Arkansan soprano Bonnie Frauenthal, hailed in La Scena Musicale for her August 2016 role debut of Violetta in La Traviata as “a natural actress with a supple-voiced lyric sound, well-handled coloratura and a warm middle register,” is pleased to have upcoming engagements with Apotheosis Opera, New Opera NYC, Opera Breve, Utopia Opera, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
Bonnie has also graced the stages of Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Aspen Opera Theater, Opera in the Rock, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Breve, Utopia Opera, and Main Street Opera. Some past favorite performances include Mimi in La Bohème, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Nedda in I Pagliacci, the title role of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.
She holds a master of music degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music degree from Oklahoma City University, where she studied with W. Stephen Smith and Larry Keller. In New York, she is a proud student in the voice studio of Lenora Eve.
Kofi Hayford, bass, described as possessing a “sonorous,” (Meet Me at the Opera) and “stentorian bass voice” (National Herald) also produces a distinct sound - easily identified for its unique timbre. He is swiftly building his reputation as an accomplished young bass bringing an ‘exciting’ sound to the stage. Kofi’s major opera roles have included: Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarastro in The Magic Flute (performed at Lincoln Center), Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He made his Carnegie Hall debut singing at Weill Recital Hall. Kofi sang the inaugural performance of the Greek Opera Olympic Flame singing the roles of the titan Prometheus and Herakles’ son Hyllos at Lincoln Center - later receiving an award from UNESCO for this performance. Notable solo engagements include principal bass roles in: Verdi’s Don Carlo; Mozart’s Requiem; and Rossini's Stabat Mater; Verdi’s Rigoletto; Puccini’s Tosca; Verdi's La Traviata. A 2007 Songfest Young Artist, Kofi received his Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the University at Buffalo.
Phoebe studied at the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Music, and the Guildhall School. She has apprenticed as a Young Artist at the Salzburg Festival, Aldeburgh Music, and the English National Opera.
Phoebe made her mainstage debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2014 as Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier, and as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a co-production with Teatro Alla Scala.
Last summer Phoebe represented the UK at iSING! International Young Artists Festival, China, singing the roles of Cherubino, Tisbe, Mercedes, and Meg Page, at the Suzhou Grand Theatre and Beijing’s Tianqiao Arts Centre. Phoebe was awarded a full scholarship to Songfest LA in 2016, where she performed a fully-staged rendering of Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook.
Phoebe is grateful to her sponsors at Help Musicians UK, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, Opera Prelude, Dr. Michael Shipley & Mr. Phillip Rudge, the John Wates Charitable Trust, and the International Opera Awards Foundation.
Joseph Palarca, tenor, returns to Apotheosis Opera having performed as Trin in their 2016 production of La Fanciulla del West. Other past roles include El Remendado (Carmen), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gastone (La Traviata), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni).
He has performed as a member of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Opera Omaha’s Voices in Residence artist residence program and is equally at home in concert repertoire as well, singing as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, and various ensembles in the New York area including the Vocal Ensemble of Queens College, The Mineola Choral Society, The Central City Chorus, and The Choral Symphony Society, and made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in a performance of the Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall as part of the USA-Japan goodwill concert.
Combining rich vocals, elegant musicianship and magnetic stage presence, critically-acclaimed actor and vocalist Wayne Hu is quickly establishing himself as a compelling, versatile artist for today’s modern audience.
Recent engagements include Candide (Maximilian cover & Lion) with New York City Opera, The Merry Widow (Danilo) with Southold Opera, Tosca (Angelotti) with Union Avenue Opera and Le Nozze di Figaro (Title Role) with State Repertory Opera of NJ. Upcoming performances include Danilo with New Rochelle Opera and Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Gaston) with Theatre by the Sea.
Other appearances include roles with The Glimmerglass Festival, The Princeton Festival, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera North, Amarillo Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, and on the concert stage with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and LAPHIL.
With a significant amount of experience in American musicals, Mr. Hu’s theatrical career has also brought him all over the country with some of the nation’s finest regional theatre companies.
In December of 2013, Mr. Hu received his Master of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he studied voice under the tuteladge of Andreas Poulimenos and Timothy Noble, and coached with Carol Vaness. He was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Wilfred Bain Opera Fellowship.
JAY Lucas CHACON
Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix, AZ currently residing in NYC. Jay recently finished performing the role of George Page in Sir John in Love with Bronx Opera. Jay's 2016 season included a return to dell’Arte Opera Ensemble performing Barone Douphol in La Traviata and Rodolfo in scenes from the Leoncavallo La bohème, covering Schaunard in La bohème with Saint Petersburg Opera Company, as well as his debut with Apotheosis Opera as Handsome in La Fanciulla del West.
In recent seasons, Jay performed Inkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, L'orloge Comtoise in L'enfant et les Sortileges with Utopia Opera, and made his debut with dell'Arte OperaEnsemble as Figaro in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia where he was described by blogger Voce di Meche as having portrayed the role "with fine sound and comedic instincts".
Jay has also been a member of the Austin Opera chorus and sang with Union Avenue Opera and Winter Opera Saint Louis. While in St. Louis, Jay was a mainstay at Tavern of Fine Arts having performed numerous thematic programs and recitals including the repertoire of Jake Heggie' A Question of Light and Ravel' Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. His program From Bach to Berg; a Tribute to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau has been his most popular, having also performed it at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village, NYC. While in Austin, Jay was a member of the training program Spotlight on Opera where he sang the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. Jay also spent 3 summers with the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Jay has studied with Dr. Glenn Bennett and Met tenor William Lewis and currently studies with Alexandra LoBianco.
Scott Adam Kipnis
Scott Adam Kipnis works as the Staff Administrator for Theater Resources Unlimited, a 24-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to developing the careers of theater professionals in the New York area. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in classical vocal performance, where he studied with professor David Neiweem. While at UVM, he performed the role of Leader/Preacher in Kurt Weill's folk opera, Down In The Valley, as well as selections from Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, as well as others. He also won the University of Vermont Concerto Competition, which gave him the opportunity to sing the trio, Soave sia il vento, from Mozart's Così fan Tutte, with the University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the New York Choral Society, and New York Choral Society Chamber Ensemble, singing under the direction of David Hayes, with whom he has performed Mendelssohn’s Paulus, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Mass in C, John Adams' On The Transmigration of Souls, Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d, Avro Pärt’s Te Deum, and various other works. He was in the chorus of Apotheosis' inaugural production of Tannhäuser in the summer of 2015! He also sang the role of Jim Larkens in Apotheosis' 2016 production of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West. He has always had a strong passion for music, and opera in particular, and the opportunity to work with a new opera company like Apotheosis Opera has been a dream-come-true.
John Ramseyer is described as having a "hypnotically lyrical" (Parterre) and "sweet voice" (Broadway World). The young tenor hails from Illinois and is an emerging artist in the New York opera scene. John has performed leading roles with LoftOpera, The Bronx Opera Company, Christman Opera Company, New York Summer Opera Scenes, and The Midwest Institute of Opera. In 2016 he received his Masters degree in Music at Mannes College where he studied with Metropolitan Opera tenor, Dan Marek. With the esteemed Mannes Opera, he performed the roles of Laurie in Mark Adamo's Little Women and Bill in Jonathan Dove's Flight under the baton of Joseph Colaneri (Met Opera/NYCO/Glimmerglass). Previous credits include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Fenton (Falstaff), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), and the Gondolier/Lucio (Rossini's Otello).