Samina Aslam, Soprano

Samina Aslam crop

This season at CHQ: Mukhtar Mai in Thumbprint and Constance Fletcher/Chorus in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Savitri (Savitri) with New Camerata Opera; NYC Premiere of Friday After Friday (Micheline; opera workshop) at Bank Street Theater; Armide (Armide) with Opera NEO; Le nozze di Figaro (Countess) with Opera del West; Cendrillon (Cendrillon), La tragédie de Carmen (Micaëla), Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira), and Dark Sisters (Zina) with Boston University Opera Institute; Der Rosenkavalier (Milliner) with Cincinnati Opera; Layover (Caroline) with NANOworks Opera; The King and I (Tuptim) with Opera North; Don Giovanni (Don Elvira) with CCM Opera.

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Zachary Barba, Tenor

Zachary Barba

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and The Mother of Us All; covering Spoletta in Tosca and Jo the Loiterer/Andrew Johnson in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Mozart and Salieri (Mozart), La fille du régiment (Peasant), and Rocking Horse Winner (American Premiere; House Tenor, Paul cover) with Opera Saratoga; Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar) at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church; Cinderella in Spain (Stepsister/Herald) with Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!; Oreste (Pilade), A Little Night Music (Henrik), H.M.S. Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw), and La finta giardiniera (Belfiore) with Baylor University Opera.


Eric Botto, Tenor

Eric Botto

This season at CHQ: Opera Education Tour; Chorus in Tosca and Thaddeus Stevens/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Abdul in Thumbprint.

Select Credits: Roméo et Juliette (Roméo) with Natchez Music Festival; The Little Prince (Vain Man/Lamplighter) with First Coast Opera; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), La bohème (Rodolfo), and Turandot (Pong) with Mississippi Opera; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), Iolanthe (Earl Tolloller), and The Consul (The Magician) with Alabama School of the Arts; Sweeney Todd (Pirelli) with Opera Fort Collins; La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) with Operafestival di Roma.


Michael Colman, Bass-Baritone

Michael Colman

This season at CHQ: Father in Thumbprint, Angelotti/Chorus in Tosca, and Ulysses S. Grant/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Daniel Webster in The Mother of Us All.

Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2019 – Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles, covered Atzuko in ¡Figaro! (90210).

Select Credits: Scalia/Ginsburgh (The Commentator) with Opera Carolina, reprised at Opera Grand Rapids and Toledo Opera; Rigoletto (Ceprano/Sparafucile cover), Trial by Jury (Foreman of the Jury), and Aida (King of Egypt) with Toledo Opera; Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) with Opera Grand Rapids; Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police/Pirate King cover) with Dayton Opera; La bohème (Schaunard) and Star-Crossed Lovers (workshop, Friar Laurence) with Indianapolis Opera; La Traviata (Dottore Grenvil) with Opera on the James.

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James Eder, Bass

James Eder

This season at CHQ: Opera Education Tour; Jailer/Chorus in Tosca and Anthony Comstock/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Father in Thumbprint and Ulysses S. Grant in The Mother of Us All.

Select Credits: Gianni Schicchi (Guccio), #UncleJohn/Don Giovanni (Leporello), and La bohème (Colline) with Opera Columbus; Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldino), La Traviata (Dottore Grenvil), and Another Brick in the Wall (The Judge, U.S. Premiere) with Cincinnati Opera; Nabucco (High Priest of Baal), Die Zauberflöte (Second Armored Guard, Sarastro cover), and Roméo et Juliette (Frère Laurent cover) with Sarasota Opera; Xerxes (Elviro) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; La bohème (Alcindoro/Benoit) with Knoxville Opera.

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Jared V. Esguerra, Tenor

Jared Esguerra

This season at CHQ: Abdul in Thumbprint and Chorus in Tosca and The Mother of Us All; covering John Adams and Thaddeus Stevens in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: West Side Story (A-Rab) and the Edinburgh International Festival; Moby Dick (Greenhorn cover) and Rita (Beppe cover) at Chicago Opera Theater; Carmen (La Remendado) with Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Falstaff (Fenton) with Crested Butte Music Festival; Così fan tutte (Ferrando) with Floating Opera Company. 


