Cast Bios for
April in Paris!
has appeared with opera companies across the United States and
internationally, including the Teatro de la Maestranza in Spain,
Houston Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Company
of Mid-Michigan, Augusta Opera,
Lake George Opera, and Operafest of New Hampshire.
She performed the role of Marguerite in State Repertory Opera's 2000 performance of Gounod's
She has also performed with such symphonies as the Orquestra Sinfonica
Portuguesa in Lisbon, the Knoxville Symphony, the orchestra of Opera
Ontario, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic,
the Long Island Philharmonic, and the Staten Island Symphony, and
this spring is the soloist for the Summit Symphony's
performance of Samuel Barber's
Knoxville, Summer of 1915.
Ms. Tsoutsouris' operatic repertoire has included Mimi and Musetta
Nedda (I Pagliacci),
Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte),
the title roles in
Ginevra (Ariodante) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Her orchestral repertoire has featured Handel's
Mass in C Major,
She performed the world premiere of Ronn Yedidia's
in New York City.
Upcoming engagements include Neil Berg's
100 Years of Broadway
Broadway Pops Int'l with the Florida Sunshine Pops.
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(mezzo-soprano, and Jody Juggler in Sid the Serpent)
was born in Gdansk, Poland. At an early age, she received
a full music scholarship to the Chopin School of Music. Upon
graduating she signed a contract with the Warsaw Philharmonic
Choir and toured through Spain and Germany. Ms. Sumrow
performed in the Polish Requiem with Leonard Bernstein and
Liv Ullman at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw on International
television. Her repertoires as a Soloist include Baroque, Opera,
Jazz, Spiritual and Broadway.
Ms. Sumrow is a founding member of the
"Baroque Ensemble Buccina Cantorum" and has recorded a CD
"Music of the Italian Baroque".
Over the last four years, she's been a member of the
State Repertory Opera of New Jersey and performed in productions of
"Lucia di Lammermoor",
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is the recent recipient of first place in the Lieder Division of the prestigious Liederkranz Foundation Competition,
as well as the first place winner of the highly respected Mario Lanza competition.
He has sung leading roles in numerous operas including
il Barbiere di Sivilia,
Richard Coeur de Lion,
L'incoronazione di Poppea,
The Merry Widow,
Amahl and the Night Visitors,
Hänsel und Gretel.
He has also had the honor of performing the challenging and exquisite
role of Caliban in New York premiere of Lee Hoiby's brilliant opera,
a role he later interpreted on a recording recently released by
Albany Records to rave reviews by three of the major reviewers of recorded works.
Mr. Benevento was also chosen to create the role of the Uncle in
the highly acclaimed recent world premiere production of
an opera that he also recorded with Albany Records.
In addition to his work in opera,
he has performed as soloist in orchestra performances of Beethoven's
Mr. Benevento's professional career began with a singing
role in the HBO Series,
He will be making his Metropolitan Opera debut this spring singing with
the men's chorus in the highly anticipated new production of
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(baritone, and The Strongman in Sid the Serpent)
American born baritone Mark Fitzgerald Wilson is noted for being
“sensitive and powerful” in his portrayal of Tonio in
Mr. Wilson recently made his
debut with Asheville Lyric Opera performing Escamillo
“impressive vocally and dramatically and often drew
sustained applause and shouts of approval from the
audience”, Martha Fawbush CVNC. He also debuted with the
Harford Chorale singing the solo baritone music in
He finished this season debuting
with North Shore Music Festival performing the role of Angelotti in
Mr. Wilson is a two-time Met regional finalist, a two-time award winner of the
Bel Canto Opera Scholarship fund (Rhode Island), and the first place winner of
the Orlando Opera's Heinz Refuss Singing Actor Competition.
He has performed with Opera Memphis, Orlando Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera,
Tulsa Opera, Portland Opera Theatre among others; performing roles of
Escamillo, Alfio, Tonio, Four Villains, Enrico and Sivio.
Mr. Wilson has worked with wonderful composers including Carlisle Floyd,
Robert Ward, Bryan Stanley, Michael Raphael, Richard Russell, Robert Butts and
Shelton Becton; working on previously published works and debuting new
American art songs, American spirituals and American operas.
