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“Vixen” bios

 “The Cunning Little Vixen” Cast and Creative/Production team

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Caitlin Mathes, Vixen Sharp Ears 

Ms. Mathes recently finished as a Resident Artist with Portland Opera, where she performed Meg Page in Falstaff, the title character in Rinaldo, Paquette in Candide, and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Last fall she was seen with as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (Tacoma Opera). In 2011 she made her NYC Recital debut at the National Arts Club with a night of art songs and cabaret, and originated the role of Sister Dorothy Stang in the world premiere of Angel of the Amazon (Albany Records). Ms. Mathes has appeared as a young artist in the Merola Program, Opera New Jersey, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Chautauqua Opera, and was a participant of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca and Spoleto, Italy. She is the winner of the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition. and received her Bachelors of Music from Ithaca College and her Masters of Music and Artist Diploma from the Univ. of Cincinnati CCM. Upcoming engagements include Jenny Diver in Threepenny Opera (Indianapolis Opera) and an all Weill cabaret on Sept. 15th at La Vie Boheme in Portland.

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Erik Hundtoft, Gamekeeper 

Erik Hundtoft lives and works in Oregon as a singer and performer. He has worked with Portland Opera, Obsidian Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Opera Theater Corvallis, Portland Summerfest, Oregon Repertory Singers, Cappella Romana, Resonance Ensemble, The Ensemble, Rogue Opera, and Portland State University where he completed his schooling. He has been with the Portland Opera Chorus for the last five seasons and has also toured with POGO, Portland Opera’s educational outreach program.

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Rachel Hauge, Golden Mane the Fox

Rachel Hauge is a mezzo-soprano from Corvallis, Oregon. Ms. Hauge has spent the past two seasons performing with Deutsche Oper Berlin in a variety of roles including Mercédès in Carmen, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Roßweiße in Die Walküre and Flora in La Traviata. Ms. Hauge has appeared as a young artist with Tanglewood Music Center, Chautauqua Opera, PortOpera and Connecticut Opera.  Previous roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Erika in Vanessa and the title role in William Bolcom’s Lucrezia. Ms. Hauge holds degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the Boston University Opera Institute. www.rachelhauge.com

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Nikki Leopold, Dragonfly and Assistant Choreographer

Nikki Leopold began dancing at Studio One Dance Academy at age four, competing in jazz, ballet, tap, gymnastics, modern and hip-hop. At age 12 she joined the school of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, focusing on her classical ballet training. Nikki joined OBT’s Pre-professional program at age 18, and performed numerous times with their company as well as going on tour to Korea. She has currently been working with the contemporary company Body Cinema in Paris, France, along with Agnieszka Laska Dancers here in Portland, Oregon.

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Deac Guidi, Harasta

Deac Guidi first sang in the choruses of the Intermountain Opera Association’s productions of Tosca, Don Pasquale, and Faust, and then went on to do secondary roles in Madame Butterfly and The Barber of Seville.  As an undergraduate at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana he was the soloist in John Rutter’s cycle When Icicles Hang and Durufle’s Requiem.  On the North Coast he has appeared in the North Coast Chorale’s productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance as the Pirate King and The H.M.S. Pinafore as Dick Deadeye.  Deac was also seen as Count Almaviva in the inaugural Astoria Music Festival’s production of The Marriage of Figaro as well as singing Papageno in the 2004 presentation of The Magic Flute.  Deac performed the Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata with Oregon Lyric Opera and made his debut with Opera Pacifica as Tonio in I Pagliacci. Recent performances include Leporello in Don Giovanni, a reprisal of the Pirate King with the North Coast Chorale, Baritone Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Theater Oregon, and Principe di Boullion in Adriana LeCouvreur with Willamette Concert Opera.   He recently performed Papageno with Willamette Concert Opera, a performance the Corvallis Gazette called “mischievous perfection” and was a featured guest artist with the 2006 Astoria Music Festival where he sang highlights from the Magic Flute with the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra.  His 2007 roles include The Count in Mozart’s Figaro, Le Marquis in Massenet’s Griselidis, Capellio in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Il Pedone in La Wally by Catalani, Hu Tsin in Leoni’s  L’Oracolo and Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium.  2008 engagements have included the North Coast premiere of We Have Spoken with the Cannon Beach Chorus, Don Ferrnando in Beethoven’s Fidelio with WCO and Valentin in Faust with Puget Sound Concert Opera.  He sang with the 2008 Astoria Music Festival performing the role of Riff in West Side Story and highlights from Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen.  December brought the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio with the North Coast Chorale, and early 2009 saw recitals in Portland and Astoria in April, in addition to Baritone Soloist in Faure’s Requiem with the Cannon Beach Chorus.  During the summer of 2009 he again sang with the Astoria Music Festival performing the Drunken Poet/Corridon in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen to which The Oregonian stated he a “great voice smartly deployed”.  In September he sang the role of Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Puget Sound Concert Opera and in December Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Cannon Beach Chorus, in addition to a recital in February.  In 2010 he performed Count Rodolfo in Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Puget Sound Opera, and Oroveso in Norma with Puget Sound Concert Opera. Recent performances include Werther with Opera Theater Oregon, Ferrando in Il Trovatore and Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Astoria Music Festival . Recent engagements include Fleville and Mathieu in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and the Speaker in The Magic Flute.

