The Central Park Five

About

Music by Anthony Davis

After winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 following the world premiere given by Long Beach Opera, Anthony Davis' tremendous work, The Central Park Five, returns to the stage in a new presentation conducted by Anthony Parnther.

About the Opera 

Back by popular demand and increasing societal relevance, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE will return to Long Beach Opera in a new presentation conducted by Anthony Parnther. The harrowing account of five teenagers wrongfully convicted, incarcerated and eventually exonerated remains a devastatingly relevant indictment on racial injustices in America. LBO’s 2019 world premiere of the opera brought composer and “national treasure” (Opera News) Anthony Davis additional recognition when the score was selected for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Music. “Davis’ supercharged score grippingly conveys the claustrophobia of a racist legal system and society from which there was, for these five innocent boys and their families, no exit.” (Los Angeles Times).

After the critical acclaim of the world premiere and the collective awakening of the Black Lives Matter movement, LBO brings back this important, lauded work featuring many of the original cast members along with some new additions, reinvigorating the story of five innocent Black teenagers falsely accused and convicted of a crime.

About The Composer

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is an internationally recognized composer of operatic, symphonic, choral, and chamber works, and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his opera The Central Park Five. He is also known for his virtuoso performances both as a solo pianist and as the leader of the ensemble Episteme, a unique ensemble of musicians who are disciplined interpreters as well as provocative improvisers. In April 1993, Davis made his Broadway debut, composing the music for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, directed by George C. Wolfe. His music is also heard in Kushner’s companion piece, Perestroika, which opened on Broadway in November 1993.

As a composer, Davis is best known for his operas. X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, which played to sold-out houses at its premiere at the New York City Opera in 1986, was the first of a new American genre: opera on a contemporary political subject. The recording of X was released on the Gramavision label in August 1992 and received a Grammy Nomination for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" in February 1993. "[X] has brought new life to America's conservative operatic scene," enthused Andrew Porter in The New Yorker, "it is not just a stirring and well fashioned opera -- that already is much -- but one whose music adds a new, individual voice to those previously heard in our opera houses." Davis's second opera, Under the Double Moon, a science fiction opera with an original libretto by Deborah Atherton, premiered at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June 1989. His third opera, Tania, with a libretto by Michael-John LaChiusa and based on the abduction of Patricia Hearst, premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in June 1992. A recording of Tania  was released in 2001 on Koch, and in November 2003, Musikwerkstaat Wien presented its European premiere. A fourth opera, Amistad, about a shipboard uprising by slaves and their subsequent trial, premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in November 1997. Set to a libretto by poet Thulani Davis, the librettist of X, Amistad was staged by George C. Wolfe.

Reacting to two of Davis's orchestral works, Maps (Violin Concerto) and Notes from the Underground, Michael Walsh said in Time Magazine: "Imagine Ellington's lush, massed sonorities propelled by Bartók's vigorous whiplash rhythms and overlaid with the seductive percussive haze of the Balinese gamelan orchestra, and you will have an idea of what both the Concerto and Notes from the Underground sound like." Davis's works also include the Violin Sonata, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its Centennial; Jacob's Ladder, a tribute to Davis's mentor Jacob Druckman commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony; Esu Variations, a concert opener for the Atlanta Symphony; Happy Valley Blues, a work for the String Trio of New York with Davis on piano; and "Pale Grass and Blue, Then Red," a dance work choreographed by Ralph Lemon for the Limon Dance Company. His orchestral works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Beethoven Halle Orchestra of Bonn, and the American Composers Orchestra. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed Davis's opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X in concert in November 1992. The Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned a concert-opener from Davis entitled Tales (Tails) of the Signifying Monkey. In the 2003-2004 season Davis served as Artistic Advisor of the American Composers Orchestra's Improvise! festival and conference which featured a performance of Wayang V with Davis as piano soloist. Oakland Opera Theatre presented X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X in 2006, and Spoleto Festival USA produced Amistad in its revised and reduced form in 2008. The La Jolla Sympony premiered Amistad Symphony in 2009.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, on 20 February 1951, Davis studied at Wesleyan and Yale universities. He was Yale's first Lustman Fellow, teaching composition and Afro-American studies. In 1987 Davis was appointed Senior Fellow with the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and in 1990 he returned to Yale University as Visiting Professor of Music. He became Professor of Music in Afro-American Studies at Harvard University in the fall of 1992, and assumed a full-time professorship at the University of California at San Diego in January 1998. Recordings of Davis's music may be heard on the Rykodisc (Gramavision), Koch and Music and Arts labels. His music is published by G. Schirmer, Inc.

