Renée Rapier as Suzuki
Renée Rapier, mezzo soprano, has been praised as having a “dark, velvety mezzo and smoothly controlled, unfailingly eloquent phrasing to match” by Opera News. She’s also received numerous awards and recognition, including first place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition and first place in the James M. Collier Young Artist Program Vocal Competition.
In the clip below, Renée sings “Ah, che mi dice mai” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Steamboat, where she made her role debut as Donna Elvira last year. (Tulsa Opera fans will recognize Steven LaBrie as Don Giovanni and Hidenori Inoue as Leporello, both of whom were in Tulsa for our 2018-19 season.)
Alexander Boyd as Imperial Commissioner
Lauded as a “consistently satisfying singer” by The New York Times, Alexander Boyd has received scholarships from both the Bradenton and Sarasota opera guilds in Florida, placed second in the New York Lyric Opera’s 2016 vocal competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Mildred Miller 2019 vocal competition. Boyd is one of our Filstrup Resident Artists this season, and many people in Tulsa have already had the privilege of hearing him sing.
Take a look at this clip to hear Boyd sing “Largo al factotum della citta” from The Barber of Seville.
Keely Futterer as Kate Pinkerton
Soprano Keely Futterer has been praised by Opera News as a “high-quality lyric soprano with a keen verbal nuance,” and has been seen in performances across the globe in China, Italy, and the US. Recently, she received critical acclaim for her role debut of Marie in La fille du Régiment at Opera Saratoga. Keely is also a member of our Filstrup Resident Artist program this season, and she was one of the performers at our Butterfly and Broadway event earlier this week.
In this clip, she performs the final scene and aria from Roberto Devereux.