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Così fan Tutte

Kaitlyn Johnson

Fiordiligi

American soprano Kaitlyn Johnson is quickly becoming an artist to watch in operatic repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Johnson returns as a Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artist in 2019/20, which brings four exciting role debuts. Johnson will perform Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Musetta in La Bohème, Jane Withersteen in Riders of the Purple Sage, and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos in her second season with the company.

In her first season with Arizona Opera, Johnson performed the role of Doris Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, “an energetic Doris who charmed Parker with her sweet lyric tones” (Operawire), and Fiordiligi in the studio production of Così fan Tutte. Johnson also made her debut with The Phoenix Symphony in a chamber music series featuring the works of Schubert and Mozart.

Spring 2018 saw an exciting debut in her hometown of Atlanta, as Frasquita in the Atlanta Opera’s Carmen. Celebrated on the operatic stage for her "powerful and dramatic soprano," (The Bloomington Herald-Times), Johnson has appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with both Indiana University Opera Theater and onstage at the Estates Theatre in Prague as part of the Prague Summer Nights Festival. As Donna Anna, Johnson was commended for her "rich, dramatic voice that carries and then some" (NUVO Indianapolis).

A passionate advocate for Spanish repertoire, Johnson performed the title role in IU Opera Theater’s production of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas to great acclaim. The Bloomington Herald- Times raved "Johnson carried herself like a diva and produced a voice of range and strength." Johnson is the recipient of the Handel Award from the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2018), an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2017), the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship from Indiana University (2016) and the Farb Family Outstanding Graduate Award from Rice University (2015). She is a graduate of Indiana University (MM) and Rice University (BM, cum laude), and is an alumnus of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, Aspen Opera Center and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy.

She is a 2015 cum laude graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Johnson is the recipient of a 2017 Encouragement Award from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2016 Georgina Joshi International Fellowship (Indiana University), and the 2015 Farb Family Outstanding Graduate Award (Rice University). She is a proud alumnus of the Aspen Opera Center, Oberlin in Italy, and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. Johnson is from Atlanta, Georgia.

Katherine Beck

Dorabella

Applauded for her “florid musicality” and “von Stade-like shimmer,” mezzo Katherine Beck has been recognized for her unique sound and honest performances throughout the United States. In 2018, Beck took First Prize at the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and Third Place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s Western Regionals.

A current member of the Marion Roose Pullin Studio at Arizona Opera, 2019 highlights for Beck this year include performances of Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro this spring and Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers in the fall. Beck recently created the role of Lisette in the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me at Opera Colorado in January 2018. Equally at home in recital and chamber music, she is a two-time alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center as a Vocal Arts fellow. Beck has shared the stage with the likes of Stephanie Blythe in recital at Tanglewood, as well as with Charles Castronovo, Kelley O’Connor and Rod Gilfry in Carmen in the summer of 2017 in Los Angeles.

This summer finds Beck at Santa Fe Opera, performing the role of Karolka in Jenufa and covering Ms. Emily D’Angelo as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.

Bille Bruley

Ferrando

Praised by the Huffington Post for his “ringing high notes,” Texas-born tenor Bille Bruley has garnered attention for his strength and versatility in operatic repertoire from baroque to contemporary. A 2018/19 William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award and Career Grant winner, Bille is currently engaged in his second year with the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, where his upcoming role assignments include Louis Sullivan in Shining Brow, Bern Venters in Riders of the Purple Sage, and Brighella and Bacchus (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos.

In the 2019/20 season, Bruley makes a number of exciting house debuts, including engagements with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Sam Polk in a new production of Floyd’s Susannah and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he will cover Father Grenville and Howard Boucher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. He will also make his New York recital debut singing Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the 92nd Street Yalongside Jennifer Johnson Cano. This summer, Bruley performs with the Phoenix Symphony in a program of Mozart arias and makes his return to the Santa Fe Opera, where he will create the role of Benjamin in the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child and cover the role of Laca Klemen in Janacek’s Jenufa.

