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AP Sinfonietta: Mozart’s The Magic Flute

April 22, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Avanti Music AcademyWolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) (semi-staged)

Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes and Stage Director Amra Tomsic at 1:45 p.m.
Classic Children’s Corner at 2:10 p.m. for kids of all ages.

This will be a complete performance of the opera. The side-by-side with the Civic Youth Orchestra has been cancelled.

The venue for this performance has changed! Instead of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, the April 22nd concert will take place in Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood High School Campus.

Tamino: Humberto Borboa

Humberto BorboaOriginally from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Humberto Borboa a former Apprentice Artist at Tulsa Opera and Central City Opera, is gaining recognition for his refined artistry. In 2012, the Arizona Daily Star praised him as “a powerfully graceful and bright tenor” after his performance as Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata with the UofA Opera Theatre. Since his professional debut in 2009 with Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana, he has appeared in opera and recitals in Austria, Antigua Guatemala, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico and the United States. In 2013, Humberto was a finalist at the Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditons in Los Angeles.

Recently in Colorado, Humberto made his debut as Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, the same role he covered at Central City Opera this past summer, as well as portraying the role of Misael in Britten’s one act opera The Burning Fiery Furnace. Other appearances include the role of Spoleta in Puccini’s Tosca with Tulsa Opera in April 2017. Humberto joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus for their recent production of Turandot under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.

Humberto holds a Masters of Music from the University of Arizona where he studied with Professor Grayson Hirst.

“The big surprise of the evening was Mexican tenor Humberto Borboa who stepped into the role of Beppe on short notice and wowed the audience with his portrayal. He has a lovely timbre to his voice and delivered Arlecchino’s melodic serenade to generous audience applause.” — Voce di Meche on Humberto’s NYC debut with Martha Cardona Opera’s 2016 production of I Pagliacci

Pamina: Emily Morris

Emily MorrisNo stranger to the stage, soprano Emily Morris has been performing her whole life. Ms. Morris received a Bachelor’s and Masters in Vocal Performance from CSU and is a student of Dr. Tiffany Blake-Oliver. As a member of CSU’s Opera Theater she has been seen in many roles, including Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.  As an Apprentice Artist with Opera Fort Collins she performed Despina in Cosi fan tutte. She was most recently seen on stage as Valencienne in Loveland Opera Theater’s Merry Widow and is excited to debut Pamina.

Papageno: Ryan Bradford

Ryan BradfordHailed as an “outstanding baritone” (Oregon Music News), Ryan Bradford recently made his debut with Opera Colorado singing Happy in La Fanciulla del West and covering Hannah Before in As One. He appeared as Jake Wallace and Sid (La Fanciulla del West) at the Castleton Festival, Virginia, under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. He made his Virginia debut as John Brooke in Little Women with Opera on the James and performed a German Lieder recital series with legendary mezzo-soprano Fredericka Von Stade. He was a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara for the 2015-2016 season singing Masetto in Don Giovanni as well as covering the title role. During 2014-2015, he completed a residency at Shreveport Opera singing the Baron in La Traviata, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, and Dandini in La Cenerentola. Other 2013 engagements for the San Francisco native came as John Brooke (Little Women) for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for both SFCM and the Santa Cruz Symphony, and Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Hidden Valley Opera, Carmel, CA. A strong proponent of new opera, this past summer he made the west coast premiere of Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein with West Edge Opera and last year made his Canadian debut in the world premiere opera, Ours, with Opera on the Avalon. A DePaul University alumnus,he received a master of music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received distinction from the East Bay Opera League, Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses, and Pacific Musical Society.

Papagena: Mary Hannah Keith

Mary Hannah KeithSoprano Mary Hannah Keith has performed in ensembles throughout the Midwest. She was seen most recently as Belinda in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. As a chorister for Opera Omaha, she was in both Beethoven’s Fidelio and Bizet’s Carmen. Favorite roles include Lucy in The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). As an apprentice artist for Opera Fort Collins, Ms. Keith performed Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Sophie – the First Soprano in the Pop-Up Theatre’s/OFC collaboration of Terrence McNally’s Masterclass. While at UNCO she sang the saucy Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide, and was a regular soloist with their early music ensemble, The Ursa Consort, with whom she performed works from Schütz, Bach, Buxtehude and Purcell. Ms. Keith is active as an ensemble performer of early music in the Northern Colorado area, singing with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Boulder Bach Festival. Ms. Keith received her BM from the Conservatory at University of Missouri – Kansas City, a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and an Artist’s Certificate from the University of Northern Colorado, where she specialized in historical performance practice.

