Stephen Powell — Rigoletto
American baritone Stephen Powell made his Company debut as Ping in Turandot in 1997 and was heard that same year as Felipe Núñez in the world premiere of The Conquistador and as Dancaire in Carmen. He returned as Guglielmo in Così fan tutt e, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio in Pagliacci, a soloist in the Company’s 50th Anniversary Concert in 2015, and was last heard as Giorgio Germont in La traviata in 2017. Recent engagements include the title role of Falstaff with Virginia Opera, Giorgio Germont with Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, and Minneapolis Opera, the title role in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Cincinnati Opera, Oliver Jordan in the World Premiere of Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Jochanaan in Salome for Minnesota Orchestra, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro for Michigan Opera Theatre, Rodrigo in Don Carlos with the Caramoor Festival and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with The Atlanta Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Other recent highlights include the title role of Simon Boccanegra with Warsaw’s Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, Peer Gynt with Leipzig’s MDR Sinfonieorchester, Mozart’s Requiem for St. Louis Symphony, and Iago in Otello with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Cleveland, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Portland Opera. An active concert recitalist he has been heard with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Ottawa, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Rochester, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Rochester, North Carolina, Montréal, Zurich, as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society, among others.
Alisa Jordheim — Gilda
San Diego Opera debut. Notable appearances for soprano Alisa Jordheim include Palm Beach Opera for Cunegonde in Candide, Paris Opera as 1st Knappe in Parsifal, Florentine Opera for Venus in Venus and Adonis, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Lola in Aldridge’s Sister Carrie, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Serpetta in La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera and Atlanta Opera, Yum Yum in The Mikado with DuPage Opera, Constance in Dialogues des Carmélite s at the Caramoor International Music Festival, Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera, Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, where she previously sang the Second Boy in The Magic Flute and the Page in Rigoletto. She returned to Florentine Opera as Lulu Baines in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantr y after participating in the company’s studio, where she sang numerous mainstage roles with the company including Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, and Frasquita in Carmen. She is a former participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera program, where she sang both Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Barbarina. With Central City Opera, she sang Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Ellen in Oklahoma!, Fredrika in A Little Night Music, and Sirena in Rinaldo and received both the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists Training Program Award and the Young Artist Award. Her concert performances include the title role in Gisle Kverndokk and Aksel-Otto Bull’s Letters from Ruth with the New York Opera Society at the National Gallery of Art, Mozart’s Requiem with Baltimore Symphony, Yum Yum with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, A Bernstein Banquet with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony, an all Rodgers & Hammerstein concert with the New Philharmonic, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Bach’s St. John Passion with Madison Bach Musicians.
Scott Quinn — Duke of Mantua
San Diego Opera debut. Notable appearances by tenor Scott Quinn include Rodolfo in La bohème for Utah Opera and Minnesota Opera, The Duke of Mantua for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Atlanta Opera, Alfredo in La traviata with Austin Opera, Boris in Kátya Kabanová with Seattle Opera, Lenski in Eugene Onegin with the Northern Lights Music Festival, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Palm Beach Opera, Don José in Carmen for Arizona Opera, and Alfredo in La traviata with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He maintains a close association with Houston Grand Opera and recently returned to create the role of Villiers, Duke of Buckingham in the world premiere of Floyd’s Prince of Players where he has also appeared as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd and Tamino in The Magic Flute. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio where his performances included Rodolfo, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music, the Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Ruiz in Il trovatore, and the Royal Herald in Don Carlos. His other recent performances include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Fort Worth Opera and Pinkerton with Chautauqua Opera. He is also a former Artist in Residence of The Dallas Opera where his performances included Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette, Roderigo in Otello, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereaux, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. He joined Shreveport Opera for Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd and The Living Opera (Richardson, Texas) for Martin in The Tender Land and Fredric in Pirates of Penzance. He has also sung previous performances of Rodolfo at the Northern Lights Music Festival. On the concert stage, the tenor has sung Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Arts District Chorale in Dallas, Texas; Handel’s Messiah at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin State University, University Baptist Church (Clearlake, Texas), and Christ Episcopal Church (Tyler, Texas); Schubert’s Mass in G at Emmanuel Lutheran (Seguin, Texas); and Vaughn Williams’ Hodie in a return to University Baptist Church.
