Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto










Mark Rucker (Rigoletto)
Baritone. Chicago, Illinois; now New Jersey.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Rigoletto in Rigoletto.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino (Metropolitan Opera), Tonio in I Pagliacci (Metropolitan Opera), Stankar in Stiffelio (Wiener Staatsoper), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Teatro Comunale di Bologna).
www.markrucker.com

Claire Coolen (Gilda) Soprano. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Papagena in The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflőte)
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: The Governess in Turn of the Screw (Banff Opera Theatre), Dorinda in Orlando (Siena Music Festival), Hannah in My Friends Story (world premier in the International, Festival of Arts and Ideas), The Lady in Café Vienna (PORTOpera),
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Musetta in the motion picture film The Bohemians (Spring 2015 release)
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David Guzman (Duke of Mantua) Tenor. New York City.
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Rafael in To Cross the Face of the Moon (Houston Grand Opera), Il Duka in Rigoletto (Opera Seabrook), Rodolfo in La Boheme (Dicapo Opera), Don Jose in Carmen (Long Island Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Bronx Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Salt Marsh Opera).
www.davidguzmantenor.com


David Cushing (Sparafucile) Bass baritone. Milford, Mass.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, Sprecher/Priest/Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (Boston Lyric Opera), George Wilson in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (Tanglewood Festival), Title role in Le Nozze di Figaro (Syracuse Opera), Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore (Opera North).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Masetto in Don Giovanni (Boston Lyric Opera, May 2015)
www.davidcushing.com

Lauren Segal (Maddalena) Mezzo-Soprano. Toronto, Canada (born in Johannesburg, South Africa)
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Carmen in Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), Muse/Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Canadian Opera Company), Maddalena in Rigoletto (l’Opéra de Montréal), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Calgary Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (company TBA), Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (company TBA), Emilia in Otello (company TBA).


Robert McFarland (Count Monterone) Dramatic Baritone. Vancouver, Washington
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Iago in Otello (Deutsch Oper, Berlin), Scarpia in Tosca (Nice, France) , Major Kavalioff in The Nose (Spoleto, Italy), The Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman (Cleveland Ohio).
www.RobertMcfarland.com



Cody Austin (Borsa) Tenor. Spring, Texas
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Alfredo in La Traviata (Utah Opera), Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Grand Rapids), Don Jose in La Tragedie de Carmen (Shreveport Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Lyric Opera Virginia), The Duke of Manta in Rigoletto (Opera Santa Barbara).
TenorCodyAustin.com


Chad Armstrong (Marullo) Baritone. Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada.
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Prigioniero in Il Prigioniero (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Annapolis Opera), John Donne in Vita (The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre), Count in The Marriage of Figaro (Winter Opera St. Louis).
ChadArmstrongBaritone.com


Robyn Rocklein (Giovanna) Mezzo-Soprano. Lincoln, Nebraska
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Carmen in Carmen (Florida Opera Theatre), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Arizona Opera Theatre), Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier Trio (St. Petersburg Opera), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (South Florida Lyric Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Giovanna in Anna Bolena (South Florida Lyric Opera, May 2015), The Qol Quartet in Concert (St. Boniface Concert Series, March 2015), Gilbert and Sullivan Revue (Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre Concert, May 2015).
www.robynrocklein.com

Samus Haddad (Count Ceprano) Baritone New York, NY
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Bello in La Fanciulla del West (Nashville Opera), Sacristan in Tosca (Utah Festival Opera), Signor Deluso in Signor Deluso (Central City Opera), Zurga cover in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Sarasota Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Concert with the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota



Johanna Fincher (Countess Ceprano) Soprano. Sarasota, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Un Ballo in Maschera, First Spirit in Die Zauberflote.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: First Witch in Dido & Aeneas (South-Florida Lyric Opera), Minnie in West Side Story (St. Petersburg Opera), Angelina in Trial by Jury (South-Florida Lyric Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Prayers from the Ark (The Qol Quartet, April 2015), Gloria Musicae (April 2015), Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (May 2015).
www.johannafincher.com

Blake Hudson (Court Usher) Bass. Seneca, South Carolina
OPERA TAMPA DEBUT
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore (Sarasota Opera), Chorus member in Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera), Alidoro in La Cenerentola (International Festival of the Americas, Brazil), Friar Lawrence in Roméo et Juliette (Florida State University).



Rachael Marino (Page) Soprano. Palm Harbor, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Mercédès (Cover) in Carmen, Second Lady (Cover) in Die Zauberflöte.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Nedda (Cover) in I Pagliacci (St. Petersburg Opera), Donna Elvira (Cover) in Don Giovanni (Savannah Voice Festival),  Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Florida Opera Theatre), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (New Century Opera).
www.rachaelmarino.com