He also sang Falstaff and Ford in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor with Cascadia Concert Opera, Ben in The Telephone for Clatsop Community College and Capellio in I Capuleti ed I Montecchi with Puget Sound Concert Opera.  Most recently he was seen as Simone in Gianni Schicchi at the Astoria Music Festival.  Upcoming are Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen with Opera Theater Oregon, and debuts as the Police Seargent in Pirates of Penzance and the Bonze in Madame Butterfly with Tacoma Opera. 

John Boelling, Schoolmaster/Mosquito; Cynthia Boelling, Owl/Hen; Greta Boelling, Frog/Fox Cub

John, Cynthia and Greta Boelling are participating in their first opera together as a family—what a blast!  We want to express our great appreciation to Erica and Clara for taking us all on, for their wonderful guidance, and for arranging rehearsals to meet our family needs.

Greta, the youngest member of the Boellings, is 8 years old and attends Ivy School in NE Portland.  Greta has performed numerous roles with the Cami Curtis Studio in their productions of The Wizard of Oz, The Nut that Cracked,  and Sleeping Beauty. She has also been a player in NW Children’s Theater’s The Shoemaker’s Elves, Charlotte’s Web (as Charlotte) and Push Up the Sky.

Cynthia is in her 7th Season as a Regular Member of Portland Opera’s Chorus.  A versatile actor, singer and dancer, she has collaborated with many artists and ensembles in Portland including Mona Warner, the Sometime Quartet, the Oregon Symphony and  Mocks Crest Theater.  She has also danced alongside Greta in shows at Cami Curtis Studios. Last summer had a starring role in Key City Public Theater’s production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

John is a voice instructor at the University of Portland and is the Assistant Director of Music at 1st Unitarian Church where he conducts the UU Women’s Choir.  This is John’s 3rd production with OTO.  A character tenor by trade, he has performed with many local theaters including Eugene Opera, Mocks Crest Theater, and the Astoria Music Festival.  John is also a member of the Sometime Quartet and sang with Cynthia last summer in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well.  More recent credits include the role of John in A Masque of Angels at the 2013 National Opera Association Conference in Portland.

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Eva Wolff is excited to join in her third OTO production.  Previous roles include Wellgunde/Caroline in Opera Theatre Oregon’s “Das Rheingold/Baywatch”, Petra in Mock’s Crest’s “A Little Night Music”, and Nikki in the University of Portland’s “Sweet Charity.”  Besides being a member of the Portland Opera Chorus, she has sung with Mock’s Crest Productions, Lakewood Theatre, and the Northwest Savoyards.  She is also the Music Director at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.  She earned her BA in Fine Arts- Music from Seattle University and her MA in Vocal Performance from the University of Portland.

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Alexis Moore Eytinge, Mrs. Paskova / Rabbit/ Hen

This Alexis’ third show with OTO. You may remember from from The Beggar’s Opera or Das Rheinhold/Baywatch. She has spent the last three summers performing with Mock’s Crest at the University of Portland.  Her Portland favorite’s include Bessie in Lakewood’s South Pacific, PAMTA nominated Sandman in PSU’s Hansel and Gretel, Grand Hotel at Lakewood and Stumptown Stages: Rent. She has also appeared as Rebecca in Rags and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She loves teaching Zumba and Swing dancing. She sends her love to her supportive family and friends.

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Sylvia Romero, Young Vixen / Fox Cub

Sylvia is an 11 year old soprano and this is her first opera role. She recently performed a personal recital at The Old Church in Downtown Portland. Sylvia was a featured soloist at the Portland Grotto’s Festival of Lights 2012, where she shared her lively soprano voice, lifting up in voice 8 songs, including an inspired Ave Maria and a gorgeous Opera Aria. In December 2012, Sylvia jubilantly performed as a soloist on AM Northwest; singing Angels We Have Heard on High and Pie Jesu. She appeared as the opening soloist for The Sound of Music in Redmond, Oregon in Spring of 2011. Sylvia likes to knit, crochet, play piano, read, and most of all dance.

