Resonanz Opera 2018 Singing Artists Program
A Program For All Singers
The Singing Artists Program is unique and forward-thinking. Resonanz Opera offers role opportunities to artists of all ages and stages of development in a supportive and positive environment dedicated to study and performance. There is no age limit to audition or work with Resonanz Opera. Resonanz Opera also emphatically rejects any form of discrimination for personal characteristics or traits, and encourages every singer with a good voice and a desire to work to apply for an audition.
The Program Goals
The Singing Artist Program was established by Resonanz Opera's Heidi Skok, mezzo-soprano from her vast career experience. Singers seeking vocal and stage study and who want to bring their talent to the mainstage should apply. The program is offered in three different sessions with each session having three weeks of study that includes being cast in productions with national and international mainstage artists.
The Singing Artists Program is being extended in 2018 to include Bigger Voices in its support. Heidi Skok has worked for years with singers of bigger voices in her private studio Skokstudio and specializes technically in their vocal development. Similarly, the Singing Artists Program has also been extended to include talented high school student singers with the Resonanz Opera High School Internship Program. The Resonanz Opera Singing Artist Program is for ALL singers, without any age limit.
BIG Voices Program at Resonanz Opera
Resonanz Opera is pleased to announce the launch of a new program celebrating and championing Big Voices in this country and in Europe. Our first three week session of the Singing Artist Program (May 26-June 15), will present Richard Wagner's Act 2 of Tristan und Isolde and Giuseppe Verdi's Act 3 of Rigoletto. Voice lessons with Heidi Skok, who specializes in big voices, will take place. Other faculty to be announced shortly. This is an opportunity to prepare these roles for the stage and present them to an audience in Northeastern Ohio at the beautiful new Mentor Amphitheater. Resonanz Opera anticipates continuing to build this dramatic voice program with success.
High School Internship Program
With the institution of the High School Internship Program, Resonanz Opera initiates area high school students into world of formal vocal study with emerging opera singers and esteemed professional singers, all together on one stage. High School interns are given the opportunity to perform small roles on stage with professional opera singers and study under master instructors. Resonanz Opera's internship program is singular in The United States because it casts High School Interns in small roles in the opera, and not just in the chorus. Visit the Resonanz Opera High School Internship Program page for more information.
Singing Artists will receive voice instruction with Heidi Skok and coaching for their roles in the performances. Additionally, Singing Artists will perform in the smaller roles of the mainstage productions, in the chorus and will cover the bigger roles and have the opportunity to sing some of the big roles that are not cast by mainstage artists. Yoga and Mindfulness instruction are also provided to encourage a healthy "mind-body-voice" connection and a lasting foundation of wellness and focus for developing singers.
|Act II of Tristan und Isolde|
|Act III of Rigoletto|
|A Hand of Bridge|
|The Magic Flute|
|Dead Man Walking|
For information about available positions in the 2018 Singing Artists and High School Internship Programs, send inquiries to email@example.com
Enrollment in the Singing Artists and the High School Interns Programs require program participants to complete an online application for the audition. Audition applications must be submitted by candidate program participants before an audition can be considered. There is a fee to apply for an audition, which is paid online before the application is submitted.
• The application fee is $50.00 for the Singing Artists Program and the BIG Voices Program.
• The application fee is $25.00 for the High School Internship Program.
Other Program Information
• Vocal training with Heidi Skok and active training for the opera performance roles by well recognized vocal coaches.
• Mindfulness and Yoga instruction, which are notable parts of Resonanz Opera's unique program offerings that focus on "mind-body-voice" holistic wellness practices.
• Performances will be at the City of Mentor's Civic Amphitheater, The Wildwood Cultural Center, Andrews Osborne Academy, The Lawrence School, and other locations to be announced.
• There will also be a special opportunity to sing for an agent (or agents) at the end of the program to bridge the gap between voice study and the professional world of opera.
Housing, meals, and transportation are not provided.
Scholarships, discounted tuition, and financial assistance are not available for the Singing Artists, BIG Voices, or the High School Internship program enrollment fee.