(Bio courtesy of Wise Music Classical)

Cast & Team

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Anthony Parnther

Conductor

American conductor, Anthony Parnther, is the Music Director and Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and the Southeast Symphony & Chorus in Los Angeles. Anthony also serves as the Artistic Director of Musicians at Play and as Resident Conductor of the newly established Orchestra US.

Parnther has conducted artists spanning every musical genre including Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Yundi Li, Lynn Harrell, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, The Canadian Brass, Jennifer Holliday, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Omar Appollo, and Alan Walker. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chineke! Orchestra, Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Hear Now Music Festival, BrightworkNewMusic, UCLA Philharmonia, the Pittsburgh Microtonal Festival, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, and the World Opera Forum in Madrid, Spain.

Over the last decade, Parnther has conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony on a lengthy list of the top film, television, and video game entities in the world. This includes Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Tenet, Little, The Hunt, Fargo, The Way Back, The Night Of, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and League of Legends.  He has conducted hundreds of sessions for a long list of media composers including Ludwig Göransson, Jeff Russo, Rob Simonsen, Nathan Barr, and Germaine Franco. Parnther has accepted invitations with orchestras internationally to conduct live film concerts, particularly the scores of John Williams, Michael Giacchino, and Jerry Goldsmith. His live orchestral concert appearances for Riot Games' League of Legends in Barcelona, Beijing, Seoul, and Los Angeles are among the most viewed symphonic concerts in the world, with live audiences of 50,000+ spectators and a viewership that outpaces the World Series with approximately 100 million live streaming each League of Legends Finals Opening Ceremony concert.

Recognized as a leading authority on orchestral works by minority and women composers, Parnther has restored and performed orchestral works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. He has given premieres of works by Errollyn Wallen, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, and Marian Harrison. He has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by sixty living Black composers such as Renee Baker, James Wilson, Phillip Herbert, Daniel Kidane, Chanda Dancy, and James Newton. He was profiled by Los Angeles' KCET/TV as a "Local Hero" in 2015 for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for the performance of works by Black, Latino, and Women artists. 

Parnther studied music performance at Northwestern University and continued his musical studies at Yale University where he studied orchestral conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Otto Werner Mueller. In addition, Parnther studied applied voice and choral conducting with Thomas Jenrette and wind conducting with Roxanne Haskill, the retired director of the Marine Corps Music Program. He also received guidance and inspiration from Cliff Colnot, David Webb, Lafe Cook, W. Francis McBeth, and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.

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William Powell, III

Antron McCray

Celebrated for his “immensely powerful, deep bass baritone” (DC Metro Theater Arts), Washington, DC native William Powell, III is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and completed graduate-level course work towards a Masters of Music at the Catholic University of America. 

A New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition award recipient, William has held principal, supporting, and ensemble roles in various operatic and musical theater works including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (Cord Elam, Jud Fry & Dream Jud), Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Simone & Marco), Verdi’s Rigoletto (Ceprano & Sparafucile) and Otello (Lodovico), Floyd’s Susannah (Elder McLean), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Leporello), Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (King Balthazar), Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and Washington National Opera’s productions of Glass’ Appomattox, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, and Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Relocating to the Los Angeles area to pursue acting and to continue his musical pursuits, in the 2018-2019 season, William made his LA Opera stage debut in productions of Verdi’s Don Carlo and La Traviata. In 2021, William made his Lyric Opera of Chicago stage debut and performed in Verdi’s Macbeth and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2022, William will appear in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s productions of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Tosca, and Beethoven 9 and will make his house and role debut in Long Beach Opera’s production of The Central Park Five. Following his time in Long Beach, William will make his role debut with Dramatic Voices Berlin as Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre

In addition to his musical pursuits, William is establishing and growing a theater, film, and television career and is a member of the Actors Equity Association.

