Lucia di lammermoor
Soprano Randa Rouweyha has consistently earned high critical acclaim for her beautiful light lyric voice, her commanding stage presence, and her remarkable acting abilities. A native of Ohio, and a proud graduate of Youngstown State University and Peabody Conservatory of Music, Randa was last heard with Opera Western Reserve as Adina in Donizetti’s lovely Elixir of Love, and Rosina opposite renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee’s Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Ms.
Rouweyha has sung leading roles at several prestigious venues and opera companies, including the Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera under the direction of maestro Placido Domingo. In addition, Randa has been fortunate to perform overseas at the prestigious Al Bustan Music Festival in her land of origin, Lebanon. Randa is both honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to sing her first Lucia here at Youngstown’s beautiful historic Stambaugh Auditorium.
American tenor, Matthew Vickers, has been praised for his “brilliant and golden voice” (Die Kleine Zeitung) his “burnished sound and confident acting” (National Post) and hailed “a gutsy performer whose glowing tenor voice has interestingly dark, baritonal undertones” (Opera Now) This season, Mr. Vickers performs the role of Arnold in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell both in concert (Baltimore Concert Opera) and full production (Opera Southwest). In the winter, he performs the role of Des Grieux in Puccini’s Mamon Lescaut with Sarasota Opera and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème with Opera Roanoke. A native of Telford, Pennsylvania, he currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tenor Timothy Culver has been described as having “a rich but penetrating tenor” and that he “faces florid tenor writing with a fearless vivacity.” Mr. Culver has performed with Atlanta Opera, Ann Arbor Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Theater, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Porthouse Theatre, Akron Symphony, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Bar Harbor Music Festival and the Cleveland Orchestra. Some recent roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca, Werther in the title role, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Canio in I Pagliacci, Il duca di Mantua in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. Currently, Mr. Culver is an Associate Professor of Voice at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. He resides in Stow, Ohio with his wife and three children.
Rachael Pavloski, mezzo-soprano, is very pleased to be returning to perform with Opera Western Reserve. Ms. Pavloski has a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Toledo. Her most recent performance was with Cassidy Theatre in the role of Ms. MacMillan in Big, The Musical. Other roles that she has performed include: Flora Bervoix in La Traviata (Opera Western Reserve), Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera, Lucy in Threepenny Opera, Johanna in Sweeny Todd, and Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly. Ms. Pavloski currently teaches voice at Youngstown State University and Malone University.
Jonathan Stuckey, Bass, with a “smooth deep voice” (Thomas Dyer, Berkshire Fine Arts), Jonathan Stuckey acts and sings “with élan” (Daniel Hathaway, Cleveland Classical). His repertoire ranges from the comic to the serious, including roles in Verdi’s Macbeth, Puccini’s La Bohème, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, and more. He has performed with Resonance Works Pittsburgh, Cleveland Opera Theater, and Nightingale OperaTheatre, among others. Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Ohio University. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with John Shirley-Quirk.
Michael Young, Tenor, is a native of Cortland, Ohio and a graduate of The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Mr. Young is on faculty as a Voice Instructor at Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts, Winton Woods High School, Finneytown High School, and Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble Institute of Music. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Ohio Music Education Association. Michael also maintains a steady performance schedule, which has included such operatic engagements as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, Alberich in Wagner’s Siegfried, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and the Requiems of Brahms,
Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé.
XuYue Qing, Tenor, comes to Opera Western Reserve from China and will be making his American operatic debut as Normano in Lucia di Lammermoor. He is pursuing his master’s degree at Kent State University where he is studying with Tim Culver. He obtained his Bachelor of Music from Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he performed many operatic concerts and recitals.
Austin Pendleton is an actor, director, playwright and a teacher of acting at HB Studio in New York. Operas he’s directed include Don Pasquale, conducted by Susan Davenny Wyner at Boston Midsummer Opera, and La Bohème, conducted by Anton Coppola at Dicapo Opera, NYC. Recent plays he’s directed in NYC include the premiere production of Between Riverside and Crazy (2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) as well as productions at Classic Stage Company of Three Sisters (for which he won an Obie Award), Ivanov (with Ethan Hawke), Hamlet (with Peter Sarsgaard) and Uncle Vanya (with Maggie Gylenhall). His recent acting appearances in NY include the title role of King Lear. In addition to his 2011 Obie Award, he also won a Drama Desk Award in 2007 as a Renaissance Man of the Theatre. The plays he has written and published include, Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth.
This production marks Austin Pendleton’s first collaboration with Opera Western Reserve.