March 12, 2021
March 14, 2021
Caught between her love for a lowly-born sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, and the unwanted attentions of the repugnant Sir Joseph Porter, Josephine’s future happiness rests in the secrets revealed by a mysterious bumboat woman. Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of class distinctions docks at the Saenger Theatre, promising hilarious high-jinks on the high seas for audiences of all ages!
Cast and Creatives
Corey Trahan*as Sir Joseph Porter
With over 85 roles in his repertoire, Corey Trahan is an active performer, educator and stage director in opera, oratorio, music theatre, operetta and recital venues. Known for his comic timing, versatile voice, and onstage charisma, he is being seen and heard internationally in repertoire ranging from operatic classics to modern musical theatre. Recent performances include Hysterium in Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cacambo in Bernstein’s Candide and the Fool in Berg’s Wozzeck. Corey’s academic degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, the Master of Music degree from the University of Houston and the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He has been an apprentice with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Amarillo Opera, Shreveport Opera and the Seagle Music Colony. Corey is a current member of the American Guild of Music Artists, Actor’s Equity Association and on the voice faculty at T.C.U. in Fort Worth.
Corey McKernas Captain Corcoran
Award-winning baritone Corey McKern continuously earns critical acclaim and accolades in every appearance he makes. Of his performance as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, critics hailed: “Corey McKern… has all the goods to rise to star stature – timing, stamina, vocal heft and an easy-going stage presence – especially telling in Figaro’s signature aria, ‘Largo al factotum della citta.’” Recent engagements include the role of Older Thompson in Glory Denied with Opera Birmingham and performances as a soloist in Carmina Burana with Missoula Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Symphony. Other engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony and a return to the Florentine Opera for a concert of “Opera’s Greatest Hits.” Upcoming, Corey will return to Pensacola Opera as the title role in their production of Don Giovanni.
Of his performance in La bohème, the Santa Fe New Mexican said, “Corey McKern’s resolute, robust-voiced and rambunctious Marcello, a perfect picture of a wannabe Parisian painter, was one of the best I’ve ever heard.” Mr. McKern garners attention at leading opera houses for his charming and dynamic portrayals of his signature roles: Marcello in La bohème in his Asian début at Opera Hong Kong, Santa Fe Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Nashville Opera, and Opera Grand Rapids; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Nashville Opera and Opera Birmingham; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Nashville Opera, Opera Cleveland, Opera Columbus, Michigan Opera Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Syracuse Opera; Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Nashville Opera and Florentine Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Tulsa Opera; as Silvio in Pagliacci with Austin Lyric Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Central City Opera.
Additional favorite engagements include a role début as Dandini in La Cenerentola with Nashville Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Saratoga; Olin Blitch in Susannah with Louisiana Opera; Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Danilo in The Merry Widow with Florentine Opera and Pensacola Opera; King Henry II in Becket with Long Island Masterworks; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Syracuse Opera and Florida Grand Opera; the Count/Rudolf in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang in his début with Bard SummerScape Opera; Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos and Macheath in The Threepenny Opera at Indianapolis Opera; Valentin in Faust with Opera Carolina; Pish-Tush in The Mikado with Arizona Opera; Don Quichote in Man of La Mancha with Pensacola Opera; and Pilot in Rachel Porter’s operatic adaptation of The Little Prince at Tulsa Opera.
Flora Wall*as Josephine
Flora Wall recently accepted two contracts, one as the resident soprano in Kentucky Opera’s Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program for the 2020-2021 season where she will perform roles in Puccini’s La bohème (Musetta), Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Sandman), and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice). The other, as a returning artist with Opera Saratoga for their 2020 program where she will perform in Beecher and Moscovitch’s Sky on Swings (Winnie), and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). She is currently in her second year with Shreveport Opera for their 2019-2020 season where she will perform the lead soprano role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Leigh’s Man of La Mancha (Antonia). Prior to this, she performed with Shreveport Opera and performed in Bernstein’s West Side Story (Maria), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton), and Opera Saratoga in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel (The Mother) in their 2018-2019 season. Flora received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston In 2018, and her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2015. Flora looks forward to continuing to pursue her career as an Opera Singer, and to learn more about her visit her website at florawallsoprano.com.
John Riesenas Ralph Rackstraw
This season, John will be performing all across the U.S., including appearances with the Marshall Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Bremerton Symphony, as well as in concerts in Texarkana, TX; Pensacola and Miami, FL; Detroit, MI; Tulsa, OK; and more. Operatically, John will be singing Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Ithaca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Pensacola Opera, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Shreveport Opera), Tony in West Side Story (Boulder Philharmonic/Central City Opera), and Candide in Candide (Chautauqua Opera) among others to be announced.
Emily Trieboldas Buttercup
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.
TBDas Dick Deadeye
Evan Hammondas Bill Bobstay
Baritone Evan Hammond is quickly gaining attention at the national level and has established himself as a versatile performer in both opera and musical theatre. The Alabama native recently made his Des Moines Metro Opera debut as The Captain in Candide and returns to the mainstage in 2020 singing le satire in Rameau’s Platée and Tommy McIntyre in Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers. In 2020 he makes his role and company debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Shreveport Opera. Other notable performance credits include Le Mari (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), title role in Eugene Onegin, The Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), Marcello (La bohème), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Papageno (The Magic Flute). In 2017, he performed the role of Tampico in the North American premier of Charles Lucien Lambert’s La Flamenca with Opera Creole of New Orleans. In the summer of 2017, he placed second in the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions in Boulder, Colorado. He has also been a semifinalist in the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Mobile Opera Madame Rose Scholarship Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition. He has completed young artist training programs with Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera, and will join Pensacola Opera as an artist in residence for the 2020-2021 season. In addition to his training, he holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Alabama.
Erin Alfordas Cousin Hebe
Mezzo-soprano Erin Alford was born and raised in Los Angeles. In the 2020-2021 season, Erin will join Pensacola Opera as an Artist in Residence. In the 2019-20 season, Erin performed the role of Nurse/A&R Rep in Orpheus in an education tour with LA Opera Connects, and sang as Chorus Soloist in the world-premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice with LA Opera. Named the 2019 “Young Artist of the Year” by the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing after winning their annual competition, Erin presented a solo recital featuring art song primarily of women composers. In November, Erin was given an Encouragement Award and the Audience Choice Award by the San Diego District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Recent roles performed include Angela in the world-premiere of The Wreck of the Miranda (LA Opera Connects), SATB Quartet in the world-premiere of Moses (LA Opera Connects), Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Teatro Nuovo), Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (South Florida premiere, Miami Music Festival), the title role in Chérubin (CSULB Opera), Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (CSULB Opera), Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible (MMF 2016), and Laura in Iolanta (Russian Opera Workshop). Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Erin has sung Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the CSULB Symphony as winner of the 2017 Vocal Concerto Competition, as well as performed as Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Bach’s B Minor Mass. Erin received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB in 2017, where she studied with Shigemi Matsumoto, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Berkeley. www.ErinAlford.com
CONDUCTOR | TBD
STAGE DIRECTOR | TBD
REHEARSAL PIANIST | TBD
COSTUME DESIGNER | TBD
SET DESIGNER | TBD
STAGE MANAGER | TBD
The Pensacola Opera Chorus & Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
* Pensacola Opera debut artist
Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, March 12 after the show
Cost: $50, $40 for Season Subscribers
Director’s Champagne Brunch
Sunday, March 14 at 11:45am
Save the Date
March 23, 2020
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Single Ticket Sales Open
June 1, 2020