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Ashley Faatoalia

Korey Wise

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ashley has been singing for as long as he can remember. He studied voice at Chapman University with Dr. Peter Atherton and since then he has been performing in venues far and wide. The Los Angeles Times calls him “Outstanding” Opera News calls his singing “hauntingly beautiful” and credits him with “a voice of winning purity and variety of expression” and The San Francisco Chronicle labels his voice “Sweet-toned.” Ashley has become a sought-after vocalist for new works and experimental projects working closely with composers from across the country including, Lewis Pesacov, Rand Steiger, Anthony Davis, Christopher Cerrone, Anne LeBaron and more. Often noted for his soaring tenor and warm stage presence, Ashley's recent engagements include: The role of Simon in the premiere of Las Tres Mujeres de Jerusalén with Los Angeles Opera, EUROPERAS with The Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry, the role of The Crab Man in Porgy & Bess with Seattle Opera, the role of Antron’s Father in the premiere of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning, The Central Park Five with Long Beach Opera, as well as concerts with New West Symphony, Sun Valley Opera, South Coast Symphony and MUSE/IQUE. Other notable performances include his debut as Marco Polo in the premiere of the Emmy-Award-winning, Pulitzer-Prize-nominated, Invisible Cities with The Industry, Charles Edward in Candide with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his debut with San Francisco Opera in Porgy & Bess. Ashley has also had the honor of singing "The Star Spangled Banner" to sold-out audiences at both Dodger Stadium and The Staples Center. Upcoming engagements include: Remus in Treemonisha (workshop) with Volcano Theatre of Toronto. Ashley also currently works with LA Opera Connects as a teaching artist and is a company member of The Industry. He is featured on multiple professional recordings including: Invisible Cities – Original Cast Recording (CD/DVD/Digital Release), The Edge of Forever – Original Cast Recording (Vinyl/Digital Release), Porgy & Bess – San Francisco Opera (BluRay-DVD) For more information, visit – www.ashleyfaatoalia.com and follow ash on twitter - @ashthetenor

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Bernard Holcomb

Kevin Richardson

Tenor Bernard Holcomb has “already made a name for himself in the world of opera” with his “delicate and flexible” voice (Opera Wire) and the “appealing sweetness and clarity [of] his tone” (New York Times). Katy Walsh of Chicago Theater Beat said it best: “Although everyone [at Lyric Opera of Chicago] can sing, Holcomb reminds us why we come to the Lyric.”  Most recently, Holcomb returned to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Lush Life: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, after making his début there in 2019 with Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown, as well as performed it at Buffalo Philharmonic and Greensboro Symphony.  He also appeared in On Site Opera’s Diary of the One Who Vanished and What Lies Beneath, Elmwood Concert Singers virtual Messiah, joined Opera Carolina for I Dream, and appeared in workshops for Beth Morrison Projects and Washington National Opera. 2020 engagements were to include the role of EJ in Nolan Williams Jr.'s Grace: the Musical, his début as Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Southwest, Porgy and Bess with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, amongst a series of additional concerts.  

This season, he makes his début with Portland Opera to reprise the role of Kevin Richardson in The Central Park Five, sings the World Premiere of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem with the Resonance Ensemble and the Oregon Symphony, tours with Harlem Gospel Choir, and performs in X, Life and times of Malcolm X with Michigan Opera Theatre.  