Celeste Godin, Soprano

Celeste Godin

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and Angel More in The Mother of Us All; covering Tosca in Tosca and Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Pirates of Penzance (Mabel, Outreach Program), Il Postino (Beatrice cover), and Tosca (Tosca cover) with Virginia Opera; La Tragédie de Carmen (Micaëla) and Camelot (Guenevere cover) with Charlottesville Opera; Die Ägyptische Helene (Second Elf/Chorus) with Odyssey Opera; Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Bird 2/Chorus) with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) with Barn Opera; Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night (Miss Havisham) and La Femme Bohème (Rodolfo) with MetroWest Opera; La bohème (Mimi) and Triangle (Joyce) with Boston Opera Collaborative.

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Yazid Gray, Baritone

Yazid Gray

This season at CHQ: Sciarrone/Chorus in Tosca and Herman Atlan/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Faiz in Thumbprint and Chris the Citizen in The Mother of Us All.

Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2019 – Fiorello/Chorus in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles; covered Paul conti in ¡Figaro! (90210).

Select credits: Carmen (Morales), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni cover), and Florencia en el Amazonas (Alvaro cover) with Pittsburgh Opera; Eugene Onegin (Zaretski/Onegin cover) and The Crucible (Thomas Putnam), and La Bohème (Schaunard) with Opera Santa Barbara; La Fanciulla del West (Bello) with Maryland Lyric Opera; Three Decembers (Charlie) and Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva cover) with Opera Maine; Speed Dating Tonight! (Dater 11/22) with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis.


Kelly Guerra, Mezzo-Soprano

Kelly Guerra

This Season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and Indiana Elliott/Chorus in The Mother of Us All.

Select Credits: Roméo et Juliette (Stéphano), The Crucible (Betty Parris), Il Postino (Donna Rosa cover), and Madama Butterfly (Suzuki cover) with Opera Santa Barbara; The Mock Marriage (Juliane) with UCSB Opera Theatre; Animal Tales (Goldfish) with Ardea Arts.

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Nicole Heinen, Soprano

Nicole Heinen

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and Lillian Russell/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Mukhtar Mai in Thumbprint.

Select credits: L’incoronazione di Poppea (Valletto/Fortuna, Poppea cover) and Prince of Players (Miss Frayne, Margaret Hughes cover) with Florentine Opera; Elixir of Love (Adina) with Opera for the Young; Transformations (#1), Der Schauspieldirektor (Mademoiselle Silberklang), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), and Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth) with University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cendrillon (La Fée) with Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

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Shafali Jalota, Soprano

Shafali Jalota

This season at CHQ: Annu in Thumbprint, Chorus in Tosca and The Mother of Us All; covering Lillian Russell in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: La Calisto (Giunone) with Opera NEO; Street Scene (Rose), Die Zaubernacht (Toy Fairy), Town Hall (Mina, World Premiere), Le nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), and Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche cover) with Maryland Opera Studio; Trouble in Tahiti (Girl 1) with Capital City Symphony Orchestra; Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with UNC Opera; Suor Angelica (Suor Genovieffa) with Halifax Summer Opera Festival.

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Chasiti Lashay, Soprano

Chasiti Lashay Walker

This season at CHQ: Opera Education Tour; Chorus in Tosca and The Mother of Us All; covering Annu in Thumbprint and Angel More/Henrietta M. in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Ariadne auf Naxos (Primadonna) and The Marriage of Figaro (Countess cover) with San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica) with Lamar University Opera Theater.


Daniela Magura, Mezzo-Soprano

Daniela Magura

This season at CHQ: Opera Education Tour; Chorus in Tosca and Anne/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Mother in Thumbprint.

Select credits: La Traviata (Flora) with Northern Lights Music Festival; The Little Prince (The Fox) with Savannah Music Festival; Eugene Onegin (Olga), The Rake’s Progress (Ensemble), and Dido and Aeneas (The Sorceress) with Mannes Opera.


Michael Miller, Baritone

Michael Miller

This season at CHQ: Faiz in Thumbprint, Chorus in Tosca, Virgil T/Donald Gallup/Brother of Indiana Elliott in The Mother of Us All; covering Sacristan in Tosca.