An official Resonanz Opera Letter of Request for Sponsorship is available upon request to program participants who wish to seek sponsors on their own. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Tentative Program Daily Schedule
|1pm – 5pm||Opera Rehearsals, Voice Lessons, and Coaching|
|6pm – 9pm||Evening Opera Rehearsals/Masterclasses|
Praised for his “hypnotically lyrical” voice (Parterre Box), tenor John Ramseyer is an emerging artist residing in New York City. Most recently, Mr. Ramseyer performed the titular role in Joel Mandelbaum’s opera The Dybbuk at Merkin Hall and Lefrak Concert Hall in New York City. In his 2016-2017 season, John performed leading roles with LoftOpera (Gondolier, Rossini’s Otello), The Bronx Opera Company (Fenton, Falstaff), and Apotheosis Opera (Monsieur Taupe, Capriccio). In August, 2017, the Illinois native returned to the Midwest to join Resonanz Opera’s inaugural season as “L’Aumonier” in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Read more..
John received his Master’s degree from Mannes College, where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor Dan Marek. With the Mannes Opera, and under the baton of Joseph Colaneri (Met Opera, New York City Opera), Mr. Ramseyer performed the role of “Bill” in the New York City premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight, as well as “Laurie” in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Before relocating to New York City, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Illinois State University. At ISU, he sang several roles including “Lysander” in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2011, John began a multi-year relationship with the Midwest Institute of Opera. From 2011-2016, he performed many roles such as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and most recently, Fenton (Falstaff). John is very excited to be returning to Resonanz Opera this year to sing the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute.
Mezzo-soprano Heidi Skok performed in numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera as a soprano from 1992 to 2003. Ms. Skok is renowned as a recitalist and concert presenter. Recent engagements have included her first Sesto with Upstate Chamber Opera, a concert for Gay Pride at the Spectrum premiering new mezzo and flute song cycle by American composer Gerald Busby in New York City, a St. Paul’s Cathedral appearance, concerts with the Octavo Singers including an appearance at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY, a concert in Princeton, NJ premiering songs of American composer Gerald Busby, her first Messiah, several Saint Rose Camerata Series concerts, a concert celebrating the music of American composer Gerald Busby at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, NY, and the premiering of one of American composer Martin Hennessy’s songs at The National Opera Center in New York City. Heidi also recently reprized her role as Coissy in the 2017 Resonanz Opera production of summer in Dialogues of the Carmelites.
Lindell O. Carter, has been noted as a “promising young tenor … who lacks nothing in power and carry” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), and praised for “his rich timbre and ringing, easy top” (London Herald). Singing a wide repertoire on the stage, operatic credits include the title characters in Massenet’s Werther , Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann , and Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue. Other notable appearances include Il Duca (Rigoletto), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Des Grieux (Manon), Jenìk (Smetana’s Prodaná nevesta), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), Alfredo (La Traviata), Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera), Rodolfo (La Bohème) and several other leading tenor roles. Engagements this season include debuts as Enzo Grimaldo (Ponchielli’s La Gioconda), Vaudémont (Tchaickovsky’s Iolanta), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Canio (Pagliacci), and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor). Read more..
Just as at home on the concert stage, Lindell has appeared in recitals and concerts in New York City, across the United States, London, Italy, France, and Spain in a concert of singers selected by Montserrat Caballé. His concert credits include tenor solos in Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge, Choral Fantasy, and Symphony No. 9; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; Verdi’s Messa di Requiem; Händel’s Messiah; Dubois’ Les Sept Paroles du Christ; and Mozart’s Requiem in D and Coronation Mass. A native of the Bronx, NY, Lindell holds a BM in Vocal Performance and BA in French Language from the University of North Carolina.
Paige Heidrich, soprano, is an Ohio native who will graduate from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music in December of 2018 with double undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She is thrilled to be singing Pamina with Resonanz Opera this summer.
Hailed as “brilliant and funny” (www.news-herald.com) for her work on stage, Paige has been seen performing throughout the Northeast Ohio area in a variety of venues, including the Willoughby Fine Arts Association with Resonanz Opera, Rabbit Run Theater, with Mercury Theater Company at Notre Dame College, at “The 9” in Cleveland, and in the Baldwin Wallace University Opera mainstage productions. As a soloist, Paige had the privilege of debuting a chamber work by composer Lincoln Sandham titled “29 July, 1856” and has been a featured soloist for Baldwin Wallace’s Treble Choir as well as the Ashtabula Area Orchestra. Read more..
