Tom Kittle, Director
Tom Kittle is a trained operatic singer with over 10 years of experience singing throughout the Colorado region, receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Tom believes music is an essential function of the human soul to express emotion, convey story-telling, and challenge ourselves to aspire to a higher level of knowledge. He aims to impart these ideas in his private vocal studio as well as in his performances.
Along with his substantial list of performed roles, such as: Valentin in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Curly in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutti, Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, and others, he has also competed in, placed in, and won regional competitions. Tom is also a experienced soloist concert performer, having sung Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, among others.
Tom is pleased to make his directorial debut with the Boulder Symphony.
Matthew Peterson, "Figaro"
Hailing from the plains of NE Colorado, Matthew Peterson is an up and coming Baritone acclaimed for his rich voice and expressive acting ability. His budding career has shown great promise, as he placed as the top male singer in the 2016 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. Possessing an impressively versatile voice, he has performed leading roles in opera, musical-theatre, and straight plays.
Matthew made his debut as Benoit & Alcindoro while understudying Marcello in La Boheme for the Boulder Symphony. Then last summer, Matthew had the honor of performing in the title role of Don Giovanni as well as Silvio in Leoncavallo's i Pagliacci as a part of Opera in the Ozarks' Emerging Artist program. He has performed with several local companies, recently singing the bass solo in Mozart's Requiem and Hayden's The Creation with the Lakewood Chorale, and Sgt. Belcore in L'elisir d'Amore with Boulder Opera Company.
At the University of Denver, Matt has sung Gugliemo in Cosí fan tutte, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, in addition to performing as a featured soloist in several large scale works, including a world premiere of a Chinese oratorio called Ode to Nature, and Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht. In the 2017-2018 season, Matthew will be joining Virginia Opera's Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program and covering Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Matthew received his undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University studying under baritone Steven Taylor, and is currently pursuing a M.M. from the University of Denver with renowned tenor Matthew Plenk and bass Ken Cox.
Rebecca Henriques, "Susanna"
Cuban-American soprano, Rebecca Henriques Haak was last seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Miami Summer Music Festival where she was also called in last minute to replace Deborah Voigt in concert. In the ’14-’15 season Mrs. Henriques Haak performed with the Florida Grand Opera as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Despina in Cosí fan tutte, and Anna Gomez in The Consul. Rebecca has also performed Lucy in The Telephone, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro and Ms. Wordsworth in Albert Herring.
Rebecca received First Prize in Canto Lirico at the Concorso di Escuzione Musicale in Matera, Italy and the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. She has participated in the Barcelona Festival of Song and the Aspen Music Festival and was seen in scenes from Cosi fan tutte, La Boheme and La Cenerentola. Mrs. Henriques Haak has performed in recitals and concerts around the USA and Europe. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in vocal performance from the University of Miami. She is currently residing in Denver, Colorado where she works as a real estate agent when she is not performing.
Anastasia Jamieson, "Countess Almaviva"
Soprano Anastasia Jamieson has gained critical acclaim for her performances across the United States. Her roles include Countess and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Adele and Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Iris (Semele), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), the title role in Suor Angelica, Thérèse (Les mamelles de tirésias), Mimi (La Bohème), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Micaela (Carmen), the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Nedda (I Pagliacci).
Ms. Jamieson has been a featured soloist in numerous JS Bach works, Haydn’s, The Creation, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, to name a few. This summer she will sing the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute with Opera Fairbanks. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music. Ms. Jamieson currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family.
Schyler Vargas, "Count Almaviva"
Schyler Vargas, born and raised in Colorado, has enjoyed performing throughout this beautiful state with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theatre, and the Ralph Opera Center at Colorado State University. Featured roles include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Father in Hänsel und Gretel, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and both Samuel and the Pirate King in the Pirates of Penzance.
He has served as a studio artist with Opera Fort Collins and Opera in the Ozarks and has been chosen to participate in the 2017 Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy this May. Graduating with a BA in Music at Colorado State University in 2016, Schyler will now be pursuing a MM of Muisc in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music this fall. He would like to thank his mother for enriching his life with music and the arts and for her ceaseless support.
