meet THE FORTUNE TELLER cast
in alphabetical order
Drew Bolander (Cerna, Zoltan)
is an actor and singer living in NYC, where he seeks to coalesce all of his various interests and passions into a cohesive and meaningful life. A graduate of the UNC School of the Arts and proud native Northern-Californian, he enjoys languages, science, Shakespeare, being outside, and of course: music! He is honored to be performing in his first production with VHRP Live!
Katherine Corle (Irene)
is excited to perform with VHRP Live once again! She made her Ohio Light Opera debut as Ruth in Ruddigore and Mimi in Can-Can this past summer. Recent NY performances include Leonore in Fidelio with Opera Company of Brooklyn and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos with Manhattan Opera Studio. She has frequently appeared with Light Opera of New York. Katherine received a B.F.A. with honors from NYU–Tisch and studies voice with Dorothy Stone. www.katherinecorle.com
Chelsea Friedlander (Trina)
is thrilled to be making her VHRP LIVE! debut. Recent performances: Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (Ohio Light Opera) Nannetta in Falstaff (Martina Arroyo Prelude) Adele in Die Fledermaus (Opera in the Ozarks), Luisa in The Fantasticks (Women’s Theater of NJ). Recently sang along side Kristin Chenoweth with Concert Pops of Long Island. Consecutive Encouragement Award Winner at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Connecticut District). New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Company Member! Training: M.M. Manhattan School of Music, B.M. Cleveland Institute of Music. Proud member of AEA. www.chelseafriedlander.com
Daniel Greenwood (Count Berezowski)
Specializing in early music, Rossini, operetta, and the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, Daniel is proud to have been featured in performances from California to Switzerland. International appearances include the Verbier Festival and the International G&S Festival, as well as frequent performances across North America. Locally, he has been a featured soloist at Lincoln Center, and regularly sings on the stage with the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players as well as in the concert hall including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and elsewhere. All my love to Sarah!
Mitchell Roe (Capt. Ladislas)
most recently performed with the Garden State Philharmonic as a soloist for Mozart’s Mass in C. He also recently sang as a soloist making his Carnegie Hall debut for Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Other performances include Floyd’s Susannah (Little Bat), Romberg’s The New Moon (Jacques), and Verdi’s Aida (Messenger). email@example.com
Jonathan Rohr (Csintalanl, Lennor)
is thrilled to join VHRP Live! Originally from North Carolina, Jonathan is a frequent performer on the opera and concert stage. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Eastman School of Music, he will join Opera Saratoga as an Apprentice Artist this summer.
David Seatter (Fresco)
has performed major roles with Augusta Opera, Opera/Delaware, Opera Naples, Belle Ayre Opera, Opera Northeast, Light Opera of New York, and Manhattan Savoyards. He’s also done a CAMI tour of Naughty Marietta as well as roles in Eileen and Sweethearts with Light Opera of New York. Other Herbert roles include The Red Mill, Babette and The Princess Pat with Bel Canto Opera and The Fortune Teller with The Shaw Project. www.davidseatter.com
Vira Slywotzky (Madame Pompon)
has performed principal roles with Seattle Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Light Opera of New York, Boston Midsummer Opera, Chelsea Opera, and the Center for Contemporary Opera. She is the soprano of vocal trio Mirror Visions Ensemble. Her first Herbert role was Dame Paula in Sweethearts. www.viraslywotzky.com
Angela Christine Smith, (Ruth)
recently appeared with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) in the award-winning cabaret show I’ve Got a Little Twist at 54 Below in New York City. Recognized by the press for her work in operetta, Ms. Smith has performed as a Principal Artist with NYGASP in New York and on extensive tours nationally and abroad and is a recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Other credits include performances with the Light Opera of New York (LOONY), Belleayre Opera Festival, New York Lyric Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Delaware, and Liederkranz Opera Theatre.
Sarah Caldwell Smith (Musette, Irma, Fedor)
made her New York debut as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) at City Center with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Last season she performed the title role in VHRP LIVE!’s Naughty Marietta. She has also appeared with City Center Encores!, Florida Grand Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Geneva Light Opera. M.M. Manhattan School of Music.
Matthew Wages (Sandor)
Bass-baritone from Athens, GA. G&S shows/roles performed include: Pinafore (Deadeye/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket), Pirates (Samuel/Sergeant of Police), Mikado, Gondoliers (Giuseppe Palmieri), Iolanthe (Mountararat), Patience (Major Murgatroyd), Ruddigore, The Grand Duke, Utopia Ltd., The Sorcerer, Trial By Jury, Yeomen of the Guard (2nd Yeoman), Sullivan’s Cox and Box (Bouncer) and a new rendition of Ruddigore: Ruddygore Revisited (Sir Roderic) which made its debut at the International G & S Festival in Harrogate, England. Additionally, Mr. Wages has starred in numerous short & feature films, webisodes and educational video series. www.matthewwages.com.
Bray Wilkins (Corp. Luntz, Yan)
has performed professionally all over the country. Some of his roles include Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Fenton (Falstaff), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Lysander (Midsummer Night’s Dream). Along with Opera, Mr. Wilkins performs extensively in both concert and Music Theater repertory.
William Hicks, pianist,
has recorded 127 pieces by Victor Herbert for New World Records and has had a lifelong love affair with the music of this composer. He currently works as a free lance pianist, voice coach, teacher, and conductor in New York, having worked at many of the world’s leading opera houses and having collaborated with many of the world’s leading singers, including The Metropolitan Opera and Luciano Pavarotti. www.williamhicksonline.com