The Cast of I Pagliacci

Oh! 2015-2016 Season

Canio - James Chamberlain

Tenor James Chamberlain was last heard as Pollione from Norma with St Petersburg Opera. He also sang Turiddu and Canio in Kingwood Summer Opera’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana and I pagliacci. James sang Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Sarasota Opera where he was a Studio Artist. He has covered the roles of Don Jose from Carmen and Bacchus from Ariadne auf Naxos. He has spent the past 3 summers as part of Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. James made his Houston Grand Opera debut as the Registrar in Madama Butterfly and later that season sang the Offizer from Ariadne auf Naxos.

Nedda - Donata Cucinotta

Noted for her “particularly fine” soprano voice by Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times, Donata Cucinotta is an active performer of both opera and musical theater. This season's notable engagements include a leading role in the world premiere of a new musical by Grammy winner Paul Sullivan, The Last Ferryman, at the Stonington Opera House; First Lady in Opera Tampa’s Die Zauberflöte; Josephine in Knoxville Opera’s HMS Pinafore; and Susan Lawrence in Big The Musical at Shadow Lawn Stage, as well as a featured role in Bristol Riverside Theater’s Winter Musicale and Salt Mash Opera’s Broadway on the Lawn concert. Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Opera Ithaca. For more, please visit

Tonio - James Rodriguez 

Praised for his "authoritative and rich baritone", James Rodriguez has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera IOWA, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, the Natchez Festival of Music, and the Moores Opera Center.  Notable roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (LaCenerentola), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), Captain Magallanes (Salsipuedes), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto.  Mr. Rodriguez was a finalist in the Concorso Lirica International Competition, and the first place winner in the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition and the Texas Young Artist Vocal Competition.

Beppe - Dash Waterbury

Dashiell Waterbury is a singer and director in the Houston area. He has 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. He has also performed Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress and Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Other credits include Monostatos in The Magic Flute at Crested Butte Music Festival and Gomatz in Zaide with Queen City Chamber Opera. He recently graduated 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 touring two operas for children.

Silvio - Jeremiah Johnson

Alternately described as “solid, accomplished” and bringing a “poised, masculine seriousness” to the stage, native born Texan, Jeremiah Johnson is rapidly gaining attention as a baritone of note.  Recent engagements include singing Pish-Tush in The Mikadowith South Shore Symphony and creating the role of Harry Angel in the world premiere of Falling Angel with the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York City. Performing in Boston for the first time Jeremiah also worked on the world premiere of The Tempest with The Shakespeare Concerts. Jeremiah has been a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera where he covered Scarpia inTosca. Past engagements have included Virginia Opera, Opera Memphis, and Utah Festival Opera.