Lisa Chavez was most recently seen with NYCO in a “star turn” as Maggie in the premiere of Bell’s Stonewall. Other roles performed with the company include the title role in Dolores Claiborne, Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, the title role in Carmen, and she was also involved in the Hal Prince production of Candide. She has been described as possessing a “plush storm of a voice” and for being “a powerhouse vocally and emotionally.” Other recent performances include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, the title role in Carmen, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fenena in Nabucco, and Madame de Criossy in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Sarasota Opera. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 season she was a principal resident artist with Opera San Jose. Roles sung with Opera San Jose include: Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Harriet Herriton in the professional premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Meg Page in Falstaff, and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Lisa returned in 2016 as a guest artist in the title role of Carmen. Memorable roles include; Amneris in Aida, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (telecast live on Mezzo TV), Federico García Lorca in Ainadamar, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Secretary in The Consul.
Tenor Jason Karn has impressed critics and audiences alike with his vibrant, bright tone and dramatic characterizations. Jason performed to much acclaim with Theatre Raleigh’s Master Class as Anthony Candolino, Don José in New York City Opera’s Carmen in Bryant Park, and in New York City Opera’s International tour to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Jason made a return to Opera Carolina as the Young Gypsy in the North American premiere of Aleko and Beppe in Pagliacci. Voix des Artes said of his Young Gypsy, “Karn infused ‘Еще одно, одно лобзанье!’ with ardor and soaring to top C with panache and vocal abandon.” Jason made his New York City Opera debut reprising the roles of the Young Gypsy in Aleko and Beppe in Pagliacci. Upcoming, Jason will be singing Jaquino in Fidelio with North Carolina Opera. Mr. Karn holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Baritone Joshua Jeremiah is thrilled to be singing, IN PUBLIC, and most especially with the New York City Opera. Debuting with the company 11 years ago, Josh has appeared with NYCO across various musical genres, from musical theater in Lucky To Be Me: The Music of Leonard Bernstein, and the more pop style of Who Are You NY: Songs of Rufus Wainwright, to the operatic diversity of La Périchole (Offenbach), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), and Anna Nicole (Turnage). An avid proponent of contemporary opera, Josh workshopped pieces with NYCO over the years through their previous "VOX Series for New Works,” and recently workshopped several roles in Ted Rosenthal's Dear Erich, which debuted with the company in 2019. Additional credits include; the title role of Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Sacramento Opera); Lt. Horstmayer in Silent Night (MN Opera); Lionel in Tchaikovsky's Maid of Orleans (New Orleans Opera); Aaron Greenspan in Ricky Ian Gordon's Morning Star (On Site Opera), Lassiter in the world premier of Riders of the Purple Sage (Arizona Opera), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hawaii Opera Theater), and the title role of Macbeth (Opera Company of Middlebury).
Praised by the New York Times for her “bright, sizable and expressive voice,” Kristin Sampson’s 2020-2022 engagements include a debut with Opera Grand Rapids as Liù in Turandot, a role debut as Marguerite in Faust with the Washington Opera Society, and summer concert performances with New York City Opera, and Festival of Nature at Lake Tizsa in Hungary. 2019-2020 calendar opened with a featured soloist appearance on the 75th Anniversary Concert for New York City Opera followed by additional performances as Mimì in La bohème with MidAtlantic Opera, a guest soloist appearance with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra as well as several additional concert appearances with New York City Opera. 2018-19 performances included concerts featuring the music of composer Jeremy Gill, Mimì in La bohème, guest soloist in the New York City Opera Pride Concert, as well as being a featured artist at the 2019 Festival of Nature at Lake Tizsa in Hungary. Upcoming seasons include the roles of Tosca and Mimì, as well as concert appearances throughout the United States. The 2017-18 season included performances as Minnie in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera, and at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, and Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy.
