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Mariah Mlynarek (Piano) Active as collaborative pianist, chamber musician and soloist, Mariah Mlynarek serves as a Vocal Coach, Choir Accompanist and Piano Instructor at Adrian College. Studying with Martin Katz, Mariah completed her M.M. and D.M.A. at the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano. She has also studied piano performance with Logan Skelton and chamber music with Katherine Collier during her undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Mariah has performed the Mendelssohn and Ravel Piano concertos with orchestras as well as numerous solo and collaborative recitals featuring singers and instrumentalists. As an opera enthusiast, Mariah has performed and coached Puccini’s La Boheme, Humperdinck’sHänsel und Gretel, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, working with conductors Martin Katz and Mark Gibson. She also has performed in master classes with Kamal Khan, Jean Barr and Rebecca Penneys among others. More recently she has joined with chamber partners Dennis Carter (flute) and Lisa Raschiatore (clareint) to perform at Trinosophes in Detroit. Appreciating Italian culture, music and language, Mariah has performed and studied in Spoleto, Italy and the Marche. Other summer festival work includes Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Piano Institute and Brevard Music Center. Active in the community, Mariah has joined in opera outreach programs, including performances in public schools throughout Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Catherine Randall (Gretel/ Sandman/ Dew Fairy) Miss Randall earned her Master’s Degree in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Ohio, and her Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance at Taylor University (TU), Indiana. Among her favorite opera performances include “Diana” in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld with BGSU and “Despina” in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with TU. Her Oratorio credits include soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Haydn’s Creation with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Bowling Green Philharmonia. In recent years, she has been an international soloist in Hungary, Japan, and Taiwan. Catherine has an active vocal and piano teaching studio and church music ministry.
Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Faix (Hansel) is delighted to be performing in her first production with Main Street Opera Theatre. Though an Ann Arbor native,Sarah has recently relocated to the historic Depot Town area of Ypsilanti. An enthusiastic student, she originally received her BA in Theatre from Michigan State University with certifications in Dance and Intermediate Labanotation and now is back in the classroom working on a degree in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time, Sarah maintains a full time position with the University of Michigan in the Medical School’s Office of Research and likes to do triathlons. Sarah has performed locally with companies such as Wild Swan Theater, Arbor Opera Theatre, Comic Opera Guild, Spotlight Players, and the Movement Artist's Guild. Sarah is also excited to be making her first appearance with The Penny Seats Theatre Company in their summer production of Little Me. Sarah is grateful to her friends, family, and teachers for their continuing support.
Kirsten Renas (The Witch), mezzo-soprano, sings her first professional opera role as the Witch in the Main Street Opera Theatre production of Hansel and Gretel. She previously performed with MSOT in their productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Renas obtained her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University in 2012, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While studying at CMU, she performed in Don Giovanni, and as a soloist in Magnificat, by J.S. Bach, and Handel’s Messiah. In 2010, Ms. Renas was awarded the Levi, Mildred, and Rusch Dees Scholarship for vocal performance. She also served as the music director for CMU’s chapter of women’s professional music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Ms. Renas currently teaches elementary music, and sings with the women’s choir Carillon in Ypsilanti. She is a member of Praise Baptist Church in Plymouth, serving in the praise band and as the director of the children’s choir. Ms. Renas also teaches privately, and enjoys working with young singers.
Stephannie Moore (Hansel) is thrilled to be making her debut with Main Street Opera Theater. While her first vocal love is classical music, she has sung a wide range of genres on stage and in the studio including folk, rock, jazz and even music rooted in the traditions of Buddhist chant. Stephannie has sung operatic roles including Prince Orlofsky in The Fledermaus and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado and has a particular affinity for Rossini’s heroines and Mozart’s trouser roles. Having understudied the role of Hansel many years ago, she is happy to finally bring it to the stage. Stephannie resides in Dexter, Michigan where she owns a private music studio, Dynamic Expressions Studio, offering piano and voice lessons to children and adults of every level. Stephannie is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied in the Departments of Musical Theater and Vocal Performance. She plans to enter graduate school in Fall 2014 to pursue Masters and Doctorate degrees in vocal performance.
Audrey Kline (Gretel) has most recently performed with the Michigan Opera Theater in their productions of Verdi’s La Traviata and Aida under the direction of Suzanne Mallare Acton. Ms. Kline received her Master degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College where she studied with Ms. Sally Wolf. While at Westminster Choir College, she sang the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with the Westminster Opera Theater. She has sung the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte also with Westminster Opera Theatre as well as singing in the chorus of Die Zauberflöte at the Spoleto Festival USA. Further opera credits include the roles of Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mellise in Glück’s Armide with the University of Michigan Opera Theatre, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in voice perfomance. Ms. Kline has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Fort Street Chorale and Carmina Burana. This spring, she will be the soprano soloist in Rutter’s Requiem with the First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti and in the fall will perform with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra. Audrey is currently singing and teaching voice in the Metro Detroit area and studies with Ms. Martha Sheil.
Sara Zeglevski (Gretel) is a University of Michigan alumna with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Teacher Certification (K-12). Her past roles include Aline in The Sorcerer, Iza in The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Sara has performed with Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre, Arbor Opera Theater, Comic Opera Guild, the University of Michigan Opera Theater, and the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She is honored to play the role of Gretel in Main Street Opera Theatre’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Her oratorio experience includes soprano soloist for Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat. Currently, Sara sings with the choirs at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit and teaches music to Preschool and Kindergarten students at private child care centers throughout Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to performing and teaching, Sara is pursuing her Masters in Speech Pathology at Wayne State University and is excited to share her knowledge of vocal health with children and adults of all ages.
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