John David Buchanan is in his fourth year of undergraduate study at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. John is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Voice and Entrepreneurship. This is the third year John has performed with the University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Last year, John performed the role of Robin Oakapple (Sir Ruthven) in the society’s production of “Ruddigore”. Most recently, he performed the role of Pirate King in a concert performance of “Pirates of Penzance” with the Assisi Performing Arts Festival. John is a student of Wolfgang Brendel.
Maya Vansuch is Patience and the costume designer for this production. Maya is a soprano from Dayton, Ohio, a senior in vocal performance, and a student of Alice Hopper. This is her third year with UGSS: previously she has sung Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance and costumed and performed in Ruddigore. At Jacobs, Maya actively performs new music as a member of NOTUS and in student-run performances. She has sung twice with the New Music Ensemble, singing the role of Eve in the new opera scenes concert, and singing the role of Juliet in scenes from Don Freund’s Romeo and Juliet. She has also sung The Queen of the Night in the Reimagining Opera for Kids production of The Magic Flute. Maya also has a love for costuming, having designed more than nine productions. Maya is grateful for these years with UGSS and is sad to be leaving next year! Colossians 3:17
L.J. Conrad is a Junior majoring in Political Science and Theatre & Drama at IU Bloomington. This is his first time performing work by Gilbert and Sullivan. Other credits include: Grease (Kenickie), High School Musical (Troy Bolton), The Project Formerly Known as Hamlet (Claudio), Welcome to College the Musical (Jason).
Annie Powell is a mezzo-soprano from Saint George, Utah. She is in her 1st year as a doctoral student in vocal performance and IU. She has performed roles in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Massenet's Manon, and was most recently seen playing the role of Rosina in Brigham Young University's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This is Annie's first performance with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society and she is excited to be performing with such talented and fun people.
Izaya Perrier, a native of Seattle, Washington is a Baritone in his 2nd year of undergraduate studies at IU under the tutelage of Peter Volpe. This past summer he sang the role of Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the role of Herr Buff in Der Schauspieldirektor in Salzburg, Austria. The summer prior he sang the role of Ramon in Gounod’s Mireille in Perigueux, France. Izaya has also been in the chorus for opera’s such as Don Giovanni, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and Norma. He will be performing the role of Bunthorne on Saturday night and Sunday’s matinee.
Kate Sorrells, mezzo-soprano, had been described by Opera Lively as a "force of nature". She graduated with her Bachelor of Music from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There she was fortunate enough to participate in several productions and as an undergraduate she sang the role of The Mother in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute’s production of The Consul. She has made several professional appearances with Piedmont Opera. Awards include First Place at Music Academy of North Carolina’s First Annual Voice Competition and first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional and district competitions. Her most recent role was as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in Indiana University's production of The Music Man. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Patricia Havranek.
Noah Donahue, tenor, is a native of Huntingtown, MD. He recently joined the 102 season of Seagle Music Colony, performing roles of Zweiter Preister and Armoured Guard in Die Zauberflote, as well as covering the role of Hamlet in the world premiere of Hershel Garfein's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This is his third show with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, which he believes is becoming a new staple in the Indiana University experience.
Margaret Blackburn (Ella) is a second year Master's student studying vocal performance at IU. This is her first performance with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Previous experiences at IU include the soprano solo in IU Chorale's Fauré Requiem. Margaret is in the studio of Patricia Havranek.
Jordan Fritz is a junior studying Finance and Information Systems. He grew up in Rush County Indiana, with one sister and several animals. He would like to thank his mother for always trying her best, and pushing everyone to succeed.
Emily Warren, mezzo-soprano, is a second year master’s student at Indiana University studying with Patricia Stiles. During her undergraduate studies at Baldwin Wallace University, she performed in several main stage productions, including the roles of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, and Carmen in the Peter Brook adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen. Most recently, Warren premiered the role of Joan in Kyle Rotolo’s Marilyn’s Room with New Voices Opera. Warren has studied at the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France—where she performed as L'enfant in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges—and the CoOPERAtive Program held at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Baritone Matthias Murphy is a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana, pursuing a degree in choral music education at IU. He has a background as a church musician, and has studied piano and violin. Last year, he was a chorus member in IU Opera’s productions of Madama Butterfly and Peter Grimes. He studies voice with professor Mary Ann Hart.
Anna Donnelly, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a sophomore vocal performance student of Alice Hopper. She has experience as a church singer and has performed works such as Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Mass in B minor. Some of her favorite performance experiences include Bernstein's Wonderful Town (Eileen), Sondheim's Sweeney Todd (quintet), and Schwartz's Godspell (Gilmer).