Ingrid Johnson, "Cherubino"
Ingrid Johnson, mezzo-soprano, is a senior at Colorado State University pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts degree with a major in Music, and a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She recently performed the role of Desirée in the Ralph Opera Center's production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music.
In addition, in Summer of 2016 Ingrid joined Emerald City Opera's Young Artist Program as the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, cover of Agnes the Digger in Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox, and chorus in Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas. Previous operatic roles include Mrs. Page understudy in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Prince Orlovsky in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, La Primera Cercatrice in Puccini's Suor Angelica and the Sixth Spirit in Massenet's Cendrillon.
Ingrid won Singer of the Year in 2016 and the Charles and Reta Ralph Undergraduate Scholarship in 2015 at CSU's Singer of the Year Scholarship Competition and has placed consistently in the Colorado/Wyoming NATS competition.
April Phillips, "Marcellina"
Mezzo-soprano April Phillips has just completed Master’s of Music at University of Northern Colorado under the tutelage of William Wilson. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Oregon where she studied with Dr. Karen Esquivel.
She has most recently performed as Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Old Lady in Candide with University of Northern Colorado. Other roles include: Dritte Damen in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Classica Europa, The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Terentia in John Duke’s Captain Lovelock, and Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.
Joseph Herman, "Bartolo"
Joseph Herman is pleased to return to Boulder Symphony and the Boulder Music Institute for this production of Le Nozze di Figaro. He has previously appeared in their production of La Boheme as the understudy for Colline. Locally he has also performed with Boulder Opera playing Zuniga in Carmen, covering the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and as a member of the ensemble in L'Elisir d'Amore.
While a student at Northern Arizona University he enjoyed playing such roles as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, and others. He currently studies with Lauren Sawyer.
Sean Stephensen, "Basilio/Don Curzio"
Sean Stephenson, tenor, holds the M.M. in Vocal Performance from The University of Missouri at Kansas City. During his time at Millikin University in Decatur, IL he performed for three years with the internationally renowned University Choir, touring across the United States and throughout east Asia. Sean also performed with the early music ensemble Tudor Voices and was involved in numerous opera productions until he ultimately received his B.M. in Vocal Performance, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In demand as a chorister, Sean has populated ensembles across the country, often in a position of leadership.
Notable appearances include Résonance, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Ars Cantus, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, The Ursa Consort, Colorado Masterworks Chorus, Opera Fort Collins and Opera Omaha. Recent solo performances include Prince Hal in At the Boar’s Head with UNC Opera Theatre, Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment with Opera Fort Collins, Phoebus in The Fairy Queen with UNC Opera Theatre, Cassio (cover) in Verdi's Otello with Opera Fort Collins, Ramiro (cover) in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera Fort Collins, the title role in Candide with UNC Opera Theatre, and Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro with UNC Opera Theatre. Sean is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts in Voice Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, serving as Teaching Assistant in the voice area.
Michael Travis Risner, "Antonio"
Bass-baritone Michael Travis Risner is proud to be joining Boulder Symphony's production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Mr. Risner is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado and holds two degrees in music from Colorado State University. Favorite roles include both Mozart's and Rossini's Figaro, the eponymous barber in Sweeney Todd, Papageno, and the title role in Man of la Mancha.
Also a sought-after director and fight choreographer, his work has been seen on the stages of the Arvada Center, the Aurora Fox Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Vintage Theatre, Emerald City Opera, Opera Colorado, and Boulder Symphony.
Rayne Sofley, "Barbarina"
Rayne Sofley is delighted to be making her opera debut with Boulder Symphony Orchestra this season, singing the role of Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. An actress from Chicago, she graduates from Naropa University’s performance program in the fall of 2017.
She would like to offer immense gratitude to both her parents, and voice teacher Lauren Sawyer for their love & support. She would also like to thank Boulder Symphony Orchestra for this amazing opportunity.