Paige studies privately with Dr. Marc Weagraff, coaches with Jason Aquila, and has performed in masterclass with master clinicians David Cangelosi, Kathleen Kelly, Sasha Cooke, and Rebecca Pitcher. At Baldwin Wallace, she is the recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Lauria Opera Scholarship, based on her outstanding work ethic and performance. Paige is also a member of the Motet Choir under the direction of Dr. Dirk Garner, an elite group that sings yearly in the renowned Bach Festival.
An open-minded and innovative crossover performer, Paige believes in breaking the barriers between opera, music theater, and theater. Paige was most recently seen in the role of Carolina in the Baldwin Wallace Opera production of Il matrimonio segreto, and made her directorial debut working with Rabbit Run Theater in their 2018 summer youth production of Seussical. Her favorite roles include Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, Frasquita in The Tragedy of Carmen, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Fiona MacLaren in Brigadoon, and Little Sally in Urinetown the Musical.
In her free time, Paige enjoys teaching early childhood music classes, values spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoys traveling and trying something new!
Nationally acclaimed baritone Timothy LeFebvre has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall. His frequently performed opera roles include Rigoletto, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Falke (Die Fledermaus), Marcello and Shaunard (La Bohème) and Father (Hansel and Gretel). LeFebvre’s operatic experience features performances with Central City Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Mr. LeFebvre graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and Binghamton University and is currently Associate Professor of Singing at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Founder and Artistic Director of Resonanz Opera
Master Voice Instructor, Mezzo-soprano
Ms. Skok has previously taught vocal instruction at The New School University on the Voice Faculty of the Actors Studio MFA Program, on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Curtis Institute, the University of Kentucky, Bennington College in Vermont, and The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Her students have sung at such opera houses as The Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Leipzig Oper, New York City Opera (now defunct), Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Glyndebourne, and San Diego Opera. Her students sing at The Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway, and in recording studios. Read more..
Ms. Skok maintains Skokstudio in Cleveland, New York City, Chicago and on Skype and Zoom. She filled in on the Voice faculty at Oberlin Conservatory in the Fall of 2017 and has now joined the Voice faculty at Lakeland Community College for the Spring, 2018. In addition, she has taught on the voice faculties of The New School University, Bennington College, New England Conservatory, The University of Kentucky and The College of Saint Rose. Heidi Skok’s career path has not been conventional nor straight, thus she loves to help other singers who struggle to find their way on their journey. Through her vast professional experience and her technical knowledge of the voice through her own transition to mezzo and other challenges, Heidi brings to singers her joy and passion for aiding other singers to Resonanz Opera which she founded in 2009 with the help of a talented team of singers. Resonanz continues in its new form in the Cleveland area since it’s re-launch in 2017.
Jon Frederic West
Heldentenor, Master Vocal Instructor to the 2018 Singing Artists: BIG Voices Program
Celebrating his 50th year of singing before the public, Mr. West became one of the top Heldentenors in the world of his generation. The tenor has sung in all the major opera houses, concert halls and orchestras throughout his career. At the Metropolitan Opera, he distinguished himself as the only heldentenor of recent history to sing all six performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Ring of the Nibelungen, after which he was awarded a standing ovation after each act of each opera of each performance.
Mr. West has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milano, Teatro dell’ Opera, Rome, The Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Bayerischer Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutscher Oper Berlin, Dresden’s Semperoper, Theatre du Chatelet, Opera de Nice, Theatre Champs Elysee, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Frankfurt Oper, NHK and the Bunka Keikan in Japan, Opera de Santiago, Chile, Teatro de Opera Colombia, Opera de Oviedo and Teatro Royal de Madrid.
The tenor was uniquely chosen for the Grand Re-Opening of The Prinzregententheater of Munich, Germany by Maestro Lorin Maazel and The Schirmherrn of German Theaters, the great director August Everding. The performances were broadcast live and subsequently three more times over European cable channels. Having sung most of the important dramatic roles of R. Wagner as well as R. Strauss’ canon, the tenor was hailed as “perfectly cast and most vocally convincing Siegfried ever heard in an opera house”. Mr. West quickly established himself as the world’s foremost interpreter of Siegfried in Siegfried and Siegfried in Goetterdaemmerung. Read more..