Mr. Holcomb is no stranger to Long Beach Opera, appearing most recently in the world premiere of The Central Park Five, as well as performing in The Love Potion and I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw the Sky. Recent débuts include his Alaskan début as Captain Leadbetter in the world prémiere of Emerson Eads’ Princess Sophia with Project Orpheus, his Carnegie Hall début, and his title role début in Rossini's Otello in NYC.

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Cedric Berry

Yusef Salaam

Cedric Berry wields “a bass-baritone of considerable power and agility” (The Chicago Tribune), projecting “machismo and a voice of fabulous mettle to the theatre’s last row….tossing off difficult passagework and deploying dazzling thunderbolts of sound at the top of the range” (Voix des Arts). Award-winning Bass Baritone whose experience spans Opera, Broadway, American Song Book, jazz, and gospel. He has performed a variety of operatic roles including the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, Falstaff in Nicoli's Merry Wives, Lepporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Collatinus in Britten's The Rape of  Lucretia and Shaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme. He has performed with Los Angeles Opera, The Industry Opera, Long Beach Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival of Finnland, Banlieurs Bleues Festival of France, and the Ravinia Music Festival, to name a few. He has appeared with Pacific Symphony, Arizona Symphony, Santa Fe  Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, New West Symphony, Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Telemann Chamber Orchestra of Japan. He has also been the recipient of several awards including first place in the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Competition. For more information visit www.cedricberry.com.

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Orson Van Gay

Raymond Santana

Operatic tenor Orson Van Gay II possesses a unique voice that captivates the audience with his charisma and command of the stage. His performances showcase vocal talents that have brought him constant recognition in Southern California and across the United States.

In 2021, Mr. Van Gay joined Long Beach Opera for their production of Les Enfants Terribles as Gérard. In the 2019/20 season, he created the role of Raymond Santana in the world première of Anthony Davis’s The Central Park Five, also with Long Beach Opera. He also made his role debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Project. ("Orson Van Gay II’s top notes were thrilling...” OperaWire)

He debuted as Nemorino with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and sang the romantic lead of the Young Man in Last Romance with Kansas New Theater. (“Van Gay II is one of the finest operatic tenors I have had the pleasure of hearing in a very long time.” Broadway World)

Equally at home as a recitalist, Mr. Van Gay has appeared with the Portsmouth Community Concert, Inc. (VA) and at Carnegie Hall in a recital with Wang Wei.

Mr. Van Gay has sung extensively with LA Opera in many venues including the Connects “City of Hope” “IAMLA" series. He debuted the role of Bernard Curson (aka “Cherubino”) in the world première of ¡Figaro! (90210) with the company, and was Ramerrez in The Prospector in two different seasons. Other operatic roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Ben in The Night of the Living Dead, and the title roles of Candide and Orpheus.

He premiered Nathan Wang's Golden, a composition based on the life of Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Los Angeles, and sang the role of Prince in the world première of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star.

Mr. Van Gay is also an actor in several nationally recognized television series. He has been featured in major television commercials and starred on a variety of shows for Netflix. In 2020 he co-starred in the Disney series Coop and Cami Ask the World.

You can learn more about the Southern California native at OrsonVanGay.com.

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Justin Ryan

The Masque

Since his 2016 debut with New York City Opera in a “strong, deftly conveyed” (New York Times) performance of Edward Hopper in Hopper’s Wife, baritone Justin Ryan has risen as a prominent interpreter of American leading men with companies across the United States, most notably in The Consul at Chicago Opera Theater as a “remarkable, powerful John Sorel” (Stage and Cinema) opposite Patricia Racette, and in the American premiere of Philip Glass’s grand opera The Perfect American at Long Beach Opera and COT, where Ryan’s “touching” portrait of Walt Disney (Chicago Tribune) was met with a wave of acclaim, with critics extolling his abundant “vocal and physical charisma and dramatic range” (Los Angeles Times), and declaring, “Ryan has a clear and commanding voice, and the ability to grab your attention and hold on to it” (Hyde Park Herald). Most recently, Ryan “earnestly channeled a remarkable internal aggression” (NY Classical Review, Operawire) as Edward in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s Stonewall at NYCO, and as the first mate Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick at Opera San Jose, Ryan “cut a commanding figure” (San Francisco Chronicle) who “expressed the sailor’s fears and longing with touching clarity” (San Francisco Examiner) in an “ample and often lustrous voice” (Operawire).

