Michelle Bradley — Aida
San Diego Opera debut. Soprano Michelle Bradley is a recent graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has made recent notable debuts in Frankfurt for Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Nancy, France, for the title role in Aida, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the soprano solo in staged performances of the Verdi Requiem. In concert, she debuted in Paris as the soprano solo in Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the Orchestre de Paris under Thomas Adès and sang in recital with the George London Foundation in Miami and New York City. Other appearances include Clotilde in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Santiago de Chile, the Verdi Requiem for the May Festival, Four Last Songs with the Santa Cruz Symphony, a program of Chausson and Caplet chamber works with the New World Symphony, and solo recitals in Palm Beach and Santiago de Chile. Other engagements include Idomeneo and the High Priestess in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, recitals at the Théâtre du Châtelet and at New York’s Park Avenue Armory and Verdi’s Requiem in Santa Cruz where she also sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She is the 2017 recipient of the Leonie Rysanek Award from the George London Foundation, the 2016 recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award, and a first place winner in the Gerda Lissner and the Serge and Olga Koussevitzky vocal competitions. She is the 2014 grand prize winner of The Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Song Competition.
Olesya Petrova — Amneris
San Diego Opera debut. Mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Notable appearances include Amneris in Aida and Ulrica in A Masked Ball at the Metropolitan Opera, Azucena in Il trovatore in Firenze and at Opera Østfold, Verdi’s Requiem with Cadaques Orchestra, Théâtre des Chatelet, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen, Amneris in Auckland, as well as Polina in The Queen of Spades at Bolshoi theater, Ulrica in St. Petersburg and for Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Federica in Luisa Miller at Teatro Verdi di Trieste and Staatsoper Hamburg, Emilia in Otello at Liceu de Barcelona, Amneris in Montreal, Amelfa in The Little Golden Cockerel at Teatro Real de Madrid, The Mother in Tales of Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with David Robertson in Sydney, Charlotte in Werther at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Madelon in Andrea Chénier at the Metropolitan Opera, Azucena at the Latvian National Opera, Fenena in Nabucco at Opéra de Montreal, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at Greek National Opera in Athens, and Mrs. Sedley in Peter Grimes at Hamburg State Opera. She has been a soloist with the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre since 2007.
Carl Tanner — Radames
American tenor Carl Tanner made his Company debut as Calaf in 2017’s production of Turandot. He appears regularly at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Washington National Opera, the New National Theatre of Tokyo, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real de Madrid, and Liceu de Barcelona, among others. Notable role in his repertory include the title roles in Otello and Andrea Chénier, Manrico in Il trovatore, Pollione in Norma, Don José in Carmen, Canio in I Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Calaf in Turandot, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Recent engagements include the title role of Otello with Opera Hong Kong, Radamès with L'Opéra de Massy and Opera Colorado, Manrico with Hawaii Opera Theater, Luigi in Il Tabarro with Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Turiddu and Canio with the Metropolitan Opera.
Nelson Martinez — Amonasro
San Diego Opera debut. Cuban-American baritone Nelson Martínez began his operatic career at the age of 19 singing a variety of Italian and French operas, as well as Cuban and Spanish zarzuelas. He joined the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2016, covering the role of Count di Luna in Il Trovatore. He returned in 2017, making his Met debut as Monterone in Rigoletto and returning as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. He has performed the title role of Nabucco with Florida Grand Opera. Other notable appearances include his debuts with the Greek National Opera in the title role of Rigoletto, and with the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paolo in Brazil in the title role of Falstaff. He has performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, Opera Carolina, Knoxville Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Metro Lyric Opera of New Jersey, Baltimore Opera, and Sociedad Pro Arte Gratelli of Miami, among others.