Besides the operatic repertoire, Mr. Wilson has performed in musicals
including the role of Agwe in
Once on this Island
and Jim in
Mr. Wilson is also an active recitalist singing Lee Hoiby's
I Have a Dream
(Martin Luther King historic speech), Carlisle Floyd's
and works by Joseph Marx, Darius Mihaud, Maurice Ravel, Gustav Mahler and multiple arrangements of
As an educator, Mr. Wilson has been sought out to give master classes, voice
for the actor and one on one instruction. As a faculty member of Monmouth
University, Bergen Community College, Westchester Community and Ridgewood
Conservatory, Mr. Wilson teaches applied voice, glee choir, first year music
theory, music appreciation and music history before 1750.
His upcoming performances include creating the role of Alexis in Dorothy Rudd
the soloist in Bach's
Bach in Baltimore,
guest recital at Simpson College, guest recital at Caldwell College, guest
recital at the University of Tennessee at Martin and an American songs with
Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey.
Mr. Wilson is a graduate of Simpson College and The Moores School of Music, University of Houston.
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Bass Steven Fredericks represents the complete package of an artistically
satisfying performer. Hailed for his "robust" singing with "great emotional
depth" he has made his mark with some of opera's most celebrated roles.
Fredericks' impressive repertory spans all styles and represents his
versatility as a performer. From favorite Puccini roles, Colline and Timur, to
the most heroic of Wagner's characters, he continually explores all dimensions
of his talents. Capable in title roles like Massenet's Don Quichotte and
Wagner's Dutchman, he is no stranger to supporting roles, offering memorable
portrayals of Verdi's Lodovico in
the King of Egypt
(Aida) and the
Notably, Fredericks created the role of Signorelli
in the world premier of Louis Gioia's
Un Racconto Fiorentino
at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. He also contributed to the premiere of Lee Hoiby's
at the Dallas Opera singing the role of Antonio, the ambitious evil brother.
Other recent performances include the bass soloist in Handel's
at Carnegie Hall, Strommenger in
with Teatro Grattacielo at Allice Tully
Hall conducted by Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Reinmar in
Baltimore Opera conducted by Christian Badea and Ferrando in
Maestro Anton Coppola. Fredericks frequently appears with
Maestro Vincent La Selva and the New York Grand Opera in Central Park,
New York City. He sang the
role of Filippo in a highlighted version of
at the 1997 Opera
America Convention in Philadelphia. Internationally, he has performed with The
Chuvash State Theatre (Russia) as Sparafucile in
and the Herald in
in Paris/Saone-et-Loire (France) where he also appeared as the bass
soloist in Beethoven's
Recently, he has performed Zaccaria in
and the title role in Boito's
with the Taconic Opera and Crespel in
Les Contes d'Hoffmann
The Connecticut Lyric Opera.
Upcoming roles include Ramfis in
and Lodovico in
with The New York
Grand Opera celebrating the 200 birth year of Guiseppe Verdi.
Mr. Fredericks graduated from Indiana University with a degree in vocal
performance and continued his studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in
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(as The Serpent in Sid the Serpent)
has been a member of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players professional
repertory company since 1996, having appeared in nearly the entire G&S canon.
Tom is also a long standing member of Ridge Light Opera having appeared in
Footloose The Musical
(Rev. Shaw Moore),
The Pirates of Penzance
(Samuel, Pirate King),
Trial By Jury
Amahl and the Night Visitors
(King Kaspar, King Melchior),
The Marriage of Figaro
etc. Other regional credits include:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
(Baron Felix von Gaigern - Bigbee Award),
(Matt - the Boy – Bigbee Award).
Tom fondly remembers performing in SRO's production of
many moons ago. Tom thanks Donna and Sophia for
"putting up with a snake like me."
(as The Clown in Sid the Serpent)
Jessica is very honored to be singing with the SRO.
Her credits include:
a PaperMill Playhouse Benefit Concert,
Phantom of The Opera (National Tour),
Pirates Of Penzance,
Yoeman Of The Guard,
The Sound of Music,
Pilgrim (NY and LA premiers).
Jessica is a graduate of The Hartt School Of Music at The University
of Hartford where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
presently is a faculty member of The Juilliard School and also
William Paterson University. He served as opera coach at The Manhattan
School of Music for eleven years. Mr. Helms was assistant
conductor/pianist for the Broadway production of Showboat at the
Gershwin Theatre and has performed off-Broadway with the Vineyard
Theatre. He recently performed with the Three Irish Tenors, Aretha
Franklin as well as Clay Aiken. Cabaret experience includes The
Rainbow Room, Russian Tea Room. He collaborates with Drew University,
Kean University and Westminster Choir College. He is also the
Director of Music at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wayne, New Jersey.
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