Easy to Love
February 13, 2020
Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
Pensacola Opera presents a very special one-night only concert featuring the songs of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Selections from Kiss Me Kate, Showboat, Cinderella, and more will be performed by our incredibly talented Artists in Residence. Members of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, University of West Florida singers, and Pensacola Symphony join us to create a night of beautiful music that’s so easy to love!
Tickets are $25 or $50 dependent on seat selection.
Cast and Creatives
Bizhou Changas Soprano
Bizhou Chang, Soprano, was born and raised in Mainland China, and now is based in Boston, United States. Ms. Chang will join Pensacola Opera next season as part of their Artists in Residence Program. This season, Ms. Chang is scheduled to perform the role of Magda Sorel in The Consul with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she performed the role of Madama Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites most recently.
Last season, Ms. Chang performed the title role in Madama Butterfly with Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Ms. Chang’s 2016-2017 season stage credits include performing the role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Miami Music Festival, the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, the title role in Alcina with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the role of Micaëla in Carmen with Berlin Opera Academy. She also covered the role of Mimì in MassOpera’s La Femme Bohème–an all female cast production of Puccini’s La bohème. Ms. Chang also performed with Martina Arroyo Foundation in the spring of 2017 and was selected to participate in OperaWorks Winter Intensive Program in 2016. Ms. Chang was also a finalist of the prestigious Teatro all Scala Academy of Lyric Opera Competition.
Emily Trieboldas Mezzo-soprano
Emily Triebold, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. She recently performed the
roles of Mrs. Splinters in The Tender Land and Minskwoman (cover) in Flight with Des Moines
Metro Opera, as well as Rosina in The Barber of Seville with their educational touring troupe
OPERA Iowa. Triebold returns to the Des Moines Metro Opera stage this summer to perform
Julia Child (cover) in Bon Appétit! and Baroness in Candide. In 2019, Triebold will excitedly
join Pensacola Opera as an Artist in Residence where she will be performing the role of Ines in Il
trovatore and covering the roles of Hannah After in As One and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Other notable operatic roles include Meg in Little Women, Mother in Amahl and the Night
Visitors, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro with University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Equally
comfortable on the concert stage, Triebold has appeared as the Alto Soloist in Bach’s Ein feste
Burg and Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and was selected by Z. Randall Stroope to perform the
Mezzo Solo in his American Rhapsody at Carnegie Hall.
Aaren Rivardas Tenor
Aaren Rivard, tenor, is praised for a “full and clear” sound. His 2018-19 season as an Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado included singing Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Gastone in La traviata, Roméo in a touring production of Roméo et Juliette, and the Witch in a children’s production of Hansel and Gretel. He was also fortunate to cover the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. He joined Central City Opera in the summer as an ensemble member, as well as a selected singer for their new Encore performances.
Before spending the summer of 2018 with Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist, Aaren received his Master’s in Opera Performance at Wichita State University. While at Wichita State, Aaren studied with world renowned bass-baritones Alan Held and Sam Ramey. Roles performed with Wichita State include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, and Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. Aaren was featured as the Tenor soloist with Wichita State’s performances of Handel’s Messiah, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Aaren received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine, where he studied with Ellen Chickering. He performed roles including Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Acis in Acis and Galatea, as well as a wide array of scenes and concerts spanning the entire classical canon. His proximity to Southern Maine allowed Aaren to perform multiple seasons with Opera Maine, including La fille du Regiment, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Rigoletto, and Tosca. Aaren was also a Young Artist with Opera Maine for their production of Gianni Schicchi, singing Amantio di Nicolao and covering Rinuccio.Other concerts include a series of Bach Cantatas with White Mountain Music Arts, Mozart’s Requiem and another concert of Handel’s Messiah with the University of Southern Maine, Whitbourn’s Magnificat with the Maine Choral Arts Society, and the musical premiere of Dan Sonenberg’s The Summer King. Aaren is also the recipient of multiple vocal awards, including the Naftzger Vocal Prize, the Barbara Littlefield Vocal Prize, and the Lillian Nordica Award.
Corey Gaudreauas Baritone
Jerome Shannonas Conductor
Praised for his “skill and verve” (New York Times), Shannon celebrates nearly 30 years as a professional operatic pianist, vocal coach, conductor and administrator. During this time, Maestro Shannon has held leadership positions with Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston (Artistic Administrator, Assistant Conductor, Conductor), Virginia Opera (Artistic Administrator, Associate Artistic Director, Conductor), Pensacola Opera (Music Director and Principal Conductor, Artistic Director), Shreveport Opera (Music Director and Principal Conductor), Mobile Opera (General and Artistic Director, Principal Conductor) and the Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center (Resident Conductor and Vocal Coach).
Cody Martinas Conductor
Cody Martin is currently the Director of Education and Director of the Artists in Residence Program at Pensacola Opera. During the 2018-19 season, he leads a production of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and is associate conductor for Roméo et Juliette. In the 2017-18 season, he conducted productions of María de Buenos Aires and Man of La Mancha. Cody worked with Des Moines Metro Opera this summer for his third season, serving as associate conductor for Rusalka and coaching singers in the Apprentice Artist Program. He has previously worked on productions of A Little Night Music, Orphée et Eurydice, and Falstaff in Des Moines. He was on the music staff at Arizona Opera for two seasons, working most recently on productions of Rusalka, Madama Butterfly, Riders of the Purple Sage (world premiere), and La Cenerentola. Cody also worked with Virginia Opera in the 2014-15 season as the Emerging Artist Coach. He was on the music staff of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center for three seasons, working as an assistant conductor and coach for productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe, Così fan tutte, Rigoletto, Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, and Albert Herring.
Cody holds degrees from Murray State University and Florida State University.
CONDUCTORS | Jerome Shannon & Cody Martin
REHEARSAL PIANIST | Stephen Variames
LIGHTING DESIGN | Kayla Stephenson
STAGE MANAGER | Robin Bonta
Pensacola Children’s Chorus and Pensacola Symphony
* Pensacola Opera debut artist