Hansel and Gretel: Meet The Performers!
This fairytale adventure tells the story of two hungry children lost in an enchanted forest, an inviting gingerbread house and a wicked witch. This kid-friendly production features spoken narration, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers, including students from Chapman University, who are joined by The All-American Boys Chorus.
To learn more about Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.
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Peter Atherton, Director and Script Writer
Stage director and bass-baritone Peter Atherton holds the Robert and Norma Lineberger Chair in Music at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and has served as the artistic director of Opera Chapman for the past 12 years. He has performed and directed extensively in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater throughout the United States and Europe. His operatic and concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera, the Opera festival of Rome and Verona as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cercle Genève, International Chamber Ensemble Rome, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Orchèstre de Belgique.
David Stoneman, Baritone/Father
David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass and in roles from Figaro to Scarpia. After studying locally, (Orange Coast College, Chapman University and USC), he spent two decades in Boston and New York singing opera and oratorio.
Locally, Stoneman has appeared in many concerts with Pacific Symphony. His oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, on the lighter side, Stoneman has enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation and 42nd Street.
Recently released recordings featuring Stoneman include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a contemporary musical by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Upcoming events include singing the title role in the LA Formosan Master Chorale’s production of Elijah. Stoneman is also a registered piano technician.
Erin Gonzalea, Mezzo-Soprano/Hansel
Erin Gonzalez is excited to perform once again with Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings. She was last seen as Cinderella in Cinderella, Opera for Kids! She has performed with the UNLV Opera Theatre, Martina Arroyo Foundation, Nevada Opera Theatre, Eastman Opera Theatre and Opera Chapman.
Role highlights include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) and Nancy (Albert Herring). Winner of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition, the Bramledge Opera Award and Robert Kuntz Scholarship, Gonzalez received a bachelor in music from Chapman University Conservatory of Music and masterin music from Eastman School of Music. She is a currently a first-year DMA student in Voice at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Emma-Grace Dunbar, Soprano/Gretel
Lyric coloratura soprano Emma-Grace Dunbar is a native of Southern California and keeps a busy performance schedule in both opera and concert. She has performed with companies across the United States including San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Ash Lawn Opera. Her roles include Kathie in The Student Prince, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Belinda in Dido & Aeneas.
Dunbar received an encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year as part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. She earned a master’s degree in vocal arts from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music from Westminster Choir College.
Hannah Rose Kidwell, Soprano/Witch
Soprano Hannah Rose Kidwell makes her debut with Pacific Symphony in this production of Hansel and Gretel, Opera for Kids! She is currently in her third year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance at Chapman University where she studies voice with acclaimed soprano Carol Neblett.
Kidwell has performed in several productions in Chapman’s opera program which include Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Kurt Weill: After Dark, a cabaret of famous works by Kurt Weill, and most notably, played the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
She has won several awards for her talent and merit, including being a semi-finalist and scholarship winner at the national Classical Singer Competition, the winner of the New Century Singer’s Competition and the most recent winner of the Vocal and Concerto Competition at Chapman. She is currently preparing to go on her first tour with Chapman’s acclaimed University Singers led by Stephen Coker.
Alexandra Rupp, Mezzo-Soprano/Sandman/Hansel Understudy
Alexandra Rupp is a senior pursuing a bachelor of music in vocal performance at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory.
Through Chapman’s opera program, Rupp has performed the roles of Cherubino from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Giannetta from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and La Zelatrice from Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
From 2014–2016, Rupp collaborated annually with Pacific Symphony, performing the roles of Cowgirl, Wicked Stepsister and Kate in their Family Musical Mornings productions of The Magic Potion, Cinderella and The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate once more with Pacific Symphony in Hansel and Gretel and looks forward to continue developing her musicianship at Chapman and beyond.
Jasmine Rodriquez, Soprano/Dew Fairy
Mexican soprano Jasmine Rodriquez is performing for her first time with Pacific Symphony in this production as the role of the Dew Fairy. Rodriguez is a vocal performance major at Chapman University. She is a member of Opera Chapman, in which she has performed the roles of Suor Dolcina in Puccini's Suor Angelica and La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
She also played a partial role as Rose from Street Scene in Opera Chapman's production of Kurt Weill After Dark this past season. She is very excited to be a part of this production and hopes to perform more after graduation.
Sarah Bailey, Soprano
Sarah Bailey is currently pursuing her bachelor of music in vocal performance at Chapman University, after transfering from El Camino College. She is a member of the Chapman University Singers ensemble and played a principal role in Chapman Opera’s Fall Scenes program. Bailey was a winner in the ECC Symphony Orchestra soloist contest, where she performed Olympia’s Aria from Les Contes D'Hoﬀman.
Yllary Cajahuaringa, Soprano/Gingerbread Chorus/Gretel understudy
Yllary Cajahuaringa is a senior vocal performance major at Chapman University. She was part of Southern California Children’s Chorus from a very young age and performed alongside Pacific Symphony several times.
She attended Orange County School of the Arts where she started singing solo, which helped her win her spot in Chapman’s prestigious music conservatory. She has since performed for Chapman productions as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and was the Soprano 1 soloist in Mozart’s Davide Penitente.
She was also declared the 2015 vocal winner of the Chapman’s Instrumental and Vocal Concerto Competition. She performed last year in Pacific Symphony’s Pirates of Penzance as the Mabel understudy and is excited to be back this year.
Tanja Radic, Alto/Gingerbread Chorus/Sandman Understudy
Tanja Radic is a young operatic soprano who has performed extensively throughout Orange County over the past few years.
Born in South Africa, Radic is now a senior at Chapman University, pursuing a dual degree in vocal performance and English literature. As a member of Opera Chapman, she has performed as Giulietta (Les contes d'Hoﬀman), Desdemona (Otello) and Jenny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). She has also performed as Monica (The Medium), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne) Elettra (Idomeneo) and the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel).
