Emily Fons — Rosina
American mezzo-soprano Emily Fons made her Company debut as Zerlina in 2015’s Don Giovanniand returned last season as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. Notable appearances include Ruby Thewes in Cold Mountain for the world premiere at Santa Fe Opera and again for Opera North Carolina, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking for Kentucky Opera, the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges, with the Berlin Philharmonic, and in Japan as part of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya, the title role in Cinderella for Opéra de Lille, Stéphano in Roméo and Juliette with the Santa Fe Opera, Cherubino for the Canadian Opera Company and The Dallas Opera, Dorabella in Opera Omaha’s Così fan tutte Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Florentine Opera, the title roles in Handel’s Susanna and Faramondo with the International Händel Festspiele, Sièbel in Faust with the Atlanta Opera, Prince Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus, and Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann with Chicago Opera Theatre. She made her European debut in the role of Megacle in Vivaldiʼs LʼOlimpiade with Garsington Opera. She also appeared as Sesto in Michigan Opera Theatreʼs production of Julius Caesar. From 2010-2012 Fons was a member of the Ryan Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where she portrayed, among others, Fyodor in Boris Godnuov, Mercedes in Carmen, and Peep Bo in The Mikado.
Carlos Santelli — Count Almaviva
San Diego Opera debut. Tenor Carlos Santelli is winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a recent graduate of Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he covered Nadir in The Pearl Fishers. Recent appearances include Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Dayton Opera, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love with Virginia Opera, tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Sacramento Choral Society, and performances of Salome and Wonderful Town with Los Angeles Opera. He appeared as a guest soloist in a special gala celebrating the 10-year anniversary of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Further collaborations on the West Coast include numerous projects with LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin. Mr. Santelli was a member of Santa Fe Opera’s distinguished Apprentice Artist Program and made his principal role debut as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. His concert engagements have included appearances as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the University of Michigan/Yale Alumni Glee Club.
David Pershall — Figaro
San Diego Opera debut. Baritone David Pershall’s engagements include Schaunard in La bohème with the Metropolitan Opera, Lescaut in Manon , Silvio in Pagliacci , and Rocher in Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera Festival, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Greensboro Opera. He joined the prestigious Vienna State Opera in 2014 as a Fest Artist, where he performed roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Belcore in The Elixir of Love , Sharpless, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut , and Sebastian in The Tempest . He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015 in the role of Figaro in The Barber of Seville and returned to sing Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda . He made an appearance at Carnegie Hall as Lord Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux . Other notable appearances include Marcello in La bohème at the Salzburger Landestheater, Schaunard with Norwegian National Opera, Rodrigo in Don Carlos with Opera Burg Gras in Austria, Orestes in Iphigénie en Tauride and Manfredo in L’Amore dei Tre Re with the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland, Papageno in The Magic Flute at Washington National Opera, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro at Boston Lyric Opera, Belcore at Minnesota Opera, and Figaro at Florida Grand Opera. He has won First Prize in several international competitions, including the George London Award, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Jensen Foundation, the Marcello Giordani Foundation, the New Jersey Verismo Competition, the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, and the Hugo Kauder Competition for Voice. He is also the recipient of several awards from other prestigious competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Opera Index Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation and the National Bel Canto Vocal Competition. He received his training at the Yale School of Music, and is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Virginia Opera Resident Artist Program.
Patrick Carfizzi — Doctor Bartolo
American bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi made his Company debut in 2014 as Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China and returned in 2017 as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance. Notable engagements include the Mandarin in Turandot and Cecil in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, Zeta in The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville for Austin Lyric Opera, Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Music Master and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos at Seattle Opera, the Speaker in The Magic Flute for Houston Grand Opera, title role of Don Pasquale with the Hessisches Staatstheater, Henry Kissinger at San Francisco Opera, Paolo in Simon Boccanegra for San Francisco Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, Belcore in The Elixir of Love for Santa Fe Opera, Don Magnifico in Cinderella for Seattle Opera and Houston Grand Opera, Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville at Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, and Canadian Opera Company, Taddeo and Mustafa in The Italian Girl in Algiers for The Dallas Opera and Houston Grand Opera, respectively, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Houston Grand Opera and The Dallas Opera, and Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He enjoys a good relationship with Oper Köln, where he made his European debut with the company as Leporello in Don Giovanni and returned to sing Fra Melitone in La forza del destino. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1999 and has performed over 300 times with the company in a variety of roles, including Schaunard in La bohème, the Jailer in Dialogues des Carmélites, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Haly in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Brander in La damnation de Faust, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Frank in Die Fledermaus. Other Met productions include The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, and Gianni Schicchi. His concert work includes performances of Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda with the Washington Concert Opera, and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Seattle Symphony. He has performed under the auspices of The Opera Orchestra of New York, Washington Concert Opera, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Mr. Carfizzi is a graduate of the Yale University School of Music and the winner of several prestigious awards including the Richard Tucker Career Grant Award, the George London Award, the Sullivan Foundation Award, The Richard F. Gold Career Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the Sergio Franchi Memorial Scholarship from the National Italian American Foundation. He also participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where he was the Connecticut District Winner.
Kevin Burdette — Don Basilio
American bass Kevin Burdette made his Company debut in 2013 as Sgt. Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment and returned as Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. Notable roles include Stefano in The Tempest with L’Opéra de Quebec, a role he reprised with the Metropolitan Opera which led to a 2014 Grammy-award for Best Opera Recording. Other notable appearances include Général Boum in La grande duchesse de Gérolstein and Mr. Justice Sir Alfred Wills and Henry B. Issacson in the World Premiere of Oscar for Santa Fe Opera, Ko-Ko in The Mikado for Opera Memphis, the leading role of Prophet/King in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia, Bartolo in The Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Ko-Ko with Virginia Opera, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Grand Rapids and Phoenix Opera, Leporello inDon Giovanni with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Death/Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis and the Photograph of the Father in The After-Image for Boston Lyric Opera, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress with The Princeton Festival, Ogro in Montsalvatge's El gato con botas with Gotham Chamber Opera, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Colline in La bohème with Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and his debut with Santa Fe Opera as Mr. Scattergood in Menotti's The Last Savage, and Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serial for Opera Grand Rapids.
Bruce Stasyna — Conductor
Conductor Bruce Stasyna made his Company conducting debut with As One in 2017 and returned to conduct Maria de Buenos Aires in 2018. He has been on the conducting rosters of the New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Sugar Creek Opera, and has held positions as Chorus Master for New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Des Moines Opera. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Head of Music and Director of the Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera. He has collaborated on many notable North American premieres including Anna Nicole, The Handmaid’s Tale, Orazi e Curiazi, and Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man. As a pianist he has concertized with such artists as Marcello Giordani, Deborah Voigt, J’nai Bridges, Irene Roberts, Marina Costa-Jackson, and Richard Troxell. The Canadian born conductor is currently the Chorus Master and Music Administrator for San Diego Opera, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for Washington Concert Opera, and Music Director of Vero Beach Opera.
Jimmy Featherstone Marcheso — Director
San Diego Opera debut. Jimmy Featherstone Marcheso has been on the production staff at San Francisco Opera since 2010, working on over 50 productions. An in demand assistant director and collaborator, his work has taken him to opera houses across the country including the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San José, Arizona Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Tampa, Sacramento Opera, and Virginia Opera. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has performed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 42nd St Moon and was on the first national tour of Strega Nona, the musical based on Tomie dePaola’s classic children’s book.