CAST

Our New York run is done, but click on the photos to learn more about the talented performers who brought ¡Figaro! (90210) to life for the April 2017 revival at The Duke on 42nd Street.

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José Adán Pérez (Figaro) is an alum of LA Opera Plácido Domingo’s Program, the AVA, Aspen Opera School, IVAI and SIVAM.  After his operatic debut with LA Opera as Marcello in La Bohème conducted by Maestro Domingo, he has performed with NY City Opera, LA Phil, LA Master Chorale, Theater Basel, Teatro M. Bellini, Bellas Artes Opera, OFUNAM, Aspen Music Fest, Cervantino Fest to mention some; singing under the batons of Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Angel Romero, Michele Mariotti, Michael Christie, Grant Gershon, Will Humburg, Eduardo Diaz-Munoz, among several. Before beginning his musical pursuits, Mr. Pérez, worked several years in the automotive industry as engineer. {back to top}

 

Samarie Alicea (Susana) Puerto Rican soprano Samarie Alicea is thrilled to return to ¡Figaro! (90210)! She recently performed in the New York City Opera's productions of Candide, Pagliacci / Aleko, and Florencia en el Amazonas.  Puerto Rico District winner for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Samarie performed as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Long Island Opera and as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble.   Her repertoire include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Maria in West Side Story among others.  Holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from CUNY-Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.  www.samariealicea.com  {back to top}

 

Luke Scott (Paul Conti) recently appeared as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera on the Avalon), Argante in Rinaldo (Boston Opera Collaborative), Leporello in Don Giovanni (Opera Western Reserve), and was a winner of the New England Concerto competition. This season includes Frank in Die Fledermaus (Opera Theater of Connecticut), Bonze in Madame Butterfly (Salt Marsh Opera) and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret Theater) as well as debuts with Maryland Symphony as Escamillo in Carmen, and in Hadyn’s Creation with Newton Choral Society. Mr. Scott has received awards from the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Bel Canto Scholarship Foundation, Shreveport Opera Competition, and Gerda Lissner Foundation. {back to top}

 

Raquel Suarez-Groen (Roxanne Conti) was recently praised for her “fresh and clear” and “poignant soaring soprano” sound. This season, Ms. Suarez-Groen makes her debut with Opera Carolina as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, sings on Opera Carolina’s Art, Poetry and Music 2015 Gala, Frasquita in Carmen with Venture Opera, and Roxanne Conti (Contessa) in ¡Figaro!(90210).  She was recently featured in a recital in Calgary and appeared as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera on the James. This summer, Ms. Suarez-Groen returned to China with the iSing! International Festival, where she made her debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. {back to top}

 

Christin Byrdsong (Li’l B-Man) is a versatile actor who has played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar three times, Belize in Angels in America, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Man 1 in Songs for A New World, and Lun Tha in The King and I. Broadway World recently hailed: “The grand power of his voice sent chills up my arms more than once.” He can be also seen in commercials for national brands including JCPenny, RadioShack, and Hasbro Toys. Byrdsong is a skilled violinist who can be heard on the soundtrack for Daughter of Dawn performed by the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. For more information visit his YouTube Channel. {back to top}

Emma Grimsley (Barbara Conti) made her professional debut as Lucia in Vespertine Opera Theater’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Last season’s engagements included a role debut as Johanna in Eugene Opera’s Sweeney Todd as well as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Music Works in Seattle. Ms. Grimsley was recently cast in Friends of Theater Company’s two benefit performances of The Secret Garden that will feature original cast members.  This season she will also play Barbara Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210), and in the summer will make her debut at The Glimmerglass Festival as a part of their Young Artists Program. {back to top}

 

Sahoko Sato Timpone (Ms. Soon-Yi Nam) Japanese mezzo-soprano, Sahoko Sato Timpone has performed across the U.S., Asia and Europe, including as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Syracuse Opera, Nevada Opera, Opera Camerata Washington), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Syracuse Opera, West Virginia Symphony, Atlantic Coast Opera), and most recently Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Le Poisson Rouge), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Manhattan), and in Verdi’s Requiem (NY Choral Society). Frequently returning to her native Japan to perform with Maestro Seiji Ozawa, she made her debut with Tokyo Opera Nomori in Elektra and has performed at the Saito Kinen Festival and with the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku Opera. {back to top}

