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Spanish soprano Paloma Friedhoff Bello has an active career in Spain singing symphonic and concert music as well as recitals. Last year she sang under the baton of Ennio Morricone in his Iberian Tour. This season she is soprano soloist with the Film Symphony. Visit her website here.
Erin Brittain has been described by reviewers as a “rousing vocalist” possessing “a fine clear tone and an expressive manner.” She has performed over 30 roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater for audiences regionally and overseas. Some favorites include Beatrice in Three Decembers, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and The Thief, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.
Jordan is thrilled to digitally return to Princeton, where he has performed Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha and Lycus/Erronius in Forum. Other favorite roles include Ira in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Barfée in Spelling Bee, Nicely/Benny in Guys and Dolls and Mr. Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Michael Caizzi played Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum at the Princeton Festival in 2018. He is ecstatic to be back for this virtual event! To find out more about Michael’s other roles and projects, visit: michaelcaizzi.com. Michael wishes you all the best and hopes you enjoy this (socially distant) show!
Matt Flocco is based in New York City and humbled to be joining The Princeton Festival! Credits include: Walnut St. Theatre, Arizona Broadway, Passage Theatre Co, 11th Hour, Disney, Arden, LMST, Dutch Apple, Candlelight, Media, RTC. Favorites: Newsies (Crutchie), Funny Girl (Eddie), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), Polar Express (Conductor), Spamalot (Patsy), Godspell (Jesus), and Edgar Tufts (Edgar Tufts Story). Much thanks to the Princeton team!
Praised for having a “dark, compelling sound” (Palm Beach Arts Paper), Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Natalie Rose Havens has been gaining recognition throughout North America. Ms. Havens was recently seen in the role of Aldonza in San Diego Music Theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha. This past Fall, she was also seen performing with Savannah Voice Festival as Julia Child in Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!
Billy Huyler is a baritone praised by OperaWire for having a voice that is “focused and indicative of substantial vocal agility.” Recent engagements include singing as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera for the 2019-2020 season, and singing in the New York premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges.
Transcending genre, soprano Jami Leonard’s vocal work has been hailed as “… an excellent ambassador for the operatic tradition…” by Broadwayworld.com. Having previously appeared as Anne Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Leonard is honored to (virtually) return to the The Princeton Festival to spread joy through music!
Mekelia Miller is a performer and professional freelance makeup artist with over 7 years of experience in her field. She has worked on a myriad of productions and events such as the Flare fashion show at West Mall 2016, Bitter Cassava, Crazy for You, and West Side Story, to name just a few. In the 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival she won 1st place in the female Musical Theatre solo category. She was named Miss Fabulous Plus 2018.
Michael Motkowski is filled with utter joy to be a part of The Princeton Festival’s 2020 virtual season! Michael is a graduate of Wagner College with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance. National Tour: Wizard of Oz (Munchkin/Winkie). Regional: Next to Normal (Henry), West Side Story (Baby John), Cats (Pouncival), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Gad), A Christmas Story (Schwartz), Avenue Q (Ensemble), and A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit). Film: AKA Alice (SageCat Media).
Shannon Rakow is thrilled to be returning to The Princeton Festival after her performance in 2019’s She Loves Me. Her favorite NYC/Regional credits include: She Loves Me (Ilona), Legally Blonde (Margot), Spelling Bee (Schwartzy), Oliver (Bet), Angelina Ballerina (Viki) & The Collins Boy. ShannonRakow.com
Ronald is a Dramatic/Helden tenor who started his career singing roles on London’s West End, but is now a well sought after tenor on the operatic stage. Roles include the title role in Verdi’s Otello (Opera North, Leedsand Noorlandse Opera, Sweden), Lazarus in The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams, (Theater Bonn), Canio in I Pagliacci (Scottish Opera, Cork Opera), Sportin Life in Porgy and Bess, (Kazan and Opera de Lyon) and many others.
James Conrad Smith is pleased to be back with The Princeton Festival—last summer he was seen as Kodaly in She Loves Me. Since then, he has been working coast to coast on several projects as an actor, director, and orchestrator. Visit him online at jamesconradsmith.com
Amy Weintraub is thrilled to be participating in The Princeton Festival’s “Virtually Yours!” You may remember her as Amalia Balash in last season’s production of She Loves Me. She has appeared in several productions in NYC and Cleveland. Amy is a proud graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Mezzo Soprano, Rachel Weishoff, is a “brave, weighty” and “marvelous” singer, according to Opera News. With Opera North she performed Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and covered Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). She has performed as a Studio Artist for Central City Opera. Recent new works include Sprunt Sister in a reading of Sir Jonathan Mills’ Eucalyptus. She recorded the role of Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible) with Albany Records. She holds an MMA from the Yale School of Music.