Cast of

Madama Butterfly

Oh! 2018 - 2019 Season

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Cio-Cio-san Keiko Clark, soprano 

Keiko Clark, soprano, has thrilled audiences across the globe with a voice remarkably pure and clear, and a stage presence fresh and engaging. From performing the most demanding operatic roles, to an emotional rendition of the U.S. National Anthem at Dodger Stadium, Ms. Clark takes command of her stage with a warmth and generosity of spirit that audiences take to heart.

Ms. Clark’s repertoire includes the title roles of Juliette, in Roméo et Juliette, and Lucia, in Lucia di Lammermoor. She has performed the lead roles of Constanza and Blonde, in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Norina, in Don Pasquale, and Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario. She has performed multiple renditions of the menacing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Riverside Lyric Opera, Repertory Opera, Pasadena Lyric Opera, Bakersfield Symphony, Pacific Palisade Symphony and USC Thornton Opera. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Clark trained under a scholarship with legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California, a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, as well as a teaching credential in music from Cal State Long Beach, Calif. In addition to her live performances, Ms. Clark has worked as adjunct instructor at Loyola Marymount University, co-founded a youth choir at The Church of Jesus Christ the Latter Day Saints and currently works as the choral director and theatre director for North Torrance High School.

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Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton Peter Lake, tenor 

Peter Lake is an internationally performing tenor who in the summer of 2018 made his role debut as Faust in Natchez Festival of Music’s production of Faust, and sang Pang in Mississippi Opera’s Turandot.  In August, he performed as a Festival Artist for the Savannah Voice Festival in multiple concerts and covered Alfredo while singing Gastone in La traviata.  In March of 2018, he was invited to perform as a soloist on the Sherrill Milnes Gala Honoring Denyce Graves, and in February he performed the role of Don José in a condensed Carmen for the Mobile Opera Gala.  In 2017 as a Resident Artist for Opera North Peter made his role and house debut as Paris in La belle Hélène where reviewed him as “…relatably earnest, and his voice carries a lush, warm timbre.”  In December 2017 Peter was invited to China to perform a series of American Art song recitals where he sang selections by Samuel Barber, Rorem, Ives, and Foster at several prestigious universities including Central Conservatory of Music and Shandong University.  In May 2019 Peter will return to Natchez to sing Rodolfo in their production of La bohème, and then to Savannah Opera in August to perform in Forever Plaid.

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Sharpless 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 recent highlights include Silvio in Pagliacci, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Ping in Turandot (Dayton Opera), Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos (Palm Beach Opera), Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Santa Fe Opera) and Renato in Un ballo in maschera (Opera in the Heights).  Kenneth’s orchestral credits include Berlioz’s Lélio, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. He has also been a featured recitalist throughout the United States specializing in less performed English art song.  Upcoming engagements for Kenneth include a return to Dayton Opera where he will perform Marcello in La bohème .

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Suzuki | Kimberly Sogioka, mezzo-soprano 

Praised by Opera (UK) as “...the most opulent female sound on the stage...” young mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is drawing much attention as an exciting artist on opera and concert stages. This season, Kim performs Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann with Opera Orlando, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Opera in the Heights and Pacific Opera Project, and as a soloist in concerts in St. John's of Lattingtown and with the Whatcom Chorale.  Last season, Ms. Sogioka sang in Symphony Silicon Valley’s Misa Tango concert, which explored the style of the Argentine tango in the form of large scale orchestral compositions as opposed to its origins as dance music, and as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.  Additional recent engagements include Carmen in scenes from Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, workshops of Bruce Wolosoff’s The Great Good Thing and Sarah Mattox’s Heart Mountain, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Grand Rapids, and productions with Michigan Opera Theater as Siébel in Faust and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, which she also performed with Northern Lights Music Festival. She also performed the role of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Tampa as well as in a new co-production with Opera Carolina, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Opera Grand Rapids.

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Goro | Eiji Miura, tenor 

Japanese-American tenor Eiji Miura, a San Francisco native, is an active and sought-after Boston-based singer and educator. As a performer, Miura regularly appears in concerts, operas, musicals, and in the sacred music scene in and around the Boston area, and also records vocals for video game soundtracks. In addition to his active performing career, he holds faculty positions at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has previously taught at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Clark University (Worcester, MA). Miura earned is M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory.

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Bonze Hisato Masuyama, tenor 

Hisato Masuyama was originally raised in Tokyo, Japan.  At 18, he came to the US and earned his BM in vocal arts and music education from USC.  Always loving the theatre, his opera debut was as Ping in Turandot.  His other credits include: tour- 42nd Street w/ Marietta Hartley, Mame w/ Juliet Prowse, Pacific Overtures w/ Mako.  Japan Broadway productions: Chicago, as Mary Sunshine, Phantom, Tommy. Other favorites include: Dreamgirls, Anything Goes, The Student Prince, Rumors, The Music Man, The Producers.  As translator/ voice over: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Sesame Place. Also a counter tenor, he has toured all over Japan in concert. Dedicated to Todd Ball .

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Kate Pinkerton Amanda Levy, soprano 

Amanda Levy is Opera in the Heights’ inaugural resident young artist for the company’s 2018-19 season, covering the roles of Marie (La Fille du Régiment) and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), performing the soprano roles in John Davies’s Pinocchio and Jack and the Beanstalk and making her mainstage debut with the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. She recently graduated from University of Houston, receiving her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance. In 2017 Amanda participated as an apprentice artist at Opera in the Ozarks, where she sang the roles of la Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Mrs. Gleaton (Susannah). Ms. Levy, a Long Island native, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Past credits include: Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Princess Ninetta, (The Love for Three Oranges), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Martha Sheldon (The Crucible), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), la Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Stepmother (Into the Woods), Irene Molloy (Hello, Dolly!), and Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls). Amanda has performed in venues across the United States and Europe, participating in programs such as Opera in the Ozarks, Le chiavi di bel canto, Manhattan Opera Studio, OperaWorks, AIMS in Graz, and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. Ms. Levy is also an advocate for new works, premiering the role of Willow in Sonnet Swire’s The Summer’s Case at the New England Conservatory, as well as other premieres.