Narrator VIVIAN WEEDE has sung leading roles in La Traviata, La Boheme, Tosca, Pagliacci, Eugene Onegin & Carmen appearing with Seattle Opera, Rochester Symphony, San Francisco, West Bay Opera and New Orleans. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Opera Department at Louisiana State University, and with her father-in-law, Met baritone Robert Weede, prior to studies in Italy with Franco Ferraris. She has done many opera previews for the OGSA and is Past President.
VANESSA SALAZ, soprano, has been a multiple prizewinner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, including 2nd place in the Western Region. She was also the national first place winner of the 2000 NATS Artist Award (NATSAA) leading to her Carnegie Hall debut. She has participated in many international competitions, including the final round of the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain. She has participated in prestigious young artist programs such as Music Academy of the West, Opera Theater of St. Louis and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, allowing her to receive guidance and training from top artists such as Marilyn Horne, Joan Dornemann, Stephen Lord and Warren Jones. Recent operatic performances include Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Connecticut Grand Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Festival Lyrique en Mer in Belle Ile, France, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX. Ms. Salaz holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona and a Professional Studies Certificate from Manhattan School of Music.
Baritone, ALEJANDRO BANUELOS is pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Under the guidance of Professor Faye Robinson, he performed as the Baron in Verdi’s La Traviata, Marco in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and Assan in Menotti’s The Consul. Mr Banuelos is a native of Los Angeles, California where he portrayed the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Don Vidal in the Zarzuela Luisa Fernanda. Last summer he performed as Marcello in La Boheme with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy. In June of 2013 Alejandro portrayed the roles of Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten’s, Rape of Lucretia and the Shakespearean character Peter Quince in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. These abridged productions were performed at the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute in Spearfish, South Dakota. Before embarking onto the world of Opera, Alejandro trained in various forms of dance and stage movement. Further credits include, chorus and solo dance, choreographer and stage director. This fall, Mr Banuelos played the role of Eisenstein in the University of Arizona’s production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss.
HUMBERTO BORBOA, tenor, is currently a graduate student of the University of Arizona pursuing his Master´s in Music in Vocal Performance under the guidance of Professor Grayson Hirst. Mr. Borboa made his debut in 2009 with Sociedad Artistica Sinaloense, company in Culiacan, singing the solo tenor role in Carl Orff´s Carmina Burana. He also has sung opera highlight concerts in Antigua, Guatemala and Chicago, Illinois as well in many places in Mexico. In 2010 Mr. Borboa sang Pergolesi´s opera buffa Il Maestro di Musica with Cultura Mazatlán, and in 2011 sang Count Almaviva in Rossini´s Il Barbiere di Seviglia with Da Corneto Opera Company in Chicago, and with Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Durango and Chihuahua. This year he has sung Mozart´s Bastien und Bastienne and Coronation Mass. Mr. Borboa earned his Bachelor Music Degree in Mexico at Escuela Superior de Canto de Mazatlán, and made his debut with The University of Arizona Opera Theater singing Alfredo at Verdi´s La Traviata. The next engagement brought the role of Tito in Mozart´s La Clemenza di Tito, also with the UofA Opera Theather. ¨Powerfully graceful and bright tenor¨ . – Arizona Daily Star.
Pianist BONNIE BIRD studied at the Julliard Preparatory Division, later earning a Bachelor degree in Piano from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She continued her musical studies at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. She later earned a Master of Music degree in accompanying and voice from the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Following a year teaching accompanying at CCM, she spent 6 years at Edgecliff College in Cincinnati as instructor in voice and Opera Workshop. Ms. Bird now resides in Tucson and is an accompanist and coach in the voice department for the U of A. She also maintains a private voice studio.