Deborah Rosengaus stars as Joe
Deborah Rosengaus joins Island City Opera for a second season starring as Jo in Little Women. Deborah made her debut in the role of Teresa in La Sonnambula in March 2018.
Deborah is a versatile Mezzo Soprano having studied Opera, Theater, Music and Dance she is known for her exciting, high energy performances and for creating memorable and endearing characters. With a uniquely flexible voice, as comfortable in Verdi as it is in Rossini, she has delighted audiences around the world with her rich timbre and sparkling coloratura.
From her beginnings as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has toured internationally, with a variety of musical ensembles in concert halls such as: Santori Hall in Tokyo, The Center for Performing Arts in Beijing with the Peoples Liberation Army Orchestra, Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals in Mexico and across the United States, giving voice to her research into the lesser known Art Songs of great Classical composers.
Katja Heuzeroth stars as Meg
Katja Heuzeroth, mezzo soprano, returns to Island City Opera, in January 2019, as sister Meg in Adamo’s Little Women. Katja made her Island City Opera debut in January 2018 singing the role of Kashcheyevna, the scheming daughter of Kashchey in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchey the Immortal.
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Katja Heurzeroth made her professional debut at the Bayreuther Festival House performing in Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Der fliegende Holländer under the musical direction of Maestro Giuseppe Sinopoli, Maestro Daniel Barenboim and Maestro Peter Schneider.
Ms. Heuzeroth has received stipends from Germany’s Richard Wagner Foundation and the Meistersinger von Nürnberg Foundation. She is also the recipient of a scholarship from MidAmerica Productions and a previous Young Artist with Dicapo Opera in NYC.
Ms. Heuzeroth’s operatic roles include Lehrbube in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Blumenmädchen in Parsifal (Musical Director, James Levine – Lucerne Festival); Suzy/Lolette in La Rondine and Mercedez in Carmen (Teatro Felice); Lady Mary in The Vagabond King (Liederkranz Foundation – NYC); Octavian in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier and Dorabella in scenes from Cosi fan tutte (Opera Aegean); Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (New York Opera Project); Dorabella in scenes from Cosi fan tutte, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Greenwich Village Orchestra – NYC); Flosshilde in Das Rheingold (Liederkranz Opera Theatre); and Adalgisa in Norma (Riverbent Opera).
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Aimee Puentes stars as Beth
Aimée Puentes returns for another season as Beth in Little Women who catches the attention of a neighbour, Mr Laurence, who is charmed by Beth and gives her a piano. Beth contracts scarlet fever and sadly, never fully recovers.
Aimée made her Island City Opera debut as Lisa in the March 2018 production of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula. Ms. Puentes has sung a variety of leading soprano roles including Zerlina, Despina, Micäela, Sister Constance, Pamina, Donna Elvira, Musetta, Nannetta and Susanna with companies such as San Francisco Opera, Arizona Opera, Pensacola Opera, New Orleans Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chautauqua Opera, San Jose Opera, West Bay Opera, Sacramento Opera and Abilene Opera.
Ms. Puentes’ solo concert work includes Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana,Rutter’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No.4, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnis and Mass in C Minor, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915. Aimée is a three-time West Coast finalist of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, winner of the IIE International Vocal Competition and Classical Singer magazine. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and has a Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University.
Aimée loves to teach voice and has been a guest teaching artist for the California Music Teachers Association, a teaching artist at San Francisco Opera and West Bay Opera, serves on the voice faculty at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and has enjoyed teaching private voice lessons since 2000.
Angela Jarosz as Amy
Sergio Gonzalez, Laurie
Sergio Gonzalez, tenor, joins Island City Opera for another season to sing the role of Laurie, Jo’s spurned suitor, in Little Women.
Mr. Gonzalez starred as Elvino in the Island City Opera’s March 2018 production of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula. In January 2017, he made his Island City Opera debut singing the role of the lovesick Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. He then reprised the same role this past summer at the Mendocino Music Festival’s production of the same work. Previously, he sang the lead role, Belmonte, in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at the Mendocino Music Festival in 2016. And at the 2014 Mendocino Music Festival Sergio appeared as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Sergio received his Master’s degree at the SF Conservatory of Music.
Bradley Kynard as John Brooke
Bradley Kynard, baritone, makes his Island City Opera debut as John Brooke, sister Meg’s suitor.
Bradley Kynard, baritone, has performed many roles throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Last year Mr. Kynard made his San Francisco Opera debut as Daggoo in Moby-Dick. Previous roles include Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Remendado Carmen, and Lord Cecil Roberto Devereux with Pocket Opera. Other engagements include Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata with Opera San Jose, Chirurgo La Forza del destino with West Bay Opera and Robbins Porgy and Bess with Mendocino Music Festival. Mr. Kynard also sings with the San Francisco Opera chorus.
Jacque Wilson as Alma March
Wayne Wong sings Gideon March
Wayne Wong sings Gideon March, father of the March clan, in Little Women, January 2019.
Wayne made his Island City Opera debut as Alcindoro and Benoit in the 2016 production of La Boheme
Ellen St Thomas as Aunt Cecilia March
Ellen St Thomas is a co-founder of Island City Opera and has directed, managed and sung in many productions. Ellen sang the role of Ines in Island City Opera’s inaugural production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Giovanna in Rigoletto. She directed Il Tabarro, and, La Boheme and assisted Olivia Stapp in directing Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, and La Sonnambula,
Ellen is engaged in nearly every aspect of music and performance. As an expressive lyric soprano, she has performed in concerts and shows across the Bay Area. She has also lent her voice to cartoon characters for episodes of Madeline and Inspector Gadget for Dic Entertainment. Ellen is also a versatile producer with credits in TV/film and live performances.
Don Hoffman as Freiderich Bhaer
Don Hoffman returns to Island City Opera as Freiderich Bhaer in Little Women, January 2019.
Don has sung many roles with Island City Opera including Colline in La Boheme and the Chief Bandit in Don Quichotte.
Phillip Harris sings Dashwood
Phillip Harris makes his Island City Opera debut as Dashwood, the New York newspaper man who gives Jo her break in a sort of journalism.
Phillip is an active singer, teacher, church musician, and music scholar with experience in an array of various music genres and settings. In 2016, he made his Carnegie Hall debut on the Ensemble Spotlight series with the Mid America Productions as a soloist with Jacqueline Hairston, won the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016) and was a 1st place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (district).
In the same year, he also sang Marcello (La Bohème) with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theater and Le Fauteuil/L’arbre (L’enfant et les sortilèges) with The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He made his professional operatic debut with Pocket Opera as Cascada (The Merry Widow) in 2014 and Schaunard (La Bohème) in 2017.
More recently, he appeared in the title role of Don Giovanni with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theater and with The Aspen Music Festival as Turbo in a workshop of Rufus Wainright’s opera, Hadrian, and in concert with The Aspen Music Festival as the narrator of “Liberty for All.” He sang with Opera in the Ozarks as The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance) and Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), The International Lyric Academy in Rome and Viterbo as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), and Opera Las Vegas as Sem (Noye’s Fludde).