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Edward Cumberbatch (Danilo)
Always a leading man, Edward has appeared as Calaf (Turandot), Nemorino (Elixir of Love), Koanga, Chibiabos (Hiawatha) and Orpheus (Orpheus & Eurydice) with the Lydians chorale. He is also a member of QEDTT and was the winner of the 25+ Recital Class at the 1997 International South African Eistedfod. He is a lecturer of mathematics at the University of T&T, holds his BA, MSc, MPhil, and last year was awarded his PhD.
Natalia Dopwell (Hanna Glawari)
An award winning soprano, Natalia was Most Outstanding Performer of the T&T Music Festival 2004 and 1st Runner up at the 2012 Concurso Internacional de Canto Lírico in Trujillo, Peru. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, she is on the vocal faculty at University of T&T and is Creative Director of Picoplat MDF. Natalia has been featured in recital in London, Poland and NYC, and her operatic roles include Queen of the Night, Fiordiligi, Rita, Dido, Micaela and the title role in "Jab Molassie"
Krisson Joseph (Baron Zeta)
Krisson holds a Masters in Music Business from New York University. His rich baritone was heard recently in 'Sing De Chorus' and the premiere of 'River of Freedom' for which the Guardian review noted "his huge voice filling the acoustically challenging hall and inspiring ambitious echoes from male members of the crowd even as the show came to an end". Krisson's previous roles include Dulcamara, Papageno,and Dapertutto
Anneliese Kelly (Valencienne)
Anneliese made her operatic debut as Papapgena (Magic Flute) in 2017 and won critical acclaim for her vivacious portrayal of Giannetta (Elixir of Love) with the Picoplat Young Artist Collective. Past performances include ensemble performances in Cosi fan tutte and Tales of Hoffmann, as well as singing the role of Carlotta in the Caribbean Theater Production of Phantom of the Opera in 2014.
Jake Salloum (Camille)
Jake makes his operatic debut with the role of Camille. He began his musical journey at age 8 as a piano student at Key Academy, and began singing as a teenager with BP Marionettes Chorale and Picoplat Young Artist Collective. He has performed in over fifteen local productions, cultivating a diverse repertoire which spans classical, opera, pop and jazz. He was awarded 1st place in the Operatic Gents Aria and 2nd place in the Operatic Duets and Boys Vocal Solo (16-19) at T&T Music Festival 2018
Ayrice Wilson (Sylviane)
Ayrice was awarded 1st place in the 2014 CMDFTT Music Competition, and is a multi-championship winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival. Her past operatic roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Mme Silberclang (Impresario). She attained a Bachelor of Arts in Music at SUNY Plattsburgh NY, and will begin her Masters of Music study at Ball State University this August. She will be hosting a fund-raising concert on July 13, 2019 at UTT APA.
Michael Hudlin (Kromov)
Michael earned his BA in Music at SUNY Plattsburgh, and will head to Eastman School of Music to pursue an MM in Choral Conducting. He sang baritone solo for Schubert’s Mass in G (UWI Arts Chorale), Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G (Champlain Valley Voices), Bach Cantata 106 (SUNY Concert Choir) and Horton in Seussical. He’s placed 1st in CXC Music, won the Louise H. Heisler Music Scholarship at SUNY, and his T&T Music Festival Championship trophies include Bass Solo, Mixed Duet, and Best Composition
Deborah Aboud (Olga)
No stranger to the stage, Deborah began singing with Farnborough Hill Chapel choir at a young age and studied voice to Grade VII under Margaret Morrell in London. From classical to reggae, often performing original works with Conroy Cooper (Fab 5), she represented Jamaica and placed at the CBU Caribbean Song Festival in 1984. She currently enjoys training with June Nathaniel and began singing with Picoplat Young Artist ensemble in Elixir of Love, T&T Opera Festival 2018
Kory Mendez (St.Brioche)
Making his operatic debut is vibrant young tenor Kory Mendez, who is currently pursuing an Artistic Diploma in Music Performance at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Kory is a member of the Lydians Choir, as well as the APA Vocal Ensemble. At the 2018 T&T Music Festival he won trophies for Best Negro Spiritual, Most Improved Performer and Best Operatic Ensemble
Sabrina Marks (Praskowia)
Sabrina’s achievements at T&T Music Festival include placing 3rd in Operatic Duet (2018) and 1st place Ladies Vocal Duet (2016). She is a member of Bravura Arts, was a past member of Marionettes Chorale and attained a Grade 6 distinction in Singing and Grade 3 in Piano ABRSM. She has trained with June Nathaniel for many years and won a scholarship to Necessary Arts to study Steelpan and Singing. Her stage credits include Second Lady MAGIC FLUTE, First Witch DIDO & AENEAS & Sally DIE FLEDERMAUS
Stefan Poon Ying (Cascada)
Stefan was encouraged to sing at his church, and began vocal lessons with June Nathaniel. He caught the opera bug when he attended the Picoplat production of Cosi fan tutte and joined the ensemble for the Broadway Revue, Magic Flute and Elixir of Love productions which followed. This is his first full operatic role.
Picoplat Young Artist Collective
Formed in 2011 to bring full length operatic works to the local stage and enable local classical singers to experience unamplified theatrical singing, PYC members come from all walks of life, ranging from amateur music lovers to award winning university students, teachers and professional singers. Performed works include Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Handel's Dido & Aeneas, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann, Mozart's Magic Flute, Impresario and Cosi fan tutte
Helmer Hilwig (Director)
A medical doctor by profession Helmer came to T&T in 1983 with the intention to stay for one year, but Trinidad remains home 33years later. At present he Heads the Arima Emergency Department and also serves as Chairman of the Queens Hall Board. As Director and Actor, he's been involved in over 100 theatre productions in Trinidad and his native Holland, even directing a very young Natalia Dopwell when she was a member of the Love Movement choir. He has directed all CMDFTT operas to date.
June Nathaniel (Musical Director)
Principal of Key Academy of Music, and Musical Director of the CMDFTT, June was a Trinity College of Music exhibition champion at age 17, continuing her studies at Royal College of Music, London where she obtained the A.R.C.M. in Piano Teaching and Singing Performing. She later trained at Hochschule Fur Musik in Munich studying opera, and Professor Frederick Husler's Scuola di Canto in Switzerland. She appeared in Schonberg's "Die Gluckliche Hand" at La Scala, Italy.
Margaret Sheppard (Costumes)
Margaret has over thirty years experience in the design and production of costumes for theatre and carnival, specializing in ballet and period costumes. She has worked with most of Trinidad's most celebrated designers, and nearly every local theatrical production company. She is the winner of multiple Cacique Awards, including the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NDATT)'s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Danielle Walcott (Set Designer)
Daniella, is an artist, set and costume designer, who earned her BFA in Performing Arts in Theater Design and Production at UTT and is stretching her wings as an entrepreneur with her own company Daniella Walcott Creations. Highlights of her career thus far include set designer for MAN BETTER MAN (2017) at NAPA, ELIXIR OF LOVE (2018) at Little Carib, ART OF GUITAR (2019) at Queens Hall, and a commissioned piece and showing of her artwork for the 73rd anniversary of the British High Commission