Artist Biographies

Doug Brunker

Tenor

Doug Brunker began his opera performance experience with the Utah Opera Chorus, where he also sang the roles of Buford in Cold Sassy Tree and Francesco in The Goldoliers. He has appeared as a member of the Dallas Opera Chorus in their productions of Moby Dick and Der Fliegende Hollaender. Doug will be singing the role of Perez in El Barbero de Sevilla; previously he has been heard with Opera in Concert as Billy in Songspiel Mahagonny and Spiridione in  Il Campanello.

Hannah Ceniseros

Mezzo Soprano

Hannah Ceniseros earned her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance at UNT where she studied with Dr. Stephen Austin and Dr. Carol Wilson. She made her professional opera debut in the American Baroque Opera Company’s inaugural season as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina and, in March was seen as Mitrena in their regional premiere of Vivaldi’s Montezuma. In November of 2018, she performed The Raven in the North American premiere of Coronide, with the UNT Czech Music Festival. Other UNT experiences include Mother Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and role studies of Rosina from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Sivilgia and Arsace from Semiramide. Ms. Ceniseros is an active professional choral singer, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, the Highland Park Chorale, and the Dallas Choral Festival. The role of Casimira marks her debut with Opera in Concert.

 

Edward Crafts

Baritone, Stage Director

edCrafts’ North American performing career includes the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Opera and most other major American companies. In Europe he has been heard in leading roles at opera houses in London, Vienna, Rome, Monte Carlo and Warsaw. Among the highlights of his activity are the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, which he subsequently recorded with the composer, and performances of Wotan/Wanderer in two complete Ring cycles with Arizona Opera. In concert, he has sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cincinnati May Festival and many others. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Centaur, Koch International and AC Classics. As a stage director for professional and academic organizations, he has created productions of over 50 operas in the United States, Italy and Korea. He has taught at Peabody Conservatory, Catholic University, the University of Nebraska, Hood College, and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With his wife Heather, Edward founded Opera in Concert in 2014.

Stephen Dubberly

Pianist

stephenStephen Dubberly is a long-time member of the opera faculty of the College of Music at the University of North Texas, where he has conducted dozens of operas. In the United States, he has also conducted for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Abilene Opera, Utah Lyric Opera and many others. From 2000 to 2011, he conducted yearly opera productions at Amarillo Opera, including Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Falstaff, La Boheme and Carmen.  In Europe he has appeared at the Teatro Goldoni in Venice, Italy and at the Teatro Accademico in Castelfranco, Italy. Mr. Dubberly began his music training in Montevideo, Uruguay and later studied at Yale University, receiving Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. This performance marks his tenth appearance as pianist and Music Director with Opera in Concert. He has also served as Music Director of Opera in Concert in Italy in 2016 and 2017, and will return to Urbino again this summer.

 

Joshua Hughes

Baritone

Currently based in Dallas, TX, Hughes recently made his DFW operatic role debut as Licomede, King of Skyros in a period staging of Francisco Courcelle’s Achille in Sciro with Orchestra of New Spain and appeared in the inaugural season of the American Baroque Opera Company in Handel’s Alcina (Melisso) and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (Uberto). Hughes has also worked extensively as a soloist with Dallas Bach Society in a number of concerts and productions including Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants. Other Dallas credits include Jerry Herman’s Mame (Junior Babcock) with Lyric Stage, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus and Florizel) with Barebones Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) with Shakespeare Dallas-Shakespeare on the Go, and Curious George (Man in the Yellow Hat) with Plano Children’s Theatre. A graduate of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Joshua made his Opera in Concert debut with the roles of Bobby in Mahagonny Songspiel and The Fisherman in Die Flut. He will be portraying the role of Benito Sanchez in El Barbero de Sevilla.

T. Hastings Reeves

Bass-Baritone

T. Hasting Reeve’s previous performing opportunities include the Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a guest artist, performing the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in the company’s production of La Boheme. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center in 2016 where he performed a variety of works from Bach to Mussorgsky to Weill, all under the tutelage of Dawn Upshaw, Sanford Sylvan, Margo Garrett and other faculty. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of North Texas, where he has been seen in the roles of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Count Carl Magnus (A little Night Music), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Mephistopheles (Faust). He has enjoyed performing in the Dallas Opera’s Education Outreach program as Colas in Bastien und Bastienne and Wolfgang Bigbad in Three Little Pigs over the last two years. Mr. Reeves makes his debut with Opera in Concert in the role of Bataglia in El Barbero de Sevilla.

Joseph Canuto Leon

Baritone

Joseph is a graduate of the University of North Texas (MM’17) and Iowa State University (BM’13). Originally from Des Moines, Joseph currently resides in the Dallas area, continuing his career in regional theaters throughout Texas and the American south. He has recently been heard with  The Dallas Opera, Opera on the James, Diversitá Opera, Colorbox Theater, and the Fillmore Opera Studio, in roles including Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Conte d’Almaviva and Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, The Villains in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Marquis d’Obigny in Verdi’s La Traviata, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Pangloss/Voltaire in Bernstein’s Candide, and creating the role of Theodore Bumpass in Seward’s High Fidelity. On the concert stage, Joseph has recently been heard as soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Ralph Vaughan William’s 5 Mystical Songs, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Vespers Domenica, and Handel’s Messiah. Joseph makes his Opera in Concert debut with the role of Ricardo Martìn in El Barbero de Sevilla.

Josefina Maldonado

Mezzo Soprano

Josefina is a vocal performance major at UNT, where she is the recipient of the David L. Shrader Scholarship. Her major roles with UNT Opera include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ruggiero in Alcina, Siebel in Faust, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.  She appeared with the UNT Symphony Orchestra as a 2018 Concerto Competition and as soloist with the orchestra in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.  Josefina is currently a young artist with the Dallas Opera Outreach Program. Her recent performances have been acclaimed by the local press as “vocally superb” (Theater Jones) and “a remarkably rich timbre with impressive stage presence, and the vocal flexibility this operatic repertoire requires” (Texas Classical Review).  She debuted with Opera in Concert last season in “Donizetti Delights!”

Judith Rodriguez

Soprano

Judith is a Spanish music specialist who holds a Diploma in Vocal Studies from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid as well as a BME from TCU. She has performed extensively in the United States, France and in Spain, where she as been heard as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and the title roles in Marina, Madame Butterfly, and Pepita Jimenez. Recent performances include a gala of zarzuela music and Mahler’s Symphony #4 in San Antonio, and excerpts from Carmen with the Plano Symphony. Judith debuted with Opera in Concert in 2015, and will be singing the role of Elena in El Barbero de Sevilla.

Noë Salmeron

Baritone

Noë is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Texas Woman’s University. He will be studying and performing with Opera in Concert in Italy this summer in Urbino. The role of Lopez marks his debut with Opera in Concert.

Artists from previous seasons

We are honored by the performances of many outstanding professional artists who have sung with us in previous seasons. Among the singers gracing the OIC stage have been Martin Clark, Jr. (Kansas City Opera, Opera North), Audra Methvin (Dallas Opera Competition Winner, Opera of the Ozarks), Lauren McNeese (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera) Stephen Morscheck (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Christopher Oglesby (Utah Opera), Charis Peden (Opera Lousiane, Freiburg Stadttheater), Johnathan Riesen (Michigan Opera, Chautauqua Opera) and Haley Sicking (Dallas Opera).