(Sweeney Todd) Baritone Corey Crider is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. In the 2014-15 season Corey debuted the title role of Sweeney Todd with Madison Opera, sang Marcello in La bohème with Opera on the James, Scarpia in Tosca with the New Philharmonic, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Opera Naples, the Sacristan in Tosca with the Detroit Symphony, and Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with Finger Lakes Opera. Other recent highlights include Marcello in La bohème with Arizona Opera and the Munich Philharmonic, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa, and the roles of Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing, and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen in Bari, Italy under the baton of Maazel. Additional engagements for the 2015-16 season include returns to Sarasota Opera in Cosi fan tutte and debuts with Dayton Opera in Madame Butterfly and Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Carmen. For the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he has previously performed Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Larkens in La fanciulla del West.
(Mrs. Lovett) Versatile mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz enjoys success in the realms of opera, art song and oratorio. Some of her performances for the 2015 – 2014 season have included the role of Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Asheville Lyric Opera, the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke, Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society, Mozart’s Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and Voices of Ascension (NYC), Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E Flat with the The New Jersey Choral Society, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody at the Bard Music Festival, and a return to the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN) for Berio’s Folk Songs. Other recent performances include the role of Mathurine in Little Opera Theatre of New York’s run of Gluck’s one-act opera The Reformed Drunkard, the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Boito’s Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Elliot Carter’s “Voyage” with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mozart’s Requiem with the Helena Symphony (MT), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Stamford Symphony (CT), Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN), Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York, a return to the Helena Symphony for C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat.
(Judge Turpin) Zachary James, Bass, has sung roles with English National Opera, Teatro Real, Opera Queensland, and in the USA with Central City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Roanoke, Knoxville Opera, Opera Ithaca, American Lyric Theatre, in concert with New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, MasterVoices, Orchestra of St Lukes, American Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He created the role of Abraham Lincoln in the Philip Glass opera The Perfect American for the European, UK and Australian premieres and created the role of Lurch in The Addams Family on Broadway as well as originating in Lincoln Center’s Tony-winning Broadway Revival of South Pacific and the Broadway play, Coram Boy, Off-Broadway as Pasquale in The Most Happy Fella and Jo-Jo in Irma La Douce. Zach appeared on the TV show 30 Rock as Carl. Upcoming: The Mikado with Anchorage Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera Ithaca, the world premiere of Anatomy Theatre with LA Opera and the world premiere of Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia. For more info visit www.ZachJames.com @ZJamesOperaBass
(Anthony Hope) Baritone John Dooley has been praised by the The Wall Street Journal as “a warm, supple baritone” He is an outstanding crossover singer whose opera talent equals his flair for musical theater. The 2014-15 season saw a number of exciting role and house debuts for John. He debuts as Badger the Miner in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera and had the privilege of recording the role with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He debuts with the Erie Chamber Orchestra as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Other debuts include concerts with Opera Theater of Connecticut, First Coast Opera, Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and the Sanibel Music Festival. John also returns to Amarillo Opera as Storyteller/Running Bear in Thunder of Horses, to Alexandria Symphony for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and will spend the summer at Quisisana Resort debuting Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, John has appeared in a number of world premieres, including Lysander in Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Memphis/ Playhouse on the Square (recorded on Albany Records), Johnny in Todd Goodman’s Night of the Living Dead with Microscopic Opera; Ashmodeus in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel with Opera Vivente; Noisy/Straw/Donkey in the touring premiere of Keith Jameson’s Petunia with FBN Productions; Buck George in Richard Maltz’s Bambino as a guest artist with Opera at USC.
Upcoming engagements include a return to Opera Roanoke as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Soloist in Elijah with Pittsburgh Chamber Choir, Soloist/Trio Member with Resonance Works The Bernstein Project which includes Trouble in Tahiti and Soloist in An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Opera Theater of Connecticut.
(Johanna Barker) Brooke Tolley is a lyric coloratura soprano from Virginia. As a member of Opera Roanoke’s Artist Apprentice Program, she made her professional debut as Kate Pinkerton in their production of Madama Butterfly in the spring of 2011, under the baton of Scott Williamson. Also as an Apprentice Artist, she has participated in productions of Il Trovatore, Carmen, Der fliegende Holländer, and the Pirates of Penzance. As a Young Artist with Asheville Lyric Opera she performed in a scenes and outreach program where she sang roles such as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Frasquita (Carmen), Lakmé (Lakmé) and Musetta (La bohème) as well as covering the role of Carrie in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. In the fall of 2013, she returned to Opera Roanoke to cover The Queen of the Night in their production of The Magic Flute as well as sing the role of Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Trial by Jury. She made her Chicago debut in 2014 singing The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Chicago Summer Opera. Most recently, she sang the role of Annina in La Traviata with Capitol Opera Raleigh. Brooke holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Liberty University and a Master of Music degree from Radford University.
(Tobias Ragg) Jason Nichols is a native of Battle Creek, MI and a first year graduate student pursuing an M.M. in vocal performance at Appalachian State University, where he studies under John Fowler. Jason has opened for the Gaither Vocal Band and sung in choruses with Grammy-nominated ensemble, Seraphic Fire. His operatic roles include Canio in I Pagliacci, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Armored Man in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and the Duke in selections from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Jason was also a part of the Apprentice Artist program through Opera Roanoke.
(Beggar Woman) American soprano Stacy Dove is a versatile vocalist and powerful performer. She has appeared with Nashville Opera, Opera Carolina, Greensboro Opera, Opera Roanoke, Capital Opera Raleigh, Opera Company of Brooklyn and at the Eastern Music Festival as Zweite Dame and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Bohème), Violetta (La Traviata), Norina (Don Pasquale), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) Marzelline (Fidelio – Cover) and Mercédès (Carmen – Cover). In the 2014-2015 season, Stacy joined the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Magic Flute School Programs Tour in the roles of First Lady and Papagena. The upcoming season includes appearances with Opera Roanoke as The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress) and the voice of the High Priestess (Aïda) with the Opera Company of Brooklyn. Equally at home on the concert stage, Miss Dove has performed as a Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
(Beadle Bamford) Adam McAllister, character tenor, is a native of Bluefield, Virginia. He holds a B.A. in Music from Bluefield College, a M.A. in Worship Studies from Liberty University, and a M.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music History from Radford University. Adam has performed the roles of Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and recently covered the role of Pedrillo for Abduction from the Seraglio, with Opera Roanoke. Adam’s musical theatre roles include Uncle Max in The Sound of Music and Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Ferrum College where he teaches voice, music appreciation, diction, and conducts the college choir.
(Adolfo Pirelli) Powell “Nick” Leitch is a Roanoke attorney, who practices with the law firm of LeClairRyan. Nick completed his undergraduate education at Washington & Lee University, where he studied voice with Gordon Spice. He has performed with Opera Roanoke as Dr. Caius in its productions of “Falstaff” and as Roderigo in its concert performance of “Otello.” Nick also has performed as a soloist with the Roanoke Symphony in its recent performance of Fauré’s Requiem, as well as prior performances with the RSO of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s Magnificat, among other works. Nick also has sung with the Tallis Scholars in a performance of “Spem in Alium” in Manchester, England. Nick lives in Roanoke with his wife, Cathy, and their Newfoundland puppies, Honey and Bear.