Roster

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  • Rosina
  • Figaro
  • Count Almaviva
  • Bartolo
  • Basilio
  • Berta
  • Police Officer / Narrator
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Stephanie Doche

Mezzo-soprano

Lauded as “explosively eloquent,” (Memphis Flyer) and beholding “fervent, commanding vocal prowess,” (San Diego Story), French-American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche (rhymes with posh) is in high demand for her “darkly shaded voice.” In October 2019, Stephanie reprised her “triumphant” performance as Angelina (La Cenerentola) with Opéra Louisiane after singing the title role with Opera NEO in August 2019. During the 2018-2019 season she was a Handorf Company Artist with Opera Memphis where she sang the roles of Toledo (The Falling & the Rising, professional premiere), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore).
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Stephanie Doche

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Hannah Ludwig

Mezzo-soprano

The New York Times calls mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig “best in show” and further exclaims “Her tone chocolaty and large, yet with focus and agility, she captured the integral aspect of bel canto…expression emerging from a long, intelligently shaped musical line.” In the 2020-21 season, she will return to Teatro Nuovo for a third Rossini role debut with the company, Calbo in Maometto II—originally scheduled for last seaosn—and will join the Bochumer Symphoniker for her international debut in a solo program of bel canto repertoire originally written for the castrato fach. Her scheduled performances of Szymanowski’s Stabat mater with Gianandrea Noseda conducting the National Symphony Orchestra have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be scheduled in a future season. Last season, she sang her first performances of Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena with Baltimore Concert Opera and returned to Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte in her company debut with Dallas Opera. Unfortunately, debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colón Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was also cancelled in the wake of COVID-19.
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Hannah Ludwig

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Markel Reed

Baritone

Markel Reed, a native of Charlotte, N.C., has been featured in various concerts and recitals throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. His repertoire includes: Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Morales in Carmen, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and John Sorel in The Consul.
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Evan Hammond

Baritone

Baritone Evan Hammond is quickly gaining attention at the national level and has established himself as a versatile performer in both opera and musical theatre. The Alabama native recently made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as The Captain in Candide and was scheduled to return to the mainstage in 2020 singing le satire in Rameau’s Platée and Tommy McIntyre in Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers.
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Evan Hammond

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Miles Mykkanen

Tenor

A winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world's concert and operatic stages for his "focused, full-voiced tenor" (The New York Times). Of his performances in Eugene Onegin at the Juilliard School, Opera News wrote, "Mykkanen was a knockout as Lensky. The lyric intensity of his singing made each moment count, and the duel- scene aria was a stretch of sheer vocal gold.”
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David Margulis

Tenor

Tenor David Margulis has established himself as a strong lyrical singer and actor on domestic and international opera stages alike. He has been called “radiant voiced,” and been praised for his “clear, pleasing tenor.” Of his portrayal of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in his mainstage début at Arizona Opera, Opera Today raved: “David Margulis was an energetic Tamino who was only momentarily laid low by Pollard’s iconic monster. He sang with sumptuous lyrical sounds conveyed on a well-honed legato.”
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Dennis Jesse

Bass baritone

Dennis Jesse, baritone has performed in a variety of genres for over twenty-five years. He began his career on the musical theater stage, moved to operetta and ultimately to grand opera. He continues to perform in all of these styles. He frequents the stages of many of America’s regional opera houses, most recently with Central City Opera in their celebrated production of Billy Budd. He has appeared many times with New Orleans Opera, Opéra Louisiane, Orlando Opera, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Pensacola Opera, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2020 and 2021 He will appear as Gianni Schicchi in a Virtual performance with Opera Ithaca, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly wit New Orleans Opera and as Dulacamara in L’Elisir d’amore with Pensacola Opera and in 2021 with Opêra Louisiane as the four villains in their production of The Tales of Hoffmann. He will also sing the Bass Solos in Beethoven’s 9 th Symphony with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Jesse is an Associate Professor at LSU and he is the General and Artistic Director of Opera Festival di Roma, a summer abroad program sponsored by LSU in Orvieto and Rome, Italy. Over the past eight years he has served on the international faculty of intensive summer abroad programs for young opera singers both in Italy and in Brazil.
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Dennis Jesse

Bass baritone

Dennis Jesse

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Ashraf Sewailam

Bass baritone

The New York Times hailed Ashraf Sewailam’s début at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a “stand out performance” and Opera News described his voice as “purring and velvety with an easily produced Ramfis-like top range with a majestic tone,” and his stage presence as “strong, mysterious and with mesmerizing intensity.” This season, Mr. Sewailam performs the title role in Ali Baba with Opera Southwest, Giorgio in I Puritani with Opera Choir in Rotterdam, Ramphis in Aida with Virginia Opera, and Colline in La bohéme with Seattle Opera. Last season, he performed the role of Osmin in Abduction from the Seraglio and Queequeg in Moby Dick with Opera San Jose, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with San Diego Opera, Colline in La Boheme with Austin Opera, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with New Zealand Opera.
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Ashraf Sewailam

