The Abduction from the Seraglio

Friday, March 13 @ 8 pm

Sunday, March 15 @ 3pm

Arts Center at Dunham Theater

1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati Ohio, 45238

Sung in the original German.

Projected English translations and English dialogue.

Stage Direction by Daniel J. Witzke.

Accompanied by full orchestra.

Conducted by Isaac Selya.


in order of appearance


BELMONTE: Ryan C. Connelly (tenor)

Ryan is a 2011 graduate from the Masters of Music in Voice Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.                                       

Since that time he has sung with companies all over the globe, including Kentucky Opera, where he made his professional debut in 2011 as Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, followed by appearances as Remendado in Carmen and Njegus in The Merry Widow. Ryan debuted internationally in 2012 singing the role of Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino in Spoleto, Italy. In that same year, Ryan performed in the inaugural production of the Queen City Chamber Opera, which included lead roles in a double bill of Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor

Ryan recently sang with Virginia Opera for their 2013-14 season, where he played the roles of Dr. Cajus in Falstaff, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos. 

OSMIN: David Leigh (bass)

David recently completed a Masters of Music in opera at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Harriet Gibbs Fox Prize and was seen as Colline in La Bohème and King Rene in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta.

He spent two summers singing under the direction of Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, most recently singing Zuniga in the Carmen celebrating Horne's 80th birthday.

David was a Young Artist at Chautauqua Opera, where he won the Goldfarb award for a promising Young Artist. He holds an MM degree in voice from Mannes College and a BA with honors in Music Composition from Yale University.

PEDRILLO: M. Andrew Jones (tenor)

M. Andrew returns to Queen City Chamber Opera after singing the role of Mime in Siegfried, act 1. At Cincinnati Opera, he has performed the role of The Messenger in Aida as well as the Innkeeper in Der Rosenkavalier. Performances of other roles include The Banker in Jennifer Jolley's The Bubble, First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Andrea Cipriani in Evan Mack's The Secret of Luca, Benny "Kid" Paret/Benny Jr. from Champion, Sellem from The Rake's Progress with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Spoletta from Tosca with Cedar Rapids Opera Company, and Monastatos in The Magic Flute.

Mr. Jones holds an MM in Vocal performance from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where he performed the roles of Lennie in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men and Bardolfo in Falstaff. He holds a BA in Music from Luther College.

Later this season Mr. Jones will sing First Armored Man in Dayton Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte.

KONSTANZE: Danielle Messina (soprano)

Danielle received her MM in Voice Performance from CCM in the spring of 2011, where she performed as Blanche de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Testo in Il Combattiemento di Tancredi e Clorinda. A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Ms. Messina brings a wealth of experience and drama to her performances.

Danielle last sang with Queen City Chamber Opera in the company’s debut production, in which she sang leading roles in both Der Schauspieldirektor and Bastien und Bastienne.

This past spring, she was a Resident Artist with Toledo Opera, singing in the “Opera on Wheels” outreach program. Ms. Messina has also been an Apprentice Artist at Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, NY. There, she was featured in many concerts, premiered the role of Little Red in Curt Tucker and Nelson Sheeley’s The Trial of B.B. Wolf, and sang the role of Lucy in Menotti’s one-act opera The Telephone. Recently, Ms. Messina performed the role of Musetta in Opera Columbus’ production of La Bohème. Ms. Messina joins the 2013/14 Kentucky Opera Studio Artist Program performing the role of Mary in The King’s Man (world premiere) and Musetta in La Bohème. In January of 2014, Ms. Messina made her main-stage debut at Opera Carolina as Nella in Gianni Schicchi. 

BLONDE: Alison Scherzer (Soprano)

Minneapolis, Minnesota native Alison Scherzer has been praised for her “high, sweet coloratura” and "expressive countenance." She made her European debut last year as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode.  Other roles include Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Curley’s Wife in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance.  

Ms. Scherzer has performed the soprano solos in Fauré’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem and Liebeslieder Walzer, and as Lieschen in Bach’s Kaffee Kantate.  She is currently a soloist in the international operatic ensemble The Cast.

Ms. Scherzer holds Bachelor’s degrees in German and Music from the University of Minnesota-Morris and attended the prestigious University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music for her Master of Music and Artist Diploma studies.  At CCM she received the Norman Treigle Memorial Award and a Dieterle Chair Scholarship, and was awarded a CCM Spoleto Fellowship, the Mercer Fund, and a University of Cincinnati International Grant for international music and linguistic studies in Spoleto and Lucca, Italy, and in Lyon, France. She has participated in the Wernigeröder Schloßfestspiele, Pine Mountain Music Festival, CCM Spoleto, the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival, Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, AIMS Music Festival in Graz, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.