Known as the "Fiery Soprano," Colombian-born Catalina Cuervo holds the distinction of having performed in more productions of Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires than any other singer in the opera’s history. Ms. Cuervo has performed the role of Maria more than 50 times in over a dozen productions at companies including Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and Syracuse Opera to name just a few. Ms. Cuervo made her Michigan Opera Theater debut in 2015 to great acclaim as Frida Kahlo in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s opera Frida and reprised the role at Cincinnati Opera in 2017. These appearances garnered her huge followings in Detroit and Cincinnati and both productions ended with sold-out shows and triumphant reviews, one even calling Frida the “best Opera of the 2015 season.” As a consequence, the Columbian Ministry of Culture named Ms. Cuervo “one of the five most-successful Colombian Sopranos in the opera world.” Her next appearance in Frida will be in March of 2019 at Florida Grand Opera. Ms. Cuervo’s 2017 was a year dominated by music of Manuel De Falla. In May she made her symphonic debut with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra in The Three-Cornered Hat. Debuts with the New Mexico Philharmonic, The Atlanta Symphony and San Louis Symphony followed with performances of El Amor Brujo. In 2018 Catalina Cuervo debuted with Eugene Opera, Alamo City Opera, Arizona Opera, and MUSE/IQUE Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her work in opera, Catalina Cuervo is one of Columbia’s leading symphonic-rock and metal singers, a model, and a dancer.
Argentine-born Milton Loayza is a stage actor and director who has recently focused on bringing Latin-American works to the stage. In Syracuse, New York he recently appeared in his own stagings of Ella/She by Susana Torres Molina, Asunción by Ricardo Monti, and his own adaptation of short stories by Julio Cortázar titled Don’t Blame Anyone. He has previously performed the role of Duende in Maria de Buenos Aires at Atlanta Opera, Syracuse Opera, Anchorage Opera, Grand Rapids Opera, Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, New Orleans Opera and Eugene Opera. Milton also recorded an album of classical Argentine tangos, Se ha mezclao la vida, and this year premiered a staged concert, Tango and Borges. He earned a doctoral degree in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at State University of New York at Oswego.
Notable performances include appearances with Andrea Bocelli conducted Placido Domingo , as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at Theatro del Silenzio, in Taormina, and Opera San Antonio, and as Wolfram in Tannhauser conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the title role in Don Giovanni at the Solis Theater, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Theater Solis in Uruguayat the Theatre of Bellas Artes in Bogota, Colombia, Escamillo in Carmen with Omaha Opera, Germont in La Traviata in Tel-Aviv, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with the Dallas Opera; the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Boheme with Theatre of Bellas Artes in Bogota, Colombia, Princeton Festival and Fresno Opera, and Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires by Piazzolla for Opera Hispanica. In addition, he also appeared as Emile De Becque in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific on tour throughout the U.S.A.
Analia Centurion is an internationally renowned tango dancer and instructor. From the tender age of 6, she received training in both piano and classical ballet. She began to dance Argentinian tango in 1995. Two years later she became a stage-tango champion in the most prestigious youth competitions in the province of Buenos Aires. Her engagements have included dancing with the companies of Juan Carlos Copes, Mora Godoy, and the great Mariano Mores, as well as in some of the most famous tango venues in Buenos Aires including Piazzolla Tango, Madero Tango, La Ventana Tango, and many more. Most recently she represented her Argentinian Culture at the Vail International Dance Festival, alongside stars of the American Ballet Theatre and Martha Graham Dance Company. Her artistry has gained her recognition in magazines including The New Yorker and has made headlines nine times in The New York Times. Ms. Centurion has taught in tango festivals across the globe and is the founder of Centurion Tango Academy in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires. Recently, her career has centered in North America, including teaching seminars, workshops, and performances throughout the United States.
Argentine native Jeremias Fors is one of the most sought-after tango performers in the United States today. He has danced and choreographed in renowned shows including Forever Tango, María de Buenos Aires, This Is Tango Now, Masters of Tango, A Puro Tango II, and many more. His training is deeply rooted in music; he attended NWSA and FIU on full scholarships as a Music Performance major. He co-founded Tango Axis LLC in 2010 and created the shows Eras del Tango and Tango Suites. Mr. Fors' television appearances include Telemundo's Uno Nuevo Dia, Siempre Niños and WFAA's Good Morning Texas. His artistry has garnered great reviews in newspapers and media including the Washington Post, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Edge Fort Lauderdale, Artburst Miami, D.C. Theater Scene and Argentina’s CARAS Magazine, among others. His dancing in Florida Grand Opera’s productions of Piazzolla’s operetta María de Buenos Aires and Robert Rodriguez’s musical-theater piece Tango, were included in the “Top 10 Performances of 2013″ by South Florida Classical Review. As a teacher, Mr. Fors has participated in numerous international festivals and in 2013 he co-founded a tango school in Miami, receiving a proclamation by the Mayor of Miami-Dade County for enriching the art and knowledge of Argentinian tango in South Florida. For all things Jeremias Fors, visit www.jeretango.com.