Queen of the Night: Neila Getz

Neila GetzSoprano Neila Marie Wisniewski Getz “exudes warmth and passion in both voice and character whenever she is on the stage.”(Daily Camera) She is a “seasoned veteran” of CU Boulder and has been described as an “imposing, forceful Rosalinde” in Die Fledermaus and a “menacing Queen of the Night” in Die Zauberflöte.” Getz is a Montana native who received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Montana in 2013. She most recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Masters of Music in vocal performance. Getz enjoyed a colorful and varied career at CU Boulder. She performed the role Madame Lidione in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Queen of the Night in Magic Flute, and was most recently Hanna Glawari in Eklund Opera’s 2017 production of The Merry Widow. Getz was also thrilled to premiere the role of Clara in Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life with CU Now New Music Workshop.

Sarastro: Joshua South

Joshua SouthBass Joshua South has been featured in several local productions this season with Boulder Opera, Boulder Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, and is pleased to make his debut with Avanti Opera and the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Mr. South was featured in August 2016 at Opera North (USA) as Angelotti in Tosca. He also sang the role of Sparafucile with Amore Opera in May 2016, the Alter Diener in Elektra with Create Opera, and was an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in early 2016. Hailed as “unforgettable” by The New York Times, Joshua South has career highlights that include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, and recital and master class tours in the U.S., Brazil, China, Italy and Austria. www.joshuasouthbass.com.

Monostatos: Sean Stephenson

Sean StephensonSean Stephenson, tenor, holds a M.M. in voice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Currently pursuing a D.A. in voice at UNC, Sean also maintains a busy performance schedule across Colorado’s front range. Recent solo performances include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the UNC combined orchestra and choirs, Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Fort Collins, the title role in Candide with UNC opera theatre, and most of Bach’s major works with Colorado Bach Ensemble. Upcoming engagements include La traviata with Boulder Symphony and Actéon with UNC’s Ursa Consort.

First Lady: Leah Podzimek

Leah PodzimekHailing originally from Iowa, lyric soprano Leah Podzimek is a versatile performer currently based in Denver and performing along the Front Range. She has been seen on stages throughout the United States and Europe as both a soloist and a member of internationally recognized ensembles, giving performances ranging from baroque concerts to world premiere operas. Leah is an active member of Opera On Tap as well as the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and was most recently seen in OperaWorks’ finale concert “Woman” in Los Angeles  and as Mrs. Gobineau in Denver Immersive Opera’s production of The Medium. Upcoming performances include a return to Denver Immersive Opera to portray the Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul. She is excited to debut with the Arapahoe Philharmonic as the First Lady in Mozart’s masterpiece, The Magic Flute.

Second Lady: Rachel Eve Holmes

Rachel Eve HolmesRachel Eve Holmes is an exciting young soprano, recently described as, “expressive and subtle, with a stunning instrument.” (Cap Times) Holmes has performed over 25 leading operatic and musical theater roles with many companies and symphonies, including the Natchez Festival of Music, Opera Lancaster, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Fort Collins, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Intermezzo Festival, Opera for the Young, La Musica Lirica, Loveland Opera Theatre, Fort Collins Symphony, St. George Opera, Capitol City Opera, Fresco Opera Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, Ralph Opera Center, Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Harrower Opera Workshop, Stafford Opera Troupe, and New England Conservatory. Highly decorated, she is the winner of the 2017 ACSO Ruth Kern Concerto Competition, 2016 American Fine Arts Festival Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition, 2016 University of Georgia Concerto Competition, 2016 Atlanta Music Clubs Competition, 2015 American Protégé International Vocal Competition, 2015 Roschel Vocal Competition, 2015 Schubert Club Competition, 2014 Kenwood Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition, 2012 Wisconsin Public Radio Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition, 2011 Carnegie Hall Weill Hall Young Musicians Concert Competition, and the 2009-2012 Schuyler Grant for Career Bridges. Rachel Eve is a proud member of the Musica Grande Artists Roster. Her career is managed by Samuele Liadi.

