Laura Decher Wayte grew up in the beautiful Paciﬁc Northwest, earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Vermont, and an M.M. in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Opera Performance. For 20 years, Laura has been performing traditional and contemporary opera, orchestral pieces, choral and chamber music. Her singing has been consistently praised for its lyrical expression and rich tonal qualities, and her ability to connect with and move her audiences at the highest caliber. Opera News wrote of her recent Eugene Opera performance of The Governess in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw:"Laura Wayte... her lines lingering in the memory... has the ability to draw listeners to her rather than push to reach them." Laura particularly enjoys performing contemporary classical music from across cultures: American, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Danish and Norwegian – In all these languages and cultures she searches for music that moves her and always offers a program to make the audience feel as if they were embarking on a journey. Visit www.LauraWayte.com to enjoy blogs, recordings and live performances.
William is very pleased to be a part of bringing this new work to life. Thanks to Laura and Anice for the opportunity. Bill's opera credits include, Dr. Falke, Die Fledermause; Don Pedro, Beatrice e Benedict; Ashby, Fanciulla del West; featured bass, Sweeney Todd. (The Eugene Opera) Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, (Cascadia Concert Opera). His musical theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, and The Music Man. Bill has performed nationally with The Acting Company, Seattle Rep, The Guthrie Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, and Studio Theatres of Washington, D.C., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Arizona Theatre Company, and many more. He was raised in Littleton, CO; received his B.A. in History and Political Science from The Colorado College, and MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota.
Tenor, Salt Salesman
Evan can be seen regionally in art song and operatic stages. Most recently, he has performed as: Jeremy in Maelstrom and Rodolfo in La Bohème with Opera Bend’s 2017 season; Opera Fest, Cascadia Concert Opera; and Ferrando in Così fan tutte with the University of Oregon. Roles performed while obtaining his Master’s degree from McGill University include: Belcore (cover) l’elisir d’amore; Notary, Gianni Schicchi; and Almaviva (cover), Le Nozze di Figaro; John Brooke, Little Women; Gianni Schicchi, Buoso’s Ghost; and l’Opéra de Montréal’s Six Révolutions for the Opera America Conference. Evan directs music ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene, and is a member of the Eugene Vocal Arts.
Soprano, Creature From Another Realm
Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. While pursuing her Master’s degree under the tutelage of Milagro Vargas, Ms. McAleb was seen as Mutter in H änsel und Gretel and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief . Ms. McAleb had the pleasure of singing with the world-renown OperaWorks’ Advanced Artist Program in the summer of 2016. She has also been recently seen with the UO Symphony Orchestra, doctoral candidate Ednaldo Borba, and as a soloist for the First Annual Tabor Opera House Fundraiser in Leadville, Colorado.
Mezzo-Soprano, Creature From Another Realm (CFAR) & set-builder
Paige is tickled pink to be working on The Woman of Salt. She is based in Little Rock, AR where she works primarily for the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater as both a performer and a scenic carpenter. Some of her favorite recent roles include an acclaimed production of School House Rock Live (Dina), the premier of a new children’s musical The Gingerbread Man (Sugarplum Fairy), and The Adventures of Robinhood (Prioress of Kirklees). Previously, she studied classical voice technique at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN through the instruction of Dr. Diane Clark and Dr. Tim Sharp. Under their tutelage, she performed many times but most notably the role of Zerlina in the Rhodes College Opera Scenes and the works of Morten Lauridson with an ensemble choir at Carnegie Hall and Ground Zero. Her experience as a set builder began only 3 years ago, but during that time, she has assisted with construction, design, and installation of more than 30 projects. She often has the rather unique experience of performing on a set she just built (as is the case with this production). Paige firmly believes that Art is necessary for all people and would like to thank you for your appreciation and support of the arts in this community.
Emma Rose Lynn
Emma-Rose is a soprano passionate about chamber music, opera, contemporary and early music. Described by the Seattle Times as an "eloquent and charming soprano" for her work founding the Northwest Chapter of Groupmuse, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of the concert hall by bring classical music into non-traditional spaces. She is a passionate educator and just completed her Master's in Music while teaching a full studio as a GTF at the University of Oregon.
Raphaella has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Raphaella has performed roles with the Moores Opera Center, Seagle Music Colony, and the FSU Opera. Roles include: Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Isabela (La hija de Rappaccini), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), and Dolly Oblonsky (Anna Karenina). Raphaella has also participated in master classes led by luminaries of the opera world, most recently participating in Carnegie Hall’s series of master classes for young singers led by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Raphaella holds a Master of Music from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.
Bass-Baritone, Thug Angel
Kevin is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music, where he sang for three years with the internationally renowned University of Oregon Chamber Choir. He currently sings with and helps administrate Eugene early music ensemble Vox Resonat. Kevin is also a frequent collaborator with groups such as Oregon Composer's Forum and Oregon Bach Collegium.