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Die Fledermaus
Minnesota, she was featured in the
Midwest premiere of Robert Aldridge’s
Elmer Gantry
; she recently returned
there as a guest artist to create the title
role in the world premiere workshop
of Aldridge’s
Sister Carrie
. She is also
in demand as a teaching artist. More:
Jim Lichtscheidl
, speaking role
Jim Lichtscheidl, now performing
with the Minnesota Orchestra for
the first time, is a Twin Cities-based
actor, director, choreographer and
instructor. He has recently contributed
to such productions as
The History of
at the Minnesota Jewish
Theater Company;
The Music Man
Ten Thousand Things Theater;
Clybourne Park
Nice Fish
at the Guthrie Theater and
Waiting for
at the Jungle Theater. He can be
seen in the movies
Best Man Down
A Serious Man
, and will appear in the
upcoming film
The Public Domain
. He
received an Ivey Award in 2006 for his
original creation,
Minnesota Chorale
Kathy Saltzman Romey
, artistic
Barbara Brooks
, accompanist and
artistic advisor
The Minnesota Chorale, now in its 19th
season under the leadership of Kathy
Saltzman Romey, is the Minnesota
Orchestra’s principal chorus and the
state’s preeminent symphonic chorus.
Among its initiatives are the Bridges
program, the Minneapolis Youth Chorus,
Men in Music for high-school boys and
InChoir open rehearsals and Voices of
t e n o r
Claude Cassagne*
Benjamin G. Cooper
Phillip Jensen
Spike Maiden Müller*
Scott D. McKenzie
Bill Pederson*
Mike A. Pettman*
Scott Sandberg
b a s s
Mark Countryman
Steve Cramer*
Steven Hodulik*
Jon C. Lahann*
Steven W. Landby*
Robert Oganovic
Michael P. Schmidt
Justin Staebell
Michael Wesely
* section leaders
s o p r a n o
Kristi Bergland*
Sara Butwinick*
Deborah Carbaugh*
Rachel Daddio*
Laurel E. Drevlow
Wendy Lukaszewski
Amy Madson
Krista L. Sandstrom
Shari M. Speer*
Tess Gabrielle Wang
Lola R. Watson*
a l t o
Sara Boss
Deanne Dohrman*
Elisabeth M. Drost*
Susan Sacquitne
Julie Schlueter Engen
Katherine Scholl
Danielle Jagelski
Michelle Liebl*
Cynthia Messer*
Deborah E. Richman
Elizabeth Sullivan*
Experience (with MacPhail Center for
Music) for senior adults. It will appear
with the Orchestra next season in
performances of Mahler’s
Symphony, Handel’s
, Verdi’s
Requiem and a program of American
music conducted by Eric Whitacre.
Samantha Fromm Haddow
costume designer
Samantha Fromm Haddow is the
Guthrie Theater millinery and costume
crafts artisan and painter/dyer. She has
also designed costumes locally for Lyric
Arts, Stages Theatre, and nationally for
the Gallery Players in New York, the
Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Timber
Lake Playhouse in Illinois. Upcoming
are productions of
Young Frankenstein
Blithe Spirit
with Lyric Arts, as well
as two shows with Stages Theatre:
Goodnight Moon
The Little Mermaid
Ann Gumpper
, set designer
Ann Gumpper has designed sets for
companies including the Minnesota
Ballet, University of Minnesota–Duluth
Opera and Theatre, Lake Superior
Community Theatre and Lyric Opera of
the North. Her work was also recently
seen in Skylark Opera’s performances of
From Berlin to Broadway
Beyond Minnesota, she has designed
or painted for institutions ranging from
the Shakespeare Festival in Madison,
New Jersey, to the Northcott Theatre in
Exeter, England.
Calland Metts
, technical director
and props
Calland Metts serves as co-artistic
director of Duluth-based Lyric Opera
of the North (LOON), as well as that
company’s head carpenter and technical
director. He has constructed sets for
numerous LOON productions and
created scenery for two recent shows
with Skylark Opera. He and set designer
Ann Gumpper collaborate as the Lyric
Opera of the North Scenic Shop. Metts
studied at Northwestern University,
earning an artist’s diploma and a
master’s degree in opera performance.
Robert Neu
, stage director
Robert Neu has directed more than 60
productions of operas, musicals and
plays in the Twin Cities and around the
country. For the Minnesota Orchestra,
he has directed productions of
La Bohème
Peer Gynt
(for which he also co-wrote
the adaptation), Bernstein’s
Hansel and Gretel
La Traviata
The Magic Flute
. He recently directed
for Skylark Opera and
for Lyric Opera of the North.
Among his upcoming productions are
for the Colorado Symphony and
Death of a Salesman
for Bloomington
Civic Theatre. Neu, a graduate of the
Juilliard School, teaches master classes
in audition techniques for the University
of Minnesota’s opera department and is
a resident director at Lyric Arts Theater.
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