Third Lady: Sara Wise

Sara WiseSara Wise is an Iowa native who graduated from Colorado State University where she earned a degree in Music Therapy and a Vocal Performance Certificate. Sara is currently a music therapist specializing in children with disabilities and trauma in the Denver Metro area. Previous roles include Susan in Company, Ghost of Christmas Past and Belle in A Christmas Carol, Counselor in Trial by Jury, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, The Duchess and Vittoria in The Gondoliers, Marcellina in Le Nozze Di Figaro, 2nd spirit in Die Zauberflöte, as well as chorus and extensive solo work. Sara also recently made her directorial debut with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. Sara has worked with Evergreen Chorale, Loveland Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Empire Lyric Players, and Colorado Symphony Chorus. She is very excited to be making her debut with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Die Zauberflöte was the first opera Sara received a role in and will always have a special place in her heart.

First Spirit: Jennifer Burks

Jennifer BurksSoprano Jennifer Burks’ performance experience extends continuously from early childhood in Houston, Texas, through her degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Arkansas. Jennifer studied privately with Elaine Cencel and Dr. Moon Sook Park and performed in the ensemble Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Stephen Caldwell. Jennifer was a soloist in performances with Schola Cantorum, German Lied Concerts, “Bees for Bach” concert fundraiser, masterclasses, and various other performances. Upon graduating in 2015, she and her husband moved to Boulder. Jennifer has been a part of the Boulder Symphony Chorus and Cantabile Singers and has performed as a soloist in works such as Mendelssohn’s Israel in Egypt and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. She regularly performs in regional competitions and is currently a student of Bjorn Arvidsson. Jennifer is excited to be performing with the Arapahoe Philharmonic for the first time in this production of The Magic Flute!

Second Spirit: Adrianne Fleming

Adrianne FlemingOriginally from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, soprano Adrianne Fleming has spent the last decade singing and performing in the greater Boston and Denver areas. A proud graduate of Ithaca College, Adrianne holds degrees in vocal performance and music education. Ms. Fleming is no stranger to the musical theatre or operatic stage, with favorite recent credits including L’Elisir d’Amore (Giannetta), Suor Angelica (Genovieffa), Gallantry (Lola), and Madame Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton). She presently sings with the Colorado chapter of Opera on Tap and has been a featured soloist with Alpine Chorale in Arvada, CO. She has performed in such venues as Boston’s Symphony Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and has an upcoming engagement at the Sydney Opera House in July 2018. Adrianne currently resides in Denver, and is a full-time choral director in Lakewood, CO.

Third Spirit: Kathryn Crandall

Kathryn CrandallKathryn Crandall has enjoyed performing in local children’s theater in the roles of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Gertrude in Seussical the Musical. As a freshman at the Performing Arts Conservatory at Valor Christian High School, she is thrilled and honored to be making her professional opera debut.

Iron Man/Slave/Priest: Arthur Beutel

Arthur BeutelArthur Beutel is actively performing both opera and musical theater in the greater Denver Metro area. He graduated from Colorado State University in spring 2014, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Arthur was most recently seen performing the role of Giuseppe in Boulder Symphony’s production of La Traviata with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes, and earlier this season he was seen in the chorus of Opera Colorado’s production of La bohème.

Iron Man/Slave/Priest: Luke North

Luke NorthHailing from Hooker, Oklahoma, Luke North received his undergraduate training at Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music, then relocated to Denver to begin his career as a professional singer. He has worked with Boulder Opera Company, Opera Colorado, Ignite Theater, Opera Steamboat as well as Denver’s Empire Lyric Players and Colorado Masterworks Chorus. In addition to his career as a musician, he is also an active member of the Haus of FishCandy, a drag theater troupe founded by Alice Glamoure, and performs regularly around the Denver metropolitan area. Luke aspires to one day sing for his dream company, Cirque du Soleil.

Thearin Pyeatte, Young Mozart

Amra Tomsic, Co-Stage Director
Drew Bradley, Co-Stage Director
Angela Klemm, Props, Costumes, Lighting
Matthew Meyer, Stage Manager
Cody Garrison, Principal Accompanist
Karen Laine, Accompanist

Members of the Cherry Creek Chorale
Brian Patrick Leatherman, Chorus Master


April 22, 2018
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Arapahoe Philharmonic


Fisher Auditorium on The Englewood Campus
3800 S. Logan Street
Englewood, CO 80113
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