José Luis Moscovich
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makes his West Bay Opera debut singing Pollione in Norma. In recent seasons he has performed the roles of Alfredo (La traviata), Ismaele (Nabucco), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Rodolfo (La bohème), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Canio (Pagliacci), Don Jose (Carmen), Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut), Radames (Aida), Andrea Chénier (Andrea Chénier), and Calaf (Turandot), in venues around the globe, including Theater Erfurt (Germany), Antipolis Théâtre d’Antibes (France), Teatro Dell’Orca Caltagirone (Italy), Teatro Eschilo Gela (Italy), Amphitheater of the Palazzolo Acreide Siracusa (Italy) and Sydney Lyric Opera (Australia). He studied in Italy and the United States under the tutelage of Gioacchino Li Vigni, Nicola Martinucci, and Salvatore Fisichella, and in 2013 and 2016 was awarded fellowships from the Mediterranean Opera Studio (Italy) for intensive study with opera luminaries Marcello Giordani, Pietro Ballo, Mariella Devia, Jennifer Larmore, and Giuseppe Filianoti.
sings the role of Adalgisa in Norma. In September, She made her WBO company debut as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and returned as Frugola in Il tabarro, and La Zelatrice in Suor Angelica and as the Page in R.Strauss' Salome. Other recent engagements include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) with Peoria Symphony, Mujer 2 in Frederico Ibarra’s Despertar al sueño, a co-production of West Bay Opera and Escenia Ensamble of Mexico, with performances at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara and San Francisco. This summer, Ms. Jensen made her West Edge Opera debut as Justine in Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein and sang the title role from PQ Phan’s The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh with VASCAM in Orange County which she will reprise this spring. Ms. Jensen also made her debut with Cambrian Symphony, singing pieces from Mahler and Mozart and returned this September to sing highlights from Carmen. Ms. Jensen was also engaged by Des Moines Opera and was seen as Octavian, Orfeo and Mercedes in the Young Artist scenes productions. A graduate of Indiana University (MM) and Western Washington University (BM), Ms. Jensen performed Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. Concert performances include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, and Ravel’s Shéhérazade. Ms. Jensen was a 2017 recipient of the Encouragement Award and Audience choice at the Metropolitan Opera Iowa District competition.
returns to West Bay Opera to sing the role of Oroveso in Norma. He made his West Bay Opera debut as Surin in Pikovaya Dama and was most recently seen as Jochanaan in Salome. Earlier in the 2016-17 Season, he sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. He has also appeared with the company as Ramfis in Aida and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He sang the role of Elmiro in Rossini’s Otello with Loft Opera in NYC this March, after performing in a new production of Silent Night with Opera San Jose. This season he also sang the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with the North Shore Music Festival. He sang Figaro as a Professional Fellow with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival this past summer, and sang Banquo (cover) and the Doctor in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Macbeth. Mr. Musik-Ayala recently covered Il Re in Aida, Barbarossa in La battaglia di Legnano, and Colline in La bohème, all with Sarasota Opera, singing another Banquo (cover) and Doctor in Chautauqua Opera’s Macbeth, as well as Prince Gremin (cover) and Zaretzky in that company's production of Eugene Onegin. Other recent engagements include Basilio in On Site Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Paisiello), Gazella in Loft Opera’s Lucrezia Borgia, and performing with the Caramoor Music Festival. An alumnus of Irene Dalis’ Resident Ensemble at Opera San Jose, his many roles with the company include his first Figaro, Don Magnifico (La cenerentola, Count Des Grieux (Manon), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), his first Colline, and Alexei Karenin in the West Coast Premiere of Anna Karenina. Other performance highlights include Escamillo (Carmen), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Pistola (Falstaff), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Baron Douphol (La traviata), and the Commendatore (Don Giovanni). Isaiah is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with the late Richard Miller.
Katia Hayati, soprano
returns to West Bay Opera to sing the role of Clotilde in Norma. She made her WBO company deubt singing Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor. With Just Opera she recently sang the role of Magda Sorel (The Consul). Favorite past roles include Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Stanford Light Opera, Sempronio (Haydn's Lo speziale) with Bay Area Opera Collaborative, Mother (Hansel and Gretel) with Bayshore Lyric Opera, and Grimgerde (Die Walküre) with Valhalla Productions.
José Luis Moscovich
is the Stage Director for Norma. Mr. Vieira, a baritone, started his singing career at age 17 as Dancaïre in Carmen. He has sung the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, and appeared also as Pelleas, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ford in Falstaff, Tonio in Pagliacci, Germont in La traviata, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and he most recently sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, marking his debut at the Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay. Mr. Vieira as sung 96 different operatic roles with such companies as San Francisco Opera; Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sacramento Opera; Williamsburg Opera; Opera Santa Barbara; Fresno Grand Opera; Teatro Barakaldo, Spain; and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, to name a few; and he has appeared at the Opera Festivals of Manaus, Brazil; Mendocino; Festival del Sole, and Bratislava, Slovakia. As a concert and oratorio artist, he has performed with the National Symphonies of Colombia (Orff’s Carmina Burana), Brazil (Carmina Burana, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony) and Uruguay (Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem), as well as the Prague Philharmonic (Dvorak’s Requiem) and the Orchestre de Provence in France (Faure’s Requiem). Mr. Vieira's stage director credits include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Tacoma Opera,) Verdi’s Il trovatore (West Bay Opera,) Rossini’s La cenerentola (Pocket Opera,) and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (West Bay Opera), among others.
is the set designer and projections co-designer for Norma. He has designed for West Bay Opera since 1995. From 1993 to 2013, he was West Bay Opera’s Technical Director. Mr. Revon has designed over 350 sets since 1989. This summer he designed three productions for West Edge Opera for performances at the Pacific Pipe factory in Oakland. His world premieres include Machine for The Crucible Productions, Tawawa House for Townsend Opera and The Tale of the Nutcracker for Opera San Jose. For Opera Santa Barbara, he designed Tosca, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Così fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Orphée et Eurydice. Other designs include La bohème for the Music Academy of the West, The Girl of the Golden West and The Elixir of Love for Rimrock Opera in Montana. For West Bay Opera, he designed La bohème, Don Giovanni as well as over forty other operas. Mr. Revon teaches at the Oakland School for the Arts. He started his design career in Paris, where he received a degree in scenic design from the École Supérieur des Arts et Techniques.
is the costume designer for Norma. She has been designing costumes for over twenty-five years. She was designer for West Bay Opera's productions of Dido and Aeneas, La vida breve, Samson et Dalila, Aida, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro and Salome. Other collaborations includes SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, among others. Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design.
is the Lighting Designer for Norma. He has been doing lighting design for eight years and has designed over 40 shows. Most recently, he assisted lighting designer Steve Mannshardt in West Bay Opera's production of Yevgeny Onegin. Later this month you can see more of his lighting work at Notre Dame de Namur University, Peninsula Youth Theater and Great America. Sean graduated from Foothill College last June. He'd like to thank all of his teachers, mentors, peers and co-workers.
Josepha Fath, Andrew Lan
Judy Kmetko/Robin Hansen, Frida Pukhachevsky, Hazel Keelan
Rachel McGuire, Alessandra Aquilanti
Evan Kahn, Hans Hoffer
Marie Laskin/Christy Crews,
Leslie Chin, Mary Hargrove
Peter Lemberg/Liam Boisset
Art Austin, Sue Macy
Susan Vollmer, Leslie Hart
Rick Leder, Chris Wilhite
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