Mr. West further established himself in the title role of Tristan in Tristan und Isolde. Klaus Geitel said of Mr. West in Die Welt; “Jon Fredric West is the kind of Tristan you seldom hear with any comparable balance of presentation. Without the least sign of exhaustion, he sings through to the conclusion with a fresh voice, even in the murderous chain of hallucinations under which he dies to meet Isolde’s arrival”.
A frequent guest of the Salzburger Festspiele, Easter Festspiele, Edinburgh Festival, the May Festival (Cinncinnati and Ann Arbor), The BBC Proms, The Maggio Musicale in Florence, The Canary Islands Music Festival and the San Sebastian Festival under the baton of Hans Graf, where critics praised the tenor’s performance as “the Tristan of a lifetime”.
Mr. West has made many Cds and Dvds of complete opera and concert songs. His Dvd of Siegfried released through Euro Arts and Naxos won the Best Ring Cycle Award DVD in 2004 and was listed on the German Critics Top Ten List of 2004. His recording of Schubert’s greatest cycle, Winterreise with the great pianist Jerome Rose led to a Grammy nomination. The critic for www.mvdaily.com said; “If there was a single highlight to the festival, it was most certainly a stunning reading by Mr. Rose and the dramatic heldentenor Jon Fredric West of Schubert’s haunting song cycle Winterreise”.
Mr. West has collaborated throughout his long career with such notable conductors as; James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, James Conlin, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph von Eschenbach, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Eugene Ormandy, Semyon Bychkov, Bernard Haitink, Lukas Foss, and Christian Thieleman.
Jon Fredric West D.M.A. is a native of Dayton, Ohio, having studied at Bowling Green State University where he received a Bachelor of Music Major in Vocal Performance. His graduate work was done at Manhattan School of Music and at The Julliard American Opera Center. In 2006 Mr. West was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts, Honoris Causa which carries full rights and privileges from his Alma Mater. In 2010 he was recognized with the prestigious, “Centennial Award of the 100 Most Influential People in 100 Years of Bowling Green State University”.
He has lectured and given master classes at many opera companies and universities throughout the United States and around the world. Having singers in private studio who have succeeded in both opera and oratorio, he currently has students on full scholarships to Carnegie Mellon University, Hart School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music as well as a career heldentenor (Clay Hilley) who just won 1st place in the prestigious Wagner Society of New York’s Wagner competition. He was the first person to win 1st place in six years.
Timothy Nelson has directed over 70 productions of opera and theater throughout the United States and Europe. The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times have both referred to Nelson as “The Future of Opera.” He recently directed the Nederlandse Reiopera’s highy acclaimed production of Le Pecheurs de Perles and the Barbican’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Upcoming projects include Orphee et Eurydice for Opera Grand Rapids; La Calisto for the English Touring Opera’s UK National Tour; The Fairy Queen for the Iford Arts Festival in Bath, England; and The Lighthouse for the Armel Opera Festival in Budapest. Recent projects have included Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for the Academy of Ancient Music and Barbican Theatre in London; and Ballo in Maschera for the Iford Arts Festival. Read more..
From 2002-2012, Nelson served as Artistic Director of the American Opera Theater, directing and designing a diverse body of productions including baroque masterpieces Messiah, La Calisto, and Jephtha. Nelson also directed the American premiers of La Didone and David et Jonathas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a national tour of his acclaimed circus production of Acis and Galatea. Other work includes productions of Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly for Sardinia’s Festival Ente Concerti, Aureliano in Palmira for the famed Festivale della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Riders to the Sea for Amsterdam’s Grachtenfestival, La Voix Humaine for the Residentie Orkest of the Hague, and Giulio Cesare for Opera London. Nelson is a frequent guest of the Nederlandse Reisopera, where he has directed and designed productions of The Lighthouse and the theater piece Figaro in Four Quartets.
Nelson served as Artistic Director of the Netherlands Opera Studio where he directed and designed productions of Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Pelleas et Melisande, and The Rape of Lucretia. He is currently Artistic Director of Nieuwe Stemmen of the Rotterdam Operadagen and of the Accademia Europea dell’Opera, where he has directed and designed Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Die Zauberflote, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Cosi fan Tutte, and Alcina.” Other guest credits include work for Bard College, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Oberlin College, Royal Hague Conservatory, and Peabody Conservatory.
