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La Boheme

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Sol Kim Bentley Two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist Sol Kim Bentley (Mimi) recently received wide acclaim for “put[ting] her ample soprano voice to sure dramatic use” (The Financial Times “with impressive urgency and directness” (The Boston Globe) in her portrayal of Cardillac’s Daughter in the New England premiere of Cardillac for Opera Boston.” Previously, she understudied the title role in Opera Boston’s world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake. She sang the role of Tosca with Longwood Opera, and was the Roll Seller in Opera Boston’s New England premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose. In May of 2011 she understudied the title role in Opera Boston’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Padilla.
Up and coming young soprano, Tamara Ryan (Musetta), is rapidly gaining recognition. A recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Ryan displayed her sparkling coloratura and warm middle register on the Institute’s stage as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Grilletta (Lo Speziale), and Héro(Béatrice et Bénédict). Her talents have also been showcased at Lake George Opera, Metro West Opera, and Emerald City Opera. Ms. Ryan received a BA at Swarthmore College where she sang the roles of Adina (The Elixir of Love), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice) and Papagena (The Magic Flute). Tamara Ryan
Fred C. VanNess, Jr. Tenor Fred C. VanNess Jr., (Rodolfo) is a native of Kinder, Louisiana. He has performed the roles of Seymour Krelborne in Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors, Parisian Journalist in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias, and King Caspar in Menotti’s Amhal and the Night Visitors. He has also performed the role of Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff in Novafeltria, Italy. Mr. VanNess currently sings in the chorus of the Boston Lyric Opera. This fall he will be singing Don Ottavio in The Metrowest Opera production of Don Giovanni.
Jonathan Nussman (Marcello) is a baritone from Charlotte, North Carolina. This is his third performance with Longwood Opera, after appearing as the title character in the premiere of Jeffrey Brody’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in June of 2011 as well as the 2008 production of Puccini’s Tosca (as Angelotti and Sciarrone). Other notable roles in his repertoire include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Bluff (The Impresario), Larry Foreman (The Cradle Will Rock), John Brooke (Little Women) and Junius (The Rape of Lucretia). Upcoming engagements include Cape Cod Opera and Opera Boston. Jonathan Nussman

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