An American' Journey
Tom Sitzler has been capturing audiences from New York to Los Angeles with his warm, “thunderous” voice (lol-la.com) and convincing stage presence, portraying a gamut of characters from villains and champions to upstanding gentlemen.
Recent performances by Mr. Sitzler include a double bill of Gianni Schicchi & L’enfant et les sortilèges with Pacific Opera Project as Simone in and Le fauteuil, respectively. James Sohre from Opera Today wrote “Tom Sitzler took complete ownership of Schicchi’s Simone, his well-modulated and personable baritone imparting much pleasure. His generous, pliable delivery also made the most of his brief scene as he tortured L’enfant as a particularly solid-voiced Arm Chair.” Mr. Sitzler made debuts this past season with Opera Fayetteville as Prophet/King in Nico Muhly’ Dark Sisters and with Alter Ego Chamber Opera in Phony by David Brown. He also returned to Painted Sky Opera as Escamillo in their production of La tragédie de Carmen.
In recent years, Mr Sitzler has been carving a name for himself in roles of the dramatic baritone repertoire such as Scarpia from Tosca, which he has performed with Long Island Lyric Opera and Painted Sky Opera. For his debut with Painted Sky Opera, he portrayed Germont in La Traviata with much success. A frequent performer in Colorado, Mr. Sitzler has been seen as Escamillo from Carmen with Boulder Opera and as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Steamboat.
Other performances in Colorado have included Horace Tabor in an abridged touring version of The Ballad of Baby Doe with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boulder Opera. As an active concert performer in Colorado, Mr. Sitzler has sung as the baritone soloist with several orchestras including Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Larimer Chorale and Orchestra, and Aurora Symphony.
In 2009 while still in grad school, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional arena as the Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore with Union Avenue Opera, which lead to numerous engagements in the greater St. Louis area and regionally. In 2012, Mr. Sitzler was heard singing Silvano from Un ballo in Maschera with UAO, where Sarah Bryan Miller from the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “Tom Sitzler… made the most of a small role”. Three years later, Mr. Sitzler returned to St. Louis to perform the title role in The Boor with Gateway Opera, where he “proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy.” (Ladue News). Among other programs and performances, he participated in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program with Opera New Jersey covering Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Mr. Sitzler received a Bachelors in Music and Music Education from Northern Arizona University, as well as his Masters in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis. He currently resides outside of Philadelphia where he runs and manages a music studio providing in-home and online lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.
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For his portrayal of Stephen Kumalo, in Kurt Weill’s Lost in The Stars, Baritone Kenneth Overton was nominated for the 2019 St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for “Outstanding Performance in an Opera”. Kenneth is enjoying singing leading roles at some of the world’s great opera houses such as, San Francisco Opera, L’Opera de Montreal, Palacio Bellas Artes, New York City Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Royal Danish Opera as well as many regional opera houses in the U.S. including Opera Memphis, Nashville Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Idaho, and Opera Grand Rapids. Recent appearances include a debut performance a Naxos Label Recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic of Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua, and return engagements to the National Chorale at Lincoln Center for Handel’s Messiah, Carnegie Hall with the New England Symphonic Ensemble for Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and The Oregon Bach Festival for Mozart’s Requiem, Bach Cantatas 190 and 56, Bach’s Magnificat and Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliet. Kenneth’s 2019/2020 season began with a return to San Francisco Opera in Britten’s Billy Budd and post pandemic will return to Opera Carolina to reprise his role as Civil Rights Leader, Ralph Abernathy in Douglas Tappin’s opera, I Dream, and a debut with the Oregon Symphony’s Renaissance Ensemble for the world premiere of An African American Requiem by Damien Geter. Kenneth is also the associate producer of the upcoming documentary, BLACK OPERA
Angelica Feliciano is a singer and voice teacher living near Philadelphia. She is a transplant from Missouri where she sang with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and got her Bachelors from Webster University. After moving to Pennsylvania in 2011 she sang with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia where she performed in small ensembles and solos. She sings frequently with Delaware Valley Opera Company of Philadelphia and Wilmington Concert Opera. Angelica has also sung with Candlelight Theatre in Arden, Delaware where she played Bloody Mary in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. She serves on the board of The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and maintains a private studio. When not immersing herself in all things singing, she wrangles 3 kids and is an enthusiastic dog and chicken mom. She is excited and grateful to work with Viop bringing innovative musical artistic ideas to life.
William Lim obtained his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has performed for various opera companies including Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Garden State Opera, Opera Libera, Opera MODO, Poor Richard's Opera, Center City Opera Theater, Opera New Jersey, and Opera in the Ozarks. He has appeared as a concert soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Symphony in C Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Singers. Most recently, he premiered the role of Patrick Quinlan in Francesco Santelli's historical opera, The Silk City.
Irene Moretto is a Bryn Mawr, PA based pianist and harpsichordist. She holds a B.M. in Piano Pedagogy, M.M. in Piano Performance, and M.M. in Harpsichord Performance from The Boyer College of Music, Temple University. Her teachers include Dr. Charles Abramovic, Dr. Joyce Lindorff, Keiko Sato, and Olga Borsiovsky. Irene has played in numerous masterclasses and has had the chance to work with such masters as Lydia Artymiw, Menahem Pressler, Michael
Tsalka, and Jonathan Feldman. She attended the Piano Summer Festival in New Paltz, NY, run by Vladimir Felstman. Her love of vocal music led her to attend The American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria where she studied with Dr. Charlene Harb and performed opera and lieder repertoire. Irene is an active collaborative pianist and has played for organizations such as The Philadelphia International Music Festival, Willson Vocal Academy, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Music at Redeemer in Bethesda, MD. To further her study of early music, Irene
attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Institute in Toronto where she studied with renowned harpsichordists, Charlotte Nediger and Olivier Fortin. She is the co-founder and staff pianist for
the new and emerging opera collective, Alter Ego Chamber Opera, which seeks to promote new works and reimagined old works with cultural relevance and integrity. As an educator, Irene maintains a full piano studio and is on the faculties of The Baldwin School and Merion Mercy Academy. She is the liturgical accompanist and violinist at Presentation BVM Parish in Wynnewood, PA. When not at the keyboard, Irene plays violin with her string trio, Abellimento Strings. She is thrilled to be part of this An American's Journey with