Teresa Carpentieri - Development & Marketing Director
Nicole Fenner, Company Manager
Amy Cofield-Williamson - Co-Director, Artist Apprentice Program
Heather Haithcock - Artistic Administrative Assistant
Dean Ratliff, location photographer with a gifted eye for capturing life moment images, has over 30 years of photographic skills. Dean is privileged to have photographed Catalogs, Displays, Events, NASCAR, NHRA, Portraits, Products, Sports, Weddings and more. Dean's work has been published in USA TODAY, Salem Times Register Newspaper Group along with corporate newsletters for the American Red Cross and Advance Auto Parts. Since 2011 Dean has been a partner with Opera Roanoke and the performing arts. Contact Dean Ratliff Photography at 540.309.2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Lipe - Stage Manager
John is a stage manager from Carbondale, Illinois. He has been a director or assistant director for Opera Omaha, Utah Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Central City, Palm Beach Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, Sarasota Opera, and Indianapolis Opera. He has stage managed performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Toledo Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Birmingham, Tampa Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Recent work has included Porgy and Bess, Rigoletto, The Rape of Lucretia, Wozzeck, and Carlyle Floyd's latest opera Cold Sassy Tree.
Chuk Luvender - Assistant Stage Manager
Chuk began his Roanoke theatrical career in 1994 at Mill Mountain Theatre where he wore many hats such as company manager, stage manager and props artisan.
Tláloc López-Watermann - Lighting
Tláloc is the founder of a lighting and video design company called Light Conversations LLC. He designs lighting for theatre and opera companies around the country. Tláloc is also a company member of The Plastic Arts with whom he recently co created a new piece about exploration, art, and the obsession with the new, at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn NY. He worked on the video projections for Tristan und Isolde at Seattle Opera. His lighting designs have been seen around the country at companies such as Crested Butte Music Festival, North Carolina Opera, Opera Louisiane, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Todi Music Fest (Portsmouth, VA), Opera Roanoke. Some of these productions include: Carmen, Man of La Mancha, Salome, La bohčme, The Marriage Of Figaro, Madama Butterfly, The Crucible, Eugene Onegin, The Daughter of the Regiment, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Falstaff, and The Magic Flute, Tosca, Don Giovanni, Footloose, and Hairspray, among others. He has also designed for In Strange Company in Albuquerque, NM. He assisted Connie Yun on her Seattle Opera productions of Tosca, Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff, and Don Quichotte. Tláloc has a BFA in Performance Production from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch. Tláloc was the 2002 Allen Lee Hughes Lighting Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Please visit lightconversations.com.
Jimmy Ray Ward Laura Ward - Set Design
With an MFA in Scenography from UNC-Greensboro, his credits include work at many theatres along the East coast such as Spoleto Festival USA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Seaside Music Theatre, Flatrock Playhouse, and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. As resident designer for Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA for it's last nine seasons, some favorite designs include scenery for Into the Woods, Big River, Seussical, Grease, Proof, costumes for Hamlet, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat, and lighting for Driving Miss Daisy, Wit, and Rapunzel, among many others. Now leading his own company, Jimmy Ward Scenic, he continues to design and produce regionally, while also teaching at area colleges, including Radford, Hollins, and Virginia Western. Despite years of working in a field he loves, Jimmy feels that his best productions to date are his children, Henry, Lily, Gracie and Frank.
Joey Neighbors - Set Builder
Joey's most recent Opera Roanoke productions include The Flying Dutchman, Carmen and II Trovatore. He has worked with Opera Roanoke on countless productions on and off since 1986. Along with his work with Opera Roanoke he also works with Gamut Theatre in Roanoke and Opera on the James in Lynchburg. He has owned his own business for 11 years, Neighbors Handyman & Custom Carpentry, doing small remodeling/repair jobs, tile work, and custom built-in's.
Sarah Cupp, soprano, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia. She currently works as a Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric and PICU units at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital. Before moving to Roanoke, Sarah was a member of the Richmond Symphony Chorus where she was often featured as a soloist.
Steele Fitzwater, bass, is a West Virginia native who will graduate from high school in the class of 2014. After graduation, he plans to pursue a degree in vocal performance and an operatic career. Steele has been performing as a junior apprentice with Opera Roanoke since last season.
Tanner Lambert, tenor, from Roanoke, studied at Southern Wesleyan University for two years, under the direction of Dr. Melanie Rowell. He is continuing his undergraduate education at Radford University, where he studies Vocal Performance and Music Therapy.
James Lego, bass, graduated in May 2011 from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in composition in three years, earning magna cum laude. As the Apprentice Program's first conductor and composer, James wrote a piece for women's ensemble titled Be not afeard for our first Masques installment.
Tatiana MacMartin, soprano, was born in Quebec, Canada and raised in Midlothian, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Virginia Tech. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education, also at Virginia Tech.
Leah Melfi, mezzo soprano, is a native of Cicero, New York. She received her Bachelor of Music from Liberty University in May 2012, and is currently pursuing a career as a solo performer. She made her debut with Opera Roanoke in the chorus of The Flying Dutchman.
Grace Ellen Moore, dancer and mezzo soprano, is a native of Roanoke who grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Tulsa, and has performed in Opera Roanoke's productions of Madama Butterfly, Il Trovatore, Carmen, and The Flying Dutchman.
Jeremy O'Brien, baritone/tenor, from Salem, received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Roanoke College in 2011. After graduation he joined AmeriCorps as a Corps teacher for Project YES! teaching in the inner city of Chicago. As a new member of Opera Roanoke's Apprentice Artist Program, he made his debut in the chorus of The Flying Dutchman.
Krystal Ramsey, soprano, is from Roanoke. She received her Bachelor degree in English from Tuskegee University, and studied vocal performance in Italy. She made her Opera Roanoke debut in the chorus of Carmen.
Brooke Tolley, soprano, graduated from Radford University with a Master of Arts in Voice in May 2012. As the first member of Opera Roanoke's Apprentice Artist Program, she made her debut as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in the Spring of 2011.
Brynn Scozzari, soprano, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Roanoke College where she studied voice under the direction of Marianne Sandborg. As a new member of Opera Roanoke's Apprentice Artist Program, she made her debut in the chorus of The Flying Dutchman.
Tara Sperry, soprano, received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah and a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, she is an Adjunct Voice faculty member at Greensboro College. Tara made her Opera Roanoke Apprentice Artist Debut in the chorus of Carmen. Also an aspiring stage director, she made her debut as stage director for our first Masques installment in November.
Anna Sterrett, soprano, graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and continued her education at Longy School of Music where she studied with Anna Gabrieli. She currently studies with Sondra Gelb in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Becca Wiles, mezzo soprano, is currently pursuing degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Technology at Virginia Tech and expects to graduate in the spring of 2014.
Paul Wolf, tenor, is from Doylestown, PA. He is a sophomore at Virginia Tech studying Vocal Performance and Music Education with a minor in Leadership.
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