Her upcoming engagements include the soprano solos from Handel's Messiah and Faure's Requiem. This is her first production with Pacific Symphony, and she is honored and excited to be part of the cast.
Hannah Fan, Alto/Gingerbread Chorus/Dew Fairy Understudy
Hannah Fan is currently a senior at Chapman University double majoring in vocal performance and music education. This is her first time working with Pacific Symphony and she is very grateful for the opportunity.
Her previous experience in opera includes Opera Chapman’s productions of Suor Angelica (Suor Lucia), Elisir d’amor (Chorus), Kurt Weill After Dark (Begbick) and Shakespeare in Opera (Night). She hopes to continue performing professionally in the future. She would like to thank her family, friends and faculty for supporting her and helping her pursue her ambitions.
All-American Boys Chorus
Referred to as “America’s most beloved boys choir,” The All-American Boys Chorus (AABC) regularly appears with renowned entertainers including recent events with David Benoit, Sarah McLachlan, Kristen Chenoweth, The Pentatonix, Taylor Hicks, Josh Groban, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Additional artistic collaborations with composer John Williams, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others round out a vast musical repertoire that spans classic to pop and everything in between.
The AABC maintains an active performance schedule with over 40 concerts and events each year. In addition, 58 concert tours have presented the Chorus to enthusiastic audiences across the U.S.A. and around the world. The Chorus’ most recent tours were to Japan in December 2015 and to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Beijing in the summer of 2016.
Jeffrey Goldberg, Baritone/Father Understudy
Jeffrey Goldberg is from La Cañada, Calif., and is elated to return to the stage for Pacific Symphony’s children’s opera.
He has performed the roles of Bartolo from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Gugliemo from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, as well as several partial roles. He performed the role of the Sergeant of Police last year with Pacific Symphony’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
He is now entering his eighth and final semester studying at Chapman University, where he is pursuing a degree in vocal performance. Goldberg hopes to continue singing opera professionally after he graduates, and is very excited to be singing for this production!
Erin Theodorakis, Soprano/Witch Understudy
Erin Theodorakis is a senior at Chapman University, double majoring in vocal performance and music education.
Her operatic performances include the role of Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as well as partial roles in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Bizet's Carmen and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. In concert, she has sung the mezzo solos in the Bach Magnificat, the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and the Urlicht movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
In addition, Theodorakis has collaborated with Pacific Symphony performing the Doa Da Day Trio in “For the Love of Bernstein” in 2015 and the role of Ruth in Pirates of Penzance in 2016. Originally from the Bay Area, she now lives in Rancho Santa Margarita. Next year, Theodorakis hopes to attend graduate school to obtain her master’s in vocal performance. She thanks God, her family, her voice teacher Margaret Dehning, and her many other mentors at Chapman for their love and support.
Minako Horimura, Piano Accompanist
Minako Horimura was born in Sendai, Japan. She began her musical training at the age of 5 at Toho Gakuen School of Music for Children. At age 13, she won the Japan Piano Teacher's Association Competition, the National Division performed for winner's gala concert.
In 2001, she received a bachelor of music in piano performance from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and studied with Emeritus Professor Chieko Okabayashi. The following summer, she was accepted to the summer festival at Hamamatsu, Japan where she received the Howard Hanson Scholarship to study at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Thomas Schumacher.
She received a master of music in piano performance and literature from Eastman School of Music in 2005. During her studies, she was selected as an orchestra pianist and performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh in 2002.
In 2007, she was invited to perform Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with the Miyagi University Orchestra in Sendai. Horimura is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman University, piano faculty at Opus119 Conservatory of Music in Irvine, choral accompanist at Foothill High School in Tustin, founder of Cadenza Music Academy and festival chair and board member of MTAC Irvine.
Mark Salters, Piano Accompanist
Mark Salters is opera co-director, vocal coach and pianist at California State University, Fullerton. Originally from New York, Salters served on the coaching staff of the Opera Department at the University of Michigan under Gustav Meier. Prior to that, Salters was on the faculty of the Yale University graduate opera program headed by noted director Tito Capobianco.
He has accompanied master classes by many well known singers and coaches including Frederica Von Stade, Roberta Alexander, Vladamir Chernov, Carlo Bergonzi, Sherill Milnes, Madame Régine Crespin, Richard Bonynge, Rodney Gilfry, George Shirley, Carol Neblett, Horst Günther, Marni Nixon, Paul Sperry, Richard Pearlman and Lili Chookasian, as well as many others.
In addition, he has worked with conductors and directors from Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Frankfurt Opera, St. Louis Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Salters has also served on the music staffs of the University of Connecticut, Opera Theater of Connecticut and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven Connecticut.
Currently, Salters regularly accompanies the National Association of Teachers of Singing symposiums in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as the Classical Singers Association classes and concerts. He has also worked for Opera Pacific, Opera Ala Carte, Cal State Long Beach, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, Riverside Opera, Southland Opera and the Intimate Opera Company. He also serves as director of music and principal organist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Irvine.
As an active freelance accompanist he regularly accompanies many of the finest vocal artists of the Los Angeles area in recitals and competitions.
Rosalind Britton, Costume Coordinator
Born into a family of professional musicians in London, Rosalind Britton grew up steeped in the arts. After attending the Royal Ballet School, her increasing height precluded that career and she turned instead to behind-the- scenes work, and obtained a bachelor’s in theater design.
Upon graduation, she worked in costume design for theater, opera and film, both in London and New York. After marrying an American opera singer, she lived in Europe several more years before her family moved to California, where she taught art in public schools. After retirement, she became a dedicated volunteer for Pacific Symphony.
To learn more about Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.