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Cedric Berry - Bass-Baritone
Cedric Berry wields “a bass-baritone of considerable power and agility” (The Chicago Tribune), projecting “machismo and a voice of fabulous mettle to the theatre’s last row… tossing off difficult passagework and deploying dazzling thunderbolts of sound at the top of the range” (Voix des Arts). He received his music diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, and both his Bachelor’s ad Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California. He gained his first professional experience as a Resident Artist with Los Angeles Opera, performing the roles of Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Schaunard in La Boheme, Second Philistine in Samson et Dalila, Wagner in Faust, Crébillon in La Rondine, and First Mate in Billy Budd.
Other roles include the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Falstaff in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, and Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte all with USC Opera, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust with Pacific Repertory Opera, Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with UCLA Opera, Dewaine in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky with Long Beach Opera, and The Good Man / Baron Carrefour in Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City with The Industry. Cedric made his first European stage appearances as Jake in a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Madrid, and Cuenca, Spain. He also appeared with Los Angeles Opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival singing the role of First Nazarene in Salome, and sang a concert in tribute to Paul Robeson for the Banlieues Bleues festival in Paris, France. On the concert stage he has appeared with Bakersfield Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Santa Fe Symphony in Handel’s Messiah, Pacific Symphony in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Arizona Symphony as Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Telemann Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Tokyo, Japan and of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Osaka, Japan, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra singing Duke Ellington’s Scared Songs, the New West Symphony as Zuniga in Carmen, the Southwest Chamber Orchestra in Wuorinen’s The Haroun Songbook, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra in Jerome Kern’s Showboat Symphonic Suite, the California Philharmonic in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Concert Suite, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Michael Torke’s Book of Proverbs. He has been the recipient of several awards including first place in LA’s Artist of the Future Competition, the Italian Educator’s Vocal Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition. Notable engagements include the lead role of Kublai Khan in Invisible Cities, an opera which was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. The production was deemed Best of the year by the Los Angeles Times. The documentary of the production received an Emmy Award and both an audio CD and DVD of the production were recently released. He also recently debuted the role of Ron (King Oberon) in Chicago Opera Theatre’s adaptation of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. He received great acclaim in many publications including The Chicago Tribune, Musical America and Voix des Arts.
Shana Blake Hill - Soprano
Recently hailed as an “excellent Soprano” by Mark Swed of The LA Times and as “...a revelation” by LA Weekly, Soprano Shana Blake Hill is known for being a multi-dimensional artist and for creating and premiering contemporary works. Hill has sung principal roles with: The Los Angeles Opera, Savonlinna Festival Opera (Finland), Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, and Opera Southwest. She has been a featured soloist with: The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The Naples Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony, The Louisville Orchestra, and The Colorado Symphony.
Ericalynn Priolo - Contemporary Dancer
Ericalynn Priolo was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in South Florida. She received her early training at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and attended various dance programs such as Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, the Ailey Extension International Dance Exchange, and Dance Makers Choreographic workshop in Toronto, Canada. Ericalynn recieved her BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida. Here she was able to perform works choreographed by Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Darshan Bhuller and Robert Battle. Priolo was also honored to perform Robert Battles "Battlefield" in the Czech Republic and Peter London's "Frida" in Puerto Rico. Ericalynn Priolo has been a company member with Lineage Dance for 10 years and teaches dance at The Buckley School as well as Eliot Middle.
Cathy Miller - Piano
M.M. The Juilliard School Active as a vocal coach and recitalist. Long time music staff member of L.A. Opera and Opera Pacific. Currently coach/accompanist for San Diego Opera and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Vocal Competition. Very active as a vocal competition and audition accompanist: L.A. Met District competition, Zachary Vocal Competition, Santa Fe auditions. Recitals with operatic singers at Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Ravinnia Festival, Dayton Opera, the Redlands Symphony, L.A. Public Library, Community Concert Series, Cerritos Center for the performing Arts, Mondavi Center and extensively in the Los Angeles area. Coaching languages include German, Italian, French and Hungarian. Also proficient in Broadway/pop/jazz styles as well.BM, University of Southern California, Fulbright Liszt Academy, Budapest.