 

Ethan Herschenfeld (Babayan) made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Murderer in Macbeth, and has sung roles ranging from Fafner and Gurnemanz to Mefistopheles and Sparafucile at opera houses including Madrid, Venice, Versailles, Turin, Basel, Genoa, Bari, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and San Diego. His TV roles include mostly bad guys on Girls, Boardwalk Empire, High Maintenance, Damages, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Forever, and upcoming on Power.  Muchas gracias Vid y Kathy! {back to top}


Lori Mirabal (Donna) has performed with luminaries in opera, music theatre, in television and film.  Credits include Lalume in Kismet at Utah Festival Opera; Queenie in Show Boat at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre; Carmen (title role) with New York City Opera; Ella in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar with Gordon Crowe Productions (National Tour); Clara (title role) in Gabriel’s Daughter at Central City Opera (CO); Tituba in The Crucible at DiCapo Opera Theatre (NYC) and Adelaide Bobo in Les Negres at Opéra de Lyon in France; TV/film: PBS documentary Aida’s Brothers and Sisters and The Secret Lives of Dentists. {back to top}

 

Michael Kuhn (Basel) Described as “an artist of almost terrifying magnetism” (New York Observer), tenor Michael Kuhn is quickly gaining recognition as a dynamic performer of opera, musical theatre and concert works across the country. Recent performances include Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Brooklyn's LoftOpera, and with Central City Opera as Padre in Man of La Mancha, Sancho in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse and as the title role in Britten’s The Prodigal Son, hailed by Opera News as a performance in which he “sang with force and acted with authority.” Read more at www.michaelkuhntenor.com {back to top}

 

David Castillo (Atzuko) is a producer and performing artist who delivers "impassioned," (LA Times) "beautifully sung and confidently acted" (Opera News) performances in the US and Europe. The New Orleans native is Founder/Creative Director of Jukebox Castle, an innovative company that fuses food and music into immersive arts events, such as Seven Deadly Sins.  World premieres: Theatre of the World & NIMBUS (LA Philharmonic), HOPSCOTCH & Bonnie and Clyde (The Industry), ¡Figaro! (90210) (LA Opera), Songs of Ascent (LA Master Chorale), infinite self (USC Fischer Museum), and Letters to Santa (Loyola NOLA).  European Debut: Winterreise in Paris. This season: Debut with The Cleveland Orchestra (Pelléas et Mélisande).  He is a commercial actor, print model, and was featured on America’s Got Talent. www.davidthesinger.com {back to top}

 

Candace Matthews (Ensemble) is a native New Yorker with a Bachelor’s degree in opera performance from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY-Purchase College and a Masters from the Aaron Copland School of Music. Roles include Cendrillon in Cendrillon (Purchase College) Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Queens College) Maria in West Side Story (Opera North) and Susana in ¡Figaro! (90210) (Dartmouth College). {back to top}

 

Kat Liu (Ensemble) Credits include: El Dorado Sheep (Candide, New York City Opera), Lisa (The Grand Duke, Utopia Opera), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Ars Totus Orchestra), Luisa (The Fantasticks, Santa Monica Playhouse), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, MAI Trentino Festival).  Solo work with: New World Baroque Orchestra, Lompoc Master Chorale, Cuesta Master Chorale, San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts Ensemble. Upcoming: Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, Opera Seabrook), and Elf Coro (La Compana Sommersa, New York City Opera). {back to top}

 

Rogelio B. Peñaverde Jr. (Ensemble) has performed various lead roles from the Mozart and bel canto repertoire. He is noted by the New York Times for his “sweet sound” and praised by Opera Magazine as an “incisive tenor”. He is equally at home with singing musical theater and contemporary pop music.  Peñaverde has performed with New York City Opera, Caramoor International Music Festival, Bronx Opera Company, Tuscia Opera Festival of Italy, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. {back to top}

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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