The Cast 2002 Biographies

Johana Arnold (Frau Bauer, Soprano)
originated the role of Dora in the concert premiere of the opera. She is enjoying an eclectic performing life taking on varied roles including Anniein Annie Get Your GunDido in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas, and the doctor in Agnes of God. She sings frequently with the Folger Consort in Washington, DC both in concert works and in Baroque operas. She bids a firm adieu to the ingénue world this summer as Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy with Little Victory Players in upstate New York. Ms. Arnold has worked with Steve Reich, Phil Glass, Meredith Monk and Mark Morris. She resides in upstate New York and teaches at Hartwick College.
Nita Baxani (Dora, Soprano)
Hong Kong native Nita Baxani’s vocal performances have been hailed as “sensitive and appealing” by the New York Times. Her study of classical voice began at Virginia Commonwealth University where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to New York City and completed her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Undaunted by contemporary vocal literature, she has several world premieres to her credit. Most notably, she was the featured soprano soloist with Moving Forward: Asian Contemporary Dance Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Roles to her credit include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Antonia (The Tales of Hoffman), Amore (Orfeo ed Eurydice), Serafina (Il Campanello), Roberto (La Griselda) and, at La MaMa,Teenage Mao (Mao Zedong – Jealous Son ).
Sari Caine (Irmtraut, Actor)
Sari has been acting professionally since the age of three. She has acted in twelve plays in theatres such as Circle in the Square, The Red Ensemble, Octoberfest/EST, as well as in over two dozen TV commercials and radio voice-overs. She has appeared in two films:Mr. Destiny, and June Roses, an upcoming feature film.
Peter Clark (Herr Bauer, Baritone)
Peter Clark recently appeared at the Teatro dell’opera di Roma in Ernst Krenek’s What Price Confidence?, at Caramoor Opera as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, at the Fin de siècle Festival in Nantes, France in Greenhut/Skipitares’ A Harlot’s Progress, and as Schaunard in American Opera’s national tour of Puccini ‘s La Bohème. A frequent recitalist with composer/pianist Christopher Berg, last season he created the role of Iachimo in Berg’s operaCymbeline, based on Shakespeare’s play. Other operatic roles performed by the New York native include Dr. Falke, Mozart’s Count AlmavivaHarlekin, andPeter (Hansel and Gretel‘s father). Mr. Clark graduated from Amherst College, summa cum laude, and teaches voice and violin at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights.
Anna Lewis (Amélie Freud)
Anna Lewis is making her Off -Broadway debut with Dora. She was named for Anna Freud.
Peter Lurié (Herr K, Tenor)
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Lurié began his stage career at 6. Operatic debut in the title role of Britten’s Albert Herring. M. Mus. from Mannes College of Music, NYC. On this side of the Atlantic: opera, operetta, music theatre, oratorios, lieder recitals and concerts in NYC, the Tri-State area, California, the Mid-West and Canada.
In 1991, Mr. Lurié moved to Pforzheim, Germany; 13 roles including Paris in Offenbach’s La belle HélèneLysander in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s DreamJakob Schmidt in Weill/Brecht’s Mahagonny and Podestá in Mozart’s La Finta GiardinieraFach change in 1994: subsequently Walter (Tannhäuser) with the Flemish Opera, Antwerp, Belgium; British debut as Loge (Das Rheingold) with the Longborough Festival Opera. Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC: Tenor Gangster (#1) in the US premiere of the Kurt Weill opera Die Bürgschaft, also first complete recording of this opera (released by EMI). Current resident in Munich, Germany, he makes his debut at the Royal Belgian Opera, Brussels and the Rouen Opera in 2003. He returns to Dora as Herr K, which he sang in the first concert recital in 1990.
Nate Morgan (Heinrich, Young Freud, Boy Soprano)
Nate Morgan makes his New York City debut in Dora. At eleven years old, he is a veteran of musical stage. He has appeared in regional theater and many choral projects, and has created several roles in a series of Eastern epic dramas adapted for children. He loves to sing, is an avid Egyptologist, a good skater, and a Gameboy wiz. He is thrilled to be performing in Dora and is especially grateful to Nancy, Melissa and his whole family for their love and support.
Kayla Ny (Zinnie, Soprano) is 13 years old and is thrilled to be singing the role of Zinnie. She attends Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, where she studies music theory and voice. She also studies piano and viola. She has sung with numerous choral groups since she was 8 years old and has performed on 4 CD’s. In addition to her musical interests, she enjoys sports and actively participates on coed teams in AYSO soccer and Little League baseball. She is looking forward to receiving her black belt in Tae Kwon Do this May. Kayla has had leading roles in community stage productions and has performed 3 years with the Summer Performing Arts Group production of A Broadway Musical Review. Besides her love for singing, acting, and sports; she loves spending time with her great friends.
Jeffrey Picón (Freud, Tenor)
A rising young lyric tenor known for his innovative style and musicianship, Jeffrey Picón most recently created the role of Mike in A View from the Bridge for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He debuted with Anchorage Opera as Jupiter in Handel’s Semele and as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Last summer, he sang Count Almaviva with Portland Opera Repertory Theater. He created the roles of Joe in Ballymore for Skylight Opera Theater and that of Vincente in David Bishop’s Esperanza in Madison, WI and he debuted with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the American premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Arianna. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, he recently performed with Pittsburgh Opera in their 2001 productions of Verdi’s Falstaff and Strauss’Salome. Mr. Picón has been recognized for his versatility and accomplishment on the concert stage in recitals with Steven Blier and The New York Festival of Song at the Moab Music Festival, Weill Recital Hall, in Washington D.C. and in Wolftrap, VA. He recently completed concert engagements with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and he sang the Philadelphia premiere of Ned Rorem’s song cycleEvidence of Things Not Seen with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. He returns to the Opera Theatre of St. Louis for their 2003 season as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Additional future engagements include a Don Ottavio for Pine Mountain Music Festival, and concerts with New York Festival of Song in New York, Atlanta, and Moab, Utah.
Karla Simmons (Anna Freud, Soprano)
Karla Simmons is a graduate of the Juilliard School. She received her early training from the New York City Opera Company and attended the High School of the Performing Arts. Ms. Simmons has appeared in numerous TV commercials and has given solo concerts in the New York area since the age of twelve. She has won many awards and competitions including the Leontyne Price, Lena Horne and Whitney Houston awards.
Kathryn Wright (Frau K, Soprano)
Kathryn Wright has sung many leading opera roles with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Texas Opera Theater, the American Chamber Opera, the Hollybush Festival, Minnesota Opera, and the Kennedy Center. She has appeared in recitals and concerts with over sixty-five symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Mozart’s C-Minor Mass, Berg’s Lulu Suite with San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart conducting, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. An associate professor teaching in the Voice and Composition Departments at Berklee College of Music, Ms. Wright has premiered works of Boston composers in Steyning, England and with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, the New England Regional League of Composers, the New England Music Theater Alliance, Jordan Hall, the Harvard Music Association, M.I.T., Tufts University, Boston College and Wellesley College. Ms. Wright may be heard on Capstone Records, on an upcoming recording with Denouement Records, in performances this season with the Polymnia Choral Society, Boston, and in recital and master classes in Newcastle, England.