Soprano Tabitha Burchett is a frequent recitalist and concert performer. Her oratorio work most recently culminated in a performance of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Massunder the baton of Joseph Flummerfelt. Other concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Libby Larsen’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. On the operatic stage she has performed Rosalba (Florencia en el Amazonas), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Lily (The Secret Garden), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance). This summer she was honored to be a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest in Los Angeles, where she performed the world premiere of Juliana Hall’s cycle When the South Wind Sings Burchett holds an MM from Indiana University and a BM from Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). She is proud to make her directorial debut with the UGSS’ production of Patience.
David Smolokoff hails from West Long Branch, New Jersey. David has trained as a classical vocalist and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. David has performed at many notable concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Morgan Library, and as the soloist for the Greater Shore Concert Band's 50th anniversary performance at Carnegie Hall. Additional performances include private recitals for The Puerto Rican Children's Foundation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and for the Argentinian Consulate. In high school, David was awarded 1st chair in New Jersey's All State Chorus twice. David recently performed the role of Tony in Axelrod Performing Arts Perry Award winning production of West Side Story. He has also won awards and nominations for Best Leading Actor in a musical for his portrayals of the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast" , and Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". David has taught voice and piano at select music schools in New Jersey. He is currently attending the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University in the fall in pursuit of a master's degree in early vocal music.
Roisin Reide Clark, mezzo-soprano, is a first-year graduate student at IU, pursuing their master's in vocal performance. Having come from gap years after their bachelor's program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, they are overjoyed to call Patience their second show in Bloomington, after performing in the chorus of recent Don Giovanni. They are proud to be working with such talented artists in this production, and look forward to future collaboration. In their spare time, Roisin is also a writer and visual artist.
Soprano Christina Dragnea, a native of Bloomington, Indiana, is a senior at Indiana University currently pursuing a degree in vocal performance under the tutelage of Patricia Stiles. Understudied roles and solos at IU have included the role of “Damon” for IU Summer Chorus’s production of Acis and Galatea, directed by Dr. Dominick DiOrio, and “Rejoice,” from Handel’s Messiah, directed by Dr. Betsy Burleigh. Last summer, Dragnea attended the Berlin Opera Academy program under the Lily Comer Memorial Scholarship, performing the role of “Second Spirit” in The Magic Flute. She is beyond excited to be performing her first principal role with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and hopes you enjoy the show!
Rachael Banach is a Sophomore at Indiana University. This is her first year participating as a cast member in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She is very excited to be part of such an amazing production and is honored to be working with such talented people.
Emma Shelton is a freshman at the Jacobs School of Music. She has been singing for over 10 years and has been involved in many theatre productions. Her most recent being the Young Artists Preparatory Program where she played Annina in scenes from Saint of Bleecker Street, Lakmé in scenes from Lakmé, and Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime. This is her first production at Indiana University and is looking forward to furthering her career in opera.
Madeline Coffey is a soprano from Louisville, Kentucky pursuing an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Jane Dutton. She recently performed with the College Light Opera Company, singing th roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Angela in Patience. Madeline has also appeared in productions with IU Opera Theatre including Florencia en el Amazonas and The Music Man, and will appear this fall in It's a Wonderful Life as Helen Bailey.
Daisy Schön, a senior at the Jacobs School, welcomes you warmly to this performance of Patience! Schön studies with Dr. Brian Gill and plans with much fervor and anticipation to graduate in May. She is a recovering coffee addict and amateur etymology enthusiast.
North Carolina tenor Joseph Ittoop is excited to be singing Duke with UGSS. Past engagements include principal roles in La Traviata, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. Solo concert works include the Rossini Stabat Mater, Stravinsky Pulcinella, Beethoven Mass in C & Choral Fantasy, Handel Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson and Theresienesse, Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul, Britten's St. Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb amongst others. Mr. Ittoop is a student of Wolfgang Brendel.
Benjamin Seiwert is a second year graduate student pursuing an MM in voice performance under the tutelage of Distinguished Professor of Voice, Tim Noble. This is Benjamin's fourth appearance with the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society; past performances include, most recently, Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, and Lord Tolloler in Iolanthe. Benjamin has also appeared in several main stage roles with both IU Opera Theater and his home town community theater, Mill Race Theater Company, with highlight roles being Harold Hill in The Music Man and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
David Tahere (Colonel) loves singing - plain and simple! A second year doctoral student, he studies with Wolfgang Brendel, and is exciting to be singing Mr. Potter in Indiana University’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life in November. A lover of song, he has been honored to participate in SongFest both as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow and a Hidden Valley Fellow. His operatic credits include Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Ramiro (l’Heure Espagnole), Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Harašta (Cunning Little Vixen), and Daniel Webster (The Mother of Us All).