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Todd Strange

Donald Trump

Lyric Tenor, Todd Strange is a well-rounded performing artist specializing in opera, solo concert work, musical theater, in addition to session singing and professional choral/ensemble work. Mr. Strange is currently a roster member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Opera, and is a soloist in many regional opera companies and symphonies across the United States and abroad. Professional highlights include both leading and supporting roles with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, New York City Opera, Arizona Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Stockton Opera and San Diego Opera. Todd has been featured on various recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale, and can be heard performing several lead roles with Ohio Light Opera onAlbany Records. Todd has sung on various popular film scores,  including the blockbuster, Sing! as the operatic Camel. Todd had the privilege of working with John Williams for Star Wars, The Last Jedi. Other movies include Us, The Lion King, Smallfoot, Star Wars, Deadpool 2, Rogue One, Frozen, Minions, Jungle Cruise, Mulan, Bumblebee, and The Simpsons. Past roles with Long Beach Opera include the title role in Candide, Taylor in the World Premier of Fallujah by Tobin Stokes, and the Tenor Soloist in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox.

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Lacey Jo Benter

District Attorney

American opera singer Lacey Jo Benter has been lauded by the New York Times as having a "rich, warm tone" while bringing a "broad emotional palette" to the stage. Native to Cedar Rapids, Iowa she completed a two-year residency at LA Opera with the Domingo-Colburn Stein Young Artist Program in 2016 where she debuted in the Grammy award-winning production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Also at LA Opera she sang “Clotilde” in Norma, “Kate Pinkerton” in Madame Butterfly, “Persephone” in Morganelli's Hercules vs Vampires, and provided the Alto solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. She received her Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI before attending The Juilliard School where she received a Master's of Music in 2011 followed by an Artist Diploma of Opera Studies in 2014. While pursuing her degrees she performed such operatic roles as "Madame de Croissy" from Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Carmélites, "Ma Moss" from Copland's The Tender Land, "Zita" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and "Le Prince Charmant" from Massenet's Cendrillon as well as musical theater pieces including "Fraülein Schneider" in Cabaret, "Princess Puffer" in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and multiple roles in Working the Musical. She has completed Young Artist apprenticeships with both Central City Opera and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She has appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, returning for several roles in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, which she reprised for her Barbican Hall debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has been conducted by musical master John Adams with the LA Phil in the multimedia performance of his Nixon in China and returned to the LA Phil in 2020 appearing in their exciting Weimar Nightfall production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has performed regionally with Opera Omaha and Opera Columbus and in 2018 self-produced and performed The Wagner Project, a reworking of 5 short pieces by Wagner known as the Wesendonck Lieder, fused together with icons of modern-day music including Beyoncé and David Bowie.

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Joelle Lamarre

Ensemble/Antron's Mother/Kevin's Mother/Others

American soprano, Joelle Lamarre is an in-demand performer of new works by living composers. This season, she returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Verna in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and is happy to return to Long Beach Opera to perform in Anthony Davis’s Pulitzer Prize–winning opera The Central Park Five. This Chicago native started her 2022 season with her debut in the Night of Song concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s internationally recognized and critically acclaimed new-music series, MusicNOW; curated by CSO’s Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery. Also this season, she originates the role of Elizabeth Alumond in the world premiere production of Quamino’s Map at Chicago Opera Theater. Notable past performances include those in George Lewis’s experimental opera Afterword: The AACM (as) Opera and the Chicago premieres of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. A 3Arts Make a Wave grant recipient, Lamarre performs across genres in theatre, musical theatre, and opera, and seeks to push boundaries as a librettist, poet, and artistic advisor. She is the creator of the one-act play The Violet Hour, which explores the life and career of American soprano Leontyne Price.

