Welcome to CHLOE, a New Experience in Music Theater

We'd like to thank everyone - both onstage & behind the scenes - who made CHLOE 2013 a resounding artistic success!   

If you couldn't make it to our shows, DVD's are now available of both Not A Tenor and Patience.  Price is $15 each, or a set of both for $25. 
Contact us for ordering information.  Here's a sampling from Not A Tenor.  Enjoy!

     

Read a Review of CHLOE's Patience from Broadway World.

Camp Hill Light Opera Experience was created to present staged performances of well-known, unknown, and soon-to-be-known light opera and operetta of the highest possible quality standards, with a focus on new works, new composers and librettists, and new, young, and emerging talent, in an atmosphere of artistic collaboration between all involved.

For our inaugural season, we presented Not A Tenor by Libby Moyer on June 13 & 14, 2013, followed by Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience, June 15 & 16, at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill.


Our goal is to have CHLOE become an annual event, with each festival including one new work - either a first work by a new composer, or a new work by a relatively unknown composer, not already performed by any major opera or theater company. An annual search will be conducted and a small stipend paid to the composer/librettist selected. 
Camp Hill Light Opera Experience will also include quality works from the light opera & comic operetta category from any time period and by any composer, either famous or obscure, that is considered to be overlooked, unappreciated, or under-performed in the Central PA region.

Principal roles will be played by paid professionals, preferably emerging artists.  Smaller featured roles, chorus, and orchestra will be cast when at all possible from local talent pools, especially high school and college students, as well as adult amateurs and professionals. Designers, crew, and volunteers will also be sourced from Camp Hill and the surrounding communities.


Music directors and stage directors will be paid professionals either with long experience, creditable training, or exemplary aptitude. They will be expected to collaborate with the living composer/librettist to realize the intent of the new work. And to understand period pieces and present them faithfully, but also with a fresh approach. 

As much effort will be made as possible to make CHLOE a community effort, with outreach efforts
to schools and community organizations to support the artistic well-being of the surrounding area, as well as support coming from it in the form of sponsorships, grants, and other contributions.  Whether on stage, behind the scenes, or in the seats, please join us!


Many thanks to our "starting lineup" of extremely talented principal singers!  Every one of them exceeded our expectations, and we know that anyone who saw them perform June 13-16th during our Light Opera festival must have been thrilled.

Kimberly Christie, sopranoKimberly Christie was praised by the Washington Post for "her “uninhibited movement and shining vocal abilities” as Ernestine in M.Choufleuri restera chez lui le with Bel Cantanti Opera. Also with Bel Cantanti, Kimberly performed the role of Clorinda in Rossini’'s La Cenerentola, which was hailed by Maurice Saylor as “one of the great joys of the opera” and her aria, “a wild ride that brought down the house.”

 

This past December saw Kimberly singing with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra as the First Place Winner of their 2012 Competition. Of her performance a local reviewer wrote, "....this tiny soprano with the big voice has it all; she sings like an angel hitting high C with no apparent effort, her vocal excellence is beautiful, and a superb actress, particularly while singing the amusing but difficult Glitter and Be Gay by Leonard Bernstein.”

 

Kimberly received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in May 2012 and was granted the Anita Erdman Award in Opera upon graduation. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University where she received the award for outstanding vocalist. Kimberly has also studied with FAVA in Excideuil, France under tenor William Lewis, and at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel with Metropolitan Opera coach Joan Dornemann.

Melissa Block, mezzoMelissa Block earned a Master of Music in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While there Melissa performed the roles of Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Hansel in Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Page in Niccolai Gedda’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under the tutelage of Patricia Stiles & Carol Vaness. 

Melissa sang the roles of Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in New York Lyric Opera Theater’s 2010-2011 season. Melissa was chosen as a Professional Fellow for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2012 where she sang the role of Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute. She is currently a soloist for the Metro Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Philip Nuzzo. Performances include an American premiere of Ofer Ben-Amato's ladino songs and DeFalla's El amor brujo in November 2012, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in April 2013.


