A native of New York City, Charles Calotta, tenor, recently received his Masters degree in Opera Performance from the Maryland Opera Studio. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017, having won awards in collaborative and operatic performance. During the 2018-2019 season, Calotta performed several roles in the world premiere of Elizabeth Mehl Greene’s Hajar, Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Fiorentino in Weill’s Street Scene, and was a resident artist at Opera North. In addition to the operatic stage, Calotta was a soloist in several orchestral concerts including Beethoven’s Mass in C, an evening of Italian arias with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and others. During the 2019-2020 season, he played the role of Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante and the Schoolmaster in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Calotta returns to Opera North to play the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute by Mozart. He is currently studying under tenor, Gran Wilson. A first year Studio member, this season, Mr. Calotta will be singing Young Collector in A Streetcar Named Desire, Matteo Borsa in Rigoletto, and Tommy McIntyre in Fellow Travelers. For more information about Charles, please visit www.charlescalottatenor.com.
Erik Danielson is an up and coming Bass-Baritone who one critic has described as possessing “a barihunk instrument.” He most recently spent two years at the Boston University Opera Institute, where he starred as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress and Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park. He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University in Vocal Performance and Piano Performance in 2014, where he was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship for academic excellence, a National Merit Scholar, and a finalist for the Nordan Scholarship as both a vocalist and pianist. He then earned a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. He has sung roles in opera, oratorio, and musical theater, including Leporello and the Commendatore from Don Giovanni, Bill Sikes in Oliver!, and the Bass solo in Handel’s Messiah. A first-year Studio member, this season, Mr. Danielson will be singing Pablo in A Streetcar Named Desire, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, General Arlie and Bartender in Fellow Travelers and Lesbo in Agrippina.
Praised as “explosively eloquent,” (Memphis Flyer) and beholding “fervent, commanding vocal prowess,” (San Diego Story), French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is highly coveted for her “richly colored mezzo.” A previous Opera Memphis Handorf Company Artist, Stephanie makes her role debut singing the iconic femme fatale Carmen with Mobile Opera in 2021. Critically acclaimed for her fioratura singing, Stephanie has performed her “triumphant,” portrayal as La Cenerentola with Opera NEO, Opèra Louisiane, and most recently Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles. Other full roles performed include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Xerxes (Xerxes), Idamante (Idomeneo), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Scalia/Ginsburg). Stephanie is a second year Studio member having performed the roles of Pamela and Mama in New York Stories, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and Rosine in Signor Deluso during the 2021 season of Specials and Shorts. This season, Ms. Doche will be singing Eunice Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire and Maddelena and Giovanna in Rigoletto. For more information about Stephanie, visit www.stephaniedoche.com.
Baritone Darren Drone is quickly making a name for himself in the opera world. He recently completed a residency with Michigan Opera Theatre where he covered Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Sweeney Todd,Tonio in Pagliacci and performed the title role in both Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost. In 2021, Mr. Drone joined Opera Naples as Riff in West Side Story and Baron Douphol while covering Germont in La traviata. In the summer of 2021, Mr. Drone will join the Santa Fe Opera covering the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Captain in Eugene Onegin. During the 2021-22 season, Mr. Drone will join Florida Grand Opera singing Pallante in Agrippina, Sen. Potter’s Asst/Bookseller/Priest/Technician/Party Guest in Fellow Travelers, Monterone and cover the title role in Rigoletto. Later in 2022, he will make his Cape Symphony debut as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A first year Studio member, this season Mr. Drone will be singing Count Monterone in Rigoletto, Senator Potter’s Assistant in Fellow Travelers, and Pallante in Agrippina.
For more information about Darren, visit www.darrenlekeithdrone.com.
Katherine Holobinko is a soprano from Fort Mill, South Carolina. A recent Central City Opera studio artist and MM graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she portrayed the roles of Enoch’s Daughter (Carousel), Meg (Little Women) and Annina (La Traviata). She is the 2021 winner of the CO/WY district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and an incentive award winner from the SAS Performing Arts Competition. Holobinko holds degrees in French and Voice from the Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory, past roles including Prince (The Little Prince), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas, Nina (Chérubin), Sister Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), and L’Eternità/Furia 1 (La Calisto). A first year Studio member, this season Ms. Holobinko will be singing A Nurse in A Streetcar Named Desire, A Page in Rigoletto, and Lucy in Fellow Travelers.
Mexican-American Soprano, Amanda Olea has distinguished herself as an emerging young artist performing with various opera companies across the country. In her 2021 season Amanda sang the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with CCM Opera and participated in the OperaFusion:NewWorks workshop of the new opera The Hours by Kevin Puts in which she sang the roles of Barbara and Mrs. Latch. As a strong advocate for new work and a distinguished recitalist, Amanda frequently programs the work of living composers in the various recitals she has programed including the music of Laitman, Larsen, and her own father, Oscar Olea. 2021 brought Amanda much success in multiple competitions including the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, the La Jolla Young Artist Competition, and the James Toland Vocal Arts competition. Equally comfortable in concert work, Amanda has been featured as the soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, and both Mozart and Faure’s Requiem. Notable roles include, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Pamina in
Die Zauberflöte, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. A first year Studio member, this season Ms. Olea will be singing Mexican Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers.
Hailed as "show stopping!", baritone Michael Pandolfo has become one of the most sought-after and exciting singers of his generation. His high caliber performances at Florida Grand Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and Wolf Trap Opera have garnered attention and critical acclaim.
In 2021 Mr. Pandolfo starred as Papageno in The Magic Flute at The Glimmerglass Festival where he was noted by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for his “hardy” and “amusing” Papageno. That summer he also starred alongside Isabel Leonard and William Burden as Don Andres in a world premier production of Offenbach's Songbird designed by Jim Lowe, Kelley Rourke, Eric Sean Fogel and Francesca Zambello. For the 2021-22 season, Michael will be making his Florida debut as a Studio Artist with Florida Grand Opera, culminating the season as Marullo in Rigoletto and as Senator McCarthy in Fellow Travelers.
Mr. Pandolfo graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2018 with his Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, where he studied with renowned soprano Cynthia Lawrence. In 2021 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with his Masters in Music, where he studied with revered teacher Professor William McGraw. For more information about Michael, visit www.michaelpandolfo.com