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Josè Luis Maldonado

Ensemble/Raymond's Father/Matias Reyes

Hailed by Opera News as a “seemingly unlimited baritone,” Josè Luis Maldonado, from Los Angeles, California is making his Long Beach Opera debut. He received his Bachelors of Music from California State Univesity, Fullerton in vocal performance and his Masters of Music in vocal performance form the Manhattan School of Music. As a career grant recipient from the Opera Buffs Inc. and Richard F. Gold Career Grant recipient from the Shoshana Foundation, Maldonado has been able to travel across the world, performing in Italy, Spain, Mexico, China and across the US. His roles include Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Escamillo (Carmen) , and the title role of Falstaff (Falstaff). He recently performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Busseto, Italy last summer. Last fall, he performed Masetto in Don Giovanni with Mission Opera and Baron du Pictordu in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon with Santa Monica Opera Theater. Maldonado will attend the Aspen Music Festival this summer, covering Sir Bryn Terfel as Sir John Falstaff, in Verdi’s comedic masterpiece, Falstaff. This fall he will attend Michigan State University to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts in vocal performance, focusing on Verdi repertoire under the tutelage of Mark Rucker. For more information, visit www.BaritoneJoe.com and/or follow him on social media @Baritone_Joe

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Lindsay Patterson

Ensemble/Yusef's Mother/Others

Described as “…having a voice that haunts and thrilled,” Mezzo-Soprano Lindsay Patterson Abdou is a proud performer of contemporary opera and choral music. She is excited to reprise her role as Sharon Salaam with Long Beach Opera. Other performance highlights include Bow in the Industry’s Sweet Land, and The Metropolitan Opera’s 2019/2020 production of Porgy and Bess in the chorus ensemble. Currently, Lindsay is a Chrisman Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara she will make her role debut in the production of Speed Dating Tonight by Michael Ching. In April, Lindsay will be the Mezzo Soprano soloist in Derrick Skye’s electroacoustic hyper opera Where can we go, from here?. In addition to opera, Lindsay is a roster alto with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Tonality where she recently sung background vocals for Björk’s California tour. She received her B.A. in Music from the University of California Riverside and M.M. in Vocal Performance from California Baptist University. When not performing, Lindsay is proud momma to daughter Vianne (3) and son Gabriel (1).

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Corey Estelle

Ensemble Tenor

Corey Estelle, a native of Houston, Texas, is a tenor who began his music career in the field of music education, receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houston Baptist University in 2014. Corey Joined Bach Society Houston in 2013, singing as a soloist and ensemble member until 2016. He had the privilege of collaborating with other early music groups in Houston during this time such as Mercury Chamber Orchestra and Ars Lyrica Houston. Corey performed as a soloist in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit Pour Noel, H. 9 and Te Deum, H. 146, and Handel’s Messiah during his time in the ensemble. After his third season in Bach Society Houston Corey returned to his childhood public school district and served as an assistant choir director at Hodges Bend Middle School in FBISD until 2019, receiving several high ratings in state-regulated choir contests. Despite earning valuable experience in the classroom and improving his teaching skills, he decided to return to school and completed a master's degree in Vocal Performance at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in 2021 while also serving as a Teaching Assistant. During this time, he gained valuable experience singing the character Flute/Thisby in USC’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also sang in the chorus for The Opera Buffs Inc. performance of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. After completing his masters Corey applied for the DMA Vocal Arts program at USC and was accepted and awarded another Teaching Assistantship. Corey is also a guest lecturer of voice for the 2021-2022 school year at Pomona College. Currently, Corey is preparing the roles Hare, Kuzma, Operator, and Town Crier in All the Truths We Cannot See (A Chernobyl Story), a new opera by Uljas Pulkkis for USC Thronton’s Spring 2022 opera Production.

Your Visit

Performances of The Central Park Five will be held at Jordan Auditorium (on the campus of Jordan High School) in North Long Beach. All information regarding directions, parking, dining, and more will be posted here soon.

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