Alissa Anderson — Maddalena
American contralto Alissa Anderson made her Company debut as Thisbe in 2016’s Cinderella. Recent engagements include Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights, Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen with Opera Birmingham, Frugola and La Principessa in Il Tabarro/Suor Angelica with Opera Delaware, Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera, holiday concerts with Arizona Opera in conjunction with the Phoenix Theatre, John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Concordia University Symphony Orchestra, La Zia Pricipessa/Zita in Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi with Opera Santa Barbara, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff with Opera in the Heights, Emilia in Otello with Opera Southwest, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Santa Barbara, and Lampito in Lysistrata with Fort Worth Opera. She has worked extensively with the Sarasota Opera performing the roles of Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, and Flora in La traviata. She has enjoyed a long relationship with Fort Worth Opera as both a resident and principal artist where she has performed the roles of Thisbe, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the Angel Trio in Angels in America.
Kyle Albertson — Sparafucile
San Diego Opera debut. Notable appeareances by bass-baritone Kyle Albertson include Donner in Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold, Porthos in Les Trois Mousquetaires with Phoenicia Festival, JP Morgan in the world première of Tesla with SoBe Arts, DeGuiche in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Parallel at SFJazz, Lieutenant Horstmayer in Silent Night with Opera San José, Magnifico in Cinderella with El Paso Opera, DeGuiche with Michigan Opera Theatre, Sharpless at Northern Lights Music Festival, Bartolo in The Barber of Seville at Fort Worth Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Metropolitan Opera, Sacristan in Tosca with Houston Grand Opera, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Atlanta Opera, Zuniga in Carmen with The Dallas Opera, Lyndon B. Johnson in the workshop of David T. Little’s opera JFK with Fort Worth Opera, the title role of Sweeney Todd with Syracuse Opera, Rucker Lattimore in Cold Sassy Tree with Sugar Creek Opera Festival, and the roles of the Prison Warden in Dead Man Walking, Hobson in Peter Grimes, and the Duke in Roméo and Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera. Other notable appearances include Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Opera Grand Rapids, Count Monterone in Rigoletto with Austin Lyric Opera, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China for Chicago Opera Theatre. As an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera for two seasons, he appeared in productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Gluck’s Alceste, and the world première of Paul Moravec’s The Letter. Mr. Albertson is a graduate of the Resident Artist Program at Minnesota Opera. During his time there, he performed in A Masked Ball, L’italiana in Algeri, Roméo and Juliette, The Tales of Hoffmann, The Marriage of Figaro, La donna del lago, and Lakmé. He won Second Place in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, was a Finalist in the George London Foundation Competition, a Finalist in the Marcello Giordani Competition, a Finalist in the Liederkranz Competition, and a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Scott Sikon — Count Monterone
Since his San Diego Opera debut in 1991 as Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, American bass-baritone Scott Sikon has sung more than twenty roles here including Schaunard in La bohème, Dikoi in Katya Kabanova, Steve Hubble in A Streetcar Named Desire, Montano in Otello, Curio in Julius Caesar in Egypt, the Second Philistine in Samson and Delilah, the First Journeyman in Wozzeck, Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser, Sacristan in Tosca, Count Monterone in Rigoletto, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, a Mandarin in Turandot, Wagner in Faust, Morales in Carmen, Nazarene in Salome, Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, a Corporal in The Daughter of the Regiment, Christian in A Masked Ball, Alcindro and Benoit in La bohème, a soloist in the 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Sacristano in Tosca, Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata, the Mandarin in Turandot, and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro. He has performed throughout the United States with Utah Opera, Arizona Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, The Dallas Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera and Cleveland Opera. His European debut was at the Vienna Volksoper in the premiere of The Number 11 Bus. An active concert artist, Sikon has performed with the Spoleto Festival USA, the San Antonio Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony.
Colin Ramsey — Marullo
San Diego Opera debut. Notable engagements for bass Colin Ramsey include Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte and Dr. Grenvil in La traviata for Opera San Jose, Le Comte des Griuex in Manon for Opera Santa Barbara, The Speaker in The Magic Flute with the Pacific Symphony, and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro with Norwalk Symphony. He has performed with many distinguished companies in the United States including the Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Austin Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic. His repertoire also includes Alidoro in La Cenerentola , Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia , Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea , Mr. Kofner in The Consul, Il Frate in Don Carlo, Angelotti in Tosca, Giorgio in Nina, Cadmus and Somnus in Semele, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Colline in La bohème , Basilio in The Barber of Seville, and Father Palmer in Silent Night. He has trained at numerous young artist programs including those of Des Moines Metro Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and the Crested Butte Music Festival performing and understudying a number of roles and working with leading professionals in the classical field. He is a winner of the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, 3rd Prize winner in the Rocky Mountain Region of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and an Encouragement Award winner in the George London Foundation Competition.