Bass baritone

Ashraf Sewailam

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Antoine Hodge

Bass baritone

Bass-baritone Antoine Hodge recently made his Met debut in last season's production of Porgy and Bess. He is quickly gaining widespread attention across the country for his versatility, commanding stage presence, and strong bass voice. Praised by Opera News as a “dramatically compelling” artist with a “sonorous and vocally secure” instrument, Antoine has been seen with companies such as On Site Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis and for the past three years has appeared in Opera Louisiane's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
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Antoine Hodge

Bass baritone

Antoine Hodge

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Ivan Griffin

Bass baritone

American bass-baritone Ivan Griffin has delighted audiences in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, and South Africa. His operatic engagements include Lawyer Frazier in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Porgy and Bess, a role that he was invited to reprise during a European tour of the opera. Ivan made his Spoleto Festival USA 2016 debut in the role of Robbins in Porgy and Bess. He was also featured as the King in the world premiere of Afram ou la Belle Swita by Edmund Thornton Jenkins. Additionally he has appeared as Lucien Aubry in Minette Fontaine with OperaCréole, Rev. Olin Blitch in Susannah with Buffalo Lyric Opera, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Papageno in The Magic Flute with Western New York Opera Theater.
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Ivan Griffin

Bass baritone

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Ivan Griffin

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Kayla Siembieda

Mezzo-soprano

Praised for her "rich tone and bell clear diction" (Bachtrack, 2019) and her "plucky, sympathetic characters" (Opera News, 2019), American mezzo soprano Kayla Siembieda is quickly making an impact in the operatic world. As a 2018 and 2019 Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, she performed the roles of Susanna in John Corligliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, Forester's Wife/Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Madeleine Audebert in Kevin Puts' Silent Night. This December, she will travel with Glimmerglass to Versailles, France where she will reprise the role of Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles at the Château de Versailles.
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Julie Wright Costa

Soprano

Soprano, Julie Wright Costa enjoys a rich and varied career that includes opera, musical theatre, oratorio, recital, and concert works. Her warm and flexible voice and dramatic acting skills account for her enthusiastic reception wherever she performs. As one of Ohio Light Opera’s leading sopranos for sixteen seasons, Ms. Wright Costa is regarded as one of the country’s outstanding interpreters of operetta. In addition to her role as performer, she serves as Associate Artistic Director with the Ohio Light Opera. In 2017, she appeared with Opéra Louisiane in H.M.S. Pinafore and She is featured on several compact disc recordings with the Albany, Operetta Archives and Newport Classics Label, including such works as Kálmán’s La Bayadere and Sari, Sullivan’s Princess Ida and The Yeoman of the Guard, Berté's Das Dreimäderlhaus, and the soon to be released Der Vogelhändler by Carl Zeller.
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Dugg McDonough
Dugg McDonough is the Mary Barrett Fruehan Associate Professor of Opera and the Artistic Director of LSU Opera, becoming the first recipient of the endowed professorship in the fall of 2006. Starting with Il barbiere di Siviglia in 2002, he has staged over 50 LSU productions, including 2007’s highly acclaimed performances of Carlisle Floyd’s Willie Stark, which were filmed for the composer’s first commercial DVD, released by Newport Classic in 2008. Another video highlight came with David Amram’s Twelfth Night in 2010, again recorded by Newport Classic, and included in a documentary celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday. As a professional director, McDonough has staged a wide variety of operas, operettas, and musicals, from Monteverdi to Sondheim to Heggie, for companies ranging from the New York City Opera to the Taipei International Arts Festival. Highlights in recent years include the workshop premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Out of Darkness for Pensacola Opera; Elektra, Susannah, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La rondine, and The Tragedy of Carmen for Des Moines Metro Opera; Madama Butterfly for Opéra Louisiane and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

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Ed Baker
Ed Baker is the owner and General Manager of Crowne Plaza Executive Center and Holiday Inn Express on Constitution in Baton Rouge. He also owns and operates a Crowne Plaza in Columbia, Missouri. He and his wife Kathy are also generous members of the Baton Rouge community and support multiple non-profit organizations including Opéra Louisiane. Ed is a self-made business man who touts his father’s work ethic as the motivation for his success. Ed entered the University of Missouri on a theatre and debate scholarship and continues to promote the importance of theatre and the arts.

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Rick LeCompte
Rick LeCompte
Rick LeCompte is an artist photographer living in Baton Rouge. Rick specializes in, well... everything. Eclectic in theme, unrestrained with a wandering eye, he sees the beauty of life all around. From the smallest undersea creatures in Papua New Guinea to the stylized images of Paris, there is nothing that doesn’t warrant a care -full second look. Rick was awarded Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s People’s Choice Award. His works have been presented in galleries in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette and was honored to be the last of the large exhibitions at Tsunami - high atop the Shaw Center. His works are owned by local artists, museum managers and board members, as well as local celebrities. His works hang in homes from Manhattan, to Florida to California. Besides Opera Louisiane, Rick also shoots for the Baton Rouge Symphony Clicking the Light Fantastic was a nationwide photography contest conceived and executed in conjunction with the Louisiana Photographic Society where he is very active and serves as a mentor. Rick is a Curator for the International photography website Viewbug Rick regularly shoots portraits and headshots for actors and business professionals in his studio in Baton Rouge.
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