4 INCREDIBLE SINGERS
Sean Anderson, Shana Blake Hill, Kirstin Chavez, and Rodrick Dixon
1 UNFORGETTABLE EVENING
Music of Bizet, Strauss, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, Offenbach, Spirituals, Tango and much, much more.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE OPERA
December 31st, 2014 7:30 PM
National Hispanic Cultural Center – Journal Theatre
OSW Artistic Director Anthony Barrese
Pianist Michael Dauphinais
Violinists Megan Holland and Joan Wang
Plus: Join us for the afterparty in Salon Ortega (9-11p) for just $35 more
505-724-4771 or online ( !! after selecting seats, you will need to select the “Ticket Type” if you want to add-on the after party).
Meet the Quartet:
RODRICK DIXON, last here as OTELLO (Otello, 2012)
“Rodrick Dixon in the title role succeeds brilliantly. One could hardly ask for a more convincing Otello.”
Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility. As an opera performer he has appeared in such roles as as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, in the title role of Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg (LA Opera), Tonio in La Fille Du Regiment (Michigan Opera Theater), Lenski in Eugene Onegin (Todi Music Festival), Hoffman in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Portland Opera), the Prince in Vanqui (Opera Columbus), Sportin’ Life in Porgy & Bess (Virginia Opera) and the Duke in Rigoletto (Cincinnati Opera).
He is a regular guest of the Cincinnati May Festival, where he has performed such repertoire as Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Rachmaninoff ’s The Bells. Mr. Dixon has also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Ravinia Festival, the Atlanta Symphony, the Vail Music Festiva, and the Cincinnati Symphony among many others.
As a member of “The Tenors: Cook, Dixon & Young,” he has appeared in concert and on television and around the country with orchestras from the Atlanta Symphony to the Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Dixon has extensive television credits, including numerous PBS specials, and his musical theater credits include the original cast of Ragtime on Broadway and Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre.
SHANA BLAKE HILL, last here as VIOLETTA (Traviata, 2011) and LEILA (Pearl Fishers, 2014)
“[Violetta] was played by diva Shana Blake Hill, who stole the show with her vibrant and virtuosic performance.”
Shana Blake Hill has won acclaim as a multifaceted performer in operatic and orchestral repertoire. Career highlights include the title role in Susannah, Rosalba in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. As a resident artist with the Los Angeles Opera she has appeared in Die Zauberflöte, Peter Grimes, La bohème, La Cenerentola, and Le nozze di Figaro, and world premières of On Gold Mountain and Florencia en el Amazonas.
Ms. Hill has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and is an Alumna of the Los Angeles Opera’s Resident Artist program.
SEAN ANDERSON, last here as ZURGA (Pearl Fishers, 2014)
“Sean Anderson as Zurga, the recently elected leader of the small fishing village, is the most impressive of the principals. A stentorian baritone, he commands the stage impressively.”
Mr. Anderson began the 2013-14 season with the role of George in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with Sarasota Opera. He then debuted the role of Mercutio with the Intermountain Opera’s production of Romèo et Juliette. In the Summer, he was a part of Greenville Lyric Opera’s festival season, where he was the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. 2013 closed with a return to Sarasota, where he reprised the role of Eisenstein in their production of Die Fledermaus. In 2014 Mr. Anderson will debut the role of Belcore in Knoxville Opera’s production of L’elisir d’amore. In May, he returned to Intermountain Opera as Dandini in La Ceneretola. Mr. Anderson’s notable achievements of the past include: debuting with New York City Opera in the fall of 2007 as the Judge in Margaret Garner, performing the role of Marcello in Baz Luhrman’s Bohème on Broadway, and singing the title role in the Italian premiere of Argento’s Casanova. He has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, the Western Opera Theater tour, and Dicapo Opera.
Mr. Anderson studied at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. He is an alumnus of the Merola program at San Francisco Opera and the apprentice program at Santa Fe Opera.
KIRSTIN CHAVEZ, making her OSW debut
Kirstin Chávez is known for her portrayal of Carmen, a role she has performed around the world. Other key roles include Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Gluck’s Orfeo, with other engagements including Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival.
Ms. Chávez is a prominent interpreter of contemporary American opera, credits including Sharon Falconer (Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry) and Sister Helen Prejean (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking) for Tulsa Opera, Jo (Adamo’s Little Women) for Opera Pacific, Thérèse (Picker’s Thérèse Raquin) for San Diego Opera and Sondra Finchley (Picker’s An American Tragedy) in her principal debut with the Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. Chávez studied at New Mexico State University and the Eastman School of Music. She began an artistic residency with Orlando Opera and has won several major international singing competitions.