Select Credits: Don Giovanni (Masetto), Madama Butterfly (Prince Yamadori), and Rigoletto (Marullo) with Florida Grand Opera; The Handmaid’s Tale (Man/Ensemble) with Boston Lyric Opera; Silent Night (Lt. Audebert) and The Crucible (Thomas Putnam) with The Glimmerglass Festival; The Grapes of Wrath (Pete Fowler/Ragged Man/Bill) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin) and Dead Man Walking (Joseph DeRocher) with Boston Conservatory Opera.

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John David Nevergall, Tenor

John David Nevergall

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and John Adams/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Cavaradossi in Tosca.

Select credits: I Pagliacci (Canio) with Marble City Opera; Gianni Schicchi (Rinnuccio) with Opera Columbus; Carmen (Don José) and La Bohème (Rodolfo) with the Missouri Symphony; The Little Prince (Sanke/Vain Man), Turandot (L’Imperatore Altoum, Calàf cover), and Faust (Faust cover) with Tulsa Opera; Emmeline (Matthew Gurney), Werther (Werther), Angels in America (Louis Ironson), and La Tragédie de Carmen (Don José) with Boston University Opera Institute.

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Max Potter, Mezzo-Soprano

Max Potter

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and Jenny Reefer/Chorus in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Lohengrin (Dritte Edilknabe, Ortrud cover) and La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Clarina) with Opera Southwest; Die Zauberflöte (Second Lady/Papagena) with Salt Marsh Opera and The Muses Creative Artistry Project; L’incoronazione di Poppea (Damigella) with Bare Opera; Così fan tutte (Dorabella) with North Shore Music Festival; Dead Man Walking (Mrs. Charlton, Sister Helen Prejean cover) with Des Moines Metro Opera.

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Aaren Rivard, Tenor

Aaren Rivard

This season at CHQ: Spoletta in Tosca and Andrew Johnson/Chorus in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) with Wichita Grand Opera; Il trovatore (Ruiz, Messenger) with Pensacola Opera; Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio/Don Curzio), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), La Traviata (Gastone, Alfredo cover), and Hansel and Gretel (Witch) with Opera Colorado; Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio), L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino), La Clemenza di Tito (Tito), and Béatrice et Bénédict (Bénédict) with Wichita State University. 


Jake Skipworth, Baritone

Jake Skipworth

This season at CHQ: Sacristan/Chorus in Tosca and Chris the Citizen/Chorus in The Mother of Us All; covering Scarpia in Tosca.

Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Studio Artist 2016 – Chorus in La Traviata and The Mikado; covered Commissioner/Marquis in La Traviata and Pish-Tush in The Mikado.

Select credits: Rigoletto (Monterone, Rigoletto cover), Madama Butterfly (Yakuside, Sharpless cover), and The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta cover) with St. Petersburg Opera; La Traviata (Commissionario) with Sarasota Opera; La Bohème (Schaunard) with Kent Philharmonic Orchestra; Carmen (Zuniga) with Heartland Opera Theatre; The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (Baron Grog) with Wichita Grand Opera.

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Hilary Grace Taylor, Mezzo-Soprano

Hilary Grace Taylor

This season at CHQ: Chorus in Tosca and Gertrude S. in The Mother of Us All.

Select credits: Doctor Miracle (Veronica) and Bastien und Bastienne (Bastienne cover) with The Dallas Opera (Outreach); Carmen (Carmen), Regina (Regina), Rigoletto (Giovanna, Maddalena cover), After Life (Gertrude Stein), Street Scene (Mrs. Jones), Faust (Martha), Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame de Croissy), A Little Night Music (Desirée), and Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) with University of North Texas Opera.

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Wan Zhao, Mezzo-Soprano

Wan Zhao

This season at CHQ: Mother in Thumbprint and Isabel Wentworth/Chorus in The Mother of Us All.

Past Chautauqua Opera Company Credits: Apprentice Artist 2019 – Soon Yi-Nam in ¡Figaro! (90210) and Gossip 3/Chorus in The Ghosts of Versailles.

Select credits: Eugene Onegin (Olga), Vanessa (Erika), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), and The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk) with Mannes Opera; Suor Angelica (Infermiera) with the Martina Arroyo Foundation; Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre; The Ghosts of Versailles (Cherubino) with Miami Music Festival.