Alan E. Hicks — Director
American stage director Alan E. Hicks made his Company directing debut in last season’s production of All is Calm. He is the first Director of Opera Theatre, a year-round shared position between San Diego Opera and San Diego State University. He has spent the past two decades in professional opera and theatre, first as a singer, then a teacher, finally turning his attention to stage direction. He has directed productions for organizations throughout the United States and in Europe including Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Miami Music Festival, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Iowa. Alan has also served on the directing and production staffs of Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tulsa Opera. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the Emerging Artist Program at Green Mountain Opera Festival, a position he held until the company's closing in 2015. Recent engagements include Ariadne auf Naxos for Minnesota Opera, The Elixir of Love for Opera Santa Barbara, Albert Herring and The Magic Flute for Shenandoah University, and Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw for the Miami Music Festival. In addition to his work with such venerable operatic performers as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Silvia McNair, Spiro Malas, Greer Grimsley, and Thomas Hampson as well as rising stars Lawrence Brownlee, Erin Morley, Kate Lindsey, Brian Jagde, Amber Wagner, and Nadine Sierra, Alan has assisted renowned opera directors Chris Alexander, Linda Brovsky, Peter Kazaras as well as Broadway veterans Susan Strohman and Sam Buntrock. A native of Mississippi, Alan holds degrees in Education, Vocal Performance, and Opera Directing from Mississippi State University, Rice University, and The University of Texas at Austin (respectively). Alan is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).
Joseph Colaneri — Conductor
San Diego Opera debut. Music Director of the acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival since 2013, Joseph Colaneri has served as a member of the Metropolitan conducting roster since 1998. Colaneri concurrently serves as Artistic Director of Opera at Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York City. Colaneri served as Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera from 2012-2014. In recent seasons, Maestro Colaneri led productions of La bohéme, Candide, Macbeth, and Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie at the Glimmerglass Festival, Don Pasquale for Atlanta Opera, and Tosca and The Elixir of Love at the Metropolitan Opera. Among the distinguished opera companies with which Colaneri has guested are Den Norske Opera, Portland Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Orlando Opera, UCLA, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Orchestral guesting credits of note include leading the Tokyo Philharmonic in a concert program of opera arias and musical theater selections starring soprano Renée Fleming, which was telecast throughout Asia by the NHK; conducting Jianyi Zhang and Richard Zeller in an opera highlights program with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in Taipei; conducting an ‘All-Devils concert’ in Orlando, Florida starring bass Samuel Ramey; conducting the prestigious Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a celebrated Gay Men’s Health Crisis benefit at Avery Fisher Hall. At the Metropolitan Opera, he has led performances of La bohème, Luisa Miller, Turandot, Rigoletto, L’italiana in Algeri, Nabucco, Falstaff, Il trittico, The Daughter of the Regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale. For West Australian Opera, he led productions of Otello, Il trovatore, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, La traviata and The Barber of Seville. Joseph Colaneri was honored by New York City Opera with its Julius Rudel Award during the 1994 season. With New York City Opera he has conducted South Pacific, The Barber of Seville, La bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto, Tosca, La traviata, The New Moon and The Merry Widow. Highlights of his work at City Opera include the highly acclaimed 1993 world premiere of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther, and the 1995 American Premiere of the Toshiro Mayuzumi opera Kinkakuji: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. A stalwart champion of young artists and audience outreach from the beginning of his career, Mr. Colaneri also served as Music Director of the New York City Opera National Company (the touring arm) early on, producing and conducting national productions of The Daughter of the Regiment, Tosca, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, La traviata, and La bohème, as well as frequently conducting productions for the Western Opera Theater and the San Francisco Opera’s Merola program, among them La traviata, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. A graduate of New York University and Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, from which he received a Master of Music degree, and the 1994 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Joseph Colaneri began his professional music career as an organist and choral conductor. He made his opera debut as Chorus Master of the New Jersey State Opera, and continued his choral conducting career as Chorus Master of the New York City Opera, before moving into the operatic and orchestral arenas. Mr. Colaneri began his career as a conductor with the New York