Jorge Parodi ( Conductor )
Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His recent credits include Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Tampa, María de Buenos Aires for The Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, Lucrezia Borgia and I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica, The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival and The Banff Centre, and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School. Upcoming engagements include his return to Atlanta Opera and Opera Tampa, and his debuts at Opera Orlando and Chautauqua Opera. Hailed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski” by the New York Daily News, the Argentinean-born conductor has worked with such companies as Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Volgograd Opera in Russia, and has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Eglise Gutierrez, Tito Capobianco and Sherrill Milnes. He is the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia) and the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has led productions to critical acclaim. A featured interview about his work with MSM Opera recently appeared in Opera News.
Tomer Zvulun ( Director )
General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Israeli born Tomer Zvulun is also one of leading stage director of his generation, earning consistent praise for his creative vision and innovative interpretations. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses in Europe, South and Central America, Israel and the US, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas, San Diego, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Wexford, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, and Wolf Trap as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, Boston University.
Tomer specializes in creating major co-productions with other opera companies, and his recent productions have traveled across continents, receiving critical acclaim for their striking visuals and cinematic quality. A few of his recent productions included new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor (Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland,) Silent Night (Wexford, Atlanta, Glimmerglass, Washington, Austin), Dinner at Eight (Minnesota, Wexford, Atlanta), Soldier songs (Atlanta, San Diego), Dead Man Walking (New Orleans, Atlanta, Tel Aviv), La Boheme (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas), Lucrezia Borgia (Buenos Aires), Gianni Schicchi (Juilliard, IVAI Tel Aviv), L'heure espagnole (Juilliard), Magic Flute (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Indiana University), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap, Cincinnati), Die Fledermaus (Dallas, Kansas City), Falstaff (Wolf Trap, Des Moines), Rigoletto (Boston, Atlanta, Omaha, Charlotte), Madama Butterfly (Atlanta, Castleton Festival, New Orleans) Tosca (National Theatre Panama, Atlanta) and Semele (Seattle). His European premiere of Silent Night at the Wexford Festival received two Irish Times Awards and led into his return to Wexford with another European premiere of Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight.
Stephanie Havey ( Associate Director )
Winner of the Adelaide Bishop Award and the Opera America Director-Designer Showcase, Stephanie Havey has directed for Pittsburgh Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, North Carolina Opera, Opera Columbus, Syracuse Opera, and Lyrique-en-mer International Festival, among others. She has also been a member of the staging staff at San Francisco Opera and The Santa Fe Opera. Upcoming engagements include La Bohème with Pittsburgh Opera, La traviata with Arizona Opera, revivals of Eugene Onegin with Michigan Opera Theatre and The Atlanta Opera, La traviata with Hawaii Opera Theatre, and a new production of The Crucible for Opera Santa Barbara. Ms. Havey is sought after as a collaborator for the development of new opera, staging new works for Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure event, Opera America’s New Works Forum, and a continued partnership with North American New Opera Workshop. In addition to directing, Ms. Havey recently completed a residency at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music as Visiting Instructor of Opera Theater. Her work with Young Artist training programs also includes Curtis Institute of Music, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera NEO, Opera North, University of Delaware, and the Florida State Opera.
Brian August ( Associate Director )
Brian August is the Production Stage Manager for The Atlanta Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. Additional engagements include Michigan Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Central City Opera, among others. Upcoming engagements include returning to Des Moines Metro Opera for his ninth season, and continuing at The Atlanta Opera where he is currently in his fourth season. Additionally, he is on faculty at Kennesaw State University where he teaches Stage Management. Brian is a graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre, with a BFA in Stage Management, Cum Laude.
John Farrell ( Set Designer )
John Farrell has been the exclusive Set and Illusion Designer for the Magician Criss Angel since 1993. This includes several television specials, six seasons of Mindfreak for A&E, and Believe on Spike TV. Currently he is the Director of Illusions for the production Criss Angel Mindfreak Live produced by Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. His regional credits include set designs in the US for various theatres as well as multiple productions in Mexico City and Hungary. In New York, he is currently the Director of Production for New York City Opera and the resident scenic designer. John was also the resident designer for Dicapo Opera Theatre for twenty years. At Radio City Music Hall, he was the scenic supervisor for the Spring Spectacular Easter Show and the Christmas Show. His television credits include Supervising Art Director for America's Got Talent seasons 7‐9, the final seasons of Gossip Girl, The Dream Team‐1996 Olympic Special for NBC, the 1994 and 1995 Tony Awards, HBO’s Earthly Possessions, and Get Late with Kennedy and Squirt TV for MTV.