Highlights of Bruley’s 2018/19 season included his first War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony as well as several engagements with Arizona Opera—as Gastone in La Traviata, Jonathan Dale in Silent Night, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, and as Ferrando in their studio production of Così fan tutte. In the 2017/18 season, Bruley was engaged as an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera, where he covered the roles of Captain Nolan in Doctor Atomic and and Governor/Vanderdendur/Captain in Candide. He returned to Virginia Opera for a number of role debuts, including First Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Trin in La fanciulla del West, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also joined Baltimore Choral Arts as a tenor soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus under the baton of newly-appointed director Anthony Blake Clark.

Bruley has received special acclaim for his interpretation of the works of Benjamin Britten, including the title role in Peter Grimes, King Nebuchadnezzar in The Burning Fiery Furnace, The Tempter in The Prodigal Son, and as the tenor soloist in Britten’s War Requiem. Of his performance as King Nebuchadnezzar with Central City Opera, The Daily Camera wrote, “His voice is radiant, his enunciation impeccable. Every word he sings is easily understood and every note is precise in pitch.”

An alumnus of young artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Central City Opera, Bruley has received recognition through a number of young artist awards, including the Richard Tucker Memorial Award from the Santa Fe Opera and the Iris Henwood Richards Memorial Award from the Central City Opera House Association. In 2018, Bruley was a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He has taken home prizes from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as a winner of the Gulf Coast Regional Finals and as a finalist and winner in the Lois Alba Aria Competition. Most recently, he was named a 2018/19 winner of The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award and Career Grant.

Bruley received his undergraduate training at Baylor University, where he studied under Robert Best, and completed his graduate work at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness. A native of Montgomery, Texas, Bruley is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jarrett Porter

Guglielmo

American baritone, Jarrett Logan Porter, is second year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist at Arizona Opera, and in the 2018/19 season will appear as Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, as Father Palmer in Kevin Puts' Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night, as Antonio and the cover to il Conte Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Baron Douphol in La Traviata. In the 2017/18 season, he was seen as the title role in Hercules vs Vampires, as Sciarrone in Tosca, as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, and as Maximilian/Captain in Candide. He joins The Santa Fe Opera in 2018 as a member of the company's Apprentice Program, singing Der Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos, and covering Maximilian/Captain in Candide. In Spring of 2018, he joins pianist Taylor Hutchinson in recital to present the duo's first full length Winterreise at Katzin Hall: Arizona State University. Jarrett has recently appeared as a Young Artist with The Glimmerglass Festival as Sam in Oklahoma!, and in Francesca Zambello's new production of Donizetti's rarely performed opera, The Siege of Calais

As a passionate interpreter of new music, Porter was seen as Joses in San Francisco Opera's World Premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo, and in 2016 as The Narcisisstic Ogre in the American Premiere of Philip Glass' The Witches of Venice at Opera Saratoga, where Opera News lauded him for his "imposing baritone." Later that season, Porter worked as part of the workshop premiere of Mason Bates' The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera, and later he went on to make his American Lyric Theatre debut, creating the role of Tom in Theo Popov's and Tony Asaro’s concert premiere of The Halloween Tree at Merkin Hall in New York City. In 2017, he was the recipient of the inaugural Pankonin Art Song Award for his collaboration with composer Matthew Boehler and librettist Tony Asaro to create the new song-cycle: Passed, and has appeared in performance with Jake Heggie at the German Consulate of San Francisco in a program of Heggie’s newest endeavors, including selections from his chamber opera, Out of Darkness.

In January of 2017, Jarrett was a fellow at SongFest at the Hidden Valley Music Festival under the mentorship of Sir Thomas Allen and Graham Johnson. Alongside narration from Mr. Allen and Mr. Johnson, he made his National Public Radio debut with selections from Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.

He is the 2017 Winner of the Pacific Music Society Competition, the Ellie Silver Award Winner at the 2017 Holt Competition, and the First Prize Winner of the inaugural Esther C. Weill Competition. Other role engagements have included the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Le Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, Sid in Albert Herring, Harry Easter in Street Scene, and Morales in Carmen. Porter is an Alumni of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy (2014), and holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music (2015), and an MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2017) where he was a James Schwabacher Fellow. He is a student of César Ulloa.