Tayte Mitchell is currently finishing his Bachelors of Music, dual majoring in Voice Performance under Lorraine Manz and Opera Directing under Jonathon Field at The Oberlin Conservatory. At Oberlin, Tayte’s operatic engagements include Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone, The Son in Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields, Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, and Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon. This past summer, Tayte sang the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring with the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Tayte has received Honorable Mention from the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition and was named an Albert Rees Davis Scholar by the Singer’s Club of Cleveland’s S. Livingston Mather Competition. New to stage direction, Tayte directed Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine with Oberlin Chamber Opera as well as Woody Allen’s comedic play Central Park West as part of the Oberlin Theatre Lab Series. Read more..
An opera director-in-training, Tayte Mitchell has just won first place in the National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition for his fall 2016 production of Poulenc’s La voix humaine. Bravo to the whole team—director Tayte Mitchell, soprano Annie Zara, pianist Phillip Matsuura, and opera coach Alan Gene Montgomery. (Be sure to catch Tayte’s production of Menotti’s The Medium on campus at the end of January. Visit https://www.oberlin.edu/ )
Tayte looks forward to again directing Menotti’s The Medium, Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, as well as Puccini’s Suor Angelica in July 2018 with Resonanz Opera.
Master Vocal Instructor, Vocal Coach
As an Assistant Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Roger Malouf has worked on productions led by maestros Levine, Ne´zet-Se´guin, Luisi, Gergiev, Rattle, Maazel, Domingo, Rudel, Armiliato, and Davis, among others. An Assistant Professor at Mannes College of Music, and Co-Director of the Opera Workshop in the Extension Division, he has also served on the staff of New York City Opera and The Juilliard School. As a vocal coach, he is currently on the faculty of the Bel Canto Institute in Italy and Respiro Opera NYC. He has taught at the International Vocal Institute in Croatia, the American Institute for Musical Studies (AIMS) in Austria, and at Portland State University’s Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik. Read more..
Mr. Malouf has served as an accompanist for the Belvedere Competition at the Wiener Kammeroper and for the Jugendfestspieltreffen at the Bayreuth Festival. He has given master classes in opera for Manhattan Opera Studio, and in art song at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Malouf has conducted productions for Little Opera Theatre of New York, New York Lyric Artists, Trinity Church on Wall St., Brooklyn Repertory Opera, and the Natchez Opera Festival. He is a frequent adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Paris Opera Competition, and the Altamura/Caruso Vocal Competition.
Pianist Evan Solomon has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals in France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, and throughout the United States. His exceptionally wide repertoire has led to frequent engagements as official pianist at events such as the Hannover International Violin Competition, the International Viola Congress, the West Point Clarinet Summit, and the Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium. A highlight of this past season was his premiere of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer Gerald Busby with the Orchestra at Shelter Rock. Read more..
Mr. Solomon’s performances as faculty artist of the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea have been heard on the Korean Broadcasting System and NPR’s “Performance Today.” Additional television credits include appearances on A&E Network’s “Breakfast with the Arts” with violinist Sarah Chang and cellist Han-Na Chang, and “Live from Lincoln Center: Perlman at the Penthouse” on PBS. His recordings with tenor Michael Sells and clarinetist Seunghee Lee have received wide critical acclaim.
Evan Solomon began his piano studies with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A graduate of Grinnell College with a major in mathematics, he received the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California as a student of Brooks Smith. Mr. Solomon was on the accompanying staff of the Juilliard School for over thirty years.
Vocal Instructor, Fitness Trainer, and Nutrition Coach
Elizabeth Rotoff, mezzo-soprano, has performed across Canada and in England in opera, musical theater and recital. She has had leading roles in the operas Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Tales of Hoffman, La Clemenza di Tito, Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel, The Medium and many more. Most recently she appeared as Lalume in Kismet. Read more..
