AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Morgan Davis Peckels (Mother)
Mezzo-soprano Morgan is a teacher and performer in the Central Florida area. She most recently was seen in Florida Opera Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and previous to that was seen in the Orlando Philharmonic’s production of Madama Butterfly, portraying the role of Kate Pinkerton at the Bob Carr Theater. Her other operatic credits include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Lola in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, as well as roles in La Rondine, Louise, Susannah, and Postcard From Morocco. Morgan is a strong advocate of “cross-over” singing, and, in addition to her opera roles, she has an extensive musical-theater résumé, including such roles as Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Irene in Crazy for You. As a concert soloist, Morgan gives recitals throughout the Orlando area and most recently was seen as the alto soloist in the Bach Festival Society’s performance of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, which merged the legendary silent-film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with live music. She also has been a soloist with the Messiah Chorale Society of Orlando, the Florida Opera Theatre Chorus, and the Orlando Philharmonic.
Morgan earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Elon University and an M.M. in Music Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She currently is an associate member of the National Association Teachers of Singing and is an adjunct professor of voice at Rollins College in Winter Park. Morgan is a certified Kindermusik instructor and has a private studio in Winter Springs where she specializes in teaching classical and musical theater to students of all ages.
Austin Bonneau (Amahl - PERFORMING DECEMBER 12)
Austin attends Altamonte Christian School. He took voice lessons at Lochwood Academy for the Performing Arts for approximately five years. He currently takes voice lessons with opera singer May Rybak. He also took musical theater for one year. Austin performed annual showcase shows at the conclusion of every season during his tenure at Lochwood. He also performed at the Parade of Homes in Sanford.
Jahdai Figueroa-Ramirez (Amahl - PERFORMING DecEMBER 9 AT 2 pm; DecEMBER 10 & 20)
Jahdai is a home-schooled eighth-grader. He is a member of the Opera Orlando Youth Company. He was part of the Lawton Chiles Elementary School choir for two years and spent another two years as a member of the Andover Elementary School choir. While a member of the Andover choir, he was chosen to be a solo vocalist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bob Carr Theater. Jahdai also played the piano at the Balina Smith Piano Studio. On 2015, he was awarded at the Federation Piano Competitions. Amahl is his first opera performance.
Jeremiah Tacey (Amahl - PERFORMING DecEMBER 9 AT 7 pm; DecEMBER 17)
Jeremiah attends Howard Middle School Academy of Arts. He is member of the school’s show choir for a second year as well as being a member of the Thespian Troupe. He is currently in his third musical at Howard—School House Rocks. Last year, he was in Lion King Jr. and James and the Giant Peach. Jeremiah studies dance and guitar. At Art From the Heart, he studied dance, aerial silks, and musical theater for several years. He currently is part of the Opera Orlando Youth Company, and he takes private vocal lessons at Megan Penfield Studio. In addition to performing, Jeremiah does average 12-year-old things like video games, soccer, and anything Star Wars
Peter Rodrigues (Kaspar)
Peter is thrilled with his time at Opera Orlando. He recently was seen onstage in the chorus of Orlando Philharmonic’s productions of Candide and The Magic Flute. In addition to his duties as the choral director at Colonial High School, Peter is a voice teacher and takes pride appearing in choruses for Opera Orlando and Orlando Philharmonic. Peter has sung Alfredo in Die Fledermaus, Tinca in Il Tabarro, Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He studied at Stetson University and earned a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory.
Joe Colsant (Melchior)
Joe, bass, is excited about this production of Amahl. Six years ago, he asked Matt Morgan if Joe were a tenor or a baritone. On the fifth lesson, Matt vocalized Joe, and, in that hour, his voice dropped a fifth! Joe’s low-voice journey (roller coaster) would not be possible without the support of his family. His gratitude goes to his parents, Joe and Dottie, as well as family members Stephanie, Joseph, and Evan for the theme-park admission.
Chevalier Lovett (Balthazar)
A native of Winter Park, baritone Chevalier (“Chev”) is an active and sought-after performer as a pianist, singer, and conductor. Some of his leading roles have been in The Merry Widow, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Magic Flute, The Daughter of the Regiment, Ragtime, Giulio Cesare, The Medium, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel, and Trouble in Tahiti, which prompted one critic to write that Chevalier "possesses an attractive baritone voice and dispatched his roles...with verve." Chev has been heard as the baritone/tenor soloist in major works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Coronation Mass, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Some of his conducting highlights include Don Giovanni, Man of La Mancha, Madama Butterfly, Messiah, and Verdi’s Requiem. Aside from many recitals in the 2017–18 season, Chev is excited to make his stage debut with Opera Orlando as Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors and to make his second appearance as assistant conductor in the spring production of Rossini’s Cinderella.
Cody J Barth (Page)
Cody makes his Opera Orlando debut this season. Cody was born in Orlando and is excited to return to his roots. He is a graduate of Florida College where he studied Music and received vocal instruction from Tim Moore a graduate of Westminster. His large baritone voice and engaging stage presence have been featured in the Opera Tampa Singers and the Anton Coppola 100 Years Young gala. He has been Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Edward Rutledge in 1776, Benjamin in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, LeFou in Beauty and the Beast, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and several other smaller roles. He will be seen in The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, and MacBeth this season with Opera Tampa.
Kate-Lynn Robichaux (Dancer)
At 13, Kate-Lynn attended her first summer program at Orlando Ballet, where she decided to pursue a career in ballet. She trained at Florida Ballet School with Daniel Deal and then America’s Ballet School with Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano. Kate-Lynn won a gold medal at the 2010 Youth American Grand Prix regionals. In 2011, she was the Senior Division prizewinner at the American Dance Competition.
Arcadian Broad (Dancer)
Arcadian began dancing at age nine and was a finalist for the title role of Billy in the Broadway musical Billy Elliot. At age 13, he made his TV debut as a semi-finalist on season four of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. He was a guest on The Ellen Show soon after his AGT appearance. Arcadian has won numerous medals in the American Dance Competition and Youth American Grand Prix, including the ADC prize from 2006 to 2011. He has trained on full scholarship at Orlando Ballet School, the Carreno Festival, and the Juilliard School.