TOWNSEND OPERA ANNOUNCES CAST FOR ‘THE BARBER OF SEVILLE’
Headlined by four prominent artists returning to Townsend Opera and
three artists making their company debut
Modesto, California – August 25, 2017
Townsend Opera is pleased to announce the cast for the semi-staged production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Friday, September 15 and Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Liisa Davila, Roy Stevens, Eric Downs, and Guillermo Garcia, Jr. return to Modesto’s stage along with new comers Robert McPherson, Kevin Doherty, and Kathleen Magee.
Count Almaviva: Robert McPherson, tenor*
Bartolo: Roy Stevens, baritone
Rosina: Liisa Davila, soprano
Figaro: Kevin Doherty, baritone*
Basilio: Eric Downs, bass
Berta: Kathleen Magee, soprano*
Fiorello: Guillermo Garcia, Jr., baritone
* Company debut
About the Cast
Robert McPherson (Count Almaviva)
Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust voice, agility and confidence,” Robert McPherson returns to the Metropolitan Opera this season for performances of Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, and for their productions of Semiramide and The Merry Widow. Last season, he joined English National Opera for Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles as well as returned to the role of Leopold in La Juive with Opéra national du Rhin. He also joined the Israel Philharmonic for Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, and the Virginia Arts Festival for Berlioz’s Requiem.
Roy Stevens (Bartolo)
Roy Stevens is from Modesto (Paradise Elementary School and Modesto High School) has been an international opera singer since his 1987 professional debut at the Teatro Comunale in Alessandria, Italy, as the title role Cirano in Cyranno de Bergerac in its world premiere. He has performed at many of the great international opera houses; Teatro alla Scala in Milano, the Liceu in Barcelona, Semperoper in Dresden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and many others. Roy has previously appeared with Townsend as Marcello in La Boheme, the title role of Rigoletto, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermous, as well as in various concerts through the decades.
Liisa Davila (Rosina)
Praised by San Jose Examiner for her “powerful stage presence,” soprano Liisa Dávila has performed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Trinity Church on Wall Street, the Cathederal of the Blessed Sacrament, the Picco La Scala in Syros, Greece, and the Opera America Center. An alumna of the Greek Opera Studio Resident Artist Program, Ms. Dávila has sung with notable companies such as, Townsend Opera, West Bay Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, Greek Opera Studio, Pacific Opera Institute, and the Festival of the Aegean. A winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Dávila is a recent San Francisco District winner and a Western Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Washington International Competition, and the Phillis Osterhout International Vocal Competition.
Kevin Doherty (Figaro)
Kevin Doherty, host of Morning Classical at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, began his journey with classical music as an operatic baritone. Praised for his powerful voice and engaging stage presence, Kevin has sung leading and supporting roles in many of the canon’s masterpieces including La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Il Barbieri di Siviglia, L’Italiana in Algieri, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor and more. You can find out more about Kevin at his website, www.kevinricharddoherty.com
Eric Downs (Basilio)
A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Eric Downs is an active performer with regional opera companies all over the country. Eric made his Townsend Opera debut in 2014 as Colline in La bohème, He has also recently performed leading roles with Shreveport Opera and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and is an active performer with companies in New York City. Internationally, Mr. Downs has appeared with the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla and with the Orchestra Verdi in Milan, Italy singing featured roles in Gianni Schicchi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Il Tabarro among others.
Kathleen Magee (Berta)
Soprano Kathleen Magee Querec made her Lincoln Center debut with New York City Opera singing Yvette in Puccini’s La Rondine in 2003. Over three seasons with NYCO, she also sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore, Lady Ella in Patience, Annina in La Traviata and Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with NYCO’s premiere tour of Japan as part of the 2005 World Expo, performing in Tokyo and Nagoya. She received a Master of Music Degree in Voice from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design with a Minor in Music from California Polytechnic State University. Ms. Magee Querec was chosen a Regional Finalist with Special Honors from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Central Region in Chicago. Ms. Magee Querec is originally from Livermore, California and now lives in Grass Valley, CA.
Guillermo Garcia, Jr. (Fiorello)
Guillermo began his musical studies as a violinist before pursuing singing at California State University, Stanislaus. There he acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance while studying with Connie Weichert and Dr. Joseph Wiggett. He made his pre-professional opera debut in Townsend Opera’s 2010 production of The Merry Widow, and has since been cast in Townsend Opera’s Romeo and Juliet, Madama Butterfly, The Mikado, and La Traviata. His professional debut was as Gregorio in Center Stage Opera’s Romeo and Juliet in North Hollywood. Guillermo’s Southern California work also includes singing with Pacific Chorale, Redlands Opera, The Silverlake Chorus, and as a cantor for St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine. Currently, Guillermo is the Director of Liturgical Music at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Manteca.
Townsend Opera Contact:
Charla Jeanne Lawson
1214 11th St., ste 1
Modesto, CA 95354