Brandon Morales

Don Alfonso

Brandon Morales, Bass-Baritone and 2nd year member of the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist Program, has performed with opera companies all over the US - stretching from the Pacific northwest’s Portland Opera to Virginia Opera on the East coast. Morales has recently completed two years with Virginia Opera’s Heardon Foundation Emerging Artist’s Program with highlights including Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jose Castro/Billy Jackrabbit in La Fanciulla del West, and the Mother in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins.

A graduate of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, he has been highly active in the Ohio area performing with Dayton Opera, NANO Works, Cincinnati Chamber Opera, Queen City Chamber Opera, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Cincinnati Opera, participated in Toledo Opera’s Resident Artist program, and performed the roles of Friedrich von Telramund in Lohengrin and the Dutchman in Die Fliegende Holländer in concert with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, where he is a part of their blooming Wagner studio. A native of San Antonio, TX, Morales currently enjoys the vagabond life of performing, but misses his faithful cat, Elsie.

Cadie Jordan

Despina

Louisiana-born soprano, Cadie Jordan, joins Arizona Opera for the 2018/2019 season as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist Program where she sings Despina in Così fan tutte and makes three role debuts as Chan Parker in Charlie Parker's Yardbird, Annina in La traviata, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.

The summer of 2018 brought a return to Des Moines Metro Opera where Jordan sang Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka and covered Laurie Moss in The Tender Land, as well as a return to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Previously this season, she made her debut as Clara in the second premier of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life with Indiana University Opera Theatre.

In 2017, she joined the Apprentice Artists of Des Moines Metro Opera where she covered Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music. She was a singer fellow of Ravinia's Steans Music Institute for a series of recitals and masterclasses. She received her Master's Degree from Indiana University in the studio of Heidi Grant Murphy from which her roles include Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and Despina in Così fan tutte. In the summer of 2014, Jordan made her international and role debut with Lisette in La rondine as part of the La Music Lirica Young Artist Training Program in Novafeltria, Italy. In the same summer, she toured as a soprano soloist with the C.S. Lewis Choral Institute through Oxford and Cambridge, England. Other concert performances include Handel's Messiah and Salve Regina during her time at Indiana University.

Jordan received her Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University where she began her musical pursuit under the tutelage of baritone Dennis Jesse. There, she made her role debut as Despina in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

Michael Lewis

Continuo

Michael Lewis is a second year Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist and is the Studio Pianist for the 2018/19 season. Prior to joining Arizona Opera, he attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ where he studied with Russel Ryan and received his Master's degree in Collaborative Piano. Before his time in Arizona, Michael was the Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master at Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton, NY where he served as principal coach and head pianist on Carmen, Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Rigoletto, l'Italiana in Algeri, and Faust. While holding this position, he also was on staff as Adjunct Lecturer at Binghamton University. As a vocal coach, Michael has worked with The Glimmerglass Festival, Aspen Summer Music Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute, Mill City Summer Opera, CoOPERAtive Program, and Ithaca College School of Music. During his undergraduate studies in vocal performance at Ithaca College, Michael assisted in the creation of the first student-run opera company at the college in which he served as Assistant Music Director and vocal coach. Along with performing, Michael is also a composer whose works have been performed throughout the United States and Australia.

Christopher Cano

Musical Direction

A seasoned recitalist and orchestra soloist, pianist Christopher Cano has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Civic Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Recital appearances have been in Europe, across the US, Mexico, Israel and the Far East.

Mr. Cano has won numerous awards including the Green Valley Scholarship Competition, Emilio Osta Scholarship Competition, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Scholarship. He is also a two-time winner of the University of Arizona President’s Concert Concerto Competition. Mr. Cano made his recording debut with The Catalina Chamber Orchestra in an acclaimed performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, Op.35. 

As a collaborative artist, he has played in the Master Classes of the late Fedora Barbieri, the late Anna Moffo, Lauren Flannigan, Martin Katz, Craig Rutenberg, and Suzanne Mentzer. Mr. Cano has also played for the master classes of Marilyn Horne in New York City at Carnegie Hall. As a studio pianist, Mr. Cano has had the distinct privilege of working with some of the great artists and teachers of singing including Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti, Marni Nixon, Patricia McCaffrey, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Rita Shane and Diana Soviero. 