The Edmonton Sun stated that her performance was riveting and that she has a haunting mezzo voice. The Bognor Regis Observer (England) reported, “The range of her powerful voice, coupled with an obvious deep understanding of the poetry made a memorable experience for the appreciative audience.” Opera Today said of her performance in Lennox Berkley’s A Dinner Engagement, “She was brilliantly haughty and convincingly statuesque”.
Elizabeth has been a private voice teacher for over 20 years. She has taught students of all ages. Many of her students have gone on to professional careers in classical music, musical theatre and jazz. An active member of NATS, she is currently VP of the Manitoba chapter. In addition, Elizabeth is an active adjudicator and clinician. She was a guest presenter at the NATS National Conference in Chicago in 2016.
She has a strong passion for fitness and nutrition. As a certified personal trainer, Zumba and PiYo Live instructor, triathlete and nutrition coach, she frequently gives presentations on cross-training and nutrition to running groups and businesses, as well as instructing group fitness classes. This led her to develop The Fit Singer, where she empowers singers to achieve optimal health through an holistic approach encompassing body, mind and spirit. You can find out more about Elizabeth at www.thefitsinger.com.
Beverly O’Regan Thiele
Acting Instructor, Singing Actress
In almost 30 years of singing “Classical” and contemporary opera, Beverly O’Regan Thiele is known for her natural ability to move an audience like few others in the business. At Resonanz Opera, Ms. O’Regan Thiele will work with singers to hone their acting skills by helping them become intimately acquainted with the character he or she is portraying. This happens from talking through various historical factors of the opera as well as the period each piece will be set, and from finding how that affects the characters and overall energy of the piece; discovering what the singer’s own life experiences may bring to their character as well as working with some of the exercises created by the renowned actor/teacher Uta Hagen. The singer will learn to recognize and overcome obstacles he or she may find in their characters as well as his or her own comfort level on stage. Ms. O’Regan Thiele will address the specific and unique challenges opera singers face in acting realistically within the restrictions granted to singers by the composer and librettist, as well as having to be so strong in one’s vocal technique yet be able to be natural or if called for, stylized, in his or her character portrayal. Read more..
Ms. Thiele is also known for being a consummate singing actress, noted for the intensity and honesty of her character portrayal with a clear, silver-toned singing voice. She has earned critical acclaim for her interpretations of many important roles from repertoire of the eighteenth into twenty first centuries. These roles include “Magda Sorel” in Menotti’s The Consul (also recorded on Newport Classics), “Blanche” in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the title roles in Floyd’s Susannah, Barber’s Vanessa, Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, Janacek’s Jenůfa and Káťa Kabanová; “Mrs Williamson” in David Lang’s The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field, “Abigail” in The Crucible, “Marie Antoinette” in Corgliano’s The Ghosts Of Versailles, “Arkadina” in Pasatieri’s The Seagull, and “Miss Jessel” in Turn Of The Screw. She premiered the leading soprano roles in two world premieres by Michael Nyman: Man And Boy: Dada and Love Counts; other important roles include Mozart’s “Donna Elvira”, “Fiordiligi”, “Erste Dame”, Puccini’s “Musetta”, three heroins in Il Trittico, “Chrysothemis” in Elektra, and “Giulietta” in Les Contes D’Hoffman. Houses in which she has performed include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Badisches Staatstheater, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Broomhill Opera Festival in England and the Armel Festival in Szeged, Hungary.
Self-Esteem Coach of the Singing Artists High School Internship Program
Laura is the Founder/Executive Director for IPride, a self-esteem building program for youth with an emphasis on creative thought/expression and basic physical fitness. IPride has been Alive! at: Wickliffe Middle School, The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland, Lake County Juvenile Detention Center, Forbes House, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, The Loving Hands Group, After-School All-Stars, Willowick Public Library, Willoughby Public Library and a number of other organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Read more..
A lifelong creative writer, in 2012, Luna Negra, a Kent State University publication, published her poetry. Laura’s poignant personal story of triumph and survival went live on a women’s website, Women for One, in July 2017. http://womenforone.com/the-little-cloth-secret-keeper/
A proud mom of three sons and three dogs, Laura is a certified personal trainer from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, a published author and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bowling Green State University. She lives by the mantra “who can I help today?” For more information on IPride, please visit: http://www.ipride.net. IPride is dedicated to the honor and memory of her dear mother Elaine.