Shelby Condray — Count Ceprano
Bass Shelby Condray will make his Company debut earlier this season as a member of the Ensemble for All Is Calm. He has performed with Central City Opera, Music Academy of the West, and Yale School of Music. After a hiatus to pursue a master’s degree in theology, Shelby made his return to opera last season in Turandot with San Diego Opera, and as Angelotti in the Pacific Lyric Opera Association’s production of Tosca. He appeared in the chorus of The Marriage of Figaro in the season opener, and will sing in Carmen this season.
Humberto Borboa — Borsa
San Diego Opera debut. Tenor Humberto Borboa is originally from Mexicali, Mexico. He earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona in May 2014 and a B.M. from Escuela Superior de Canto de Mazatlan in 2012. He is an Arizona District winner from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition and made his professional debut in 2009 with Sociedad Artística Sinaloense in Mexico, singing the solo tenor role in Carmina Burana. He has actively performed throughout Mexico, as well as appearances in Antigua, Guatemala, Austria, Chicago, Italy, and the Czech Republic. He recently appeared as Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera Theatre of the Rockies and with the Arapahoe Philharmonic as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem. Other notable roles include The Messenger in Aida with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Arapahoe Philharmonic/Avanti Opera, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Lake County Orchestra, Misaeil in The Burning Fiery Furnace with Central City Opera, Spoletta in Tosca at Tulsa Opera, Remendado in Carmen with Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, and Alfredo in La traviata for U of A Opera Theatre, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at La Musica Lirica.
Eden Tremayne — Countess Ceprano
San Diego Opera debut. Canadian soprano Eden Tremayne has appeared with the San Diego Opera chorus in Turandot and The Marriage of Figaro and will appear later this season in the chorus of Carmen. She made her Bodhi Tree Concerts debut as Rowan in Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep. Prior to relocating to the US, she toured Eastern Canada over a six month period as part of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada’s Emerging Artists, performing the role of Violetta in La traviata. As a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera she appeared as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Countess Ceprano and the Page in Rigoletto, and as Lucinda in the Canadian premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters. She additionally performed the role of Soprano in Tom Johnson’s The Four Note Opera. Other notable appearances include her Vancouver Symphony Orchestra debut singing the role of Lisa in a concert version of The Land of Smiles, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera NUOVA, and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mére Gerald in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Mary Warren in The Crucible with University of British Columbia Opera. She was twice the recipient of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Vancouver.
Sarah Nicole Carter — Giovanna
Mezzo-soprano Sarah-Nicole Carter made her Company debut as Kate in 2018’s The Pirates of Penzance. Recent performances include La Ciesca and The Mistress of Novices in Il trittico, the alto solos in Bach’s Mass in B minor, and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Marthe in Faust with Opera Modo, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia and Mama McCourt in The Ballad of Baby Doe as a Guest Artist with Spotlight on Opera, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Capitol Opera Raleigh. Other roles include Mama Rosa in Il campanello di notte with Capitol Opera Albany, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Opera Fayetteville, Marthe, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady, Olga in The Merry Widow, Mrs. Bedwin in Oliver!, and Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore with Loveland Opera, Celeste #2 / Elaine in Sunday in the Park with George with Schenectady Civic Players, and the role of 3rd Street Sweeper in the world premiere of Patrick Dailly’s opera Solidarity with San Francisco Cabaret Opera. On the concert stage, she recently performed the alto solos in The Messiah with San Diego Master Chorale, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the The Los Angeles Conducting Institute, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. She performed the alto solos in Handel's L'Allegro with Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, and was a soloist in concert with Opera Saratoga, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, Colorado Choral Arts Society, and Loveland Opera. She has also performed with the prestigious Bach Collegium San Diego and is a Core Member of the San Diego Opera Chorus.
