The Center Cannot Hold Chorus
Mezzo- soprano Elizabeth Anderson hails from Chicago, IL where she was a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus for 6 seasons. She has also sung with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus for 2 seasons and is currently a member of the LA Opera Chorus. Previous roles include the title role in Carmen, Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Nerone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea). Ms. Anderson is thrilled to be a part of the world premiere of The Center Cannot Hold.
Hailed as “the model of bel canto clarity and brilliance” by Cleveland Classical, mezzo-soprano Sarah Beaty has a passion for contemporary opera. She sang in the world premiere productions of Hopscotch and the Pulitzer Prize finalist opera Invisible Cities with LA’s leading avant-garde opera company The Industry, Prometheus Bound with the Center for New Performance, and is a founding member of the contemporary chamber ensemble, Blue Streak. She premiered the title role in Clara, a new opera by Victoria Bond about the life of Clara Schumann, on the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in NYC’s Symphony Space. Also a specialist in early music, this season Sarah reprised her role as Castitas in Hildegard von Bingen’s rarely performed Ordo Virtutum with Vocatrix, and has been seen as Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto. Other opera roles include Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mozart’s Serpetta, Dorabella, Second Lady and Cherubino, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Agnese in Beatrice di Tenda, Flora in La traviata, Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio, among others. Sarah has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland Orchestra, the Camerata of LA, National Chorale, and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Concert Hall, Symphony Space, the National Opera Center, and Avery Fisher Hall. In 2012, she spent six months performing in Macau, China, as a featured opera singer at The Venetian. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and regularly sings with Pacific Opera Project, Pacific Chorale, John Alexander Singers, and the de Angelis Ensemble. When she’s not performing, Sarah teaches private voice lessons. www.sarahbeaty.com
Aleta Braxton, who performed in LA Opera’s 1986 inaugural production of Otello, has appeared in more than 130 productions and was a soloist in Porgy and Bess and Oklahoma. She toured as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale and Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and has sung with the LA Master Chorale for 30 seasons as a chorister and soloist. Her long list of film soundtracks include The Jungle Book, Frozen, Creed, Amistad and TV appearances such as Malcom in the Middle, The Crazy Ones, Transparent and Glee. Ms. Braxton has also directed productions for Lyric Opera of Los Angeles including the West Coast premiere of Wagner’s first opera Die Feen. She has sung on recordings for Disney and LA Master Chorale as well as recordings with Christina Aguilera and Barbara Streisand. In addition to singing, Ms. Braxton performs voice-overs and teaches workshops.
Gorgeously radiant”(classicalvoice.org) soprano, Christina Bristow is a graduate of the University of Southern California earning her Graduate Certificate and Master of Music in Vocal Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Music from California Baptist University, magna cum laude. She is an award winner for the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions Western Finals 2013; 2014, NATS-LA Young Artist of the Year 2014, NATS-AA competition semi-finalist 2014, and scholarship recipient from the Colburn Foundation in Early Music Performance at USC. Studying with renowned mezzo soprano Cynthia Munzer, her most recent performances include Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angel in Schütz’s Weihnachts-Historie, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at USC, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Daughter in Performance Riverside’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and Milly in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, where she received the Inland Empire Theatre League Award for Best Actress. A sought after soloist and choral artist, she is very active in singing for the LA area, including singing for the LA Master Chorale, LA Opera chorus, Mountainside Master Chorale, Inspiravi Chamber Choir, USC Baroque Sinfonia, and Glendale City SDA Church. This October, she will be the featured soprano soloist for Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with the Key Chorale of Sarasota.
Baritone Michael Daniels is very pleased to be a part of this opera premiere and has many connections to the people involved in this production. His undergraduate degree is from UCLA, and he has previously performed with many of the cast members in other local venues, including the Los Angeles Opera. Michael has been a part of several operatic premieres at the Santa Fe Opera, where he was an apprentice for two summers. He has also worked at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, the Baltimore Opera, the Arizona Opera, and Opera Pacific. In addition to his Master of Music degree from USC, Michael has received training at the Aspen Music Festival, the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, and the Academie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. Michael lives in LA, and is the proud father of two children who both were born here at the UCLA hospital.
Jennifer Miller has been performing professionally as a vocalist, recording artist and pianist for over 15 years. Career highlights include Faust (Marguerite), Ragtime (Mother), Songs for a New World (Woman #1), soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, soprano soloist in Seven Last Words of Christ, The Old Maid and the Thief (Miss Pinkerton), The Breasts of Tiresias (La grosse dame), Ainadamar (featured soloist), various productions in the ensembles of the Princeton Festival, Opera Santa Barbara, and Long Beach Opera, and appearing in Dr. Kenneth Wells’ previous opera The First Lady. She was honored to be part of the international concert tour A Royal Christmas featuring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Ms. Miller is the soprano staff singer with Mountainside Master Chorale, soprano section leader at San Marino Community Church, alto section leader at Glendale City Seventh Day Adventist Church, and is a founding member of the critically acclaimed professional choral ensemble INSPIRAVI. She can be heard on the soundtracks to Trion Worlds’s online role-playing game Rifts: Planes of Telara, and Riot Games’s League of Legends. Ms. Miller is a frequent collaborator with indie recording artist TODDZERO, and their work can be heard on iTunes and Spotify. More recently, she provided backup vocals on Dream Theater’s 2016 release The Astonishing. Ms. Miller was the featured vocal soloist and pianist with the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazz Ensemble, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. She completed her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she studied with soprano Margaret Cusack. In addition to her musical endeavors, Ms. Miller can regularly be heard as a voice-over talent on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio.
This is Jessica Rau’s first opera since she played a homeless woman in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene while studying voice at Belmont University, but she has since played such musical theatre roles as Eponine in Les Miserables (HSAC Moorpark) and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Seoul Players). Jessica has also been featured as a soloist for special events at Disneyland Anaheim and Tokyo. After singing two years as the soprano section leader of The Metropolitan Master Chorale, she looks forward to singing with Los Robles Master Chorale in the Fall. Jessica can often be found around Hollywood singing backup and drumming with her band Folk Riot. Her voice can also be heard on several television shows, indie films, major theatrical releases, and commercials. Jessica would like to thank Ken for creating this meaningful show and the cast and crew for making it such a pleasure!