Boheme associates with several of Manhattan’s prestigious artist management agencies, and present many of the emerging stars of opera’s national circuit. Exciting debuts have dotted Boheme’s history from the very start, with remarkable careers thus blossoming: baritones Mark Delavan, Daniel Sutin and Constantinos Yiannoudes; tenors Allan Glassman, Antonio Nagore and Benjamin Warschawski; sopranos Adina Aaron, Valerie Bernhardt, Olga Chernisheva, Paula Delligatti, Lorraine Ernest and Othalie Graham; mezzos Grace Echauri and Mika Shigematsu; among others. Legendary 20th century artists from the Metropolitan Opera have graced Boheme’s stage and have collaborated in gala and special events, including bass Jerome Hines, tenor Franco Corelli, sopranos Licia Albanese and Roberta Peters.
Boheme Opera holds annual auditions in August each season in order to fill principal roles for its main stage programming. Traditionally, managed singers are heard in Manhattan given the geography of where most reside. Local and unmanaged singers are periodically heard in the Central Jersey region.
2016-2017 season: The Barber of Seville (January/February 2017) and Lucia di Lammermoor (April 2017). Outreach events are scheduled throughout the season, several spontaneously, others in advance – all of which feature singers performing thematic repertoire.
WHO STARRED IN CARMEN:
Mezzo-soprano Julia Mintzer makes her Boheme Opera debut in the title role. She is described by the Canadian press as “extremely sensual, with the grace of a serpent, the violence of a tiger, and a mezzo of penetrating depth.” Her 2015-16 season holds a return to Washington National Opera as Hansel, appearances in Mozart’s Requiem at the Washington National Cathedral, and as Suzuki with Florentine Opera. Next season she will join the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein to sing the title role in Carmen and Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda.
Tenor Patrick Miller makes his Boheme Opera debut as Don Jose. He is described by Fargo-Moorhead Forum: “Physically, he’s a prince right out of central casting, with a jawline that could cut granite. But he’s not just a pretty face. His voice has astonishing power; it rolls off the stage like molten silver…and he keeps it in perfect control.” Since making his professional debut as Camille in Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s 2000 production of The Merry Widow, Patrick has triumphed in productions of Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera and Boston Baroque, Susannah and Eugene Onegin with Virginia Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor and the First Samson et Dalila with Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others.
Baritone Constantinos Yiannoudes returns to Boheme Opera as Escamillo after past productions as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and as the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto. He is described by North County News of New York: “He has a tremendous voice, consummate grasp of portrayal, and striking resemblance to actor Dustin Hoffman, giving him immense cachet. Ears are attuned to catch every syllable and hearts beat faster when he’s on stage.”
Soprano Lyssandra Stephenson makes her Boheme Opera debut as Micaela. One of the youngest artists to debut in a principal role with Boheme, she was awarded the “Rising Star Award” from the Continuo Arts Foundation in the summer of 2014, being featured as an Artist- in-Residence with their choirs and as a soloist in their year-end concert.
Baritone Kevin Grace returns to Boheme Opera as Zuniga after portraying such roles as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale) with the company. In 2005, Kevin made his debut as Happy in La fanciulla del West with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. This summer, he will perform the role of Dandini (La Cenerentola) with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Weimar, Germany.
Soprano Brynn Terry makes her Boheme Opera debut as Frasquita. Previous engagements in 2015 were performing the roles of Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Marguerite in Faust.
Mezzo-soprano Maja Lisa FritzHuspen makes her Boheme Opera debut as Mercedes, and will soon sing the Witch in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Lancaster.
Baritone Charles Schneider returns to Boheme Opera as Dancairo after recent roles Schaunard (La Boheme) and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) with the company. He has performing over 30 roles in more than 15 opera houses on the regional and local level.
Tenor Christopher Hodson returns to Boheme Opera as Remendado after singing Parpignol in La Boheme and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus with the company. Previous operatic roles include Nemorino in Donizetti’s l’Elisir d’Amore, Sam in Floyd’s Susannah and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff, among others.
Baritone Ian Highcock debuts his role of Morales with Boheme Opera, returning after singing Marquis in La Traviata. He is a busy oratorio soloist in the region.