Mr. Cano has performed as a guest soloist and chamber musician at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, the Alamos Music Festival of Sonora, Mexico, and has participated as a pianist at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel and Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Mr. Cano has been a member of the music staff at the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Isle, France, Toledo Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, Florida Grand Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Mr. Cano has also served on the faculties of The Intermezzo Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Institute, the CoOPERAtive Program of Westminster College for the Arts and V.O.I.C.Experience, a summer program for promising young singers in New York City, Orlando and Savannah under the Artistic Direction of acclaimed baritone, Sherrill Milnes. 

Recent recital appearances include collaborations with some of today’s most promising young vocal talent including, Jennifer Welch-Babidge, Jossie Perez, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Elaine Alvarez, Timothy Mix and Young Concert Artists Winners Jeanine DeBique and Jennifer Johnson Cano. 

Currently, Mr. Cano maintains his private studio in New York City where he has prepared singers for appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Chicago Lyric Opera, and orchestral appearances with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic among others. 

A native of Southern Arizona, Mr. Cano holds a Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona where his teachers included the late Ozan Marsh, Nicholas Zumbro, Dr. Paula Fan and Rex Woods. 

Mr. Cano and his wife, Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano currently reside in New York City where he was a full-scholarship student in the Professional Studies Program of Vocal Accompanying at the Manhattan School of Music. He currently serves on the vocal coaching faculty of that institution where he was a student of renowned pianist, Warren Jones.

David Paul

Director

David Paul is an award-winning director for opera, theater, and film.  Born in Germany and based in Brooklyn, his work incorporates material spanning five centuries and all genres, and strives to make performance a medium for direct, human communication, regardless of the platform. 

His work has been praised by the New York Times and Washington Post for its energy, humor, and emotional depth, and has been seen across four continents in five languages. As a director for opera, Paul is in high demand across the world.  Recent credits include productions for LA Opera (Salome), the Metropolitan Opera / Juilliard (Iphigenie en Aulide), Washington National Opera (An American Soldier, The Marriage of Figaro), North Carolina Opera (Il trovatore, Aida), Wolf Trap Opera (The Marriage of Figaro), Opera Saratoga (The Marriage of Figaro), and Music Academy of the West (The Rake's Progress, The Magic Flute, Cinderella, Carmen, The Bartered Bride).  On the theatrical stage, he has directed at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company (Julius Caesar, Hamlet), Alaska's Perseverance Theatre (Blood Wedding), Columbia University (The Seagull, Eurydice, The House of Blue Leaves), and served as Assistant Director on the Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Master Class. Driving innovation in the arts, Paul has been involved in several major genre-bending ventures.  He developed, wrote, and directed the film Dichterliebe: POETLOVE, a cinematic adaptation of classical songs from the 19th Century by Robert Schumann, winning awards from the Hong Kong Art House Film Festival, Geneva Film Festival, and IndieFest, and screening at festivals around the world. 

He also co-curated The Romeo and Juliet Project, a new retelling of the classic story through words, music, and dance, based on the various classic adaptations in different genres, which celebrated its triumphant premiere at the Chautauqua Institution during the 2013 season. 

Upcoming ventures include Opera in VR, a set of short films featuring operatic scenes shot in 360-degree virtual reality; AfterWARds, a 90-minute, 4-character reinvention of Mozart's IdomeneoThe Baron, an adaptation of the life story of tennis legend Gottfried von Cramm; as well as various music-video related projects. Equally passionate about training the next generation of singing actors, Paul has rapidly gained recognition as one of his generation's most dynamic directors and acting teachers for young singers. 

He is on the faculty at the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program, with productions at educational institutions including Boston University's Opera Institute The Marriage of Figaro), Juilliard (Il cambiale di Matrimonio, La scala di seta), Berlin Opera Academy (The Marriage of Figaro), the Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival (The Bear), and Westminster Choir College (Iolanta, The Tales of Hoffmann, Così fan tutte, Il re pastore, Il trionfo del tempo). 

He has also given master classes in Japan, China, Israel, and the United States. David Paul studied acting and directing at Columbia University, and apprenticed with directors Robert Falls, Michael Kahn, and Stephen Wadsworth. 

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include debuts with Pittsburgh Opera and the Houston Grand Opera's Young Artist Program.