Tzytle Steinman — A Page
Company Debut. Tzytle is a San Diego native, and grew up in Oceanside. She was welcomed into San Diego Opera as an Apprentice Artist in 2018. Tzytle graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 and she received her MM. She received her BM from Boston Conservatory. Tzytle has performed with Ohio Light Opera, Pacific Opera Project, Utah Festival Opera, Opera NEO, Northwestern Opera Theatre, Boston Conservatory and Lyric Opera San Diego. Her past roles include Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Thelma in Later the Same Evening, The Stewardess in Flight and Mercedes in Carmen. Her concert performances include alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah, alto soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem, alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, mezzo-soprano in Heggie’s Farewell Auschwitz and soloist in Cage’s Song Books. Tzytle is the recipient of the Farwell Trust Award from the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago and received an Encouragement Award at the San Diego District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. She was also a finalist in Northwestern University’s Concerto Competition. When she is not singing, Tzytle also loves to dance jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop.
Steven White — Conductor
San Diego Opera debut. American conductor Steven White has conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010, conducting performances of La traviata starring Angela Gheorghiu. Since then he has conducted a number of Metropolitan Opera performances of La traviata, with such stars as Natalie Dessay, Hei-Kyung Hong, Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovksy and Matthew Polenzani. In recent seasons he has returned to the Met to participate in The Rake’s Progress, Elektra, The Merry Widow, and The Marriage of Figaro. Notable recent engagements include Tosca, Rusalka, Eugene Onegin, Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Merry Widow, Don Pasquale, and Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, Romeo and Juliette and La bohème with Opera Birmingham, Così fan tutte, The Barber of Seville, and Rigoletto for Opera Omaha, The Marriage of Figaro and Street Scene for the Peabody Conservatory, Susannah for Opera Roanoke, Omaha Symphony Orchestra for Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique and the Liszt E-flat Piano Concerto, featuring internationally hailed pianist Markus Groh, Madama Butterfly for Lyric Opera Baltimore, and La voix humaine and Pagliacci with Opera Columbus. His extensive operatic engagements have included La traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen and La bohème at New York City Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor at L’Opera de Montréal, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Daughter of the Regiment, and I puritani with Vancouver Opera, La traviata at Opera Colorado, The Elixir of Love with Pittsburgh Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Michigan Opera Theater, La traviata, Roméo and Juliette, I puritani, La sonnambula and L’assedio di Corinto with Baltimore Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with New Orleans Opera, and La bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca, and The Marriage of Figaro with the Naples Philharmonic. Other performances include Hänsel and Gretel at Kentucky Opera, Pagliacci and Tosca at Nashville Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Fort Worth Opera, Don Giovanni, The Tales of Hoffmann, Macbeth, and Lucia di Lammermoor at Syracuse Opera, Werther at Sarasota Opera, Lucia di Lammermoor with Wichita Grand Opera, Madama Butterfly with North Carolina Opera, The Elixir of Love at Wolf Trap Opera, and La traviata at Indiana University Opera Theater. As former Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, Maestro White conducted nearly all of that company’s productions from 1999 through 2010, including performances of Das Lied von der Erde, The Flying Dutchman, Fidelio, Falstaff, Otello, Macbeth, Aida, Hänsel and Gretel, and many others. He has also served as Principal Conductor for Opera Birmingham and as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Florida Grand Opera.
Michael Cavanagh — Director
San Diego Opera debut. Canadian stage director Michael Cavanagh notable credits include Lucia de Lammermoor, Svadba-Wedding, Susannah, and Nixon in China for San Francisco Opera, a production he also directed at Vancouver Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and, most recently, in Dublin, Ireland. Recent career highlights include a return to Minnesota Opera to direct Manon Lescaut, and Tosca at Austin Lyric Opera, and L’Italiana in Algeri with Calgary Opera. Former artistic director of Edmonton Opera, he has directed productions throughout his native Canada, including at Vancouver Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Montreal Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, and Opera Hamilton. He has also directed many productions in the United States, including new productions and return engagements at Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, and many others. Cavanagh made his Covent Garden debut in 2006, directing a new chamber opera, The Midnight Cour t. He has developed and staged many new pieces, and he is in high demand as a dramaturg. As a librettist, Cavanagh has enjoyed critical and popular success with seven of his own operas. Additional highlights include a return to Lyric Opera of Kansas City for L’Italiana in Algeri, a new production of Carmen at Minnesota Opera, and a debut at the Royal Swedish Opera with Nixon in China.