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“Doing well here.”

DAVID HINTON, bass. Hailing from Orlando, FL, he attended Georgia State University where he studied under Peter Harrower. He has performed in the US and Canada, doing Musical Theater, as well as Opera. He was cast as 2nd Man in Armor for The Magic Flute and in April 2019 sang the Count Ceprano in Rigoletto.

He provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

Doing well here. Fortunate to be able to keep working (work from home). Robert is home for the duration with both church and school being shut down. Will be able to get all those pesky chores around the house done, I suppose! All the best, Carol! Holler if you need anything!

David
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“All of these funds are a help but not a replacement for wages. “

JULIE CONDY, soprano, is the elected Board of Governors representative for New Orleans with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and member of the AGMA National Executive Council.  She is a Loyola graduate (B.M.Ed.), who joined the opera chorus while an undergraduate. For several years, she studied voice in Salzburg, Austria before returning to New Orleans, where she founded Crescent City Lights Youth Theater, which ran for 25 years with Ms. Condy as executive/artistic director. As a chorister, she recently celebrated her 40th anniversary season with the New Orleans Opera.  A long-time member of the New Orleans Opera family, her proudest moments have been watching the children of the Crescent City Lights Youth Theater perform with the New Orleans Opera as a part of the children’s chorus and seeing their joy as the newest generation to revel in the great art form of grand opera.

She provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

Several of our AGMA members have received funds from the AGMA Relief Fund which is to help members in dire straits.  I do hope members apply.  Choristers have applied to the Jazz Fest fund and received assistance as well.  All of these funds are a help but not a replacement for wages. 

Julie
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Heartsing

I’m excited!

MARK-ANTHONY THOMAS, tenor, a native New Orleanian who received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from Loyola; he teaches Classical Voice and Music Theory at NOCCA, is the Music Arts Director at Vintage Church New Orleans, and performs throughout the metro area. 

He provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

I hope all is well. Attached is my letter of availability for the 20-21 season! I’m excited! I’m glad to know you’re well!!! I’ve been holding up pretty good too — working from home mostly, but also popping in to either my church or NOCCA and I’m usually the only one there. Pretty weird. All we can do it continue to have little faith, hope, and always look for the silver lining. Btw, I can’t wait to sing for you soon. I’ve definitely grown since the last time you heard me! 🙂

Mark-Anthony Thomas
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“Trying to be patient but I really miss singing …”

CHERYL CUMMISKEY, soprano, longtime NOOA chorus member.

She provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

Hi Carol. Bob and I are ok, mostly staying safe at home with hair growing and color fading fast for me! Trying to be patient but I really miss singing with my St Louis Cathedral choir. Hopefully, we will begin a gradual return to normal and the upcoming Opera season can go on. Sending a big hug!

Cheryl
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“Here’s my letter of availability for next season.”

ALAN GANDOLFI, tenor and attorney. He and Carol first met when she chorus mastered Rigoletto for JPAS in the mid-1990’s, and his first show with NOOA was also Rigoletto, in the company’s 1996-97 season!

He provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

Here’s my letter of availability for next season. I hope that your Chautauqua finds some way to happen this year. My wife and I were thinking about going to it this year, before the plague messed up everyone’s plans. 

Alan Gandolfi

Editor’s note: Chautauqua is happening online this summer! Click here to learn more.

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“ohhhhh my gosh what a season it will be next season!!!!!! “

VICKIE R. THOMAS, soprano, who also sings the dual roles of Mother/Witch in the MetroPelican Opera’s touring production of Hansel and Gretel and works on the “front line” at Ochsner Medical Center.

She provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

ohhhhh my gosh what a season it will be next season!!!!!!

Vickie
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Heartsing

“I’m saying lots of little prayers to the theatre gods…”

ZARA ZEMMELS, mezzo-soprano, recently completed her M.M. in Vocal Performance at Loyola University New Orleans. She has been a member of the New Orleans Opera Chorus for 8 seasons and is a frequent performer with the popular Opéra Nouvelle and Opera on Tap concert series. In April 2019 she made her company debut as Woman II in Lera Auerbach’s The Blind, conducted by the composer, and as the Page in Rigoletto. In March 2021 she will sing the role of Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

She provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

Hey Carol, I’m saying lots of little prayers to the theatre gods for each of these productions!! Hope you’re doing well. Also, please let me know if I can pick things up from the store for you, we all need you to be safe! ❤️❤️❤️ Warm wishes, Z

Zara Zemmels
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“…it gave me hope for an interesting but nevertheless musical future.”

AMANDA MCCARTHY, mezzo-soprano and native New Orleanian, completed her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Vocal Performance and her Master’s in voice from Texas State University. She returned home to New Orleans to serve as a member of the city’s rich and vibrant musical community. She hopes to do her part in the return of performance art and culture in New Orleans during this pandemic.  

She provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

“Man was it great to see this letter go out, it gave me hope for an interesting but nevertheless musical future! As you know, this is my favorite job ever so I’m always available for the season. And now that I’m taking voice lessons once more, I am feeling a lot fresher too! I hope you are doing well, remaining healthy and sane, and I CANNOT wait to see everyone when we are finally allowed to sit in the same room together again.”

Amanda McCarthy
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Heartsing

“I miss singing my heart out…”

JUAN LUIS WILLIAMS (right), tenor, is a native of Puerto Rico, and a Pilates instructor. His sister, Yali Marie, is a professional singer, who sang the role of Baroness Pontalba in NOOA’s 2003 production. Juan has been in the NOOA chorus since 2000, and sang the role of John Styx in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in fall 2018.

He provided this update recently to Chorus Master, Carol Rausch:

I trust this found you well as well. I’m very happy my parents are being taken care of and they are healthy. Thank you for asking. The rest of the family is also doing well. Larry and I are trying to adapt to a virtual studio that doesn’t compromise our brand. We’re working some and we’re grateful. These times are so uncertain. We’ll make it though. I miss you, I miss singing my heart out… soon. 
Always, 

Juan Luis
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News

Announcing New Board Members and Officers for 2020-2021

New Orleans Opera held its Annual Meeting on June 10, 2020 via Zoom.

Under the direction of the Nominating Committee and with one nomination from the floor, the following slate of officers and board were voted in with unanimous approval.

Officers for 2020-2021

Mr. Dwayne O. Littauer, President
Ms. Sonya Moore, Vice-President
Mr. Emmet Geary, Treasurer
Ms. Penny Baumer, Development Officer
Mr. Edward F. Martin, Secretary
Mr. James C. Gulotta, Jr., Immediate Past President

New Board Member

Prof. Cynthia Samuel

New Advisory Board Members

Mr. Timothy Hemphill 
Mr. Brian Monk
Mr. Mark Otts

Nominating Committee for 2020-2021

Mr. James C. Gulotta Jr.
Mrs. Pauline Hardin
Ms. Adrea Heebe
Ms. Sonya Moore
Mr. Vance Caesar