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Daniel Ebbers,
tenor (Eisenstein)

Daniel Ebbers as Gabriel

After an extensive and distinguished international career, tenor Daniel Ebbers has settled into the San Joaquin Valley region as an associate professor of voice at the University of the Pacific. He has performed with numerous regional organizations including the Stockton Symphony, Tahoe Music Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, the Modesto Symphony and made several appearances at the Mondavi Center in Davis. More...

Jessica Siena,
soprano (Rosalinde)

Jessica Siena as Rosalinde

The Los Angeles Times hailed Jessica Siena as “extravagantly gifted” and her portrayal of Marie in New York City Opera’s National tour of Donizetti’s La fille du régiment earned her critical acclaim throughout the country. The late jazz legend Dave Brubeck chose Ms. Siena for the role of Dora in his operatic suite, Cannery Row, at an annual Brubeck Festival. More...

Peter Jaffe,
conductor

Peter Jaffe

Peter Jaffe has served as music director for Stockton Opera since 2001 and for the Stockton Symphony since 1995, consistently garnering accolades for his performances and fostering sustained artistic growth. Mr. Jaffe spearheaded the commission of Avner Dorman’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, and the premiere of the imaginative work earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues. More...

James Haffner,
director

James Haffner

James Haffner is associate professor of opera at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. His production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola took first place in the 2001 National Opera Association Production Competition, and the production was a finalist both at the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. His Cenerentola production holds the distinction of being the first opera allowed to be performed in the KC/ACTF national festival. More...


Rachel Schutz
(Adele)

Rachel Schutz

Hailed for her glittering coloratura register and witty characterizations, Welsh-born soprano Rachel Schutz (Adele) returns to Stockton Opera after starring as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Schutz’s recent operatic roles have included Diana (Siren Song) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd) with Hawai’i Opera Theater, Thérèse (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Jessie (Mahagonny Songspiel) with Opera Parallèle, and Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Stony Brook Opera. More...

Matthew Hanscom (Falke)

matthew hanscom

Vocally commanding and dramatically compelling, Matthew Hanscom (Falke) is the resident baritone at Opera San Jose. This past season he portrayed Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gino Carella in the world premiere of Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, Taddeo in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, and the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Mr. Hanscom has performed with Sarasota Opera for six seasons to high critical acclaim, most recently appearing as Comte de Toulouse in Verdi’s Jérusalem. More...

David Gustafson
(Alfred)

David Gustafson

Internationally recognized for his robust, expressive voice, tenor David Gustafson (Alfred) made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2010 as Sentinelle in Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Placido Domingo, and later appeared as Tony in the company’s world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. Mr. Gustafson recently earned rave reviews in the title role of Otello with Festival Opera, and as Cavaradossi (Tosca), Radames (Aïda), and Prince Calàf (Turandot) with West Bay Opera. More...

Hannah Ludwig
(Prince Orlofsky)

Hannah Ludwig

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig (Prince Orlofsky) is thrilled and honored to be back with Stockton Opera, having previously appeared in Pagliacci and Le nozze di Figaro. Ms. Ludwig is currently a Resident Artist with the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, and recently made her starring role debut as Isabella in their production of L’italiana in Algeri, which garnered international attention. Ms. Ludwig’s upcoming engagements include the roles of Siebel in Faust with the AVA and The Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Philadelphia Sinfonia. More...


Paul Kimball (Dr. Blind & Chorus Master)

Paul Kimball

Paul Kimball (Dr. Blind & Chorus Master) has been active in the arts in Stockton since 1981. He has served as music director for over forty productions, including The King and I with Patricia Morrison at Delta College, Les misérables at Tokay High School, the Stockton Sesquicentennial at Weber Point, the 2004 All American City Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, The Music Man at Delta College—for which he was awarded the regional Elly Award—and Cinderella and The Sound of Music at Stockton Civic Theatre. He has guest-conducted Ballet San Joaquin in Falla’s El amor brujo, twice guest-conducted the Stockton Symphony’s Mervyn’s Family Concerts, served as chorus master for Stockton Opera’s 2013 production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and More...

Martin Lehman
(Frank)


Martin Lehman

Martin Lehman (Frank) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Die Fledermaus. Other local credits include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, all performed at Stockton Civic Theatre, where he will be appearing as Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde in June. Mr. Lehman earned his degree in theater arts at the University of the Pacific, where he played Koko in The Mikado and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. Other favorite roles include Father in Children of Eden, Horton in Seussical the Musical, Husband/CPA in See What I Wanna See, and Max Bialystock in The Producers. More...

Eddie Hargreaves
(Frosch)


Edward Hargreaves

Eddie Hargreaves (Frosch) is delighted to be making his Stockton Opera debut with this production. Since 2005 he has most often been seen at Stockton Civic Theatre, having performed in a number of musicals, including I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; 42nd Street; Forever Plaid; Monty Python’s Spamalot; and Little Shop of Horrors, which earned him a Willie Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. He has also performed locally at the Delta Center for the Arts (Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, The Music Man) and with Changing Faces Theater Company in Lodi (Peter Pan and Wendy; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], Bad Seed, It’s a Wonderful Life [A Live Radio Play]). More...

Eva Tamsky
(Sally)


Eva Tamsky

San Francisco native Eva Tamsky (Sally) is currently studying at University of the Pacific, pursuing a double major in vocal performance and music education with a choral concentration. This past March she starred as Lavina in Pacific Opera Theater’s production of The Goose of Cairo, and in the spring of 2014 she sang the role of Minerva in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Ms. Tamsky was a soloist in the Kurt Weill musical review Berlin to Broadway and she participated in the Follies, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Stockton Opera’s 2013 production of Le Nozze di Figaro. More...


Jennifer Hastings (Ida & Choreographer)

Jennifer Hastings

Jennifer Hastings (Ida, Choreographer), has been dancing and performing for forty years. She graduated from United States University in San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater. She was a member of Ballet San Joaquin for eighteen years, and has been featured in productions with University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, and Stockton Civic Theatre. She also dances with Siamsa, a Scots-Irish dance troupe that performs around Northern California. More...