American soprano Stacy Dove is a versatile artist and powerful performer who has been praised as "a plush, dark soprano" and "a model of bel canto grace" (Parterre Box). Last spring Stacy made her Canadian debut to great acclaim as Musetta in La Bohème. Reviewers were taken with her “take no prisoners gusto” hailing her Musetta as “charming, more than a bit playful, and a high point of the evening” (OperaWire). The spring of 2019 brought Stacy’s debut at Feinstein's / 54 Below as a member of La Luna Quartet. The previous season, Stacy made a "memorable" debut with Florentine Opera as Valencienne in The Merry Widow where the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote, "Her musical and theatrical expressiveness must make everyone hope she'll be back.” She has appeared as Frasquita (Carmen) with New York City Opera in their tour of Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. Other credits include Ava (Hopper's Wife - Cover), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Yvette/Georgette/Voce di Sopranino (La Rondine), Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress), and Pamina and First Lady (The Magic Flute). In concert, she has appeared as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Praised as “darkly seductive” with a “smooth, rich tone,” mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney is quickly proving herself as an exciting talent to watch. Her expansive and versatile repertoire encompasses everything from core baroque and romantic roles, to cutting edge contemporary operas. Ms. Haney recently joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in productions of Janáček’s Jenůfa and Massenet’s Werther. Additional recent engagements include Carnegie Hall appearances as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mrs. Beers in the American premiere of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain with New York City Opera, as well as a North American and European tour of Bizet’s Carmen. Past highlights on the operatic stage include engagements at Tulsa Opera (The Fox / The Little Prince), Siena Music Festival (Cendrillon / Cendrillon), Trentino Music Festival (Giulio Cesare / Giulio Cesare), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Flora / La Traviata, Second Lady / The Magic Flute, Secretary to Mao / Nixon in China), and Union Avenue Opera (Maddalena / Rigoletto). Equally at home in musical theatre, role highlights include Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Maria (The Sound of Music) and Countess Charlotte Malcolm (A Little Night Music). Upcoming engagements include recording projects highlighting her recital repertoire as well as a series of solo recitals
Bill Van Horn
Bill Van Horn is an actor, writer, and director who works at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Artist Collective, The Theater at Monmouth in Maine, and many other theatres around the country. He recently directed the national tour of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ken Ludwig starring Ian Peakes. His next project will be a production of An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare at The Theater at Monmouth. This spring, his original adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Speckled Band will premiere at The Walnut Street Theatre. He has provided voiceovers for many documentaries including Wagner’s Jews, God’s Fiddler, and Workshop for Peace. He is the co-writer of the documentaries Khachaturian and Caruso, the latter written with Michael Capasso. He has written several musicals with librettist Gene Scheer, including Jane Hawkins, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Favorite roles include King Lear, Shylock, Walt Whitman, and Bottom the Weaver.
Kathryn Olander ( Music Director and Pianist )
Recently hailed by Opera News for her “impressive playing,” Kathryn Olander is a frequent assistant conductor/pianist with New York City Opera as well as many regional opera houses. In addition to coaching privately she has held coaching positions with the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Chautauqua Institute. An avid recitalist, highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Zankel Hall, The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bryant Park's concert series, the Hungarian Consulate of New York and the Polish Consulate of New York, and Bechstein Hall. Ms. Olander is a regular pianist with Reaching for the Arts and Opportunity Music Project, specializing in bringing music to underserved communities and Creative Stage. Ms. Olander began teaching piano at Northeastern University while earning her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at New England Conservatory and has since maintained a studio of private piano students.
Sarah Doudna ( Director and Choreographer )
Director and choreographer Sarah Doudna began her career as a ballet dancer and actor, studying Acting and Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After college, she danced in various ballet companies and with the Honolulu Opera before moving to New York, where she began to work in musicals as a dancer, dance captain, assistant director, and choreographer. She danced and sang in over fifteen musicals regionally including Carousel, 42nd Street, Ragtime, and many others. Sarah has also appeared in many plays including House of Bernarda Alba, Richard III, and The Libertine with the Fool’s Theater, which she also choreographed, as well as Mass at The Brink Theater in Williamsburg among other productions. This is the fifth opera Sarah has directed, with both New York City Opera and Dicapo Opera Theatre. She teaches ballet at Liberated Movement and privately.
Derek Nye Lockwood ( Wardrobe Supervisor and Coordinator )
Derek Nye Lockwood is originally from Ojai, CA and is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. He currently resides in New York City and is a member of Local 764, working as a tailor and costumer for theater, film, and television. He is the in-house Costume Designer for White Horse Theater and Wardrobe Supervisor for New York City Opera. Derek also does tailoring for private clients.