Soprano. Title role in Tosca (5/11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25)
Alkema is an alumna of the first-ever graduating class of our Domingo-Cafritz
Young Artist Program. With her “rich, full vocal presence” (Toronto Star), Keri has in demand at the
world’s top opera houses.
takes on a role she has performed to great acclaim at distinguished companies
including English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Frankfurt, and
Palm Beach Opera. Of her portrayal of Tosca at Orlando Philharmonic, Keri was
praised for her “songbird tone with exceptional
Fun fact: Keri shifted from
mezzo to soprano repertoire following her portrayal of Donna Elvira in New York
City Opera’s Don Giovanni. Her first
Puccini role as a soprano was Mimì in La bohème.
Known internationally for his elaborate re-imaginings of Shakespeare works, D.C. favorite McSweeny returns to WNO to direct Puccini’s striking Tosca. Ethan made his WNO debut directing the world premiere of Better Gods in 2016’s American Opera Initiative Festival.
Prior to his current role as artistic director at the American Shakespeare Center, Ethan served as associate director to D.C.’s own Shakespeare Theatre Company. He has directed award-winning opera, film, Broadway, and theater works, including the 2018 Helen Hayes-winning Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Ethan has been celebrated for his “probing intellect” and
“dazzling staging” (Forbes), with productions
sharp it’s like seeing a play in live high def” (The Washington Post).
Canadian soprano Erin makes her eagerly awaited return to WNO after portraying Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2007. She has performed leading roles at many of the world’s greatest opera companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opéra National de Paris, and the Vienna Staatsoper.
Of her performance of the
Financial Times said Erin “wields a soprano of radiance, pristine
beauty, and tingling top notices…she made us believe every word.”
Erin has run 2 marathons, 10 half-marathons, and countless 10ks and 5ks.
Hailing from Argentina, Marcelo
makes his WNO debut after engagements at the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Hamburg
State Opera, State Opera Prague,
tenor studied at the Córdoba Conservatory and Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, with
Renato Sassola. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Turridu
in Cavalleria Rusticana,
Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur,
and Calaf in Turandot.
Fun fact: If Marcelo could pick three opera characters to have dinner with, he says he’d discuss love, destiny, politics, songs, and poetry with Manrico (Il trovatore), Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), and Radames (Aida).
A leading baritone at Bolshoi
Opera, Igor has portrayed the charismatic Onegin around the world, wooing
audiences at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli to Novaya Opera Theatre.
Igor’s WNO debut as Onegin
marks his U.S. debut—the first of many stateside performances to come in his
exploding career. Igor is a former soloist
with Moscow’s Novaya Opera and winner of
the 2008 St. Petersburg “Three Centuries of Classical Romance” competition.
His prior engagements include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Cologne Opera, Germont in La traviata at Glyndebourne Festival, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and more.
“Tchaikovsky’s music is so moving and so close to the heart that audiences cannot be indifferent, no matter if they are Russian, American or European,” Igor told WNO.
Anna makes her WNO and U.S.
deubt in a role she’s masterfully sung with Mikhailovsky Theatre and in
concert with Bolshoi Opera. Most recently, Anna portrayed Tatiana
alongside Igor Golovatenko as Onegin at the 2017 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence,
and the pair reunites again for this production.
The talented soprano was
born in Saratov, Russia and made her debut at the Bolshoi Opera in 2012 portraying
Nasaya in Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress.
As a soloist at the Bolshoi, Anna’s engagements include Violetta in La traviata, Elisabeth of Valois in Don Carlo, Micaela in Carmen, Amerlia in Un ballo in Maschera, and more.
“I love how Tatiana starts as a sentimental, dreamy girl and becomes a strong woman with moral foundations,” Anna told WNO. “I am reborn with her every time.”
Meet our two talented angels in WNO’s heartwarming family opera!
Kylee, 11, makes her WNO debut with The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. She’s loved singing and music ever since she started talking, and has performed in area musical theater productions and vocal recitals since she was four years old. Two of her favorite songs to sing are “The Lonely Goatherd” (The Sound of Music) and “Quiet” (Matilda). When she’s not performing, Kylee loves writing, reading, swimming, and arts & crafts.
Holden, 13, made his WNO debut in 2017 as the title character in The Little Prince. Holden says that performing is “exhilarating, because I get to become a different character.” He enjoys a wide variety of songs and plays the clarinet in his school’s symphonic band. In his spare time, he likes to play ultimate Frisbee.
“Hometown favorite” (Washington Post) Soloman Howard returns to D.C. to reprise the title role of Lion in The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. Soloman is an alum of the Manhattan School of Music and Morgan State University and a 2014 graduate of our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He was last seen on the WNO stage as The King in 2017’s Aida.
Soloman has performed on opera stages around the world, from The Metropolitan Opera to Teatro Real de Madrid. Now he’s back to display his “magical voice” (Washingtonian) as the brash but endearing lion.
Hailing from Madison, Connecticut, Alexander made his WNO debut in the 2017–2018 season of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season, he returns to the Artist Program to perform his role debut as Nikolaus Sprink plus roles in Faust and The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.
In his fast-growing career as a tenor, Alexander has won international awards and sung roles ranging from Alfredo Germont in La traviata to Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. In May 2018, Alexander reached the finals of OPERALIA, one of the most prestigious and important international vocal competitions in the world.
Born and raised in D.C., Kenneth is quickly gaining recognition as a sought-after rising star. He’ll return to his hometown for his role debut as Father Palmer after making his WNO debut in 2010’s Un Ballo in Maschera.
Since graduating from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in 2012, Kenneth has performed everywhere from Switzerland’s Opéra de Lausanne to San Francisco’s Opera Parallèlle.
Kenneth is noted by critics for his “commanding stage presence” and “rich, resonant bass.”
“[From Silent Night] I hope audiences will grasp that the joys of life rest in the things that transcend our differences,” Kenneth told WNO.