Bios

Saul M. Nache (Figaro), baritone, received his BM at Western Illinois University and his MM at the University of Illinois. Known for his powerful and emotionally charged performances, some of Saul’s favorite roles have been in Carmen, La Bohème, Cosí fan tutte, Madama Butterfly, Mahagonny Songspiel, and Die Zauberflöte.  Also, favorite concert repertoire includes the solos for Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Handel's Messiah, and Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew's Passions and various cantatas.

Saul has been a soloist in the region with the Peoria Bach Festival, Opera Illinois League, Sinfonia da Camera, Danville Symphony Orchestra, McDonough County Choral Society, Handel Oratorio Society, and Quad City Choral Arts. Saul has received the honor of being a vocal fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, was the district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and won the Bravo Award at the Bel Canto Foundation Competition. Saul serves on the music theatre voice faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, and on the music faculties of Augustana College and Bradley University.

Emmalynn Tully (Susanna) is thrilled to be singing her first Mozart opera with Opera Quad Cities. A native of the Quad Cities, Ms. Tully has been active in community theater for the past five years through collaborations with Opera@Augustana, Genesius Guild, and Augustana Theater. Notable roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Company in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and most recently Laetitia in the Old Maid and the Thief. With her BA in Music Education, Ms. Tully has been enjoying the chance to inspire her elementary students this year by sharing with them her love of the fine arts. She wishes to thank God for surrounding her with supportive family and friends, her voice teacher Dr. Crouch for nurturing her talent, and her loving dog Pippi for being her number one fan.

Mezzo-soprano Kelly Hill (Marcellina) has returned home to the Quad Cities after completing her M.M. and A.D. at the Yale School of Music.  While living in New England she performed leading operatic roles with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, and Madison Lyric Stage, and as a soloist with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. She has apprenticed with the Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, and spent a summer as a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her teaching credits include a faculty position in the music department at Naugatuck Valley Community College, as well as a teaching position at the Yale School of Music for their student lessons program, Morse Summer Academy, and Music in Schools Initiative.  She is delighted to be back home in Bettendorf rediscovering all the Quad Cities has to offer and spending ample time with her family - especially her four young and active nephews.

Baritone Jon Schrader (Count) has performed all around the Quad City region and the Midwest.  He has been seen in operas, musicals and operetta, specializing in Gilbert and Sullivan.  Some of his favorite opera roles include Shaunard in La Boheme and Tonio and Silvio in I Pagliacci.  Some of his favorite musical roles include Barnaby Blatherskite in Babes in Toyland, Luther Billis in South Pacific and Daddy Warbucks in Annie.  Jon’s Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire includes Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, the Captain in H.M.S. Pinafore and Usher in Trial by Jury.  Jon met his wife, Rochelle, in their production of Libby Larson’s Barnam’s Bird.  They have two wonderful sons, Caleb and David.

Rochelle Schrader (Countess) has been involved in many productions in the Quad City area and also is a K-5 music teacher in the Davenport School District.   Some of her favorite roles include Anna in The King and I, Lily in The Secret Garden,  Mabel in Pirates of Penzance,  Ginger in Gilligan's Island The Musical, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man.  Rochelle met her husband Jon (The Count) in an Augustana Opera and Genesius Guild collaborative production.   Their two sons, Caleb and David are also budding young musicians.

 

Mezzo soprano Sarah Lounsberry (Cherubino) is grateful to be making her Opera Quad Cities debut. She graduated from Western Illinois University, where she participated in University Singers, Madrigal Singers, Vocal Jazz, and Opera Theatre, studied voice with Charolette Megginson, and was a two-time NATS winner. WIU Opera Theatre credits include The Marriage of Figaro, ACT II (Cherubino,) Hansel and Gretel (Hansel,) Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah,) and Gallantry (Announcer.) In the Quad Cities, Sarah is an active member of Nova Singers, Quad City Singers, and Quad City Music Guild. Recent Guild credits include West Wide Story (Assistant Director), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Les Miserables (Eponine), and Peter Pan (Peter Pan). By day, Sarah is an Associate Buyer for Trinity Logistics. She lives in Rock Island with husband, Adam, and three-year-old son, Jack.

Michael Callahan, tenor (Basilio/Don Corzio), is an all-around performer, having performed professionally all styles of theater from opera to stand-up comedy. His voice has been said to possess “a deep beauty” and his acting has been called “intense.” Michael has done several shows with Opera Quad Cities with his personal highlight singing “Alfredo Germont” in a concert performance of Act 1 of Verdi’s La Traviata. Mr. Callahan is currently Music Director at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church in Moline, Illinois, and Music Director of The Chordbusters Barbershop Chorus of Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Callahan can also be regularly seen as a performer with “It’s a Mystery.” Michael has not only worked as a performer but has worked behind the scenes as a playwright, composer, and later this summer he will be directing “Prometheus Bound” at Genesius Guild in Rock Island, Illinois. When not busy with the above he sings with his quartet “3 to Blame,” writes for the web comic “Espresso Yourself,” and teaches voice and performance skills. Mr. Callahan lives in Moline with his wife, Amie, and has four children, three cats, a dog, a hedgehog and rabbit or two whose support is much appreciated.

Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger (Bartolo/Antonio) is the Director of Choral Activities for Rockridge High School where he also leads the theater department and marching band color guard. He has performed with Quad City Music Guild, Opera Quad Cities (Papageno, The Magic Flute), and Circa 21.  He is currently a member of The Nova Singers, directs the Quad City Singers and leads the bell choir at the Church of Peace in Rock Island.  Curtis and his husband, Alexander, have two children and reside with a small zoo in Rock Island.

 

RigginsAnna Riggins (Barbarina) is excited to have the opportunity to play Barbarina in her first opera! She is very active in theater, choir, and competitive speech team at Moline High School. Her favorite roles include playing Roxie Hart in Chicago, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, as well as getting 6th place at State competition for speech. She will be attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school drama program for her senior year of high school. Anna would like to thank her parents for their continuous support through all of her activities!






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