Eapen Leubner, tenorWith impressive reviews from Opera News, The New York Times, and Musical America, Eapen Leubner is indeed one of opera's rising stars, with roles ranging from traditional to cutting-edge modern opera. As Younger Thompson, Opera News called Eapen "ardent and striking" (Chelsea Opera; Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo). The Fairbanks News-Miner praised him for a "pleasing tenor... [that] brought insight and tenderness to the aria "Dalla sua pace" in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Opera Fairbanks). Musical America called him "a charming Don Gaston"who was "the opera's most engaging character, or so it would appear from Eapen Leubner's deft portrayal, sung with a trim, attractive tenor voice" (Bronx Opera; Die Drei Pintos).

Eapen's recent artistic energies have focused on expanding his modern opera repertoire. He performed the role of Samuel in Rorem's
Three Sisters who are not Sisters and Ab in Charles Fussell's The Astronaut's Tale, both with Encompass New Opera. In November, 2012 Eapen sang the role of Abraham in Chelsea Opera’s staged production of Britten’s Canticle ii
. Demonstrating breadth beyond opera, Eapen performed a new art song as part of a composer showcase at The Stone, an avant-garde performance space in New York City (composer Andy Laster).


Michael Hix, baritoneBaritone Michael Hix has been praised by critics for his "expressive voice" and "commanding stage presence." Career highlights include solo and chamber performances at Tanglewood Music Center and a solo appearance with the Boston Pops in “Bernstein on Broadway.” During his fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center, Hix performed works by Mozart, Dessau, and Copland, and had the privilege of performing Milton Babbitt’s Two Sonnets in a concert celebrating the composers 90th birthday. In addition to his performances while at Tanglewood, Hix had the opportunity to coach with Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, and Ken Griffiths, and sing in master classes with James Levine, Kurt Ollman, and Phyliss Curtin.

Recent stage roles include Falke in Die Fledermaus, Angelotti in Tosca, Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, Germont in La Traviata, Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, Monterone in Rigoletto, and Bertouf in the world premiere of A Friend of Napoleon by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward. Hix has sung with Ohio Light Opera, Opera Birmingham, Ashlawn-Highland Opera, and Greenville Light Opera Works. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in May singing the Baritone solos in Rutter’s Mass of the Children.
 


Lara Wilson, mezzoLara Wilson co-founded the Charleston Chamber Opera in 2008. As Executive Director of CCO, she has produced, directed and performed in creatively staged performances for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Gibbes Museum Concert Series and the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Arts to name a few; roles include La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Julia Childs in Bon Appétit as well as the Wife in The Women. Performances this season include Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with the Greenville Light Opera and the Mother in The Consul with Savannah Arts Academy. Credits include main-stage appearances with Savannah Philharmonic, Harrisburg Opera, Ridge Light Opera, Opera Northeast, Theater of Monmouth, New York Chamber Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Natchez Opera Festival & New Bedford Symphony. Lara debuted off-Broadway with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Lady Blanche in Princess Ida, followed by a second appearance with the company as Lady Sangazure in the critically acclaimed production of The Sorcerer. Other G&S roles include Katisha in The Mikado, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe and Ruth in The Pirate of Penzance.

 

 Paul SigristPaul Sigrist is a professional singing actor and director who works in theater, film and television. He performs with many New York companies including many seasons as a regular company member of The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players performing all 13 surviving works, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Light Opera of New York, Theater 1010 and others. He played Bill Bobstay the Boatswain in the Drama Desk Award-nominated seven actor production of H.M.S. Pinafore produced in New York by the Vortex Theater (and based on W. S. Gilbert's 1908 children's book "The Pinafore Picture Book"). Other stage roles have included Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore, Old Toni in The Student Prince, Tristan in The Vagabond King, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus and The Physician-In-Chief in The Rose of Persia.



Jason Buckwalter, baritoneBaritone Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire.” (Baltimore City Paper)  Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and The Figaro Project.

Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Peabody Conservatory and Carroll Community College, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as the Loudoun Lyric Opera; Count Almaviva in The Figaro Project’s inaugural production of Le Nozze di Figaro; Schaunard in La Bohème with Capital Opera Richmond; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at Carroll Community College; and Brühlmann in Werther with the Washington National Opera. His portrayals of Benoit and Alcindoro in their April 2010 production of La Bohème was praised by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as “dynamic.”

Camp Hill Light Opera Experience   Libby Moyer, Founder & Artistic Director  105 W Keller St, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055  info@chloeopera.org