Meet the Cast of New Philharmonic: Cosi fan tutte (Women Are Like That)

Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30p and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3p

Preparations for Cosi fan tutte are in full swing! We have enjoyed getting to know—or in some instances getting reacquainted with—our lovely and talented cast and thought you would, too.

Jessica Faselt • FiordiligiJessica began her operatic career as one of only three winners at the Iowa District National Council Auditions in January 2014. Since then, she has performed as Fiordiigi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and was one of two winners of the Ohio District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Paul Scholten • GuglielmoPaul has been hailed as “an excellent baritone with notable intelligence and trenchant musicality” (Opera News) and has most recently been seen as the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Kent Singers of Connecticut and the role of MacDuff in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth with Chicago Opera Theater. You may also recognize him from the MAC stage in New Philharmonic’s previous production Madama Butterfly.
Kathryn Leemhuis • DorabellaLeemhuis is widely gathering acclaim for having “a large, beautiful, dark instrument, intelligently used, and spot-on dramatic timing” (St. Louis Today), and her voice has been described as “stunning in its combination of musical and dramatic nuance” (Living at the Opera). You may recognize her from the MAC stage in New Philharmonic’s Gianni Schicchi and Madama Butterfly.
Aaron Short • FerrandoAaron is a graduate of Wichita State University and Manhattan School of Music. Short recently completed his second season as a Studio Artist with Florentine Opera, where he sang Steersman in The Flying Dutchman and Lockwood in the first commercial recording of Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights.
Leo Radosavljevic • Don AlfonsoLeo is a recent winner of the 3rd prize of the 8th International Klaudia Taev competition in Pärnu, Estonia. In November of 2011, he performed the role of Willi Graf in the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! at Juilliard, which brought him critical acclaim from the New York Times.
Angela De Venuto • DespinaAngela trained in the Advanced Artist Program with OperaWorks during the Summer of 2014 and earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from DePaul University. Operatic highlights include Frasquita (Carmen) with Kor Productions, Adele (Die Fledermaus), the title role of Angelique (Ibert), Emily Webb (Our Town), Fiametta (The Gondoliers), and Peep-Bo (The Mikado) with DePaul Opera Theatre, and Lady Saphir (Patience) with Savoyaires.