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Anna Louise Martin, Frantik and Fox Cub

Anna Louise Martin made her performing debut in 2010, singing in Hansel and Gretel with Portland Opera.  Also with Portland Opera, she performed in Puccini’s Turandot, Tosca, and Big Night Gala Concert.   She made her solo debut playing Myrtle in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with Portland State University Opera in March of 2011.  In the fall, she performed as a Dancer and a Hotbox girl in Guys and Dolls. In spring of 2012, she was a co-writer and performer in Types with Northwest Children Theater and School  She is a member of the Pacific Youth Choir, directed by Mia Hall Savage.  In school, she is involved in the A Capella choir.  Currently, she is studying voice with Meghan Jackson and Angela Niederloh.

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Ariana Davis, Cricket / Fox Cub

This is Ariana’s first production with Opera Theater Oregon and her first opera and she couldn’t be blessed with a better cast. She sings with the Pacific Youth Choir and plans to study early childhood education and vocal performance in college. In her spare time Ariana enjoys reading and making YouTube videos.

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Anna Moiso, Hen/Deer

Anna is thrilled to be in her first production with OTO and thrilled to be wearing those amazing antlers! Previous roles include Sr. Constance in Dialogues des carmelites (Portland State University), Rose in Street Scene (Portland State University), and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Student Opera at Portland State). Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Portland State University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound.

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Emily Stevens, Hedgehog / Hen

Emily Stevens is delighted to be performing in her first Opera Theater Oregon production. Favorite roles include Hope Cladwell in Urinetown (The Musical) and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. Emily has performed with Mock’s Crest, Broadway Rose, and Stumptown Stages. She holds a degree in Musicology from Lewis & Clark College and is currently the PR / Marketing Assistant at Portland Opera.

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Shakira Searle, Chorus Mezzo and “Vixen” Art/History Installation

Shakira Searle is a classically-trained singer who relocated to
Portland from Melbourne, Australia.  Born at a very young age, she has been alive ever since, and singing for most of that time. Despite being unable to walk or speak when she entered the world, she has triumphed over adversity to become something resembling a responsible adult, avidly pursuing her twin goals (learning as much as possible about almost everything, and singing anything she can get away with)along the way. Her eclectic musical tastes have brought her opportunities to perform in a wide range of styles, from Opera to World Music to Prog Rock and more. She has performed in Germany, the UK, the US, and around Australia, and has been heard on radio on almost every continent (though she’s still working on Antarctica).  She is delighted to be singing with Opera Theater Oregon, and thrilled beyond measure to be a part of The Cunning Little Vixen.

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Weston Roth, Chorus baritone 

Weston has sung with several small choir groups in Portland including the Intel Singers and CMC Madrigal Singers, and as a solo artist with performances at the Old Church and First Unitarian Church. He is also a vocalist and instrumentalist in the Alternative Liturgy concert series at Trinity Episcopal Church with upcoming performances in the Fall 2013.

 

 

 

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Clara Weishahn. Stage Director

Clara Weishahn is a freelance director and actor with a B.A. in Theatre from Portland State University. She directed You’re Still as Beautiful (Opera Theater Oregon) and The Marriage of Figaro (Student Opera Association of PSU). Clara completed two directing internships at Portland Opera, assistant directed Die Fledermaus (Mock’s Crest) and Falstaff (PSU), and recently conducted an acting-for-singers workshop at Brown University. She has worked with Portland Center Stage and other local theatres, Perseverance Theatre, CrossSound, Opera to GO! in Alaska, and El Cimerrón Ensemble in Germany. Next, Clara is adapting and directing A Christmas Carol in Rhode Island.  www.claraweishahn.com

Agnieszka Laska, Choreographer

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Agnieszka Laska danced 25-plus years with Ballet Form Nowoczesnych AGH — a top Polish modern dance company, touring Europe and North America. She also choreographed extensively for leading Polish theatre companies in award-winning productions across Europe. In Portland since 2001, she launched Agnieszka Laska Dancers in 2003, creating numerous works, often to music of local composers usually with musicians on stage. ALD performs regionally and internationally (Poland, Mexico). As a choreographer, Agnieszka is known for creating provocative works related to the most painful issues of our time. Her multimedia productions The Fall ’01, Lamentatio, Homeland Insecurity have taken us to 9/11′s ground zero, Middle East battle fields, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, through airport body scans and into the very heart and soul of humanity’s suffering. Her recent choreographic success,The Rite of Spring Centenary Celebration premiere with Portland State University Orchestra, set a new standard for dance with live music in the Pacific Northwest. ALD’s Rite of Spring Centenary Oregon Tour with Stravinsky’s own piano-four-hand score is unprecedented in bringing, challenging, modern fine performing arts to under-served rural communities.

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Brianna Holan,  Costume Designer: Mammal, Amphibian, Insect Costumes

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