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PERFORMERS OF OPERA ITALIA
Remarkable talent, artistry --- and enthusiasm!
A Soprano with buoyant and athletic vocal power,
presents roles as varied as Nanetta in Falstaff and Lucy in The Telephone.
Thairish-American soprano, Erica Neufeld, fell into the world of opera quite accidentally - her parents heard her giving a performance to their front yard flora after school. They set up voice lessons with a well-known teacher who happened to be a retired professional opera singer. Coming from a rather quiet and subdued culture, Neufeld of course was intoxicated by the freeing act of what is known to be one of the loudest Western forms of singing. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Willamette University and UCLA, respectively. As a Holistic Expression and Singing Coach, Neufeld guides individuals towards reclaiming self-love and agency through celebrating each voice's unique frequencies and gifts.
Chris Hunter is a singer and actor based in Los Angeles. Selected credits include Tamino in The Magic Flute (UCSB), Orpheus (LA Opera Connects), Rodolfo in La Boheme (Guild Opera), The Music Man (5 Star Theatricals), Shrek the Musical and The Secret Garden (3D Theatricals), The Little Mermaid (MTW), South Pacific (San Diego Musical Theatre), Sweeney Todd in Budapest, Hungary, Lost in the Stars (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), and he has also participated as a soloist in numerous concerts in both opera and musical theatre internationally. In the Fall, Chris will be attending Boston University to get his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from UCLA, where he graduated Cum Laude.
Pianist of profound insight,
Conductor and Musical Advisor to Opera Italia~LA
A graduate of UCLA with Master of Music in Piano Performance, Oliver Chan is a seasoned musician with a studio of his own and a long list of credits in accompaniment for opera and other performers. He regularly accompanies productions at UCLA and Santa Monica College. Among his specific piano accomplishments are included performances of works by Liszt, Mendelsohn, and Chopin. Recently accepted at the Cal State University Long Beach program for Orchestral Conducting, he is Conductor and Musical Advisor for Opera Italia ~ LA.
Baritone who gives yet a new spin to the eternal Don Giovanni...and melts our hearts in sympathy as he sings Ben in The Telephone...
Originally of Ellijay, Georgia, commenced his singing career based in Los Angeles with recent engagements through the LA Opera chorus in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Wagner’s Tannhauser. A recent graduate of the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Jared performs throughout Southern California with ensembles such as the LA Master Chorale and Pacific Chorale. Jared’s operatic repertoire includes world premiere performances of lead roles in two newly composed one-act operas by UCLA student composers, a leading role in UCLA’s world premiere production of Lost Childhood by Janice Hamer, and Marco in Pacific Opera Project’s production of Gianni Schicchi.
Andrew Pringle is an up-and-coming American baritone in Los Angeles, California. He has performed as a soloist and chorister with acclaimed conductors at venues like Walt Disney Concert Hall, Microsoft Theatre, and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.
Recently, Andrew has performed in opera masterclasses and has interpreted the roles of Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Gloster Heming in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, Antonio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Father Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Andrew is currently earning his Master’s Degree at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music studying with Vladimir Chernov, Peter Kazaras, and Dr. James Bass. He also enjoys performing and advancing new music, having sung in the world premiere of Carla Lucero’s Juana.
Outside of music, he enjoys watching and playing sports and hanging out with his cat.
Chamberly Music has furnished fully professional, capable musicians for Opera Italia's creative performances
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