. She performs regularly with HGO’s Opera to Go! and the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, and she will be debuting with HGO this March in the premier of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players as Little Emilia. Other roles include Maddalena (Rigoletto), Magali (Salsipuedes), Amelia (Amelia), Anne (To Hell and Back), and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito); also Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Dvořák’s Requiem, Vivaldi'sGloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach's Mass in B Minor, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis. For more, please visit www.meganberti.com.
Tenor Bryan DePan is making his Opera in the Heights debut as Prison Warden Frank. Mr. DePan is a native Houstonian and a recent graduate of the Moore’s School of Music at the University of Houston. There he studied under Dr. Timothy Jones and Joseph Evans. Roles he performed include the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Walter Engelmann in Thomas Pasatieri’s Frau Margot, and Giovanni in Daniel Catan’s La Hija de Rappaccini. Mr. DePan has made Houston his professional home as a singer and private voice teacher.
Keith Chapman received his Bachelor of Music in Piano from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in Piano from Rice University. In the past he has accompanied for the Houston and Dallas Ballet Academies, the Houston Boychoir, and at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to his duties at Oh!, Mr. Chapman is a librarian at Rice University.
Brock Hatton is from Tyler, TX, and a graduate of Texas A&M. He has recently been seen as George Bailey in Stagework's production of It's a Wonderful Life and John Hinckley in SRO's Assassins: Crane Operator in HGO’s Die Walkyrie and Siegfried: Little Pig #2 in Mainstreet's Shrek the Musical: Unity Theatre’s Plaid Tidings(Sparky): A&M's Tartuffe (Orgon), Journey’s End(Stanhope), No Exit (Vincent Cradeau), and Th3 B3ggar's Op3ra (MacHeath). He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.